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December 5

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
2002Roone Arledge, creator of ABC's Wide Word of Sports and Nightline programs, dies of cancer at age 71.
 
1999Cuban leader Fidel Castro demands that the US return 5-year-old refugee Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba.
 
1978The NASA Pioneer Venus 1 space probe begins sending photos of Venus back to Earth.
 
1974The last original episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV.
 
1955The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge to form the AFL-CIO.
 
1943Singer-actress Dinah Shore marries western film actor George Montgomery.
 
1933Prohibition ends as Utah becomes the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution.
 
1926French Impressionist painter Claude Monet dies of lung cancer at age 86.
 
1848The discovery of gold in California is announced by US president James K. Polk in a message to Congress.
 


1792
  
George Washington
 George Washington and John Adams are re-elected US president and vice president,
 respectively.
 (photo credit: NARA)

 

1791Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna at age 35.
 
1776  The Phi Beta Kappa fraternity is formed.
 

Born today:

1968  Margaret Cho - comedienne, actress

1965  John Rzeznik - singer, guitarist (Goo Goo Dolls)

1960  Jack Russell - singer (Great White)

1960  Les Nemes - bassist (Haircut 100)

1951  Morgan Brittany - actress

1947  Jim Plunkett - football player

1947  Jim Messina - guitarist (Loggins & Messina, Buffalo Springfield, Poco)

1936  Chad Mitchell - singer (Chad Mitchell Trio)

1932  Little Richard - singer

1906  Otto Preminger - film director

1902  Strom Thurmond - US Senator (R-SC)

1901  Walt Disney - cartoonist, Disneyland creator

1839  George Custer - US Army General (died at Little Bighorn)

1782  Martin Van Buren - 8th US president (1837-41)

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Sagittarius (The Archer)   Sagittarius    

(The Archer)

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