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December 18

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
2004Gibson SG electric guitar A Gibson SG electric guitar, used by The Beatles from 1966 to 1969, fetches
 $570,000 at a Christie's auction in New York.

 (photo credit: Musician's Friend)

 

1991DeForest Kelly, who portrayed Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy on Star Trek, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1984Actor Christopher Guest (Saturday Night Live) and actress Jamie Lee Curtis are married in Los Angeles.
 
1980Former Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin dies at age 76.
 
1978Dominica is admitted to the United Nations.
 
1969Britain abolishes the death penalty.
 
1956Japan is admitted to the United Nations.
 
1945Uruguay is admitted to the United Nations.
 
1935The $1 silver certificate is issued by the US Treasury.
 
1916The Battle of Verdun (France), one of the bloodiest WWI engagements, ends after 10 months and massive losses to both sides.
 
1898At a site near Paris, France, Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the world's first official automobile land speed record of 39 miles per hour.
 
1892Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia.
 
1865Slavery is abolished in the US as the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified.
 
1862The first orthopedic hospital is organized in New York City (The Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled).
 
1796The first Sunday newspaper, Monitor, is published in Baltimore, MD.
 
1737  Antonio Stradivari, world famous violin maker, dies in Cremona, Italy.
 

Born today:

1980  Christina Aguilera - pop singer

1970  DMX - rapper

1964  Brad Pitt - actor

1963  Charles Oakley - basketball player

1955  Ray Liotta - actor (Goodfellas, Field of Dreams)

1953  Elliot Easton - guitarist (The Cars, Creedence Clearwater Revisited)

1950  Leonard Maltin - movie critic

1947  Stephen Spielberg - director (ET, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park)

1946  Steven Spielberg - movie director

1946  Greg Landry - NFL Quarterback (Detroit Lions)

1943  Keith Richards - guitarist (The Rolling Stones)

1941  Sam Andrew - guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company)

1938  Chas Chandler - bassist (The Animals), manager (Jimi Hendrix, Slade)

1927  Ramsey Clark - US Attorney General (1967-69)

1919  Anita O'Day - jazz vocalist

1917  Ossie Davis - author, actor (A Raisin in the Sun, Grumpy Old Men)

1916  Betty Grable - actress, WWII pinup

1913  Willy Brandt - West German Chancellor

1886  Ty Cobb - baseball outfielder and hall of famer

1778  Joseph Grimaldi - clown, acrobat, mime

 

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

(The Archer)

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