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Monday, December 15, 2008

History Day......

Ahhh. Today in 1939, GONE WITH THE WIND premiered in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the first movie premier ceremony to be televised (though I doubt many had the TVs to watch it!) The then Governor of Georgia declared the day to be a state holiday.

And in other news...

1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified--(Quick! Can you tell me what the Bill of Rights is?)

1854, Philadelphia residents were amazed by the appearance of the first street cleaning machine

1938, ground was broken for the Jefferson Memorial in DC

1941, My dad's favorite singer, Lena Horne recorded her classic standard, STORMY WEATHER

1944, Glenn Miller and his orchestra went down in an airplane somewhere over the English Channel. They were on their way to do a Christmas show for the troops

1954, Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter debuted on TV on the Wonderful World of Disney (soon kids everywhere wanted a coonskin cap!)

1961, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court

1966, One of the most amazing producers of children's movies and TV ever, Walt Disney, died today at 65 (talk about leaving a great legacy!)

1989, a popular uprising in Romania led to the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu

1995, the leaders of the European Union gathered in Madrid to discuss the shape of a single European currency--they called it, the Euro. (Me, I miss pounds and farthings and pences!)



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