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CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1956 – Crazy Arms - Ray Price
1966 – I Get the Fever - Bill Anderson
1976 – Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight) - Loretta Lynn
1986 - You're Still New to Me - Marie Osmond with Paul Davis
The Zoomar Lens Is Patented
1835 - The horseshoe manufacturing machine was patented.
1889 - The first Nickel-in-the-Slot (jukebox, juke being slang for a house of ill repute) was placed in service. The unit contained an Edison tinfoil phonograph with four listening tubes. There was a coin slot for each tube. 5 cents bought a few minutes of music. It took in $1,000 in six months.
1897 - John Lee Love of Massachusetts received a patent for the simple portable pencil sharpener, the same type still used today.
1907 – WISCONSIN DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN: 1907 - Julius Albert Krug was born on this date in Madison, Wisconsin. Krug was employed in various public utility positions including the chief power engineer at the Tennessee Valley Authority. Krug served in the US Navy during World War II and was appointed by Harry S. Truman as US Secretary of the Interior from 1946-49.
1909 – Janesville resident, A. E. Graham stood trial for selling oleo as butter. Oleo, an early form of margarine, was outlawed in Wisconsin. On January 27, 1910, he was found guilty in federal court and sentenced to 18 months in Fort Leavenworth Prison.
1921 - President Harding signed the Willis-Campbell Act, which prohibited doctors from prescribing beer or liquor as treatment for illnesses.
1930 – WISCONSIN DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN; Character actor Robert Easton (aka Robert Burke) was born in Milwaukee. Tall and gangly, with a mop of whitish-blonde hair, wide eyes and a slow southern drawl, he often played a young country hick or yokel in television and film productions. A master of dialects, Easton is best known for his roles in The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), Paint Your Wagon (1969), Pete's Dragon (1977), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and Primary Colors (1998).
1936 - The first issue of Life, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam, hit the newsstands. On page 2, a photo showed a doctor slapping a newborn baby -- and the caption read, LIFE begins.
1948 - Dr. Frank G. Back of New York City patented the Zoomar lens. It was used specifically to get “close-up” shots of sporting events in the beginning.
1958 - Ronald and Nancy Reagan appeared together in the GE Theater production of A Turkey for the President.
1958 – At the celebrity roast for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at the Friars Club in New York City, comedian Harry Einstein got up and set everyone to laughing. When he finished his routine, MC Art Linkletter complimented him from the stage with “Why isn’t he on the air in prime time?” Einstein didn’t say anything, just lurched into Milton Berle’s lap, which sent the audience into another fit of laughter. However, he was actually having a heart attack. Einstein was rushed backstage where a doctor from the audience fought to save his life. During the mayhem, the show must go on, so the band began to play and Tony Martin crooned, “There’s No Tomorrow” while Harry Einstein lived those lyrics.
1959 - Robert Stroud, the famous Birdman of Alcatraz, was released from solitary confinement for the first time since 1916. Thomas Gaddis wrote a biography that trumpeted Stroud's ornithological expertise. However, he kept birds at the Leavenworth penitentiary. He was not allowed to keep pets at Alcatraz. He was not the kindly gentleman portrayed by Burt Lancaster in the movie Birdman of Alcatraz.
1962 - Patsy Cline became the first woman in country music to headline her own show in Las Vegas at the Mint Casino. She was paid $36,500 for the five-week engagement.
1969 - The state of California agreed to parole American Western swing singer Spade Cooley who had served eight years for murdering his wife. One of the conditions was that he played a benefit concert for the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County. During the intermission, after a standing ovation, Cooley suffered a fatal heart attack in the backstage area.
1977 - The US required warning labels on products containing Saccharin as potentially carcinogenic. After further research, the warning was removed December 21, 2000.
1985 - Flight 648, a Boeing 737-200, scheduled to fly from Athens, Greece to Cairo, Egypt was hijacked by the terrorist organization Abu Nidal. The subsequent raid on the aircraft by Egyptian troops resulted in dozens of deaths, making the hijacking one of the deadliest such incidents in history.
1998 - Wisconsin entered into the tobacco "Master Settlement Agreement." The state was to receive $5.9 billion over 25 years from leading tobacco product manufacturers. Fifty-two state and territory attorneys general signed the MSA with the four largest tobacco companies in the US to settle dozens of state lawsuits brought to recover billions of dollars in health care costs associated with treating smoking-related illnesses.
2000 – A Dot-Com millionaire in Finland was fined $71,400 for going 40 in a 25-mph zone. Traffic fines in Finland are linked to an offender's income.
2013 - Willie Nelson postponed his tour for a few weeks after one of his tour busses crashed into a bridge pillar on Interstate 30 outside of Sulfur Springs, Texas. Willie was not on the bus at the time. Three band members sustained non-life threatening injuries. The crash is believed to have happened because of the slippery conditions of the road due to a storm.
1949 - Charlie Black (country music songwriter. 100% Chance of Rain (Gary Morris), Another Sleepless Night, Blessed Are the Believers (Anne Murray), Come Next Monday (K.T. Oslin), Honor Bound (Earl Thomas Conley), and many more.)
Jeannie Sellers Krig & George Sellers
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1948 – Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way) – Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
1958 – City Lights - Ray Price
1968 – Stand by Your Man - Tammy Wynette
1978 – Sleeping Single in a Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell
1988 - I'll Leave This World Loving You - Ricky Van Shelton
Jack Ruby Shot Lee Harvey Oswald On TV (See 1963 below.)
1762 – The Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich (meat between two slices of toasted bread). He was known to spend up to 24 hours at a time playing cards, not even breaking for nourishment. These let him to continue playing without getting grease on the playing cards.
1824 – WISCONSIN DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN: Brewing baron Frederick Miller was born in Riedlingen, Wurttemberg, Germany. In 1854, he migrated to Milwaukee. In 1855 he purchased the Plank Road Brewery. He operated this business until 1888 when it was incorporated as the Frederick Miller Brewing Company, with Miller as president. After his death in 1888, Miller's sons took over management of the company. In 1966, the conglomerate W. R. Grace and Company bought Miller from Lorraine John Mulberger (Frederick Miller's granddaughter, who objected to alcohol) and her family. Since then it has gone through many ownerships.
1835 - The Texas Provincial Government authorized a national mounted police force to be known as the Corps of Rangers (Texas Rangers). They were paid $1.25 per day.
1871 - The NRA was incorporated.
1932 - The FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory officially opened in Washington, DC. In its early days the Lab worked on about 200 pieces of evidence a year. Currently, the FBI Crime Lab obtains 600 new pieces of criminal evidence each day.
1963 - Nightclub owner Jack Ruby fatally shot accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement driveway of the Dallas city jail. The entire event was broadcast live on TV.
1971 – Hijacker D. B. Cooper, boarded a Northwest Orient airliner in Portland, Oregon. He wore dark glasses, a dark suit and tie, and white shirt. He carried a black briefcase containing what resembled a bomb, using it to hijack the Boeing 727 plane. Cooper demanded and received $200,000, then parachuted from the plane over the Cascade Mountains in Washington, never to be seen again. ($5,880 of the loot was found on the banks of the Columbia River in 1980.)
1992 - The last American naval base in the Philippines was closed. Washington and Manila had been unable to agree to terms for a new lease on the land, so the old lease was allowed to expire. The event ended nearly a century of US military presence in the former American colony.
1993 - The US Congress passed The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. It mandated federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the US and imposed a five-day waiting period on purchases.
2009 - Michaele and Tareq Salahi brazenly crashed a White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The uninvited couple was able to rub shoulders with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and News anchor Katie Couric, among others. The Secret Service learned of the security breach a day later from the Salahis’ online boasts and photos on Michaele’s Facebook.
2015 - A Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border after it had violated Turkish air space. The pilot was shot dead by rebels as he parachuted to the ground. It was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia in half a century.
1853 - Bat Masterson (gambler, saloon keeper, lawman, journalist; subject of TV series in the 1960s)
**From: bruce bjorkstrand
A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION
Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant foreign factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Oh.... Yes, there is! It is time to think outside the box, people.
o Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
o Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
o Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
o Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Foreign-made flat-screen TV? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
o There are a gazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.
o Remember, this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
o How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
o Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
o My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
o OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
o Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.
o And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
o If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
o Remember the animals this Christmas. The ASPCA and the American Humane Association are National or International organizations, they do not actually own or fund any shelters. Please contact your local shelter and find out what they need. Go to this website and find your closest Animal Rescue: WISCONSIN HUMANE ORGANIZATIONS
Find out if they have specific needs like Kitten Milk Replacer or other products that can purchased and brought to the site. Or find out where you can send a donation. Maybe you want to remember a special pet that loved you, maybe you had a relative that benefited from the love of an animal, or maybe you realize that these animals are there through no fault of their own and that their care cost a lot of money. Please consider them this year.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US (We the People), encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we could not imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition!!
Please pass this around. We can make a difference. Can't we?
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1950 – I'm Movin' On - Hank Snow
1960 – Wings Of A Dove - Ferlin Husky
1980 – Lady - Kenny Rogers
1990 - Come Next Monday - K.T. Oslin
First Warning Of A Possible Attack On Pearl Harbor (See 1941 below.)
1863 - Fourteen Wisconsin units, seven Wisconsin Infantry regiments, and seven Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries participated in breaking the siege at Chattanooga. The 15th and 24th Wisconsin Infantry regiments were among the forces that charged up Missionary Ridge, broke through the Confederate ranks, and seized the strategic location on November 25.
1867 - Alfred Nobel patented his invention of dynamite, a mixture of nitroglycerin and a fine porous powder called kieselguhr.
1924 - Cellucotton Products Co. registered the "Kleenex" trademark.
1926 – A Thanksgiving Day swarm of tornadoes left a total of 64 dead in Arkansas. The tornadoes caused $630,000 in damages. Fifty-three people died in Portland, Arkansas, and 11 died in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. A total of 58 people were injured.
1941 - Admiral Harold R. Stark, US chief of naval operations, told Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, commander of the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, that both President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull think a Japanese surprise attack is a distinct possibility. “We are likely to be attacked next Monday, for the Japanese are notorious for attacking without warning,” Roosevelt had informed his Cabinet. “We must all prepare for trouble, possibly soon,” he telegraphed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
1947 - The American Motion Picture industry voted to blacklist ten professionals who were held in contempt of Congress. They would not declare under oath that they were not Communists. Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan (acting president of the Screen Actors Guild) supported the scrutiny for Communists in the film industry, with punishment for those who were sympathizers. At the same time, John Huston and actors Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Danny Kaye, organized the Committee for the First Amendment to protest the government’s targeting of the film industry.
1949 - Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer hit the music charts, becoming THE musical hit for the Christmas season. The song is based on the 1939 story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer published by the Montgomery Ward Company.
1950 - The Great Appalachian Storm started as an arctic cold front passed through Kentucky late on the 23rd into the 24th. The front caused subzero temperatures from the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley. The storm continued in the US until it moved off into Canada on the 29th and 30th. Wind gusts in New York City peaked at 94 mph and winds gusted up to 160 mph on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Coastal flooding breached dikes at LaGuardia Airport in New York flooding the runways. One-hundred-sixty people died. Parts of Kentucky received over a foot of snow.
1969 - President Richard M. Nixon renounced weapons for germicide as he ordered the destruction of stockpiles in the US. He declared, “I have decided that the United States of America will renounce the use of any form of deadly biological weapons that either kill or incapacitate.”
1973 - The US maximum speed limits were reduced to 55mph by an act of Congress as a form of energy conservation. In 1995, the national 55mph speed limit was repealed and legislation relating to highway speeds now rests in state hands.
1976 - Tanya Tucker and her piano player, Tony Brown were partying in Nashville. Tanya left the bar and wrecked the car she was driving, almost killing herself.
1986 - US Attorney General Edwin Meese announces that $10 million of the $30 million from the sale of weapons to Iran had been illegally diverted to Nicaraguan contras.
1998 - Actor Michael J. Fox revealed he had been fighting Parkinson’s disease for seven years.
1999 - Five-year-old Elian Gonzalez was found clinging to an inner tube off the coast near Fort Lauderdale. He lived with relatives in Miami until the INS in an early morning raid on April 22, 2000, seized him. After much wrangling, he returned to Cuba with his father on June 28.
2001 - The Marines landed near Kandahar, the first major use of US ground troops in Afghanistan.
2010 - US forces found a sophisticated tunnel used to smuggle drugs between Mexico and San Diego, the second such discovery in the region in less than a month.
2011 - Black Friday hysteria hit as a shopper pepper-sprayed other bargain hunter in Los Angeles and robbers in South Carolina and northern California shot at customers to steal their purchases.
1960 - Amy Grant (singer: Baby Baby, LP: w/Art Garfunkel: The Animal’s Christmas; married to Vince Gill)
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1952 – Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams
1962 – Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson
1972 – She's Too Good to Be True - Charley Pride
1992 - I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why) – Alabama
The Tomb of Tutankhamen Was Discovered (1922)
1838 - After moving from the temporary capital in Burlington, Iowa, the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature assembled in Madison for the first time. When the legislature met in Madison there was only an outside shell of the new Capitol building. The interior was not completed until 1845.
1861 – At the Wheeling Convention, 25 western Virginia counties voted to secede from Virginia and form the state of West Virginia. West Virginia was the only state to form by separating from a Confederate state
1863 - President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be the last Thursday in November.
1863 - The 1st US Sharpshooters G Company, from Wisconsin, was put into service at the seven-day series of engagements known as the Battle of Mine Run in northern Virginia. The battle pitted 81,000 Union troops against 48,000 Confederates. Neither side could claim victory.
1864 - Lewis Carroll, sent a handwritten manuscript to Alice Liddel, titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, as an early Christmas present to the 12-year-old. The manuscript was later renamed Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
1922 - The tomb of the boy, King Tutankhamen, was discovered in Egypt, by Lord Carnarvon of England and Howard Carter of the US.
1941 - Secretary of State Cordell Hull submitted an American ‘de facto ultimatum’ to Japanese envoys in Washington, DC. The conditions of the note demanded the complete withdrawal of all Japanese troops from French Indochina and China. The Japanese responded a few days later by attacking Pearl Harbor.
1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1st.
1950 - China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against the US and South Korean troops. This action prolonged the war for another 2 ½ years.
1956 – The Price Is Right, debuted as a daytime TV show.
1969 – The Lottery for Selective Service Draftees Bill establishing the draft lottery was signed by President Nixon.
1979 - Massive oil deposits equaling all OPEC reserves were found in Venezuela.
1991 - Clark Air Base, in the Philippines, one of its oldest and largest overseas installations, was abandoned by the US. The eruption of the volcano, Mount Pinatubo, had ruined the base.
2000 - Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris certified Republican George W. Bush the winner over Democrat Al Gore in the state's presidential balloting. The winning margin: 537 votes.
2003 - Glen Campbell issued a public apology to his family and fans after being arrested on charges of driving drunk and kicking a police officer. "Yesterday, I was arrested and put in jail, even at my age, I learned a valuable lesson. I apologize to my wife, my family, my friends and my fans."
2007 - Reports said North Korea had resumed frequent public executions, including a factory chief accused of making international phone calls. He was shot in a stadium before 150,000 spectators.
1938 - Rich Little (Caruthers) (comedian and impressionist)
1962 – LINDA DAVIS – (country singer: Started her career as a part of the Skip & Linda duo, they had a minor hits with I Just Can’t Turn Temptation Down and If You Could See You Through My Eyes. Her other hits include solo hits Some Things Are Meant to Be, All the Good Ones Are Taken, and Does He Love You [with Reba McEntire]. Mother of Hillary Scott, the co-lead singer of Lady Antebellum.)
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