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  1. 12/10/16

    1817 Mississippi became the 20th state in the United States. 1869 The territory of Wyoming authorized women to vote and hold office. 1901 The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. 1948 The United Nations General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights. 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received the Nobel Peace Prize. 1999 Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with stealing classified information. 2004 A U.S. passenger jet landed in Vietnam, the first one to do so since the Vietnam War ended nearly three decades earlier. **************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA*********************************************************** 1950................................Dr. Ralph Bunche became the first black to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Bunche, Ralph Johnson (bŭnch) [key], 1904–71, U.S. government official and UN diplomat, b. Detroit, Ph.D., Harvard, 1934. He taught political science at Howard Univ. (1928–40). In government service after 1941, he worked under the joint chiefs of staff and was a chief research analyst in the Office of Strategic Services. The first African American to be a division head in the Dept. of State (1945), he entered the United Nations in 1946 as director of the Trusteeship Division. He became (Dec., 1947) principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission and was awarded the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for mediating the 1948 Arab-Israeli truce. He served as UN undersecretary general for special political affairs (1955–67) and undersecretary general from 1967 until his retirement due to poor health shortly before his death.
  2. 12/10/16

    Nationality American Born on 10 December 1964 AD Sun Sign Sagittarius Born in New York City, New York, U.S Personality Type Ambitious, Confident, Creative Character Traits Hard Working father Bill mother Dorothy Flay Spouses/Partners: Stephanie March (m. 2005), Kate Connelly (m. 1995), Debra Ponzek (m. 1991–1993) children Sophie Flay Net worth $15 million awards 2005 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show Host 2009 - Emmy award for Best Culinary Program 2005 - James Beard Foundation's National Television Food Show Award Robert William “Bobby” Flay is a celebrity chef who has hosted several popular cookery shows on the television channel, Food Network. He is most famous for his innovative style of cooking and for his love for traditional Southwestern and Mediterranean cuisines. The owner of a chain of successful restaurants, Flay is someone who not only converted a childhood passion into a fulltime profession, but also proved to the world that it is very much possible to reach the pinnacles of success doing what you love to do the most. He developed an interest in cooking from a young age and wanted an easy-to-use oven when he was eight. Finding a job at a fast food restaurant seemed to be the most appropriate option for him as a teenager. He attended the French culinary Institute and received his degree in culinary arts. He eventually became a partner at the Mesa Grill where he once worked as an executive chef—this was just the first step in becoming the proud owner of a chain of restaurants. He has appeared in numerous cookery shows on the Food Network and served as the Iron Chef on the show ‘Iron Chef America’. He is also the author of several cookbooks. His restaurant Mesa Grill was adjudged New York Magazine Gael Greene’s Restaurant of the Year in 1992. The television program ‘Bobby Flay’s Bold American Food’ won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for Design in 1995. Personal Life & Legacy He has been married thrice. His first wife was Debra Ponzek who was also a famous chef. The couple married in 1991 and divorced in 1993. His second marriage to Kate Connelly in 1995 also ended in divorce. He married actress Stephanie March in 2005. The couple separated in 2015.
  3. 12/09/16

    1941 China declared war against Japan, Germany, and Italy. 1965 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered. 1990 Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland. 1993 U.S. astronauts completed repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope. 1996 Archaeologist and anthropologist Mary Leakey died in Kenya at age 83. ***********************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA************************************************** 1958.............................................The anti-Communist John Birch Society was formed. John Birch Society, ultraconservative, anti-Communist organization in the United States. It was founded in Dec., 1958, by manufacturer Robert Welch and named after John Birch, an American intelligence officer killed by Communists in China (Aug., 1945). The most prominent of the extreme right-wing groups active in the United States, the society was founded to fight subversive Communism within the United States. Its other objectives have included the abolition of the graduated income tax, the repeal of social security legislation, the impeachment of various high government officials, the end to busing for the purpose of school integration, the end to U.S. membership in the United Nations, and the nullification of the treaty that turned over the Panama Canal to Panama. In his book, The Politician, Welch charged to the effect that Dwight D. Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles had actively aided the so-called Communist conspiracy. The society has also contended that an elite international cabal—the U.S. branch of which supposedly includes the Council on Foreign Relations, for many years led by David Rockefeller—is seeking to establish a world tyranny.
  4. 12/09/16

    Nationality American Born on 09 December 1953 AD Sun Sign Sagittarius Born in Christopher Personality Type Ambitious, Confident, Creative Character Traits Hard Working father Daniel Leon Malkovich mother Joe Anne Spouse/Partner: Glenne Headly (m. 1982–1990) children Amandine, Loewy education Logan Grade School Webster Junior High Benton Consolidated High School Eastern Illinois University Illinois State University Net worth $45 million awards: 1984 - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play 1985 - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play 1986 - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor 1984 - National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor John Gavin Malkovich is an actor and producer best known for his performances in the movies ‘Places in the Heart’ and ‘In the Line of Fire’ for which he received Academy Award nominations. He has enjoyed a long and productive career spanning three decades in Hollywood. Starting out as an actor, he eventually made it big as a producer too. A love for the performance arts was something he was born with though neither of his parents was from show business. He displayed a keen interest in acting from childhood and was an active participant in his high school plays. As a teenager he also played with a folk rock musical group and was part of a summer theatre project. He began his acting career as a stage actor. He became a charter member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and appeared in several of their productions. He made his Broadway debut as Biff in ‘Death of a Salesman’. Following his successful stage career he branched out into films. During his initial years in Hollywood he could manage to get only minor roles but the gutsy actor was never disheartened. He finally landed a major role in ‘Places in the Heart’ as the blind boarder, Mr. Will, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He married actress Glenne Headly in 1982. He was reported to have a fling with Michelle Pfeiffer which ended his marriage in 1988. He is in a long term relationship with Nicoletta Peyran with whom he has two children.
  5. 12/08/16

    1886 The American Federation of Labor was founded at a convention of union leaders in Columbus, Ohio. 1941 Congress declared war on Japan and the U.S. entered World War II. 1949 Communist attacks forced the Chinese Nationalist government to flee to the island of Formosa (Taiwan). 1978 Former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir died. 1980 John Lennon, former member of the Beatles, was shot and killed in New York City by a deranged fan. 1987 President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the two superpowers. 1993 President Bill Clinton signed The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law. ***********************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA************************************************************* 1854...................................Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Rom. Cath. Ch. the dogma of the unique privilege by which the Virgin Mary was conceived in her mother's womb without the stain of original sin through the anticipated merits of Jesus Christ. Cf. virgin birth
  6. 12/08/16

    Nationality Ancient Roman Born on 08 December 2065 BC Sun Sign Sagittarius Born in Venosa Died on 27 November 8 BC place of death Rome Horace, whose real name was Quintus Horatius Flaccus, was the leading Roman poet of the Augustan Age. He was a member of literary circle that included Virgil and Lucius Varius Rufus. The most frequent themes in his works were love, pleasures of friendship and simple life, and the art of poetry. His most important work is “Ars Poetica” which influenced many playwrights and writers including Lope de Vega, Michel de Montaigne, Henry Fielding, Calderón de la Barca, Pierre Corneille, Samuel Johnson, Goethe, Voltaire and Diderot. His works also deeply influenced later writers including Ben Jonson, Alexander Pope, W.H. Auden, Robert Frost, and many others. His other important works were “Odes”, “Epodes”, “Satires”, “Epistles” and “Carmen Saeculare”. Horace is considered as one of the leading poets of the Augustan Age along side Virgil and Ovid. Many of his poetry themes like the beatus ille (an appraisal of simple life) and carpe diem (literally "pluck the day", or "enjoy the day") gained importance during the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and influenced poets like Petrarch and Dante. The themes of his poetry were taken seriously from 16th century when the Renaissance culture and its admiration of Roman and Greek history were solidly established. During this period, Horace’s influence can be traced in the works of noted poets like Garcilaso de la Vega, Juan Boscán, Torquato Tasso, Pierre de Ronsard and Fray Luis de León. Fray Luis de León was known for writing some of the most remarkable "Odes" based on the beatus ille precepts. Some later famous poets like, Shakespeare and Quevedo were also heavily influenced by Horace's poetry. Few months after the death of his close friend Maecenas, he died on November 27, 8 BC at the age of 57. Since Horace had no heirs, he left his estate to Augustus and was buried near the tomb of Maecenas.
  7. 12/07/16

    1787 Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 1917 The U.S. declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I. 1972 America's final moon mission, Apollo 17, blasted off from Cape Canaveral. 1975 Indonesia invaded East Timor, leading to a 25-year occupation. 1988 A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Armenia, killing 25,000. 2001 Taliban forces fled from Kandahar, their last stronghold in Afghanistan. 2002 Iraq formally declared to the UN that it had no weapons of mass destruction. 2004 Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president. ***********************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA************************************************** 1941......................................................The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor, land-locked harbor, on the southern coast of Oahu island, Hawaii, W of Honolulu; one of the largest and best natural harbors in the E Pacific Ocean. In the vicinity are many U.S. military installations, including the chief U.S. Pacific naval base, Hickam Air Force Base, Pearl Harbor Naval Air Station, and Camp H. M. Smith, headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Command. The United States first gained rights there in 1887, when the Hawaiian monarchy permitted a coaling and repair station. After the United States annexed Hawaii in 1900, Pearl Harbor was made a naval base. Harbor improvements and fortifications were later added, especially after the signing of the Berlin Pact in 1940 by the Axis nations. On Dec. 7, 1941, while negotiations were going on with Japanese representatives in Washington, Japanese carrier-based planes swept in without warning over Oahu and attacked (7:55 a.m. local time) the bulk of the U.S. Pacific fleet, moored in Pearl Harbor. Nineteen naval vessels, including eight battleships, were sunk or severely damaged; 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed. Military casualties were 2,280 killed and 1,109 wounded; 68 civilians also died. On Dec. 8, the United States declared war on Japan. There were many charges of negligence against those responsible for Pearl Harbor's defense. A special commission appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt accused the army and navy commanders at Hawaii of dereliction of duty in a report on Jan. 24, 1942. Later army and navy investigations concluded that no valid grounds existed for court-martial. A congressional committee, formed in Sept., 1945, absolved the army and navy commanders in a formal report on July 16, 1946, but censured the War Dept. and the Dept. of the Navy. Pearl Harbor is now a national historic landmark; a memorial has been built over the sunken hulk of the USS Arizona. The battleship Missouri, site of Japan's surrender, is also preserved there as a memorial.
  8. 12/07/16

    Nationality American Born on 07 December 1949 AD Sun Sign Sagittarius Born in Pomona, California, United States Personality Type Creative father Alma Fern (née Johnson) McMurray mother Jesse Frank Waits Spouse/Partner: Kathleen Brennan (m. 1980) children Casey Xavier Waits, Kellesimone Waits, Sullivan Waits education Hilltop High School Net worth $25 million awards 2004 - ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top TV Series 2012 - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble Cast 1994 - Golden Globes Award for Best Ensemble Cast Tom Waits, born as Thomas Alan Waits, is an American singer and actor famous for his unconventional songs in music genres such as, blues, jazz and vaudeville. Blessed with a distinctive voice that is intoxicating, gravelly and mellow, all at once, he easily carved a niche for himself in the booming music scenario in the America of the 1970s. Along with singing and acting, this talented guy also composes music and writes songs. Never one to adhere to traditions, Waits experimented with different music styles and acting roles, though he also loved to perform conventional ballads. He has a deep love for his profession and has been singing for over four decades now. Because of its unconventional nature his music has received mixed reviews in the United States though he has managed to earn himself a devoted cult following all over the world. His fascination with music started in childhood when he would play music on his neighbour’s piano. He was a great fan of musicians like Bob Dylan, Lord Buckley, Jack Kerouac, and Louis Armstrong. Even though he greatly admired these musicians, he never attempted to imitate any of them—he was more interested in developing his own style that would distinguish him from the other musicians. He married Kathleen Brennan, a screenwriter, in August 1980 and became the proud father of three children. His wife has been his biggest support system and collaborator. The couple remains as close as ever even after several years of marriage and Waits calls himself a lucky man.