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Friday, December 12, 2008


Today is Friday, Dec. 12, the 347th day of 2008.
There are 19 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • On Dec. 12, 2000, George W. Bush was transformed into the president-elect as a divided U.S. Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for recounts in Florida's contested election.

On this date:

  • In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • In 1897, "The Katzenjammer Kids," the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the New York Journal.
  • In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated Oscar Straus to be Secretary of Commerce and Labor; Straus became the first Jewish Cabinet member.
  • In 1917, Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb.
  • In 1925, the first motel — the Motel Inn — opened in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • In 1937, Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. gunboat Panay on China's Yangtze River. (Japan apologized, and paid $2.2 million in reparations.)
  • In 1963, Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
  • In 1985, 248 American soldiers and eight crew members were killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.
  • In 1988, 35 people were killed in a triple train collision during morning rush-hour in south London.

Ten years ago:
  • The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment, this one accusing President Bill Clinton of abuse of power.
  • President Clinton began a three-day visit to the Middle East aimed at rescuing the Wye River peace accords.
  • Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles died in Tallahassee at age 68.
  • Former U.S. Rep. Morris K. Udall died in Washington, D.C., at age 76.

Five years ago:
  • Paul Martin succeeded Jean Chretien as Canada's prime minister.
  • Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was knighted by Britain.
  • Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the "Free Willy" movies, died in the Norwegian fjord that he'd made his home.

One year ago:
  • Republican presidential rivals gathered in Johnston, Iowa, called for deep cuts in federal spending in a debate remarkably free of acrimony.
  • President George W. Bush vetoed a second bill that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children.
  • Three car bombs explode in the southern Shiite city of Amarah, Iraq, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens.
  • Ike Turner, the rock pioneer and ex-husband of Tina Turner, died in San Marcos, Calif., at age 76.

Today's Birthdays:
  • TV host Bob Barker is 85.
  • Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch is 84.
  • Singer Connie Francis is 70.
  • Singer Dionne Warwick is 68.
  • Rock singer-musician Dickey Betts is 65.
  • Actor Wings Hauser is 61.
  • Actor Bill Nighy is 59.
  • Actor Duane Chase (Film: "The Sound of Music") is 58.
  • Country singer LaCosta is 58.
  • Gymnast-turned-actress Cathy Rigby is 56.
  • Author Lorna Landvik is 54.
  • Singer-musician Sheila E. is 51.
  • Actress Sheree J. Wilson is 50.
  • Pop singer Daniel O'Donnell is 47.
  • Rock musician Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) is 45.
  • Rock musician Nicholas Dimichino (Nine Days) is 41.
  • News anchor Maggie Rodriguez is 39.
  • Actress Jennifer Connelly is 38.
  • Actress Madchen Amick is 38.
  • Country singer Hank Williams III is 36.
  • Actress Mayim Bialik is 33.
  • Model Bridget Hall is 31.

Thought for Today:
"I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt."
Charles Horace Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder of the Mayo Clinic (1865-1939).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"