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A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Archibald MacLeish said Americans were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created people in the history of the world.

Other Notable Events for December 5

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On this date in history:

In 1776, the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at William and Mary College in Virginia.

In 1848, U.S. President James Polk confirmed the discovery of gold in California, leading to the gold rush of 1848 and '49.

In 1933, prohibition of liquor in the ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for December 5

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Those born on this date include:

- Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States, in 1782
- U.S. Army Gen. George Custer in 1839
- film director Fritz Lang in 1890
- German physicist Werner Heisenberg and entrainment entrepreneur Walt Disney, both in 1901
- U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., in 1902
...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Monday, Dec. 5, the 340th day of 2016, with 26 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.

PBK Key

This Day in History, December 5

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On December 5th, 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity was founded, making it the first scholastic fraternity in the United States.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody. -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Other Notable Events for December 4

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On this date in history:

In 1881, the Los Angeles Times published its first edition.

In 1942, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered liquidation of the Works Progress Administration, created during the Great Depression to provide work for the unemployed.

In 1954, the first Burger King fast-food restaurant ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for December 4

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Those born on this date include:

- Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle in 1795
- English novelist Samuel Butler in 1835
- actor/singer Lillian Russell in 1861
- Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in 1892
- U.S. Marines fighter ace Gregory Pappy Boyington in 1912
- actor Deanna Durbin in 1921
- game show...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Sunday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2016 with 27 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.

First Crusade

This Day in History, December 4

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On December 4th, 1110, the Crusaders conquered Sidon in the First Crusade.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Robert F. Kennedy said, The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.

Other Notable Events for December 3

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On this date in history:

In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state in the United States.

In 1833, Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational college in the United States, opened with an enrollment of 29 men and 15 women.

In 1929, the Ford Motor Co. raised the pay of its employees from $5 to $7 ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for December 3

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Those born on this date include:

- Presidential portrait painter Gilbert Stuart in 1755
- Civil War-era Gen. George B. McClellan in 1826
- U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologist Cleveland Abbe, who initiated daily weather bulletins, in 1838
- English novelist Joseph Conrad in 1857
- Nobel Peace Prize laureate and ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Saturday, Dec. 3, the 338th day of 2016 with 28 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.

Himalia in the night sky

This Day in History, December 3

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On December 3rd, 1904, the Jovian moon Himalia was discovered.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world but if they don't play together the club won't be worth a dime. -- Babe Ruth

Other Notable Events for December 2

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On this date in history:

In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France.

In 1823, during his annual address to the U.S. Congress, President James Monroe proclaimed a new U.S. foreign policy initiative that became known as the Monroe Doctrine.

In 1859, abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on the ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for December 2

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Those born on this date include:

- French painter Georges-Pierre Seurat in 1859
- circus co-founder Charles Ringling in 1863
- engineer Peter Carl Goldmark, the inventor of the long-playing record, in 1906
- composer/lyricist Adolph Green in 1914
- opera singer Maria Callas in 1923
- former U.S. Secretary ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Friday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2016 with 29 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.

Franz Joseph I

This Day in History, December 2

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On December 2nd, 1848, Franz Joseph I became King of Austria.

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