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This Day in History, December 17

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On December 17th, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first powered Heavier-than-Air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. -- Jane Austen

Other Notable Events for December 16

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On this date in history:

In 1773, about 50 American patriots, protesting the British tax on tea, dumped 342 chests of it into Boston harbor in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.

In 1835, a fire swept New York City, razing 600 buildings and causing $20 million damage.

In 1893, Anton Dvorak's New World ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for December 16

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Those born on this date include:

- Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of England's King Henry VIII, in 1485
- novelist Jane Austen in 1775
- Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky in 1866
- anthropologist Margaret Mead in 1901
- science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke in 1917
- science fiction writer Philip K. ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Sunday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2018 with 15 to follow.

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

Artist's depiction of the Boston Tea Party

This Day in History, December 16

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On December 16th, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Never waste a minute thinking about people you don't like. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Other Notable Events for December 15

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On this date in history:

In 1791, the Bill of Rights, comprising the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect.

In 1890, Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull was killed in a skirmish with U.S. soldiers along the Grand River in South Dakota.

In 1939, the film version of Gone with the Wind premiered in ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for December 15

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Those born on this date include:

- The Roman Emperor Nero in A.D. 37
- French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, builder of the Paris tower that bears his name and engineer of the Statue of Liberty, in 1832
- billionaire oilman J. Paul Getty in 1892
- Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer
- comic actor Tim Conway ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Saturday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2018 with 16 to follow.

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

Gemini 6A

This Day in History, December 15

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On December 15th, 1965, the Gemini 6A was launched from Florida.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. -- Jerry Seinfeld

Other Notable Events for December 14

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On this date in history:

In 1287, more than 50,000 people died in a flood caused by the collapse of the Zuider Zee dike in the Netherlands.

In 1799, George Washington, war for independence military leader and first president of the United States, died at his Mount Vernon home in Virginia.

In 1819, Alabama became ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for December 14

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Those born on this date include:

- French astrologer/prophet Nostradamus in 1503
- British King George VI in 1895
- World War II U.S. air ace Jimmy Doolittle in 1896
- former U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, in 1897
- horror novelist Shirley Jackson in 1916
- country singer Charlie Rich in 1932
...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Friday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2018 with 17 to follow.

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

Glasgow Underground Railway

This Day in History, December 14

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On December 14th, 1896, the Glasgow Underground Railway was opened.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. -- author Rebecca West

Other Notable Events for December 13

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On this date in history:

In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand.

In 1816, the United States' first savings bank, the Provident Institution for Savings, opened in Boston.

In 1862, Union troops suffered a major defeat in the Civil War battle of Fredericksburg. An estimated 12,000 northern ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for December 13

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Those born on this date include:

- Former U.S. first lady Mary Todd Lincoln in 1818
- World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York in 1887
- former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz in 1920 (age 98)
- baseball Hall of Fame member Larry Doby, the first American League African-American player, in 1923
- comedian/actor/...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2018 with 18 to follow.

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

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