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Thursday 14 December 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Forty-seven Ronin Remembrance Day (Sengaku-ji, Tokyo)
  • Martyred Intellectuals Day (Bangladesh)
  • Monkey Day (International)

Events

  • 1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final extravehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission.
  • 1964 – American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress can use the Constitution's Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.
  • 1963 – The dam containing the Baldwin Hills Reservoir bursts, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1962 – NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
  • 1960 – Convention against Discrimination in Education of UNESCO is adopted.
  • 1958 – The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility.
  • 1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.
  • 1911 – Roald Amundsen's team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole.
  • 1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • 1902 – The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.
  • 1896 – The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
  • 1836 – The Toledo War unofficially ends.
  • 1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.
  • 1814 – War of 1812: The Royal Navy seizes control of Lake Borgne, Louisiana.
  • 1782 – The Montgolfier brothers first test fly a hot air balloon in France; it floats nearly 2 km (1.2 mi).
  • 1751 – The Theresian Military Academy is founded in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

Births

  • 1992 – Tori Kelly, American singer-songwriter
  • 1991 – Offset, American rapper
  • 1988 – Nate Ebner, American football player
  • 1988 – Vanessa Hudgens, American actress and singer
  • 1987 – Kenneth Medwood, Belizean-American hurdler
  • 1985 – Paul Rabil, American lacrosse player
  • 1982 – Josh Fields, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Johnny Jeter, American wrestler
  • 1981 – Rebecca Jarvis, American journalist
  • 1981 – Shaun Marcum, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • 1976 – Tammy Blanchard, American actress and singer
  • 1975 – Justin Furstenfeld, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1974 – Billy Koch, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Marcus Jensen, American baseball player and coach
  • 1969 – Archie Kao, American actor and producer
  • 1969 – Scott Hatteberg, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1966 – Anthony Mason, American basketball player (d. 2015)
  • 1965 – Craig Biggio, American baseball player and coach
  • 1965 – Ken Hill, American baseball player
  • 1965 – Ted Raimi, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1960 – Diane Williams, American sprinter
  • 1960 – Don Franklin, American actor
  • 1959 – Bob Paris, American-Canadian bodybuilder and actor
  • 1955 – Jill Pipher, American mathematician and academic
  • 1954 – Alan Kulwicki, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • 1952 – John Lurie, American actor, saxophonist, painter, director, and producer
  • 1949 – Bill Buckner, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 – Christopher Parkening, American guitarist and educator
  • 1946 – Joyce Vincent Wilson, American singer
  • 1946 – Michael Ovitz, American talent agent, co-founded Creative Artists Agency
  • 1946 – Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)
  • 1946 – Stan Smith, American tennis player and coach
  • 1944 – Graham Kirkham, Baron Kirkham, English businessman, founded DFS
  • 1943 – Emmett Tyrrell, American journalist, author, and publisher, founded The American Spectator
  • 1942 – Dick Wagner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – Ellen Willis, American journalist, critic, and academic (d. 2006)
  • 1941 – Karan Armstrong, American soprano and actress
  • 1939 – Ernie Davis, American football player (d. 1963)
  • 1935 – Lee Remick, American actress (d. 1991)
  • 1935 – Lewis Arquette, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1934 – Charlie Hodge, American guitarist and singer (d. 2006)
  • 1932 – Abbe Lane, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1932 – Charlie Rich, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
  • 1932 – George Furth, American actor and playwright (d. 2008)
  • 1927 – Richard Cassilly, American tenor and actor (d. 1998)
  • 1925 – Sam Jones, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1922 – Don Hewitt, American journalist and producer, created 60 Minutes (d. 2009)
  • 1922 – Junior J. Spurrier, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1984)
  • 1920 – Clark Terry, American trumpet player, composer, and educator (d. 2015)
  • 1918 – B. K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – James T. Aubrey, American broadcaster (d. 1994)
  • 1917 – Elyse Knox, American actress and fashion designer (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – June Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2004)
  • 1916 – Shirley Jackson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1965)
  • 1915 – Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (d. 1978)
  • 1914 – Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichord player (d. 2003)
  • 1911 – Hans von Ohain, German-American physicist and engineer (d. 1998)
  • 1911 – Spike Jones, American singer and bandleader (d. 1965)
  • 1909 – Edward Lawrie Tatum, American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)
  • 1908 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1902 – Frances Bavier, American actress (d. 1989)
  • 1897 – Margaret Chase Smith, American educator and politician (d. 1995)
  • 1896 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
  • 1894 – Alexander Nelke, Estonian-American painter and carpenter (d. 1974)
  • 1884 – Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (d. 1950)
  • 1883 – Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, developed aikido (d. 1969)
  • 1881 – Katherine MacDonald, American actress and producer (d. 1956)
  • 1852 – Daniel De Leon, Curaçaoan-American journalist and politician (d. 1914)
  • 1851 – Mary Tappan Wright, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1916)
  • 1832 – Daniel H. Reynolds, American general, lawyer, and politician (d. 1902)
  • 1794 – Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (d. 1872)
  • 1775 – Philander Chase, American bishop and educator, founded Kenyon College (d. 1852)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Lillian Vernon, German-American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Lillian Vernon Company (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Terry Backer, American soldier and politician (b. 1954)
  • 2014 – Bess Myerson, American model, activist, game show panelist and television personality; Miss America 1945 (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Fred Thurston, American football player (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – Irene Dalis, American soprano and pianist (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Theo Colborn, American zoologist and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – George Rodrigue, American painter (b. 1944)
  • 2013 – Janet Dailey, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2012 – Edward Jones, American police officer and politician (b. 1950)
  • 2012 – Victoria Leigh Soto, American educator (b. 1985)
  • 2011 – Billie Jo Spears, American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2011 – Joe Simon, American author and illustrator (b. 1913)
  • 2010 – Neva Patterson, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2010 – Timothy Davlin, American politician, Mayor of Springfield (b. 1957)
  • 2006 – Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American composer and producer, co-founded Atlantic Records (b. 1923)
  • 2006 – Mike Evans, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1949)
  • 2004 – Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2003 – Frank Sheeran, American union leader and mobster (b. 1920)
  • 2003 – Jeanne Crain, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 1998 – A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American lawyer, judge, and activist (b. 1928)
  • 1998 – Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (b. 1924)
  • 1998 – Norman Fell, American actor and comedian (b. 1924)
  • 1997 – Emily Cheney Neville, American author (b. 1919)
  • 1997 – Stubby Kaye, American actor and comedian (b. 1918)
  • 1995 – G. C. Edmondson, American soldier and author (b. 1922)
  • 1994 – Orval Faubus, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Arkansas (b. 1910)
  • 1993 – Jeff Alm, American football player (b. 1968)
  • 1993 – Myrna Loy, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1989 – Jock Mahoney, American actor and stuntman (b. 1919)
  • 1985 – Catherine Doherty, Russian-Canadian activist, founded the Madonna House Apostolate (b. 1896)
  • 1985 – Roger Maris, American baseball player and coach (b. 1934)
  • 1980 – Elston Howard, American baseball player and coach (b. 1929)
  • 1978 – Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish historian and diplomat, co-founded the College of Europe (b. 1886)
  • 1975 – Arthur Treacher, English-American entertainer (b. 1894)
  • 1974 – Walter Lippmann, American journalist and author (b. 1889)
  • 1964 – William Bendix, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 1963 – Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist (b. 1924)
  • 1953 – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, American author and academic (b. 1896)
  • 1947 – Edward Higgins, English-American 3rd General of The Salvation Army (b. 1864)
  • 1943 – John Harvey Kellogg, American physician and businessman, co-invented corn flakes (b. 1852)
  • 1935 – Stanley G. Weinbaum, American author (b. 1902)
  • 1920 – George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)
  • 1873 – Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American zoologist and geologist (b. 1807)
  • 1831 – Martin Baum, American businessman and politician, 5th Mayor of Cincinnati (b. 1765)
  • 1799 – George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (b. 1732)
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