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Calendar for December 11th, 2013

Republic Day (Burkina Faso)

1719: One of earliest recorded sightings of northern lights in North America

1769: Edward Bevan's venetian blinds patented, London, England

1844: Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, was first used as a dental anesthetic on Horace Wells, a dentist from Hartford, Connecticut, who had a perfectly good tooth removed by another dentist for the experiment

Born 1863: Annie Jump Cannon (cataloged over 225,000 stars)

1909: First public demonstration in U.S. of colored moving pictures, New York City

Born 1918: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (novelist)

1919: Monument to the boll weevil, which had forced farmers to diversify, erected in Enterprise, Alabama

1930: The Bank of the United States in New York failed, one of many signs of the looming depression

1931: The Statute of Westminster was the last of the Imperial Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain applicable to all the Dominions. It granted Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Australia, the Union of South Africa and the Irish Free State what amounted to independence

1936: George VI became King of England after his brother abdicated the throne

1944: The Chesterfield Supper Club, featuring Perry Como, among others, debuted on the radio

Born 1944: Brenda Lee (singer)

1946: United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the United Nations General Assembly

Born 1949: Terri Garr (actress)

1951: Joe DiMaggio retired from baseball after 13 seasons with the NY Yankees

Born 1952: Susan Seidelman (director of film)

Born 1953: Bess Armstrong (actress)

Born 1957: William Joyce (author)

Died 1964: Sam Cooke (singer)

Born 1966: Gary Dourdan (actor)

Born 1973: Mos Def (actor & rap artist)

Born 1979: Rider Strong (actor)

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