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Daily Calendar for Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Born

  • Eli Whitney (inventor)
  • Diego Rivera (artist)
  • Elzie Crisler Segar (Popeye creator)
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. (entertainer)
  • Flip Wilson (comedian)
  • Jim Morrison (lead singer of The Doors)
  • Kim Basinger (actress)
  • Dominic Monaghan (actor)
  • Ian Somerhalder (actor)
  • AnnaSophia Robb (actress)

Died

  • Major Robert Lawrence (the first African American astronaut, was killed during training exercises)
  • John Lennon (musician, founding member of The Beatles)
  • John Glenn (astronaut, first American to orbit Earth)
  • Caroll Spinney (puppeteer; best known for Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch)

Events

  • American Federation of Labor is organized at Columbus, Ohio, with Samuel Gompers as first president
  • American Bird Banding Association formed, first such society in U.S.
  • The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert
  • John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields poem was published
  • U.S. declared war on Japan (WW II)
  • Nine N.Y.C. newspapers shut down when International Typographical Union workers strike
  • Musician and former Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed in New York City
  • Russian leaders announced the dissolution of the Soviet Union
  • Element 111, roentgenium, first created
  • At three Anheuser-Busch properties (Merrimack, New Hampshire; St. Louis, Missouri; and Fort Collins, Colorado) 896 couples gathered to kiss under the mistletoe, setting a new Guinness World Record

Weather

  • Icefalls at Gay Hill, Texas, averaged four to six inches in diameter
  • 92 degrees Fahrenheit, Ojai, California

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