Thursday, December 12, 2013


Thursday, December  12, 2013
AP Highlight in History: 
On Dec. 12, 2000, a divided U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner.
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On this date in:
1745John Jay, statesman and the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, was born in New York City.
1787Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1870Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina took his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first black congressman.
1897"The Katzenjammer Kids," the pioneering comic strip by Rudolph Dirks, debuted in the New York Journal.
1914The New York Stock Exchange re-opened for the first time since July 30. The market had shut down when World War I broke out.
1915Singer Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, N.J.
1917Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb.
1924New York City Mayor Ed Koch was born in the Bronx.
1925The first motel, the Motel Inn, opened, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
1947The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.
1963Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
1975Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to trying to kill President Gerald R. Ford.
1998The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton and submitted the case to the full House.
AP Photo/Joe Marquette
2003Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the "Free Willy" movies, died in a Norwegian fjord.
2009Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker.
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Jennifer Connelly turns 43 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
Bob BarkerTV game show host ("The Price is Right")90
Connie FrancisSinger, actress76
Dionne WarwickR&B singer73
Dickey BettsRock musician (The Allman Brothers)70
Duane ChaseActor (Kurt in "The Sound of Music")63
Cathy RigbyActress, Olympic gymnast61
Sheila E.Singer, musician56
Tracy AustinTennis Hall of Famer51
Mayim BialikActress ("Blossom")38
Actor Bill Nighy ("Pirates of the Caribbean" movies) turns 64 years old today.
AP Photo/Graham Hughes
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