1954: The Movie White Christmas featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, including the Title Song White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, opens at Radio City Music Hall. The original song "White Christmas" was originally heard for the first time in the 1942 film Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
1938: The national average income again dropped in comparison from 10 years ago in 1928 by 7% with some areas of the workforce earning up to 20% less than 10 years ago.
1938: Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "I Hadn’t Anyone ’til You" with Jack Leonard as vocalist. Tommy Dorsey and his brother became two of the most famous big band leaders of their day and are still the model for many jazz and swing musicians today.
1941: Nazis take and occupy Athens in Greece.
1945: The war in Europe is entering it's final phase as Russian and American troops join hands at the River Elbe in Germany. Ten Days later on May 7th Germany signs unconditional surrender.
1948: A Major Rail Strike country wide is due to start at midnight with much of the rail network closed down across the US.
1953: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Hiring and Firing rules for Government Employment. Homosexuality, moral perversion, and communism were categorized as national security threats and could be used as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants.
1958: Scientists around the world are asking politicians to stop nuclear bomb tests including the Nobel Prize Winner Dr Albert Schweitzer.
1961: Sierra Leone in West African gains independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.
1968: More fighting broke out along the Suez Canal and the River Jordan between Israel and Arab Troops with Egyptian and Jordanian and Israel Forces lined up against each other in a tense middle east.
1968: Many thousands of diversified beliefs protested against the War in Vietnam and many antiwar demonstrators ended up in fights with local police forces around the country who were trying to keep the peace.
1971: Eight members of the Welsh Language Society (the Society wishes to preserve the Welsh Language and part of that was to include all signs in Wales to be bilingual) they are accused of conspiring to damage, remove or destroy English language road signs in Wales.
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Ulysses S. Grant
Born: Hiram Ulysses Grant, 27 April 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio
Died: 23 July 1885, Wilton, New York
Known For: Prior to becoming the 18th US President (1869 - 1877), Ulysses S. Grant was the Commanding General of the US Army during the Civil War and the Secretary of War under Andrew Johnson. During his two terms, Grant worked on stabilizing the economy after the Civil War and re-uniting the healing nation.
1974: Calls for the impeachment of president Nixon gathered pace as a march by thousands of protesters demanding Nixon to be impeached.
1978: Military rebels in Afghanistan murdered both the president and his brother during the coup and have taken over all news TV and radio stations in the capital Kabul and have sealed off the countries airports and roads.
1984: Earlier in the week diplomatic ties are severed between England and Libya and Libyan embassy officials are given 7 days to leave the country. The British ambassador to Libya was given the same deadline to leave Tripoli. Today Libyan diplomats under diplomatic immunity are escorted to Heathrow and onto a plane out of the country which allows the person or persons unknown who shot and killed WPC Fletcher to leave the country and not have to face murder charge.
1992: Betty Boothroyd, is elected as Speaker in the house of commons becoming the first woman speaker in its 700-year history.
1994: South Africans vote in the country's first multiracial parliamentary elections. Nelson Mandela of the ANC is voted by a landslide to be the next president of South Africa and head the new coalition government.
2005: The Airbus A380 makes it's maiden test flight in Toulouse, France. The Airbus A380 (Superjumbo) is the largest passenger airliner in the world, it is a double-deck wide-body, four-engine aircraft which is capable of carrying up to 853 people in all economy class configurations, This is about 300 more than the Jumbo Jet from Boeing which has been in service for nearly 40 years. The Airbus A380 has now been in commercial use since 2007, Boeing is working on a similar aircraft with similar passenger carrying capabilities.
2007: Saudi Arabia claims to have foiled a plot to carry out suicide air attacks on oil installations and military bases in the area. Foreign nationals are among the suspects that are being held from a series of raids. Large amounts of weapons and $32.4 million in cash were seized in these. The Saudi authorities have been battling al-Qaeda since 2003.
2008: A 73-year-old Austrian, Josef Fritzl, has been arrested on suspicion of keeping his daughter locked in a cellar for 24 years, and fathering seven children with her. The existence of the woman, believed missing since 1984 and now 42, was discovered after her teenage daughter was taken to hospital. Both the woman and teenage girl are receiving medical treatment. The police investigation in Amstetten, Lower Austria Province, is continuing.
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2011: President Obama released his long-form birth certificate from the US state of Hawaii in an effort to quell "birther" conspiracy theorists. Obama stated that he hoped the release of this information would put to rest questions of his presidential eligibility and refocus the political debate on important issues.
2012: After only two months of being in office, Romania's government fell due to a no confidence vote and prime minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu was ousted. The Romanian president, Traian Basecu, then designated Victor Ponta, the opposition leader, as the new prime minister. The no confidence vote came after the opposition seized on public anger over salary cuts and raised taxes.
2014: The Vatican has declared Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII as saints. This was the first time in history that two popes were canonized at the same time. A crowd of thousands gathered to hear the news.
This custom-crafted oak-grained cabinet opens to reveal storage for up to 120 video tapes. With inserts included, holds 92 video tapes, 18 CD's and 14 audio cassettes. Doors lock for complete security.
AM/FM Clock/Radio with four and a half inch black and white TV. Red LED digital time display with AM indicator. High/low dimmer control. Snooze bar. Battery backup system. Earphone jack. Telescopic FM antenna. White plastic cabinet.
A hand-held version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Features Tetris Game Pack, LCD dot-matrix game screen, and digital stereo sound with earphones for private play. Video Link cable hook-up allows two Game Boy systems to go head-to-head.
Tickle his tummy once to make him giggle, twice to make him laugh longer. Tickle him a third time and he shakes with laughter. This was one of the most popular toys for the 1996 Christmas season, with many stores running out of stock and battling crowds trying to get their hands on one.
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