December 13th was the day in history when…
2000: Al Gore conceded the election to George W. Bush. While Gore won the popular vote, Bush won the Electoral College vote. The final state in contention was Florida where the vote was extremely close. After five weeks of legal proceedings the Supreme Court called a halt to the recount, handing the election to Bush.
1995: Christopher Reeve was released from physical rehab center. In May 1995 Reeve was thrown from his horse during an equestrian event, breaking his first and second vertebra. The fall damaged his spinal cord and rendered him paralyzed from the neck down. He required the aid of a respirator to breath. Reeve spent two months in the hospital before being transferred to the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. After spending almost six months there, Mr. Reeve was released.
1984: Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffered his first stroke. Mr. Schroeder was the second person to receive a Jarvik 7 artificial heart at the age of 52. The surgery took place on November 25, 1984. On this date Schroeder suffered the first of a series of strokes which left him in a vegetative state. He passed away in August 1985, 620 days after receiving his artificial heart. At the time he was the longest individual to survive this type of surgery.
1967: Jamie Foxx – comedian
1957: Steve Buscemi – actor
1948: Ted Nugent– guitarist
1929: Christopher Plummer – actor
1925: Dick Van Dyke – actor
Notable People Lost:
1993: Myrna Loy – actress
1961: Grandma Moses – painter
1945: Robert van Genechten – Dutch Nazi (NSB), commited suicide
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
Little Yule (Festival of Lights)
National Cocoa Day
Thought for the day: When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?
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