December 8th was the day in history when…
1982: Norman Mayer took the Washington Monument hostage demanding an end to the use of nuclear weapons. Mayer moved to Washington D.C. to gain attention for his cause. Initially he made plywood signs, stood with them in front of the White House, and spoke to passersby attempting to spread his message. Mayer quickly became discouraged by his lack of success with this method. On this date he parked a white van next to the Washington Monument, with “#1 Priority: Ban Nuclear Weapons” written on the side. Mayer claimed the truck contained 1000 pounds of explosives with which he intended to blow up the monument if a national dialog about nuclear weapons was not started immediately. After ten hours of negotiating Mayer tried to escape in his truck while threatening to become a moving time bomb. U.S. Park Police opened fire on Mayer shooting him twice in the head. The police later stated that they were not trying to hit Mayer but rather to disable the vehicle.
1952: Lucy Ricardo on “I Love Lucy” announced she was pregnant. Lucille Ball, the actress who brought the zany Lucy Ricardo to life, was pregnant in reality. The writers integrated Ball’s condition into the story. The network would not allow the use of the word “pregnant” in the show. Instead the characters used the word “expecting”. It was even made into a joke because Ricky could not pronounce the word correctly, instead saying “spectin”
1941: The United States and Britain declared war on Japan. The previous day Japan had carried out a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing over 2000 people and sinking eight ships. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan in response to the attack, pulling the U.S. into World War II.
1978: Ian Somerhalder – actor
1976: Dominic Monaghan – actor
1966: Sinead O’Connor– singer
1961: Ann Coulter – conservative political commentator
1765: Eli Whitney – inventor, Cotton Gin
Notable People Lost:
1997: Bob Bell – first Bozo the Clown
1983: Slim Pickins – actor
1980: John Lennon – singer/songwriter, The Beatles, assassinated
1978: Golda Meir – Prime Minister of Israel
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
Bad Hair Day
National Brownie Day
Winter Flowers Day
Thought for the day: Is it legal to travel down a road in reverse, as long as you’re following the direction of the traffic?
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