1744: Abigail Smith Adams (First Lady: wife of 2nd U.S. President of the United States, John Adams) 1821: Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky (political revolutionary, author; The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot) 1885: George Patton, U.S. Army General: WWI, WWII 1896: Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster 1899: Pat O'Brien, actor, "Some like It Hot" 1899 Harold "PIE" Traynor, Baseball Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman: World Series [1925, 1927] 1904: Alger Hiss, who was accused of being a communist spy in Washington in the late 1940's 1922: Novelist Kurt Vonnegut 1925: Jonathan Winters, actor/comedian 1935: Bibi Anderson (Birgitta Andersson), actress, "Story of a Woman" 1940: Barbara Boxer, Senator - California 1945: Denise Alexander, actress, "General Hospital" 1945: Daniel Ortega Saavedra, president of Nicaragua (1984-1990) 1950: Jim Peterik, musician, Survivor 1951: Fuzzy (Frank) Zoeller (golf champion: Masters , U.S. Open ) 1962: Demi Moore, actress, "G.I. Jane" 1964: Calista Flockhart, actress, "Ally McBeal" 1964: Philip McKeon, actor, "Alice", "Return to Horror High" 1974: Leonardo DiCaprio, actor, "Titanic"
1493: Columbus discovers Saba. 1620: An agreement was signed by 41 Pilgrims on the Mayflower to pass "just and equal" laws. 1647: Massachusetts passed the first compulsory school attendance law. 1648: Dutch & French agree to divide St Maarten, Leeward Islands. 1790: Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China. 1831: Nat Turner, a former slave who led a violent rebellion, was put to death in Jerusalem, Va. 1851: Alvan Clark patented the telescope. 1865: Mary Edward Walker is the first Army female surgeon to be awarded the Medal of Honor. 1868: The first American amateur track & field meet (NYC) 1889: Washington was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state. 1909: Construction of the navy base at Pearl Harbor began. 1918: World War I ended with the signing of the Armistice (11am on Western Front). The date is now celebrated as Veterans Day, in remembrance of all who served in the military. 1921: President Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. 1922: Largest US flag displayed (150' x 90') expanded in 1939 (270' x 90'). 1923: Eternal flame lit for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Acr de Triumph. 1934: First penalty shot vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Mondou (Mont) was unsuccessful. 1939: Kate Smith sang "God Bless America" for the first time. 1940: Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle ("Jeep"). 1959: First episode of "Rocky & His Friends" airs. 1966: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church united as the United Methodist Church. 1972: The U.S. Army relinquished control of its base at Long Bihn to the South Vietnamese army, ending the American military presence in Vietnam. 1975: Angola became independent from Portugal after 500 years of colonial rule. 1982: The space shuttle Columbia blasted off on the first commercial space mission. 1987: Van Gogh's "Irises" was sold for a then record 53.9 million dollars in New York. 1992: Overturning centuries of tradition, the Church of England voted to allow women to become priests. 1999: Last upside down date until January 1, 6000. ( 6661 11 11 0009 1 1 )
1706: Bach was reprimanded. His employers in Arnstadt told him he wasn't rehearsing his singers enough. 1872: Frederick Stock was born. Today we remember him mainly as an early leader of the Chicago Symphony, but Stock also composed symphonies and a violin concerto. 1906: Nielsen's opera "Maskarade" was premiered in Copenhagen. 1950: In the Boston Herald, Randolph Elie said, "Forty-five years have passed since Scoenberg wrote his Chamber Symphony, and it will certainly be another 45 before it is programmed by popular demand."