Wednesday, December 03, 2008

On this day in history...

December 3rd...International Nuclear Weapons Testing Day!

1621 Galileo perfects the telescope
1833 Oberlin College in Ohio, 1st truly coeducational college opens
1847 Frederick Douglass publishes 1st issue of his newspaper "North Star"
1910 Neon lights, 1st publically seen (Paris Auto Show)
1922 1st successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in New York NY
1930 Air-borne chemicals combine with fog to kill 60 (Meuse Valley Belgium)
1931 Alka Seltzer goes on sale
1947 Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" premieres in New York NY
1948 1st US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn-in
1950 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast
1952 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
1956 Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)
1961 Anton Geesink becomes 1st not-Japanese judo world champion
1961 Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
1961 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st airs on TV
1967 1st human heart transplant performed (Dr Christiaan Barnard, South Africa)
1967 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:09:36.4)
1968 Pitcher's mound drops from 15" to 10" & strike zone reduced from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits, to help hitters
1969 John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 11 trampled to death at Cincinnati Who concert
1981 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB)
1983 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisconsin
1991 Hulk Hogan defeats Undertaker to become 4th time WWF champion
1997 Golden State Warrior guard Latrell Sprewell, four-year, $32 million, contract terminated for attacking his coach P J Carlesimo

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