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FYI December 27, 2016

On this day:

1512 – The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regard to native Indians in the New World.
The Leyes de Burgos (“Laws of Burgos”), promulgated on 27 December 1512 in Burgos, Kingdom of Castile (Spain), was the first codified set of laws governing the behavior of Spaniards in the Americas, particularly with regard to the Indigenous people of the Americas (‘native Caribbean Indians’). They forbade the maltreatment of the indigenous people and endorsed their conversion to Catholicism. The laws were created following the conquest and Spanish colonization of the Americas in the West Indies, where the common law of Castile was not fully applicable.


1922 – Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō becomes the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world.


1932 – Radio City Music Hall, “Showplace of the Nation”, opens in New York City.
Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation, and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city. Its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978.



Carrie Frances Fisher[1] (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and speaker. She was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Her other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The ‘Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally… (1989).[2] Fisher was also known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and its nonfiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the show.

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Richard George Adams (9 May 1920 – 24 December 2016)[1] was an English novelist who is best known as the author of Watership Down, Shardik and The Plague Dogs. He studied modern history at university before serving in the British Army during World War II. Afterwards, he completed his studies, and then joined the British Civil Service. In 1974, two years after Watership Down was published, Adams became a full-time author.


2016 – Liz Smith, English Actress (b. 1921)
Betty Gleadle, MBE (11 December 1921 – 24 December 2016), known by the stage name Liz Smith, was an English character actress, known for her roles as Annie Brandon in I Didn’t Know You Cared, Bette and Aunt Belle in 2point4 Children, as Norma Speakman (“Nana”) in the BBC comedy The Royle Family, Letitia Cropley in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley and as Zillah In Lark Rise to Candleford.


Ryan F. Mandelbaum: The Woman Who Convinced Us That Dark Matter Existed Was Never Awarded a Nobel Prize

Vera Rubin (née Cooper; July 23, 1928 – December 25, 2016) was an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves. This phenomenon became known as the galaxy rotation problem. Although initially met with skepticism, Rubin’s results have been confirmed over the subsequent decades.[1] Attempts to explain the galaxy rotation problem led to the theory of dark matter.




Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (/fəˈɹ̠ɛːl/; born April 5, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer.

Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo The Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music. He is the lead vocalist and drummer of the rock-funk-hip hop band N*E*R*D, that he formed with Hugo and childhood friend, Shay Haley. He released his first single, “Frontin’“, in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind in 2006.[2] His second album, Girl, was released on March 3, 2014.[3][4] This album was preceded by the commercially successful single, “Happy“. As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various recording artists.[5]

Williams owns a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art called i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams’ endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club.

Williams has earned ten Grammy Awards including two with the Neptunes.

Pharrell Williams website



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Rev. Kevin Zaborney created National Whiners Day in 1986 in hopes of encouraging people to be thankful for what they have instead of being unhappy “whining” about what they do not have.


On this day:

1790 – Louis XVI of France gives his public assent to Civil Constitution of the Clergy during the French Revolution.


1862 – Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.


1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.


1963 – The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.


Born on this day:

1780 – Mary Somerville, Scottish mathematician, astronomer, and author (d. 1872)


1921 – Steve Allen, American actor, singer, talk show host, and screenwriter (d. 2000)


1945 – John Walsh, American television host, producer, and activist, created America’s Most Wanted






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FYI December 25, 2016

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On this day:

336 – First documentary sign of Christmas celebration in Rome.




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On this day:

1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.


1914 – World War I: The “Christmas truce” begins.



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FYI December 23, 2016



On this day:

1783 – George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.


1913 – The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System.


1919 – Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the United Kingdom.


1954 – First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.


Born on this day:

1843 – Richard Conner, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1924)


1867 – Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (d. 1919)


1912 – Anna J. Harrison, American organic chemist and academic (d. 1998)


1922 – Micheline Ostermeyer, French discus thrower, shot putter, and pianist (d. 2001)


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FYI December 22, 2016

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On this day:

1807 – The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.


1891 – Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography.


2010 – The repeal of the Don’t ask, don’t tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.


Born on this day:

1550 – Cesare Cremonini, Italian philosopher and author (d. 1631)


1765 – Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathematician and academic (d. 1825)


1839 – John Nevil Maskelyne, English magician (d. 1917)


1856 – Frank B. Kellogg, American lawyer and politician, 45th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)


1888 – J. Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, English businessman, founded Rank Organisation (d. 1972)




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FYI December 21, 2016


On this day:

1861 – Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.


1883 – The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, the first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, are formed.


1913 – Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.


1919 – American anarchist Emma Goldman is deported to Russia.


1936 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 88 multi-role combat aircraft.


Born on this day:

1795 – Jack Russell, English priest, hunter, and dog breeder (d. 1883)


1805 – Thomas Graham, Scottish chemist and academic (d. 1869)


1890 – Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)


1892 – Rebecca West, English journalist and author (d. 1983)


1972 – Gloria De Piero, English journalist and politician, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities




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