FYI December 14, 2016



On this date:

1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.


1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.1964 – American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress can use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.



1631 – Anne Conway, English philosopher and author (d. 1679)


1896 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)


1908 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)


1916 – Shirley Jackson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1965)


1946 – Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)



1799 – George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (b. 1732)


1943 – John Harvey Kellogg, American physician and businessman, co-invented corn flakes (b. 1852)


1998 – Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (b. 1924)


2015 – Lillian Vernon, German-American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Lillian Vernon Company (b. 1927)




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Eric Grundhauser: Exploring The Last Resort, Robert De Niro’s Forgotten ’90s Adventure Game  Also featuring Aerosmith, Cher, and Christopher Reeve.




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