,King Ferdinand II issued the original Laws of Burgos,which were intended to regulate the treatment of indigenouspeople on Hispaniola by Spanish settlers.
,scientist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole,France.
naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
James Barrie’s play “Peter Pan:The Boy WhoWouldn’t Grow Up”opened at the Duke of York’s Theater inLondon.
,the musical play “Show Boat,”with music by JeromeKern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II,opened at theZiegfeld Theater in New York.
,28 nations signed an agreement creating the WorldBank.
the original version of the puppet character HowdyDoody made its TV debut on NBC’s “Puppet Playhouse.”
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands signed an act rec-ognizing Indonesia’s sovereignty after more than three cen-turies of Dutch rule.
Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe,night-time splashdown in the Paciﬁc.
the musical play “Hello,Dolly!”closed on Broadwayafter a run of 2,844 performances.
,Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. PresidentHaﬁzullah Amin,who was overthrown and executed,wasreplaced by Babrak Karmal.
,Palestinian guerrillas opened ﬁre inside the Rome andVienna airports; 19 victims were killed,plus four attackers whowere slain by police and security personnel.Rockabilly musician Scotty Moore is 81. Actor John Amos is73. Actress Charmian Carr (Film:“The Sound of Music”) is 70.ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 69. Rock musicianMick Jones (Foreigner) is 68. Singer Tracy Nelson is 68. Jazzsinger-musician T.S. Monk is 63. Singer-songwriter KarlaBonoff is 61. Actress Tovah Feldshuh is 60. Rock musicianDavid Knopﬂer (Dire Straits) is 60. Journalist-turned-politicianArthur Kent is 59. Actress Maryam D’Abo is 52. Country musi-cian Jeff Bryant is 50. Actor Ian Gomez is 48. Actress TheresaRandle is 48. Actress Eva LaRue is 46. Former professionalwrestler and actor Bill Goldberg is 46.
Soda shop rebukedfor stocking candy smokes
ST. PAUL,Minn. — Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul,Minn.,arebeing warned to kick the habit and stopstocking novelty candy cigarettes.City inspectors threatened a misde-meanor citation and $500 ﬁne if Lynden’ssoda fountain is caught selling the fakesmokes again. The Star Tribune reportedWednesday that the offering violated anordinance barring the sale of candysmokes and cartoon character lighters.A city spokesman says the warningcame after inspectors received and lookedinto a complaint about the presence of thetobacco-themed products. The ordinancewas enacted to discourage youngstersfrom picking up a real smoking habit.Shop owner Tobi Lynden says thewhite candy sticks with the red tips wereher best-selling candy item but she pulledthem to avoid running afoul of the ordi-nance.
Ben Affleck won’trun for U.S.Senate
BOSTON — Ben Afﬂeck is taking hisname off the list of possible candidatesfor U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat,whichwould be open if the Democratic senatorfrom Massachusetts is conﬁrmed as sec-retary of state.Afﬂeck says in a Monday posting onhis Facebook page that while he loves thepolitical process,he will not be runningfor public ofﬁce.Speculation about the Cambridge,Mass.,native rose slightly when he didnot completely rule out a Senate bid dur-ing an appearance on CBS’Face TheNation on Sunday.In his Facebook posting,Afﬂeck sayshe would continue working with theEastern Congo Initiative,a nonproﬁtorganization that helps direct humanitari-an aid to the war-torn region,and forother causes.Afﬂeck says Kerry would make a greatsecretary of state.
Patrick Dempsey brewsup coffee shop purchase
LOS ANGELES — Patrick Dempseysays he wants to rescue a coffee housechain and more than 500 jobs.The “Grey’s Anatomy”star saidWednesday he’s leading a group attempt-ing to buy Tully’s Coffee. The Seattle-based company ﬁled for Chapter 11bankruptcy protection in October.Dempsey said he’s excited about thechance to help hundreds of workers andgive back to Seattle.The actor has a strong TV tie to thecity:He plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on“Grey’s Anatomy,”the ABC drama set atﬁctional Seattle Grace Hospital.Tully’s has 47 company-run stores inWashington and California,as well asﬁve franchised stores and 58 licensedlocations in the U.S.Any sale would have to be approved bya judge. A bankruptcy court hearing is setfor Jan. 11 in Seattle.
From a Manila slumemerges an unlikely ballerina
MANILA,Philippines — The ghettocalled Aroma reeks of putrefying trashcollected by its residents for recycling.Half-naked children with grimy facesplay on muddy dirt roads lined by crum-bling shanties of tarpaulin walls,crackedtin roofs and communal toilets.From this Manila slum of garbage col-lectors emerged an unlikely Cinderella:ballerina Jessa Balote who at the age of 10 was plucked out of her grubby life bya ballet school to prepare her for a life onstage.In four years since her audition in2008,Jessa has performed in various pro-ductions,including Swan Lake,Pinocchio,Don Quixote and a local ver-sion of Cinderella. She rode a plane forthe ﬁrst time in August to compete in the2012 Asian Grand Prix ballet competitionfor students and young dancers in HongKong,where she was a ﬁnalist.The 14-year-old Jessa’s unlikely suc-cess is as much a celebration of a uniqueeffort by the Philippines’most famousprima ballerina,Lisa Macuja,to helpslum kids of Manila by providing them ascholarship and classical ballet trainingfor six to seven years.
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