Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington,D.C.
Congress decided all national elections would be heldon the ﬁrst Tuesday after the ﬁrst Monday in November.
New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced hiscandidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,the so-called “Lame Duck Amendment,”was ratiﬁed as Missouriapproved it.
17 people went on trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin’s “Great Purge.”(All were convicted of conspiracy; allbut four were executed.)
critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of the CBS radio program “People’sPlatform.”
,the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution afﬁrmingJerusalem as the capital of Israel.
the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe (BATH’-ih-skahf) Trieste carried two men to the deepest known point inthe Paciﬁc Ocean,reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet.
the 24th Amendment to the Constitution,eliminatingthe poll tax in federal elections,was ratiﬁed.
,North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USSPueblo,charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (Thecrew was released 11 months later.)
,the TV mini-series “Roots,”based on the Alex Haleynovel,began airing on ABC.
debate in Britain’s House of Lords was carried on livetelevision for the ﬁrst time.
Ten years ago:
The government of Kuwait said a Kuwaiti hadconfessed to the shootings of two U.S. defense workers thatleft one dead.Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg,D-N.J.,is 89. Actress Jeanne Moreauis 85. Actress Chita Rivera is 80. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 79.Actor Gil Gerard is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson(The Persuasions) is 69. Sen. Thomas R. Carper,D-Del.,is 66.Singer Anita Pointer is 65. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 63.Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 60. Los AngelesMayor Antonio Villaraigosa is 60. Princess Caroline of Monaco is56. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 54. Actress GailO’Grady is 50. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 49. Rhythm-and-bluessinger Marc Nelson is 42. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 39. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 38. Christian rock musician Nick DePartee (Kutless) is 28.The president of the United States doeshis air travel on Air Force One. The vicepresident travels on Air Force Two.***Harrison Ford (born 1942) starred as thepresident of the United States in the actionmovie “Air Force One”(1997). In theﬁlm,Russian terrorists hijack Air ForceOne and hold the president and his familyhostage.***A military pilot who is an “ace”hasbrought down ﬁve or more enemy aircraft.***In World War II aviation slang,a “lameduck”meant a damaged plane,“goingupstairs”referred to gaining altitude and a“dogﬁght”was combat between twoplanes.***The ﬁrst album by the rock groupJefferson Airplane was titled “JeffersonAirplane Takes Off,”released in 1966.***The tail height of a 747 is 63 feet 8 inch-es,equivalent to a six-story building.***After their ﬁrst ﬂight on Dec. 17,1903,Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville Wright(1871-1948) wanted the big news story tocome from their hometown of Dayton,Ohio. However,the telephone operator inKitty Hawk talked to a reporter at theVirginian-Pilot and that newspaper print-ed it ﬁrst,with inaccurate information.The Dayton Daily News ran the ﬁrst accu-rate account of the ﬂight.***On Dec. 17,2003,the Wright BrothersNational Memorial in North Carolinahosted a centennial celebration of the ﬁrstﬂight in history. The 100th anniversarywas remembered with an air show and aceremony honoring aviation heroes.***The National Aviation Hall of Fame is inDayton,Ohio. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is also inDayton. The International Women’s Air &Space Museum is in Cleveland,Ohio.***A mid-air emergency renders the pilots of a passenger plane unable to ﬂy. A stew-ardess must attempt to land the plane. Doyou know the name of the movie? Seeanswer at end.***Mach speed is named in honor of Austrianphysicist Ernst Mach (1838-1916),knownfor his advances in the ﬁeld of ballistics.***On average,an ejection will launch a nor-mal-sized pilot to a height of more than200 feet and produce a full parachute inthree seconds. Ejection seat tests are donefrom zero velocity and zero altitude (sit-ting still on the ground).***Diminutive French actor HervéVillechaize (1943-1993) is best remem-bered for his role as Tattoo,Mr. Roarke’ssidekick on “Fantasy Island”(1978-1984). In the opening credits of eachshow,Tattoo rang a bell and announcedthe arrival of “the plane,the plane!”***In 1929,aeronautical engineers JamesMcDonnell (1899-1980) designed whathe hoped would become the ﬁrst mass-produced two-passenger airplane,calledthe Doodlebug. The plane was entered ina ﬂight competition with a prize of $100,000,but did not win because of damage sustained during the ﬂight.***Howard Hughes’(1905-1976) H-4Hercules cargo airplane,completed in1947,was nicknamed the Spruce Goose.It was actually built from birch wood,notspruce.***
:There were two movies with that plot:“Airport 1975”(1974) and “Airplane!”(1980). “Airport 1975”wasa drama starring Charlton Heston (1924-2008). An airplane collision hurts the pilots and the stewardess takes the con-trols until the Air Force can get a pilot onboard. “Airplane!”is a comedy spoof of that movie,starring Leslie Nielsen. Whenthe pilots get food poisoning,a stewardessand a passenger must land the plane.
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