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Events - December 9
1788 - George Washington sold his race horse, Magnolia, to Colonel Henry Lee. Washington reportedly got 5,000 acres of Kentucky farmland in the trade.

1793 - The first daily newspaper in New York City was founded by Noah Webster. "The American Minerva" was published for the first time this day. How long Webster stayed awake at night to come up with "Minerva" is anyone’s guess.

1884 - Levant Richardson of Chicago, IL received his patent for the ball- bearing roller skate. His teeth chattered all the way to the post office box, downtown. The pavement was kind of rough on those early skates...

1907 - The U.S. Post Office in Wilmington, Delaware offered Christmas Seals for sale for the very first time. Contributions for the original seals, designed by Emily P. Bissell, helped in the fight against tuberculosis. A hospital in Wilmington is named in honor of Bissell.

1926 - The U.S. Golf Association legalized steel-shaft golf clubs. Many of the new clubs are still wrapped around tree trunks, put there by angry golfers who couldn’t make them work any better than the clubs made with hickory sticks.

1934 - Because of ground conditions, the New York Giants football team preferred to wear basketball sneakers, as they defeated the Chicago Bears, 30-13, for the NFL championship.

1940 - The Longines Watch Company signed for the first FM radio advertising contract -- with experimental station W2XOR in New York City. The ads ran for 26 weeks and promoted the Longines time signals.

1953 - Frank Sinatra recorded "Young at Heart". The song was turned down by Nat ‘King’ Cole and other artists, believe it or not. It became a top hit in the U.S. in March of 1954.

1960 - Sperry Rand Corporation of St. Paul, MN unveiled a new computer, known as Univac 1107. The electronic wizard employed what was known as thin-film memory.

1972 - Keith Moon, Rod Stewart and Roger Daltrey opened the rock opera "Tommy" in london. The show featuring "Tommy", "Pinball Wizard" and other tunes, was so hot that tickets sold for $50 and up.

1984 - The Jackson’s Victory Tour came to a close at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after 55 performances in 19 cities. The production was reported to be the world’s greatest rock extravaganza and one of the most problematic. The Jackson brothers received about $50 million during the five-month tour of the U.S. -- before some 2.5 million fans.

1984 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears got another first as he ran six plays as quarterback. He was intercepted twice, but ran the ball himself on four carries. It didn’t help. The Green Bay packers still won, 20-14. Payton said after the game, “It was okay, but I wouldn’t want to do it for a living.”

1984 - Eric Dickerson, then of the Los Angeles Rams, became only the second pro football player to run for more than 2,000 yards (2,105) in a season. He passed O.J. Simpson’s record of 2,003 as the Rams beat the Houston Oilers, 27-16.

1992 - Britain’s Prime Minister John Major announced in parliament the separation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. (The couple’s divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.)

1995 - The Beatles’ "Anthology 1" was #1 in the U.S. The double CD contained 60 Beatles songs and was the their sixteenth number-one album. It also set a record for the longest time span for a run of number-one albums: 31 years and 10 months between "Meet the Beatles" and "Anthology 1".

1998 - CBS Corp. raised $2.9 billion by selling a 17 percent stake in Infinity Broadcasting Corp., its radio and outdoor advertising business. The initial public offering of stock is largest ever in the media industry.

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Birthdays - December 9
1561 - Sir Edwin Sandys (English statesman: treasurer: Virginia Company; colonist: one of the founders of the Virginia Colony [United States]; Sandys Parish in Bermuda named for him; died in 1629)

1608 - John Milton (poet: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes; civil rights activist; died Nov 8, 1674)

1848 - Joel Chandler Harris (author: Uncle Remus stories; died Jul 3, 1908)

1886 - Clarence Birdseye (inventor: process to deep-freeze foods; one of the founders of General Foods Corp.; died Oct 8, 1956)

1898 - Emmett Kelly (clown: Ringling Bros.: hobo, Weary Willie; died Mar 28, 1979)

1902 - Margaret Hamilton (actress: The Wizard of Oz, The Anderson Tapes, Brewster McCloud; Maxwell House commercials; died May 16, 1985)

1906 - Grace Hopper (computer developer: COBOL; U.S. Naval officer: Rear Admiral, oldest naval officer on active duty [retired at age 79]; died Jan 1, 1992)

1906 - Freddy Martin (‘Mr. Silvertone’: musician: tenor sax; bandleader: I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts, April in Portugal, I Saw Stars, Then I’ll Be Tired of You, Isle of Capri, Piano Concerto in B Flat, Tonight We Love, Bumble Boogie, Sabre Dance Boogie, Warsaw Concerto, Rose O’Day, Miss You; died Sep 30. 1983)

1909 - Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (actor: Ghost Story, Gunga Din, The Prisoner of Zenda, Accused, Catherine the Great, Scarlet Dawn; TV host: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Presents; died May 7, 2000)

1911 - (William) Broderick Crawford (actor: Ransom Money, Dark Forces, The Oscar, Last of the Comanches, Born Yesterday, All the King’s Men, Highway Patrol, King of Diamonds, The Interns; died Apr 26, 1986)

1912 - Thomas P. ‘Tip’ O’Neil (Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives [1977-1987], Massachusetts Democratic congressman; died Jan 5, 1994)

1916 - Kirk Douglas (Isadore Demsky/Issur Danielovitch) (actor: Greedy, The Secret, Oscar, Queenie, Tough Guys, The Final Countdown, The Chosen, A Gunfight, There was a Crooked Man, The Arrangement, The Brotherhood, In Harm’s Way, Seven Days in May, Spartacus, Lonely are the Brave, Paths of Glory, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Lust for Life, Ulysses, Young Man with a Horn, Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful; father of actor Mike Douglas)

1922 - Redd Foxx (John Elroy Sanford) (comedian: Sanford and Son, The Royal Family, Redd Foxx, The Redd Foxx Show, Harlem Nights, Norman, Is that You?, Cotton Comes to Harlem; died Oct 11, 1991)

1928 - Dick Van Patten (actor: Eight is Enough, When Things Were Rotten, WIOU, The Partners, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Mama, A Dangerous Place, Spaceballs, Westworld, Superdad, Son of Blob; died Jun 23, 2015)

1929 - John Cassavetes (actor: Edge of the City, The Dirty Dozen, Rosemary’s Baby, Johnny Staccato; director: Big Trouble, Love Streams, Gloria, Opening Night, Faces, Shadows; died Feb 3, 1989)

1930 - Buck Henry (Zuckerman) (actor: Short Cuts, Grumpy Old Men, Eating Raoul, Catch-22, The Graduate; Emmy Award-winning writer: Ship of Spies, Get Smart [1966-67]; That was the Week That Was, To Die For, The Day of the Dolphin, What’s Up, Doc?, The Owl and the Pussycat, Catch-22, The Graduate; entertainer: The Steve Allen Show, The New Show)

1933 - Morton Downey Jr. (talk show host: The Morton Downey Jr. Show; actor: The Silencer, Revenge of the Nerds 3: The Next Generation, Driving Me Crazy, Predator 2; died Mar 12, 2001)

1933 - Orville Moody (golf: champ: U.S. Open [1969]; died Aug 8, 2008)

1938 - David Houston (Grammy Award-winning singer: Almost Persuaded [1966]; Mountain of Love, Livin’ in a House Full of Love, With One Exception, You Mean the World to Me, Have a Little Faith, Already It’s Heaven, Baby Baby [I Know You’re a Lady], So Many Ways; actor: Carnival Rock, Cottonpickin’ Chickenpickers; died Nov 30, 1993)

1938 - David ‘Deacon’ Jones (Pro Football Hall of Famer: LA Rams: coined the term ‘sack’ of which he was premier at the time; NFL defensive player of the year [1967, 1968]; San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins; died Jun 3, 2013)

1941 - Beau (Lloyd III) Bridges (director, Emmy Award-winning actor: Without Warning: The James Brady Story [1991-92]; The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader- Murdering Mom [1992-93]; Harts of the West, Ensign O’Toole; The Fabulous Baker Boys, Married to It, Sidekicks, The Hotel New Hampshire, Norma Rae, Two Minute Warning, The Other Side of the Mountain, For Love of Ivy, The Red Pony, Sea Hunt; son of actor Lloyd Bridges, brother of actor Jeff Bridges)

1942 - Dick Butkus (College and Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears: middle linebacker: NFL Defensive Player of the Year [1969, 1970]; actor: Rich Man, Poor Man, Half Nelson)

1943 - Jim Merritt (baseball: pitcher: Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1965], Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970/all-star: 1970], Texas Rangers)

1944 - Neil Innes (musician: keyboard, singer, songwriter: group: The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: I’m the Urban Spaceman)

1945 - Michael Nouri (actor: To the Limit, Danielle Steele’s Changes, The Hidden, Flashdance, Gangster Wars, Love & War, The Gangster Chronicles, Downtown, The Curse of Dracula, The Bay City Blues, Beacon Hill)

1947 - Steve Owens (Heisman Trophy winner: Oklahoma [1969])

1949 - Tom Kite (golf champion: U.S. Open [1992]; PGA Rookie of the Year [1973], Vardon Trophy winner [1989], PGA Player of the Year [1989])

1950 - Joan Armatrading (singer, songwriter: Me, Myself, I, Love and Affection, Down to Zero, Water in the Wine, Drop the Pilot)

1953 - John Malkovich (Emmy Award-winning actor: Death of a Salesman [1986]; Mulholland Falls, Dangerous Liaisons, True West, The Killing Fields, The Sheltering Sky, Places in the Heart, Of Mice and Men, In the Line of Fire, Empire of the Sun)

1954 - Jack Hues (singer: group: Wang Chung: Everybody Have Fun Tonight)

1955 - Otis Birdsong (basketball: guard: Univ. of Houston [Player of the Year: 1977]; Kansas City Kings, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics; four-time NBA all-star; scored over 14,000 career points)

1956 - Sylvia (Sylvia Hutton) (singer: Nobody, You Don’t Miss a Thing, The Drifter, The Matador, Heart on the Mend, Sweet Yesterday)

1957 - Donny Osmond (singer: Go Away Little Girl, Puppy Love; [w/sister, Marie]: I’m Leaving It All Up to You; group: Osmond Brothers: One Bad Apple; TV host: Donny and Marie; actor: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

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Chart Toppers - December 9
1946
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids)
Rumors are Flying - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
The Old Lamplighter - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Count Your Blessings - Eddie Fisher
Dim Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) - Bill Haley & His Comets
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962
Big Girls Don’t Cry - The 4 Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Bobby’s Girl - Marcie Blane
Don’t Let Me Cross Over - Carl Butler & Pearl (Dee Jones)

1970
I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
Endlessly - Sonny James

1978
Le Freak - Chic
I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vanelli
I Love the Nightlife (Disco ’Round) - Alicia Bridges
On My Knees - Charlie Rich with Janie Fricke

1986
The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News
The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
It Ain’t Cool to Be Crazy About You - George Strait

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...


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