Friday, December 14, 2007

Today in History: December 14, 2007



On Dec. 14, 1799, the first president of the United States, George Washington, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67.

In 1861, Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, died in London.

In 2006, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun died in New York at age 83.

In 2006, actor Mike Evans, who'd played Lionel Jefferson on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died in Twentynine Palms, Calif., at age 57.

In 2006, a British police inquiry concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend in a 1997 Paris car crash were a "tragic accident" and that allegations of murder were unfounded.


In 1819, Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.


In 1939, the Soviet Union was dropped from the League of Nations. (The Soviet Union, with Nazi Germany had attacked Poland.)

In 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights, which it had seized in its 1967 war with Syria and other Arab countries.

In 1995, presidents Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia, Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia and Franjo Tudjman of Croatia signed the Bosnian peace treaty in Paris.


In 1975, six South Moluccan extremists surrendered after holding 23 hostages for 12 days on a train near the Dutch town of Beilen.

In 2002, Jordanian police announced the arrest of two alleged al-Qaida members in the October killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley.

In 2002, Iran's new president, Mohammad Khatami, called for a dialogue with the people of the United States — a nation reviled by his predecessors as "The Great Satan."


In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his group became the first men to reach the South Pole, beating out an expedition led by Robert F. Scott.

In 1986, the experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first nonstop, non-refueled flight around the world.

In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish U.N. headquarters in New York.

In 1962, the U.S. space probe Mariner 2 approached Venus, transmitting information about the planet.


Jazz musician Clark Terry is 87. Former "60 Minutes" executive producer Don Hewitt is 85. Actor-playwright George Furth is 75. Actor Hal Williams is 69. Actress Patty Duke is 61. Pop singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson (Tony Orlando and Dawn) is 61. Entertainment executive Michael Ovitz is 61. Actress Dee Wallace is 59. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie McNeir (The Four Tops) is 58. Rock musician Cliff Williams (AC/DC) is 58. Rock singer-musician Mike Scott (The Waterboys) is 49. Singer-musician Peter "Spider" Stacy (The Pogues) is 49. Actress Cynthia Gibb is 44. Actress Natascha McElhone is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brian Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 32. Actress KaDee Strickland is 32. Actress Tammy Blanchard is 31. Actress Sophie Monk is 28.

Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2007. There are 17 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
Source: Today in History: December 14 2007


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