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            "Tolerance Week." The purpose of this week is to promote the importance of tolerance among human beings as a means of reducing bigotry and prejudice toward those of a difference religion, race or creed. For a copy of quotations about tolerance by famous people, as well as a frame able copy of the Golden Rule of ten religions, send $4 to cover printing and postage.  For info:

Dr. Stanley Drake, Pres. Intl. Soc. of Friendship and Good Wile, 40139 Palmdale, California, Ca. 93551-3557

        December 1-31: New Orleans, LA. Gospel concerts, caroling in Jackson Square, parades with Papa Noel, cooking demonstrations, Celebration in the Oaks, Christmas Day Concert, tours of 19th-century houses in holiday dress, Reveillon dinners, Papa Noel hotel rates. For info: French Quarters Festivals, Inc. 100 Conti St. New Orleans, LA  70130, Phone(800)673-5275 or (504) 522-5730. E-mail: info@ Web:

        1824-In the 1824 presidential election no candidate received an electoral majority.  John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts received 84 votes: Andrew Jackson of Tennessee, 99: Secretary of State William H. Crawford, who had suffered a stroke and was effectively out of the running, 41: Henry Clay, 37: John C. Calhoun of South Carolina was elected vice president. On February 9, 1825, John Quincy Adams was chosen as president by the House of Representatives.

        1842-Midshipman Philip Spencer, son of the Secretary of War, was hanged from the yardarm of the U.S.S. Somers, a brig of war, while at sea in West Indian waters.  Boatswain Samuel Cromwell and Seaman Elisha Small were hanged at the same time.  They were convicted, at a court-martial held on shipboard, of inspiring to organize a mutiny, murder the officers, and turn the ship into a pirate cruiser. The commander of the Somers was Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, who was exonerated by a court of inquiry. It was quite a “scandal” upon their return. There were questions as to whether a mutiny even actually occurred or if this was just paranoia on the part of the captain, Commander Alexander Slidell MacKenzie, who over the course of the 6-month training cruise is purported to have ordered 2,265 lashings. This incident inspired Herman Melville to write “Billy Budd,” and is commonly held to be the major factor that precipitated the establishment of the Naval Academy. Somers was in the Gulf of Mexico off Vera Cruz at the opening of the Mexican War in the spring of 1846; and, but for runs to Pensacola for logistics, she remained in that area on blockade duty until winter. On the evening of 26 November, the brig, commanded by Rahael Semmes [later commanding officer of CSS Alabama], was blockading Vera Cruz when Mexican schooner Criolla slipped into that port. Somers launched a boat party which boarded and captured the schooner. However, a calm prevented the Americans from getting their prize out to sea so they set fire to the vessel and returned through gunfire from the shore to Somers, bringing back seven prisoners. Unfortunately, Criolla proved to be an American spy ship operating for Commodore Conner. On December 8, 1846, while chasing a blockade-runner, Somers capsized in a squall and sank with the loss of 32 of her 76 crew. In 1986, her remains were found in 110 feet of water about a mile off Isla Verde.

        1847-Birthday of Julia Moore, known as the "Sweet Singer of Michigan," was born in a log cabin at Plainfield, MI. A writer of homely verse and ballads, Moore enjoyed remarkable popularity and gave many public readings before realizing that her public appearances were occasions for laughter and ridicule. Her poems were said to be "so bad, her subjects so morbid and her naiveté so genuine" that they were actually gems of humorous genius. At her final public appearance she told her audience: "You people paid 50 cents to see a fool, but I got $50 to look at a house full of fools." Moore died June 17, 1920, near Manton, MI.

        1878- Birthday of Arthur Spingarn, an American Jew, one of the original founders of NAACP, chairman in 1914, and the prestigious NACCP Springarn medal is named after him.” The purpose of this medal is twofold — first to call the attention of the American people to the existence of distinguished merit and achievement among American Negroes, and secondly, to serve as a reward for such achievement, and as a stimulus to the ambition of colored youth. This prestigious award is in the form of a gold medal that is valued at one hundred dollars. To make certain that this award is continued on an indefinite basis, Joel E. Spingarn bequeathed in his will twenty thousand dollars to the NAACP “to perpetuate the lifelong interest of my brother, Arthur B. Spingarn, of my wife, Amy E. Spingarn, and of myself in the achievements of the American Negro.” If this organization fails to continue, the Spingarn Medal is to be managed by the president of Howard or Fisk University.”

        1891-Basketball created: James Naismith was a teacher of physical education at the International YMCA Training School at Springfield, MA. To create an indoor sport that could be played during the winter months, he nailed up peach baskets at opposite ends of the gym and gave students soccer balls to toss into them. Thus was born the game of basketball.

       1892-Birthday of African-American painter Minnie Evans, born Long Creek, North Carolina, considered one of America's great unique visionary folk artists.

       1894-Canada, Yukon Order of the Pioneers: The Yukon Order of Pioneers held its founding meeting on this date at Forty mile, Yukon. It began as a vigilante police force to deter claim jumping and later inaugurated Discovery Day (Aug 17), a statutory Yukon holiday commemorating the discovery of gold on Bonanza Creek in 1896.

        1896-Frank Broaker of New York City became the first “Certified Public Accountant, receiving Certificate Number One from the New York State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners.

Broaker became the first secretary of the New York Board of CPA Examiners. He organized a school to prepare individuals to sit for the CPA examination. Broaker was criticized for publishing a book in 1897 entitled The American Accountants Manual, which contained questions and answers from the first CPA exam. He kept the proceeds from the sale of the book. He also was charged with forming a society of accountants with himself as president. It was alleged that Broaker had led prospective members of the society to believe that the Board of Regents might be willing to waive the CPA exam for those who were members. The Board of Regents responded to these complaints by appointing James T. Anyon to replace Broaker.

       1909-The first payment to a Christmas savings club at a bank was made this day.  It was started by the Carlisle Trust Company, Carlisle, PA.  The idea originated with Merkel Landis, the bank’s treasurer.  When I was younger all kids had such a “savings account.”   Today most money is spent to

make monthly payments to credit cards and kids are not encouraged to save.  Do you have

a Christmas savings account, or even a vacation savings account?

1911-Birthday of Walter Alston, baseball player and baseball Hall of Fame manager, born at Venice, OH. Alston struck out in his only major league at-bat, but he became one of the game’s most successful managers. Working under a series of one-year contracts with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1954 through 1976, Alston won seven National League pennants and four World Series.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983. Died at Oxford, OH, October 1, 1984.

       1912-Harry Arthur “Cookie” Lavagetto, baseball player and manager born at Oakland, CA.  Lavagetto was the first manager of the Minnesota Twins, but he is best remembered for breaking up Floyd Bevan’s bid for a no hitter in Game 4 of the 1947 World Series. Lavagetto doubled with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, spoiling Bevan’s effort and wining the game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Died at Orinda, CA, August 10,1990.

1913-The first drive-in gas station was opened by Gulf Refining Company at the intersection of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street, Pittsburgh, PA. The station remained open all night and provided free crankcase service.  Thirty gallons of gasoline were sold the first day. Frank McLaughlin was the first manager.

       1921-The first airship filled with helium gas was the semi rigid cigar-shaped Navy dirigible C-7. It contained 181,000 cubic feet of gas and was powered by two motors.  It was tested at Hampton Roads Base, Hampton Roads, VA, and on December 4 made a round trip from Hampton Roads to Washington, DC.  Lieutenant Commander R.F. Wood was the pilot.

        1929 –Bingo invented and manufactured by Edwin S. Lowe. Bingo has grown into a five-billion-dollar-a-year charitable fund-raiser. He got the idea from “Beano” played at carnivals for

several centuries.  Here is the story:

       1933-Birthday of alto sax player Jimmy Lyons, Jersey City, NJ,,461272,00.html?artist=Jimmy+Lyons

       1934-First “Let’s Dance” broadcast on NBC with Benny Goodman Band.

        1935—Woody Allen ( Allen Stewart Konisberg) born Brooklyn, NY.:  actor, writer, producer (Oscar for Annie Hall; Sleeper, Manhattan, Bullets over Broadway.)

        1935-Birthday of blues singer/actor Lou Rawls ("A Natural Man," "You've Made Me So Very Happy"), born Chicago, IL.

       1938-Birthday of drummer Sandy Nelson, born Santa Monica, CA.

He was the drummer in my dance band along with Frank Cook, played rock’n’roll, had a hit record later called “Teen Beat” in 1959, but in 1963 a motorcycle accident cost him a leg.  I introduced him to Jan and Dean as well as Bruce Johnson who were at University High School.  I think I met Nelson

there in my first year, and at the time, he wanted to be a disc jockey

as  my other high school friend is today, Chuck Southcott, who later drove me back and forth to school in his 1956 Chevy. Nelson learned the sound from going to many burlesque shows, where he told us he watched the drummer and listened to the rhythm as it was very unique. We also took him

to see Ben Pollock, as I remember, who was the first “boom-chick-a-boom


        1939-Birthday of Lee Buck Trevino, golfer, born Dallas, TX.

       1940-Birthday of Richard Pryor, actor, comedian (Blue Collar, Stir Crazy, "The Richard Pryor Show"), born Peoria, IL.

       1941-Formation of the Civil Air Patrol: The Director of Civilian Defense, former New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, signed a formal order creating the Civil Air Patrol, a US Air Force Auxiliary. The CAP has a three-part mission: to provide an aerospace education program, a CAP cadet program and an emergency services program.

       1944-Duke Ellington records “I’m Beginning to See the light,” ( Victor 20-1618)

       1945- Birthday of singer/performer/actress Bette Midler ("You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings"), actress (Beaches, For the Boys, Down and Out in Beverly Hills), born Honolulu, HI. On tour

for her “Salute to Rosemary Clooney” album produced by Barry Manilow, she will

be playing the San Jose Arena on February 7 and we have up-front tickets.)

        1945 - The New York premier of Paramount's The Lost Weekend, starring Ray Milland in a brilliant performance, was on this date. The film earned Oscars and Golden Globe awards for Best Picture, Best Actor for Milland, and Best Director for Billy Wilde. Milland and the film were also honored at the Cannes Film Festival.

       1945-Lionel Hampton cuts, “Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop,” (Decca 18754)

       1954-Senator Joe McCarthy silenced by the US Senate: Joseph McCarthy, a relatively obscure senator from Wisconsin , announced during a speech in Wheeling, WV, that he had a list of Communists in the State Department. Over the next two years, he mad increasingly sensational charges and in 1953 McCarthyism reached its height as he held Senate hearings in which he bullied defendants. In 1954 McCarthy’s tyranny was exposed in televised hearings during which he took on the Army ( at twelve years old I remember watching them and not understanding how they could take him serious

as he looked like he was drunk,) during which he took on the Army and on December 1,1954, the Senate voted to silence him.  McCarthy died May 2, 1957.

       1954—Top Hits

Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes

Teach Me Tonight - The De Castro Sisters

The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - The Ames Brothers

More and More - Webb Pierce

        1955- African-American seamstress Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person as required by law; the action triggers a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King Jr., changes history in the United States. Her arrest triggered a yearlong boycott of the city bus system and led to legal actions which ended racial segregation on municipal buses throughout the southern US. The event has been called the birth of the modern civil rights movement. Historians consider this the first longest and largest mass boycott by civil rights protestors.  It lasted from 1955 to 1956, 381 days. The protest was led by a young minister, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Eventually the city agreed to treat all riders equally and to hire African-Americans as bus drivers.  Interstate buses and other transportation still had restrictions on where African-Americans

sat.  Rosa McCauley Parks was born at Tuskegee, AL, Feb 4, 1913.

       1957- Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly and Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show

       1967-Birthday of Reggie Sanders, baseball player, born Florence, SC.

       1962—Top Hits

Big Girls Don’t Cry - The 4 Seasons

Return to Sender - Elvis Presley

Bobby’s Girl - Marcie Blane

Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson

        1969-The first US Air Force chief master sergeant who was African-America was Thomas N. Barnes of Chester, PA, who entered the Air Force in April, 1949.  He became a master sergeant this day and chief master sergeant of the Air Force on October 1, 1973, for a two year terms. He retired July 31, 1977. He died 17, 2003.

       1970—Top Hits

I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family

The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom

Endlessly - Sonny James

       1971-Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. of the US Navy became the first astronaut to become an admiral.  He also was the first American astronaut to be launched into space. During his Apollo 14 walk on the Moon in 1971, Shepard took two golf balls that he had smuggled in his spacesuit and used an implement from the tool cart to execute what he called a "sand-trap shot," the only golf shot ever made on the Moon.  He died at the age of 74, July 22, 1998, after a long battle with leukemia.

       1978—Top Hits

MacArthur Park - Donna Summer

How Much I Feel - Ambrosia

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond

Sweet Desire - The Kendalls

        1986—Top Hits

You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant

Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News

Touch Me When We’re Dancing - Alabama

        1989-Zamboini Medical Alert!!! The Center for Disease Control revealed in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” that the fumes from a Zamboini ice machine could make fans at a hockey game sick if the rink is not properly ventilated.

       1993-Jack Nicklaus won the Disney World Open to become the first golfer to earn more than $2 million in career winnings.
        1994-US Congress passed the GATT Treaty:  Fallowing the lead of the House of Representatives, the US Senate voted 76-24 to approve the Uruguay Round provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The worldwide trade pack is intended to reduce tariffs by a third, eliminate trade quotas and protect intellectual property. The GATT agreement is expend to add $300-500 billion to the global economy through the year 2005.  In January, 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) became the successor to GATT.

        1997-Sprewell Chokes Coach: Basketball player Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors, provoked, he said, “by a lot of verbal abuse,” choked his coach, P.J. Carlesimo at practice and threatened to kill him.  The Warriors suspended Sprewell for 10 games, and the terminated the remaining three years of Sprewell’s $32 million, 4-year contract, and then the NBA suspended

him for a year.  The NBA Players Association filed a grievance on Sprewell’s behalf, and on March 4, 1998, arbitrator John Feerick reinstated the contract and reduced the suspension to five months. Two weeks before the season, the New York Knicks acquired Latrell Sprewell from Golden State for John Starks, Chris Mills and Terry Cummings. In 2004, he joined the Minnesota Timberwolves.



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