a 28 December:
2003 Oscar Berger [11 Aug 1946~] [photo >] of the Gran Alianza Nacional (Gana), a lawyer with farming and business interests, is elected President of Guatemala with 54%t of the vote, in a run-off election against Alvaro Colom [15 Jun 1951~], a textile factory owner, of the leftist Alianza Nueva Nación (ANN), formed by ex-guerrillas, social activists, and community leaders. Berger, a former Guatemala City mayor (1991-1999), was backed by the bankers and plantation owners who exploit the overwhelming majority of Guatemalans, mostly Mayan Indians, who are desperately poor.
2002 The Impact of High-Stakes Tests on Student Academic Performance, the largest scientific study of the subject, is published. — NY Times comments — My one-word summary: “Harmful”. — Their summary in PDF. — The Research (PDF) — Technical Appendix (PDF) — The same study includes An Analysis of Some Unintended and Negative Consequences of High-Stakes Testing. — Their summary (PDF) — The Research (PDF) — Technical Appendix (PDF)
2001 The US Census Bureau updates its 2000 census with estimates of the changes between 01 April 2000 and 01 July 2001. The Us's population increased from 281.4 million to 284.8. It also constantly keeps its population clock running, showing the US population as 285'807'708 and the World's 6'195'444'441 on 28 December 2001 at 16:34 UT.
2000 Runoff presidential elections in Ghana are won by the opposition candidate, John Agyekum Kuffuor, to take office on 07 January 2001, succeeding Jerry Rawlings, military dictator turned democratic.
First results of US 2000 census are released
The US Census Bureau gives the first results from this year’s census that will be used to reassign the 435 House of Representatives seats among the states. The US population was 281'421'906 on 01 April 2000, the Census Bureau said today. That was up more than 33 million or 13.2% from the 1990 count.
The numbers show continued growth in the South and West. The numbers will now be used by state legislatures to reshape political boundaries for House districts. The US Constitution says that seats in the House must be redistributed every 10 years following the census, in proportion to the population of each state. Thus each House member will represent about 630'000 persons.
In March 2001, the Census Bureau is scheduled to begin releasing more data detailing county and local-level populations that will be used to redraw congressional and state legislative districts.
Alabama: 4'447'100 / change: +406'513
Alaska: 626'932 / change: +76'889
Arizona: 5'130'632 / change: +1'465'404 / reps: +2
Arkansas: 2'673'400 / change: +322'675
California: 33'871'648 / change: +4'111'627 / reps: +1
Colorado: 4'301'261 / change: +1'006'867 / reps: +1
Connecticut: 3'405'565 / change: +118'449 / reps: -1
District of Columbia: 572'059 / change: 34'841
Delaware: 783'600 / change: +117'432
Florida: 1'5982'378 / change: +3'044'452 / reps: +2
Georgia: 8'186'453 / change: +1'708'237 / reps: +2
Hawaii: 1'211'537 / change: +103'308
Idaho: 1'293'953 / change: +287'204
Ilinois: 12'419'293 / change: +988'691 / reps: -1
Indiana: 6'080'485 / change: +536'326 / reps: -1
Iowa: 2'926'324 / change: +149'569
Kansas: 2'688'418 / change: +210'844
Kentucky: 4'041'769 / change: +356'473
Louisiana: 4'468'976 / change: +249'003
Maine: 1'274'923 / change: +46'995
Maryland: 5'296'486 / change: +515'018
Massachusetts: 6'349'097 / change: +332'672
Michigan: 9'938'444 / change: +643'147 / reps: -1
Minnesota: 4'919'479 / change: +544'380
Mississippi: 2'844'658 / change: +271'442 / reps: -1
5'595'211 / change: +478'138
Montana: 902'195 / change: +103'130
Nebraska: 1'711'263 / change: +132'878
Nevada: 1'998'257 / change: +796'424 / reps: +1
New Hampshire: 1'235'786 / change: +126'534
New Jersey: 8'414'350 / change: +684'162
New Mexico: 1'819'046 / change: +303'977
New York: 18'976'457 / change: +986'002 / reps: -2
North Carolina: 8'049'313 / change: +1'420'676 / reps: +1
North Dakota: 642'200 / change: +3'400
Ohio: 11'353'140 / change: +506'025 / reps: -1
Oklahoma: 3'450'654 / change: +305'069 / reps: -1
Oregon: 3'421'399 / change: +579'078
Pennsylvania: 12'281'054 / change: +399'411 / reps: -2
Rhode Island: 1'048'319 / change: +44'855
South Carolina: 4'012'012 / change: +525'309
South Dakota: 754'844 / change: +58'840
Tennessee: 5'689'283 / change: +812'098
Texas: 20'851'820 / change: +3'865'310 / reps: +2
Utah: 2'233'169 / change: +510'319
Vermont: 608'827 / change: +46'069
Virginia: 7'078'515 / change: +891'157
Washington: 5'894'121 / change: +1'027'429
West Virginia: 1'808'344 / change: +14'867
Wisconsin: 5'363'675 / change: +471'906 / reps: -1
Wyoming: 493'782 / change: +40'194
|2000 Kidnapped koalas found, safe
Leanne, 7, and her elderly mother, Pat, 15, who were kidnapped in the night of 26-27 December, are found unharmed, but starved, shortly after midnight, one day after being kidnapped from the koala quarters at the San Francisco Zoo. They are reunited with the other five koalas there, including Leanne's young son Brandt, and hungrily eat the tender eucalyptus leaves which are their only food.
Two rare koalas described as “the cutest things you have ever seen” and stolen from the San Francisco Zoo, are found unharmed. Shortly after midnight, police get an anonymous tip that the koalas are in a private home. Officers go to the house and rescue the koalas. Zoo personnel then come to collect the koalas and return them to the zoo.
Zoo officials believe that sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning Leanne, 7, and her mother, Pat, 15, were taken from their indoor home. The koalas weigh 5 to 8 kg.
Officials had feared for the survival of the koalas, who are very high-maintenance animals. Pat has several medical problems, including a potentially cancerous mass and an infected eye. Even feeding them is difficult. They eat a very specialized diet of only the most tender eucalyptus leaves, the buds of which provide the koalas with their main source of water. They require 1 kg per day — an amount tracked carefully by zookeepers. And this time of year, those leaves can be hard to come by, even for a zoo. For the koala-nappers, the amount needed to feed Leanne and Pat would have been nearly impossible to find. People in the horticulture department at the zoo have to go out daily to get them food. That’s why you don’t see them much in zoos in the US. The zoo’s seven koalas live in a building with a temperature kept constantly between 18 and 21ºC degrees. They have no body fat, which makes them highly vulnerable to any changes in their environment. Zookeepers say even stress could kill the small, bear-like animals.
No Known Market for Koalas
There is no known market for koalas, leaving officials mystified as to the motive for the apparent theft. They are the cutest things you have ever seen. But why anyone would want to have them as pets can only be due to ignorance, because they are so difficult to take care of. Other, more grisly scenarios, including the possibility that someone might have taken the koalas intending to eat them, were not out of the question.
Once hunted nearly to extinction for its thick fur, the koala now lives in eucalyptus forests in eastern Australia, where it is protected by strict law. Two well-dressed men acting suspiciously were asking unusual questions about the animals on 25 December. They asked, for example, how to buy one. Later in the day, a man was spotted on the roof of the building. It is believed that whoever stole the koalas broke into the locked building through a skylight. In the morning, an empty cardboard box was sitting in front of the building. And the two koalas were gone.
<<< Brandt, a male koala joey, clings to his mother Leanne, a 7-year-old koala, 01 March 2000, at the San Francisco Zoo in San Francisco. Leanne and her mother Pat were stolen from the zoo on 27 December 2000. It appears someone climbed onto the exhibit's roof, broke through the skylight and entered the building through a furnace door.
2 stolen koalas recovered in California
Acting on an anonymous tip, police early today recovered two female koalas that had been taken from the San Francisco Zoo. The bear-like creatures were discovered missing from their indoor quarters on Christmas morning by an animal keeper.Zoo officials were summoned and returned the missing animals to the climate-controlled enclosure they share with five other koalas. They are OK. They apparently were really hungry, so they went right into their night quarters and they were fed right away. One of the two koalas a 15-year-old named Pat has several medical problems, including a potentially cancerous mass and an infected eye. Fifteen is elderly for a koala. Pat, who came to the zoo from Australia, is the mother of the other koala that was taken, 7-year-old Leanne.
Zoo officials were worried because koalas are highly vulnerable to changes in temperature and have a specialized diet, eating only the freshest tips of eucalyptus buds. The plants are also their main source of water. Any time you put them under any stress moving them you obviously tax the energy resources and they begin burning muscle. The people who took these animals probably did'nt know what it takes to take care of them.
Only about a dozen zoos in the United States have koala exhibits. Koalas, native to Australia, are considered threatened. The animals were potentially worth tens of thousands of dollars to a private collector.
| 2000 Sahib, 14 months, 150 kg, goes hiking along the
side of highway A66 in Wiesbaden, Germany. So the police close the highway
for 2 hours, causing a 20-km traffic jam during the afternoon rush hour.
That's how long it takes for Sahib to be located in the dark, shot with
six anaesthetic darts, and netted by a helicopter with heat-seaking devices,
50 police officers, firefighters, animal experts, and the manager of the
circus from which the male tiger has escaped. The next day Singapore would
announce that, starting in 2002, it would ban tigers and all wild animals
from circuses, because of the hazards to trainers and the public, and to
the welfare of the animals. Similar bans have been made by countries such
as Finland, Sweden and Israel.
1999 The Chinese Communist government not living up to its promises of free travel and access to Buddhist teachers, the 17th Karmapa Lama, Ugyen Trinley Dorje, age 14 (born on 26 June 1985), (with his senior attendant, his 24-year-old sister and 3 other followers), flees from his Tsurphu monastery near Llahsa in Tibet under cover of darkness, and starts an arduous 1400-kilometer journey through the snow-bound Himalayas to take refuge in Dharamsala, India (arriving there on 5 January 2000), where the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet in 1959, heads a Tibetan government in exile. The boy lama is the head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism, headquartered at Rumtek Monastery in the eastern Himalayan state of Sikkim on the China border, but the Indian government, under pressure from Beijing, does not allow him to go there. However Dorji's claim is disputed by those who say that he is at least 10 years older than stated and that the 17th Karmapa Lama is Trinlay Thaye Dorje, born in 1983.
(1) Lhasa: After two months of planning, the Karmapa and companions sneaked out of their monastery and started their arduous journey. They spent 2 1/2 days bumping across a 13,000-foot-high plateau in a Land Cruiser, heading toward terrain so cold.
(2) Mustang: At a Chinese military checkpoint, the Karmapa and companions left the vehicle and hiked for hours across a steep, trail-less terrain. The car, meanwhile, slipped through the checkpoint with its lights off. On the other side, there was a brief panic when the driver and hikers thought they had missed each other. They were heading for Mustang, the onetime "forbidden kingdom" of northern Nepal.
(3) Jomosom: Across the border, after passing another, unmanned, checkpoint, they procured horses near the town of Lo Manthang, then picked their way through wind-whipped terrain so inhospitable that even the locals leave during winter. They avoided the bureaucratic hub of Jomosom, and the unwanted attention they might get there.
(4) Lucknow: After a helicopter ride to near Katmandu, they went by taxi to the Indian border where thousands of other Tibetan refugees have found their way then took a train to the Indian city of Lucknow. The 17th incarnation of the Karmapa, one of Tibetan Buddhism's highest-ranking lamas, began the final leg of his journey.
(5) Dharmsala: Heading for their final destination, Dharmsala, the party's car flipped in a fog on a narrow, winding road, but none were hurt. The spent youth with blistered feet extended his torn hands to Tibet's most revered figure, the Dalai Lama.
1997 La Corte Suprema Administrativa (CSA) de Egipto decide prohibir la ablación femenina en los hospitales públicos y privados, por considerar que en el "libro sagrado de los musulmanes" no existe ningún versículo sobre la necesidad de efectuarla".
1992 Tras una marcha por la paz en Mogadiscio (Somalia), se reconcilian en público los dos caudillos, Mohammed Farah Aidid y Mohamed Alí Mahdi.
1991 La mayoría de los consultados en el referéndum se muestran a favor de la independencia de Azerbaiyán.
1990 The US government reports that the Index of Leading Indicators is down for the 5th month in a row, to 1.2%. The ensuing 1991 recession would help cost President George Bush Sr. his job.
| 1985 Warring Lebanese Moslem & Christian leaders sign
1984 Entra en vigor la Ley de Objeción de Conciencia en España.
1983 El Gobierno argentino deroga la Ley de Autoamnistía dictada por la Junta Militar, que afecta a todos los militares implicados en la Guerra de Las Malvinas.
1982 Joaquín Ruiz-Giménez es nombrado defensor del pueblo por el Congreso de los Diputados español.
1979 El general Videla destituye al general Roberto E. Viola como jefe superior del Ejército argentino y nombra al general Fortunato Galtieri.
1978 Aparece publicada en el Boletín Oficial del Estado la nueva Constitución Española.
1971 The US Justice Department sues Mississippi officials for ignoring the voting ballots of Blacks in that state.
1968 Israel attacks an airport in Beirut, destroying 13 planes.
1965 The United States bars oil sales to Rhodesia.
1964 El socialdemócrata Giuseppe Saragat es elegido presidente de la República de Italia.
1951 The United States pays $120'000 to free four fliers convicted of espionage in Hungary.
1950 Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea
1948 The Israeli Defense Force crosses the Egyptian border
1946 The French declare martial law in Vietnam as a full-scale war appears inevitable.
1945 US Congress officially recognizes "Pledge of Allegiance"
1938 France orders the doubling of forces in Somaliland; two warships are sent.
1937 The Irish Free State became the Republic of Ireland when a new constitution established the country as a sovereign state under the name of Eire.
1936 Benito Mussolini sends planes to Spain to support Francisco Franco's forces.
1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt states, "The definite policy of the United States, from now on, is one opposed to armed intervention.
1931 El papa Pío XI publica una encíclica sobre la autoridad de la iglesia.
1920 The United States resumes the deportation of communists and suspected communists.
1909 Robert Hutchings Goddard, físico de la universidad de Clark en Massachussets, publica los primeros trabajos teóricos acerca de la propulsión mediante cohetes.
1906 Ecuador adopts its constitution
1904 Farmers in Georgia burn two million bales of cotton to prop up falling prices.
1903 Cuba reconoce la nueva república de Panamá.
1902 Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US
| 1895 Rontgen presenta en Wurtzburgo su primera comunicación
sobre los Rayos X.
1878 Pope Leo XIII encyclical on socialism.
1874 Arsenio Martínez Campos proclama a Alfonso XII en Sagunto
1850 Rangoon, Burma, destroyed by fire
1849 M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect
1846 Iowa is admitted as the 29th State of the Union.
1688 William of Orange makes a triumphant march into London as James II flees.
1536 Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, tras explorar el río Magdalena, llega a la llanura de Bogo y la bautiza con el nombre de Nueva Granada (hoy Colombia).
1503 Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba y Aguilar, "el Gran Capitán" consigue una de sus más brillantes victorias en la batalla de Garellano.
1288 Alfonso III, rey de Aragón, establece un compromiso de alianza con el aspirante al trono Alfonso de la Cerda.
0418 Saint Boniface I begins his reign as Pope.
2006 22 passengers of a bus of Autotransportes Mexico-Melchor Ocampo, into which, at 09:00 (15:00 UT), a freight train crashes at a crossing in Cuautitlán, Mexico. 13 passengers and, lightly, the driver of the bus are injured. —(061229)
2006 Shizuka Saito, 22, strangled by Makoto Nasuno, 28, who leaves her naked corpse on a bed in Saito's studio apartment in the Ohara district of Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. Nasuno is arrested on 30 December 2006 and confesses: “I sneaked into her apartment using a duplicate key that I'd secretly made. I tried to rape her when she came home, but she fought back, so I strangled her.” He was a barman in the izakaya pub in which Saito also worked. —(061230)
2005 Selina Athker [31 Dec 1976–], standing at her window in her apartment between Grand Central Parkway and Queens Boulevard, in Queens, New York City, at 23:50 (04:50 UT on 29 Dec), shot through the eye as US Army Pvt. Danny Carpio, 23, in the street below, somewhat drunk, celebrates coming home on leave this day and meeting some friends by shooting at least 5 times into the air a a 9-millimeter handgun he was holding unlawfully. Selina's husband, Golam Maola, 38, is in another room making a phone call to his sisters in Bangladesh, where they were both born in Chittagong. It is in the US that they first met, in October 1994, four years after he came to the US, where she was on a visit; three years later she moved to the US permanently. They have a daughter, Tanas, 10, and a son, Tasim, 6.
2004 Seven policemen and 22 civilians, in the evening, in the Ghazaliya neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, by the explosion of a house rigged with explosives to which the police had come because of a false tip that rebels were hiding in it. Ten neighboring houses are demolished. 18 persons are injured.
2004 Susan Sontag, US novelist, essayist, and critic, born on 16 January 1933. Author of the novels Death Kit (1967), The Volcano Lover (1992) and In America (2000); the essay collections Against Interpretation (1966), Styles of Radical Will (1969) and Under the Sign of Saturn (1982); the critical studies On Photography (1977) and AIDS and Its Metaphors (1989); and the short-story collection I, Etcetera (1978).
2004 Eight Iraqis who were among 10 employees of Sandi Group (a US security company) kidnapped west of Baghdad on 13 December 2004 by militants of the Mujahedeen Army, The Black Banner Brigade, and the Mutassim Bellah Brigade, who now announce: "Eight have been executed because it was proven that they were supporting the occupying army. The other two will be released for lack of evidence".
2004 Twelve policemen, in attack on their police station 20 km south of Tikrit, Iraq.
2004 Five Iraqi National Guardsmen, by a car bomb near Baqouba, Iraq, after their unit had cordoned off an area in order to disarm a roadside bomb. 26 guardlmen are injured.
2004 Capt. Na'em Muhanad Abdullah, of the Baqouba, Iraq, shot by assassins. Three men are wounded.
2004 Five civilians by a car bomb in the village Muradiya, 30 km northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Dozens of persons are wounded.
2004 A policeman, when a gunman attacks a police station in the northeastern Hadbaa neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq.
2003 One US 82nd Airborne Division soldier, at 13:00 when the convoy he was riding detonates a roadside bomb near Fallujah, Iraq. 3 US soldiers are wounded.
2003 Two Iraqi children and one US soldier, by roadside bomb directed at a 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment patrol in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood Karrada, in the morning. 5 US soldiers, their Iraqi interpreter, and 8 members of the Iraqi civil defense corps are wounded.
2003 Three bodyguards of Major-General Jawamir Attiyah Kaki, deputy security chief of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, who survives with injuries an attack by gunmen, in Iraqi-claimed Kurdistan.
2003 Four Afghan intelligence agents, their driver, and an arrested suicide bomber, inside the police car, near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
2002 Hanin Abu Suleiman, 9, Palestinian, hit by sudden Israeli gunfire, from an enclave settlement a few hundred meters away, as she was playing in front of her home in the Khan Younis refugee camp, Gaza Strip.
1999 Ramil Amil. and a bystander, and Benjamin Inocencio O.M.I. [17 Jan 1958–], Filipino Catholic priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculae, is in his jeep on Trades Street in downtown Jolo, Sulu, the Philippines. At about 10:30 (02:30 UT) he is shot in the head with a caliber .45 handgun by Muslim terrorist Amil (of the Jama-a, urban arm of the Abu Sayyaf). Inocencio’s driver, Jun Pamawho, is wounded. Amil is then killed in a gunfight with pursuing soldiers, during which one bystrander is killed and two wounded. Inocencio was going to the market to buy gifts for poor Muslims who would attend the Jolo Vicariate’s combined Christmas and Hari-Raya celebration tobe held the next day. Inocencio was born in Ugong Pasig City a suburb of Manila. Having obtained a college degree in accounting, he worked in a bank prior to his O.M.I. novitiate. He made his first vows at Tamontaka in 1986 and was ordained a priest in 1992. After ordination he was parish priest at Timanan, South Upi Maguindanao for a year before being assigned to Cagayan de Mapun, Tawi-Tawi, one of the remote island stations of the Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo. He spent eight years there serving the Badjaos, the poorest among the poor in the southernmost partof the Philippines, before being appointed Chancellor of the Vicariate in June 1999. —(080117)
1982 Nevell Johnson Jr., a Black man, is mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related disturbances that would leave another man dead.
1964 Edwin Bidwell Wilson, US mathematician born on 25 April 1879. Wilson was a famous mathematician with an amateur's interest in economics. A student of Gibbs, he was instrumental in the popularization of vector analysis and calculus. While at M.I.T., he developed his research in mathematical physics and aeronautics. He moved to Harvard in 1922, where his interest shifted towards statistics. His early interest in economics, mostly in Pareto and the Lausanne School and his recurrent methodological forays in favor of mathematical economics, led him to be elected to the first council of the Econometric Society. He has been credited amply by Paul Samuelson as one of his most important influences at Harvard. — Author of: Vector Analysis (1901), Advanced Calculus (1912) [page images].
1963 Paul Hindemith, compositor alemán.
1963 Edward Kunz and Augustus Manser, while climbing Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak (3754 m), some 200 km (125 miles) west of Christchurch in South Island. Their bones, clothing and climbing equipment are discovered by a climber at the end of the Hooker Glacier, near Mount Cook, shortly before 04 October 2001 when news media report it..
1947 Victor Emmanuel III, 78, king of Italy / Ethiopia
1934 Pablo Gargallo, Spanish sculptor born in 1881. — links to images of statue The Prophet.
1934 Eugene Lawrence Vail, in Paris, French-US painter born on 29 September 1857 in France. — more with link to an image.
1933 Robert William Vonnoh, US artist born on 17 September 1858. MORE ON VONNOH AT ART 4 DECEMBER with links to images.
1930 Antonio Mancini, Italian artist born on 14 November 1852.
1924 Léon Nicolaevitch Bakst (Lev Samoylovich Rosenberg), Byelorussian Jewish theater costume and scenery designer born in 1886 (on 10 May, or on 08 Feb = 27 Jan Julian, depending on source). MORE ON BAKST AT ART 4 DECEMBER with links to images.
1923 Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, ingeniero francés.
1919 Johannes Robert “Janne” Rydberg, Swedish mathematician and physicist born in Halmstad on 08 November 1854. — His father was Sven Rydberg and his mother Maria Anderson. Johannes attended school in Halmstad in southwestern Sweden, on the eastern shore of the Kattegat, at the mouth of the Nissan River. He completed his secondary school education at the Gymnasium in Halmstad in 1873 and in the same year he entered the University of Lund, in southern Sweden northeast of Malmo, the second oldest university in Sweden having been founded in 1666.
Rydberg received his bachelor's degree in 1875 from the University of Lund. He continued his study of mathemtics and wrote a dissertation on conic sections for his doctorate in mathematics which was awarded in 1879. The following year he was appointed to the post of lecturer in mathematics at Lund but his interests were now turning towards mathematical physics rather than to pure mathematics. During his two years as a lecturer in mathematics he worked on problems relating to electricity.
In 1882 Rydberg moved from a lectureship in mathematics to become a lecturer in physics at Lund. Ten years later he was promoted to assistant at the Physics Institute. In 1879 he was promoted to a professorship in physics but the was only a temporary position until it was confirmed as a permanent appointment in March 1901. From this time until his retirement in 1919 he held the chair of physics at Lund. However, his health deteriotated during the time that he held the chair and he became seriously ill in 1914. Although he continued to hold the chair he took sick leave in 1914 and was absent from the university from that time on. His final retirement came five years after he had ceased to be able to work and came only a few weeks before his death.
Manne Siegbahn, who had been a student of Rydberg from 1906 to 1911, then Rydberg's assistant from 1911 to 1914, took over his teaching duties in 1914. He carried these out until Rydberg formally retired in 1919, then early in 1920 he was appointed to Rydberg's chair of physics. Siegbahn wrote the biography of Rydberg.
Rydberg's most important work is on spectroscopy where he found a relatively simple expression relating the various lines in the spectra of the elements (1890). He hoped to determine the structure of the atom but, although his work did provide the basis for the structure theory, he himself did not reach his goal.
1872: 57 Apaches and one of the US soldiers who attacked them at Salt River Canyon, Arizona Territory.
1871 John Henry Pratt [image >], English mathematician born in 1809. A clergyman, he spent many years in India as archdeacon of Calcutta. Based on the results of the Survey of India, Pratt devised a theory of crustal balance, later designated as isostasy.
1870 Petrus van Schendel, Belgian artist born on 21 April 1806. — more
1827 Woodhouse, mathematician.
1825 John Thomas Serres, English artist born in December 1759. — more with links to images.
1702 Richard Brakenburg, Dutch artist born on 22 May 1650.
1696 Miguel de Molinos, teólogo condenado por hereje, fallece en Roma.
1694 Queen Mary II of England dies after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.
1656 Laurent de la Hire (or Hyre), French artist born on 27 February 1606. MORE ON DE LA HIRE AT ART 4 DECEMBER with links to images.
1598 Gillis (Aegidius Sinapius) Mostaert, Flemish artist born in 1534.
2004 Hammond triplets, 2 boys and 1 girl, in Richmond, Virginia, test-tube children of Camille and Jason Hammond, delivered a month and a half prematurely by Caesarean section from their maternal grandmother Tina Cade, surrogate mother for her oldest daughter, Camille Hammond, who suffers from endometriosis. The girl weighs 2100 g, the boys 2070 g and 1700 g.
1981 Elizabeth Jordan Carr, first US test-tube baby, in Norfolk, Virginia, result of the in vitro fertilization research of Dr. Georgeanna Seegar Jones [06 Jul 1912 – 26 Mar 2005] and her husband Dr. Howard W. Jones Jr. [30 December 1910~]. The first such birth in the world was that of Louise Joy Brown in the UK on 25 July 1978.
1957 Francisco Javier Arenas Bocanegra, político español.
1924 Edwin Rodman
Serling, in Syracuse NY, writer and producer of television
dramas and screenplays, who died on 28 June 1975.
Serling served in the U.S. Army during World War II and began writing scripts for Cincinnati radio and television stations while a student at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio (B.A., 1950). In 1951 he began selling television dramas to live network series and quickly became one of the medium's leading writers: over the next four years, he sold 90 freelance scripts. He won a 1955 Emmy Award for his script Patterns, a story of ruthless business executives, and a 1957 Emmy for his script Requiem for a Heavyweight. Serling's dramas were often controversial, and despite his protests such scripts as A Town Has Turned to Dust (1958), about lynching, and The Rank and File (1959), about labor-union corruption, were extensively revised by CBS-TV censors.
Tired of battling censors, Serling abandoned writing realistic scripts in order to produce and narrate a science-fiction anthology series The Twilight Zone (1959–1964); for this he won a third writing Emmy, in 1959. He also wrote screenplays, often based on his television scripts, such as Patterns (1956) and The Rack (1956). He was also coauthor of The Planet of the Apes (1968). Among his later projects were hosting a 1970–1973 fantasy anthology series, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, and teaching dramatic writing at Ithaca College in New York.
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears, and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call... THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
Rod Serling wrote most of the episodes of The Twilight Zone, those listed here (*'s are a rating of their quality)[length of episodes: 1/2 hour in seasons 1-3, 1 hour in season 4-5]:
FIRST SEASON 1959-1960
WHERE IS EVERYBODY? ***
The pilot show for the series concerns a man who finds himself in a completely deserted city. In the end, we learn that it was all a test to observe how human beings will respond to extreme loneliness during space flights.
ONE FOR THE ANGELS ****
A sidewalk salesman makes the greatest pitch of his life to save a little girl from "Mr. Death".
MR. DENTON ON DOOMSDAY **
A has-been gunslinger finds his fast draw abilities have been restored after he drinks a magic potion.
THE SIXTEEN-MILLIMETER SHRINE **
A former movie queen tries to recreate the spirit of her heyday by screening her old movies...and living them.
WALKING DISTANCE ****
Harried advertising agent Martin Sloane visits his home town and slips thirty years into his childhood. Our hero actually meets himself as a child, and turns out to be the cause of an old leg injury that bothered him the rest of his life...
ESCAPE CLAUSE ***
A hypochondriac makes a pact with the Devil for immortality. He then kills someone for kicks, but instead of getting the electric chair, he is sentenced to life imprisonment.
THE LONELY *****
James Corry is convicted of murder and sentenced to spend forty years on a distant asteroid. He has only one companion a robot made in the form of a woman.
TIME ENOUGH AT LAST ****
A nearsighted bank teller who becomes the only survivor of an H-bomb attack. He is now able to pursue his only real interest in life: reading. At least, he THINKS he will be able to pursue it...
JUDGMENT NIGHT *
Murky tale about a passenger aboard a wartime freighter who is certain the ship will be sunk at 01:15
AND WHEN THE SKY WAS OPENED ***
After three astronauts return from man's first space flight, each of them mysteriously disappears. Based on a short story by Richard Matheson and concerned with the subject of "what IS reality?"
WHAT YOU NEED ****
Swindler Fred Renard tries to profit from an amiable fellow's talent for seeing into the future. Based on a short story by Lewis Padgett.
THE FOUR OF US ARE DYING **
Arch Hammer can alter his face to make it look like anyone else's. Based on a short story by George Johnson.
I SHOT AN ARROW INTO THE AIR ***
After supposedly landing on another planet, an astronaut kills his comrades to prolong his own life. Based on a short story by Madeline Champion.
THE HITCH-HIKER ****
Driving cross-country, a woman becomes panicky when she continually sees the same ominous hitch-hiker on the road ahead. Based on a story by Lucille Fletcher.
THE FEVER ****
A gambling-hating man named Franklin Gibbs battles a Las Vegas slot machine with a malevolent mind of its own. Well, let's be careful now, he THINKS it has a mind of its own, but we don't REALLY know that. Still, it might have at that...
THE PURPLE TESTAMENT ***
Powerful tale about a lieutenant with the ability to predict which men in his outfit will be killed in battle.
MIRROR IMAGE ****
In a nearly deserted bus depot, a woman finds herself haunted by her double.
THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET ***
Hysteria grips a small community as residents suspect a power failure has been caused by invaders from outer space disguised as Earthmen.
PEOPLE ARE ALIKE ALL OVER ****
| An astronaut is pleased to find that people on Mars act
just like people at home. Based on a short story by Paul W. Fairman.
A western outlaw is snatched from the hangman's noose by a modern day scientist and his time machine.
THE BIG TALL WISH *
A child's faith in miracles helps a down-and-out boxer win an important match.
A NICE PLACE TO VISIT ****
While committing a crime, a cheap hood gets killed and finds an afterlife in which all wishes are granted by a, well, "helper", called "Pip".
NIGHTMARE AS A CHILD **
Schoolteacher Helen Foley is haunted by the recurring image of herself as a child. Time paradoxes play a minor role in this episode.
A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY ***
Harried by his high-pressure job, an executive falls asleep on a train and wakes at a mysterious stop called Willoughby.
PASSAGE FOR TRUMPET ****
An unsuccessful trumpet player is given a second crack at life after he is struck and killed by a truck, but first he has to learn what it's like to be "dead" in a world full of life...
MR. BEVIS **
A kindly fellow's life is turned topsy-turvy when he receives "help" from his guardian angel.
THE AFTER HOURS ****
A woman discovers that the floor of a department store on which she bought an item doesn't exist, and that the salesgirl was, in reality, a mannequin. Finally she finds out who she is.
THE MIGHTY CASEY ***
The manager of a baseball team adds a new man to the fold a robot named Casey. This episode is told as a fable, and is presented in a rather "tongue-in-cheek" manner. Fun if not taken too seriously.
SECOND SEASON 1960-1961
KING NINE WILL NOT RETURN **
After crashing in the desert, a bomber pilot is haunted by the images of his dead crew.
THE MAN IN THE BOTTLE ****
A pawnbroker is granted four wishes by a sinister genie. The genie is a truly sinister character, who simply exudes terror, even as he offers the poor pawnbroker and his wife the almost limitless dreams of four wishes. They learn the hard way that every silver lining has a cloud attached.
NERVOUS MAN IN A FOUR DOLLAR ROOM ***
A petty hood literally confronts his "conscience" in a mirror.
A THING ABOUT MACHINES ****
A machine-hating writer is suddenly hunted by a small army of mechanical devices. Includes a cut of an electric razor slowly loping down the stairs in an attempt to get this guy.
THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER *****
Physicians in some unknown society make their 11th and last attempt to improve a young woman's face so that she can live among "normal people. It fails.
NICK OF TIME ***
A newlywed husband is fascinated by a fortune-telling machine that makes uncanny predictions about his life.
THE LATENESS OF THE HOUR ***
The faultless precision of robot servants invented by her father begins to annoy a young woman
A MOST UNUSUAL CAMERA ****
Examining their latest haul, two-bit thieves discover a camera that takes pictures of the future.
NIGHT OF THE MEEK ***
A department store Santa Claus ends up being the real thing.
On the day of his execution, a man's father is conned by a vicious traveling salesman who sells him "magic dust" capable of eliminating hate.
| BACK THERE ***
A man is catapulted backward into time to the moments preceding the assassination of President Lincoln. A serious question concerning the structure of time is brought forth in this episode.
THE WHOLE TRUTH ***
An unsrupulous car salesman meets his match in a haunted auto with a mind of its own. He is FORCED to tell the truth.
TWENTY TWO ****
A woman is haunted by a recurring nightmare that always ends with her being escorted to hospital room 22 the morgue. In fact, she is having this dream while IN the hospital!
This episode made the line "Room for one more, honey. a TZ classic.
THE ODYSSEY OF FLIGHT 33 ***
A commercial airliner becomes unstuck in time, with a prehistoric sequence, unused footage from the movie
DINOSAURS. MR. DINGLE, THE STRONG ****
Several weird-looking extraterrestrials appear in this episode about a timid little man who is given superpowers by a double-headed Martian experimenter.
A HUNDRED YEARS OVER THE RIM ***
A western settler mysteriously enters the 20th century when he goes off in search of medication for his dying son.
THE RIP VAN WINKLE CAPER ***
Four thieves steal gold bullion and place themselves in suspended animation for a hundred years.
THE SILENCE ****
A man, sick of the incessant chatter of a fellow club member, offers him a half million dollars if he can keep silent for a full year. The man manages to win the bet, but pays a dear price in the process.
THE MIND AND THE MATTER ***
A book on the power of thought enables a meek clerk to create a world exactly as he would want it.
WILL THE REAL MARTIAN PLEASE STAND UP *****
A pair of state troopers must determine which member of a bus trip is, in reality, a Martian invader. The bus passengers spend most of the episode off the bus, in a diner.
THE OBSOLETE MAN ****
Symbolic tale about a librarian judged "obsolete" by a totalitarian society of the future.
THIRD SEASON 1961-1962
THE ARRIVAL ***
The aviation administration is completely baffled by the appearance of a mysterious empty airliner until an examiner poses the unlikely but apparently sound theory that the craft is imaginary.
THE SHELTER ****
When a possible nuclear attack is announced, several suburban friends and neighbors are reduced to selfish, vicious animals in a struggle over one family's bomb shelter. Dramatic story of emotions and fears running wild during a yellow alert.
THE PASSERBY **
A company of Civil War soldiers who believe they are marching home from battle soon come to realize that they are actually dead.
THE MIRROR **
In the state offices of an overthrown government, a revolutionary leader uses a mirror reported to possess strange powers it can show the viewer the face of the person who will kill him. The country is obviously a thinly obscured representation of Castro's Cuba.
ITS A GOOD LIFE ***
A rural community is held terrorized by the unearthly powers of a young boy. Based on a short story of the same name by Jerome Bixby.
DEATHS-HEAD REVISITED **
A visit to a concentration camp at Dachau forces a former Nazi to confront the horrifying ghosts of his ghastly wartime crimes.
THE MIDNIGHT SUN ****
The Earth seems to be slowly drawn into the sun, causing drought, devastating heat waves and panic.
| STILL VALLEY ***
A strange book presents the Confederate Army with a difficult choice: they can win the Civil War but they must make a pact with the Devil. Based on a short story by Manley Wade Wellman.
FIVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN EXIT ****
Five people trying to escape from some sort of large cylindrical container have no memory of who they are or how they came to be there. One is a soldier, one a clown, one a dancer, and one a bagpiper, and one more. Based on a short story by Marvin Petal.
A QUALITY OF MERCY **
A soldier gets a fresh, frightening perspective on his militaristic ways when he suddenly experiences a war situation from the enemy's point of view.
SHOWDOWN WITH RANCE McGREW ***
An obnoxious cowboy star gets his comeuppance whan he suddenly finds himself confronting one of the outlaws who has been poorly presented in his television show. Tongue-in-cheek. Fairly humorous.
TO SERVE MAN *****
When alien "Canamits" come to Earth bearing promises of a utopian existence, the military's suspicions and skepticism eventually prove justified. But too late. Based on a short story by Damon Knight. This is probably the most popular TZ episode of all time.
EXCELLENT. THE GIFT **
A group of Mexican villagers are convinced that a downed flyer is, in fact, an extraterrestrial.
THE LITTLE PEOPLE ***
Everything is relative, as a space traveler soon learns when he proceeds to lord his size over the tiny folk who inhabit a planetoid.
FOUR O'CLOCK **
Based on a short story by Price Day. A demented Oliver Crangle, a man dedicated to the expulsion of evil... at all costs. His plan: reduce all the evil people in the world to 2 feet tall, at 4 o'clock.
THE TRADE-INS ***
Youth isn't all it's cracked up to be, as an old man learns when a mind and personality transplant gives him a lonely new life in a young new body. Actually, he doesn't get the body until near the end of the show. The primary focus of the episode is that he and his wife only have enough money for ONE of them to be transplanted.
HOCUS POCUS AND FRISBY ****
The town windbag so impresses a visiting group of aliens (who are masquerading as humans) with his tall tale stories that they attempt to take him back to their planet for study as a prime Earth specimen. Based on a short story by Frederic Louis Fox.
THE DUMMY ***
A cut-rate ventriloquist starts believing that his dummy actually has a mind and a will of its own. Based on a story by Leon Polk.
THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD *
A popular teacher faces the prospect of a life without purpose when he is asked to retire from his post.
CAVENDER IS COMING ***
A klutzy guardian angel's attempts to make a bumbling woman happy don't work out quite as expected.
FOURTH SEASON Jan-May 1963
THE THIRTY-FATHOM GRAVE ***
The crew of a Navy destroyer hear strange tapping noises coming from a submarine that sank 20 years before.
HE'S ALIVE **
The "he" of this title refers to Adolf Hitler. A young reactionary is guided by a shadowy figure on methods to control and mesmerize the populace.
NO TIME LIKE THE PAST **
A moody scientist travels into the past to prevent the major catastrophes of history.
Following a routine seven-day space flight, an astronaut is catapulted into a strange parallel universe.
OF LATE I THINK OF CLIFFORDVILLE ****
A heartless, very rich man desires to return to the small town where he was born and start life again. He figures he will end up even RICHER this time, since he already knows where all the big oil fields will be, which stocks will go up, etc. A demon (Newmar) obliges him. Adaptation of the classic story "Blind Alley", by Malcolm Jameson.
ON THURSDAY WE LEAVE FOR HOME ***
Space settlers on a barren world finally get the chance to return to Earth, but the group's leader protests.
THE BARD ****
On-target satire. Hack writer Julius Moomer conjures up William Shakespeare to help him write a television script, but network and sponsor representatives suggest a few changes.
| FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON 1963-1964
IN PRAISE OF PIP **
A soul-searching bookie tries to make up for the way he raised his son when he learns that the boy has been seriously wounded in Vietnam.
A KIND OF STOP WATCH ****
A talkative and rather unpopular fellow stumbles upon a watch that can stop all action in the world, except for him holding the watch..
THE LAST NIGHT OF A JOCKEY *
Predictable yarn about a jockey who thinks that being tall will solve all of his personal problems.
THE OLD MAN IN THE CAVE ***
A group of survivors from a nuclear holocaust continue to survive through the help of a mysterious "old man in the cave". From a short story by Henry Slesar.
UNCLE SIMON ***
Robby the Robot is featured in this episode. The spirit of an old inventor avenges himself on his greedy niece when he dies at her hands.
PROBE 7 OVER AND OUT **
The lone survivors of two annihilated planets must begin new lives together on a new world.
THE 7TH IS MADE UP OF PHANTOMS **
Modern-day soldiers on the site of Custer's Last Stand encounter the warring spirits of the 7th Cavalry and the Sioux nation.
THE LONG MORROW **
A scientist hopes that by refusing to use a suspended animation apparatus on a thirty year space probe he will remain in the same age ratio as the woman he loves.
THE MASKS ****
A grisly horror tale. A dying millionaire forces his evil, greedy family into wearing grotesque masks that match their inner selves.
I AM THE NIGHTCOLOR ME BLACK *
Symbolic, talky message piece. On the day an idealistic young man is to be executed for the willful murder of a bigot, the sun fails to shine on a small western town.
THE JEOPARDY ROOM ***
A defector is captured by a hired assassin and given three hours to earn his freedom.
MR. GARRITY AND THE GRAVES **
A traveling salesman tells the backward members of a small community that he can raise the dead. Later remade (sort of) as an episode of "Night Gallery" called "Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator.
THE BRAIN CENTER AT WHIPPLE'S ***
Robby the Robot makes another appearance in this story about a callous executive who hopes to improve his corporation by replacing all the employees with machines. (A slightly different model of Robbie appears in each episode)
THE FEAR ***
Everything is relative in this story about an unhinged woman and a state trooper who sights a giant alien in a California park.
SOUNDS AND SILENCES
A SHORT DRINK FROM A CERTAIN FOUNTAIN **
A man wants to become young again, and obtains a rejuvenating potion in the hopes of accomplishing this.
OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE *****
Based on a classic tale by Ambrose Bierce, it is set during the Civil War and concerns a man about to be hanged.
By the end of the series, Serling had already lost substantial control over the production of the show, and was rapidly becoming disgusted by the start of the fifth season. He began having as little as possible to do with the series since he did not have the control he wanted. He began filming several show intros at once in front of a neutral gray backround, instead of placing himself in the action as in earlier shows. These intros could then be simply edited into the series as production continued. He had hoped that Night Gallery would provide the situation he needed for his creativity, but such was not to be the case. He ended up with even less control over this series, and the show was quickly degenerated by management into a series of dull episodes on ESP. Serling NEVER liked this show.
| 1912 José Luis Cano, poeta español.
1911 Sam Levinson, humorist (Today I Am a Fountain Pen)
1902 Mortimer J. Adler New York NY, philosopher, educator and writer (Encyclopaedia Britannica), who died on 28 June 2001.
1899 Edgar Neville Romrée, escritor, autor de teatro, director de cine, pintor, .y diplomático español, quien murió el 23 Apr 1967. —(061227).
1882 Arthur Eddington England, astrophysicist / cosmologist / mathematician, who confirmed Einstein's theory of relativity.
1877 Alfred Aaron Wolmark, Polish British painter who died on 06 January 1961. — more
1872 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Basque writer who died on 30 October 1956. He was the foremost Spanish novelist of his generation. His first two books were a collection of short stories, Vidas sombrías (1900), and a novel, La casa de Aizgorri (1900). Attempting to arouse peopleto action, he wrote 11 trilogies dealing with contemporary social problems, the best known of which, La lucha por la vida (1904), portrays the misery and squalor in the poor sections of Madrid. El árbol de la ciencia (1911) is autobiographical. Of the almost 100 novels he wrote, the most ambitious project was Memorias de un hombre de acción (1913–1928), a series of 14 novels and 8 volumes of shorter narratives dealing with a 19th-century insurgent and his era. One of his best novels, Zalacaín el aventurero (1909), is written in an intentionally abrupt style reflecting Baroja's vision of reality as disjointed.
1869 Chewing gum, patented by William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
1865 Félix Edouard Valloton, Swiss artist who died on 29 December 1925. — more
1860 Philip Wilson Steer, British artist who died on 21 March 1942 MORE ON STEER AT ART 4 DECEMBER with links to images.
1847 Cesare Augusto Detti, Italian artist who died on 19 May 1914. — more
|Les Saints Innocents
En Wallonie, le premier qui se levait, ce 28 decembre, avait le droit de réveiller les autres en leur souhaitant " Bonne Fête " ! Et lorsque les yeux encore mi-clos, il demandait en tentant de dissiper les brumes du réveil, quelle fête ? L’on répondait : " Saint Innocent ! ". parfois en français, parfois en wallon : " E’nocînt " " Innocent " ! Ce terme prenait une signification savoureuse en wallon (comme "ravi" en provençal?). Au Mexique c'est le jour, un peu comme le 1er avril ailleurs, pour raconter des choses invraisemblables, et crier à ceux qui les croient: ¡Inocente!. Mais ceci nous éloigne de cela.
D’où vient donc ce terme ? Après la naissance de Jésus à Bethléem, le roi Hérode (roi de Judée, de Galilée et de Palestine, instrument fidèle aux mains des Romains), qui avait été mis au courant de la naissance d’un enfant-roi par les mages qu’il avait reçus en grande pompe dans son palais avant la naissance, Hérode donc décida de se tuer tous les enfants " mâles " de moins de 6 mois. Ceci afin de ne pas avoir de rival qui put ravir son trône à sa famille. Ses hommes d’armes parcoururent les campagnes à la recherche des nouveau-nés, des innocents, p.c.q. non encore marqués par le péché, et les massacrèrent sans pitié. L’Histoire nous a malheureusement appris que la pitié ne marque guère les soldats quand ils obéissent aux ordres. Marie et Joseph, avertis par l’archange Gabriel, le porte-parole des messages divins, purent s’enfuir à temps, en Egypte, pour échapper au massacre. C’est l’épisode de la fuite en Egypte qui suit dans la Bible celui du massacre des Saints Innocents. Les deux événements ont été illustrés par tous les auteurs classiques, tant en peinture qu’en littérature ou en musique.