Today's History Trivia for December 22
2001 Shoe Bomber Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63. He was subdued by the crew and passengers while attempting to light the bomb. He was unable to light the bomb because sweat from his feet had dampened the explosives. Reid, an Islamic fundamentalist from the United Kingdom and self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda operative, was sentenced to 3 life terms plus 110 years without parole.
2001 Cloning The first cloned pet, Cc the cat is born.
1984 Subway Vigilante Bernhard Goetz shoots four black youths in a N.Y. subway car. He claimed he was frightened when they asked for five dollars. He was convicted (1987) of carrying an unlicensed concealed weapon, fined $5,000 and sentenced to six months in jail.
1968 The crew of the USS Pueblo is released by the North Koreans. They had been captured in January.
1956 First gorilla born in captivity Colo is born at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. Source: Famous First Facts
1894 United States Golf Association (USGA) is formed.
1769 Daniel Boone is captured by Indians. He later escaped.
Today's Birthdays for December 22
1949 Robin (d. 2012) and Maurice (d. 2003) Gibb British singers, songwriters, with the Bee Gees. Music: Stayin' Alive (1977) and Night Fever (1977, #1).
1945 Diane Sawyer American news correspondent. TV: 60 Minutes and PrimeTime Live.
1922 Ruth Roman d. 1999 (Norma Roman), American actress. She played the title role in the 1945 thirteen-episode serial Jungle Queen. TV: Knots Landing (Sylvia Lean).
1917 Gene Rayburn d. 1999 American TV personality. TV: The Match Game (emcee).
1915 Barbara Billingsley d. 2010 (Barbara Lillian Combes), American actress. TV: Leave It to Beaver (1957-63, June Cleaver). Film: Airplane! (1980, the elderly passenger who spoke jive).
1912 Lady Bird Johnson d. 2007 (Claudia Johnson), American first lady, wife of Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson.
1869 Edwin Arlington Robinson d. 1935 American poet, 3-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, known for his short character sketches such as Richard Cory and Miniver Cheevy.
1858 Giacomo Puccini d. 1924 Italian operatic composer. Operas: La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900) and Madama Butterfly (1904).
1727 William Ellery d. 1820 American patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1696 James Edward Oglethorpe d. 1785 English general, colonized Georgia and founded the city of Savannah (1733).
Deaths for December 22
1979 Darryl Francis Zanuck b. 1902 American Oscar-winning movie producer and executive, co-founder of 20th Century Pictures (1933). In 1946 he predicted the quick demise of television stating, "People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
2014 Joe Cocker b. 1944 (John Robert Cocker), British singer. Music: With a Little Help From My Friends (1968, #1 UK), You Are So Beautiful (1974), and Up Where We Belong (1982, #1).
1995 Butterfly McQueen b. 1911 (Thelma McQueen), American Emmy-winning actress. Film: Gone With the Wind (1939, Scarlett O'Hara's maid Prissy. "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!"). TV: Beulah (Oriole, 1950-52).
1993 Don DeFore b. 1913 American actor. TV: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (next-door neighbor "Thorny" Thornberry) and Hazel (Mr. Baxter).
1961 James Thomas Davis b. 1936 American soldier. He was declared "The first American to fall in defense of our freedom in Vietnam" by Pres. Johnson. He was killed when the truck he was riding in was struck by a mine and attacked by Viet Cong rebels. Note: Even though he was declared the first official death, other American soldiers had previously died in Vietnam.
1959 Gilda Gray b. 1901 Polish-born dancer, singer. She created the Shimmy dance of the Roaring Twenties.
1943 Beatrix Potter b. 1866 English author, illustrator. Writings: The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902).
1930 Charles Kassel Harris b. 1867 American songwriter. "King of the Tear Jerker." He wrote After the Ball (1892), the first million-seller song. Sold as sheet music, it eventually sold 10 million copies.
1917 Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini b. 1850 patron saint of Emigrants, first American to be declared a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church (1946). She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
1902 Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing b. 1840 German physician, neurologist, pioneer in clinical psychology. His Psychopathia Sexualis (1886) became a standard text and has been translated into seven languages.
1668 Stephen Daye b. circa 1594 American printer. He was the first printer in British America with Freeman's Oath (1639). He also printed the Bay Psalm Book (1640), the first book printed in America in English.