Today's History Trivia for December 2
1983 Michael Jackson - Thriller The King of Pop's Thriller video premiers on MTV. It was MTV's first world-premier video and is considered the most influential pop video of all time. Jackson's costar in the video was former Playboy Playmate Ola Ray.
1992 John Haggin files for divorce from Roxanne Pulitzer Their October 16 wedding caused his mother to cut him off from a $200,000,000 fortune; that's about $4,250,000 a day.
1982 First successful implantation of a permanent artificial heart It was designed and implanted by Dr. Robert Jarvik into Barney Clark (age 61). Clark died 112 days later.
1970 Environmental Protection Agency is established.
1969 Major Nelson marries Jeannie on the TV show I Dream of Jeannie.
1969 Boeing 747 The 350-500 passenger jet makes its first public flight; it flew from Seattle, Washington to New York City.
1969 Buck White starring Muhammed Ali The Broadway play starring the heavyweight boxing champ opens. It closed four days later.
1954 McCarthyism Sen. Joseph McCarthy is condemned by a vote of the U.S. Senate (67-22) for his actions during his investigations into Communist activity.
1942 First controlled nuclear chain reaction Produced by a team headed by Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago.
1941 First around-the-world commercial flight takes off from San Francisco. This Pan American Airways flight arrived in New York City January 6 after covering 31,500 miles.
1941 Casablanca Date of the opening scene of the 1942 film classic.
Today's Birthdays for December 2
1973 Monica Seles Yugoslavian tennis player, winner of eight Grand Slam titles. In 1993 she was stabbed during a tournament by a man who didn't want her to compete against Steffi Graf.
1944 Cathy Lee Crosby American actress. TV: That's Incredible! (host). While host of That's Incredible!, she was the subject of the "Nipple Memo" in which ABC executives suggested she go braless on the show. She declined.
1931 Edwin Meese III American politician, former U.S. Attorney General.
1925 Julie Harris d. 2013 American Tony-Emmy-Grammy-winning actress. TV: Knots Landing (Lilimae Clements).
Alexander M. Haig Jr
American general, NATO Supreme Commander (1974-79), and U.S. Secretary of State (1981-82). He once suggested that a nuclear warning shot in Europe might be effective in deterring the Soviet Union.
1906 Peter Carl Goldmark d. 1977 Hungarian-born American television engineer, invented the first commercial color television (1940) and the 33 1/3 LP record (1948).
1863 Charles Ringling d. 1926 American circus operator, with Ringling Brothers Circus.
Deaths for December 2
1814 Marquis de Sade b. 1740 (Count Donatien Alphonse Francois Sade), French obscene author, from whom the words "sadism" and "sadist" are derived. Sade is known for his erotic works, combining philosophical discourse, pornography, and violent sexual fantasies. In 1801, Napoleon Bonaparte had Sade arrested for Justine and Juliette. He was imprisoned without a trial and eventually committed to the Charenton lunatic asylum, where he remained until his death.
1990 Bob Cummings b. 1910 American Emmy-winning actor. Film: Dial M for Murder (1954). TV: The Bob Cummings Show and 12 Angry Men (1954, Emmy).
1990 Aaron Copland b. 1900 American composer, Billy the Kid and Appalachian Spring.
1986 Desi Arnaz b. 1917 (Desiderio Arnaz III), Cuban-born band leader, actor. TV: I Love Lucy (Ricky Ricardo).
1982 Marty Feldman b. 1934 English pop-eyed comic. Film: Young Frankenstein (1974, Igor).
1963 Sabu b. 1924 (Sabu Dastagir), Indian-born American actor. Film: Elephant Boy (1937) and Jungle Book (1942).
1936 John Ringling b. 1866 American circus operator, with Ringling Brothers Circus.
1918 Edmond Rostand b. 1868 French poet, playwright. Plays: Cyrano de Bergarac (1897).
1859 John Brown b. 1800 American abolitionist. The Pottawatomie Massacre was committed by his men, and he led the attack on Harper's Ferry (1859), for which he was hanged.
537 Saint Silverius b. ???? religious leader, 58th Pope (536-537). He was violently deposed and abdicated on November 11, 537.