Today is Sunday, December 12, the 346th day of 2021 with 19 to follow.
The moon is growing. The morning stars are Mars and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include the French novelist Gustave Flaubert in 1821; the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch in 1863; actor Edward G. Robinson in 1893; the English writer Patrick O’Brian in 1914; singer / actor Frank Sinatra in 1915; game show host Bob Barker in 1923 (98); former New York City Mayor Edward Koch in 1924; Basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Pettit in 1932 (89); singer Connie Francis in 1937 (84); singer Dionne Warwick in 1940 (81 years old); Dickey Betts, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1943 (78 years old); actor Bill Nighy in 1949 (72); former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby in 1952 (69 years old); musician Sheila E., born Sheila Escovedo, in 1957 (64 years old); former tennis star Tracy Austin in 1962 (59); actor Jennifer Connelly in 1970 (51 years old); actor Regina Hall in 1970 (51); actor Mädchen Amick in 1970 (51 years old); actor Mayim Bialik in 1975 (46 years old); actor Lincoln Melcher in 2003 (18).
At this date in history:
In 1870, Joseph Hayne Rainey of South Carolina was sworn in as the first African-American to sit in the United States House of Representatives.
In 1901, the Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1913, two years after its theft from the Louvre in Paris, the work of Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa was recovered from a hotel room in Florence, Italy.
In 1917, the Reverend Edward J. Flanagan, a 31-year-old Irish priest, opened the doors of Boys Town, a home for troubled and neglected children in Omaha. He lived by the adage, “There is no such thing as a bad boy.” She graduated from her first class of girls in 1983.
In 1937, Japanese warplanes sank the USS Panay, an American gunboat, in China as part of the Sino-Japanese War. The incident left three people dead.
In 1968, Arthur Ashe became the first African American to be ranked No. 1 in tennis in the United States.
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore said she made a deliberate attempt to kill US President Gerald Ford. She was sentenced to life imprisonment but released on December 31, 2007.
In 1980, an American oil tycoon spent $ 5 million at auction for a notebook written by Leonardo da Vinci. The 36 pages of notes featured “remarkably illegible right-to-left handwriting” and were “illustrated with marginal sketches of a technical nature”.
In 1985, the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285, a military charter, taking off from Gander, Newfoundland, killed all 256 people on board, including 248 American soldiers.
In 1988, three trains collided in London, killing 40 people, Britain’s worst train crash in 21 years.
In 2000, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that it overturned the Florida Supreme Court’s decision allowing the manual vote recount in Florida, thereby ensuring that the Republican Governor of Texas, George W. Bush, would win the presidency against former Vice President Al. Sang.
In 2015, the Saudis elected women to city councils for the first time in Saudi Arabian history.
In 2019, a land topography mapping project under the Antarctic ice sheet revealed the world’s deepest land canyon below the Denman Glacier.
A thought for the day: “You become critical when you cannot be an artist, just as a man becomes a stool pigeon when he cannot be a soldier. – French novelist Gustave Flaubert