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Today in History 12/01/10

IS TODAY YOUR BIRTHDAY?
Here’s what happened on your special day:
1824 The presidential election is turned over to the House of Representatives after a deadlock develops between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. Adams ends up the winner.
1878 The first phone is installed in the White House.
1891 Basketball is created by Dr. James Naismith, a physical education teacher wanting to create an indoor sport that could be played during the winter months.
1903 “The Great Train Robbery” is the world’s first Western movie released. It was a mere 11 minutes long, according to IMDB.
1913 Ford introduces the continuous moving assembly line.
1936 Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use.
1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man aboard a city bus and is arrested.
1959 The first color photograph of Earth is received from outer space.
1975 “As The World Turns” expands to one hour.
1975 Bette Midler celebrates her 30th birthday with an emergency appendectomy.

Zombies Perform Thriller Dance At "Thrill The World 2010" In Sydney
(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

1982 Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” LP is released.

1990 “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston peaks at No. 1.
1992 Amy Fisher is sentenced to 5-to-15 years in prison for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco.
1994 The Game Show Network (GSN) debuts.
1997 Kenny G sets a record for the longest held note, an E-Flat, which he holds on his sax for 45 minutes, 47 seconds.
1999 An international team of scientists announces it had mapped virtually an entire human chromosome.
2004 Tom Brokaw signs off as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News.”
Today: Special Kids Day – World AIDS Day
[Via Dial Global]

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