Dec 12

December 12, 1965: Gale Sayers Scores Six Touchdowns in Game

On this day in 1965, Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers scored 6 touchdowns in a 61-20 rout of the San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field. The performance was the most exciting in the career one of the most electrifying players in NFL history.

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Dec 11

December 11, 1934: Bill Wilson Takes Last Drink

On this day in 1934, Bill Wilson took his last drink. The next year he cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

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Dec 10

December 10, 1864: Sherman Reaches Savannah

On this day in 1864, Union Major General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army reached the outskirts of Savannah. Thanks to certain circumstances, Savannah is one of the few cities along the “March to the Sea” that was not irrevocably damaged.

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Dec 09

December 9, 1994: Joycelyn Elders Fired as U.S. Surgeon General

On this day in 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton fired U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders for controversial comments she made regarding human sexuality. Her tenure was the shortest of any Surgeon General, other than those serving in an acting capacity.

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Dec 08

December 8, 1927: The Brookings Institution Formed

On this day in 1927, The Brookings Institution was formed in Washington, DC. It is one of the nation’s capitol’s oldest think tanks and arguably the most influential in the world.

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Dec 07

December 7, 1963: Instant Replay Debuts in Televised Sports

On this day in 1963, video instant replay was used for the first time in CBS’ telecast of the Army-Navy game. While the start was bumpy, it revolutionized the way games were broadcast.

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Dec 06

December 6, 1947: Everglades National Park Dedicated

On this day in 1947, U.S. President Harry Truman dedicated Everglades National Park in south Florida. The park preserves the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

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Dec 05

December 5, 1990: Iben Browning Predicts New Madrid Fault Earthquake

On this day in 1990, time ran out on the late Iben Browning’s prediction that an earthquake would occur on the New Madrid Fault. Folks in Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana breathed a sigh of relief.

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Dec 04

December 4, 1956: Paul Hornung Wins Heisman Trophy

On this day in 1956, Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung became the only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy on a losing team. Johnny Majors, an All-American running back on an undefeated Tennessee team, finished second. Thus began the Vol fans tumultuous relationship with college football’s most prestigious award.

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Dec 03

December 3, 1948: Ozzy Osbourne Born

On this day in 1948, John Michael Osbourne was born in Birmingham, England. Under his nickname, “Ozzy,” he has become the Godfather of Heavy Metal.

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