On This Day In 1978

Today is Friday, December 8. It is my birthday today. So in celebration of this happy occasion, I have decided to list a few historical events that have happened on December 8. Some of these I already knew, some are new to me. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed researching them.

Eli Whitney Born, 1765

The inventor of the cotton gin was born in Westboro, MA.

Southern Reconstruction, 1863

President Abraham Lincoln unveiled his plan of Reconstruction for the South.

U.S. Enters WWII, 1941

The United States declares war on Japan, thus entering World War II. This was the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

“I Love Lucy” Pregnancy, 1952

A pregnancy was acknowledged on a television show for the first time.

Phil Collen Was Born, 1957

Lead guitar player for the rock band Def Leppard (not the pop singer, that’s Collins) was born. Rock on!!

Elvis on TV, 1968

The famous “Elvis” television special aired on NBC.

John Lennon Dies, 1980

The singer/songwriter/former Beatle was shot outside his NYC apartment by Mark David Chapman, a crazed fan.

Bryan Adams on American Bandstand, 1984

Bryan Adams performs “Run to You” and “Kids Just Wanna Rock” on American Bandstand. Sorry, ladies, this was way before “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”.

New O.J. Trial Jurors, 1994

Twelve alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Snipes Surrenders to Authorities for Tax Fraud, 2006

Actor Wesley Snipes surrendered to authorities to face the charge of tax fraud. He was released on $1 million bond.

Josh H.


7 Responses to “On This Day In 1978”

  1. December 8, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Joshua Marty Horne born, 1978
    The guitarist was known for his whistling technique and mastery of Jeet Kune Do.

  2. 3 joshhorne
    December 9, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Thanks, Bobby (I won’t use your real name, that way I may protect your identity) for reminding me of that awesome Def Lep vid.

  3. December 11, 2006 at 8:29 am

    Happy Birthday Josh (a bit late, sorry). Hope it was great. Sorry we couldn’t celebrate with you guys. 😦 If we could have been in 2 places at once, we would have 🙂
    Oh! and I didn’t know that about I Love Lucy. How interesting!

  4. 5 kev
    December 13, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    January 8, 2006:

    Thinking he was buying regular, good-tasting peanut butter cookies for Josh Horne’s birthday party, Kevin places a batch of yucky, sugar-free peanut butter cookies into his grocery cart.

    Five days later, his taste buds are still not properly working.

  5. 6 Lyndsay
    December 14, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    January 8th? Check your calender Kev :)I guess those cookies messed with more than your taste buds.

  6. 7 joshhorne
    December 14, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    Poor, Kev. He never knew what those cookies would do to him.

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