Events - December 2
1927 - The first Ford Model A was unveiled on this day in New York City’s Waldorf Hotel and in 35 other cities around the U.S., Canada and Europe. The car was priced affordably: the Phaeton sold for $395.00 and the Tudor Sedan for $495.00. The lag between cars available and orders on hand had mounted to 800,000 by the spring of 1928. Ford made almost two million Model A cars in 1929 alone.
1932 - "The Adventures of Charlie Chan" was first heard on the NBC Blue radio network. The Chinese detective became even more popular on the movie screen in the 1930s and 1940s.
1940 - A seat on the New York Stock Exchange would have set you back $33,000, the lowest price for a seat since 1899, when they sold for the bargain price of just $29,500.
1950 - Vic Toweel of South Africa set a record for knockdowns -- in a title fight in Johannesburg, South Africa. He floored Danny O’Sullivan of England 14 times in 10 rounds before the bantamweight fight was stopped. During a post-fight interview, O’Sullivan told reporters, “Adkeivhaep oi er,” then, keeled over, again.
1952 - Keeping his campaign promise, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Korea to promote a settlement to end hostilities in that war-ravaged country.
1959 - "Behind the Great Wall", a truly stinking motion picture, was seen at the Mayfair Theatre in New York City. A somewhat noxious scent was piped through the ceiling vents during certain portions of the show. The effect was called Aromarama. It didn’t catch on...
1967 - Singer Jimmie Rodgers ("Honeycomb", "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine") was found in a car in Los Angeles, near death, suffering from a fractured skull. He had been the victim of a “mysterious assault”.
1972 - Motown’s Temptations reached the #1 spot on the top 40 charts with "Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone". It was the fourth #1 hit for the Temptations, joining "My Girl" (1965), "I Can’t Get Next to You" (1969) and "Just My Imagination" (1971).
1982 - Barney B. Clark became the first recipient of an artificial heart. The 61-year-old retired dentist from Seattle underwent a 7½-hour operation at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. The operation was performed by a surgical team headed by Dr. William C. DeVries. Clark survived with the artificial heart for over 3 months. He died on March 23, 1983.
1984 - Dan Marino connected for four touchdown passes and set an NFL record for TD passes in a season (37 to that point; he finished the season with 48). Miami’s Dolphins lost the game, however, to the Los Angeles Raiders, 45-34.
1985 - The highest-rated "Monday Night Football" telecast was seen this night on ABC-TV. The Miami Dolphins beat the Chicago Bears, 38-24. The Miami win snapped the Bears’ 12-game winning streak.
1995 - R. Kelly’s "R. Kelly" was the #1 album in the U.S for one week. The tracks: "Intro--The Sermon", "Hump Bounce", "Not Gonna Hold On", "You Remind Me of Something", "Step in My Room", "Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby", "Be Happy", "Down Low", "I Can’t Sleep Baby", "Thank God It’s Friday", "Love is on the Way", "Heaven If You Hear Me", "Religious Love", "Tempo Slow", "As I Look Into My Life" and "Trade in My Life".
1997 - "Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute" double album was released. The collection included songs from Sinead O’Connor, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Queen, George Michael, U2, Paul McCartney, REM, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many others.
Birthdays - December 2
1859 - Georges Seurat (French painter: Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte; died Mar 29, 1891)
1863 - Charles Ringling (circus entrepreneur; died Dec 3, 1926)
1908 - Hy Gardner (journalist: Miami, New York radio/TV: Hy Gardner Calling; died June 17, 1989)
1909 - June Clyde (actress: Behind the Mask, A Study in Scarlet Branded Men; died Oct 1, 1987)
1910 - Robert (John) Paige (actor: Bye Bye Birdie, Hellzapoppin, Son of Dracula, The Green Promise, The Monster and the Girl; TV emcee: The Big Payoff, The Colgate Comedy Hour; died Dec 21, 1987)
1914 - Adolph Green (Tony Award-winning playwright: Applause, Hallelujah, On the Twentieth Century, Bells are Ringing, Auntie Mame, On the Town, The Barkleys of Broadway; lyricist: collaborated with Betty Comden: Singin’ in the Rain, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; died Oct 23, 2002)
1914 - Eddie Sauter (musician: drums, trumpet, arranger: for Benny Goodman: Superman, Benny Rides Again, All the Cats Join In, Clarinet A La King; for Artie Shaw: The Maid with the Flaccid Air, composer; orchestra leader: Sauter-Finegan Orchestra; died Apr 21, 1981)
1916 - Charlie Ventura (musician: tenor sax: played w/Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Charlie Parker, Count Basie; band leader: LPs: Charlie Boy, In Chicago, Bop for the People, Euphoria, Charlie Ventura Quintet in Hi-Fi, Chazz; died Jan 17, 1992)
1917 - Ezra Stone (actor: The Aldrich Family; director: Fireball Fun-For- All; author; died Mar 3, 1994)
1918 - Milton DeLugg (bandleader: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; Milton DeLugg and His Orchestra: Abe Burrows’ Almanac, The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show, Dagmar’s Canteen, Doodles Weaver, The Gong Show, Judge for Yourself, Your Hit Parade; musician: accordion: The Milton DeLugg Quartet: Broadway Open House; songwriter: Orange Colored Sky; died Apr 6, 2015)
1922 - Leo Gordon (actor: Alienator, Devil’s Angels, Soldier of Fortune, Ten Wanted Men, Hondo, Circus Boy; died Dec 26, 2000)
1923 - Maria Callas (Calogeropoulous) (singer: opera: dramatic soprano; died Sep 16, 1977)
1924 - Alexander Haig (U.S. Secretary of State [1981-1988]; died Feb 20, 2010)
1925 - Julie Harris (Emmy Award-winning actress: Hallmark Hall of Fame: Little Moon of Alban [1958-1959], Victoria Regina [1961-1962]; Knots Landing, The Family Hovak, Backstairs at the White House, Carried Away, Scarlett, The Dark Half, Gorillas in the Mist, The Bell Jar, Voyage of the Damned, Harper, A Doll’s House, I Am a Camera, East of Eden, Member of the Wedding; died Aug 24, 2013)
1929 - Lowell North (yachtsman: Olympic gold medal [w/Peter Barrett]: Mexico City, 1968; founder of North Sails [one of largest sail makers in world])
1934 - Bill McCreary (hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, SL Blues; NHL referee)
1934 - Andre (Kenneth Ian) ‘Andy’ Rodgers (baseball: NY Giants, SF Giants, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates; died Dec 13, 2004)
1940 - Willie Brown (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Oakland Raiders corner back: Super Bowl: II, XI; Denver Broncos)
1942 - Ted Bluechel Jr. (singer, musician: drums: group: The Association)
1943 - Zeke Moore (football: Houston Oilers)
1943 - William Wegman (photographer: photographs, videotapes, paintings and drawings exhibited in museums and galleries internationally; film and video works for Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street and Nickelodeon; works for children: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Mother Goose, Alphabet Soup; The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold [screened at 1996 Sundance Film Festival])
1944 - Cathy Lee Crosby (actress: Wonder Woman, World War III, Roughnecks, The Dark, Coach; TV host: That’s Incredible!)
1946 - Pedro (Rodriguez) Borbon (baseball: pitcher: California Angels, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1972, 1975, 1976], SF Giants, SL Cardinals; died Jun 4, 2012)
1946 - Gianni Versace (fashion designer; died July 15, 1997)
1948 - Wayne (Kirby) Simpson (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [all star: 1970], KC Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels)
1950 - John Wesley Ryles (singer: Kay)
1952 - Michael McDonald (singer, songwriter, musician: keyboard: group: The Doobie Brothers: What a Fool Believes, Real Love; solo: I Keep Forgettin’ [Everytime You’re Near], On My Own [w/Patti LaBelle], LP: If That’s What It Takes, No Lookin’ Back, Sweet Freedom)
1954 - Stone Phillips (news correspondent: 20/20; TV anchor: Dateline NBC)
1955 - Dennis Christopher (actor: The Silencers, It’s My Party, Boys Life, Stephen King’s It, Jake Speed, Chariots of Fire, The Last Word, Alien Predators, Elvis: The Movie, California Dreaming, Breaking Away, The Young Graduates, Sweet Dreams)
1956 - Steven Bauer (actor: Primal Fear, Body Count, Wildfire, Scarface, Wiseguy)
1958 - Randy Gardner (figure skater: [w/Tai Babilonia] five-time U.S. National Champions and 1979 World Champions [in pairs])
1960 - Rick Savage (musician: bass: group: Def Leppard: LPs: On Through the Night, High ’n’ Dry, Pyromania)
1968 - Lucy Liu (actress: Ally McBeal, Bang, Jerry Maguire, Charlie’s Angels)
1973 - Monica Seles (tennis champion: French Open singles [1990, 1991, 1992]; Australian Open [1991, 1992, 1993]; U.S. Open [1991, 1992])
1981 - Britney Spears (dance-pop singer: albums: Baby… One More Time, Oops!… I Did It Again; TV performer: The Mickey Mouse Club, Time Out with Britney Spears, Britney in Hawaii)
Chart Toppers - December 2
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
And Mimi - Art Lund
I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
I Hear You Knocking - Gale Storm
Memories are Made of This - Dean Martin
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce
I’m Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
Dominique - The Singing Nun
Everybody - Tommy Roe
Love’s Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Baby I’m-A Want You - Bread
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard
No More Tears (Enough is Enough) - Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
Babe - Styx
Please Don’t Go - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Broken Hearted Me - Anne Murray
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
Should’ve Known Better - Richard Marx
Lynda - Steve Wariner
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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