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Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

World events on this day in the Menzies Era
  • 1949 - "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 perfs
  • 1949 - Chinese Nationalist govt moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa
  • 1949 - Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," premieres in NYC
  • 1951 - "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 perfs
  • 1951 - AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting NL's suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
  • 1952 - 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
  • 1952 - French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
  • 1952 - Isaak Ben-Zwi elected pres of Israel
  • 1953 - 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
  • 1954 - Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed," premieres in NYC
  • 1954 - WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 - 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
  • 1955 - Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award
  • 1955 - Turkish govt of Menderes forms
  • 1956 - 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
  • 1956 - 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
  • 1956 - Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues," single goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1959 - Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta
  • 1959 - President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi
  • 1960 - Expansion LA Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
  • 1961 - Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
  • 1961 - Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)
  • 1961 - S Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock
  • 1961 - Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78
  • 1962 - "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 perfs
  • 1962 - 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC
  • 1962 - Failed coup in Brunei
  • 1962 - Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland (New Kerk, Delft)
  • 1963 - "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 perfs
  • 1963 - Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan Jr wins LPGA Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Golf
  • 1963 - 3 fuel tanks explodes when jetliner is struck by lightning crashing near Elkton, Maryland-Only case of lightning caused crash, 81 die
  • 1965 - Abe Burrows' "Cactus Flower," premieres in NYC
  • 1965 - Nikolai Podgorny succeeds Mikojan as president of USSR
  • 1965 - Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
  • 1966 - A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith
  • 1966 - US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
  • 1967 - Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK
  • 1967 - NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals
  • 1969 - Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
  • 1969 - Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
  • 1972 - United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45