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December 7th Today in History

Famous People & Celebrities Born on December 7th:

  • Marie Tussaud
    (1761) - She's the creator of the world famous Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. Many of the original wax figures designed by Madame Tussaud are still on display.
  • Victor Kiam
    (1926) - Kiam, the former owner of the company that makes Remington shavers, later became the CEO of Sterling Solutions, a company that makes hair products for aging baby boomers.
  • Ellen Burstyn
    (1932) - Her real name is Edna Rae Gilhooley. Burstyn received a permanent spinal injury while filming The Exorcist. The accident occurred during the filming of a sequence where she is thrown away from her possessed daughter, played by Linda Blair. A hidden harness was rigged to Burstyn's body to snap her away from the bed, but it damaged her back. Burstyn's actual scream from the pain was filmed and used in the movie. Burstyn flicks: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), The Exorcist (1973)
  • Harry Chapin
    (1942) - His biggest hits were 1972's "Taxi" and 1974's "Cat's In The Cradle." Chapin was killed in 1981 after a tractor-trailer drove into the back of his Volkswagen Golf on the Long Island Expressway.
  • Johnny Bench
    (1947) - Baseball hall of fame catcher
  • Tom Waits
    (1949) - The musician and actor is an enthusiastic drinker who once said, "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy." He loves eating, too, and once declared, "I like to walk out of a restaurant with enough gas to open a Mobil station."
  • Larry Bird
    (1956) - The 6' 9" Bird played for the Boston Celtics from 1979 to 1992. Back injuries forced him to retire, and his jersey number 33 was retired by the Celtics. In 1998 Bird was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Edd Hall
    (1958) - Announcer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
  • C. Thomas Howell
    (1966) - The "C" in the actor's name stands for Christopher. Before becoming an actor, Howell considered joining the professional rodeo circuit. Flicks: Gods and Generals (2002), Enemy Action (1999), Avalanche (1998), Baby Face Nelson (1995), The Hitcher (1986), Red Dawn (1984), The Outsiders (1983), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
  • Shiri Appleby
    (1978) - Liz Parker on Roswell.
  • Aaron Carter
    (1987) - The singer is the younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on December 7th:
(1787) - Delaware became the first state of the United States of America. State Nickname: Diamond State. State Bird: Blue Hen Chicken. State Insect: Ladybug. Born or lived in Delaware: Valerie Bertinelli (actress); E.I. du Pont (businessman); Henry Heimlich (Physician and inventor of Heimlich Maneuver).

(1842) - The New York Philharmonic played its first concert.

(1941) - Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time. Nearly 3,000 people were killed during the attack. The "date which will live in infamy" is remembered at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor which was completed in 1980. The memorial might never have been built were it not for the help of Elvis Presley, who staged a benefit concert at Pearl Harbor's Bloch Arena on March 25, 1961. Elvis raised more than $60,000 which went into the building fund for the USS Arizona Memorial.

(1963) - The televised instant replay was used for the first time in a football telecast. It was an Army-Navy game being played in Philadelphia, and the first instant replay was of a short touchdown run by Army quarterback Rollie Stichweh. Worried that the audience wouldn't understand the technology, announcer Lindsey Nelson told viewers, "This is not live! Ladies and gentleman, Army did not score again."

(1972) - Apollo 17, the final moon mission, was launched. The crew -- along with 249 pounds of rock and soil samples -- returned to Earth 12 days later.

(1974) - "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas was No. 1 song.

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