(Monday, December 1, 1862) — In his Second Annual Message to Congress (read aloud by the Secretary of the Senate), U.S. President Abraham Lincoln called for the abolition of slavery, saying that “in giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth.” Read more on Lincoln calls for abolition of slavery in annual message to Congress 150 years ago today (1862)…
Video: 'Paul McCartney & Wings - Hi Hi Hi (1972)'
(Friday, December 1, 1972) — Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his band Wings today released the single “Hi Hi Hi“/”C Moon” in Britain, where “Hi Hi Hi” would be banned by the BBC for its sexually suggestive lyrics (the single would be released in the U.S. on Dec. 4, 1972). Read more on Paul McCartney/Wings release ‘Hi Hi Hi/C Moon’ 40 years ago today (1972)…
Video: 'Tootsie' trailer
(Wednesday, December 1, 1982) — Tootsie, a comedy film about a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a job, premiered today in Hollywood.
Directed by Sydney Pollack, the film stars Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange and Teri Garr.
Video: 'Password' (Dec. 1, 1972)
(Friday, December 1, 1972, 9:30 p.m. ET) — When Password host Allen Ludden invites Oscar to be a celebrity guest on his show, Felix pesters Oscar to let him be his partner on tonight’s episode of the ABC-TV sitcom The Odd Couple. In 1997, the episode was ranked #5 on TV Guide‘s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.
Video: 'The Presidents: Number 4: James Madison'
(Wednesday, December 2, 1812, during the 1812 presidential campaign) — Democratic-Republican President James Madison of Virginia was re-elected President of the United States today, defeating dissident Democratic-Republican candidate DeWitt Clinton, Mayor of New York City. Read more on Madison defeats Scott, re-elected President of the United States 200 years ago today (1812)…
Video: 'General Eisenhower Visits Korea 1952'
(Tuesday, December 2, 1952, during the Korean War) — Making good on his most dramatic presidential campaign promise, U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Korea today for a firsthand view of the bitter and frustrating Korean War, which Eisenhower vowed to end. The visit continued through Dec. 5, 1952. Read more on President-elect Eisenhower arrives in Korea 60 years ago today (1952)…
(Saturday, December 2, 1972) — “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. The record was the group’s fourth of four #1 hits on the chart (1965-1972) and ranked #168 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Video: 'Mobile Innovators: First Text Message'
(Thursday, December 3, 1992) — The first telephone text message was sent today by British engineer Neil Papworth, who transmitted the greeting “Merry Christmas” from his work computer in Newbury, Berkshire, to Vodafone executive Richard Jarvis’ mobile phone.