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Árbitro não deixa Benfica ganhar… Dezembro 22, 2008

Filed under: Benfica,Futebol,Liga Sagres,Nacional — looking4good @ 11:42 pm

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Ineficácia ofensiva e Pedro Henriques…

O Benfica não conseguiu melhor do que Sporting (sábado frente à Académica) e Porto (ontem frente ao Marítimo) e empatou a zero ferente ao Nacional. O Benfica termina o ano na frente mas nem por isso este Natal deixa de ser amargo para os benfiquistas.

O interrregno longo por que passou a «performance» desportiva do Benfica afecta a capacidadee de vencer da equipa nos momentos decisivos mas também (há muito) criou um estigma das arbitragens hábeis em prejudicar os encarnados em alturas cruciais. Se ontem o Porto empatou frente ao Marítimo deve um pontinho ao árbitro do jogo que a três minutos do fim não marcou um penalty contra o Porto… Hoje o Benfica apesar de erros próprios não ganhou porque Pedro Henriques não deixou ao anular o golo vitorioso dos encarnados … já em tempos de desconto… para não falar num penalty de Haliche sobre Nuno Gomes…

Tempos difíceis para o Benfica que já ano passado quando disputava a presença na Liga dos Campeões foi claramente espoliado no Bessa… por Lucílio Baptista. Coincidências … ou o que (há tempos) é actualmente politicamente correcto é prejudicar o Benfica?

Com tanto árbitro para quê falar no jogo?

O Nacional demonstrou ter uma boa equipa e ameaçou até ganhar o jogo. No início da segunda parte teve mesmo uma bola no poste da baliza de Moreira e outro lancer de jogador isolado que Moreira evitou defendendo com as pernas porém o Benfica principalmente nos últimos trinta minutos de jogo teve boas chances de golo, marcou mesmo e merecia ter ganho.

Liga Sagres, 12.ª jornada
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisboa
Hora: 19:45
Árbitro: Pedro Henriques (Lisboa)

BENFICA: Moreira; Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Sidnei (Miguel Vítor 28′) e Jorge Ribeiro; Yebda, Katsouranis, Ruben Amorim (Urreta 84′) e Di María (Nuno Gomes 69′) ; Cardozo e Suazo

Suplentes: Moretto, Miguel Vítor, David Luiz, Binya, Urreta, Aimar e Nuno Gomes

Treinador: Quique Flores

NACIONAL: Rafael Bracalli; Patacas, Felipe Lopes, Halliche e Alonso; Cléber, Edson Sitta (Juninho 70′), Ruben Micael (Igor Pita 76′) e Luís Alberto; Mateus (Nuno Pinto 81′) e Nené

Suplentes: Douglas, Igor Pita, João Aurélio, Nuno Pinto, Juninho, Bruno Amaro e Miguel Fidalgo

Treinador: Manuel Machado

33′ – Cartão amarelo para Edson Sitta por empurrão a Jorge Ribeiro.
45’+2 – Cartão amarelo para Alonso, por mão na bola.
47′ – Cartão amarelo para Yebda.
62′ – Cartão amarelo para Nené, depois de abalroar Miguel Vítor.
72′ – Cartão amarelo para Cléber por derrube a Suazo à entrada da área.
79′ – Segunda exibição do cartão amarelo a Alonso após falta sobre Maxi Pereira e exclusão do jogo (cartão vermelho).
87 ‘ Cartão amarelo para Luís Alberto, após entrada às pernas de Miguel Vítor.

 

Musical suggestion of the day – Camané (on his 42nd anniversary)

Filed under: Camane,Fado,Music,Musica — looking4good @ 1:01 am
Ontem foi Carlos do Carmo grande expoente do fado, hoje é Carlos Manuel Moutinho Paiva dos Santos, Camané, de outra geração, mas muito apreciado. A propósito da passagem do seu 42º. aniversário deixamos aqui Camané como a sugestão musical do dia em «Sei de um Rio» e «Quadras»

 

Adeus – José Régio (na passagem do 39º. aniversário da sua morte)

Filed under: amor,José Régio,poesia — looking4good @ 12:58 am
Mão no seio – foto daqui

Vai-te, que os meus abraços te magoaram,
E o meu amor não beija!, arde e devora.
Foram-se as flores do meu jardim. Ficaram
Raízes enterradas, braços fora…

Vai-te! O luar é para os outros; e os afagos
São para os outros…, os que ensaiam serenatas.
Já a lua que nos lagos bóia pérolas e pratas
Não nasce para mim, que estou sem lagos.

Quando me nasce, é como um reluzir da treva,
Um riso da escuridão,
Que na minh’alma ecoa, e que ma leva
Por lonjuras de frio e solidão…

Vai-te, como vão todos; e contentes, de libertos
Do peso de eu lhes não querer trautear mentiras.
Como serias tu, flébil flor de olhos de safiras,
Que me acompanharias nos desertos?

Vai-te! não me supliques que te minta!
Beijo-te os pés pelo que me oferecias.
Mas teu amor, e tu, e eu, e quanto eu sinta,
Que somos nós mais do que fantasias?

Sim, amor meu: em mim, teu amor era doce.
Premir na minha mão a concha nácar do teu seio
Era-me um bem suave enleio…
Era… — se o fosse.

Vai-te!, que eu fui chamado a conquistar
Os mundos que há nos fundos do meu nada.
Talvez depois reaprenda a inocência de amar…
Talvez… mas ai!, depois de que alvorada?

Porque até Lá, é longe; e é tão incerto,
Tão frio, tão sublime, tão abstracto, tão medonho…
Como dar-te a sonhar este sonho dum sonho?

— Vai-te! a tua casa é perto.

in 366 poemas que falam de amor, antologia organizada por Vasco da Graça Moura, Quetzal Editores.

José Régio [José Maria dos Reis Pereira] (n. em Vila do Conde a 17 de Setembro de 1901 — m. Vila do Conde, 22 de Dezembro de 1969)

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Poema do Silêncio
 

On this day in History – Dec. 22

Filed under: efemerides,This Day in History — looking4good @ 12:55 am
  • 0069 – Vitelio dies. Roman emperor.
  • 0401 – St Innocent I began his reign as Catholic Pope.
  • 1095 – Roger II of Sicily was born (d. 1154). King of Sicily.
  • 1100 – Duke Bretislaus II of Bohemia dies.
  • 1135 – Stephen of Blois was crowned king of England.
  • 1178 – Emperor Antoku of Japan was born (d. 1185).
  • 1216 – The Dominican order was sanctioned by Pope Honorius III.
  • 1428 – Richard Neville Warwick, 2nd earl of Salisbury, was born.
  • 1440 – Bluebeard, pirate was executed.
  • 1465 – The Peace of St Truiden was declared. Louis van Bourbon became Bishop of Luik.
  • 1481 – The member states of the Swiss Confederation concluded the Diet of Stans, an agreement whereby civil war was averted.
  • 1546 – Kuroda Yoshitaka was born (d. 1604). Japanese Daimyo.
  • 1550 – Cesare Cremonini was born (d. 1631). Italian philosopher.
  • 1550 – Richard Plantagenet (Richard of Eastwell) dies. Possibly a son of Richard III.
  • 1603 – Mehmed III Sultan of the Ottoman Empire dies (b. 1566) and is succeeded by his son Ahmed I.
  • 1639 – Jean Racine was born (other sources report December 21st as his birth date) (d. 1699). French dramatist.
  • 1643 – Rene-Robert Cavelier La Salle was born. French explorer (Louisiana).
  • 1646 – Peter Mogila dies (b. 1596). Orthodox Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia.
  • 1660 – André Tacquet dies (b. 1612). Belgian mathematician.
  • 1666 – Guru Gobind Singh was born (d. 1708). Sikh guru.
  • 1681 – Richard Alleine dies (b. 1611). English Puritan clergyman.
  • 1690 – Meidingnu Pamheiba was born (d. 1751). King of Manipur.
  • 1694 – Hermann Samuel Reimarus was born (d. 1768). German philosopher and writer.
  • 1696 – James Oglethorpe was born (d. 1785). English general, author and colonizer of Georgia.
  • 1708 – Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp dies (b. 1681). Swedish writer.
  • 1723 – Karl Friedrich Abel was born (d. 1787). German baroque composer.
  • 1727 – William Ellery was born. US attorney and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1738 – Constantia Jones, British prostitute, was executed for stealing 36 shillings and a half-guinea (the equivalent of about £300 today) from one of her clients.
  • 1745 – Johann Dismas Zelenka dies in Dresden (b. 1679). Composer.
  • 1765 – Johann Friedrich Pfaff was born (d. 1825). German mathematician.
  • 1767 – John Newbery dies (d. 1713). English publisher.
  • 1772 – Construction of the first schoolhouse west of the Allegheny Mountains was started in Schoenbrunn, Ohio, by Moravian missionaries.
  • 1775 – Esek Hopkins was named the first commander of the US Navy. He took command of the Continental Navy, a total of seven ships.
  • 1783 – Washington resigned his military commission as US Army’s commander-in-chief
  • 1788 – Percivall Pott dies (b. 1714). English physician and surgeon.
  • 1790 – The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies.
  • 1805 – John Obadiah Westwood was born (d. 1893). British entomologist.
  • 1806 – William Vernon dies (b. 1719). American merchant.
  • 1807 – The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the United States Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.
  • 1807 – Johann Sebastian Welhaven was born (d. 1873). Norwegian poet.
  • 1808 – In a mammoth concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven premieres his Fifth Symphony as well as his Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy.
  • 1808 – Thomas Cook was born. English tour director (Thomas Cook & Son).
  • 1809 – The Non-Intercourse Act, lifting the Embargo Act except for the United Kingdom and France, passes the United States Congress.
  • 1810 – British frigate Minotaur sank killing 480.
  • 1815 – José Maria Morelos y Pavon, généralissime des forces insurgées de la révolution mexicaine de 1810 après la mort de Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla est fusillé à San Cristobal Ecatepec.
  • 1819 – Franz Wilhelm Abt was born (d. 1870). German composer.
  • 1819 – Pierre Ossian Bonnet was born (d. 1892). French mathematician.
  • 1828 – Rachel Jackson, wife of the 7th US President Andrew Jackson, dies.
  • 1828 – William Hyde Wollaston dies (b. 1766). English chemist.
  • 1829 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad opened the first passenger railway line.
  • 1838 – Vladimir Vasilyevich Markovnikov, was born [d. 1904]; Russian organic chemist who contributed to structural theory and to the understanding of the ionic addition (Markovnikov addition) of hydrogen halides to the carbon-carbon double bond of alkenes.
  • 1849 – The execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is canceled at the last second.
  • 1851 – The first freight train is operated in Roorkee in India.
  • 1853 – Teresa Carreño was born (d. 1917). Venezuelan pianist.
  • 1853 – Yevgraf Fyodorov was born (d. 1919). Russian mathematician.
  • 1856 – Frank B. Kellogg was born. Secretary of State (1925-29) who tried to outlaw war with the Kellogg-Briand Pact. He won a Nobel Prize for Peace in 1929.
  • 1858 – Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1924). Operatic composer: Madam Butterfly, La Boheme , Tosca, Turandot.
  • 1860 – Austin Norman Palmer was born (d. 1927). American penmanship innovator.
  • 1862 – Connie Mack was born (d. 1956). Baseball executive and manager.
  • 1864 – During the Civil War, Union general William T. Sherman sent a message to President Lincoln saying, “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”
  • 1864 – Savannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman
  • 1867 – Jean-Victor Poncelet dies (b. 1788). French mathematician.
  • 1868 – Durante a Guerra do Paraguai, é iniciada a Batalha de Lomas Voletinas.
  • 1869 – Edwin Arlington Robinson was born (d. 1935). American poet, Pulitzer prize-winning (Collected Poems [1922], The Man Who Died Twice [1925], Tristram [1928]; Richard Cory, Miniver Cheevy).
  • 1869 – Dmitri Egorov was born (d. 1931). Russian mathematician.
  • 1870 – Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer dies (b. 1836). Spanish poet and writer.
  • 1872 – Camille Guérin was born (d. 1961). French veterinarian and bacteriologist.
  • 1874 – Franz Schmidt was born (d. 1939). Austrian composer.
  • 1876 – Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was born (d. 1944). Italian poet and editor.
  • 1880 – George Eliot dies (b. 1819). English writer.
  • 1882 – 1st string of Christmas tree lights was created by Thomas Edison.
  • 1883 – Arthur Wergs Mitchell was born. First African-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1883 – Edgar Varèse was born (d. 1965). French-born composer.
  • 1885 – Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
  • 1887 – Srinivasa Ramanujan was born (d. 1920). Indian mathematician.
  • 1888 – J. Arthur Rank was born (d. 1972). American producer.
  • 1890 – Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
  • 1891 – Edward L. Bernays, 1st public relations agent, was born in Vienna, Austria.
  • 1894 – Debussy’s “Prelude l’apres-midi d’un faune,” premiered.
  • 1894 – French army officer Capt. Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason (guilty of selling secrets to Germany) in a court-martial.
  • 1898 – Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock was born (d. 1974). Russian physicist.
  • 1899 – Wiley Post was born in Texas. Aviation pioneer.
  • 1899 – Gustav Gründgens was born († 07 Oct 1963). German actor, producer and theatre manager.
  • 1899 – Dwight L. Moody dies (b. 1837). American evangelist.
  • 1900 – The first Mercedes, developed by Wilhelm Maybach, the chief engineer at DMG,
  • with the new engine, a 35 hp racing car, was delivered to Jellinek by DMG
  • 1900 – Marc Allégret was born (d. 1973). French film director and screenwriter.
  • 1901 – André Kostelanetz was born (d. 1980). American popular music orchestra leader and arranger.
  • 1902 – Hermes Lima was born in Livramento do Brumado, Bahia (d. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, on 10 Oct 1978). Brazilian journalist, poet, politician and essayst.
  • 1902 – Jacques-Philippe Leclerc was born. French WW II heroe (liberator of Paris).
  • 1902 – Richard von Krafft-Ebing dies (b. 1840). German psychiatrist.
  • 1903 – Haldan Keffer Hartline was born (d. 1983). American physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate.
  • 1905 – Kenneth Rexroth was born (d. 1982). American poet.
  • 1905 – Pierre Brasseur was born (d. 1972). French actor.
  • 1906 – Eduardo da Clara Rosa Mendes was born in Santarém (d. 24 Jul 1983). Portuguese painter.
  • 1907 – Dame Peggy Ashcroft was born (d. 1991). English actress.
  • 1909 – Patricia Hayes was born (d. 1998). English actress on ‘Carry On’ series, Mama The Turk in “Superbitch”.
  • 1910 – Chicago Union Stock Yards Fire, 21 firemen were killed.
  • 1912 – Lady Bird Johnson was born in Karnak, Texas. Businessperson, she married (1934) Lyndon B. Johnson and played an active role in his political career.
  • 1915 – Barbara Billingsley was born. American actress.
  • 1917 – Gene Rayburn was born (d. 1999). American game show host.
  • 1917 – Mother Cabrini dies (b. 1850). First American citizen canonized by the Catholic Church.
  • 1918 – The last of the food restrictions, that had been enforced because of the shortages during World War I, were lifted.
  • 1920 – Opening of 8-th All-Russia congress of Advice in Moscow (on December, 29th). The statement of the GOELRO plan.
  • 1921 – Hawkshaw Hawkins was born (d. 1963). American country singer.
  • 1922 – Barbara Billingsley was born. American actress.
  • 1922 – Félix de Souza Araújo was born (d. 1953). Brazilian poet and politician.
  • 1922 – Jack Brooks was born. American politician.
  • 1922 – Ruth Roman was born (d. 1999). American actress.
  • 1924 – Frank Corsaro was born. American stage director.
  • 1925 – Lewis Glucksman was born (d. 2006). American financier.
  • 1929 – Soviet troops left Manchuria after a truce was reached with the Chinese over the Eastern Railway dispute.
  • 1933 – Abel Pacheco was born. President of Costa Rica.
  • 1934 – David Pearson was born. American racecar driver.
  • 1935 – Paulo Rocha was born. Portuguese film director.
  • 1936 – James Burke was born. British writer.
  • 1936 – Hector Elizondo was born. American actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love).
  • 1936 – Wojciech Frykowski was born (d. 1969). Polish actor.
  • 1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic.
  • 1937 – Eduard Uspensky was born. Russian writer.
  • 1938 – Matty Alou was born. Dominican baseball player.
  • 1938 – Lucien Bouchard was born. Quebec politician.
  • 1939 – Ma Rainey (53), “Mother of the Blues”, US blues singer and composer, died.
  • 1939 – 125 died in train wreck at Magdeburg, Germany.
  • 1939 – 99 died in 2nd train wreck at Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • 1939 – James Gurley was born. American musician.
  • 1939 – Ma Rainey dies (b. 1886). American singer.
  • 1940 – World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
  • 1940 – Nathanael West (b.1902), [Weinstein], American writer (Cool Million), died in an auto accident at age 37.
  • 1941 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President Roosevelt.
  • 1942 – World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
  • 1942 – Dick Parry was born. English musician (Pink Floyd).
  • 1942 – Franz Boas dies (b. 1858). German anthropologist.
  • 1943 – Paul Wolfowitz was born. American politician.
  • 1943 – Beatrix Potter dies (b. 1866). English writer.
  • 1944 – German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium. See Battle of the Bulge; Brigadier Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe reportedly replied: “Nuts!”
  • 1944 – Vietnam People’s Army is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Vietnam.
  • 1944 – Steve Carlton was born. American baseball player.
  • 1945 – The U.S. recognized Tito’s government in Yugoslavia.
  • 1945 – Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky. American journalist.
  • 1946 – Rick Nielsen was born. Rock singer-musician (Cheap Trick).
  • 1947 – The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves its constitution.
  • 1947 – Paulo Camelo was born in Recife, Pernambuco. Brazilian poet.
  • 1947 – Hans Aumeier dies (b. 1906). German Nazi official and concentration camp commandant.
  • 1947 – Therese Brandl dies (b. 1902). Nazi concentration camp guard.
  • 1948 – Eliana Moura was born in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian poet.
  • 1948 – Lynne Thigpen was born (d. 2003). American actress.
  • 1948 – Noel Edmonds was born. English game show host.
  • 1948 – Steve Garvey was born. American baseball player.
  • 1949 – Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb (d. 2003), were born. English musicians (The Bee Gees).
  • 1951 – Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor was born. Duke of Westminster.
  • 1953 – Twenty-four Kikuyu tribesmen are sentenced to death in Kenya for their part in the Lari massacre.
  • 1953 – Bern Nadette Stanis was born. American actress.
  • 1953 – Ian Turnbull was born. Canadian ice hockey player.
  • 1954 – Hideshi Matsuda was born. Japanese racing driver.
  • 1955 – Lonnie Smith was born. American baseball player.
  • 1956 – Colo, the 1st gorilla in captivity, was born at Columbus, Ohio zoo.
  • 1956 – The evacuation of the Suez Canal was completed by Britain and France.
  • 1957 – Carole James was born. Canadian politician.
  • 1958 – David Heavener was born. American actor and musician.
  • 1958 – Frank Gambale was born. Australian musician.
  • 1958 – Mikael Nordfors was born. Swedish physician and author.
  • 1959 – Bernd Schuster was born. German footballer.
  • 1959 – Gilda Gray dies (b. 1901). Polish-born American dancer and actress.
  • 1960 – Jean-Michel Basquiat was born (d. 1988). American artist.
  • 1960 – Luther Campbell (Luke) was born. American rap artist (2 Live Crew).
  • 1960 – Patrick Fitzgerald was born. American attorney.
  • 1960 – Wakin Chau was born. Chinese singer.
  • 1961 – Andrew Fastow was born. American businessman.
  • 1961 – Eri Johnson was born. Brazilian actor.
  • 1962 – Ralph Fiennes was born in Suffolk. English actor (English Patient).
  • 1963 – Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
  • 1963 – Giuseppe Bergomi was born. Italian footballer.
  • 1963 – Luna H. Mitani was born. Japanese American surrealism painter.
  • 1964 – Comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity.
  • 1964 – First flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird). A Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reached 2,206 mph (3,530 kph), a record for a jet.
  • 1965 – The EF-105F Wild Weasel made its first kill over Vietnam.
  • 1965 – In the United Kingdom, a 70mph speed limit is applied to all all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit.
  • 1965 – Cinema Premiere of “Doctor Zhivago”. David Lean’s three hour film epic “Doctor Zhivago” premiered in New York. The film which was based on a novel written by winner Nobel Prize winner, Boris Pasternak, was awarded five Oscars and six Golden Globes.
  • 1965 – Richard Dimbleby dies (b. 1913). English journalist and broadcaster.
  • 1966 – The United States announced the allocation of 900,000 tons of grain to fight the famine in India.
  • 1966 – Dmitry Bilozerchev was born. Soviet gymnast.
  • 1966 – Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer was born. German singer and bassplayer (Destruction).
  • 1967 – Dan Petrescu was born. Romanian footballer.
  • 1967 – Paul Morris was born. Australian racing driver.
  • 1967 – Richey James Edwards was born (disappeared in 1995). Welsh musician (Manic Street Preachers).
  • 1967 – Stéphane Gendron was born. Quebec politician.
  • 1967 – Carlos Manuel Moutinho Paiva dos Santos Duarte [Camané] was born in Oeiras. Portuguese singer (fadist).
  • 1967 – Dan Petrescu was born. Romanian football (soccer) player.
  • 1968 – The 82-man crew of the US intelligence ship Pueblo were released after being seized by North Korea
  • 1968 – Dina Meyer was born. American actress.
  • 1968 – Lauralee Bell was born. American actress.
  • 1969 – Myriam Bédard was born. Canadian athlete.
  • 1969 – José Régio dies in Vila do Conde (b. 17 Sep 1901, in Vila do Conde). Portuguese poet.
  • 1969 – Josef von Sternberg dies at 75. Austrian director (Shanghai Express).
  • 1970 – Treblinka SS commander Franz Stangl was sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1970 – Ricardo Waddington was born in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian actor and director.
  • 1970 – Tato Gabus Mendes was born in São Paulo. Brazilian actor.
  • 1971 – The U.N. General Assembly voted to ratify the election of Kurt Waldheim as secretary-general.
  • 1971 – Pat Mastroianni was born. Canadian actor.
  • 1971 – Godfried Bomans dies (b. 1913). Dutch author and television personality.
  • 1972 – 6.25 earthquake struck Managua, Nicaragua, and over 12,000 were killed. Pres. Somoza was later believed to have pocketed millions of dollars in foreign aid. The diversion of funds undermined his government and helped pave the way for the 1979 revolution.
  • 1972 – In Vietnam Bac Mai hospital was bombed by American B-52s when they missed an air base on the outskirts of Hanoi. 18 hospital workers and patients were killed.
  • 1972 – Big Tigger was born. American television host.
  • 1972 – Vanessa Paradis was born. French singer.
  • 1974 – Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli vote to become the independent nation of Comoros. Mayotte remains under French administration.
  • 1974 – Ted Heath‘s house is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.
  • 1974 – Heather Donahue was born. American actress.
  • 1975 – Chris Adler was born. American actor.
  • 1975 – Crissy Moran was born. American erotic actress.
  • 1975 – Dmitri Khokhlov was born. Russian footballer.
  • 1975 – Sergei Aschwanden was born. Swiss judoka.
  • 1975 – Stanislav Neckář was born. Czech ice hockey player.
  • 1976 – Brian A. Alexander was born. American screenwriter and director.
  • 1976 – Katleen De Caluwé was born. Belgian athlete.
  • 1976 – Jason Lane was born. American baseball player.
  • 1977 – Three dozen people were killed when a 250-foot-high grain elevator at the Continental Grain Co. plant in Westwego, La., exploded.
  • 1977 – Steve Kariya was born. Canadian ice hockey player.
  • 1978 – The pivotal Third Plenum of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is held in Beijing, with Deng Xiaoping reversing Mao-era policies to pursue a program for Chinese economic reform.
  • 1979 – Darryl F. Zanuck dies (b. 1902). American producer.
  • 1979 – Pontes de Miranda dies (b. 23 Apr 1892). Brazilian jurist.
  • 1980 – Lee Eun-ju was born (d. 2005). South Korean actress.
  • 1980 – Chris Carmack was born. American actor.
  • 1980 – Karl Dönitz dies (b. 1891). German politician and U-boat commander.
  • 1981 – Na Argentina, o general Leopoldo Galtieri se torna o novo presidente após uma junta ter deposto o presidente Viola.
  • 1981 – O atleta João do Pulo, um dia depois de ter sido eleito como o maior desportista latino-americano do ano, sofre um grave acidente de carro e tem a perna direita amputada.
  • 1982 – Alinne Moraes was born. Brazilian actress.
  • 1983 – Egyptian president Mubarak met with PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
  • 1983 – Jennifer Hawkins was born. Australian Miss Universe 2004.
  • 1984 – Subway vigilante Bernhard Hugo Goetz shoots four African-American youths on an express train in The Bronx borough of New York City.
  • 1984 – Festus was born. American professional wrestler.
  • 1984 – Jonas Altberg was born. Swedish musician (Basshunter).
  • 1985 – D. Boon dies (b. 1958). American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen).
  • 1986 – Kaila Amariah was born in Silver Lake, Califórnia. American actress.
  • 1987 – The Reagan administration criticized Israel’s handling of the Palestinian uprising in the occupied territories, particularly the military’s use of live ammunition against civilians.
  • 1988 – 2 robbers wearing police uniforms robbed an armored truck of $3 Million in NJ
  • 1988 – Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist, was assassinated.
  • 1989 – After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauşescu‘s Communist dictatorship.
  • 1989 – Berlin‘s Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
  • 1989 – Kempsey bus crash: Two tourist coaches collide on the Pacific Highway north of Kempsey, New South Wales
  • 1989 – Jordin Sparks was born. American singer and American Idol winner.
  • 1989 – Chad adopts its Constitution.
  • 1989 – Samuel Beckett dies (b. 1906). Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate.
  • 1990 – Final independence of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia after termination of trusteeship.
  • 1990 – Paul Coffey of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the National Hockey League‘s first defenseman to score 1,000 points. He would finish his career with 1,531 points.
  • 1990 – Twenty-one sailors returning from shore leave to the aircraft carrier USS “Saratoga” drowned when the Israeli ferry they were traveling on capsized.
  • 1990 – Lech Wałęsa sworn in as President of Poland.
  • 1990 – The Constitution of the Republic of Croatia was promulgated, granting such classic civil rights as freedom of speech, religion, information, and association, as well as guaranteeing the equality of nationalities.
  • 1990 – Jean-Baptiste Maunier was born. French actor.
  • 1990 – Lara Rodrigues was born. Brazilian actress.
  • 1991 – The body of Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, an American hostage murdered by his captors, was found dumped along a highway in Lebanon.
  • 1992 – President-elect Clinton chose Warren Christopher to be his secretary of state and tapped Les Aspin to be defense secretary.
  • 1992 – A Libyan Boeing 727 jetliner crashed, killing 157 people.
  • 1992 – Frederick Franz dies (b. 1893). Watchtower president.
  • 1993 – Singer Michael Jackson, fighting back against child molestation allegations, issued a video statement in which he said he was “totally innocent of any wrongdoing”.
  • 1993 – Os Estados Unidos concedem asilo político a Alina Fernandez Revuelta, filha do ditador cubano Fidel Castro.
  • 1993 – O parlamento da África do Sul aprova uma nova constituição que abole o regime racista de apartheid no país.
  • 1993 – Don DeFore dies (b. 1913). American actor.
  • 1994 – The Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh.
  • 1994 – Renuncia Silvio Berlusconi, primeiro ministro italiano.1994 – House Democrats chastised Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich for accepting a $4.5 million book advance from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.
  • 1994 – North Korea handed over the body of American pilot David Hilemon, killed when his helicopter was shot down over the communist country three days earlier.
  • 1995 – Butterfly McQueen dies (b. 1911). American actress (Gone with the wind).
  • 1995 – James Meade dies (b. 1907). English economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner.
  • 1996 – Eight workers were killed in an explosion at the Wyman Gordon Forgings metal-fabricating plant in northwest Houston. They had been doing maintenance on 9-story pressurized tanks.
  • 1996 – Peruvian guerrillas holding more than 360 hostages at the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Lima released 225 hostages but still held 140 of their captives.
  • 1997 – Actress Hunter Tylo, whose pregnancy got her fired from TV’s steamy soap “Melrose Place,” was awarded $4.9 million by jurors who agreed she was wrongfully terminated.
  • 1997 – In Algeria attackers stormed Shari hamlet and killed 28 villagers including 15 children and 5 women. The same night 53 villagers, mostly women and children, died in a massacre in the neighboring Sidi el Antar hamlet. Another 11 had their throats cut in Algiers in the Bainem area.
  • 1997 – In Colombia a new wave of paramilitary attacks began in the Riosucio region and some 500 more peasants fled to Pavarando for safety.
  • 1997 – In Lithuanian a vote count showed Arturas Paulauskas led the country’s 2nd presidential vote since breaking with the Soviet Union. A runoff with Vladas Adamkus was set for Jan 4. Vytautas Landsbergis, who ran third, threw his support behind Adamkus.
  • 1997 – Acteal massacre: In Mexico some 70 pro-government gunmen of the Peace and Justice paramilitary group killed 45 people, including 21 women 9 men and 15 children, in the Tzoztzil Indian village of Acteal. The government paid compensation to families of the victims and to the wounded. In 1999 20 government supporters were sentenced to 35 years in prison and 81 people were still scheduled for trial.
  • 1997 – In Somalia leaders of the rival factions approved a plan to restore national government. An interim government was planned with power to be shared among the factions.
  • 1998 – The Energy Dept. for the first time awarded a billion-dollar contract to the Tennessee Valley Authority to produce tritium at a TVA nuclear reactor for military use.
  • 1998 – The Bil Mar meat packing plant in Michigan recalled 35 million pounds of hot dogs and lunch meats following the deaths of 16 people due to the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. In Jan. another 30 million pounds were recalled from the Thorn Apple Valley plant in Arkansas.
  • 1998 – In Angola rebels shelled Kuito and 26 people were reported killed. Some 60,000 refugees had fled there to escape fighting elsewhere.
  • 1998 – A third Chinese dissident, Qin Yongmin, was sentenced to prison for trying to organize an opposition party.
  • 1998 – In Iraq UN aid groups returned to Baghdad.
  • 1998 – In Lebanon an Israeli rocket killed woman and her 6 children.
  • 1998 – Michelle Thomas dies (b. 1969). American actress.
  • 1999 – In Atlanta, Georgia, federal drug police seized $72 million worth of cocaine in “Operation Juno,” a 3 year sting operation that also netted $10-26 million laundered through a fake brokerage firm. 5 people were arrested in Tucker and another 47 nationwide.
  • 1999 – An Algerian accused of trying to smuggle nitroglycerin and other bomb-making materials into the United States from Canada pleaded innocent in Seattle to all five counts of a federal indictment.
  • 1999 – In Algeria a 5.8 earthquake struck near Oran and at least 20 people were killed and 75 injured.
  • 1999 – In Britain a Korean Air 747 cargo plane crashed near London and all 4 people aboard were killed.
  • 1999 – In Italy Premier Massimo D’Alema won a vote of confidence for a new cabinet.
  • 1999 – In Mozambique Pres. Joaquim Chissano was declared the winner of elections that were held earlier in the month. He won 52% as opposed to 48% for Afonso Dhlakama of the Mozambique Resistance Movement, known as Renamo. In parliament Frelimo won 133 seats vs. 117 for Renamo.
  • 1999 – In the Philippines the MV Asia South Korea ferry with 606 passengers sank southeast of Manila near Bantayan Island and at least 9 people were killed. 58 people were missing.
  • 1999 – The Spanish Civil Guard finds near Calatayud (Zaragoza) another van loaded by ETA with 750 kg of explosives.
  • 1999 – Tandja Mamadou became President of Niger.
  • 1999 – In Venezuela 2 helicopters crashed on aid missions and at least 4 people were killed.
  • 1999 – Brazil: Sport Club Corinthians Paulista becames Champion in football for the third time in sequence.
  • 2000 – Pres. Clinton granted Christmastime clemency 59 (62) people including Dan Rostenkowski, former Illinois congressman and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • 2000 – Pres.-elect Bush named Sen. John Ashcroft of Missouri to become US Attorney General, and Gov. Christie Todd Whitman of New Jersey as head of the EPA.
  • 2000 – Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie wed in Scotland.
  • 2000 – The US, Japan, Europe and other industrial powers agreed to provide debt relief to 22 poor nations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia, Guyana, Honduras and Nicaragua.
  • 2000 – In Germany 3 American teenagers were convicted of murder for the Feb 27 deaths of 2 people, killed from rocks thrown from a freeway overpass.
  • 2000 – In India separatists attacked the Red Fort in New Delhi and 3 people were killed.
  • 2000 – Israel announced that it is prepared to surrender sovereignty over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as part of a peace agreement.
  • 2000 – In Mexico the army closed a base in Chiapas and continued to pull troops from the region.
  • 2000 – In South Korea some 15,000 bank workers went on strike to protest merger plans that threatened mass layoffs.
  • 2000 – Three armed robbers stormed into Stockholm’s National Museum and made off with a Rembrandt self-portrait and two masterpieces by Renoir. Eight men were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the theft; only one of the three paintings has been recovered.
  • 2000 -In Turkey government prison raids ended after 430 inmates surrendered at Umraniye. The 4-day siege left 28 people dead including 16 burned alive. Government forces had not been able to enter the leftist controlled wards of Bayrampasa prison in Istanbul for a decade.
  • 2001 – It was reported that a new “thermobaric” bomb had been developed by the Pentagon for use in caves and tunnels. The BLU-118b was capable of destroying a tunnel’s contents without collapsing the tunnel mouth.
  • 2001 – A cloned cat named Carbon Copy was born following a year of experimentation by scientists at Texas A&M scientists. The $3.7 million research project was funded by John Sperling (81), founder of the Univ. of Phoenix.
  • 2001 – A fishing boat from North Korea, suspected of spying, exchanged fire with Japanese coast vessels and sank after a 6-hour chase. 15 crewmen were lost. 2 bodies were later recovered. North Korea later denied any links to the fishing boat and accused Japan of a “smear campaign.”
  • 2001 – Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, handed over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
  • 2001 – Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
  • 2001 – Cc the cat, the first cloned pet, is born.
  • 2002 – Desmond Hoyte dies (b. 1929). President of Guyana.
  • 2002 – Joe Strummer dies (b. 1952). British musician (The Clash).
  • 2003 – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California; see San Simeon earthquake.
  • 2003 – Dave Dudley dies (b. 1928). American singer.
  • 2004 – Doug Ault dies (b. 1950). Baseball player.
  • 2004 – Scientists using the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES) discovered a distant planet the size of Jupiter, 32 times further than the Sun. They named it TrES-1b.
  • 2006 – Dennis Linde dies (b. 1943). American songwriter.
  • 2006 – Elena Mukhina dies (b. 1960). Russian gymnast.
  • 2006 – Galina Ustvolskaya dies (b. 1919). Russian composer.
  • 2007 – Adrian Cristobal dies (b 1932). Filipino writer.
  • Japan – Tōji (winter solstice).
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs on or very close to this date. In the Southern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs around this time.
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice, sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. In the Southern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs around this time.
  • Astrology: First day of sun sign Capricorn.
  • Chinese Culture – Winter Solstice where is commonly met with the eating of glutinous flour balls(Tang Yuen). Marks the middle or “Extreme” of winter. Tang Yuen was introduced in China as an item of propaganda back in the Dynasties.
  • Indonesia Mother Day, as an achievement for Dewi Sartika.