On This Day – 2nd Dec – In History – The Jumbo Jet Given the OK to Fly

… 20 million Germans were at the point of starvation … …

On the 2nd December, 1969 – The Boeing 747 (Often Known as Jumbo Jet) a long-haul, wide body commercial airliner received its FAA airworthiness certificate paving the way for its introduction into commercial service in 1970.


Also on this day:

  • 1932 – Germany’s economy had not rallied despite the government’s cut backs and 20 million Germans were at the point of starvation. Begging was common place, there was nation-wide unemployment, and industries were failing.
  • 1942 – A self sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at a racquets court below the bleachers of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.
  • 1943 – In early 1943 rationing of food took place starting with meat and then including canned foods. Each household was limited to 48 points in a ration book. Rationing had been in effect in England for a year before it took place in America.
  • 1956 – The yacht Granma arrived on the shores of Cuba after travelling from Mexico where Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the Cuban Revolution movement disembarked to begin the Cuban Revolution.
  • 1957 – Aiichiro Fujiyama, foreign minister of Japan, strenuously protested American restrictions on Japanese exports to the United States. He asserted that Japan was the biggest importer of American goods and limiting Japan’s exports was “a matter of life or death” for his country.
  • 1961 – On a national radio broadcast in Cuba Fidel Castro declares that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba was to adopt Communism.
  • 1967 – The rate of slaughter for animals affected by the Foot and mouth disease continued to increase with 134,000 animals slaughtered in the latest epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease.
  • 1971 – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was formed as a federation from the seven emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al-Quwain becoming one united country, which has evolved into a modern, high-income nation.
  • 1974 – Suspected IRA Terrorists planted bombs in two central Birmingham pubs, killing 19 people and injuring over 180.
  • 1976 – Fidel Castro became The President of Cuba and the chief executive of the Council of State of Cuba.
  • 1982 – Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in Barney Clark the artificial heart used was designed by Robert Jarvik The Jarvik-7. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device.


Who was born Today in History?:

  • 1578 – Agostino Agazzari, composer.
  • 1825 – Pedro II van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil.
  • 1863 – Charles Ringling, American circus owner.
  • 1875 – Frank Reicher,Germany, actor (King Kong, Son of Kong).
  • 1895 – Harriet Cohen, British pianist.
  • 1899 – John Cobb, British racing driver.
  • 1906 – Peter Carl Goldmark, developed color TV & LP records.
  • 1916 – John Bentley, Warwickshire England, actor.
  • 1937 – Brian Lumley, England, sci-fi author (Compleat Crow, Psychomech).
  • 1947 – Tommy Jenkins, English football player.
  • 1988 – Edward EMG baron Downpatrick, grandson of English prince Edward.
  • 1988 – Alfred Enoch, British Actor.

Know any more that were born today?, or were you born today?, post a comment below.


Quote of the day:
'Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.'
Peter Ustinov

(1921 – 2004)


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