December 31, 1879 — Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Note: I will be continuing “This Day in History” posts
December 30, 1936 — The United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike at the Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Michigan. Led by Walter and Victor Reuther, union activists withstood
December 29, 1972 — Life magazine ended publication with the issue titled “Year in Pictures.” From 1936 it had produced over 1,860 issues.
December 28, 1958 — The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York’s Yankee Stadium.
December 27, 1968 — Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon.
December 26, 1963 — The Beatles’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.
December 25, 1991 — Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union (the union itself is dissolved the next day). Ukraine’s referendum is finalized and Ukraine officially leaves the Soviet Union.
December 24, 1980 — Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, an incident called ‘Britain’s Roswell’.
December 23, 1970 — The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, NYC, is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
December 22, 1964 — The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place at Air Force Plant 42 (the Skunk Works) in Palmdale, California.