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
The most important word in the language of the working class is “solidarity.” —Harry Bridges
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
To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things—machines, armies, multitudes, shadows in the jungle and on the moon; to see man’s work—his paintings, towers and discoveries; to see
December 29, 1972 — Life magazine ended publication with the issue titled “Year in Pictures.” From 1936 it had produced over 1,860 issues.
When you think about it, it was a lousy game.
—Frank Gifford (former NY Giants player), in 2008, commenting on the 1958 NFL Championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the NY Giants
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.