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12 December

1792 In Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven (21) received his first lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn
1863 Edvard Munch, painter, born
1889 Robert Browning, poet, died at age 77
1913 Jesse Owens, athlete, born
1915 First all-metal aircraft (Junkers J1) test flown at Dessau, Germany
1915 Frank Sinatra, singer/actor, born
1939 Douglas Fairbanks, actor, died at age 56
1940 Dionne Warwick, singer, born
1946 Emerson Fittipaldi, racing car driver, born
1955 First prototype of hovercraft patented by engineer Christoper Cockerell
1962 Tracy Austin, tennis player, born
1964 Shooting starts for "Star Trek" pilot, "The Cage"
1988 3 trains collide at Clapham Junction - 35 die

Today is also World Ding-a-ling Day, apparently. Don't ask me...
 
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