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FAMOUS COUPLES (continued): • The love story of Cherilyn Sarkisian and Salvatore Bono began in 1962 in a Los Angeles coffee shop. She was 16 and he was 27. Bono, who worked for a record producer at Hollywood’s Gold Star Studios helped get Cher a gig as a backup singer on some of the studio’s classic recordings, including The Righteous Brothers’ hit “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” By late 1964, the pair were married and performing together, calling themselves Caesar and Cleo, releasing a single “Do You Wanna Dance?” Early the following year, they switched their name to Sonny and Cher. Their signature hit “I Got You, Babe” was released in 1965. Their third album, in 1967, featured Sonny’s composition “The Beat Goes On,” another Sonny and Cher trademark. In 1971, they were offered a summer television series, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. The show was such a hit, the couple was offered a regular prime time program later that year, and it quickly soared to the network’s Top Ten. The program continued for four seasons, garnering 15 Emmy Award nominations. Unfortunately, by the third season, the marriage was unraveling, and although they separated that year, the show went on. A nasty divorce was finalized in 1975. Yet nothing seemed to hold the couple back, as they reunited in 1976 for The Sonny and Cher Show. Poor ratings resulted in its cancellation the following year. Cher went on to a successful solo singing and acting career, while Sonny was elected mayor of Palm Springs, California, for a term, followed by his election to the U.S. House of Representatives. While serving in that position, he was killed in a Lake Tahoe skiing accident, when he struck a tree. It seems only fitting that his tombstone’s epitaph reads, “And the beat goes on.”

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• On Dec. 28, 1793, Thomas Paine is arrested in France for treason. Though the charges against him were never detailed, he had been tried in absentia on Dec. 26 and convicted. Before moving to France, Paine was an instrumental figure in the American Revolution as the author of Common Sense. • On Dec. 24, 1801, British inventor Richard Trevithick takes his friends for a test ride on his "Puffing Devil," or "Puffer," the first steam-powered passenger vehicle. The Puffer could be put to work in mines, on farms, in factories, on ships and in locomotives of all kinds. • On Dec. 27, 1831, British naturalist Charles Darwin sets out from Plymouth, England, aboard the HMS Beagle on a five-year surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans to gather knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology. This information proved invaluable in the development of his theory of evolution. • On Dec. 22, 1849, writer Fyodor Dostoevsky is led before a firing squad but receives a last-minute reprieve and is sent to a Siberian la-

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bor camp, where he worked for four years. In 1866, he published "Crime and Punishment." • On Dec. 25, 1941, "White Christmas," written by Irving Berlin, receives its world premiere on the NBC radio program, "The Kraft Music Hall." The song went on to become one of the most commercially successful singles of all time. • On Dec. 26, 1966, Jimi Hendrix writes the lyrics to "Purple Haze" -- the song that would give him his breakthrough hit in the United States. "Purple Haze" actually had relatively little commercial success as a single. It was Hendrix's legendary, guitarburning live performance at the Monterey Pop Festival that established him as a star. • On Dec. 23, 1982, the Missouri Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control inform residents of Times Beach, Missouri, that their town was contaminated when the chemical dioxin was sprayed on its unpaved roads, and that the town will have to be evacuated and demolished. In 1985, the city was officially unincorporated.

FAMOUS COUPLES (continued): • Twenty-five-year-old Elvis Presley was stationed in Germany in 1959, when he met the 14-year-old daughter of an Air Force officer at a party. Elvis and Priscilla Beaulieu had an eight-year courtship before finally marrying in 1967 in an eight-minute ceremony at Las Vegas’ Aladdin Hotel. He was 32, she was 21. Priscilla’s engagement ring was a 3.5-carat diamond surrounded by a row of smaller diamonds. The couple separated in 1972 and divorced in 1973. Ironically, their courtship lasted longer than the marriage. • You might not recognize the name “American Gothic,” but you’ve probably seen the image. It’s a 1930 oil painting of a farmer holding a pitchfork, standing alongside a woman in her apron in front of a farmhouse. Painter Grant Wood enlisted his sister Nan to model, while Wood’s dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby posed next to her. Although some folks think they represent husband and wife, Wood intended the couple as a father and his spinster daughter. While driving through Eldon, Iowa, Wood happened to see a little wood farmhouse called the Dibble House, and had a vision of the couple standing in front of it. The couple he painted were, in Wood’s words, “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.” The painting was exhibited for the first time in Chicago’s Art Institute, where Wood earned a $300 prize and immediate fame. Although he is best known for “American Gothic,” Wood painted 27 other works, along with various murals, lithographs, ceramics, and other art.

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• A trip to Paris enabled Elizabeth to learn new beauty techniques in that city’s salons. While in Paris, she developed a collection of rouge and powders, and upon her return to America, hired a team of chemists to develop her own personal line of face creams and lotions. • Within five years of opening that first salon, Elizabeth Arden was selling her products internationally. She opened several exclusive spas, offering the first makeovers, and pampering clients with expensive beauty treatments.

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• When she died in 1966, Elizabeth Arden was 81 years old, a fact she had kept a secret from the public for years. She was one of the wealthiest women in the world, having founded one of the most successful and recognized brands in the world. There were 100 salons scattered across the globe, and a line of 300 cosmetic products. Five years after her death, the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical corporation purchased the company for $38 million. Today, its value approaches $1.5 billion.



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• You've doubtless heard the term "bigwig" to refer to a person of importance, but you've probably never learned where the word originated. In the 18th century, King Louis XIV of France began wearing large wigs, and the fashion became a trend among the upper classes. At the time, wigs were made from human hair, which was very expensive to obtain; therefore, the larger the wig, the more hair was required and the more money the wearer had to spend to purchase it.

• Medieval times, it seems, were suspicious times. When nobles gathered for social events, each person would pour a little bit of wine from his or her own cup into the cups of others -- this was a way to ensure that no one was poisoning the drinks. The tradition continues today (with less suspicion, one would hope) when people clink glasses after toast.


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• December 17 is a big day in the history of aviation. On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers made their historic flight of the first powered airplane on a beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first flight of their Wright Flyer lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet, 20 feet above the ground. Three more flights followed that day. While Orville made the first flight, Wilbur piloted the record flight that lasted 59 seconds and covered a distance of 852 feet. On the same day 32 years later, the Douglas DC-3 airliner had its maiden flight, a plane that was to revolutionize air travel in the United States. With three refueling stops, the DC-3 was able to cross the U.S. in about 15 hours. On December 17, 1947, the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber made its first flight. The country’s first multiengine, jet-powered bomber was designed to fly at high altitudes and at supersonic speeds. In 1949, the jet broke the record for crossing the United States, accomplishing it in under four hours, with an average speed of 608 mph.

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• Can name theplows longest-running American the you blades of the farmers were accustomed to While repairing broken sitcom? It’susing. The Simpsons, whicha aired forcirthe cular saw, Deere stumbled upon an idea. He first time on December 17, 1989, and chronemployed his smith of skills to fashion theworksteel icles the adventures a dysfunctional blade into the shape of a plow. He affixed ing-class family living on Evergreen Terrace spokes, thenThe hitched the device intwo the wooden city of Springfield. animation proto a horse. It plowed the heavy Illinois soil cess of each episode takes from six to nine like a charm. In fact, a farmer who happened months to complete. TV Guide has ranked The to be observing the test run immediately put Simpsons asfor #8 his on own theirJohn list of the “50 in an order Deere plow.Greatest TV Shows of All Time” and Bart Simpson • asIn#1short order,list Deere gave 10 up Biggest his blacksmith on their of “TV’s Brats.”

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shop and focused on making plows. The • Every yeargrew sometime December 20 company steadilybetween and added many emand 23, theInNorthern Hemisphere experiences ployees. the late 1840s, John relocated the Winter Solstice, based on the tilt of the Earth’s entire operation to Moline, Illinois. Ashamed axis. This the sun’s of his ownoccurs lack ofwhen education, John elevation sent his children to the state’s finest schools. Onemost of with regard to the North Pole is at its his proudest days occurred when son Charles negative value, with the North Pole tilted 23.5 earned the equivalent of sun. an MBA degrees away from the For from thoseBell’s of us Commercial College in Chicago. in the Northern Hemisphere, December 21, • 2014 Withwill his son Charles managing thethe company, be the shortest day and longest Johnoffound timeAll to those pursueliving philanthropic innight the year. above a latiterests. He co-founded both which the First Nationtude of 66.5 degrees north, is the ArcBank and the First tical Polar Circle, will Congregational experience 24 Church. hours of He was elected the mayor of Moline in 1873, darkness. Those in the Southern Hemisphere where one of his first actionsSolstice – the replacewill experience their Summer on that ment of the city’s open drains with a sewer day. The sun will be directly overhead on the pipe system – saved countless lives by reducTropic of Capricorn. Those locations below ing the spread of disease.



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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS (continued): • On December 14, 1972, Eugene Cernan beDEERE. JOHN DEERE. (continued): came the last man to set foot on the moon • while It wasonwhile living in that John nothe Apollo 17 Illinois mission. Cernan was ticed theman problems that facedand when the 11th to walk onfarmers the moon, had attempting to till soil. Because the area had been in space on two previous missions beformerly been woodland, the soil was rich fore the final mission to the moon. with hummus, which clumped and clung to



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