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FIRST NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE IN 1923

President Coolidge illuminating the community Christmas tree, south of the White House.
President Coolidge (center) illuminating the community Christmas
tree, south of the White House.

On December 24, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge presses a button and
lights up the first national
Christmas tree to grace the White House
grounds.

Not only was this the first White House “community” Christmas tree, but
it was the first to be decorated with electric lights–a strand of 2,500 red,
white and green bulbs. The balsam fir came from Coolidge’s home state
of
Vermont and stood 48 feet tall. Several musical groups performed at
the tree-lighting ceremony, including the Epiphany Church choir and the
U.S. Marine Band. Later that evening, President Coolidge and first lady
Grace were treated to carols sung by members of Washington, D.C.’s
First Congregational Church.

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President Coolidge and the first lady Grace.

1923 National Christmas Tree with Washington Monument in background. Image from Library of Congress.
The Washington Monument is seen in the background.

Calvin Coolidge
John Calvin Coolidge Jr.
(July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933)         
        
        
        
        
First Lady Melania Trump, joined by President Donald J. Trump,
lights the 2019 National Christmas Tree during the 97th annual
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 5,
2019, on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. 
        
        
       
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MOVIE ICON IS 103 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch) 


The retired actor, producer, director and author
is one of the last surviving
stars
of the film industry’s Golden Age.

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1960

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MONUMENT COMPLETED ON THIS DAY~1884

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Workers set the capstone on top of the Washington Monument on
Dec. 6, 1884.

On this day in 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers (above) place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction
of an impressive monument to the city’s namesake and the nation’s first
president,
George Washington. As early as 1783, the infant U.S. Congress
decided that a statue of George Washington, the great Revolutionary War
general, should be placed near the site of the new Congressional building, wherever it might be. After then-President Washington asked him to lay out
a new federal capital on the Potomac River in 1791, architect Pierre L’Enfant
left a place for the statue at the western end of the sweeping National Mall
(near the monument’s present location).

It wasn’t until 1832, however–33 years after Washington’s death–that anyone
really did anything about the monument. That year, a private Washington
National Monument Society was formed. After holding a design competition
and choosing an elaborate Greek temple-like design by architect Robert Mills,
the society began a fundraising drive to raise money for the statue’s
construction.

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The Washington Monument is under construction in 1859 in
Washington D.C.


The Washington Monument in 1888, the year it was
open to the public.

Washington Monument in Washington DC, United States
The Monument reopened to the public in September after a three-
year closure for elevator repairs and other updates.

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‘’THE DUDE’’ IS 70 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Actor Jeff Bridges, Golden Globe winner

Actor Jeff Bridges starred as Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski in the 1998 cult
classic
The Big Lebowski and earned an Academy Award for Best Actor
for his portrayal of Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart. He also
received Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Contender
(2000) Starman (1984) Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
True Grit (2010) 
Hell or High Water (2016) and The Last Picture Show (1971). He made his
television debut on the
Syndicated series Sea Hunt. 

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Jeff Bridges with his father Lloyd Bridges in TV Show ‘Sea
Hunt’ 1958-1960.

TRON (1982)
1982

Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
1988

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THE QUEEN OF ROCK & ROLL IS 80 TODAY

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Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock)

Tina Turner released the single "Proud Mary" in 1971 and has received
eleven Grammy Awards, collaborating with many other popular artists.

She picked cotton with her parents as sharecroppers, and moved in with
her great-aunt after her parents divorced in 1978. She worked as a nurse’s
aide and began dreaming of becoming a nurse.

She went on a fiftieth anniversary tour in 2008, and broke the record for
solo artist concert ticket sales.

Tina Turner

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