Wednesday, December 1, 2004
1135: Henry I ("Beauclerc"), whose contributions to English law earned him the sobriquet "The Lion of Justice," dies of food poisoning at St. Denis le Fermont in Normandy.
1523: Leo X (Giovanni de Medici) dies at age 46 at Rome. Leo is the pontiff whose wholesale marketing of indulgences for profit helped spark the Lutheran uprising.
1844: Alexandra of Denmark, the future consort of King Edward VII. and whose coronation troubles will be studied by generations of law students, is born at Copenhagen.
1885: The first glass of Dr. Pepper is served in Waco, Texas. Connoisseurs know that the original formula, using cane sugar instead of corn syrup, is still available from the original Dr. Pepper bottling plant in Dublin, Texas.
1913: The first moving assembly line is introduced at Ford Motor Company; it cuts the time to build a car from 12.5 hours to less than 3.
1981: Richard Allen Posner receives his commission as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
1987: NASA announces contracts to four companies to build the International Space Station: Boeing, General Electric, McDonnell Douglas, and Rockwell International.
1998: Exxon announces plans to buy Mobil Oil for $73.7 billion deal; this will create the world’s largest oil company.
1978: Brad Delson, lead guitarist of Linkin Park is born. We mention this so that you can impress your students with how hip you are, despite the box of Bee Gees 8-tracks in your closet.