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Thursday, December 2, 2004

Today in history—December 2

1547: Hernán (or Hernando) Cortés, a young man who will disappoint his family by refusing to follow his grandfather’s profession of barrister, is born in Castile.

1694: William Shirleyis born in Sussex.  Shirley will become a lawyer, move to Boston, and become King’s Advocate for New England and then Colonial Governor of Massachusetts.

1817: Heinrich von Sybel, German historian and pupil of the jurist Friedrich Karl von Savigny, is born at Düsseldorf.

1915: Albert Einstein publishes his General Theory of Relativity.  Einstein's influence on modern physics is nearly as profound as his impact on law, where he has been cited or quoted nearly 700 times in American law reviews.

Learnedhand 1924: President Coolidge appoints Billings Learned Hand (left) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

1930: Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker is born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  Becker will go on to team with Judge Richard Posner on the most anticipated new academic blog in world history.

1980: The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District issues the decisioni in Katz v. Danny Dare, Inc., used in some casebooks in lieu of Feinberg v. Pfeiffer Co.

1927: Ford Motor Co. announces its first new car in 19 years—the Model A.

1930: President Hoover goes before Congress to ask for a $150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.

1939: La Guardia Airport opens in New York City.

1993: One of Colombia’s most successful businessmen, drug lord Pablo Escobar, is shot and killed in Medellín.

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