Here are some one liners...
Flying Saucers and the Roswell Incident -- I talk about the likelihood that aliens are visiting our planet... in short... they are not.
Jackie Robinson Makes It to the Majors -- Branch Rickey signs a black man to a major league baseball team and the stuff hits the fan. I talk about my personal encounter with racism.
Uncovering the Dead Sea Scrolls and Academic Pettiness -- These ancient scrolls were the subject of academic pettiness for decades until 1991 when they were released to public display.
Notable Births -- See below.
This Year in Film -- See below.
This Year in Music -- See below.
In Other News -- See below.
Flying Saucers and the Roswell IncidentProfessor Meade Layne has begun his study of UFO contact reports. Don't get too excited. Layne is an English professor at the University of California, but he can read a contact report as well as anyone. These reports are coming from trained pilots who are seeing lights in the skies. Some of these lights are trailing their aircraft. Other lights are traveling at high speed and making fantastic, and frankly, impossible maneuvers. The public has taken an interest due to the fear of a Soviet attack on the USA which is probably why a recent report of a "flying pie-plate" has made the national news. Flying saucers, alien abductions, and "Men in Black" will be on the agenda for now on. And one more thing... something has crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The government boys show up lickety split, and carry away something that looks like body bags. In a press release the government admits that they have recovered a "flying disc". They retract that statement the next day, and call it a weather balloon carrying experimental dummies with instrument packages. Very strange. Then the whole incident is marked classified. Apparently weather experiments are "classified" nowadays.  
Jackie Robinson Makes It to the Majors
- "I want you to be a whirling demon against the Dodgers. I want you to concentrate, to hit that ball, to get on base by any means necessary. I want you to run wild, to steal the pants off them, to be the most conspicuous player on the field--but conspicuous only because of the kind of baseball you're playing."
- -- General Manager Branch Rickey speaking to Jackie Robinson, a black man playing in the minors in 1947. 
Uncovering the Dead Sea Scrolls and Academic PettinessAs the story goes, a young Bedouin goat herder throws a rock into a cave and hears shattering pottery. He crawls in with his friend and finds ancient scrolls made of leather and stored in pottery. The cave is less than 2 miles from the Dead Sea which is why these scrolls are often called the Dead Sea Scrolls. The boys take the scrolls to a fellow in Bethlehem who, in turn, offers it to an antiquities dealer for 20 pounds, but apparently 20 pounds is too much to pay. The Bedouins finally find a buyer in Jerusalem. The scrolls are so damaged that one can barely tell what they are, but it is clear that the main scroll is the Book of Isaiah. It is priceless. 
- Mitt Romney (Living): Gov. of Massachusetts and presidential candidate. 
- Hillary Clinton (Living): First Lady, and presidential candidate. (I can't wait for Chelsea to run... uh... actually, I can wait.) 
- Dan Quayle (Living): V.P. under Bush the Elder. (The media made him into a joke.) 
- Camille Paglia (Living): Feminist, professor and an essayist worth reading. (I'm not kidding.) 
- And in Entertainment...
- -- Arnold Schwarzenegger (Living): Gov. of California, "The Terminator" and substitute host for Donald Trump. 
- -- O. J. Simpson (Living): Football star, comedy actor, and now a prisoner. (Good athlete, fine actor, but bad at everything else.) 
- -- Elton John (Living): Songwriter and singer at Rush Limbaugh's wedding. 
- -- Tom Clancy: His "Jack Ryan" series lives on, but his co-authors have yet to match his writing skills. 
- -- Stephen King (Living): I hear he writes books. I'll have to check him out, someday. 
- **Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked.
This Year in Film
- Road to Rio: One of many comedy "Road to..." pictures starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. 
- Miracle on 34th Street: A Christmas favorite starring a very young Natalie Wood. (She really believed he was Santa.) 
- Gentleman's Agreement: A journalist poses as a Jew to understand antisemitism in New York City. (Jews and blacks were limited in housing, colleges and certain jobs at the time. Indeed, I was locked out of a job for being a Jew. F* them.) 
This Year in Music
- Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah: Won the Academy Award for best original song from Disney's Song of the South. 
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Frank Sinatra. 
In Other News
- Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier. He takes the Bell rocket plane X1 to mach 1. 
- The Volkswagen Beetle comes to America: Volkswagen means "People's Car". Imagined by Hitler and designed by Porsche, it has survived as a German product only because the Brits don't want it.