Monday, December 05, 2011


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cover of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1791:Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies of an unknown illness, possibly rheumatic fever, in Vienna. He was only 35, yet in a career spanning three decades, Mozart composed more than 600 works of classical music.

1776: Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest scholastic Greek-letter fraternity in the United States, is organized by students at the College of William and Mary at Old Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg, Va. With the motto "Love of learning is the guide of life," Phi Beta Kappa, now with chapters at more than 280 institutions of higher learning, is the nation's most prestigious undergraduate honor society.

1945: Flight 19 — five U.S. Navy torpedo bombers with 14 men aboard — mysteriously disappears between the southern coast of Florida and the Bahamas. A PBM Mariner search-and-rescue aircraft with 13 aboard is dispatched to find the missing planes or crews, but it also disappears. The unexplained loss of the six planes and 27 men, none of whom will ever be found, further contributes to the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.
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