1848: the President talks and the stampede begins.

Wednesday, December 5, the 340th day of 2012.



Today is Bathtub Party Day, a day to invite friends over and take turns taking long, hot baths.









Today is National Swap A Christmas Cookie Recipe Day.








1848 President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming the gold had been discovered in California.








1932 German physicist Albert Einstein is granted a visa to travel to the United States.










1999 At age 49, the singer/songwriter becomes the youngest-ever recipient in the 22-year history of Kennedy Center Honors given annually for lifetime contribution to arts and culture. It was Stevie Wonder.