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MOMENTS IN TIME The History Channel


Last updated 12/14/2021 at 3:23pm

* On Dec. 15, 1988, singer James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul,” begins serving a six-year prison sentence in South Carolina. Already on probation, Brown’s reckless spree on Sept. 24 resulted in numerous criminal charges, including assault and battery with intent to kill.

* On Dec. 16, 1811, the greatest series of earthquakes in U.S. history begins near New Madrid, Missouri, when an earthquake estimated at 8.6 magnitude slams the region. The quake raised and lowered parts of the Mississippi Valley by as much as 15 feet and changed the course of the Mississippi River.

* On Dec. 17, 19...

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