Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10 Things That Occurred Throughout History On Last Day Of The Year

1695 A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax. [You'd think the bricks and labour would cost more than the tax!]

1744 James Bradley announces discovery of Earth's nutation motion (wobble) [Great way to start the New Year learning your whole world is wobbling] :)

1776 Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors [I guess someone ripped up the curb!] :)

1879 - Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp [I guess all started the New Year knowing their lives were going to be lit up like never before]

1907 For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year. [Funny how mankind does look upon New Year's as almost coming into some new time]

1924 -
Hubble announces existence of distant galaxies [Science-fiction writers can now boldly go where they didn't realize they could go before]

1961 - 1st performance of Beach Boys [Did they become the most popular thing to hear on the beach? They sure sounded like a band to listen to on nice, hot sunny days]

1970 - Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles [I wonder if he had hoped for the better days, of Yesterday]

1993 -
Barbra Striesand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years.
[Many questions were raised why she left the concert tours. Upset due to crticis? Or just didn't have the passion for it anymore? The great mystery]
2009– Both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse occur. [Only on a blue moon would you see this on the last day of the year]

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