Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31: On this day in history

Just a little summary of interesting things that transpired on this day throughout history..

1695 - A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.
1744 - James Bradley announces discovery of Earth's nutation motion (wobble)
1776 - Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors
1781 - Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens
1783 - Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern states
1861 - 22,990 mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in 1861, world record
1879 - Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp
1904 - The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York.
1911 - Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize
1923 - 1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester
1924 - Hubble announces existence of distant galaxies
1944 - World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany.
1945 - Ratification of UN Charter completed
1946 - Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II
1951 - 1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced
1958 - International Geophyscial Year ends
1968 - 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)
1974 - Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
1981 - CNN Headline News debuts
1984 - US leaves UNESCO
1991 - USSR, last day of existence
1994 - This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.
1997 - More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809

No comments:

Post a Comment