From the monthly archives: December 2014

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YMCA opens and Wounded Knee Massacre

On December 29th in:


1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedralby followers of King Henry II;  he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican and Catholic Churches;


1851, the first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts;


1890, Wounded Knee Massacre on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 300 Lakota killed by the U.S. Army;


1914, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialized in The Egoist


1940, World War II:  In the Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, England, killing almost 200 civilians;  and in


2003, the last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct. 









The Eggnog Riot and Christmas Island



On December 25th in:


333, Roman Emperor Constantine the Great elevates his youngest son Constans to the rank of Caesar;


336, first documented sign of Christmas celebration in Ancient Rome;


1492, Caravel Santa Maria captained by Christopher Columbus runs onto reefs off Haiti due to a proper watch not being kept.  Local natives help to save food, armory and ammunition but not the ship;


1643, Christmas Island found and named by Captain William Mynors of the East India Company vessel, the Royal Mary;


1826, The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening; and in


1947, The Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect. 

The Night before Christmas and the top of the world!

On December 23 in:


1783, George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army;


1823, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously;


1954, The first successful kidney transpant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Hoseph Murray;


1970, The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at  1,368 feet , making it the tallest building in the world..

A nuisance at the airport begins and the 4 most famous musical notes


On December 22 in:


1807, The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress,at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson;


1808, Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto (performed by Beethoven himself) and Choral Fantasy;


1937, the Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York;


1956, Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, is born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio;


1965, In the United Kingdom, a 70 mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time.  Previously, there had been no speed limit; and in


2001, Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63. 



Here comes the Sugarplum Fairies and bring on the moonshine

On December 18 in:


1271, Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan", officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China;


1878, John Kehoe,the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania;


1892, Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia;


1912, the Piltdown Man, later revealed as a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson;


1917, the resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress; and in


1958, Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched. 



Gone with the Wind and the Leaning Tower still leans

On December 15  in:


1791, the United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly;


1939, Gone with the Wind receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatere in Atlanta, Georgia;


1967, the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River collapses, killing 46 people;


1970, Soviet  spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus.  It is the first successful soft landing on another planet;


1973, the American Psychiatric Association votes 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II;

and in


2001, The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.




Christopher Columbus lands in the Caribbean

On December 5 in:


1492, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola(now Hati and Dominican Republic);


1932, German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa;


1934, American author and screenwriter Joan Didion is born;


1952, The Great Smog: A cold fog descends upon London, combining air pollution and killing at least12,000 in the weeks and months that follow and in ;


1955, E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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Birth of a Rolling Stone and a premiere of a classic

On December 18 in: 1777, The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British forces in the Battle...

Word of the day


(verb) to complain loudly or angrily

The collectiion: Books

Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

This book is the second in a new mystery series by J.K. Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. We again follow Private Detective Cormoran...

Kids cook

Oven-fried Zucchini with a crunchy Parmesan crust

Ever wonder what you are going to do with all those zucchini from your garden? Well this recipe is for you!Crunchy, and full of flavor these zucchini fries...

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Cesar Chavez

Directed by Diego Luna, Chávez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leaderand labor organizer, Cesar Chavez.Torn...

Quotation of the day

Judy Garland

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.


Interesting things


Ever hear of Dronestagram? It's dedicated to videos and photographs taken with drones.

The collection: Music

Ledges - Noah Gundersen

2014 release from the singer/songwriter. At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad...

Science fair

T.P. Shooters

You can use ping pong balls or marshmallows as amo for these cool shooters.What you will need:2 toilet-paper tubes (or 1 paper-towel tube, cut in half...
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