Tuesday, December 31, 2013

History for December 31 - Bad move, Timely move, Bright Idea!, Island of Freedom, 1929?!!, Over There, Was Trigger there?, Libs called it "unconscionable", Proof of Global Warming, GOLD!, Camelot Doh!, KGB back in charge

History for December 31 - On-This-Day.com
1695 - The window tax was imposed in Britain, which resulted in many windows being bricked up. 

1862 - U.S. President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union. 

1879 - Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ

1891 - New York's new Immigration Depot was opened at Ellis Island, to provide improved facilities for the massive numbers of arrivals. 

1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time. 

1946 - U.S. President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. 

1947 - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were married. 

1955 - General Motors became the first U.S. corporation to earn more than one billion dollars in a single year. 

1967 - The Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17. The game is known as the Ice Bowl since it was played in a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero. (NFL

1974 - Private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years. 

1997 - Michael Kennedy, 39-year-old son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado

1999 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was designated acting president. 

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