Saturday, September 24, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 24


On this day in 768, Charlemagne gets crowned the first King of the Franks.

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On this day in 1869, "Black Friday" takes place when gold prices plummet after Ulysses S. Grant orders the Treasury to sell large quantities of gold after Jay Gould and James Fisk plot to control the market.

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On this day in 1890, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy.

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On this day in 1906, US President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's very first National Monument.

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On this day in 1950, forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England. A blue moon is seen as far away as Europe.

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On this day in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.

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On this day in 1968, the journalism show 60 Minutes debuts on CBS.

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On this day in 1979, CompuServe launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service.

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With a little help from every professional athlete's little helper - steroids! - Jamaican/Canadian Olympic runner Ben Johnson becomes the fastest human being on the planet on this day in 1988, when he completes the 100 meter dash in an incredible 9.79 seconds. Taking his gold medal away from him will never change those awesome numbers. Besides, did you watch that race? Does anybody really believe Carl Lewis and Linford Christie weren't juiced to the gills, as well?!

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On this day in 1990, the Supreme Soviet gives final approval for the big switch-over to a free market economic system. Chaos ensues.

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