Thursday, September 29, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 29


On this day in 1789, the United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

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On this day in 1789, the 1st United States Congress adjourns.

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On this day in 1850, the Roman Catholic hierarchy is re-established in England and Wales by Pope Pius IX.

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On this day in 1962, Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite, is launched. Mostly for hockey-related purposes.

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On this day in 1972, the Insurance industry announces that, contrary to what common sense would seem to dictate, professional auto racers get into more highway accidents than the average driver.

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On this day in 1975, WGPR in Detroit, Michigan, becomes the world's first black-owned-and-operated television station.

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On this day in 1982, in the first ever case of random murder by product-tampering, some jack-off laces bottles of Tylenol with cyanide, causing the deaths of seven people in Chicago and prompting Johnson and Johnson to make like a horny walrus and start looking for a tighter seal.

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On this day in 1987, Compaq confounds the plebeian masses when they divulge the existence of their portable computer, equipped with a 386 chip, the newest and most powerful chip on the market at the time. The Compaq Portable 386 cost a wallet-cracking $10,000, and weighed a lap-bruising twenty pounds.

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On this day in 1991, Haiti suffers a military coup... AGAIN!

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On this day in 2004, the asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.

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On this day in 2008, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

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