Wednesday, December 28, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 28


On this day in 1065, Westminster Abbey is consecrated.

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On this day in 1612, Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a fixed star.

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On this day in 1895, the Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines, marking the debut of the cinema.

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On this day in 1895, Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays.

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On this day in 1943, after eight days of brutal house-to-house fighting, the Battle of Ortona concludes with the victory of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division over the German 1st Parachute Division and the capture of the Italian town of Ortona.

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On this day in 1944, Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the first player to score 8 points in one game of NHL ice hockey.

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On this day in 1973, the Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States.

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On this day in 1984, in the Mojave desert, a creosote bush is discovered which scientists determine to be 11,700 years old, making it the third oldest living thing on the face of the Earth after a giant Japanese mushroom and American Bandstand host Dick Clark.

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On this day in 2010, popular protests begin in Algeria against the government in what would soon come to be called the Arab Spring.

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