Saturday, December 31, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 31

On this day in 1695, a window tax is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax.

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On this day in 1907, the first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.

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On this day in 1955, General Motors becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.

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On this day in 1991, all official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.

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On this day in 1993, Brandon Teena and two others are shot to death inside a farmhouse in Humboldt, Nebraska by John Lotter and Tom Nissen after the two men discovered Teena was transgender. The events were dramatized in the award-winning film Boys Don't Cry.

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On this day in 1997, while simultaneously skiing down a mountain and playing touch football with his cousins, bucktoothed babysitter-fucker Michael Kennedy is momentarily distracted by the sound of Charles Darwin's ghost having a hearty gut-laugh at his shenanigans. This, of course, disorients Kennedy, who ends up smashing head-first into a tree, offing himself.

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On this day in 1999, the first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, resigns from office, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President and successor. Meanwhile, over in the United States, control of the Panama Canal is handed over to Panama. And finally on this day - once again, in 1999Cisco's Thong Song comes out, being both the last song of 1999, the last song of The 1990's, the first song of 2000, and the first song of the 3rd Millennium. Aren't you proud?

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On this day in 2009, both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse occur. Woo-EE-oo...

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