Tuesday, November 7, 2017

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR NOVEMBER 7



On this day in 1665, the London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published.

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On this day in 1874, a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly, is considered the first important use of an elephant as a symbol for the United States Republican Party.

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On this day in 1907Jesús García saves the entire town of Nacozari de Garcia, Sonora by driving a burning train full of dynamite six kilometers (3.7 miles) away before it can explode.

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On this day in 1908Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia.

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On this day in 1916Jeannette Rankin is the first woman elected to the United States Congress.

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On this day in 1918, an influenza epidemic spreads to Western Samoa, killing 7,542 (about 20% of the population) by the end of the year.

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On this day in 1929, in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opens to the public.

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On this day in 1944Franklin D. Roosevelt elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America. 

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On this day in the year 1967, President Lyndon Johnson signs a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. So if you've ever so much as glanced at Big Bird, you owe LBJ, big time.

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On this day in 1991, hoop star Magic Johnson tells the world that he contracted the HIV virus due to his promiscuous lifestyle. A sympathetic nation asks: "Why couldn't it have been (insert the name of somebody you hate)?!"

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On this day in 1999Van Halen tells Gary Cherone - whom they had brought in to replace Sammy Hagar, whom they had brought in to replace David Lee Roth, whom they brought in to replace Sonny Bono - to pack his bags and take his copious talents elsewhere. The move came as no surprise to fans of the venerable rock combo, seeing as their one album with the former Xtreme frontman turned out to be a commercial and artistic disaster.

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On this day in 2000Al Gore defeats George W. Bush in the US presidential elections, but the Bush Crime Family sees to it that he never gets to sit in the Oval Office. So, basically, this day in the year 2000 is basically the day on which all of our current troubles began.

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