On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1229 – James I the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca
1600 – The British East India Company is chartered
1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, thus causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax
1744 – James Bradley announces the discovery of Earth’s nutation motion (wobble)
1762 – Amadeus Mozart and his family move from Vienna to Salzburg
1879 – Thomas Edison gives the first public demonstration of his incandescent lamp
1890 – Ellis Island (NYC) opens as the  US immigration depot
1904 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Long acre Square, in New York City
1910 – US tobacco industry announces it produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910
1930 – US tobacco industry announces it produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930
1935 – Charles Darrow patents the game Monopoly
1938 – Dr R N Harger’s “drunk-o-meter,” the first breath test, is introduced in Indiana
1955 – The General Motors Corporation proclaims it has becomes the first U.S. corporation to have made profits of over $1 billion in a year
1961 – The Beach Boys play their first gig under that name
1966 – The Monkee’s “I’m a Believer” hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks
1977 – Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado
1981 – CNN Headline News goes on the air
1994 – This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively
1995 – Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his “Calvin & Hobbes” comic strip
2004 – The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet

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