On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
45 BC – The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time
1 – Origin of Christian Era begins
630 – The Prophet Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it peacefully
1502 – Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro!
1610 – German astronomer Simon Marius 1st discovers the Jupiter moons, but does not officially report it, Galileo does so on July 1 1610
1700 – Protestant Western Europe (except England) begin using the Gregorian calendar
1808 – US Congress prohibits the importation of slaves
1863 – The Emancipation Proclamation (ending slavery) is issued by Abraham Lincoln
1881 – Dr John H Watson is introduced to Sherlock Holmes
1893 – Japan adopts the Gregorian calendar
1898 – Brooklyn merges with New York to form the present day City of New York
1907 – Pres Theodore Roosevelt shakes a record 8,513 hands in 1 day (but who’s counting?)
1922 – Vancouver, BC starts driving on the right side of road??
1934 – Nazi Germany passes the “Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring”
1946 – Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
1966 – All US cigarette packs are ordered to carry “Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health” on their labels
1971 – All Cigarette advertisements are banned from television
1985 – The Internet’s Domain Name System is created and the dot com era begins
1994 – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect (TPP is coming soon!)
1996 – After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstones vitamin
2008 – Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries
2013 – A US bipartisan deal “temporarily” avoids the fiscal cliff


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