On This Date in History..

On this Day in History..

1229 James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca

1492 100,000 Jews are expelled from Sicily

1695 A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax

1776 Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors

1870 J D Schneiter patents rocket mail in France

1890 Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot

1904 The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York city, New York

1907 For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the new year

1911 Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize

1930 – The US tobacco industry produces 123 billion cigarettes

1935 – Charles Darrow patents the game Monopoly

1963 – Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir play music together for the 1st time

1970 – Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles

1983 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain

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

1997 Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268

1999 – Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President

2014 – Beji Caid Essebsi is sworn in as Tunisia’s 1st ever freely elected President






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