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December 8, 877

On December 8, 877, Louis the Stammerer, the son of Charles the Bald, was crowned king of the West Frankish Kingdom. As is evident from their le sobriquet, the rulers and leaders of countries in the Dark Ages didn’t get … Continue reading

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December 7, 1968

On December 7, 1968, Richard Dodd of Winamac, Indiana returned an overdue book to the University of Cincinnati’s medical library. Nothing strange there. Oh, his great-grandfather had checked it out in 1823 when he was a medical student at the … Continue reading

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December 6, 1877

On December 6, 1877, inventor Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone for the public, with a recording of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb. It was later shown that if you played it backwards, it said, “Won og ot … Continue reading

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December 5, 1933

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, thereby repealing the 18th Amendment and ending Prohibition. Thus ending the 13 year experiment of trying to legally force everyone to be sober and not drink alcohol. … Continue reading

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December 4, 1961

On December 4, 1961, the Museum of Modern Art installed Henri Matisse’s ‘Le Bateau’. It wasn’t until 47 days later that Genevieve Habert, a visitor, noticed the mistake and notified a guard. Nothing was done, so Habert called the New … Continue reading

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December 3, 1736

On December 3, 1736, Anders Celsius, the Swedish astronomer, physicist, mathematician and inventor of the Celsius thermometer, took measurements that confirmed Newton’s theory that the Earth was an ellipsoid instead of the previously accepted sphere and the previously, previously never … Continue reading

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December 2, 1823

On December 2, 1823, the President of the United States, James Monroe, outlined his doctrine that opposed European expansion in the Western Hemisphere. This became known as the Monroe Doctrine. The leaders of the indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere … Continue reading

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December 1, 1959

On December 1, 1959, 12 countries, including the United States and the USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity. This treaty does not give aliens the right to … Continue reading

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November 30, 1487

On November 30, 1487, Germany enacted the first German Beer Purity Law in Munich by Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria. He stated that beer should be brewed only from water, malt and hops. This prove so popular that in the … Continue reading

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November 29, 1961

On November 29, 1961, Enos, an American chimpanzee was launched into space by NASA. He was the third hominid and first chimpanzee to achieve Earth orbit. The first two hominids were Soviet astronauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov. The Americans … Continue reading

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