Tag Archives: 2003

What Happened – December 23

The earliest event that Wiki says occurred on this day is “962 – Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo” and the most recent is “2003 – PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.”   A few … Continue reading

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What Happened – December 16

The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “755 – An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China” and the most recent is “2003 – President George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law. The law establishes the United … Continue reading

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What Happened – December 13

  The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “1294 – Saint Celestine V resigns the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit” and the most recent is “2006 – The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, is … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 18

It was on this day in 1978 that 918 people in Jonestown Guyana died during a mass suicide/murder. Led by Jim Jones, members of the Peoples Temple (a church he had formed years earlier) had left California in 1974 in order to create their own community. Congressman Leo Ryan … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 12

It was on this day in 1970 that the Oregon Highway Division blew up a Sperm whale with dynamite. Officials thought that the 8-ton dead whale, which had beached itself, was too big to bury so they used 20 cases of explosives in an attempt … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 31

It was on this day in 1913 that street car workers in Indianapolis went out on strike, in a rather unpeaceful manner. They had organized in order to seek better working conditions and pay, but the Terminal and Traction Company … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 26

It was on this day in 1881 that Marshal Virgil Earp, along with his brothers Morgan & Wyatt and Doc Holliday, faced off against four outlaws in Tombstone AZ. The event later became known as the Gunfight at the OK Corral, with … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 21

It was on this day in 1797 that the USS Constitution was finally launched by the US Navy into Boston Harbor. (An earlier attempt, the month before, resulted in the ship being stuck before hitting water.) The 44-gun frigate was first used to … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 22

It was on this day in 1985 that the first Farm Aid concert was held. Organized by John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young the event was a benefit for farmers that were in danger of losing their land to foreclosures. Over 80,000 … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 21

It was on this day in 1937 that The Hobbit was first published. Written & illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien, it was an immediate success with all 1,500 copies being sold by the end of the year. The book would eventually be translated into over … Continue reading

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