You know what day it is today?!?! If you do, then you apparently didn't drink yourself into oblivion yesterday so good for you. I had a quiet evening with 6 of my favorite male feet/paws (which is very much unlike me but was much to my surprise exactly what I had needed) and in the morning I sent everybody a text with a picture of a minion saying 'Happy New Year, bitchez!' so I hope the craziness settles down for a while now. But since this is the first day of the new year, I decided not to be my usual nagging self and prepared a different kind of post - a list of interesting things that happened on January 1st throughout history. And I hope you can appreciate it because I had to go through 15 pages of extra boring - and I do mean really, really in-1992-Bush-is-the-1st-U.S.-President-to-address-the-Australian-Parliament boring - facts just to get these few (semi-)interesting ones. Yay for history!
- In 2012, NASA's 2nd Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft started orbiting around the moon.
- In 2011, Brazil sworn in Dilma Rousseff, who is their first female president.
- In 2007, Slovenia began using the Euro as our currency. And we're still not sure if that was a good thing...
- In 1998, Mongolia switched from a 46-hour to 40-hour work week. Remember this post I wrote a while back about Labor Day? The U.S. has had 40-hour work weeks since 1886!
- In 1990, David Dinkins became the 1st black mayor of New York City. And is so far the only one.
- In 1986, the International Peace Year began. Peace, huh? According to this site, there were 34 wars going on in 1986.
- In 1985, VH-1 started broadcasting.
- In 1985, a British comedian, Ernie Wise, made the first mobile phone call in Britain to Vodafone.
- In 1971, cigarette advertisements got banned on TV.
- In 1966, The U.S. became one of the earliest countries in the world to place warning notices on cigarette packets.
- In 1962, the Beatles went for an audition at Decca Records but they turned them down because they chose Tremeloes. "Treme-who?" My point exactly.
- In 1960, Johnny Cash played his 1st of many free concerts for prisoners. In case you don't know, that was his thing, playing the role of an outlaw. He said that because he was in jail so many times he could relate to prisoners and wanted to show his support so he went from prison to prison playing for the inmates for free. The truth is, he was in fact arrested several times but never spent more than a night in jail because he was arrested for picking flowers on private property and similar misdemeanors - a true gangster, right? The most serious jam he got himself in was when he was arrested on the Mexican border for smuggling drugs. As it turned out it was all a 'misunderstanding', all he had on were his 'prescription drugs'.
- In 1946, the Emperor Hirohito of Japan announced he is not a god. How I wish I was the Emperor Hirohito of Japan before January 1st 1946...
- In 1913, Post office began parcel post deliveries. How did they get their eBay packages before that?!
- In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt shook a record of 8,513 hands in 1 day! If I were vulgar I'd say I'm sure he didn't jerk off for a couple of days after that, but I'm not vulgar so I'm not going to say that.
- In 1610, a German astronomer, Simon Marius, was the 1st to discover Jupiter moons, but didn't report the discovery, Galileo did that same year on July 1st.
- In 1502, Portuguese navigators discovered Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians knew it was there the entire time.
- In 404, the last gladiator competition in Rome was held. They put an end to those because they discovered something more meaningful - reality TV. Bread and circuses, baby, panem et circenses.
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