Are you superstitious? New Year’s Eve 2010 will be astronomically unusual. December will have two full moons in a single month. And that rare second moon will fall on… You guessed it! New Year’s Eve 2010. Want to learn more New Year’s Eve fun facts? Read on…
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts: December 31, 1783
An issue that had haunted the US since its inception reaches a dramatic turning point. On New Year’s Eve 1783, all the Northern states in the union ban the importation of African slaves. It would take close to four score years more before the issue came to ahead in the American civil war.
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts: December 31, 1879
Let there be light! On New Year’s Eve 1879, Thomas Edison gives a public showing of his new invention, the electric incandescent lamp. The world has never been the same since.
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts: December 31, 1891
Since its discovery, the continent of America attracted adventurers, refugees, brave immigrants that left all they knew behind to venture into the unknown and freedom. On New Year’s Eve 1891 an immigration depot opened on Ellis Island, New York. Thousands will pass through its doors. And many foreign names would thus be curtailed and Americanized by overworked clerks.
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts: December 31, 1923
For the first time ever, on New Year’s Eve 1923, the ancient clock ornamenting the British parliament is heard outside of London. The chimes of Big Ben were broadcast by BBC radio to truly ring in the new year.
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts: December 31,1924
Science that was as far-fetched as fiction becomes real on New Year’s Eve 1924 when the Hubble telescope reports the sighting of distant galaxies.
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts: December 31, 1938
The most fatal night on US roads is New Year’s Eve. We all know why. We all swear that friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And still it happens every year. Perhaps it’s fitting that on December 31st 1938 the first breathalyzer was used in the US. It was named the Drunkometer.
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts: December 31, 1991
The Soviet Union, the empire of Communism, begins to disintegrate from within starting in 1985. By New Year’s Eve 1991, all Soviet institutions cease operations. The Soviet Union returns to its original state of individual republics, Russia being the largest. The mighty bear is no more.
These are just a few highlights of dramatic New Year’s Eve events. Read many more at: Brainy History. Thank you also to Elizabeth H at Yahoo Answers.
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