On This Day…

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43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae

1909 – Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

1941 – Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people

1965 – Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054

1972 – American astronaut Eugene Andrew Cernan commanded the last crewed flight to the Moon, effectively ending the Apollo program.

1975 – Shortly after declaring its independence, East Timor was invaded and occupied by Indonesian forces.

1988 – PLO delegation lead by Yasser Arafat proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time

1988 – 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless

1995 – Irish poet Seamus Heaney receives the Novel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm

2003 – The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

2004 – Afghan politician Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan’s first popularly elected president.

2005 – U.S. debut of the second part of two-part TV biopic miniseries “Pope John Paul II” on CBS

2010 – Iceland officially leaves the recession with growth of 1.2% in the third quarter

2014 – The Syrian military accuse Israel of carrying out two air strikes on Syria

2014 – Mayor of Paris calls for diesel cars to be banned from the French Capital by 2020, in order to reduce pollution

2014 – Human Rights Watch Asia Division call for investigation into Indonesian security forces shooting of peaceful protesters

2015 – Time Magazine readers name Bernie Sanders their ‘person of the year’

2015 – US Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposes banning all Muslims from entering the US

2017 – Naples’ pizza spinning given UNESCO intangible heritage status along with Germany’s organ music, Kyrgystan’s Kok boru and India’s Kumbh festival

2017 – Australia’s parliament votes to legalize gay marriage

2017 – Virtual currency Bitcoin rises in value, passing $18,440 on some exchanges

2017 – Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet

2018 – Brazilian spiritual healer João Teixeira de Faria accused of sexual abuse by four women, over 200 more come forward in next week

2018 – Comedian Kevin Hart steps down as 2019 Oscars host after his history of homophobic statements is revealed

Film & TV:

1979 – “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” first movie of the series premieres directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

2019 – Greta Gerwig’s film adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women” premieres at MoMA in New York

2020 – Coca-Cola named the world’s No. 1 plastic polluter, in Break Free From Plastic’s annual brand audit

2020 – Bob Dylan sells his entire songwriting catalog of more than 600 songs to the Universal Music Publishing Group for over $300 million


1995 – American rock band The Grateful Dead break up


2017 – Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th award to equal Lionel Messi’s record; 2nd consecutive win for Ronaldo

Via Britannica / On This Day

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