Friday, December 31, 2010

December 31

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1600 The British East India Company is chartered. The Police Tea in the Sahara Synchronicity
2. 1695 window tax is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax. Brandtson Bricks and Windows Trying to Figure Things Out
3. 1759 Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum and starts brewingGuinness. Genesis Keep It Dark Abacab
4. 1857 Queen Victoria chooses OttawaOntario, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada. Triumvirat The Capital of Power Spartacus
5. 1862 American Civil WarAbraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two. Johnny Cash In Virginia Johnny and June
6. 1879  Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, N.J. Animal Collective Hey Light Here Comes the Indian
7. 1904 The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New YorkNew York. Walkmen New Year's Eve Bows and Arrows
8. 1923 The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC. Nick Drake At the Chime of a City Clock Bryter Layter
9. 1955 The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year. The Lovin' Spoonful Money Money
10. 1960 The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom. Map Legal and Tender Think Like an Owner
11. 1983 The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government. Electric Light Orchestra Ma-ma-ma belle On the Third Day
12. 1992 Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of theCzech Republic and Slovakia. My Way My Love Czech Sun Dedicated to an Angel on Your Shoulder

(Historical facts about December 31 are from Wikipedia.)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1816 The Treaty of St. Louis is proclaimed. The Rolling Stones You Gotta Move Sticky Fingers
2. 1853 Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico to facilitate railroadbuilding in the Southwest. The Magnetic Fields Railroad Boy Distant Plastic Trees
3. 1853  A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London. Single Frame I've Been to a Party at this House Wetheads Come Running
4. 1903 A fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois kills 600. Duran Duran A View to a Kill A View to a Kill
5. 1919 Lincoln's Inn in London admits its first female bar student. French Kicks Young Lawyer Young Lawyer
6. 1924 Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galaxies. Deerhoof The Galaxist Friend Opportunity
7. 1977  For the second time, Ted Bundy escapes from his cell in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Eloy Escape to the Heights Metromania
8. 2009 The last roll of Kodachrome film is developed by Dwayne's Photo, the only remaining Kodachrome processor at the time, concluding the film's 74-year run as a photography icon. Snow Patrol Please Just Take These Photos from My Hands A Hundred Million Suns

(Historical facts about December 30 are from Wikipedia.)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1778 American Revolutionary War: 3,500 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia without firing a shot. Franz Ferdinand Well That Was Easy You Could Have It So Much Better
2. 1813  British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812. The Dillinger Escape Plan 43 % Burnt Calculating Infinity
3. 1835 The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of theMississippi River to the United States. Ryan Adams Rip Off Easy Tiger
4. 1845 According with International Boundary delimitationU.S.A annexes the Mexican state of Texas, following the Manifest Destiny doctrine. For others, the Republic of Texas is admitted as the 28th U.S. state. The Carter Family My Heart's Tonight in Texas The Carter Family: 1927-1934
5. 1959 Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology. Interpol A Time to Be So Small Precipitate
6. 1966 The Beatles start the recording session that would become the hit single Penny Lane at Abbey Road Studio. The Beatles Penny Lane Magical Mystery Tour
7. 1997 Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation's 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain. The Magnetic Fields A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off 69 Love Songs, Vol. 1
8. 2003 The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct. The Cure Speak My Language Japanese Whispers

(Historical facts about December 29 are from Wikipedia.)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December 28

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1065 Westminster Abbey is consecrated. M83 In Church Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
2. 1612 Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a fixed star. The Flaming Lips Watching the Planets Embryonic
3. 1795 Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, begins in York, Upper Canada (present-day TorontoOntario). Foo Fighters Long Road to Ruin Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
4. 1832 John C. Calhoun becomes the first Vice President of the United States to resign. American Analog Set I Must Soon Quit the Scene The Golden Band
5. 1846 Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state. Belle & Sebastian The State I Am In Tigermilk
6. 1867 United States claims Midway Atoll, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits. The Casket Lottery Midway Choose Bronze
7. 1895 The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines, marking the debut of the cinema. Yes Cinema 90125
8. 1912 The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California. Hayden Street Car Skyscraper National Park
9. 1958 "Greatest Game Ever Played" – Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever National Football Leaguesudden death overtime game at New York's Yankee Stadium. Tommy Edwards It's All in the Game It's All in the Game
10. 1973 The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States. Ace of Base Living in Danger The Sign
11. 2000 U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years. The Smashing Pumpkins Farewell and Goodnight Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

(Historical facts about December 28 are from Wikipedia.)

Monday, December 27, 2010

December 27

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1657 The Flushing Remonstrance is signed. Pink Floyd A Great Day of Freedom Division Bell
2. 1703 Portugal and England sign the Methuen Treaty which gives preference to Portuguese imported wines into England. Tommy James and the Shondells Sweet Cherry Wine Cellophane Symphony
3. 1836 The worst ever avalanche in England occurs at LewesSussex, killing 8 people. New Order Avalanche Republic
4. 1845 Ether anesthetic is used for childbirth for the first time by Dr. Crawford Williamson Long in Jefferson, Georgia. Son, Ambulance An Instant Birth Euphemystic
5. 1932 Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City. Barry White Let the Music Play Let the Music Play
6. 1945 The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations. The Elected The Bank and Trust Sun, Sun, Sun
7. 2004 The company Clonaid announces that it has successfully cloned a human being, although it has never presented any verifiable evidence. Single Frame Exact Copy of This in the Basement Body / End / Basement
8. 2004 Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet. The Jazz June Burned Out Bright Breakdance Suburbia

(Historical facts about December 27 are from Wikipedia.)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

December 26

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1776  American Revolutionary War: The British are defeated in the Battle of Trenton. Point of Recognition Day of Defeat Day of Defeat
2. 1792 The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins in Paris. The Anniversary The Death of the King Your Majesty
3. 1861 American Civil War: The Trent AffairConfederate diplomatic envoys James M. Mason and John Slidell are freed by theUnited States government, thus heading off a possible war between the United States and Britain. Lesley Gore Brink of Disaster One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found
4. 1862 Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship. Haymarket Riot Goodnight Nurse Endless Bummer
5. 1898 Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium. The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2 The Glow Pt. 2
6. 1919 Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox is sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee. Nancy Sinatra So Long, Babe Boots
7. 1933 FM radio is patented. Stars My Radio (FM Mix) Nightsongs
8. 1966 The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Depeche Mode Black Celebration Black Celebration
9. 1982 Time Magazine's Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer. Sufjan Stevens Dear Mr. Supercomputer The Avalanche

(Historical facts about December 26 are from Wikipedia.)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

December 25

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 800 Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. Family Coronation Bandstand
2. 1066 William the Conqueror is crowned king of England, at Westminster AbbeyLondon. Splendor Bin Coronation Day Stealth
3. 1100 Baldwin of Boulogne is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in theChurch of the Nativity. Gentle Giant Pantagruel's Nativity Acquiring the Taste
4. 1818 The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in OberndorfAustria. Frank Sinatra Silent Night A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
5. 1868  U.S. President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers. The Get Up Kids Forgive and Forget Red Letter Day
6. 1946 The first in Europe artificial, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was initiated within Soviet nuclear reactor F-1. Aisler Set Attraction Action Reaction How I Learned to Write Backwards
7. 1950 The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951. D'swooners Stone Free Japanese Garage Bands of the 60's
8. 1974  Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff. Peter Gabriel Intruder Melt
9. 1990 The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web. Marillion The Web Script for a Jester's Tear
10. N/A Christmas Day, Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. (International) The Beach Boys Christmas Day Christmas with the Beach Boys

(Historical facts about December 25 are from Wikipedia.)

Friday, December 24, 2010

December 24

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1777 Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook. Depeche Mode Christmas Island A Question of Lust
2. 1826 The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning. Stars Take Me to the Riot In Our Bedroom After the War
3. 1851  Library of Congress burns. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Fanfare – Fire Poem The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
4. 1865 Several U.S. Civil War Confederate veterans form the Ku Klux Klan. Youth of Today Prejudice We're Not in This Alone
5. 1906 RadioReginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech. The Beach Boys Radio King Dom Holland
6. 1955 NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition. Elvis Presley Santa Claus is Back in Town Elvis' Christmas Album
7. 1968 Apollo Program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history. Electric Light Orchestra Ticket to the Moon Time
8. N/A Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances Danny Elfman Christmas Eve Montage Nightmare Before Christmas

(Historical facts about December 24 are from Wikipedia.)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 23

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1823 A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously. Bright Eyes The Night Before Christmas A Christmas Album
2. 1893 The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed. Hatfield and the North Let's Eat (Real Soon) Hatfield and the North
3. 1913 The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve. James Go to the Bank Whiplash
4. 1938 Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa. Radiohead Weird Fishes/Arpeggi In Rainbows
5. 1947 The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories. Fujiya & Miyagi Conductor 71 Transparent Things
6. 1982 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil ofTimes Beach, Missouri. Stars Toxic Holiday Nightsongs
7. 1986 Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling. The Cars Don't Cha Stop The Cars
8. N/A Festivus, a holiday made popular by the sitcom Seinfeld The Get Up Kids Holiday Something to Write Home About

(Historical facts about December 23 are from Wikipedia.)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 22

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 69 Emperor Vitellius is captured and murdered by the Gemonian stairs in Rome. Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin IV
2. 1807 The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson. The Smiths I Won't Share You Strangeways, Here We Come
3. 1851 The first freight train is operated in RoorkeeIndia. Evergreen Freight Trains and Windsongs Discography
4. 1885 Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan. The Microphones Samurai Sword The Glow, Pt 2
5. 1956 Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity. Gorilla Biscuits Gorilla Biscuits Gorilla Biscuits
6. 1965 In the United Kingdom, a 70mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit. New Order Slow Jam Get Ready
7. 1989 After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauşescu'sCommunist dictatorship. The Faith In Control Faith / Void Split
8. 1989 Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany State of Alert Gatecrashers No Policy
9. 1992 The Archives of Terror are discovered. The Anniversary I Believe That the End of the Reign of Terror Is Soon Near Another Year on the Streets

(Historical facts about December 22 are from Wikipedia.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 21

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 69 The end of the Year of the four emperors: Following GalbaOtho and Vitellius,Vespasian becomes the fourth Emperor of Rome within a year. The New Pornographers Three or Four Twin Cinema
2. 1620 Plymouth ColonyWilliam Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Brian Wilson Smile Roll Plymouth Rock
3. 1913 Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World. Criteria Play on Words En Garde
4. 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater. Whiskeytown Mirror, Mirror Pneumonia
5. 1967 Louis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape TownSouth Africa, after living for 18 days after the transplant. The Magnetic Fields I Think I Need a New Heart 69 Love Songs
6. 1968 Apollo programApollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center inFlorida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth'sgravity. The Olivia Tremor Control I Have Been Floated Black Foliage: Animation Music Vol. 1
7. 1969 The Gay Activists Alliance is formed in New York City. Gayrilla Biscuits Degregaytion The Demos
8. 1970 Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon meet in the White House. Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love Blue Hawaii

(Historical facts about December 21 are from Wikipedia.)