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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Noteworthy Historical Anniversaries in 2012

2012 is sure to be an exciting year in history. Not only is the world going to end on December 21 (according to those clever Mayans who could foresee the future but not their own demise), but it is also the anniversary of an number of interesting historical events. Here are just a few:

January 6: 100th anniversary of New Mexico becoming the 47th U.S. state.

January 6: Tradition holds that 600 years ago on this day, Joan of Arc, the French soldier and saint, was born.

January 24: 300 years ago, Frederick the Great of Prussia is born.

February 5: 250th anniversary of the Great Holocaust of the Sikhsis, carried out by the forces of Ahmed Shah Abdali in Punjab. In all, over 500,000 men, women and children perish in this campaign of slaughter.

February 6: The Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne of the United Kingdom, and the 60th anniversary of her becoming Head of the Commonwealth.

February 14: 100th anniversary of Arizona becoming the 48th U.S. state.

February 20: 50th anniversary of John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.

February 22: 150 years ago, Jefferson Davis is officially sworn in as the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.

March 2: Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in one professional basketball game (50 years ago).

April 13: 150 years ago, the government of Vietnam is forced to cede the territories of Biên Hòa, Gia Định and Dinh Tuong to France. This will be a huge deal for the U.S. in About 100 years.

April 13: 700th anniversary of Pope Clement V forcibly disbanding the Knights Templar. Some argue that this date is the basis for the stigma surrounding the "Friday the 13th."

April 15: Marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic (at 2:20 a.m. that morning), which claimed the lives of over 1,500 people.

April 20: The 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

May 1: The Incredible Hulk made his grand debut 50 years ago.

May 5: The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla...i.e. Cinco de Mayo.

May 21: 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart becoming the first woman to cross Atlantic.

June 18: The 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States. I'm sure the History Channel will ONCE AGAIN butcher the history of this war. Heck, they will probably try to show how aliens, monsters, ice road truckers and ancient Mayans were involved.

June 28: 300 years ago, the great Swiss philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is born.

July 2: First Wal-Mart opens in Rogers, Arkansas 50 years ago.

July 10: AT&T's Telstar, the world's first commercial communications satellite, is launched into orbit 50 years ago and activated the next day (this is for you, Grant).

July 10: 800 years ago, the most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground, Over 3,000 people die.

July 27: The opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics begin in London, making London the only city to host the Olympics three times.

August 5: 50th anniversary of the "probable suicide" of actress Marilyn Monroe. She died from an overdose of sleeping pills and chloral hydrate. I have no clue what chloral hydrate is but it sounds BAAAAAD!

August 31: 2,000th birthday of the horrific Roman Emperor Caligula (and he doesn't look a day over 1,200).

September 22: Otto von Bismarck becomes Prime Minister of Prussia 150 years ago.

October 1: 50 years ago, Johnny Carson took over as permanent host of NBC's "Tonight Show", a post he would hold for 30 years.

October 5: The 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, which began with the premiere of "Dr. No."

October 14: 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

October 28: 1,700 years ago, one of the most important battles in world history, the Battle of Milvian Bridge, is fought. Constantine I defeats Maxentius and becomes Emperor of Rome. During the battle, he reportedly has a vision of a cross (labarum) with the phrase "in hoc signo vinces" ("In this sign you shall conquer"). This becomes the catalyst for Rome converting to Christianity.

November 1: 500 years ago today, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti, is completed and exhibited to the public for the first time.

November 25: The 10-year anniversary of the WORST federal agency in American history: the pathetic Dept. of Homeland Security.

November 28: 100th anniversary of Albania declaring independence from the Ottoman Empire.

December 1: 800th anniversary of "The Children's Crusade", led by 12-year-old Stephen of Cloyes from France. That's right, there was a Children's Crusade (oh the insanity!).

December 21: The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (Mayan calendar) completes a "great cycle" of thirteen b'ak'tuns (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar's current era. Oh, and the world comes to an END!!!!!!
There you have it! 2012 is sure to be another fantastic year. God bless you and yours in this new year!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Haha. I like how in the anniversary of June 18, you said History Channel will butcher history by trying to connect aliens, monters, and the Mayans. LOL totally true! ;)