December 31 in Pop Culture History

December 31 in Pop Culture History
1600 – The British East India Company was chartered. It was the first global mega-corporation.

1805 – The ‘Calendar of Reason’ had been introduced in France on November 24, 1793. It was abandoned, and the Gregorian calendar, which we still use today, replaced it.

1831 – Gramercy Park was presented to New York, New York.

1865 – “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or …

December 30 in Pop Culture History

December 30 in Pop Culture History
Only two Atlantic storms/hurricanes were ever observed to span two calendar years: Alice (Dec 30, 1954 – Jan 6, 1955) and, exactly 51 years later, Zeta (Dec 30, 2005 – Jan 7, 2006)

1903 – Iroquois Theatre Fire, Chicago, Illinois – over 600 people were killed.

1916 – Grigory Efimovich Rasputin was murdered. He was a family friend and confidant of Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra.

1922- …

December 29 in Pop Culture History

December 29 in Pop Culture History
1170 – Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights, under orders from King Henry II of England.

1851 – The first American YMCA (Young Men’s Christian association) opened in Boston, Massachusetts.

1890 – The US Cavalry killed 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

1896 – “Lava” soap was trademarked by William Waltke & Co. of St. Louis, Missouri.…

Stan Lee Born December 28th 1922

Stan Lee (Stanley Lieber, December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) .  As a boy Mr. Lee loved to read to quote him, “It would be easier to say what I didn’t read.”  He enjoyed The Tarzan Stories, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Welles.  His original career goal was to become a novelist but that desire never materialized.

Stan was 17 when he joined the Staff of …

December 28 in Pop Culture History

December 28 in Pop Culture History
1065 – Westminster Abbey was consecrated.

1869 – The Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, PA, held the first Labor Day.

1895 – Louis and Auguste Lumiere screened a series of short scenes from everyday French life (and charged admission for the viewing) at the Grand Cafe in Paris.

1908 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Messina, Italy.

1957 – #1 Hit December 28, 1957 – January 10, …

Peter Pan Opens December 27, 1904

(PCM)Peter Pan Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t grow up opened on December 27, 1904 at the Duke of York Theater in London England.

Peter Pan was written by the playwright/novelist James M. Barrie.  Barrie had been influenced to write the play after developing a friendship with the boys of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.  He would make stories up for the boys and these stories eventually became Peter Pan.  One of the names of the boys was …

December 27 in Pop Culture History

December 27 in Pop Culture History
1831 – Charles Darwin set sail in the HMS Beagle, beginning his journey discovering evolution.

1895 – “Stag” Lee Sheldon killed his friend Billy Lyons over a drunken political argument. Various versions of the encounter have been sung about “Stagger Lee.”

1904 – Peter Pan the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (Duke of York’s Theatre Play) opened on December 27, 1904

1927 – Show Boat, considered to be …

December 26 is Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a traditional holiday in a few countries around the world, but its main celebration and place of origin is The United Kingdom or England.

Boxing Day is a public Holiday in England and its history can be traced back as far as 800 years ago.  There are two parts of Boxing Day; the first was established by the Catholic Church.  December 26th is also known as the feast of St. Stephen, …

December 26 in Pop Culture History

December 26 in Pop Culture History
1610 – Countess Elizabeth Bathory had tortured and killed possibly hundreds young girls for over a dozen years. She believed eating flash and bathing in their blood would keep her youthful.

1865 – James H. Mason of Franklin, Mass., was issued a patent (# 51,741) for a coffee percolator.

1878 – The first electric lighting in an American store was installed at John Wanamaker’s “Grand Depot” department store, Philadelphia, …

5 days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol. Day Five

Stave Five or The End of It.  JRR Tolkien wrote in The Hobbit “ Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to hear are soon told about, and not much to listen too; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a good deal of telling.”  If you have not read the first four installment click here.

So we find at the end …

December 25 in Pop Culture History

December 25 in Pop Culture History
0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) – Jesus was born.

350 – Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

800 – Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.

1066 – William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, was crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.

1643 – Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, was found …

Christmas Trivia and The Reason For The Season

Christmas Trivia and The Reason For The Season
(PCM) The word Christmas originated as a compound word, meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa (the holy mass). While it marks the celebration of the birth of Jesus, experts are slightly fuzzy about His actual birth date.

Record-keeping for regular …