On This Day in History


Future Staff
Jan 2008
Most Insidious
December 7th:

1869: Jesse James commits his first robbery.

1946: Deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history kills 119 in Atlanta.

1982: First person executed by lethal injection in United States.

Happy Birthday:
Louis Prima
Eli Wallach
Ted Knight
Tino Martinez
Terrell Owens
Yasiel Puig

The Man

Former Staff
Jul 2011

The writer does exaggerate: Chechnya's Islam today is hardly "Saudi"; women don't walk around in burqas there, and they certainly DO drive lol

They even actually have a women-only taxi service there, in the capital, Grozny, for those religious ladies who don't want to (or, more likely, whose conservative husbands don't want them to) ride around with strange men :D

But, yeah, good article, all in all, very sad anniversary. At least Chechnya is mostly quiet and peaceful and back to normal now...
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Feb 2011
The formerly great golden state
December 10 (1896?):

First Nobel Prizes awarded
The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other high explosives. In his will, Nobel directed that the bulk of his vast fortune be placed in a fund in which the interest would be “annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” Although Nobel offered no public reason for his creation of the prizes, it is widely believed that he did so out of moral regret over the increasingly lethal uses of his inventions in war.


The Man

Former Staff
Jul 2011
GUM (stands for "State Universal Store"), Russia's number one mall, in center of Moscow, near Red Square, first opened on December 14th, 1893; here it is today, all made up for the holidays:

Also, on December 14th, 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his expedition reached the South Pole

Also, 14th December, 1939, Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations, over their invasion of Finland

December 14th, 1995, Dayton Agreement signed in Dayton, Ohio, which ended the war in Bosnia

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