Archives from December, 2010




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Dec 10

Today in Hystery January 1st

“On this day in 1801, the dwarf planet Ceres was discovered by the astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi. It’s amazing to me that, in 1801, he had telescopes that could see the planet, never mind confirm that it was populated by dwarfs.”



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Dec 10

Today in Hystery December 31st

“On this day in 1711, the Duke of Marlborough was fired as the English army commander. It doesn’t say here why he was fired but, maybe, when they hired the Duke of Marlborough, they were hoping for a rugged cowboy out on the prairie, on his horse, puffing on a cigarette.”



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Dec 10

Today in Hystery December 30th

“On this day in 1731, the first music concert held in the United States took place in Peter Pelham’s great room in Boston. Reviews of the concert said it was the best concert they’d ever seen”



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Dec 10

Today in Hystery December 29th

“On this day in 1930, Fred P Newton completed the longest swim ever, 1826 miles. He swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minnesota, to New Orleans. Not much was heard from him after that. Perhaps he swam back up the other way and spawned.”