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It happened on a… December 17

2019

China’s 1st domestically built aircraft carrier, the Shandong, enters naval service.

2017

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend.

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1992

U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.

1989

The first episode of television series The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, airs in the United States.

1966

Opening of Quebec Autoroute 15.

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1964

“Goldfinger”, 3rd James Bond film, starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman premieres in London.

1962

Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places).

1939

First contingents of Canadian First Division start arriving in England for service in World War II.

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1892

First issue of Vogue is published.

1792

Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city.

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It happened on a… June 2

2022

Queen Elizabeth II stands on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, surrounded by her successors to the throne, during the Trooping the Colour parade in London. This event marks the diamond jubilee of the sovereign, 70 years of reign.

2015

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces his resignation, 5 days after his re-election, amid FIFA’s involvement in a bribery scandal.

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2012

The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

2004

Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.

1979

Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

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1969

The National Arts Center in Canada opened its doors to the public.

1953

Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.

1935

George Herman “Babe” Ruth announced that he was retiring from baseball.

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1928

Kraft rolls out Velveeta cheese.

1873

Construction begins on Clay St (San Francisco) for world’s 1st cable railroad.

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It happened on a… June 1

2019

Mexican-American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr produces a huge upset when he stops English champion Anthony Joshua in 7 at Madison Square Garden; wins IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA world heavyweight titles.

2017

US President Donald Trump announces the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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2016

Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel is completed – world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn.

2009

General Motors filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The filing made GM the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.

1980

Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.

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1975

Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stone guitarist.

1973

Paul McCartney & Wings release “Live & Let Die”.

1944

Siesta was abolished by the government of Mexico.

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1880

The first pay telephone service in the world is installed in New Haven, Connecticut.

1858

Quebec is the first Province of Canada coins minted: pennies, nickels, dimes and 20 cent pieces.

1857

Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) is published.

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1495

First written record of Scotch Whisky appears in Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, Friar John Cor is the distiller.

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It happened on a… May 31

2021

China’s ruling Communist Party announces it will allow married couples to have three children, in effort to boost falling birthrates.

2014

Psy’s “Gangnam Style” becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube.

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2004

British children’s cartoon “Peppa Pig” created by Astley Baker Davies premieres.

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released.

1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance”.

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1929

The first talking Mickey Mouse cartoon, “The Karnival Kid”, is released.

1916

Battle of Jutland: Largest naval battle of World War I between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet which killed 8,645.

1884

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal.”

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1879

1st electric railway opens at Berlin Trades Exposition.

1870

E.J. DeSemdt patented asphalt.

1859

In London, Big Ben went into operation.

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