by Graham Pierrepoint
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to one and all from the One News Page time travel facility – where historical ambles never sleep! This is also our last journey through the ages for the year – so get ready to buckle up for 2018 with a few more tantalizing historical titbits to see you off with.
December 25th, 0001: Have a Guess!
It’s marked as the first Christmas according to the calendar of Dionysus Exiguus – and if you didn’t see this one coming, we suggest you perhaps lay off the sherry for the night!
December 26th, 1982: The Man of The Year… Isn’t Human
TIME Magazine’s Person of The Year celebrations have picked out some of the most celebrated and controversial figures of our times – but in 1982, they offered the accolade to ‘The Computer’ – and 35 years on, we’re more or less dependent on them!
December 27th, 1967: Leonard Cohen Debuts
Iconic, unmistakable and perhaps even polarizing – the late Leonard Cohen made his debut 50 years ago this week via Columbia records with his first-ever collection of songs, fittingly titled ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’.
December 28th, 1612: Neptune Discovered – Though Not Realized
Neptune is one of many, many celestial features discovered completely by accident – and over 400 years ago, legendary astronomer Galileo found a ‘fixed star’ that would later become known as one of the coldest planets in our solar system. At the time of writing, it is in fact the coldest – as Pluto would lose its planetary status.
December 29th, 1955: Barbra Streisand Makes First Recording
Legendary US vocalist Barbra Streisand – still filling theaters to this day – made her recording debut aged just 13 in 1955, via ‘You’ll Never Know’. A glittering and critically-lauded career would await her.
December 30th, 1974: The Beatles Disband (Legally)
In a legal process which would last four years in the civil system, ground-breaking musicians The Beatles would finally untie completely this week over 40 years ago – leading to a number of separate ways which would see more unforgettable music created, and of course tragedy unfold.
December 31st, 1904: NYE in NYC Debuts
Happy New Year! Almost, anyway – as Times Square first celebrated the coming of a new 12 months 113 years ago. It was known as Longacre Square back then – and it’s still regarded as the epicenter of New Year celebrations to this day.
Sit back, enjoy a mince pie or three and see the New Year out in style – and let’s see what history can be made in 2018!