Canadian born Mario Lemieux played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins and in doing so, established himself as one of the NHL’s all-time greats.  Lemieux was known for his impressive 6 ft 4 in frame and surprising ability to fake out defenders.  In his career, Lemieux won three Hart Trophies, which are given to the MHL’s MVP.

On this day, December 31st, in 1988, Mario Lemieux became the first and only player to score 5 NHL goals in 5 different ways. In the game against the New Jersey Devils, Lemieux amassed a total of 8 points.  Scoring from all five scoring situations was an unthinkable feat and fans watched in amazement as Lemiex scored in an even-strength, power-play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty net scenario.

Lemieux retired in 1997 and was named to the Hall of Fame that year.  He would return to play for the Penguins from 2000-2006.  Lemieux is currently the partial owner and chairman of the board for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Queen Victoria is one of the longest reigning monarchs in history.  At 17 she became queen, and at 18 she was officially coronated. In 1876 she also gave herself the title of Empress of India, as the United Kingdom came to control much of India. At 21 she married her cousin Prince Albert, and they had 9 children. From there, 34 grandchildren were born, 26 survived, and they married throughout Europe’s nobility which made Queen Victoria “the grandmother of Europe.”

On this day December 31st, in 1857, Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as the new capital of Canada. Ottawa is in the state of Ontario. Ontario’s largest city is Toronto, a place famous for its nightlife, towers, and a generally relaxed demeanor.

Ottawa is the second largest city. 2011 census stated that Ottawa’s population was 880,000, while its metropolitan area boasts over 1.3 million people. This city has been deemed one of the cleanest cities in the world. It has many canals, and part of the city is built around Ottawa sits on top of a dormant fault line which has been known to cause numerous earthquakes.

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American cartoonist Bill Watterson concludes his comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” after 10 years.

December 31, 2012

Bill Watterson is an American cartoonist and the author of the popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.  He is known for his views on licensing, comic syndication, and reclusive nature.  Watterson has said that he works for personal fulfillment and in his art, he incorporated various elements of his life, interests, beliefs and values.  He [...]

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Businesses across the world prepare for the rumored Y2k disaster -whereby computer systems around the world would stop working at midnight

December 31, 2012

New Years Eve is full of celebration, dancing, and, of course, the Ball Drop. However, the 1999 Ball Drop in particular held much anticipation and fear for many New Years Eve celebrators around the globe. On this day, December 31st, in 1999, businesses across the world prepared for the Y2K disaster, where computer systems around [...]

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Blue moon eclipse

December 31, 2012

The old adage “once in a blue moon” gives a sense of how rare an event a blue moon actually is. The name “blue” goes back to folklore, from the old English word belewe – “betrayer” – perhaps because of its unexpected showing. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month (typically [...]

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President Truman announces end of hostilities in WW II

December 31, 2012

Unofficially WW II in the Western front ended with the surrender of the last major forces holding out in Berlin. In the Eastern front it ended when Japan signed the armistice announcing their unofficial surrender. Major hostilities ceased, but interestingly WW II for the United States technically went on for a full year more. This [...]

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