On this day, October 22nd, in 1979, Mickey Mouse welcomed the 100-millionth visitor, 8-year-old Kurt Miller from Kingsville, MD, to Walt Disney World in Florida.  Miller received a lifetime pass from Mickey and the Walt Disney World Vice President, Bob Allen.

The Walt Disney World Resort is the world’s most visited entertainment resort located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The resort includes four theme parks, two water parks, and 23 on-site themed resort hotels, a campground, two spas/physical fitness centers, five golf courses, and other recreational venues and entertainment. The resort, then containing only the Magic Kingdom theme park, opened on October 1, 1971 and has only grown since then. Some of these additions include Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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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 chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada.

December 31, 2012

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 [...]

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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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