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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

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Calendar day; December 31, 2013

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New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2013 in the World

New Year’s Eve or Old Year’s Night is on 31 December, the final day of the Gregorian year, and the day before New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve is a separate observance from the observance of New Year’s Day. In modern Western practice, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight.

Many cultures use fireworks and other forms of noise making in part of the celebration. New Year’s Eve is observed universally on 31 December according to the year numbering of the Common Era, or A.D. Anno Domini convention, even in non-Christian nations. New Year’s Eve is also the seventh day of Christmas in western Christianity. Traditional and religious celebrations for e.g. the Chinese, Muslim and Jewish new year, which occur on different dates, are still celebrated separately in the cultures that observe them, on the appropriate dates each year.

While many people go to parties to celebrate New Year’s Eve, according to a recent survey, 62% stay at home. Seven percent do not celebrate New Year’s Eve at all, though a proportion of those may well tune in to the live tv broadcasts from the comfort of their homes.

Where is New Year’s Eve 2014?
Worldwide

First Night 2013
December 31, 2013 in North America

First Night is observed on December 31, 2013. First Night is a North American artistic and cultural celebration on New Year’s Eve, taking place from afternoon until midnight. Some cities have all their events during the celebration outside, but some cities have events that are hosted indoors by organizations in the city, such as churches and theaters. Since it happens on New Year’s Eve, First Night celebrations are actually held on the last night of the old year. First Night celebrates a community’s local culture, often featuring music, dance, comedy, art, fireworks and, in some cities, ice sculptures and parades.

Where is First Night?
Nationwide North America

La Guiannee 2013
December 31, 2013 in the USA

La Guiannee takes place on December 31, 2013. La Guiannée or La Guignolée is a French medieval New Year’s Eve tradition that is still practiced in two towns in the United States. The tradition related to poor people being able to ask the more wealthy for food and drink at the celebrations of winter. Customarily a troupe of traveling male singers went from door to door to entertain and ring in the new year. Hosts were expected to give them food and drink. Other sources say the young men were seeking donations for Twelfth Night. Begun as a way for the poor to be given gratuities by the rich, it also became a community social event for young men to visit with the families of young women.

Where is La Guiannee?
Nationwide USA

Make Up Your Mind Day
December 31, 2013 in the World

Make Up Your Mind Day is a very decisive day. All during the year, you’ve put on hold, many issues and decisions. Eventually, they need to be resolved and decided upon. Well, today is the day. It’s not a day to procrastinate. It’s not a day to put off making a decision. If you are going to make up your mind this year, you’d better do it real soon. And, when you think about it, isn’t it a great idea to clean the slate in advance of the new year!?

You may want to begin, by making up your mind whether you will make New Year’s resolutions. Then, make up your mind just what those resolutions will be.

Where is Make Up Your Mind Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

765 – Coffin of Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China

1564 – Willem van Orange demands freedom of conscience/religion

1600 – British East India Company chartered

1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.

1744 – James Bradley announces discovery of Earth’s nutation motion (wobble)

1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors

1783 – Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern states

1857 – Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada

1879 – Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp

1904 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York.

1910 – US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910

1924 – Hubble announces existence of distant galaxies

1930 – US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930

1934 – Helen Richey becomes 1st woman to pilot an airmail transport

1945 – Ratification of UN Charter completed

1955 – The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

1966 – Monkee’s “I’m a Believer” hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks

1970 – Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to disolve the Beatles

1974 – Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer

1990 – Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

1991 – USSR, last day of existence

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