It Happened On #87

Morning! It’s Sunday today and Christmas is a couple days away. I’m hoping Boxing Day brings sales on fitness equipment

I thought I’d be able to avoid the Christmas rush but it wasn’t meant to be. A friend wants to shop today, claiming shopping instils the “Christmas spirit”. I said to watch Home Alone as an alternative to shopping. It didn’t take

It happened on December 23 1888… Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe self-portrait-with-bandaged-ear-1888depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France. He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Today, Van Gogh is regarded as an artistic genius and his masterpieces sell for record-breaking prices; however, during his lifetime, he was a poster boy for tortured starving artists and sold only one painting

Also on December 23 1986, after 9 days and 4 minutes in the sky, the experimental aircraft Voyager lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing the first nonstop flight around the globe on one load of fuel. Piloted by Americans Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, Voyager was made mostly of plastic and stiffened paper and carried more than three times its weight in fuel when it took off from Edwards Air Force Base on December 14. By the time it returned, after flying 25,012 miles around the planet, it had just five gallons of fuel left in its remaining operational fuel tank

Meanwhile, in Canada, on December 23 1977, The Royal Canadian Mint postpones bringing in new, smaller pennies, after protests from owners of coin-operated vending machines


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