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Top 10 December 20 facts that will blow your mind.

  1. On December 10, 1987, a squirrel chewed through power lines and shut down the Nasdaq for 82 minutes, preventing the trading of approximately 20 million shares.

  2. After 20 years of operation, AOL Instant Messenger will be discontinued on December 15, 2017.

  3. Juul has a 72% market share of the e-cigarette market in the United States as of September 2018. On December 20, 2018, Altria (formerly Phillip Morris), one of the world's largest cigarette manufacturers, bought 35% of Juul for $12.8 billion.

  4. 112 people died during the Hoover Dam project. The first was J. G. Tierney, a surveyor who drowned on December 20, 1922. His son, Patrick W. Tierney, was the last man to die working on the dam, 13 years to the day later.

  5. Summer temperature between December and March is between 95 to 100oF (35 to 39oC). Winter temperatures are between 68 to 86oF (20 to 30oC).

  6. George is an American lobster owned briefly by the City Crab and Seafood restaurant in New York City. Captured in December 2008, he was released back into the wild in January 2009. George weighed 20 pounds (9.1 kg), and has an estimated age of 140 years.

  7. Speartooth shark is a type of viviparous shark (female gives birth to live sharks). Babies are born from October to December. They are usually 20 to 23 inches long at birth and they can survive in the waters with increased salinity while they are young. Speartooth sharks usually grow 7.5 inches in length per year.

  8. Albert Günther Göring (9 March 1895 – 20 December 1966) was a German Businessman who helped Jew and dissidents survive in Germany during the Second World War. His older brother was Hermann Göring, the head of the German Luftwaffe and a leading member of the Nazi Party.

  9. In December of 2011 there were still 171 men being held at Guantanamo Bay. Four had been sentenced by a military commission. These men originate from more than 20 different countries.

  10. Stanton was sworn in as Attorney General in President James Buchanan's cabinet on December 20, 1860.

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Guanajuato was the second state admitted to the United Mexican States on December 20, 1823.

The first death during construction of Hoover Dam was of J. G. Tierney on December 20, 1922, and the last death on the project is of Patrick Tierney, the son of J. G. Tierney on December 20, 1935, same date 13 years apart.

Year 2038 will face the same issue as the Y2K problem on digital systems. The latest time it can represent is 03:14:07 on Tuesday, 19 January 2038 and will follow by 13 December 1901 at 20:45:52

On December 24-25, 1826, the Egg Nog Riot took place at the West Point Military Academy, where large quantity of whiskey was smuggled into the academy to make eggnog, resulting in a drunken Christmas party involving more than 1/3 of the cadets, 20 of whom were court-martialed

The temperature at Yoho National Park can vary from -35 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius depending on the time of year. The coldest months are December and January.

In December 1999, Halfway, a small town in Oregon changed its name to for a year in exchange for $110,000, 20 computers for the school, and other financial subsidies, thus becoming the first city in the world to rename itself as a dot com

Temperatures in Amboseli National Park range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Between March and April the region experiences longer rains and between November and December the region experiences shorter rains.

South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union on December 20, 1860, thereby being the first state to comprise the Confederate States of America (CSA).

The MV Doña Paz was a Philippine-registered passenger ferry that sank after colliding with the oil tanker MT Vector on December 20, 1987. With an estimated death toll of 4,386 people and only 24 survivors, it was the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history.

The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act was passed on December 20 2018 making it illegal to slaughter dogs or cats for food

Windows 1.0 was supported for 16 years - From November 20, 1985 to December 31, 2001.

In December 1949, the US government released several thousand curies of radioactive material over Eastern Washington, for an experiment known as the 'Green Run'. (in comparison, Three Mile Island released around 20 curies).

On Thursday, December 14, 1961, a Union Pacific train crashed into a school bus at 80 miles per hour, killing 20 schoolchildren. This story was retold in The Rocky Mountain News, titled “The Crossing”.

On 20 December 1984 a 13-trailer goods train carrying over 1,000,000 litres of petrol derailed in a tunnel in Yorkshire, causing a fire that lasted two days; there were no casualties among the train's crew or the fire services responding to the incident

After Pearl Harbor the sunken battleships were raised or salvaged and suffered minimal causalities. Had they been sunk in open ocean they would have been lost forever with 20,000 casualties. Nimitz said "It was God's mercy that our fleet was in Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941."

Ludendorff died of liver cancer in Munich on December 20, 1937 at the age of seventy-two. He was given a state funeral by Hitler and buried in Tutzing, Bavaria, Germany.

On December 8th, 1994, Howard Stern talked down a suicide jumper in NYC, who called into his show. (Full call with video PLUS Police press conference afterwards, with a heroic speech at 55:20)

An NCAA Men's Basketball rule dictates that any player found to dunk in the 20 minutes of warm-up before a game gives the opposing team two free throws; this rule was invoked in December, causing Tennessee Tech to beat the University of North Florida by exactly two points, 82-80

Larry King, the famous announcer and interviewer, was arrested December 20, 1971 for failing to deliver $5K to New Orleans DA Jim Garrison to finance his investigation of the JFK assassination. All charges were dropped against King.

Before the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese government issued a note to the US Secretary of State saying that they were planning to attack the US since negotiations had not been working. The Secretary of State found the note at 2:20 PM on December 7, 1941.

On December 1, 2017 Hershey’s will release a new flavor; the first one in over 20 years.

The New Mexico State Aggies football team is playing in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl against Utah State on December 29th, their first bowl game since 1960, where they finished with an 11-0 record, were ranked 17th in the nation, and beat Utah State in the Sun Bowl 20-13

The winter solstice can occur on December 20,21,22, or 23, although December 23 solstices are very rare. (the last one being in 1903 and will not occur again until 2303)

In December 2015, an EasyJet pilot wrote 32 notes of absence for students after their flight from Cyprus to London Gatwick was delayed for 20 hours due to heavy fog.

Shinichiro Watanabe is going to be a guest at Con+Alt+Delete this year. The event will be in Rosemont, IL from December 20 - 22. Squee... I'm so excited! :D :D :D