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Once Upon A Time – December 31 – 1861 – 22,990mm Of Rain Falls In Cherrapunji Assam In India In 1861, A World Record

406 80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine at Mainz, beginning invasion of Gallia

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

1775 Battle of Quebec: American Continental Army led by Richard Montgomery is defeated trying to take the British stronghold of Quebec City in the American Revolutionary War, General Montgomery is killed and Benedict Arnold is injured

1861 22,990mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in India in 1861, a world record

1958 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

Historical Events Today Events In 2022

Today In Film & TV

1923 BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID

Today In Music

1879 Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Pirates of Penzance” premieres in NYC

Today In Sport

1989 Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year

1904 First New Year’s Eve celebration held in Times Square, New York City

1994 This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.

Famous Weddings

1910 Editor Maxwell Perkins (26) weds Louise Saunders at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey

1940 Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

1950 World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton, Massachusetts

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