Historical Events In Previous Years Of The Horse

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Friday is the start of the Chinese New Year – also known as the Lunar New Year, so we decided to look back at every "Year of the Horse" for the past 144 years to see what happened in the world during those years.

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Historical events for 1990

January 14 – "Simpsons" premiered on Fox-TV

February 11 – Nelson Mandela (political prisoner-27 years) freed in South Africa

March 14 – Mikhail S Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress

October 3 – East Germany & West Germany merge to become Germany

November 22 – Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister

Historical events for 1978

March 16 – Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast

July 25 – Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born.

August 12 – China & Japan sign peace treaty

December 16 – Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.

Historical events for 1966

January 17 – Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago

February 3 – 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US

February 3 – 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)

May 16 – Cultural Revolution started in China

July 1 – The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.

August 10 – 1st lunar orbiter launched by US

Historical events for 1954

January 21 – 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)

March 1 – US explodes 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll

May 17 – Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision

May 24 – IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour

September 20 – 1st National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution

Historical events for 1942

January 1 – US & 25 other countries sign a united declaration against the Axis

January 20 – Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on "final solution" calling for extermination of Europe's Jews

January 26 – 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland

June 4 – Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II

June 25 – Maj Gen Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe

December 2 – 1st controlled nuclear chain reaction (Enrico Fermi-U of Chicago)

Historical events for 1930

January 13 – "Mickey Mouse" comic strip 1st appears

February 18 – US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto

March 8 – Mahatma Gandhi starts civil disobedience in India

July 30 – Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 for soccer's 1st World Cup in Montevideo

September 14 – Detroit Lions (as Portsmouth, Ohio Spartans) play 1st NFL game, win 13-6

Historical events for 1918

May 21 – House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote

September 11 – Boston Red Sox beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 15th World Series

November 11 – Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect, WWI hostilities end at 11.00 am

Historical events for 1906

April 18 – SF earthquake & fire kills nearly 4,000 & destroys 75% of city

May 22 – Wright Brothers patents an aeroplane

Octobert 3 – SOS adopted as warning signal by 1st conference on wireless telegraphy

Historical events for 1894

January 8 – Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire

April 14 – 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)

June 23 – The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

July 4 – Republic of Hawaii proclaimed, Sanford B Dole as president

Historical events for 1882

August 7 – Hatfields of south WV & McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded or die

August 20 – Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow

September 4 – 1st district lit by electricity (NY's Pearl Street Station)

October 6 – 1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0

Historical events for 1870

January 25 – Soda fountain patented by Gustavus Dows

March 30 – 15th Amendment passes, guarantees right to vote regardless of race, Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union

June 14 – All-pro Cincinnati Red Stockings suffer 1st loss in 130 games

July 19 – France declares war on Prussia; Franco-Prussian war begins

August 15 – Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado

September 2 – Napoleon III surrenders to Prussian armies