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What your coffee knew in December 2022

December 30
On this date in 1879, at Paignton, Devon, England, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” was first performed.
Your coffee wants to copyright a model of a modern major general.

December 29
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on this date in 1170.
Your coffee wants to know if no one will rid it of that turbulent quote.

December 28
On this date in 1972, the last scheduled day for induction into the military by the U.S. Selective Service System occurred.
Your coffee wants to know if you feel a draft.

December 27
Apollo 8, the first human-crewed mission to achieve lunar orbit, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on this date in 1968.
Your coffee wants to admire the beauty of a winter Earthrise.

December 26
On this date in 1791, Charles Babbage, English mathematician and engineer, was born.
Your coffee wants to know what difference it makes.

December 23
Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis arrived in Hollywood on this date in 1930.
Your coffee wants you to fasten your seatbelts – it’s going to be a bumpy career.

December 22
On this date in 2001, Richard Reid unsuccessfully attempted to destroy an in-flight airliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.
Your coffee wants to wear fireproof penny loafers.

December 21
The heaviest aircraft ever built, the Soviet Union’s Antonov An-225 Mriya, made its first flight on this date in 1988.
Your coffee can lift the heaviest of spirits.

December 20
On this date in 1957, the first flight of a production version of a Boeing 707 aircraft took place.
Your coffee wants to cool your jets.

December 19
A joke in Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” monologue led to a toilet paper shortage scare on this date in 1973.
Your coffee wants to wipe that smile off your face.

December 16
On this date in 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain built the first practical point-contact transistor.
Your coffee wants to amplify your energy.

December 15
Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”, debuted in a public rehearsal at Carnegie Hall on this date in 1893.
Your coffee wants to listen to it on the moon.

December 14
On this date in 1939, the Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.
Your coffee hopes you enjoyed your Molotov cocktail.

December 13
Saint Celestine V resigned as Pope to return to his life as an ascetic hermit on this date in 1294.
Your coffee wants to be alone.

December 12
On this date in 1989, Leona Helmsley was fined $7 million and sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion.
Your coffee wants to hang out with the little people.

December 9
The American Minerva, New York City’s first daily newspaper, published its inaugural edition on this date in 1793.
Your coffee wants to hang out at the Tontine Coffee House with the Patroness of Peace, Commerce and the Liberal Arts.

December 8
On this date in 1980, the world lost John Lennon, who was gunned down in New York City.
Your coffee wants to imagine there was no Mark David Chapman.

December 7
Henry VI of England was crowned King of France in Paris on this date in 1431.
Your coffee yearns for the peace of the roses.

December 6
On this date in 1956, a violent water polo match between the U.S.S.R. and Hungary took place during the Melbourne Olympics.
Your coffee wants a waterproof bandage.

December 5
Flight 19, a 5-plane group of torpedo bombers, disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle on this date in 1945.
Your coffee wants a reliable GPS.

December 2
On this date in 2020, cannabis was removed from the list of most dangerous drugs of the international drug control treaty by the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
Your coffee wants an indica-infused latte.

December 1
The Arecibo Telescope collapsed on this date in 2020.
Your coffee wants to search for terrestrial intelligence.