Infobrew Archives

What your coffee knew in December 2018.

December 31
On this date in 1907, New York City first celebrated New Year’s Eve with a ball dropping in Times Square.
Your coffee wants to watch the ball drop from Ultima Thule.

December 28
The menorah in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem was relit for the first time in two centuries on this date in 165 BCE.
Your coffee wants a dreidel and a small bag of uncirculated Hanukkah gelt.

December 27
On this date in 1831, Charles Darwin began his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
Your coffee wants to follow this story as it evolves.

December 26
Pierre and Marie Curie announced that they had isolated the element radium on this date in 1898.
Your coffee wants a glow-in-the-dark carafe.

December 25
On this date in 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union.
Your coffee wants the current U.S. President to perform an historical, and legally binding, reenactment.

December 24
The Rendlesham Forest UFO incident took place in Suffolk, England, on this date in 1980.
Your coffee wants to ask that nice lady in the TARDIS to investigate.

December 21
On this date in 2012, the 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar ended.
Your coffee wants a tun of uinals.

December 20
King Richard I on England was captured and held hostage by Leopold V of Austria on this date in 1192.
Your coffee wants a better travel agent.

December 19
On this date in 1986, Lawrence Walsh was appointed as independent counsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.
Your coffee loves a good witch hunt.

December 18
Project SCORE, the first communications satellite, was launched by the United States on this date in 1958.
Your coffee wants a fine ground station with ceramic burrs.

December 17
On this date in 1538, Pope Paul III excommunicated Henry VIII of England.
Your coffee wants an ex-communion wafer — with chocolate sprinkles.

December 14
The first United Kingdom General Election in which women voted took place on this date in 1918.
Your coffee wants to court the under-served “Rugby Mom” vote.

December 13
On this date in 1928, George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” was first performed.
Your coffee wants a symphony orchestra with automobile horns.

December 12
Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal on this date in 1901.
Your coffee wants an encrypted 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection.

December 11
On this date in 1946, the United Nations established its International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Your coffee wants you to think of the children.

December 10
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature on this date in 1953.
Your coffee wants an autographed copy of Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.

December 7
On this date in 1842, the New York Philharmonic performed its first concert.
Your coffee wants to be instrumental in enhancing your daily performance.

December 6
The Washington Monument was completed on this date in 1884.
Your coffee wants proudly to display a patriotic erection.

December 5
On this date in 1952, the Great Smog began in London.
Your coffee wants to clear the air.

December 4
The rock group the Warlocks performed its first concert under its new name, the Grateful Dead, on this date in 1965.
Your coffee wants to hear Uncle John’s Band by the riverside.

December 3
On this date in 1967, the 20th Century Limited made its final run.
Your coffee wants a boutonnière.