December 31. Ottawa is chosen for the capital city of Canada by decree of Queen Victoria in 1857.

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December 31.  Ottawa is chosen for the capital city of Canada by decree of Queen Victoria in 1857.

December 31, 1857. Postcard celebrating Ottawa with logos, flags, crests, and designs, circa 1930.

December 30. In 1981 Wayne Gretzky ties scoring record set by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy.

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December 30.  In 1981 Wayne Gretzky ties scoring record set by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy.

December 30, 1981. Maurice Richard, left, poses with teammate Jean Beliveau holding the Stanley Cup in 1958.

December 29. 1.25 Million chickens killed to end influenza scare in Hong Kong in 1997.

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December 29.  1.25 Million chickens killed to end influenza scare in Hong Kong in 1997.

December 29, 1997. Circa 1870 lithograph of chickens of all kinds.

December 28. Iowa becomes the 29th State of the American Union in 1846.

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December 28.  Iowa becomes the 29th State of the American Union in 1846.

December 28, 1846. Agricultural advertisement showing the busy and varied activities of the Victorian farming era in the U.S. MidWest, including Iowa.

December 26. Babe Ruth is sold by Harry Frazee to the New York Yankees for cash in 1919.

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December 26.  Babe Ruth is sold by Harry Frazee to the New York Yankees for cash in 1919.

December 26, 1919. Sheet music for one of Harry Frazee’s stage productions from the 1910s.

December 25. At West Point Military Academy the all-night Eggnog Riot rages in 1826.

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December 25.  At West Point Military Academy the all-night Eggnog Riot rages in 1826.

December 25, 1826. Santa Claus brings eggnog cheer to all, including frustrated young cadets.

December 24. In Cairo, Egypt the opera Aida opens for its first performance in 1871.

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December 24.  In Cairo, Egypt the opera Aida opens for its first performance in 1871.

December 24, 1871. Painting by De Leftwich Dodge of a dramatic desert set for the opera Aida, 1899.

December 23. In Annapolis, Maryland General George Washington resigns as Commander-In-Chief in 1783.

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December 23.  In Annapolis, Maryland General George Washington resigns as Commander-In-Chief in 1783.

December 23, 1783. Tobacco crate label featuring George Washington at home at Mt. Vernon, circa 1870.

December 22. The Lincoln Tunnel opens in New York City in 1937.

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December 22.  The Lincoln Tunnel opens in New York City in 1937.

December 22, 1937. Postcard of vehicles navigating the Holland Tunnel in New York City, circa 1930.

December 20. South Carolina is the first State to attempt secession in 1861.

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December 20.  South Carolina is the first State to attempt secession in 1861.

December 20, 1861. Confederate five dollar bill, still good in South Carolina.

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