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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013...And A Look Back 100 Years In The Past

December 31, 2012 by John Rook

Some will cry that 2012 has gone. Others will cheer that 2013 has finally arrived.
No matter your personal feelings on the matter, the new year has arrived and, with it, an uncertain future.
What will happen in the next 12 months? What stories will we be covering in the year ahead? What will be the big issues facing the town, state, and nation in the immediate future?
Only time will tell.
However, as we move into the future, it's always enjoyable to look back at the past.
Last year saw the 100th anniversary of some notable events, most notably the sinking of the Titanic.
What happened in 1913?
Here are a few historical tidbits, for the history-minded among you:

*In New York City, the massive Grand Central Station was officially opened to railway commuters.
*The 16th Amendment establishing federal income tax was ratified, a move that is still stinging pocketbooks to this day.
*Cracker Jack began putting prizes in their boxes of sweets.
*Woodrow Wilson officially took office.
*Gideon Sundback of Sweden patents the zipper.
*Billboard publishes its first known list of the top 10 grossing songs of the week, with Melinda's "Wedding Day" as number one.
*Stainless Steel is invented by Harry Brearley.
*Lincoln Highway opens as first paved coast-to-coast highway in the country.
*Henry Ford institutes the assembly line, which revolutionizes industry around the world.
*Charlie Chaplin begins his film career at Keystone for $150 a week.
*The Mona Lisa, stolen and missing since 1911, is recovered and returned to its home at the Louvre Museum in France.
*The first crossword puzzle (32 clues) is printed in NY World.
*The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is held. Survivors of the Civil War reunite at Gettysburg and old Confederate soldiers reenact the famed Pickets Charge, as surviving Union soldiers looked on. When the soldiers did meet, they exchanged hand shakes and hugs, in contrast to the bloody battle that took place their five decades before.

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