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On This Day in History – December 31, 2013

On this day in America in 1879, Thomas Edison give the first public demonstration of his concept of the incandescent light bulb. Also on this day in America in 1946, Harry S. Truman announced that all hostilities of WWII were officially over. Lastly on this day in American history in 1999, the $350 million Panama Canal was officially transferred over to Panamanian nationalists by Jimmy Carter. Thus, strengthening relations between the US and Panama, while weakening the security of American interests in the Americas; resulting in Operation Just Cause a little less then a decade later, in December of 1989.

On this day in Canadian history in 1929, Canadian Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians play Auld Lang Syne for the very first time in their very first annual New Year's Eve party at the hotel Roosevelt Grill; with the Lombardo New Year's Eve party becoming the longest running annual special in radio history. Also on this day in Canada in 1947, rock legend Burton Cummings was born in Winnipeg Manitoba; Cummings would become the leader of the first Canadian group, the Guess Who, to have a number one record in the US, and the first to have a top 10 album (American Woman) in the US.

"A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
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