On this day December 30-January 5, 2019 (week 01) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day December 30-January 5, 2019

By Julie Mullins

December 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the formation of the USSR, the breathalyser test for alcohol, the launch of the euro, the Luna I space shot, Bitcoins, the suspension of the Shanghai Composite Index,the first reference to a hamburger in print.

December 30, 1922: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established through the confederation of Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine and the Transcaucasian Federation

December 31, 1938: The “Drunkometer”, the first successful machine to test blood alcohol content in car drivers by analysing their breath, was introduced in the United States

January 1, 1999: The introduction of the euro meant that nearly 300 million Europeans in 12 nations woke up to a shared currency for the first time since the Roman Empire

January 2, 1959: The Soviet Union launched the unmanned Luna I, the first lunar space shot, which passed within 5,900km of the moon before moving on to orbit the sun

January 3, 2009: Bitcoin came into existence after Satoshi Nakamoto mined the first ever block in the chain of the decentralized payment system. It was known as the Genesis block

January 4, 2016: Trading on China’s $7.1 trillion Shanghai Composite index was suspended after it fell by 7%, triggering a new circuit breaker system created to curb volatility

January 5, 1889: The word “hamburger” was first used in print in a U.S. newspaper. It was derived from a form of pounded beef introduced by German immigrants

PUBLISHED: 24/12/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press
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