December 29 - Elvis Presley Makes Billboard History

On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley accomplished one of the greatest feats in music history. On December 29, 1956 the King had a remarkable 10 songs on the Billboard Top 100 Chart. This feat has not been accomplished since, and given the way musicians nowadays spread out the release of their singles, this is a feat that may never be accomplished ever again.

Songs such as "Hound Dog", "Love me Tender", and "Heartbreak Hotel" were among the Elvis hits that swarmed the Billboard charts at the end of 1956. What makes this feat even more incredible is that every single Elvis released between 1956-1958 reached #1 on the charts in the United States, thus monopolizing the top of the Billboard charts for the better part of two years.

Including both the United States and UK, Elvis has had 36 #1 hits in total.

December 26 - The Personal Computer wins Time's "Man of the Year"

For the first time in the history of Time Magazine's "Man of the Year Award", a non human was the honorary recipient. The Personal Computer was the 1982 winner of "Man of the Year", and became one of the most controversial and talked about winners in the awards history. Time Magazine gives the award to "a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that "for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year."
To this day, the Personal Computer is the only machine to have won the award. "The Endangered Earth" won the award in 1988 and in 2006 the award received its fair share of backlash when "You", a representation of the content creators of the world wide web, won the award. So if you're looking for a pick me up, take solace in the fact that you (along with billions of other people) were named Time Magazine's 2006 "Man of the Year"!

Lebron James, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Chilean Miners are among the finalists for the 2010 award.

December 23 - Happy Birthday Eddie Vedder!

Happy birthday Eddie Vedder! The Pearl Jam front man turns 47 years young today as his legend grows with each passing year. After beginning his music career with Temple of the Dog, Vedder joined Pearl Jam upon their formation in 1990. With Pearl Jam, Vedder would become one of most recognizable front men in all of rock music, even finding himself on the front page of a 1993 issue of Time Magazine.

Vedder has written several iconic songs, including "Alive", "Evenflow", and "Jeremy". Jeremy was ranked the 11th best song of the 1990's by VH1, and was responsible for 4 MTV Video awards that Pearl Jam took home in 1993.

Vedder has worked with several mainstream artists in his career including "R.E.M.", "Bad Religion", "Neil Young", "The Ramones", and "The Who" just to name a few. Vedder was also featured on the soundtrack for "Eat Pray Love".

December 15 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens

When Fat Joe told everyone to "Lean Back", I don't think he had this in mind. After 11 years of construction and nearly $27 million, Italy's "Leaning Tower of Pisa" reopened to the public and still had its famous lean in tact. The construction was needed as the tower had to be restored to a safer angle. When Pisa reopened to the public, the monument leaned at an angle of 3.99 degrees (it leaned at 5.5 degrees prior to the restoration).

Construction of the original tower began in 1173, and spanned 177 years. The tower began to sink in 1178 when the workers progressed to the third floor. The reason it sank was primarily due to a weak foundation of subsoil, which many believed was a flawed design from the beginning. The construction workers caught a break when progress was halted for nearly a century due to battles between the Republic of Pisa and neighboring provinces. The time off allowed for the underlying soil to settle, as the tower would have certainly toppled had they continued to work.

The highest point of the Tower stands at 186.02ft, and it's weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons.

December 5 - Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

Happy 110th Birthday Walt Disney! The Walt Disney Corporation (co-founded with brother Roy Disney) is arguable the greatest success story in entertainment history. Even after Walt's death in 1966, the Walt Disney Company has continued to be one of the most powerful and influential organizations on the planet, with annual revenues totaling approx. $35 billion.

Walt Disney got his biggest break in 1937 when Disney Studios released "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Disney ran out of money during production of the movie, and had to show a rough cut of the film to the Bank of America who then granted him with a loan to finish the movie. With all of his eggs seemingly in the Snow White basket, Disney hit a home run as the film was a huge hit and led Disney Studios into their "Golden Age of Animation".

During the 1950's, Disney took his empire beyond the big screen with Disneyland opening its doors in 1955. As we all know, Disneyland would go on to become a huge success and a top travel destination for people from all over the world.

After the death of Walt Disney, the Disney company has maintained it’s dominant status in the animation world, continueing to produce several iconic films including "Beauty and the Beast", "Lion King", "Aladdin", and the computer animated "Toy Story".

November 18 - Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Even Mickey Mouse had to get his start somewhere.

On this day 83 years ago, Disney released the first ever successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon, when "Steamboat Willie" premiered in New York City. This would be the first time audiences would get to see Mickey Mouse, who as we all know would become the eventual face of Disney cartoons.

Disney considers this day to be the birth of Mickey Mouse, which would make today his 82nd birthday. Mickey has appeared in hundreds of Disney movies since the 1920's, including "Fantasia 2000", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", and "Jiminy Cricket" to name a few.

In 2009, Disney announced that they would be rebranding the Mickey Mouse character. They will be moving away from the cheerful and pleasant image he portrays now, and focusing more on his devious side. This rebrand will be first shown to the public in the release of "Epic Mickey", a video game that was released on November 30, 2010.

November 15 - Jay-Z joins elite company with "American Gangster" release

On this day 4 years ago, Jay-Z went back to the top of the charts with his album "American Gangster". The album would be the 10th "Jay Hova" release to hit No. 1, which temporarily tied him with Elvis Presley for 2nd all time (The Beatles are at 19 No. 1 albums). In 2009, Jay-Z released his 11th No. 1 album, "The Blueprint 3" which gave him sole possession of 2nd all time.

"American Gangster" was a very well received album and gave us the singles "Blue Magic" and "Roc Boys". The album was a follow up to Hova's 2006 release, "Kingdom Come".

Jay-Z has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and has a reported net worth of over $150 million. He is widely regarded as one of the best rappers in the history of the genre and has worked with several big artists including Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Beyonce.

Jay-Z has many other interests outside of music. He is a part owner of the New Jersey Nets and is the creator of the clothing line "Rocawear". Jay-Z is often linked with "The Illuminati", which people believe is a secret society comprised of the most powerful people in the world.

November 8 - Led Zeppelin IV is released

On this day, 40 years ago, one of the most iconic albums in music history was released. "Led Zeppelin IV" was a huge commercial and critical success as it sold 23 million copies in the United States, and over 37 million worldwide. The album featured hit singles "Black Dog", "Rock n Roll", and of course, "Stairway to Heaven".

Stairway is arguably Zeppelin's most iconic and most commercial song. The track was ranked #3 on VH1's "100 Greatest Rock Songs", and Jimmy Page's solo was ranked the #1 solo of all time by Guitar World magazine.

In 2007, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ranked Led Zeppelin IV as the 4th greatest album of all time.

November 3 - "Ice Ice Baby" is the number 1 song in America!

All right stop! Collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention

With an opening line like that, it's no wonder how Vanilla Ice's iconic hit "Ice Ice Baby" became the number 1 song in America in 1990. The song became the first ever rap song to reach the top of the US Billboard Singles Chart, and hit topped the charts in 6 different countries.

The song was initally intended to be released as a "B-side" to Vanilla Ice's cover of "Play that Funky Music". However, the song was not initially successful and DJ's began to play "Ice Ice Baby" instead. "Ice Ice Baby" samples the bass line from Queen and David Bowie's single "Under Pressure".

October 29 - "Dark Side of the Moon" makes history

On this day, 27 years ago, Pink Floyd's epic and historic album "Dark Side of the Moon" became the longest listed album in the history of the US Billboard Charts, when it's total reached 491 weeks on the charts. The album would stay on the charts for a total of 741 weeks--which is still the longest streak of all time.

The album's total worldwide sales is estimated at $45 million, making it Pink Floyd's highest selling album, and one of the highest selling albums in music history. The album featured smash hits "Time", "Money", and "Us and Them".

October 24 - The 40 hour work week goes into effect in the USA

On this day, 71 years ago, the 40 hour work week went into effect in the United States. We aren't sure if this is a happy or sad occasion, all we are sure of is that it is indeed, an occasion.

Office hours can be spent a number of ways. One way of course, is to work diligently in the office for all 40 hours. Or there is the Jim Halpert way to spend your time in the office, which consists more of distracting others from doing work, appose to doing any yourself (see video below).

I hope you're reading this On This Day while you're on your 40 hour work week. Because we wrote it during ours.

October 22 - Pearl Jam plays their first ever concert!

On this day, 21 years ago, rock group Pearl Jam played their first ever concert at Off the Ramp in Seattle, WA. Pearl Jam broke into the music scene with their uber-successful debut album ,"Ten". "Ten" featured hit singles, "Evenflow", "Alive", and "Jeremy", and the album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, the band has come along way, as they have sold over 30 million albums in the states, and approximately 60 million worldwide.

Pearl Jam arrived on the grunge scene around the same time as Nirvana. Both the bands enjoyed great success in the 90's, with Pearl Jam selling more records than Nirvana through the early part of the decade. Pearl Jam was named "the most popular American rock & roll band of the 90's" by Allmusic.

Bands such as "The Stroke", "Puddle of Mudd", and "Silverchair" have all credited Pearl Jam for being a heavy influence on their own music.

October 21 - The New York Knicks Retire Their First Jersey

On this day, 35 years ago, the Mecca of Basketball retired their first jersey to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks retired the legendary #19 that belonged to lifetime Knick, Willis Reed. Reed is considered to be not only of the greatest Knicks of all time, but one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. Reed's laundry list of accomplishments included 2 NBA Championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP awards, 1 League MVP award, 7 Time NBA All-Star, and an induction to the Hall of Fame.

Reed's greatest accomplishment may have been his performance in the 1970 NBA Finals. Playing with a torn thigh muscle, Reed walked onto the court for Game 7 where he scored on his first 2 shots of the game. The Knicks would go on to win the game, and their first championship, largely due to the inspiration provided by Willis Reed. This would later be voted the greatest moment in the history of Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have not won a championship since Reed retired in 1974.

October 16 - Happy Birthday "Flea"!

Happy 49th birthday to Flea! The bass guitarist and co-founder of rock group "Red Hot Chili Peppers", Flea is widely regarded as one of the best bass guitarist in rock music today. He has helped the Chili Peppers gain worldwide fame and notoriety with unique bass playing and strong songwriting abilities. Flea has co-written several songs for the band including smash hits "Soul to Squeeze" and "Around the World".

Aside from the Chili Peppers, Flea has worked with several other musicians including Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, and Slash. Flea played the bass guitar on Morissette's hit single, "You Outta Know".

Not only does Flea have a love for music, but he's also tried his hand at acting. Flea has had cameo roles in Back to the Future II, The Big Lebowski, and My Own Private Idaho.

August 6 - Life on Mars

1926 - Harry Houdini, a Hungarian-American magician and escapologist first performs his greatest trick; he escapes from a tightly sealed tank after 1 hour and 31 minutes underwater.

1991 - Tim Berners-Lee publicizes his idea for the concept of WWW which stands for World Wide Web
and it becomes available as a public service on the Internet.

1996 - It is announced that the ALH 84001 meteorite contains evidence of primitive life-forms in which NASA claims originates from Mars.

July 23 - First Ice Cream Cone Invented

1827- Boston, MA was the first city in the U.S. to open a swimming school.

1904- During the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Charles E. Menches invented the first ice cream cone in St. Louis, MO.

1962- The first ever live TV broadcast was sent to Europe by the “Telstar” communications satellite.

July 30 - Elvis Introduced to the World

1932 - Flowers and Trees was premiered in theatres. Walt Disney’s first cartoon short to win an Academy award and was also the first to use full-color three-strip Technicolor instead of two colour (black-and-white) Technicolor films in the past.

1954 - Elvis Presley, the king of “Rock ‘n’ Roll” performed That’s Alright Mama and Blue Moon of Kentucky at his first professional performance in Memphis.

2002 - The 1933 Double Gold Eagle is the World’s most expensive coin. It was sold for $6.6 million at an auction to an unnamed buyer.

July 16 - Soccer Fans Unite!

1950- 199,854 people gathered to watch the World Cup soccer finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The crowd that came together to watch Uraguay defeat Brazil was said to be the largest in sporting history.

1964- A coast-to-coast speed record was made by Marine Maj. John Glenn. It took him three hours, 23 min. and eight second to fly from California to New York in his jet plan.

1969- Apollo 11 launched the first manned flight to the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin become the first people to walk on the moon four days later.

July 9 - New Zealand Passes the Homosexual Reform Act

1948 – Pakistan issues its first set of Postage stamps, bearing images of the Constituent Assembly, the Jinnah International Airport, and the Shahi Fort.

1986 – The New Zealand Parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Act legalising homosexuality in New Zealand.

2010 - The United States Senate declared this day as National Collector Car Appreciation Day as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

July 2 - The First Steam Engine and Aliens!

1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.

1947 - An object crashed near Roswell, NM. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft.

1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.

2002 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.

January 19 - Madonna wins Best Actress at the Golden Globes

In 1996, Madonna showed the World how talented she truly was. After years of #1 records and chart topping singles to go along with countless Grammy Awards, Madonna tried her hand in the acting game as she took on the role of Eva Peron in the 1996 movie "Evita". Madonna's performance was nothing short of spectacular and she earned top honors at the Golden Globe Awards as she took home the award for Best Actress. Madonna beat several award winning actors to claim the Best Actress honors including Barbara Streisand (The Mirror Has Two Faces) and Gleen Close (101 Dalmations).

Madonna had desired to play the role of Peron and even wrote a letter to the director outlining why she would be perfect for the role. The movie and Madonna were a huge success, and the soundtrack (which was done by Madonna) received an Academy Award in 1997. The feature single "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" became a worldwide hit and went to #1 in several countries.

As of 2011, Madonna has been featured in over 20 films throughout her career.

January 18 - Willie O'Ree breaks the NHL's colour barrier

There are several milestone days in the NHL's history, and January 18th, 1958 is certainly one of them. On this day, New Brunswick native Willie O'Ree became the first black player to play in an NHL game. The African-Canadian played right wing for the Boston Bruins and played his first career game against the Montreal Canadiens.

O'Ree is regarded as the Jackie Robinson of hockey, due to breaking the colour barrier in the sport. The Bruins Right Winger has left a lasting impact on the NHL, as there are currently more African-American and Canadian players than ever before. Calgary Flames Captain and two time Olympic Gold Medalist Jarome Iginla cites O'Ree as one of his idols and credits him for allowing players like Iginla to be given the opportunity to become superstars in the NHL.

O'Ree would play a total of 45 games in the NHL, all for the Boston Bruins. In 2010 he received the Order of Canada, which is the highest civilian award given to a Canadian citizen.

January 14 - An Epic Marriage for the Ages

On this day in 1954, two of the biggest celebrities on the planet got married in a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. New York Yankees legend Joe Dimaggio and American actress, singer, and model Marilyn Monroe got hitched in what will always been remembered as marriage between two of the most high profile and recognized celebrities in the world at that time.

In New York, Dimaggio was icon as he was a 13 time All Star for the Yankees and at the time (and still today) was regarded as one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game. Monroe on the other hand was one of the biggest celebrities in the world and was the dream girl for many men during the 1950's.

The marriage had its ups and downs, including a divorce, and then an attempt to remarry prior to Monroe's mysterious death in 1962. While there have been many marriage cross overs between the sports and entertainment stars, this duo may go down as the most recognizable of all time. Others include David Beckham (English National Team) and Posh Spice, Lamar Odom (LA Lakers) and Khloe Kardashian, and Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) and Candace Crawford.

January 12 - Berry Gordy Jr. founds Motown Records

On this day in 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. helped change the music industry forever. Motown Records (previously Tamla Records) was founded and became the first record label owned by an African American to primarily feature African American artists who achieved crossover success. Motown is believed to have played an extremely important role in the racial integration of popular music. The record label was known for its own unique sound which combined soul music with pop influence.

Several mainstream artists have come from the Motown label over the last 40 plus years. The Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Boyz II Men, and the Commodores are just some of the highly successful acts to have come up through the Motown Record ranks. Boys II Men became the labels biggest client during the 90's as the R&B group produced 4 #1 singles during the decade including their hit single "I"ll Make Love to You" which spend 14 weeks at #1.

Today, Motown produces mainstream R&B/Soul Music as well as hip hop.

January 11 - Amelia Earhart Makes History

On this day in 1935, Amelia Earhart had done something nobody on the planet, man or woman, had ever done before. She became the first person to fly from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California, which made her the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. While many people were anxious and nervous about the solo flight, Earhart was anything but as she relaxed and listened to the broadcast of the "Metropolitan Opera from New York" during the last few hours of the flight.

Earhart was widely recognized as a worldwide celebrity during her lifetime. She is regarded as a feminist icon and there have been many books, articles, and stories about her which serve as inspirational and motivational tales for women all over the world. She holds 15 aviation records and currently has memorials, airports, and scholarships named after her all across the globe. Earhart's life ended in complete mystery during the last 1930's as she famously vanished off the face of the planet and nobody was able to find her. There are numerous theories out there as to what may have happened, but her mysterious disappearance has added a great deal of mystique to her legacy.

Earhart has become a major part of popular culture since her mysterious disappearance in 1939. She has been featured in several movies including "A Night of the Museum", "The Aviator", and the biopic "Amelia" which starred Hilary Swank as Earhart.

January 10 - Time Inc. and Warner Communications Complete $14 Billion Merger

If you believe that bigger is better, than nothing in the early 1990's was bigger than the merger between Time Inc. and Warner Communications. The $14 Billion merger made Time Warner, at the time, the World's largest entertainment company. Among its subsidiaries are HBO, New Line Cinema, TBS, Warner Bros. The CW Network, and much much more.

The list of Time Warner's former assets reads just as impressive as their current ones. AOL, Warner Music Group, World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and Six Flags Theme Parks, are just some of the assets which were once a part of the Time Warner Empire.

There are several competing threats to the TW Empire. Companies such as CBS, Viacom, NBC Universal, and Disney are all seen as direction competition for Time Warner. Piracy has also hurt the media conglomerate as their feature films and TV programs do not bring in the same advertisements they once did.

Time Warner is currently the second largest entertainment company in the world behind Disney and is the World's largest media conglomerate.

January 8 - The Mona Lisa arrives in the North America

On this day in 1963, the worlds most famous painting arrived in North America for the first time. The Mona Lisa invaded the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. amidst flocks of people who were dying to see worlds most enigmatic smile. The Mona Lisa was originally created in the 16th century, so one has to wonder what took so long for the painting to be showcased in North America (well over 400 years).

Given how long ago the painting was created, there is vast array of speculation as to the origins and meanings of the artwork. The woman in the picture is widely believed to be Lisa del Giocando, who was was a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany in Italy. Lisa's husband, Francesco, is believed to have commissioned Leonardo Da Vinci to paint the portrait of his wife.

In December of 2010, it was discovered that the Mona Lisa has tiny letters and numbers in her eyes which are only apparent when looking through a magnifying glass. The significance and meaning of the numbers and letters are yet to be determined.

The Mona Lisa is currently owned by the Government of France and is on display on at the Musée du Louvre.

January 7- Timbaland makes it big with "Shock Value"

On this day in 2008, Timbaland began a 4 week run at the top of the Australian music charts with his second solo album, "Shock Value". The 4 week run in Australia was the fourth time that this album held the peak position on country's music charts for at least 4 weeks. Timbaland was a successful musician and producer prior to this album, but this album turned him into one of the most popular and sought after talents in music. "Shock Value" went platinum in 10 different countries, including selling over a million albums in the United States alone.

The 2007 release featured several #1 singles including "Give it to Me", "The Way I Are", and "Apologize". The album was noted for featuring several mainstream artists including Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, One Republic, Fallout Boy, Nicole Scherzinger, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliot, and many more.

In 2009, Timbaland released "Shock Value II" which was a follow up to the 2007 release. This album was just as successful as its predecessor, and featured 4 mainstream singles including "Morning After Dark" and "Carry Out". "Timbo" is currently working on his upcoming album, "Shock Value III" which is due out in 2011.

January 6 - Happy Birthday Mr. Bean!

Happy birthday to Rowan Atkinson! The man who attained worldwide fame for his role as Mr. Bean turns 56 years old today. Atkinson is a British actor, writer, and comedian and is widely regarded as one of the funniest British actors of all time.

As mentioned earlier, Atkinson is best known for his work as the iconic character, Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean ran for 5 years and has spawned off two feature films, an animated series, multiple books, and a 2007 video game release. The character himself is described as a "child in a grown mans body". Much of Mr. Bean's comedy comes from creating an adventure out of the most simple and everyday tasks. His Teddy Bear and his car (British Leyland Mini) became two iconic recurring props throughout the course of the show.

The 1992 episode, "Trouble with Mr. Bean" was the most watched Mr. Bean show of all time as over 18 million viewers tuned in. In 2013, "Mr. Bean Returns!", the third feature film of the Mr. Bean series is due out in theaters.

January 5- The Red Sox officially sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees

Who would have guessed that a then small time transaction would go on to impact the balance of baseball for the next 86 years? Not the Yankees, and clearly not the Red Sox.

On this day in 1920, the Boston Red Sox officially sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Upon his arrival in New York, Ruth would complete his transformation from a pitcher to one of the greatest power hitters in the history of the game. As a member of the New York Yankees, The Babe would go on to rewrite the MLB record book and become one of the most popular athletes in North America.

On the flip side, the Red Sox endured one of the most frustrating runs in professional sports history. After selling Ruth, the Red Sox would come victim to the "Curse of the Bambino" which hung over the franchise for 86 years. While under the hex of this curse, the Red Sox did not win a championship from 1918-2004 and many believed it was the curse of trading away Babe Ruth that was the reason behind their constant failures.

In 2004, after completing an epic comeback against the New York Yankees, the Red Sox would go on to win their first championship in 86 years and would finally lift relieve themselves of "The Curse of the Bambino".

January 2 - Niagara Falls is here to stay!

On this day in 1929, Canada and the USA agreed to preserve the beautiful, picturesque, and historic landmark that is Niagara Falls. Prior to this agreement, there were talks about construction happening just North of the Falls and the signed document assured no construction would take place and put restrictions in place to make sure the beauty of the Falls would remain in tact.

Niagara Falls is one of the most recognized landmarks in North America. While the total height of the Falls totals only 167 ft., the landmark is exceptionally wide as it covers more than 6 million cubic feet (168,000 m³). Needless to say, it is the most powerful waterfall in North America!

Movies such as Superman II and Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End have been shot at Niagara Falls, and in 1990 illusionist David Copperfield performed a trick where he appeared to travel over the Horseshoe Falls (the part of the waterfall which is fully located in Canada).

January 1 - A stand is made against Cigarette Commercials

On this day in 1971, cigarette advertisements were officially banned from American television. This was without question one of the biggest stands taken against cigarette companies and to think that this was implemented nearly 40 years ago is quite amazing. The "Virginia Slims" brand was the last cigarette commerical shown to the public at 11:59PM during a commercial break for the Tonight Show.

Prior to the ban, cigarette companies were featured heavily on both television and radio. Game shows, newscasts, and radio programs were all sponsored by cigarette companies, including America's first ever regular Television News Program, "Camel News Caravan". The newscast was sponsored by Camel Cigarettes and featured an ashtray on the main desk in front of the newscaster.

Canada was a little more tardy to ban cigarette advertisements, as they passed the "Tobacco Products Control Act" in 1988 which prevented cigarette advertisements on Television and Radio and assured that all cigarette packages contained health warnings.

The hit TV show "Mad Men" provides a glimpse of what life was like before the banning of cigarette advertisements and before laws passed that prevented people from lighting up in restaurants and bars.

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