On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1490 – Anne of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lese-majesty
1698 – The Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is almost completely destroyed by fire
1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government
1863 – 4 wheeled roller skates are patented by James Plimpton of NY (not the in-line ones dude)
1865 – The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City
1887 – Thomas Stevens becomes the 1st man to bicycle around the world
1903 – Topsy the elephant, is electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign
1904 – The US Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans cannot be denied admission to America!
1925 – French psychologist Emil Cou√© brings his self-esteem therapy to the US by stating “Every day in every way I am getting better & better”
1968 – Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million
1970 – The Beatles hold their last recording session at EMI studios
1971 – Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of the Kent State victims
2004 – Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC
2007 – The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history
2010 – The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removes the HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance


On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1154 – Nicholas Breakspeare becomes Pope Adrian IV. The only Englishman so far to become pontiff
1619 – 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. It is considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas
1674 – Father Jacques Marquette builds the first dwelling in what is now Chicago
1783 – Gen Washington bids his officers farewell at Fraunces Tavern, NYC
1812 – Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower
1875 – William Marcy “Boss” Tweed (NYC-Tammany Hall) escapes from jail
1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published
1915 – The Ku Klux Klan receives its charter in Fulton County Georgia
1927 – Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem
1942 – FDR orders the dismantling of Works Progress Administration
1943 – Baseball Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida
1961 – The Museum of Modern Art unknowingly hangs Matisse’s “Le Bateau” upside down for 47 days
1980 – The world is devastated when 2 months after the death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin breaks up ūüė¶
1992 – President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops into Somalia in Northeast Africa
1993 – Frank V Zappa, US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), dies at 52
1998 – The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral opens in London
1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris
1816 – The first savings bank in the US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)
1867 – In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States
1899 – The US & Germany agree to divide Samoa equally between them
1901 – Gillette patents its 1st disposable razor
1908 – Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends to the Chinese throne at the age of two
1939 – NY’s La Guardia Airport officially begins operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
1941 – Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
1954 – US Senate censures Joe McCarthy (Sen-R-Wisconsin) for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor & disrepute” ??
1964 – Ringo Starr’s tonsils are removed!!
1971 – The United Arab Emirates (Trucial States) declares independence from the UK
1974 – Major League Baseball announces cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs
1989 – Vishwanath Pratap Singh is sworn in as president of India
1994 – A jury finds Heidi Fleiss guilty of running a call girl ring
1999 – The United Kingdom relinquishes political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive
2001 – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
799 – Pope Leo III, aided by Charles the Great, returns to Rome
1745 – Bonnie Prince Charles’s army moves into Manchester & occupies Carlisle
1781 – The crew of the slave ship Zong murders 133 Africans by dumping them into the sea in order to claim insurance
1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph
1887 – The US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
1910 – The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine
1933 – The first state liquor stores are authorized (Pennsylvania)
1944 – Johns Hopkins hospital performs the first open heart surgery
1948 – “Kukla, Fran, & Ollie” debuts on NBC television
1961 – Freedom Riders are attacked by a white mob at a bus station in Mississippi
1963 – The Beatles release “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
1967 – Robert McNamara is “elected” president of the World bank
1972 – Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) releases Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California
1978 – The UN observes “international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people,” it is boycotted by the US & about 20 other countries
1987 – Joe Montana of the 49ers completes an NFL record 22 consecutive passes
1994 – Seoul, Korea, celebrates the 600th anniversary of its founding
2012 РThe UN votes to approve Palestine’s status change from an observer to an observer state

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..

1646¬†–¬†Massachusetts uses the death penalty for denying that the Holy Bible is God’s word

1841¬†–¬†1st wagon train arrives in California


1846¬†–¬†Benjamin Palmer patents the artificial leg

1862¬†–¬†Dr Richard Gatling patents the Gatling machine gun

1873¬†–¬†Dentist John Beers of SF patents the gold crown

1879 –¬†James Ritty patents the first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon

1914 –¬†Vogue magazine holds its 1st model show (“Fashion Fete,” NYC)

1924 –¬†California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914)

1939 –¬†US allows “cash & carry” arms sales during WW II

1948¬†–¬†TS Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature

1953 –¬†New balk rule gives the batter option; of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk

1955¬†–¬†The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio after it was totally destroyed in World War II


1963¬†–¬†John Lennon utters his infamous “Rattle your jewelry” line

1973 –¬†The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are deserted and are solely used by cyclists and roller skaters

1979¬†–¬†63 Americans are taken hostage at the US Embassy (Tehran, Iran)

1994 –¬†San Francisco: First conference that focusses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web

2008¬†–¬†Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1327 – King Alfonso IV of Aragon is crowned
1749 – English Ohio Trade Company forms the first trading post
1854 – The cobblestone paving of Washington St between Dupont & Kearny starts in earnest
1898 – Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team
1904 – The British newspaper, “Daily Mirror,” begins its publications
1947 – Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose” built from wood flies for 1st (& last) time
1957 – The first titanium mill is opened in Toronto, Ohio
1959 – Charles Van Doren confesses, TV quiz show-“21,” was fixed
1960 – Roger Maris nips Mickey Mantle as AL MVP, 225-222
1964 – CBS purchases 80% of New York Yankees for $11,200,000, later buys remaining 20%
1974 – Art Modell gets snowed in & misses his 1st Cleveland Brown game in 33 yrs
1983 – President Reagan signs the bill establishing Dr Martin Luther King Jr holiday
1988 – The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT
1993 – Christie Todd Whitman (R) elected the 1st female governor of NJ
1997 – 28th NYC Marathon won by John Kagwe of Kenya in 2:08:12

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican, Italy are first exhibited
1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” premiers in France
1683 – The British crown colony of New York is subdivided into 12 counties
1721 – Prince Eugenius of Savoye unveils a statue of himself
1800 – John Adams becomes the first sitting president to live in the White House
1834 – The 1st published reference to poker (as a Mississippi riverboat game)
1859 – The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse is lit for the first time. Its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for about 19 miles (30 kilometers), in good conditions
1896 – The first bare-breasted women (Zulus) appear in National Geographic Magazine
1915 – Parris Island is officially designated as a Marine Corps Recruit Depot (Ooorah!)
1931 – DuPont introduces synthetic rubber
1945 – The first issue of Ebony magazine is published by John H Johnson
1950 – Pope Pius XII witnesses “The Miracle of the Sun” while at the Vatican
1966 – Sandy Koufax becomes the 1st 3-time Cy Young Award winner
1977 – President Carter raises the minimum wage of $2.30 to $3.35
1988 – The Staten Island ferry gets its 1st pay phones!
2012 – Google’s Gmail becomes the world’s most popular email service
2012 – Scientists detect evidence of light from the universe’s first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang