Tuesday, December 1, 2015
1878 – Washington DC
The first telephone is installed in the White House. Reports that the first call went to Domino’s pizza remain unverified…
Monday, November 30, 2015
1783: A magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes New Jersey, the largest in the state’s history. Citizens threaten to punch the earth in the face.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
1929: U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole. Say, if Santa Claus lives in the North Pole, then who lives in the South Pole? Could it be…
See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Saturday, November 28, 2015
1895: The first American automobile race takes place along a 54 mile stretch between Chicago’s Jackson Park and Evanston, Illinois. In a little over 10 hours, Frank Duryea wins by a two hour nose. Here we see the thrill of their victory…
Friday, November 27, 2015
1962 – Seattle Washington
The first test flight of the Boeing 727. Incidentally, if you ever find yourself in Costa Rica you can stay in a hotel made of an old model!
Thursday, November 26, 2015
1922: Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (“King Tut”) in over 3000 years, giving the King ample time to perfect his moment in the spotlight…
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
1984: In a Band-Aid charity event, 36 top musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio and pretend to enjoy singing Do They Know It’s Christmas to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. While it was certainly a great cause for Ethiopia, the only thing it caused elsewhere was severe auditory hemorrhaging
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
1859: Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species, introducing the scientific theory of natural selection, which suggests, among many things, that humans evolved from apes. Many tempers flare, while other imaginations run wild!
Monday, November 23, 2015
1889: The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. Originally named the “nickel-in-the-slot-player”, the machine caused a such a sensation that people didn’t even mind exchanging earwax…
Sunday, November 22, 2015
1718: Off the coast of North Carolina, renowned and dreaded English pirate Edward Teach, the original “Blackbeard”, is killed during a battle with a small battalion of the Royal Navy, led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
They cut off his head and fastened it to the bow of the ship for all to see. As for the beard, the Lieutenant had his own plans…