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…
Saturday, November 21, 2015
1877: Thomas Edison announces his latest invention, the phonograph, the first instrument able to reproduce a recorded sound, and one of the few inventions Edison might actually deserve a little credit for.
Friday, November 20, 2015
1985: Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released. Laypersons rejoice!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
1863: US President Abraham Lincoln delivers the most important and enduring 2 minute speech in American history… Need a hint?
By Published by M.T. Sheahan, Boston, Mass. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
1307: Brutal and outrageous meanie-head Hermann Gessler punishes William Tell for not bowing down to him. Williams’ bizarre sentence is to shoot an apple off of his own son’s head with a crossbow. After performing the task flawlessly, he sparks a rebellion against Gessler, leading ultimately to an independent Swiss Confederacy, and some sweet revenge for Mr. Tell… “How do you like them apples, Hermann?”
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
1970: Douglas Engelbart successfully patents the computer mouse. His patent for computer cheese is still pending.
Monday, November 16, 2015
1907: Oklahoma becomes the 46th State in the US. And honestly. Where on Earth would we be without Oklahoma! ?
Sunday, November 15, 2015
1920: The first assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva. They swear they reserved the big conference room, but another “League” begged to differ.