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Monday, July 07, 2008

History Day..........

Okay, I'm cheating a little here today. Sue me. =) Not much happened today in history so I skipped ahead to TOMORROW in history because of the birth of one of my favorite things!

1881, druggist Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin created the very first amazingly wonderful ice cream sundae. Apparently way back when, you weren't allowed to have the slightly scandalous soda water treats on Sundays. So good ol' Ed came up with something else. He dished up some ice cream and poured the chocolate syrup over the top! BRILLIANT man!!

And in other news........

1693 uniforms for New York City (yes, there was one back then), were authorized.

1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged the first Ziegfeld's Follies (also in New York!)

1946, Ava Gardner divorced Artie Shaw

1958, the first Gold Record album was whom?? The music from the play OKLAHOMA.......(Now I'll have THAT song in my head all day!)

1987, the Iran Contra hearings made Oliver North a star........(well, sort of.)

Anything else?????


  • At 11:17 AM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    Why do we not have a national holiday for Edward Berner, invetntor of the Ice Cream Sundae????

  • At 11:25 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    I'm with you, Jen!! The man deserves something amazing. A statue maybe......=)

  • At 3:08 PM, Blogger Arkansas Cyndi said…

    First - NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR EDWARD BERNER! Where do I sign up?

    Next - I had to D-I-G to find something for July 7, so here goes

    1930 - Building of Hoover Dam began

    1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for Supreme Court

    1946 - Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter married

    1969 - First US troops withdraw from Vietnam.

    1852 - Mr. Watson's Birthday (of Sherlock Holmes fame)

    and interestingly, July 8,
    the FIRST US service man was killed in Vietnam.

  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    DAMN,'re GOOD!! LOL.. those are some great stats you found.

    Yes, Mr. Berner deserves some kind of big celebration!! Come on people, we must honor brilliance!!

  • At 11:18 AM, Blogger Ellen said…

    July 7, 1898 - US annexed Hawaii
    July 7, 2005 - terrorists bombed
    London subways and a
    bus killing 52 people
    July 8, 1777 - Vermont became the
    first colony to
    abolish slavery
    July 8, 1889 - The Wall Street
    Journal began

  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Ellen.....I am WAY impressed!! Those are great ones! sad, but great finds.....You're an excellent history digger!

  • At 6:47 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    It comes about because I am incredibly curious and because I taught history in high school for so long I had to learn how to find answers to student questions when I didn't know them. And now the internet makes it sooooo much easier than it was when I first started teaching back before computers.

  • At 8:12 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    Hey Maureen! Happy Belated Fourth!!

    Wow, lots of historians contributing here this week! But despite all the other events listed, Edward Berner stands tall as an enduring symbol of what makes this country great!! Yum! :-)

  • At 11:43 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Ellen!! History was my BEST subject. That and English. Math, not so much......sigh.

    Kate.........always good to see you!!


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