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Monday, August 11, 2008

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


Here we are back on History Day!
The picture at the left is Alcatraz.....Looks gorgeous doesn't it? But I'm guessing the prisoners who lived there didn't much appreciate the view! Alcatraz took in its first prisoners today in 1934.....and let's not forget, Clint Eastwood actually escaped from there! Talk about a swimmer.......

And in other news--

1874, The hero of kids in summer everywhere , Harry S. Parmelee received a patent for the sprinkler head. Let's all take a moment and remember all those hot days when running through a sprinkler was the best time ever!

1896, Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the first pull chain electric light!! What a genius. Pull the chain, light comes on. Pull it again, light goes off! Three cheers for Harvey!

1909 the internation distress code SOS was first used by the American ship Arapahoe off Cape Hatteras.

1951, CBS became the first network to televise a basebal game in COLOR! A double header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves....

1954 A formal peace took hold in Indochina ending 7 years of war between the French and the Vietminh

1956, Abstract artist Jackson Pollack died in a car accident

1965, the Watts Riots began.......wow. How old does it make me that I remember that???

1968 National Apple week in England and the Beatles launched their new recording company, APPLE. Coincidence? I think not.......

1992, The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota, it was the largest retail and entertainment facility in the country

1999, A rare tornado touched down in Salt Lake City, killing one person. The only recorded death by tornado in the state's history!

How about you guys? Anything to add???

15 Comments:

  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    1609 The first telescope was introduced to astonomy by italian scientist Galileo Galilei
    1922 The first electric blender was invented
    1963 John F. Kennedy is killed on Novenber 22
    1971 The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle Washington

     
  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    I saw Alcatraz from one of the suites in the hotel---it looked pretty. Not sure I'd want to swim my way to freedom though!

    Always feel so educated after visiting your history day blog!

     
  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey Pat..........

    Okay, gotta give you big points for the telescope and hey, Starbucks!! Thank you all for the latte's!! But JFK....gotta wait on that one till November 22....

     
  • At 4:13 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Jen....I'm SOOO with you!! There are sharks out there!! Not to mention other assorted fishes doing God knows what in that water!!

    I love History Day......

     
  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger Arkansas Cyndi said…

    Starbucks - Ahhhhh Good one!

    You found some great items!

     
  • At 5:53 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    1929 - Babe Ruth became the first player in the history of baseball to hit 500 home runs.
    1984 - Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal in the Summer Olympics
    1991 - the space shuttle ATLANTIS ended its nine-day journey by landing safely.
    1995 - all US nuclear test were banned by President Clinton

     
  • At 6:27 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Cyndi.......oh yeah. STarbucks. Donuts. Tea. Lattes.......I'm sorry. were we talking about something??

     
  • At 6:28 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Ellen, those are EXCELLENT!! How'd I miss the Babe and Carl???

     
  • At 8:47 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    I wondered that myself Maureen.

     
  • At 9:59 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    I didn't know the Starbucks thing was going to be such a big hit! I've always got latte on the brain, so that's why that popped up.

     
  • At 9:12 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Ellen, LOL.......this is why I need you guys!!

    Pat........Starbucks/Women....just two words that seem to roll together so nicely.....

     
  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger Michele said…

    The BOSTON Braves? I had no idea! Wow, I learn something new every "History Day" on your blog!

    Blenders goooood. Blenders make margaritas. (Not that I indulge in them too often, but hey, they're mighty tasty!)

     
  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    All this stuff happened today? Wow!

    Thanks for the history info, Maureen and all. I feel so much smarter now! :-)

     
  • At 10:24 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    So I got curious about the origins of the margarita. It turns out there are five different people who claim it was their creation. I'm sure that by now, they have all passed away, so I quess no one will ever know which story was the true one.

     
  • At 11:39 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Michele, I KNOW!! Boston Braves ......weird, yes? And ooh. you have a point on the blender issue!!

    Hey, Kate! Love History Day myself. It's amazing how much goes on, isn't it???

    Pat, let us all bow our heads to the secret five for giving us the gloriously icy concoction!

     

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