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Monday, September 15, 2008

History Day.,

History day again!! That picture on the left is of a linotype typesetting machine. Because, much to the joy of writers, publishers and printers everywhere, in 1857, Timothy Alden of New York City, received a patent for this machine! Woo Hoo!! Thanks Timothy! Now the typos are much fewer.......wonder what he'd think of a computer??

In other news................

1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

1917 Russia was proclaimed a Republic by Alexander Kerensky, head of a provisional government. One way to become a Republic, I guess. Murder all the royals........

1930, Hoagy Carmichael released his recording of his song, Georgia On My all kudos to Hoagy, but my favorite version of that song features Ray Charles.......

1935, the Nuremberg laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship and made the Swastika the national symbol of Nazi Germany.

1940, the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy damage on the Luftwaffe as the tide turned during the Battle of Britain in WWII

1971, twelve members of the Don't Make a Wave committee, founded Green Peace

1984 Princess Diana gave birth to her second son, Prince Harry

1997, the IRA's Sinn Fein entered peace talks in Northern Ireland......

1997, Elton John's Candle in the Wind sold more than 600,000 copies on its first day of sale in Great Britain

Okay guys, let's hear it. What've you got??


  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger Pat said…

    I have to agrree. I think Ray Charles made that song his own.
    1882- The first Los Angeles telephone directory is issued.
    1958- Ultrasound for examination of the fetus during pregnancy is pioneered.
    1964- The Lloyd Thaxton Show goes on the air. Does anyone remember this one? I loved it. I thought it was better then American Bandstand.
    1981- Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

  • At 12:38 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Oooh, Pat! Good ones!

    First, oh yeah. Ray Charles is the signature singer for that song... makes me feel dreamy every time I hear it.

    and oh my GOD! I soo remember the Lloyd Thaxton show! WAY better than American Bandstand.....

  • At 10:06 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    It made me laugh every time the announcer would say "It's the Lloyd Thaxton Show!!". And the audience would yell back "SO WHAT!!!". He wasn't afraid to be silly, and that's why I enjoyed the show.

  • At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Don Allen said…

    I don't know where you got your facts but the linotype was invented in 1886 by Ottmar Mergenthaler who was born May 11, 1854. The model shown appears to be a model 31 linotype from around 1925-1950.

  • At 8:50 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Oh, Pat, that was a fun show!!

  • At 8:51 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

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  • At 9:08 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    HI Don.....

    Actually I use several different History sites. None of them are perfect, I know. But I did find this when I went back and checked...ALDEN, Timothy, inventor, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in 1819; died in New York, 4 December 1858. He was the sixth in descent from John Alden, of "Mayflower" fame. When very young, setting type in his brother's printing office, he said:" If I live, I will invent a machine to do this tiresome work." He labored steadily; devoted his leisure to study, and in 1846 began the construction of a composing and distributing machine. His idea was to arrange the type in cells around the circumference of a horizontal wheel. By the rotation of the wheel, several receivers are also made to rotate, and these pick up the proper types from their respective cells. His brother, Henry W. Alden, made many improvements after the death of the inventor.

    So Ottmar probably invented the machine we're familiar with today, but that's not to say lots of people weren't playing around with the idea long before him =)

    Oh, and yeah, I know that wasn't a picture of the original. It was just a pic to give people an idea what the linotype machine vaguely looked like.......

    But thanks for giving Ottmar his props!

  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger Pat said…

    Now there's a name you don't hear very often. Ottmar.

  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    LOL Pat........makes you wonder. A family name?


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