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Monday, October 20, 2008

History Day.........

History Day again.........the picture on the left is to represent Louisiana....(and hey, it's a gorgeous place, right??) Anyway, on this day in 1803, the US Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase. And, since my mom was born there and we still have tons of family there......I send out a personal thank you!

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

1811, Fulton's steamboat, New Orleans, built in Pittsburgh, sailed down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. It was the first steamboat in western waters and the trip would cost you $30. A small fortune back then...........

1873, a Hippodrome was opened in New York City by showman PT Barnum, to house The Greatest Show on Earth--what turned out to be the greatest circus in the land.

1910, a baseball with a cork center was used for the first time in a World Series game

1944, Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in the Phillipines, two and a half years after he had promised, "I shall return".

1947, the House UnAmerican Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist leanings in the motion picture industry....(ah, a proud moment, don't you think?? sigh)

1962, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers reached the top of the charts and stayed there two weeks with The Monster Mash........And darned if it doesn't make a comeback every Halloween!

1964, former President Herbert Hoover died at the age of 90 in NYC

1965, The Beatles receive a gold record for Yesterday. It was the first time a cello had been used in a pop hit

1967, Seven of 18 defendants were convicted in Mississippi of violating the civil rights of three young men who were murdered while trying to help blacks register to vote in 1964

1968, Jackie Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis (what was she thinking?)

1977, three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in a plane crash

2000, Egyptian born Ali Mohamed, a US citizen who'd served in the Army, pleaded guilty in New York to helping plan the deadly US Embassy bombing in Africa in 1998 that killed 224 people including 12 Americans.

Okay, that's what I found...........How about you guys??


  • At 12:25 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    "The monster was a graveyard smash!!" Now there's a song I'll never forget.
    1893- Women in New Zealand become the first in the world to be given the vote.
    1901- Luigi Bezzera filed a patent for the first espresso machine(my hero!!) It wasn't until 1927 when the first one made it's appearance in the United States. And that would be in New York.
    1971- The twenty-sixth amendment to the constitution, lowering the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen, is ratified.
    1979- The actor John Wayne dies at the age of 72.

  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Oooh, Pat. Those are good ones!

    I'm with you on the ol' espresso machine, God bless Luigi!

    But just to be fair....Wyoming actually gave women over the age of 21 the right to vote in 1869! Free thinkers, those guys. Of course, Wyoming wasn't a 'country'. But still, let's hear it for the cowboys!

  • At 5:54 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    1818 - 49th parallel established as the border between US and Canada

    1903 - US wins disputed boundary between the District of Alaska & Canada

    1944 - 30 blocks of Cleveland, OH burn after a liquid gas factory exploded

    1973 - Sydney Opera House opens

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

    Hi Ellen.......some good ones! Thanks!

  • At 1:58 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    Okay, all y'all are too good at this!! But as usual, I learn something new and fascinating every Monday. Er, Tuesday. :-)

  • At 6:06 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey Kate.....glad you could stop by!


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