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Monday, April 27, 2009

History Day.........

It's History Day at Ye Olde Blogge again..........

1865, the worst steamship disaster in the history of the US occurred today. The Sultana carried 2300 passengers, the majority being freed Union prisoners, exploded in route to Cairo, Illinois. Neither the cause or the final count of the dead, (thought to be 1400-2000) were ever determined.

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

1773, in Britain, Parliament passes the Tea Act, which effectively gives the East India Company a monopoly in America. (Hmmm...I see trouble brewing... Pun intended)

1805, during the first Barbary wars, U.S. Marines and Berber mercenaries launch an attack on the Tripolitan city of Derna (to the shores of Tripoli.....)

1880, Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electronic hearing aid.

1938, Geraldine Apponyi was the first American woman to become a Queen. She married King Zog of Albania.

1960, the submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton Ct. It was the first sub to be equipped with closed circuit television.

So what've you guys got???


  • At 12:24 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    "Trouble brewing"....he he he. I enjoyed that one.
    1853- The first potato chips are made by Native American George Crum, chef at the Moon Lake House Hotel, Saratoga Springs, New York, when asked for chips that are "thinner than normal french fried potatoes". They become a fixture on the hotel menu, and become known as "Saratoga Chips".
    1930- The author Agatha Christie introduces the character Miss Marple in her book "The Murder at the Vicarage".
    1956- The movie the King and I, starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner is released.
    I just loved that dance scene with her in that dress with the HUGE skirt.

  • At 12:33 PM, Blogger Erika said…

    I love this game, it just proves that you really can learn something new every day!

    -4977 - Universe is created, according to Kepler
    On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets.

    1521 - Magellan killed in the Phillipines
    After traveling three-quarters of the way around the globe, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan is killed during a tribal skirmish on Mactan Island in the Philippines. Earlier in the month, his ships had dropped anchor at the Philippine island of Cebu, and Magellan met with the local chief, who after converting to Christianity persuaded the Europeans to assist him in conquering a rival tribe on the neighboring island of Mactan. In the subsequent fighting, Magellan was hit by a poisoned arrow and left to die by his retreating comrades.

    1947 - "Babe Ruth Day" at Yankee Stadium was held to honor the ailing baseball star.

    1956 - Rocky Marciano retires as world heavyweight champion

    1994 - South Africa holds first multiracial elections

  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger Arkansas Cyndi said…

    wow...the universe was created only 5k years before Christ (am I reading that right?) hmmmm

    I loved Agatha Christie. Impossible not to.

    will have to check back for more

  • At 1:46 PM, Blogger Erika said…

    Cyndi - I dunno, that's just what I heard! *grin*

  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat, LOL.......thanks for the appreciation of my well thought out puns!

    Oooh, Give it up for George Crum!! Potato chip King!

    Love Miss Marple! and oh, the King and I! What a fabulous movie and now that you mention it, I can see that dance so clearly!!

  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…


    I love History Day, too! sooo much fun seeing what you guys find!

    And hey, shouldn't there have been a memo?? the universe was CREATED?? Wow......impressive.

    And poor Magellan. Honestly. Convert someone to Christianity and get killed by a poison arrow. Does that seem fair???

  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey, Cyndi! Long time no see!!

    I know.......impressive, yes???

  • At 10:39 PM, Blogger Fran Lee Romance said…

    1967 ~ Rocky Marciano retires as undefeated boxing champ (for the second time)

    1964 ~ John Lennon's "In His Own Write" is published in U.S.

    1937 ~ U.S. Social Security system makes its 1st benefit payment

    1773 ~ British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this)

    1861 ~ President Abe Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus

    and many, many, many more...

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