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Monday, May 04, 2009

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

History Day!! On this day in 1626, local Indians sold Manhattan Island for 24 dollars worth of cloth and buttons. The city's come a long way since then--

In other news.....

1715, a French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella.

1776, Rhode Island becomes the first colony to renoune allegiance to King George III (woo hoo!!)

1865, Abraham Lincoln is buried in his hometown of Springfield, Ill

1942, the US begins food rationing

1970, 4 students are gunned down by the National Guard at Kent State University during an anti Viet Nam war protest

1994, Israel and the PLO sign an agreement granting the PLO self rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.......

What have you guys found???


  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger Erika said…

    Happy Monday Maureen! Every Monday I really do learn something new.

    Here's what I got:

    1948 - Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is published

    1959 - First Grammys announced
    The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announces the winners of the first Grammy Awards on this day in 1959. Henry Mancini won the Best Album award for The Music from Peter Gunn; Perry Como was voted Best Male Vocalist and Ella Fitzgerald Best Female Vocalist. "Volare," by Domenico Modugno, won Best Record.

    1965 - Willie Mays breaks National League home run record

    1975 - The Three Stooges' Moe dies
    Moe Howard, one of the Three Stooges, dies on this day in 1975. Howard was born in Brooklyn in 1897. The brother of fellow Stooges Shemp and Curly, Howard played the Stooges' caustic ringleader. The Stooges appeared in 190 short subjects and more than 20 feature-length films.

    1979 - Margaret Thatcher sworn in
    Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Conservative Party, is sworn in as Britain's first female prime minister. The Oxford-educated chemist and lawyer was sworn in the day after the Conservatives won a 44-seat majority in general parliamentary elections.

    1990 – An inhumane execution
    Jesse Tafero is executed in Florida after his electric chair malfunctions three times, causing flames to leap from his head. Tafero's death sparked a new debate on humane methods of execution. Several states ceased use of the electric chair and adopted lethal injection as their means of capital punishment.

  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    1855- Jean Baptiste Jolly sets up the forst Dry-Cleaning buisness in Paris France, after spilling camphene onto a dress and the dress was magically cleaned rather than ruined.
    1954- Gregory Pincus of Massachusetts amd John Rock produce a contraceptive pill that proves to be one of the most effective methods of birth control.
    1972- The award-winning computerized axial tomography(CAT) scanner revolutionizes medical investigative techniques. It can find a brain tumor, for example, by creating an image from a series of x-rays.

  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey, Happy Monday, Erika!

    And you always find some great ones!!

    Wow, Norman's been around a long time!

    Never a stooges fan, but some of my friends call me Moe, so I should bow my head here for a second or two!!

    And hey, Margaret Thatcher! She had a hell of a good run, didn't she?

    And okay.....that was nasty about the execution...but before I feel sorry for him, I want to know what he did to his VICTIM!!

  • At 5:51 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat, WOOT! Let's hear it for Jean Baptiste! Without dry cleaning, I'd be in sooo much trouble!

    And ahhh, birth control... way to go, guys!

  • At 5:07 PM, Blogger Erika said…

    Maureen, I don't feel bad for that guy at all. You play, you pay.

    "Tafero had been convicted of rape, robbery, burglary and drug charges..."

    Way to go Gregory on the birth control discovery!

  • At 5:38 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    I'm right there with ya, Erika.. I'm sooo a big death penalty girl!!

    You play, you pay?? Great line. =)
    There are some crimes that are just unforgiveable.

  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger Pat said…

    I looked up Tafero's background too. He was slime alright. He was still on probation at the time he shot and killed those two law officers.

  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat...How do these people GET probation?? What the hell is wrong with the judges??

    And speaking as the daughter of a cop....Hope that guy's STILL frying somewhere very hot!


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