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Monday, June 15, 2009

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

History Day is here again! On this day in 1956, a sixteen year old John Lennon of the band, the Quarrymen, met a fourteen year old Paul McCartney and invited him to join the band. (Just the beginning of greatness!)

And in other news....

1215, the Magna Carta was signed. (Okay, this is bigger news than John and Paul, but still........)

1752, Ben Franklin flew his legendary kite with a key on it into a thunderstorm!

1775, George Washington became our first Commander in Chief

1844, Charles Goodyear patented Vulcanized us tires. Thanks, Charles!

1909, Benjamin Shibe patented the cork centered baseball--(and got a stadium in Philly named after him!)

1976, Houston gets ten inches of rain (Whoa!)

1991, long dormant volcano, Mt. Pinatubo erupted with a vengeance in the Phillipines.

That's it for me. What did you guys find???


  • At 7:58 AM, Blogger EllenToo said…

    1836 - Arkansas becomes the 25th state admitted to the US
    1938 - Pitcher Johnny VanderMeer of the Cincinnati throws his second straight no-hit game, a feat unequaled in baseball history
    1978 - King Hussein of Jordan married American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor
    1995 During the O.J. Simpson murder trial, he was asked to put on a pair of gloves said to be worn by the killer on the night of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. Glove appeared not to fit.

  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger Erika said…

    Happy Monday Everyone!

    Ellen - good one with the glove. ;)

    1300 - On this day, poet Dante Alighieri becomes one of six priors of Florence, active in governing the city. Dante's political activities, which include the banishment of several rivals, lead to his own exile from Florence, his native city, after 1302.

    1776 - Delaware declares independence

    1846 - U.S.-Canadian border established

    1863 - On this day, President Abraham Lincoln calls for help in protecting the capital.

    1877 - Henry Ossian Flipper, born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1856, is the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

    1904 - More than 1,000 people taking a pleasure trip on New York City’s East River are drowned or burned to death when a fire sweeps through the boat. This was one of the United States’ worst maritime disasters.

    1965 - U.S. planes bomb North Vietnam

    1969 - TV country-western variety show Hee Haw debuts.

  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    Yikes, my head is spinning from all of this interesting stuff!!
    1567- Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary Queen of Scots, is blown up with gunpowder, probably on her orders. Later she marries the Earl of Bothwell, his likely murderer.
    1952- The first Weber barbeque kettle is produced by founder George Stephen. Just about everyone I know (me included) has had one at some time in their life.
    1974- The TRIATHLON is devised in the US. This tough test of endurance combines cycling, long-distance swiming, and running in one competition.

  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Ellen Too..........oh man, do you remember that glove fiasco??? how the man kept a straight face through that when he was never much of an actor is just beyond me!

  • At 1:33 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Erika.......good ones! the Canadian/US border established??? and Woo Hoo to Henry for graduating from West Point!!

    and Oh God. Hee Haw!!! LOLOL

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat! Wow, the Weber!! My dh and I are looking for another one right now!! Ours is sooooo toast.

    And poor Lord Darnley. You know...I hope he never found out that Mary was supposedly in on that...

  • At 4:53 AM, Blogger EllenToo said…

    Didn't watch much of the OJ trial but saw snippets of it on and off and the glove thing was one of the snippets I saw. Can't write what I thought at the time.

  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    LOL too!

  • At 10:30 PM, Blogger Fran Lee Romance said…

    1918 ~ 50th Belmont: Frank Robinson aboard Johren wins in 2:20.6 ~ in case you're a racing fan :P

    1908 ~ World congress for Woman's rights opens in Amsterdam

    1094 ~ Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar [El Cid] occupies Valencia on the Moren

    1664 ~ New Jersey established

    1785 ~ 2 French balloonists die in world's 1st fatal aviation accident

    Have a great day!


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