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Monday, July 06, 2009

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

Welcome to History Day!! First up today....

1905, John Walker's fingerprints were the first ones to be exhanged between police officals in Europe and the U.S. Law enforcement units in London and St. Louis, MO completed the exchange--(much to every criminal's dismay)


1699, Pirate Captain William Kidd was captured in Boston and deported back to England

1885, Louis Pasteur, famous for pasteurizing milk, made history today by accomplishing the first effective antirabies innoculation (on a boy bitten by a rabid dog) Lucky kid. Wonder what he grew up to do??

1912, Jim Thorpe, a full blooded American Indian became known as the 'world's greatest athlete' at the Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden

1933, Baseball's first All Star game was held at Comiskey Park in Chicago. (American League won, 4-2 as Babe Ruth connected for the first All Star Game home run)

1957, Althea Gibson won the Wimbleton women's singles tennis championship. She was the first black tennis star to win the prestigious event

1994, fourteen firefighters were killed in Colorado, battling a days old blaze on Storm King Mountain

2000, Venus Williams beat her sister Serena at Wimbledon--Bet Althea Gibson would have loved watching that match!

Let's hear from you guys this week!! What've you got?

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  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    Wow, alot of sports related events today!
    1750- The first Conestoga Wagons appear in Pennsylvania, and are thought to have been introduced by Mennonite German settlers. The name came from the Conestoga Valley near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
    1956- Elvis performs in Las Vegas for the first time. He was 21, and didn't make a very strong impression. When he went back in 1969, it was a different story.
    1962- Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin successfully escape Alcatraz Island. They fooled the guards by leaving papier-mache' dummies in their beds. They were never found, so it was assumed that the prisoners drowned in the cold waters, while trying to reach the mainland.

  • At 6:25 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Oooh, Pat!

    I started out writing western historicals, you know, so I so get the Conestoga wagons! Nice one!

    Imagine a 21 year old Elvis?? Bet that was a good show.....

    WOW!! the escape from Alcatraz was today?? I love that movie! LOL.. and I'm sorry...I KNOW Clint Eastwood survived!!

  • At 9:55 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    Witch reminds me of a very old TV show called Wagon Train. I'm trying to remember who was in that. Ward Bond maybe?

  • At 11:56 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Oh yeah. Ward Bond. He was great! oooh, and Flint McCulloch!! remember him?? very cute!


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