I’m pleased to introduce the daily “Today In History” post, compiled by patternpuzzler. This one is not as fancy as I hope the future ones will be because I didn’t get working on this earlier today. I apologize to patternpuzzler and our readers for my omissions!
Some folks have taken interest in my historical tidbits, and Stella had kindly suggested a guest post. I’m complimented by that and appreciate her consideration. While I may not be able to do these on a regular basis due to time constraints, I promise I will try to make them as interesting as possible. We may not always remember history, but sometimes it makes us laugh. Thanks for reading!
Tidbits from History: June 6:
1536 Mexico begins its inquisition
1639 Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill
1683 The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world’s first university museum.
1716 First slaves arrive in Louisiana
1752 Third great fire in Moscow in 2 weeks; 1/3 of city destroyed
1772 Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles Chicago
1795 Fire destroy 1/3 of Copenhagen; 18,000 injured
1812 US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek Ontario; War of 1812 [Wiki, http://tinyurl.com/6lj3d59 Did you know we also had a plan to invade Canada in the late 1920’s? The plan was not declassified until 1974: http://tinyurl.com/oto5dms
1816 10″ of snowfall in New England, part of a “year without a summer” which followed the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia
1844 Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) forms in London
1862 Battle of Memphis-city is surrendered to Union Troops
1882 Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC
1889 Great Fire in Seattle destroys 25 downtown blocks1889 Great Fire in Seattle destroys 25 downtown blocks, the Central Business District. http://www.historylink.org/File/715. Seattle has a huge underground city as the result of this fire: Wiki; http://tinyurl.com/9kt9lm7 Walking tour available!
1892 Chicago South Side Elevated Railroad opens (first 3.6 miles)
1896 Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 year
1904 National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, NJ
1923 Gangster Albert Anastasia is convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to two years in prison
1925 Walter Chrysler founds automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation
1931 “There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time” by Guy Lombardo hits #1
1932 The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon sold.
1933 First drive-in theater opens (Camden NJ)
1933 US Employment Service created
1934 Securities & Exchange Commission established
1936 Aviation gasoline first produced commercially Paulsboro NJ
1939 NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead. One of the most fascinating disappearance cases in US history: Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Force_Crater ]
1941 Giants use plastic batting helmets for first time
1942 First nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)
1942 Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway
1944 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
1944 Operation Neptune, D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France in WWII
1944 Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor [Rough Riders; http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/theodore-roosevelts-medal-of-honor/ ]
1944 Alaska Airlines commences operations.
1946 Henry Morgan is first to take off shirt on TV
1946 Martin Kresses begins publishing “Eric the Viking” comic strip
1946 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
1947 Treaty drawn for establishment of Intl Patent Institute
1949 “It Pays To Be Ignorant” game show debut on CBS-TV
1950 Turkey: The Adhan in Arabic is legalized – The Adhan is the muslim call to prayer.
1955 Bill Haley & Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” hits #1**
1960 Roy Orbison releases “Only the Lonely”
1960 “Steve Allen Show” last airs on NBC-TV
1962 Beatles meet their producer George Martin for first time, they record “Besame Mucho” with Pete Best on drums
1965 Rolling Stones release single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
1966 Stokely Carmichael launches “Black Power” movement
1971 “Ed Sullivan Show” last broadcasts on CBS-TV
1972 David Bowie releases “Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust”
1972 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
1975 British voters decide to remain in Common Market
1976 “The Omen” premieres in the UK
1977 “Washington Post” reports US has developed neutron bomb
1977 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert for United Way
1977 Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws
1978 Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57%
1981 Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial
1982 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out the PLO
1983 Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland [10 famous Notes in Bottles: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-09/ten-most-famous-message-in-a-bottle-discoveries/5376040%5D
1983 Emmy 10th Daytime Award presentation – Susan Lucci loses for 4th time
1983 Betty White becomes first woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC’s “Just Men”
1985 Body of Nazi concentration camp doctor Dr Josef Mengele located & exhumed
1988 Three giant turtles (~50 lbs each) found in Bronx sewage plant
1988 George H. W. Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II to Japanese-American internees (promise broken, May 1989)
2002 A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. Resulting explosion estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
2005 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
Bonus Video: Bill Haley and his Comets: “Rock Around the Clock” 1955
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