Today In History, Guest hosted by patternpuzzler!

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, Did you know we also had a plan to invade Canada in the late 1920’s? The plan was not declassified until 1974:

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. Seattle has a huge underground city as the result of this fire: Wiki; 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: ]

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; ]

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:

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



I have largely used the information in under Fair Use for Educational purposes.

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34 Responses to Today In History, Guest hosted by patternpuzzler!

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    Cool! Great start. I am glad you are doing this. 🙂

    Liked by 8 people

    • patternpuzzler says:

      Thanks, mom! It should be lots of fun. Because I am expanding the format a little with more commentary and links, I am not likely to do it every day, but we’ll see how it goes. Be sure to thank Stella for making this possible!

      Liked by 6 people

  2. lovely says:

    1892 Chicago South Side Elevated Railroad opens (first 3.6 miles)

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Big Smiles. Thanks, Puzz, thanks, Stella!

    Liked by 6 people

  4. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    A television show called “It Pays to be Ignorant”? These days the contestants would become millionaires!

    Liked by 5 people

  5. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Great Blog, Patternpuzzler! I’ve always found your historical tidbits very interesting, and sometimes comical. Carry On!

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Well done!!!!

    Liked by 5 people

  7. czarowniczy says:

    1716: genesis of Democratic party in Louisiana
    1816: Al Gore’s great great great grandpa declares snowfall the result of global something-or-the-other
    1965: uhhh…Nyet?
    1976: The Omen gets set to receive the Democratic Party’s nomination for president
    1981: Maya gets high-five from Gen Giap and Uncle Ho
    1985: Dr Jo gets high-five from Planned Parenthood
    1988: three turtles bailed out of Bronx animal shelter by some rat named Splinter
    2002: property values rise 30% in Syria thanks to celestial fixer upper

    And there were more but they weren’t as good ss these and these ain’t no award winners.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Congrats on your own blog post, pattern! Very exciting! Thank you, Stella!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Love, love, love Roy Orbison’s music!!! I watched a FOX show last year about his boys kind of carrying on his legacy.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. czarowniczy says:

    Almost forgot: June 6, 1967…50 years ago…second day of the ‘6 Days War’.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. nyetneetot says:

    “1889 Great Fire in Seattle….”

    This could be it’s own blog post. I have a copy of a “History of Seattle Washington” published just a couple of years after the fire in 1891. The eye witness accounts describe it like looking at a lake of lava.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. MaryfromMarin says:

    Congrats, pp!

    Liked by 2 people

  13. So excited to see that you had this feature for June 6, as that day in 1992 my husband & I were married…& we are still going strong after many trials & challenges, especially in relation to special needs scenarios with our autistic son. My son & I just had his pre-op visit today for his now 18th surgery. Although this is a rather minor procedure it still will require an in-patient stay…

    By the way, so many of the images you’ve posted on your blog are incredibly beautiful…so I confess to “stealing” some for Pinterest purposes! Blessings on all that you do here. Thank you for posting so much great info within your very interesting blog…

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