November 24 in Pop Culture History

November 24 in Pop Culture History 1639 – First observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish the size of our Solar System. 1859 – Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. A first printing sells for around $100,000 today. 1874 – The patent (#157,124) for barbed wire […]

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Thanksgiving Tradition – Presidential Pardoning of the Turkeys

Every year before the Thanksgiving holiday, the President chooses a turkey or two who will be spared from ending up on your dining room table. In a ceremony that takes place at the White House one official turkey is pardoned as well as the occasional alternate gobbler. Some say that this tradition started with Harry […]

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November 23 in Pop Culture History

November 23 1644 – John Milton published Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship. 1874 – A paper by Ferdinand Braun was published in the Annalen der Physik und Chemie describing his discovery of the electrical rectifier effect, the first semi-conductor. 1889 – Debut of the first jukebox, the ‘nickel-in-the-slot phonograph’, at the Palais Royale Saloon, San […]

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November 21 in Pop Culture History

November 21 164 BC – Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restored the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah. 1783 – Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis Francois Laurant d’Arlandes became the first men to make a free flight. Their hot-air balloon […]

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November 20 in Pop Culture History

November 20 1866 – US patent (#59,745) for a yoyo, called a “Whirligig” or “Bandalore” in the paperwork, was issued to James L. Haven and Charles Hittrick of Cincinnati, Ohio. 1866 – The US patent (#59,918) on a rotary crank bicycle was issued to Pierre Lallemont of Paris, France. 1888 – Willard LeGrand Bundy was […]

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November 19 in Pop Culture History

November 19 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The Mayflower reached Cape Cod & explored the coast. 1805 – Lewis & Clark reached Pacific Ocean, they were the first European Americans to cross the American continent. 1850 – A patent (#7,784) for magic lantern slides made of glass plate was issued to Frederick Langenheim of […]

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November 17 in Pop Culture History

November 17 in Pop Culture History 1558 – Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister, The ‘Virgin Queen’ Elizabeth I of England. 1827 – The Delta Phi & Sigma Phi fraternities were founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Along with Kappa Alpha Society and Sigma Phi Society, the […]

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November 16 in Pop Culture History

November 16 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The first corn (maize) was found in North America by British settlers, including Myles Standish and William Bradford, in Provincetown, Massachsettes. 1676 – First colonial prison was organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts. William Bunker was the first warden. 1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post was […]

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November 15 in Pop Culture History

November 15 in Pop Culture History 1492 – Christopher Columbus’ notes included the first recorded reference to tobacco. 1660 – First kosher butcher (Asser Levy) was licensed in New York City (New Amsterdam). 1791 – The first Catholic college in US, Georgetown University, opened 1806 – First US college magazine, Yale Literary Government, published its […]

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November 14 in Pop Culture History

November 14 1851 – Moby-Dick by Herman Melville was published. 1889 – New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to duplicate the literary journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days. She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours. […]

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Traditional and Modern Wedding Gift Suggestion List

Traditional and Modern Wedding Gift Suggestion List 1st Anniversary – Traditional: Paper, Modern: Clocks 2nd Anniversary – Traditional: Cotton, Modern: China 3rd Anniversary – Traditional: Leather, Modern: Crystal, Glass 4th Anniversary – Traditional: Linen (Silk), Modern: Appliances 5th Anniversary – Traditional: Wood, Modern: Silverware 6th Anniversary – Traditional: Iron, Modern: Wood Objects 7th Anniversary – […]

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November 12 in Pop Culture History

November 12 in Pop Culture History 1799 – Andrew Ellicott wrote the about first known record of a meteor shower observed in the US. We now know they were the Leonids. 1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, the father of modern anesthetics, used chloroform (“perchloride of formyle”) for the first time as an anesthetic in […]

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November 10 in Pop Culture History

November 10 in Pop Culture History 1619 – René Descartes had the dreams that inspired his Meditations on First Philosophy. 1775 – The United States Marine Corps Was Born: “That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist […]

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November 9 in Pop Culture History

November 9 in Pop Culture History In Germany, November 9th is called Schicksalstag (Fateful Day) it was the day that Robert Blum was executed in 1848, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated in 1918, Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, Kristallnacht in 1938, and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte became dictator […]

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November 8 in Pop Culture History

November 8 392 – Roman Emperor Theodosius declared the Christian religion the official state religion. He also dissolved the order of the Vestal Virgins in Rome, which had been in place for almost 400 years. 1519 – First meeting of Moctezuma II & Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico. #bigmistake Little is known about him, except […]

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November 7 in Pop Culture History

November 7 in Pop Culture History 1492 – The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck ground one afternoon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. 1665 – First edition of the London Gazette was printed. At the time it was called “The Oxford Gazette”. 1786 […]

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November 6 in Pop Culture History

November 6 in Pop Culture History 1572 – A supernova was observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia. Queen Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus, King of Aethiopia and mother of Princess Andromeda in Greek mythology. 1789 – Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States. He is […]

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November 4 in Pop Culture History

November 4 in Pop Culture History 1667 (Earthquake) Shamakhi (now Azerbaijan) estimated 80,000 people killed. 1841 – First wagon train arrived in California. They left Independence, Missouri on May 1, 1841. 1846 – The first U.S. patent (#4,834) for an artificial leg was granted to Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith, New Hampshire. 1873 – A […]

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November 3 in Pop Culture History

November 3 in Pop Culture History 1838 – The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. 1863 – US patent for an antifouling paint for ships’ hulls was issued to J.G. Tarr and A.H. Wonson (# 40515) for a copper […]

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Daylight Saving Time and Timely Trivia

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2 AM, most of the United States will set their clocks back one hour for officially ending of Daylight Saving Time. We gain an hour of sleep! Residents of Arizona, Hawaii, U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will not participate in the festivities. About 75 countries participate […]

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November 2 in Pop Culture History

November 2 in Pop Culture History 1898 – Cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team with “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” Princeton had published cheers for the audience to chant as early as 1877. In 1903 the […]

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November 1 in Pop Culture History

November 1 in Pop Culture History 1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican, Italy were first exhibited. He started the work in 1508. 1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastated the Dutch coast. 1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice was first presented. 1611 – […]

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The Big List of Knock Knock Jokes For National Knock-Knock Day!

October 31st is well known as Halloween, but did you know it is also National Knock-Knock Day? Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Robin Robin who? Robin you! Give me your wallet! Knock Knock Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Wanda Wanda who? Wanda come and hang out with me? Knock Knock Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Control Freak Cont… […]

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The History of Halloween

(PCM) Halloween is probably the longest-running holiday with a set day or time period. The earliest celebrations of the day that became November 1st was Samhain, a celebration of the harvest. The harvest was held with thought to the upcoming winter, which undoubtedly would bring death to many due to the coming cold season. So […]

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October 30 in Pop Culture History

October 30 in Pop Culture History 1876 – Great Backeganj Cyclone, India (now Bangladesh) 1945 – Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball color barrier. 1938 – Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds. 1947 – The […]

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Gilligan’s Island – Why Did They Stay So Long?

Gilligan’s Island premiered on September 26, 1964, lasting three seasons through September 4, 1967. Basically, it started with our seven castaways on a three hour boat tour around Hawaii. A freak storm shipwrecked them on a deserted island. In 98 episodes, they all got along pretty well, a shining example of how we could all […]

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October 29 in Pop Culture History

October 29 in Pop Culture History 1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for conspiring against James I of England. 1886 – The first ticker tape parade took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. 1888 – The Convention of […]

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October 28 in Pop Culture History

October 28 in Pop Culture History 1420 – Beijing became the officially designated the capital of the Ming dynasty on the same year that the Forbidden City, the seat of government, was completed. 1492 – Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba. 1636 – The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established the first college […]

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October 26 in Pop Culture History

October 26 in Pop Culture History 1774 – The first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. 1775 – King George III of Great Britain went before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to stop the American Revolution. 1776 – Benjamin Franklin went to France to seek French support for […]

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October 25 in Pop Culture History

October 25 in Pop Culture History 1938 – Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced swing music as “a degenerated musical system, turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people.” 1940 – Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was named the first African American general in the United States Army. 1962 – […]

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October 23 in Pop Culture History

October 23 in Pop Culture History 4004 BC is the date when the creation of the world began, according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher. 1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention opened in Worcester, Massachusetts. 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related […]

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October 21 in Pop Culture History

October 21 in Pop Culture History 1520 – Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan in South America. 1797 – In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution was launched. It was the third such vessel completed for the US Navy. 1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff […]

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See You Next Wednesday

(aMyth) “See you next Wednesday” was first heard in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was said to the astronaut, Frank Poole, by his wife and father, right before Hal killed everybody off. Frank was long gone by that referenced Wednesday. John Landis claims he originally had the movie idea as a fifteen year old, […]

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October 18 in Pop Culture History

October 18 in Pop Culture History 1386 – The University of Heidelberg opened. 1620 – The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. 1851 – Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was first published as ‘The Whale.’ 1867 – “Seward’s Folly” United States took possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. 1898 – The United […]

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October 17 in Pop Culture History

October 17 in Pop Culture History 1091 – The London Tornado of 1091 destroyed many buildings, and killed two people. 1814 – The London Beer Flood killed 8 people. 1860 – First Open (Golf) Championship (referred to in the US as the British Open). 1919 – Radio Corporation of America (RCA) incorporated. 1931 – Al […]

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October 15 in Pop Culture History

October 15 in Pop Culture History On October 15, 1964 Congress resolved that October 15 would be proclaimed White Cane Safety Day. President Lyndon Johnson immediately made a proclamation sealing this as an official day to recognize the advancements and achievements of blind individuals. It is called White Cane Safety Day because the white cane […]

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October 14 in Pop Culture History

October 14 in Pop Culture History 1926 – Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne, was first published. 1881 – Eyemouth Windstorm Disaster, Scotland 1908 – The Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, winning the World Series. 1912 – Former President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt, was shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank. […]

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October 13 in Pop Culture History

October 13 in Pop Culture History 1773 – The Whirlpool Galaxy, almost 25 million light years away, was discovered by Charles Messier. 1775 – The United States Continental Congress ordered the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy). 1843 – B’nai B’rith was founded in New York City. 1917 – The […]

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October 11 in Pop Culture History

October 11 in Pop Culture History 1138 (Earthquake) Aleppo, Syria 1811 -The Juliana, began operation as the first steam-powered ferry service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey. 1852 – The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, opened. 1890 The Daughters of the American Revolution were founded, in Washington, DC. 1958 – […]

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October 10 in Pop Culture History

October 10 in Pop Culture History 1780 – The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 20,000 to 30,000 people in the Caribbean region. 1845 – In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (now the United States Naval Academy) opened. 1871 – The Great Chicago Fire finally dissipated. 1871 – Tau Epsilon Phi was founded at Columbia University […]

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October 8 in Pop Culture History

October 8 in Pop Culture History Emergency Nurses Day was established on October 8, 1989 in order to honor the nurses who specifically work in hospital emergency rooms. These nurses play an intrinsic part of a community’s life. Responding quickly to life endangering circumstances but also having to have a compassionate heart towards patients who […]

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October 7 in Pop Culture History

October 7 in Pop Culture History 3761 BC – Today was the first day of creation, according to the Jewish Talmudic Calendar. 1737 (Cyclone) India 1919 – KLM, the Netherlands official airline, was founded. 1933 – Air France began, with the merger of 5 smaller French airlines. 1950 – Mother Teresa opened the Missionary of […]

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October 6 in Pop Culture History

October 6 in Pop Culture History 1876 – The American Library Association was founded. 1927 – Opening of The Jazz Singer with its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, in New York City. 1948 (Earthquake) Ashgabat, Soviet Union 1948 – The first television network soap opera, Faraway Hill, is broadcast by the DuMont Network. 1973 – #1 Hit […]

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October 5 in Pop Culture History

October 5 in Pop Culture History October 5, 1994 was the first celebration of World Teachers Day. This day is set aside to commemorate and celebrate teachers in the local community. The day has been recognized by The United Nations. Communities are encouraged to sponsor and plan events around the day. Many countries including the […]

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October 3 in Pop Culture History

October 3 in Pop Culture History 1863 – The last Thursday in November was declared as Thanksgiving Day by US President Abraham Lincoln. 1872 – The Bloomingdale brothers opened their first store at 938 Third Avenue, in New York City. 1949 – WERD, the first black-owned radio station in the United States, opened in Atlanta. […]

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October 2 in Pop Culture History

October 2 in Pop Culture History 1187 – Saladin captured Jerusalem from Balian of Ibelin. 1893 – Cheniere Caminada Hurricane, Louisiana 1950 – Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz was first published. 1955 – Alfred Hitchcock premiered on CBS 1958 – The Huckleberry Hound Show premiered, in syndication 1959 – The anthology series The Twilight Zone […]

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October Is…

Adopt A Shelter Dog MonthAmerican Cheese MonthAmerican Pharmacist Month Apple MonthArts & Humanities MonthNational Applejack MonthBreast Cancer Awareness MonthCaramel MonthCeliac Disease Awareness MonthClergy Appreciation Month Cookbook MonthCookie MonthCyber Security Awareness MonthDessert MonthDomestic Violence Awareness MonthDwarfism/Little People Awareness MonthEczema Awareness MonthFilipino-American History MonthGerman-American Heritage MonthHispanic Heritage MonthItalian-American Heritage MonthLupus Awareness MonthNational Arts & Humanities MonthNational Down […]

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September 30 in Pop Culture History

September 30 in Pop Culture History 587 (Earthquake) Atioch (now Turkey) 1452 – Johann Guttenberg’s Bible was published. 1659 – Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked. 1888 – “Jack the Ripper” killed two women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes. 1911 – The first movie stuntman was hired as a stand-in for ‘The Military Scout’. 1946 […]

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September 28 in Pop Culture History

September 28 in Pop Culture History 1850 – Flogging (whipping) in the Navy and Merchant Marines was abolished by the US. 1889 – The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defined the length of a ‘meter’ (‘metre’) as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with […]

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September 27 in Pop Culture History

September 27 in Pop Culture History 1290 (Earthquake) Chihli, China 1540 – Pope Paul III approved the charter for the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). 1650 (Volcano Eruption) Kolumbo 1903 – Wreck of the Old 97, traveling from Monroe, Virginia, to Spencer, North Carolina, the train derailed at Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia. 1905 – Albert […]

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September 26 in Pop Culture History

September 26 in Pop Culture History 1957 – West Side Story opened on Broadway. 1960 – Longest speech in UN history at 4 hours and 29 minutess, was given by Cuba’s Fidel Castro. 1960 – American presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debate on live television and radio. Radio listeners said that […]

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September 25 in Pop Culture History

September 25 in Pop Culture History Today is 9 months after Christmas. And 3 months before Christmas. 1954 – #1 Hit September 25, 1954 – November 5, 1954: Rosemary Clooney – Hey There 1957 – United States Troops were called to escort nine Black students to the all-white Little Rock Central High School in Little […]

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September 23 in Pop Culture History

September 23 in Pop Culture History <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/rHXIlXsCxT8″>Keystone Cops</a> 1551 (Tornado) Grand Harbour at Valletta, Malta 1642 – Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusettes, had its first graduating class. 1846 – German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune. 1913 – Mark Sennet presented the first Keystone Cops film, although some say it was Hoffmeyer’s […]

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September 20 in Pop Culture History

September 20 in Pop Culture History 1498 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Nankaido, Japan 1960 – The Flintstones debuted on ABC 1969 – #1 Hit September 20, 1969 – October 17, 1969: The Archies – Sugar, Sugar 1973 – An estimated 90 million people watched ‘The Battle of the Sexes.’ Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in […]

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September 19 in Pop Culture History

September 19 in Pop Culture History 1876 – Melville Bissell patented the first carpet sweeper. 1921 – The greatest rainfall recorded in United States history during 18 consecutive hours (measured at an unofficial weather-monitoring site) fell at Thrall, Williamson County, Texas, 36.40 inches fell from a Hurricane. 1928 – Mickey Mouse’s first screen appearance – […]

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