February 21 in Pop Culture History

February 21 in Pop Culture History 1848 – The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, was published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary known as the Communist League. 1866 – Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school. 1878 – The first telephone directory in […]

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February 20 in Pop Culture History

February 20 in Pop Culture History 1792 – The United States Post Office became a cabinet position under President George Washington. In 1971, the Post Office became an independent corporation. 1816 – Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville premiered at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. 1872 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New […]

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February 19 in Pop Culture History

February 19 in Pop Culture History 1600 (Volcano Eruption) Huaynaputina 1847 – Of the 89 original members of the Donner Party, only 45 reached California. They had been trapped, with no provisions and little survival skills since late October of 1848, about 13 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe. 1864 – The Knights of Pythias was […]

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February 18 in Pop Culture History

February 18 in Pop Culture History 1856 – The “Know-Nothing Party,” convened in Philadelphia to nominate its first presidential candidate. The Know-Nothing movement began in the 1840s, when an increasing rate of immigration led to the formation of a number of groups to combat “foreign” influences in American society. 1861 – Jefferson Davis became the […]

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February 17 in Pop Culture History

February 17 in Pop Culture History 1621 – Myles Standish was appointed as first commander of the English Plymouth Colony in North America. 1859 – Dmitri Mendeleev began creating what we now call The Periodic Table. 1904 – Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly premiered at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. It was one […]

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February 16 in Pop Culture History

February 16 in Pop Culture History 1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company was established. 1883 – Ladies Home Journal magazine began publication. 1894 – Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin is pardoned after spending 15 years in a Texas prison for murder. Hardin shot and killed a man just for snoring, by firing through the wall at […]

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February 15 in Pop Culture History

February 15 in Pop Culture History 1758 – Mustard was first advertised for sale in America, by Benjamin Jackson, in Philadelphia, PA. 1764 – The city of St. Louis was established in Spanish Louisiana (now in Missouri, USA). 1898 – An explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor, killing 260 of the […]

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February 14 in Pop Culture History

February 14 in Pop Culture History Ferris Wheel Day, named after George Ferris, born Feb. 14, 1859. It is also National Donor Day & St. Valentine’s Day. ~270 – Valentine, a priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was beheaded for performing (illegal at the time) marriage ceremonies. 1779 – Captain James […]

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February 13 in Pop Culture History

February 13 in Pop Culture History It’s World Whale Day Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day 1633 – Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face charges of heresy by the Catholic Church for advocating Copernican theory, which held that the Earth revolved around the Sun. 1741 – The first magazine was published in America – The American […]

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February 11 in Pop Culture History

February 11 in Pop Culture History It’s National Pro Sport’s Wives Day 660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. 1534 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England. 1752 – The first hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania Hospital, opened. 1808 – […]

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February 10 in Pop Culture History

February 10 in Pop Culture History 1763 – The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War and France ceded Canada to England. 1840 – Queen Victoria and her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, married. They had 9 children – Victoria, Bertie, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold, and Beatrice. 1863 – General […]

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February 9 in Pop Culture History

February 9 in Pop Culture History 1825 – The U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president since no candidate had received a majority of electoral votes. 1870 – The weather service, now named the National Weather Service (NWS) was authorized by Congress. 1889 – The United States Department of Agriculture was established 1895 […]

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February 7 in Pop Culture History

February 7 in Pop Culture History 1497 – The Bonfire of the Vanities occurred in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burned thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy. 1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy 1817 – The first public gas street light in the was lit in Baltimore, Maryland, the first in the […]

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February 6 in Pop Culture History

February 6 in Pop Culture History Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamaica and Ethiopia. (He was born on Feb. 6, 1945) 1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore. 1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia. 1843 […]

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February 5 in Pop Culture History

February 5 in Pop Culture History Weatherperson’s Day, named after the birthday (Feb 5, 1744) of early US weatherman, John Jeffries. 62 – Pompeii earthquake (not to be confused with the Great Earthquake of 79) 1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy 1824 – Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded “The Franklin Institute of the State […]

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February 4 in Pop Culture History

February 4 in Pop Culture History World Cancer Day 1703 – In Edo (Japan), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin committed seppuku (ritual suicide) for avenging their master’s death. 1783 – Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its American colonies, the United States. 1789 – George Washington was elected as the first president of […]

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February 2 in Pop Culture History

February 2 in Pop Culture History It’s Groundhog’s Day. 1046 – The “Little Ice Age” began in Europe. 1653 – New Amsterdam (now the City of New York) was incorporated. 1876 – National League (now Major League Baseball) of baseball was founded 1887 – The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, PA 1892 – […]

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January 31 in Pop Culture History

January 31 in Pop Culture History 1865 – Congress passed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America. 1906 (Earthquake) Coastal Ecuador 1922 (Earthquake) Eureka/San Francisco, Oregon/California 1958 – The United States launched its first successful orbiting satellite, Explorer-I. 1961 – The United States launched a 4-year-old male chimpanzee named Ham on a Mercury-Redstone 2 rocket […]

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January 30 in Pop Culture History

January 30 in Pop Culture History 1703 – The 47 Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenged the death of their master, Asano Naganori. 1790 – The first boat designed as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne. 1868 – Charles Darwin’s book, Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, was published. 1948 […]

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January 29 in Pop Culture History

January 29 in Pop Culture History 1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ was published in the New York Evening Mirror. 1861 – Kansas became the 34th state. 1886 – Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile. 1924 – The first US patent (#1481813) for an ice cream cone rolling machine was issued to […]

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January 27 in Pop Culture History

January 27 in Pop Culture History 1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators began for the Gunpowder Plot, ending with their execution on January 31. 1888 – The National Geographic Society was established. 1945 – 60th Army First Ukrainian Front soldiers opened the gates of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, liberating the remaining 7,000 […]

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January 26 in Pop Culture History

January 26 in Pop Culture History 1564 – The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. 1838 – Tennessee became the 1st state to prohibit alcohol. 1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and […]

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January 25 in Pop Culture History

January 25 in Pop Culture History 1533 – Henry VIII of England married his second wife Anne Boleyn. 1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia. 1881 – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company. 1937 – […]

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January 24 in Pop Culture History

January 24 in Pop Culture History 41 – Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated. 1848 – Gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, Coloma, California by James W. Marshall. 1899 – The US patent (#618128) for a rubber ‘safety heel’ was issued to Humphrey O’Sullivan 1922 – The ‘Eskimo Pie’, an ice cream centre covered in chocolate, […]

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January 23 in Pop Culture History

January 23 in Pop Culture History 1556 (Earthquake) Shaanxi, China. Over 800,000 people may were killed. 1571 – The Royal Exchange opened in London. 1793 – Humane Society of Philadelphia (America’s 1st aid organization) founded. 1870 – US cavalrymen killed 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in what is known as the Marias Massacre, […]

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January 22 in Pop Culture History

January 22 in Pop Culture History 1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio. 1943 – Spearfish, North Dakota experienced a forty-nine degree temperature change over the span of two minutes. 1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, now the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). 1947 – KTLA began operating […]

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January 21 in Pop Culture History

January 21 in Pop Culture History 1472 – The great daylight comet of 1472 was visible in daylight for 8 days. 1790 – Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed the guillotine to the newly formed National Assembly of Paris as a “humane” method of execution. 1799 – Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination was introduced. 1807 – The London […]

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January 20 in Pop Culture History

January 20 in Pop Culture History January 20, 1992 was a Good Day for rapper Ice Cube. 1265 – 1st English Parliament was called into session by Earl of Leicester. 1835 (Volcano Eruption) Cosigüina 1920 – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded. 1929 – In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed […]

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January 17 in Pop Culture History

January 17 in Pop Culture History 1706 – Ben Franklin ‘The First American’ was born. 1773 – Captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle. 1929 – Popeye made his 1st appearance, in comic strip ‘Thimble Theater’ 1929 – From the Mount Wilson Observatory, Carnegie Institution of […]

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What started the “Tide Pods Challenge” and is it even real?

What started the “Tide Pods Challenge” and is it even real?Timeline Tide Pods Timeline: In February 2012, Procter & Gamble introduced the Tide PODS laundry detergent packs. By late 2013, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) claimed to have received more than 500 reports of incidents involving the pods with children and adults. On […]

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January 16 in Pop Culture History

January 16 in Pop Culture History 1362 – St. Marcellus Flood or Grote Mandrenke (Great Drowning of Men), Netherlands 1547 – Ivan the Terrible crowned himself 1st Tsar of Moscow. 1581 – The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism. 1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of […]

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What is Shadow Banning?

What is Shadow Banning? Shadow Banning is when a social network or website will take a post and make sure nobody, or very few people see it. It began on forums in 2006 to cut back on trolling and spamming, and shortly thereafter major sites like Craigslist and Reddit used it, initially for spammers. Craigslist […]

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January 15 in Pop Culture History

January 15 in Pop Culture History It’s National Hat Day, because in 1797, the 1st top hat was worn, by John Etherington in London. There are 350 days left until next year. (unless it is 2020 or 2024) 1759 – The British Museum, in Bloomsbury, London, the world’s oldest public national museum, opened to the […]

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January 13 in Pop Culture History

January 13 in Pop Culture History 1854 – US patent (#11062) for an accordion was issued to Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, Pa. 1863 – Thomas Crapper invented the portable toilet. 1888 – National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C. 1930 – Disney’s ‘Mickey Mouse’ newspaper strip first appeared. 1906 – The 1st radio set […]

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January 11 in Pop Culture History

January 11 in Pop Culture History 1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy 1908 – The Grand Canyon National Monument was created. 1922 – Leonard Thompson (1908-35) was the first person to receive an injection of insulin as a treatment for diabetes. 1927 – Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announced the creation of the Academy of […]

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January 10 in Pop Culture History

January 10 in Pop Culture History 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published. 1863 – London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened. 1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. It is now part of ExxonMobil. 1899 – The US patent (#617592) was issued for an “Electric Device,” invented by David […]

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January 9 in Pop Culture History

January 9 in Pop Culture History 1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy 1788 – Connecticut became the 5th state 1793 – Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the United States, from Philadelphia, PA to Woodbury, NJ. 1857 (Earthquake) Fort Tejon, California 1947 – Elizabeth “Betty” Short, AKA the Black Dahlia, was last seen […]

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January 7 in Pop Culture History

January 7 in Pop Culture History 1608 – Fire destroyed the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia 1714 – The world’s first patent (#395) for a “Machine for Transcribing Letters” was granted in England by Queen Anne to Henry Mill. This first planned typewriter was never actually produced. 1830 – The 1st U.S. Railroad Station opened in […]

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January 5 in Pop Culture History

January 5 in Pop Culture History 1889 – The word hamburger first appeared in print in the Walla Walla Union, a Walla Walla, Washington, newspaper. 1905 – The National Association of Audubon Society incorporated. 1914 – The Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and that it would pay a “living wage” of at least […]

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January 3 in Pop Culture History

January 3 in Pop Culture History 1521 – Martin Luther was excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church 1777 – Washington defeated the British at Battle of Princeton, NJ 1847 – Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco 1871 – Oleomargarine was patented (#110626) by Henry Bradley in Binghamton, NY 1919 – Professor Ernest Rutherford succeeded in splitting the […]

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January 2 in Pop Culture History

January 2 in Pop Culture History 1788 – Georgia became the 4th state to ratify U.S. constitution. 1818 – The British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded. 1839 – First known picture of the moon was taken by Louis Daguerre. 1834 – Pennsylvania opened its state liquor stores. 1870 – Construction began on the Brooklyn […]

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December 31 in Pop Culture History

December 31 in Pop Culture History 1600 – The British East India Company was chartered. It was the first global mega-corporation. 1805 – The ‘Calendar of Reason’ had been introduced in France on November 24, 1793. It was abandoned, and the Gregorian calendar, which we still use today, replaced it. 1831 – Gramercy Park was […]

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December 30 in Pop Culture History

December 30 in Pop Culture History 1903 – Iroquois Theatre Fire, Chicago, Illinois – over 600 people were killed. 1916 – Grigory Efimovich Rasputin was murdered. He was a family friend and confidant of Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra. 1922- Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation formed the USSR (Union of Soviet […]

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December 29 in Pop Culture History

December 29 in Pop Culture History 1170 – Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights, under orders from King Henry II of England. 1851 – The first American YMCA (Young Men’s Christian association) opened in Boston, Massachusetts. 1890 – The US Cavalry killed 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine […]

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December 28 in Pop Culture History

December 28 in Pop Culture History 1065 – Westminster Abbey was consecrated. 1869 – The Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, PA, held the first Labor Day. 1895 – Louis and Auguste Lumiere screened a series of short scenes from everyday French life (and charged admission for the viewing) at the […]

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December 27 in Pop Culture History

December 27 in Pop Culture History 1831 – Charles Darwin set sail in the HMS Beagle, beginning his journey discovering evolution. 1895 – “Stag” Lee Sheldon killed his friend Billy Lyons over a drunken political argument. Various versions of the encounter have been sung about “Stagger Lee.” 1904 – Peter Pan the Boy Who Wouldn’t […]

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December 26 in Pop Culture History

December 26 in Pop Culture History 1610 – Countess Elizabeth Bathory had tortured and killed possibly hundreds young girls for over a dozen years. She believed eating flash and bathing in their blood would keep her youthful. 1865 – James H. Mason of Franklin, Mass., was issued a patent (# 51,741) for a coffee percolator. […]

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December 25 in Pop Culture History

December 25 in Pop Culture History 0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) – Jesus was born. 350 – Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. 800 – Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. 1066 – William the Conqueror, the Duke of […]

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Christmas Trivia and The Reason For The Season

Christmas Trivia and The Reason For The Season (PCM) The word Christmas originated as a compound word, meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa (the holy mass). While it […]

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December 24 in Pop Culture History

December 24 in Pop Culture History 1801 – Richard Trevithick publicly displayed his “Puffing Devil,” or “Puffer,” the first steam-powered passenger vehicle. The steam engine was a prototype of steam powered trains. 1814 – The War of 1812 ended between the British Empire and the United States. 1818 – Silent Night (music: Franz Xaver Gruber, […]

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What Was Wrong With Rudolph’s Dolly For Sue?

What Was Wrong With Rudolph’s Dolly For Sue? (PCM) The original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story was written as a giveaway for the Montgomery Ward department stores by Robert L. May in 1939. In 1949, May’s story was made into a song by Johnny Marks, who also wrote ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Holly […]

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More Than 50 Christmas Jokes, Facts and Trivia And… Who Is Santa Claus?

More Than 50 Christmas Jokes, Facts and Trivia And… Who Is Santa Claus?Who Is Santa Claus? (PCM) Greek native, Nicholas, born a few hundred years after Jesus Christ, had prior to that led a very righteous life, helping many people, particularly by providing children with gold coins. Raised as a devout Christian, Nicholas took all […]

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December 21 in Pop Culture History

December 21 in Pop Culture History 1620 – William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims landed on (what is now known as Plymouth Rock) in Plymouth, Massachusetts. 1913 – Arthur Wynne published his “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, in the New York World. 1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney’s first full-length (83 […]

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December 20 in Pop Culture History

December 20 in Pop Culture History 1803 – Although officially signed in April 1803, the French flag came down and the United States’ flag rose in New Orleans, completing the Louisiana Purchase. 1880 – New York’s Broadway was first lighted by electricity, built by Charles F. Brush, and became known as the “Great White Way.” […]

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December 19 in Pop Culture History

December 19 in Pop Culture History 1732 – Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanac, in Philadelphia. 1843 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was published. 1871 – Samuel Clemens received a patent (# 121,992) for “An Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Garment Straps”, a type of cumberbun/belt. 1903 – The Williamsburg […]

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December 18 in Pop Culture History

December 18 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony. Passenger William Bradford became the first governor of the colony. 1787 – New Jersey became the 3rd state. 1839 – John William Draper took a daguerreotype of […]

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December 16 in Pop Culture History

December 16 in Pop Culture History 1707 (Eruption) The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan. 1773 – The Boston Tea Party. Massachusetts colonists, ‘the Sons of Liberty,’ disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor. 1811 (Earthquake) An 8.6 magnitude earthquake hit the […]

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