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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Sign Here, Please: It’s National Handwriting Day! (January 23rd)

(PCM) National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) on January 23rd, 1977. Most people who were around then were taught penmanship as children, but that may no longer be the case for younger generations. In modern schools, greater emphasis is placed on typing and computer technologies. Cursive is disappearing from […]

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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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Give Us a Hug! It’s National Hugging Day! (January 21st)

    (PCM) January 21, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of “National Hugging Day”, a festival of physical affection invented by one Kevin Zaborney (a guy who knew someone who knew someone who made calendars back in 1986). The creators of National Hugging Day embraced January 21st because it is the mid-point between Christmas and […]

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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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Happy Thesaurus Day! (January 18th)

  (PCM) On this day in 1779, Peter Mark Roget, the father of the modern thesaurus, was delivered, produced, came into being, born. After a long career as a physician, scientist and tinkerer (he also invented a slide rule), Roget retired from medicine and dedicated his time to cataloging, assembling, gathering, composing, and compiling a […]

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A.A. Milne Born January 18, 1882

(PCM) A.A. Milne (Alan Alexander) was born on January 18, 1882 in London.  He attended Cambridge University to study mathematics but soon found that his true passion was writing. After graduating from Cambridge, Milne began his writing career working for Punch Magazine.  He married Daphne” de Sélincourt in 1903.  He was writing for Punch when […]

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Benjamin Franklin Born January 17, 1706

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!In movies and in real life, whenever people talk about large amounts of money, they talk about the Benjamins. This is because of Benjamin Franklin, who is on the $100 bill. When Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706, no one knew then that he would be famous. People […]

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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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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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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 14 in Pop Culture History

January 14 in Pop Culture History 1690 – The Clarinet was invented in Nurnberg, Germany 1794 – Elizabeth Hog Bennett became the first woman in the US to successfully give birth to a child by a Cesarean section. Her husband, Dr. Jesse Bennett performed the operation. 1878 – U.S. Supreme Court rules that race separation […]

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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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Happy Birthday Sherlock!

(PCM) Happy Birthday Sherlock! Beloved super sleuth Sherlock Holmes was created by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. He is one of (if not the) most adapted fictional characters in literature, appearing in upwards of sixty stories written by Doyle himself and countless other books, plays, comics, films, and television shows in the one hundred plus […]

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January Sixth, The Epiphany

(PCM) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with […]

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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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William Shakespeare’s First Folio Day – January 4

By Bob FalkensteinMr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies is the 1623 published collection of William Shakespeare’s plays. Modern scholars commonly refer to it as the First Folio. It is believed that around 750 copies of the First Folio were printed, of which there are 233 known surviving copies.Will Power: What makes Shakespeare Shakespeare (PCM) Behind their […]

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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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Stan Lee Born December 28th 1922

Stan Lee (Stanley Lieber) was born December 28, 1922.  As a boy Mr. Lee loved to read to quote him, “It would be easier to say what I didn’t read.”  He enjoyed The Tarzan Stories, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Welles.  His original career goal was to […]

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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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Peter Pan Opens December 27, 1904

(PCM)Peter Pan Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t grow up opened on December 27, 1904 at the Duke of York Theater in London England. Peter Pan was written by the playwright/novelist James M. Barrie.  Barrie had been influenced to write the play after developing a friendship with the boys of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.  He would make […]

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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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5 days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol. Day Five

Stave Five or The End of It.  JRR Tolkien wrote in The Hobbit “ Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to hear are soon told about, and not much to listen too; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a good […]

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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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5 Staves 5 Days of A Christmas Carol. Day Four

Stave 4, The Last of the Spirits.  The last stroke of midnight had  cease to vibrate and there appeared before Scrooge a figure “shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one out stretched hand.  If the hand wasn’t there it would […]

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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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5 Days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol Day Three

The Second of The Three Spirits or Stave Three begins with Scrooge waking up and without even hearing the sound of the clock he knows it is the hour of one.  The bell strikes one… and nothing happens.  If you ever have done something wrong at school or at a job you may know what […]

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December 23 in Pop Culture History

December 23 in Pop Culture History 1823 – A Visit From St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, was published. Clement Clarke Moore acknowledged authorship in 1837. 1888 – Suffering from severe depression, Vincent Van Gogh cut off the lower part of his left ear with a razor in Arles, France. 1913 – […]

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Celebrate Short Fiction – December 21st

  (PCM) Does life imitate art? If the sales of fiction for our e-readers, smart phones and – oh yeah, books – tell us anything, it’s that it might be the other way around: life in the information age moves fast, and art (including literature) needs to keep up. In recent years, short fiction has […]

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Happy Winter Solstice!

  (PCM) The Winter Solstice falls on or around December 21st. On this day in the Northern Hemisphere, the earth is tilted away from the sun as far as it can get. As the shortest day of the year and the absolute height of winter (astronomically speaking), the Solstice was an important ritual day in […]

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5 Days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol. Day One

“Marley was dead to begin with.”  These six words may be, at least, one of the most famous lines in all of literature.  In 1843 Charles Dickens was short on funds.  In order to help himself make the money he needed he came up with the idea of a Christmas book.  He was considering the […]

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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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Happy National Sangria Day! (December 20th)

(PCM) December 20th is National Sangria Day. We’re not really sure why, other than “because the internet says so,” but hey – if you’ve made it this far into December, then cheers! Who needs a better reason to celebrate? Sangria (from the Spanish word for blood. Yum?) is a deep red cocktail or wine punch […]

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Happy National Sangria Day! (December 20th)

(PCM) December 20th is National Sangria Day. We’re not really sure why, other than “because the internet says so,” but hey – if you’ve made it this far into December, then cheers! Who needs a better reason to celebrate? Sangria (from the Spanish word for blood. Yum?) is a deep red cocktail or wine punch […]

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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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Did Visa Cards Really Begin As A Social Experiment?

(PCM) If you were to check just about anyone’s wallet these days surely you would most likely find at least one credit or debit card tucked safely inside. It would also be a safe assumption to say at least one of these cards would bear the Visa logo, as it is certainly one of the […]

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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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Saturnalia: December 17th – December 23rd

  (PCM) In ancient Rome, the period between December 17th and December 23rd was known as the Saturnalia, a festival to honor the god Saturn. Saturn ruled over such things as abundance, destruction, and time. He gave his name to our largest planet as well as everyone’s favorite day of the week (Saturday). His celebration […]

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December 17 in Pop Culture History

December 17 in Pop Culture History 497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome. 1538 – Pope Paul III excommunicated England’s Henry VIII. 1790 – The Aztec Stone (‘Sun Stone’) was excavated in the Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City. It is about 12 feet across and weighs about 24 […]

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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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December 15 in Pop Culture History

December 15 in Pop Culture History 1827 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts, the School Committee voted to require, effective March 1 1828, that public school students show that they had been vaccinated against smallpox prior to school entrance. Certificates to the board of health were to be issued where necessary for free vaccination. This […]

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December 14 in Pop Culture History

December 14 in Pop Culture History 1287 – St. Lucia’s Flood, Netherlands 1656 – Imitation pearls were first manufactured by a Frenchman, named Jacquin. 1852 – Cullen Whipple, of Providence, R.I., patented (# 9477) his “Mechanism for Pointing and Threading Screw-Blanks in the Same Machine.” Prior to that screws were generally made with a flat […]

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December 13 in Pop Culture History

December 13 in Pop Culture History 115 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey) 1545 – The Council of Trent began; it was the planning of responding to the Protestant Movement, by the Catholic Church. 1962 – Relay I, the first U.S. communications satellite was launched. 1968 – Science magazine published the essay ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, […]

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December 12 In Pop Culture History

December 12 in Pop Culture History 1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sent the first Atlantic wireless (radio) transmission (three beeps) from Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada. 1913 – Stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris on August 11, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The […]

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December 11 In Pop Culture History

December 11 in Pop Culture History Babies born today were probably conceived on Saint Patrick’s Day. 1769 – Venetian Blinds were patented in London by Edward Bevan in England. 1844 – Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic (Nitrous Oxide) for the dental procedure, by Dr. […]

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December 10 in Pop Culture History

December 10 in Pop Culture History 1033 (Earthquake) Ramala (West Bank) 1478 – Arte dell’Abbaco (‘The Art of the Abacus’), the first teaching math book, was printed and distributed in Treviso, Italy. Author unknown. 1845 – British engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic (air pressured) tires. 1869 – Montana granted women the right to […]

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The Comeback And History Of Christmas Kissing Balls

(PCM) Not to be confused with hanging a mistletoe, Christmas Kissing Balls are medium to large size bunches of evergreens, holly and herbs placed in a spherical shape and hung in the doorways of a home. Some people may add pieces of mistletoe to them as well, as a more recognizable symbol to urge those that […]

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December 9 In Pop Culture History

December 9 in Pop Culture History 1884 – The US patent (#308990) for ball-bearing roller skates, was issued to Levant M. Richardson. 1907 – Christmas Seals, an outreach from the American Lung association, went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, Delaware, post office. 1958 – In Indianapolis, the John Birch Society formed. […]

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December 8 In Pop Culture History

December 8 in Pop Culture History 1765 – Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts, which enabled the industrial revolution. He doesn’t get enough credit for that. 1854 – Pope Pius IX proclaimed that the Immaculate Conception, was Roman Catholic dogma, […]

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