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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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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Hanukah is Celebrated in December

Chanukah (Hanukah) 2016 – Sunset, December 24, 2016 to nightfall, January 1, 2017 2016 – Sunset, December 12, 2017 to nightfall, December 20, 2017 Don’t like the way we spell it? Try one of these on for size: Chanuka, Chanukkah, Channukah, Hanukah, Hannukkah, Hanuka, Hanukka, Hanaka, Haneka, Hanika, Khanukkah.Chanukah, as we all know from Adam […]

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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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December 7 In Pop Culture History

December 7 in Pop Culture History 1732 – The Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) was opened on London. 1787 – Delaware became ‘The First State’ to ratify the US Constitution. 1869 – American outlaw Jesse James committed his first bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri. 1909 – Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New […]

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December 6 in Pop Culture History

December 6 in Pop Culture History 1790 – The US Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia. 1830 – The U.S. Naval Observatory, one of the oldest scientific agencies in the US, was established as the ‘Depot of Charts and Instruments’ in Washington, D.C. 1850 – Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-94) announced the invention the ophthalmoscope, […]

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December 5 in Pop Culture History

December 5 in Pop Culture History 1455 (Earthquake) Naples, Italy, killing an estimated 40,000 people. 1854 – Aaron H. Allen of Boston, received U.S. patent# 12,017 for a folding chair as an “Improvement in Self-Adjusting Opera-Seat” for theatres or other public buildings. You have probably sat on his invention, if you have gone to a […]

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December 2 In Pop Culture History

December 2 in Pop Culture History 1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral was consecrated in London. 1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island. 1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French. 1816 – The first US savings bank, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS), […]

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Over 50 Christmas Jokes, Trivia, Facts and Quotes – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Over 50 Christmas Jokes, Trivia, Facts and Quotes – Baby It’s Cold Outside I bet Spider-Man could make a lot of money putting up Christmas lights for the citizens of New York City. Why do birds fly south for the winter? . . . Because it’s too far to walk. I only know “Dasher, Dancer, […]

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December 1 In Pop Culture History

December 1 in Pop Culture History 800 – Charlemagne judged the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican, and decided in the Pope’s favor. 1783 – The first manned voyage of a lighter-than-air hydrogen balloon left Paris carrying Professor Jacques Alexander Cesar Charles and Marie-Noel Robert to almost 500 feet and landed 28 miles […]

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November 29 in Pop Culture History

November 29 533 (Earthquake) Aleppo (now Syria) – 130,000 people estimated killed. 1681 – The Royal College of Physicians, in Edinburgh, Scotland, was granted its charter by King Charles II. 1825 – First Italian opera in US, Barber of Seville premiered (in New York City, at the Park Theatre) 1910 – The US patent (#976,939) […]

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November 28 in Pop Culture History

November 28 in Pop Culture History 2348 BC – A supposed comet , under divine guidance, passed near Earth, causing the Great Flood, in the opinion of Anglican priest and mathematician, William Whiston. They did not know much about comets in 1696. 1582 – William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway (not the ‘our’ Anne Hathaway) 1717 […]

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November 27 in Pop Culture History

November 27 1703 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703. 1826 – Chemist John Walker invented the friction match in England. 1834 – The direct current (DC) electric motor was invented by Thomas Davenport. 1896 – Also sprach Zarathoustra by Richard Strauss was first performed. 1910 – Pennsylvania Station […]

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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

(Given October 3, 1863)The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that […]

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November 26 in Pop Culture History

November 26 in Pop Culture History 1703 – The Great Storm – more than 8,000 people perished and the first Eddystone Lighthouse (Winstanley’s lighthouse) was totally destroyed overnight. 1716 – First African lion was exhibited in America (in Boston). It was just a single lion, which supposedly later joined a “menagerie” which was basically a […]

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Thanksgiving History and Trivia

Thanksgiving History and Trivia The first Thanksgiving in North America was on September 8, 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. Some say it was 1578, when an explorer Martin Frobisher held a Thanksgiving celebration for surviving his journey from England. The English settlers celebrated Thanksgiving on December 4, 1619, near Jamestown Virginia. The Pilgrims celebrated their […]

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November 25 in Pop Culture History

November 25 1792 – The Old Farmer’s Almanac first published by Robert B. Thomas. He added “Old” to the title in 1832 because there was so much competition in the Farmer’s Almanac business. 1884 – The patent (#308,422) for the process of evaporated milk was issued to John Meyenberg, of St Louis, Missouri. 1920 – […]

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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 22 in Pop Culture History

October 22 in Pop Culture History 362 – The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside Antioch, (in modern day Turkey) was destroyed in a fire. 1746 – The College of New Jersey (renamed Princeton University in 1896) received its charter. 1836 – Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas. […]

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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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