August 16 in Pop Culture History

August 16 in Pop Culture History 1858 – President James Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria in the United Kingdom. “Europe and America are united by telegraphy. Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men.” 1896 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack […]

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Where Do Blue-Eyes Really Come From?

(PCM) Did you know that all blue-eyed human beings are said to have a single common ancestor? A research study conducted by the University of Copenhagen in 2007 revealed that blue colored eyes are caused by a single genetic mutation that occurred 6,000-10,000 years ago. This research proves that all blue-eyed individuals can be linked back […]

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August 14 in Pop Culture History

August 14 in Pop Culture History 1888 – An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord”, one of the first recordings of music ever made, was played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison’s phonograph in London, England. 1893 – France became the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration. 1933 – […]

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August 13 in Pop Culture History

August 13 in Pop Culture History 1521 – Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes captured Aztec leader Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc and conquered the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. 1868 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Arica, Chile 1898 – Carl Gustav Witt discoverd 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be seen. 1918 – Opha Mae Johnson was the first woman to […]

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August 11 in Pop Culture History

August 11 in Pop Culture History 3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, began. This was the calendar that caused the Friday, December 21, 2012 fears. 1858 – The Eiger in the Bernese Alps was ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington, along with Christian Almer and […]

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August 10 in Pop Culture History

August 10 in Pop Culture History 1519 – Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Seville, Spain to circumnavigate the globe. 1675 – The foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London, England was laid. 1846 – The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the United States Congress. 1873 – Louvre Museum opened in France. 1932 – […]

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August 9 in Pop Culture History

August 9 in Pop Culture History 1483 – Opening of the restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. Renaissance painters Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli contributed. Michelangelo added his work on the ceiling in 1508-1512. 1854 – Henry David Thoreau published Walden or Life in the Woods. 1892 – Thomas Edison received […]

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August 8 in Pop Culture History

August 8 in Pop Culture History 1786 – Mont Blanc on the French/Italian border was climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard. 1786 – Coinage of US money was established by Congress 1876 – Thomas Edison received a patent (#180,857) for his mimeograph (Autographic Printing). 1908 – Wilbur Wright made […]

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August 6 in Pop Culture History

August 6 in Pop Culture History 1787 – 60 copies of the Constitution of the United States were delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, William Kemmler was the first person to be executed by electric chair. 1926 – Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to […]

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August 5 in Pop Culture History

August 5 in Pop Culture History NASA has programmed the Curiosity Rover to sing itself “Happy Birthday” every year, on the anniversary of it’s landing date August 5, 2012. 1305 – William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, was captured by the English near Glasgow. Mel Gibson starred in a dramatization of the […]

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August 3 in Pop Culture History

August 3 in Pop Culture History 1492 – Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain towards, he expected, Asia. 1769 – The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California were discovered. 1852 – Harvard University won the first Boat Race against Yale University. The race was the first American intercollegiate athletic […]

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Just Where Did The High Five Originate?

(PCM) Generally speaking what is one of the first things you do when someone does a good job? You might congratulate them verbally, however you might also give them a high five by excitedly slapping your palm together with theirs to physically say ‘job well done’! Did you ever wonder just where the concept of […]

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August 1 in Pop Culture History

August 1 in Pop Culture History 1774 – British scientist Joseph Priestley re-discovered oxygen (the gas), verifying the discovery of it by German-Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele. 1790 – The first U.S. Census, there were 3,929,326 people living here. 1794 – The Whiskey Rebellion Western. Pennsylvania farmers revolted, protesting the excise duty (tax) on stills […]

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July 30 in Pop Culture History

July 30 in Pop Culture History 762 – Baghdad was founded by caliph Al-Mansur. 1619 – In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time. 1729 – Founding of Baltimore, Maryland. 1733 – The first Masonic Grand Lodge in the future United States was constituted […]

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July 28 in Pop Culture History

July 28 in Pop Culture History 1854 – The USS Constellation, the last all-sail warship built by the United States Navy, was commissioned. 1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified, establishing African American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law. 1896 – The city of Miami, Florida was incorporated. 1945 […]

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July 27 in Pop Culture History

July 27 in Pop Culture History 1694 – A Royal charter was granted to the Bank of England. 1789 – The first US federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, was established (later renamed the Department of State). 1866 – The first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable was successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, […]

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July 25 in Pop Culture History

July 25 in Pop Culture History 306 – Constantine I (Constantine The Great) was proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops. 1593 – Henry IV of France converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism. 1668 (Earthquake) China 1788 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony No. 40 in G minor. 1861 – The United States Congress passed […]

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July 23 in Pop Culture History

July 23 in Pop Culture History 1829 – In the United States, William Austin Burt patented (#5581X) the typographer, an early typewriter. 1926 – Fox Film bought the patents of the Movietone sound system, for recording sound onto film. 1961 – The Sandinista National Liberation Front was founded in Nicaragua. 1962 – Telstar relayed the […]

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July 22 in Pop Culture History

July 22 in Pop Culture History 1587 – A second group of English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony. 1796 – Surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company named an area in Ohio “Cleveland” after Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party. 1933 – Wiley Post became […]

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July 16 in Pop Culture History

July 16 in Pop Culture History 622 – The 354 day Islamic Calendar was established. 1661 – The first banknotes in Europe were issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco. 1769 – Father Junípero Serra founded California’s first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, alter known as San Diego, California. 1790 – The District of […]

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July 15 in Pop Culture History

July 15 in Pop Culture History 850 (Earthquake) Iran 1149 – The reconstructed Church of the Holy Sepulchre was consecrated in Jerusalem. 1799 – The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. 1823 – A fire destroyed the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul […]

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July 13 in Pop Culture History

July 13 in Pop Culture History 1787 – The Continental Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory. It also established procedures for the admission of new states and limits the expansion of slavery. 1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It […]

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July 11 in Pop Culture History

July 11 in Pop Culture History 1796 – The United States took possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty. 1798 – The United States Marine Corps was re-established (they had been disbanded after the American Revolutionary War). 1889 – Tijuana, Mexico, was founded. 1893 – The first cultured pearl was […]

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July 8 in Pop Culture History

July 8 in Pop Culture History 1776 – The Liberty Bell rang at Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, inviting citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. 1800 – Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse gave the smallpox vaccination to his son, Daniel. It was performed in the US, using cowpox serum […]

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History’s ‘Vikings’ Returns To San Diego Comic Con

(AOTN) HISTORY’s hit drama series “Vikings” returns to San Diego Comic-Con with several exciting opportunities for fans including: a cast panel with new exclusive season five footage; a bona fide Vikings longship set ablaze in the San Diego Bay; a booth on the convention floor; drinking horn giveaways; an exclusive SDCC comic book and an elaborate more »

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July 5 in Pop Culture History

July 5 in Pop Culture History 1687 – Isaac Newton published Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. (Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica) 1841 – Thomas Cook organized the first package excursion (planned vacation tour), from Leicester to Loughborough. 1865 – William Booth and his wife Catherine establish the Christian Mission, later known as the Salvation Army (1878). […]

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a […]

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June 30 in Pop Culture History

June 30 1831 – A patent for a platform scale was issued to brothers Erastus and Thaddeus S. Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. 1859 – Jean-Francois Gravelet, known as Emile Blondin, became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. 1860 – The 1860 Oxford evolution debate (Huxley-Wilberforce debate or the Wilberforce-Huxley […]

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June 26 in Pop Culture History

June 26  1498 – The bristle toothbrush was invented in China. 1797 – Charles Newbold was issued a patent (#X000177) for an improvement for the cast-iron plow 1807 – Lightning struck a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people. 1819 – The first US patent (#X003115) for a velocipede, a predecessor of the […]

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June 24 in Pop Culture History

June 241374 – An early morning, sudden outbreak of ‘St. John’s Dance’ caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion. 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England. 1873 – Samuel Clemens (Mark […]

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June 23 in Pop Culture History

June 23  1683 – William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania. 1860 – The United States Congress established the Government Printing Office. 1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes received the patents (#79265 & #79868) for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.” He also invented the ‘QWERTY keyboard’ in 1873. 1894 – […]

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June 21 in Pop Culture History

June 21 1834 – Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent (#X008277) for his grain reaping machine. 1877 – The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants convicted of murder, were hanged in Pennsylvania prisons, in Schuylkill County and Carbon County. 1893 – The first Ferris wheel premiered at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition, and could hold up to 2000 […]

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June 20 in Pop Culture History – National Vanilla Milkshake Day

June 20June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day. 1214 – The University of Oxford received its Royal charter. 1782 – Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States, with the Bald Eagle clutching both an olive branch and thirteen arrows. 1837 – Queen Victoria succeeded to the British throne. 1840 – Samuel Morse received […]

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June 19 in Pop Culture History

June 19 1586(?) – English colonists leave Roanoke Island, and disappeared. The only clue found was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a tree. 1718 (Earthquake) Gansu, China 1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game was played under Alexander Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club […]

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June 17 in Pop Culture History

June 17 1462 – Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II, forcing him to retreat from Wallachia, in Romania. 1631 – Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal. 1837 – Charles Goodyear obtained his first rubber-processing patent […]

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June 16 in Pop Culture History

June 16 1816 – Lord Byron read ‘Fantasmagoriana’ to his four house guests – Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori, and inspired his challenge that each guest write a ghost story. 1858 – Abraham Lincoln gave his “a house divided against itself cannot stand” speech. 1884 – The first public roller coaster, […]

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June 13 in Pop Culture History

June 13  1373 – Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal is the oldest international agreement in the world which is still in force. 1525 – Ex-Catholic priest Martin Luther married Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns. 1611 – Astronomer […]

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June 12 in Pop Culture History

June 12 1790 – A ‘Red Globe’ was being reported by many people, flying over France. 1849 – A gas mask “inhaler or lung protector” was patented (#X006529) by Lewis Phectic Haslett of Louisville, Ky. 1899 (Tornado) New Richmond, Wisconsin 1906 – Sound movies were patented (#823,022) by John Ballance. 1913 – John Randolph Bray […]

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June 10 in Pop Culture History

June 10 1692 – Bridget Bishop was hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries.” 1809 – The first steamboat to navigate the open seas, the Phoenix paddle wheel steamboat took 13 days to sail from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1829 – The first Boat Race […]

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