I invite you to join us for our Friday (June 26) ...
Come along any time you like, from 6.30 PM onwards.
1284: Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away (actually happened)
1483: Duke of Gloucester appoints himself English king Richard III
1498: Toothbrush invented
1819: The bicycle (a type of “velocipede”) was patented in the USA by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. of New York City. Patent records were lost in a fire. However, German inventor, Karl Drais (who also invented the first typewriter), patented a two-wheeled velocipede a year earlier.
1819: BIRTHDAY, Abner Doubleday, American Army general, once thought to be the inventor of baseball.
1843: Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony
1870: Wagner's opera "Valkyrie" premieres in Munich
1870: The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
Meanwhile in Australia, here is Edmund Barton, Christmas Day 1870. 31 years later he would become Australia's first Prime Minister
1896: 1st movie theater in US opens, charging 10 cents for admission
1904: BIRTHDAY, Peter Lorre, (born László Löwenstein) Films include: “M”, Casablanca, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Beast with Five Fingers, The Maltese Falcon
1909: BIRTHDAY, "Col Tom" Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager. A Dutchman who pretended he was American. He died in 1997. Elvis died in 1977.
1912: Gustav Mahlers 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
1916: Cleveland Indians experiment with #s on their jerseys (one game)
1924: Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway
More Ziegfeld girls @ http://www.meetup.com...
1936: 1st flight of Focke-Wulf FW 61, the first fully-controllable helicopter,
1945: UN Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco. (I haven’t been able to find who they were. Does anyone know?) There are currently 192 member states.
1949: 1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote
1963: John F Kennedy visits W Berlin "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner)
Very interesting speech. Read it here: http://www.historypla...
1964: Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night" album
1974: Liz Taylor's 5th divorce (Richard Burton)
1974: In a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, a 67 cent, 10-pack of Wrigley's JUICY FRUIT gum becomes the first ever product sold using (Universal Product Code) barcode scanning. This packet of chewing gum is now at the Smithsonian Museum. The customer who purchased the gum was Clyde Dawson. The pioneer-check-out-chick was Sharon Buchanan (pictured below, 30 yrs later). “Beep!”
How juicy fruits have changed over the last century ...
1975: Cher divorces Sonny Bono
1977: Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis. His last performance. Died several months later, August 16, of a severe heart attack.
1989: Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty
1991: ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses congress
1993: The U.S. launches a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
1994: PLO-leader Yasser Arafat returns to Gaza after 27 years
1997: Supreme Court upholds doctor-assisted suicide ban
1997: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment
2000: Rival scientific teams completed the first rough map of the human genetic code.
2003: The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
2003: DEATH, Strom Thurmond, American politician and the longest-serving senator in United States history [masked]). Party affiliations: States Rights Democratic (1948–1954), Democratic (1954–1964), Republican (from 1964–2003). Wasn’t 1964 the year Goldwater got nominated as Republican presidential candidate?
2003: DEATH, Sir Denis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher.
2008: The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.