On This Day: May 14th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

May 14th:

1796 English country doctor Edward Jenner administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire


1948 Israel declares independence from British administration


1607 English colonists establish the 1st permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. Unknown to them they have landed amidst the worst drought in 800 years.


1610 Henry IV of France is assassinated by fanatical Catholic François Ravaillac who stabs him to death in the streets of Paris


1767 British government disbands Americans import duty on tea


1787 Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution


1842 Illustrated London News; the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication


1863 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi takes place


1878 Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568)


1889 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launched in London


1908 1st passenger flight in an airplane


1913 Washington Senator Walter Johnson ends MLB record scoreless streak at 56 innings

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On This Day: May 7th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

May 7th:

1945 World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims

1915 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost

1429 English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army

1789 First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

1832 Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king

1840 Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, kills 317

1846 First printed copies of “Poems” by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë received, published under pseudonym of Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell (2 copies sold)

1866 German premier Otto von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt

1917 In a testament to his pitching ability, future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth leads Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory against Washington Senators legend Walter Johnson

1920 USSR recognizes Georgia’s independence

1943 Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps

1946 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands

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On This Day: April 30th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 30th:

1789 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America

1859 Charles Dickens’ “A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical “All the Year Round” (weekly installments until Nov 26)

1527 Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France sign the Treaty of Westminster, pledging to combine their forces against Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in attempt to win War of the League of Cognac

1763 Member of Parliament and journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower of London, charged with seditious libel

1798 US Department of the Navy forms

1838 Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation

1861 US President Abraham Lincoln orders Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory (US Civil War)

1864 New York becomes 1st state to charge a hunting license fee

1888 1888 Moradabad hailstorm: hail stones allegedly as big as oranges kill 246 people and some 1600 sheep and cattle in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

1905 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp

1937 The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative

1939 Lou Gehrig sets a MLB record playing his 2,130th consecutive and final game for the New York Yankees.

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On This Day: April 23rd

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 23rd

I have a special day for this one. It’s personal. On this day, April 23rd, 1991, my sister, Sarah Elizabeth Crider was born. She would have been thirty years old today. May she rest in peace.

1597- William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance

1968- 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)

1635- Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded

1661- English king Charles II crowned in London

1789- President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York

1851- Canada issues its 1st postage stamps

1861- Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)

1871- Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay blown up

1891- Jews are expelled from Moscow, Russia

1931- US gangster film “The Public Enemy” starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow premieres

1936- MLB pitcher Carl Hubbell’s 1st start of season is his 17th straight win for the new York Giants

1940- Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi

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On This Day: April 16th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 16th:

1900- US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps

1705- Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge

1789- George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration

1861- US President Abraham Lincoln outlaws business with Confederate States (US Civil War)

1862- Slavery abolished in District of Columbia

1868- Louisiana voters approve new constitution

1900- 4th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 2:39:44.4

1912- Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to fly across English Channel

1922- Annie Oakley sets women’s record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row

1924- Child labor laws strengthened in Holland

1926- Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections “Lolly Willowes” & “Loving Huntsman” by Sylvia Townsend Warner

1945- Battle of Berlin: Red Army begins its attack on the capital of Nazi Germany

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On This Day: April 9th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 9th:

1768- John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies

1865- Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant ending the Civil War in North Virginia

1682- Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

1784- Great Britain ratifies the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, ending the Revolutionary War

1816- African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Philadelphia)

1833- 1st US tax-supported public library in Peterborough, New Hampshire

1866- Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson’s veto

1896- Australian athlete edwin flack claims the middle distance double at the Athens Olympics winning the 800m final in 2:11.0; his 2nd victory of the Games after success in the 1500m

1914- US President W Wilson refuses to recognize Huerta as President of Mexico on the ground that he has not been elected by the people

1923- In ‘Adkins vs Children’s Hospital’, the US Supreme Court finds that the minimum wage law for women and children, adopted by the District of Columbia, is unconstitutional

1925- Babe Ruth rushed to hospital

1939- Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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On This Day: April 2nd

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 2nd:

1917- US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany


2020- Record 6.6 million Americans filed claims for unemployment in last week according to the US Department of Labor, 10 million over 2 weeks


1513- Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida


1827- US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils


1845- H L Fizeau & Leon Foucault take 1st photo of the Sun


1865- Confederate President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia (US Civil War)


1866- US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia


1884- London prison for debtors closed


1917- Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Montana) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps


1921- Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new “Theory of Relativity”


1931- 17-year old girl Jackie Mitchell strikes out New York Yankees stars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition baseball game at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee


1932- Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for his kidnapped son

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On This Day: March 26th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

March 26th:

1953- Dr. Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully tested a vaccine to prevent Polio, clinical trials began the next year.


1966- Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago


1484- William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables


1668- England takes control of Bombay, India


1790- US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency


1830- The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York


1845- Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of band-aid


1863- Voters in West Virginia approve gradual emancipation of slaves


1885- Eastman Film Co manufactures 1st commercial motion picture film


1926- First lip-reading tournament held in America


1934- Driving tests introduced in Britain


1937- Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye

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On This Day: March 19th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

March 19th

1920- US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations’ covenant (maintaining isolation policy)


1932- The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened in Sydney, Australia


1644- 200 members of Peking imperial family and court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor


1748- Naturalization Act passes granting Jews right to colonize North American colonies


1808- Charles IV, king of Spain, abdicates after riots and a popular revolt at the winter palace Aranjuez. His son, Ferdinand VII, takes the throne


1822- Boston, Massachusetts incorporated as a city


1877- Australia beat England by 45 runs in very first Test match


1883- Jan Matzeliger invents first machine to manufacture entire shoes


1911- 1st International Women’s Day sees over 1 million men and women attend rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Issues discussed included women’s right to vote and to hold public office, the right to work, to vocational training and an end to discrimination on the job.


1915- Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time)


1915- VI Summer (Modern) Olympic Games: IOC President Pierre de Coubertin writes to Associated Press indicating 1916 Berlin Games won’t take place because of WWI


1917- US Supreme Court uphoelds 8-hr work day for railroad employees

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On This Day: March 5th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

March 5th

1770- Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British Soldiers kill five men in a crows throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks at them. African-American, Crispus Attucks is the first to die. He’s later held up as an early black martyr. Massacre galvanizes anti-British feelings.

1946- Winston Churchills’ “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton Missouri, popularizes the term and draws attention to the division in Europe.

1496- English King Henry VII grants John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) a commission to explore for new lands.

1558- Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by Spanish physician Francisco Fernandes.

1623- First American temperance law is enacted in Virginia.

1750- First American Shakespearean production “altered” Richard III in New York City.

1766- Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana territory from the French.

1774- John Hancock delivers the fourth annual Massacre Day Oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre, and denounces the presence of British troops in Boston, enhancing Hancock’s stature as a leading patriot.

1795- Treaty of Basel- Prussia ends war with France.

1821- Monroe is first US president inaugurated on March 5th, because March 4th was on a Sunday.

1856- Georgia becomes first sate to regulate railroads.

1868- Stapler patented in England by CH Gould.

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