On This Day: February 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.

February 26th

1797- Bank of England Issues first £1 note

1935- RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt.

1732- First mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia

1863- Abraham Lincoln signs National currency act which establishes single national US currency.

1866- New York forms NYC Metropolitan Board of Health

1869- Franz Shubert’s Symphony Number 4, “The Tragic”, premiers.

1884- British and Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II

1891- First buffalo was purchased for Golden State Park.

1893- Two Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Mich

1895- Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine.

1907- US Congress raise their own salaries to $7,500. (Today’s value: $208,709 according to Inflation Calculator)

1914- New York Museum of Science and Industry is incorporated.

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On This Day: February 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.

February 19th

1878- Thomas Edison is granted a patent for is gramophone.

1945- US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines.

1736- George Frideric Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” premieres at the Convent Garden Theatre, London

1803- US congress accepts Ohio’s constitution, statehood not ratified until 1953.

1807- US Vice President Aaron Barr arrested in Alabama for treason, later acquited.

1819- British Explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III

1846- Texas State government formally installed in Austin.

1856- Tin-Type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambler Ohio

1881- Kansas becomes the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages

1910- Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon) is freed from her first periods of forced isolation and goes on to cause several furter outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area.

1913- First prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box.

1932- William Faulkner completes his novel, “Light in August”.

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On This Day: February 12th

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.

February 12th

1700- The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark-Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Sweedish Empire.

1999- US President Bill Clinton acquitted by Senate in is impeachment trial.

1554- Queen of England for nine days, Lady Jane is excuted for treason

1733- Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah.

1818- Chile gains independence from Spain

1825- Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by September 1st, 1826.

1855- Michigan State University established.

1865- Henry Highland Garnet becomes the first African American minister to preach to the US House of Representatives, he talks about the end of slavery.

1870- Utah becomes the second territory in the United States to pass a law allowing women the vote, after Wyoming in 1869.

1909- National association for the advancement of colored people (NAACP) forms.

1921- Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies.

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On This Day: February 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.

February 5th

1597- A group of early Japanese Christians, known as the 26 martyrs, are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.

1777- Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail and primogeniture

1778- Articles of confederation ratified by 2nd state, South Carolina

1783, Sweden recognizes US independence

1795- Zealand, Netherlands, surrenders to French general Michaud

1831- Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30

1846- “Oregon Spectator” is 1st newspaper to be published on the west coast.

1861- Louisiana delegation except Mr. Bouligny withdraws from congress (US Civil War)

1864- Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi

1870- 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia

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On This Day: January 29th

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.

January 29th

1785- In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly dueto his failing health.

1814- War of the sixth coalition: Russia and Prussia are defeated by France in the Battle of Brienne.

1840- First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ.

1845- American Writer Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” 1st published in the Evening Mirror newspaper (New York City).

1861- US State of Kansas admitted to the Union as the 34th state.

1863- Bear River Massacre: American soldiers slaughter hundreds of Native Americans at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in present day Idaho.

1886- Karl Benz patents the “Benz Patent Motor Wagon” in Karlsruhe, Germany, the world’s 1st automobile with a burning motor.

1892- The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Ga

1896- Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer.

1907- Charles Curtis becomes U.S. Senator from Kansas, first Native American to become a Senator.

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On This Day: January 22nd

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.

January 22nd,

1973- Roe vs Wade: Us Supreme Court legalizes most abortions

1857- National Association of Baseball Players is founded in New York

1889- Columbia Phonograph is formed in Washington, D.C.

1941- First mass killing of Jews in Romania

1964- World’s largest cheese is manufactured in Wisconsin for New York’s World Fair

1985- Cold wave damages 90% of Florida’s Citrus Crop

1987- Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.

1998- World League of America Football is renamed to NFL Europe

2002- K-Mart Corp becomes the largest retailer in the United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2006- Evo Morales is inaugurated as president of Bolivia, becoming the country’s first indigenous president.

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