On This Day: June 11th

June 11th:

1963 US President JFK says segregation is morally wrong and that it is “time to act”

1987 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term

1776 Continental Congress creates committee to draft a Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston as members

1793 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick

1876 Republicans pick Rutherford B. Hayes as US presidential candidate

1891 Puerto Rican flag adopted

1898 1st US Marines (600) land at Guantanamo, Cuba during the Spanish–American War

1911 Universal Negro Improvement Association founded by Marcus Garvey

1921 Brazil adopts women’s suffrage

1927 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth hits 19th & 20th homers of MLB season record 60 HRs in New York’s 6-4 win over Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium

1927 Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross

1962 US President John F. Kennedy accepts an honorary degree from Yale

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On This Day: June 4th

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.

June 4th:

1945- US, Soviet Union, Britain and France agree to divide up occupied Germany

1989- Eastern Europe’s 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power

781 BC- Oldest Chinese recording of a solar eclipse

1756- Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania

1784- Madame Elizabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist

1824- First free press (without government approval) founded in Australia – the Hobart Town Gazette by ex-convict Andrew Bent [1]

1825- Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC

1875- Pacific Stock Exchange opens

1896- Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

1912- Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law

1928- President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents

1940- Winston Churchill’s speech “We shall fight on the seas and oceans”

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On This Day: May 28th

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 28th:

1431- Joan of Arc is accused of relapsing into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing justification for her execution

1972- White House “plumbers” first break in at the Democratic National Headquarters and install listening devices at Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C.

1830- US President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, a key law leading to the forced removal of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole tribes out of Georgia and surrounding states, setting the stage for the Cherokee Trail of Tears

1863- 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in US Civil War

1900- Total solar eclipse occurs

1918- Azerbaijan gains independence and declares itself a Democratic Republic

1923- US Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere

1937- Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1942- 1,800 Czechs murdered by Nazis during attack on Heydrich

1946- US Patent filed for a hydrogen bomb

1951- The Jerry Colonna Show debuts on ABC-TV

1952- The women of Greece are given the right to vote.

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On This Day: May 21st

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 21st:

Special birthday alert! Dustyn is 35 as of today!!!! This blog is dedicated to him!

1932- After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman


1792- Mount Unzen on Japan’s Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsunami, killing about 15,000; Japan’s deadliest volcanic eruption


1420- Treaty of Troyes: Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France


1832- 1st US Democratic National Convention held in Baltimore


1846- 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii


1864- Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.


1881- American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton


1908- 1st American horror movie silent film “Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde” premieres in Chicago


1914- Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota


1917- Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WWI


1917- The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality


1918- US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote

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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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