Today in history 8/9/2017



Today in history, The escalator is patented. However, the first working escalator appeared in 1900. Manufactured by the Otis Elevator Company for the Paris Exposition, it was installed in a Philadelphia office building the following year in 1859.

Today in history, The first complete, self-contained electric washing machine is patented in 1910.

Today in history, The first appearance of the animated character Betty Boop (“Dizzy Dishes”) (see picture below) in 1930.

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Today in historyJesse Owens (see picture below) wins four gold medals in track and field events at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

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Today in history, The fictional character Smokey Bear (“Only you can prevent forest fires”) (see picture below) is created by US Forest Service and the Ad Council in 1944.

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Today in history, The B-29 bomber Bock’s Car drops a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.

Today in history, The Diet of Japan establishes the country’s official national flag, the Hinomaru (see picture below), and national anthem, “Kimi Ga Yo.” in 1999.

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Today in history, Thales of Greece makes the first known prediction of a solar eclipse in 585 BC.

Today in history, Alfonso VI takes Toledo, Spain from the Muslims in 1085.

Today in history, The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding in 1787.

Today in history, Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain in 1810.

Today in history, The British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule in 1914.

Today in historyJohn Scopes (see picture below) is indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school in 1925.

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Today in historyJesse Owens (see picture below) sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1935.

Today in history, The first atomic cannon is fired in Nevada in 1953.

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Today in history, Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica, which he names Santa Gloria in 1494.

Today in history, The first mainland railway line opens in Belgium in 1834.

Today in history, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeat troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Today in history, Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing in 1912.

Today in history, Eugene Jacques Bullard (see picture below) becomes the first African-American aviator when he earns a flying certificate with the French Air Service in 1917.

Today in history, American Jesse Owens (see picture below) sets the long jump record in 1935.

Today in history, Alan Shepard (see picture below) becomes the first American in space in 1961.

Today in history, 173rd Airborne Brigade arrives in Bien Hoa-Vung, Vietnam, the first regular U.S. Army unit deployed to that country in 1965.

Today in history, Pulitzer Prize awarded to Norman Mailer for his ‘nonfiction novel’ Armies of the Night (see picture below), an account of the 1967 anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon in 1969.

Today in history, The Sun, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align – Earth’s moon is also almost in this alignment – leading to Doomsday predictions of massive natural disasters, although such a ‘grand confluence’ occurs about once in every century in 2000.

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Today in history, The Crimean War erupts as Britain and France declare war on Russia in 1854.

Today in history, The Salvation Army is officially organized in the United States in 1885.

Today in history, Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration in 1908.

Today in history, The first seaplane takes off from water at Martiniques, France in 1910.

Today in history, The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded, Great Britain’s first official service women in 1917.

Today in history, President Warren Harding names William Howard Taft (see picture below) as chief justice of the United States in 1921.

Today in history, Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively in 1930.

Today in history, English novelist Virginia Woolf throws herself into the River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Her body will not be found until April 18 in 1941.

Today in history, The U.S. Air Force announces research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites in 1962.

Today in history, A major accident occurs at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979.

Today in history,  Jesse Owens (see picture below) receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President George Bush in 1990.

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Today in history, The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri in 1804.

Today in history, The “Great Train Robbery” takes place as seven members of the Reno Gang (see picture below) make off with $98,000 in cash from a train’s safe in Indiana in 1868.

Today in history, The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiers in 1967.

Today in history, Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host in 1992.

Today in history, The Republic of Ireland, long known as a conservative, predominantly Catholic country, becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum in 2015.



Today in history, Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames in 1701.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals in 1785.

Today in history, South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution in 1788.

Today in history, Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney (see picture below) becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1900.


Today in history, Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication in 1543.

Today in history, Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia in 1607.

Today in history, The Methodist Church is established in 1738.

Today in history, Amy Johnson (see picture below) becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia in 1930.



Today in history, The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding in 1787.

Today in historyJesse Owens (see picture below) sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1935.

Today in history, Jordan gains independence from Britain in 1946.



Today in history, The movie Star Wars (see picture below) debuts in 1977.

Today in history, The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk begins in 1940.



Today in history, Construction begins on Walt Disney World (see picture below) in Florida in 1969.

Today in history, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens in 1937.



Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte is crowned in Milan, Italy in 1805.

Today in historyMelody (see picture below), the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers in 1953.

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