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 8/1/2017


Today in history, The Aghlabid rulers of Ifriqiyah (modern day Tunisia) capture Taormina, Sicily in 902.

Today in history, The crusaders under Peter the Hermit reach Constantinople in 1096.

Today in history, Thomas Arne’s song “Rule Britannia” is performed for the first time in 1740.

Today in history, Robert Carter III (see picture below), a Virginia plantation owner, frees all 500 of his slaves in the largest private emancipation in U.S. history in 1791. An 1839 mutiny aboard a Spanish ship in Cuban waters raised basic questions about freedom and slavery in the United States.

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Today in history, Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire in 1834.

Today in history, San Francisco’s first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie’s Clay Street Hill Railroad Company in 1873.

Today in history, A machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal is patented in 1893.

Today in history, Synthetic vitamin K is produced for the first time in 1939.

Today in history, Singer Chubby Checker (see picture below) releases “The Twist,” creating a new dance craze. The song had been released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters the previous year but got little attention in 1960.

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Today in history 6/12/2017


Today in history, Alfonso V of Aragon is crowned King of Naples in 1442.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte and his army invade Russia in 1812.

Today in history, The gas mask is patented by Lewis P. Haslett in 1849.

Today in history, The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurs in France in 1918.

Today in history, Gangster Al Capone (see picture below) and 68 of his henchmen are indicted for violating Prohibition laws in 1931. Image result for al capone

Today in history, Eight of Stalin’s generals are sentenced to death during purges in the Soviet Union in 1937.

Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages in 1967.