June 14, 2004

Duke of Devonshire

In the spirit of the truly random, I share with you a few things which happened today in history:

*1623 1st breach-of-promise lawsuit: Rev Gerville Pooley, Va files against Cicely Jordan. He loses
*1642 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts
*1775 US Army founded
*1777 Continental Congress adopts Stars & Stripes replacing Grand Union flag
*1801 Benedict Arnold dies in London
*1834 Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr, Springfield, Vermont
*1850 Fire destroys part of SF
*1876 1st player to hit for the cycle (George Hall, Phila Athletics)
*1900 Hawaiian Republic becomes the US Territory of Hawaii
*1923 Pres Harding is 1st US president to use radio, dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore
*1940 Auschwitz, largest of the Nazi concentration camps, was first opened near Krakow, Poland. Before its liberation by the Allies in 1945, over 3 million Jews would be exterminated there.
*1940 German forces occupied Paris during WW II
*1942 Walt Disney's "Bambi" is released
*1944 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan
*1951 1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau
*1952 Keel laid for 1st nuclear powered sub the Nautilus
*1953 Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis, Tenn
*1961 Boy George O'Dowd was born (Culture Club)

Posted by Random Penseur at June 14, 2004 09:28 AM
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