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the infamous traitor and the 8-hour workday

On January 5th in:

 

1781, Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold;

 

1914, The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and that it will pay a "living wage" of at least $5 for a day's labor;

 

1919, The German workers' Party, which would become the Nazi Party, is founded;

 

1940, FM radio is demonstrated to the Federal Communications Commission for the first time; and in

 

1972, United States President Richard Nixon order the development of a Space Shuttle program.

 

 

What do the Transcontinental Express, the Ford Quadricycle, and the Montgolfiere have in common?

 

On June 4 in:

 

1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous Power of Nonviolence speech at the University of California, Berkeley; 

 

1919, Women's rights:  The U.S. Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Consititution, which guarantees suffrage to women and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification;

 

1876, an Express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City;

 

1896, Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run; and in

 

1783, the Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their Montgolfiere (hot air balloon). 

What do the Transcontinental Express, the Ford Quadricycle, and the Montgolfiere have in common?

 

On June 4 in:

 

1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous Power of Nonviolence speech at the University of California, Berkeley; 

 

1919, Women's rights:  The U.S. Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Consititution, which guarantees suffrage to women and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification;

 

1876, an Express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City;

 

1896, Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run; and in

 

1783, the Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their Montgolfiere (hot air balloon). 

The Circus & The Moon.

 

On June 2 in:

 

 - 1835, P.t. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States;

-  455, vandals enter Rome and plunder the city for two weeks;

- 1919, anarchists set bombs off simultaneously in eight US cities;

- 2004, Ken Jennings begins his 74 game winning streak on Jeopardy;

- 1966, Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the moon, becoming the first US spacecraft to soft-land on another world. 

The Circus & The Moon.

 

On June 2 in:

 

 - 1835, P.t. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States;

-  455, vandals enter Rome and plunder the city for two weeks;

- 1919, anarchists set bombs off simultaneously in eight US cities;

- 2004, Ken Jennings begins his 74 game winning streak on Jeopardy;

- 1966, Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the moon, becoming the first US spacecraft to soft-land on another world. 

The Panama Canal and the Freedom Riders

 

On May 4 in: 

1814, Emperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile;

 

1979, Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom;

 

1919, May Fourth Movement:  Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which tranferred Chinese territory to Japan;

 

1959, the 1st Grammy Awards are held;

 

1776, Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III;

 

1961, American Civil Rights Movement:  The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South;  and in

 

1932, in Atlanta, Georgia, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion. 

 

 

The Panama Canal and the Freedom Riders

 

On May 4 in: 

1814, Emperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile;

 

1979, Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom;

 

1919, May Fourth Movement:  Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which tranferred Chinese territory to Japan;

 

1959, the 1st Grammy Awards are held;

 

1776, Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III;

 

1961, American Civil Rights Movement:  The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South;  and in

 

1932, in Atlanta, Georgia, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion. 

 

 

Today in history: January 18

On January 18 in

 

1919, The Paris peace conference opens in Versailles, France, marking the begining of the end of WWI; 

 

1886, Modern hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England; and in

 

1944, The Metropolitan Opera hosts its first jazz concert. It features Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, and Artie Shaw. 

Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman 

 

 

Today in history: January 15 (take 2)

1943, The world's largest office building, the Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, VA;

 

1919, A large molasses tank in Boston, Massachusetts, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, kiling 21 people and injuring 150 others;

 

1493, Christopher Columbus sets sail to Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World;

 

1967, the first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles, California.  The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10;

 

1559, Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London, England; and in

 

1889, The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Perberton Medicine Company, is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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