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Influenza virus and the Museum of Modern Art

On November 7 in


1837, In Alton, Ilinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy is shot dead by a mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time;


1908, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia;


1910, the first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright Brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse;


1918, the 1918 influenza epidemic spreads to Western Samoa, killing 7,542 (about 20% of the population) by the end of the year;


1929, The Museum of Modern Art opens to the public in New York City;


1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America;


1983, a bomb explodes inside the United States Capitol.  No one is injured but an estimated $250,000 in damage is caused;


1991, Magic Johnson announces that he is infected with HIV and retires from the NBA. 

The first "Jack Sparrow" and our neighbor to the north



On October 20 in:


1720, Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy;


1818, The Convention of 1818 is signed between the United States and the United Kingdom. Among other things, it settles the Canada- United States border on the 49th parallel;


1944, Liquid natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, then explodes. The explosion and resulting fire level thirty blocks and kill 130 people;


1951, the "Johnny Bright Incident" occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma;


1968, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis; and in


1977, Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashes. 

1st radio broadcast of the World Series and Versaille March

On October 5 in:


1789, Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI of France about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris;


1864, 60,000 die when Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone;


1921, the World Series is broadcast on the radio for the first time;


1944, Suffrage is extended to women in France;


1947, the first televised Whtie House address is given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman';


1962, Dr. No, the first film in the James Bond series, is released;


1970, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded; and in


2001, Barry Bonds surpasses Mark McGwire's single-season home run total with his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs. 

A match made in heaven and a family disappears

On July 6 in:


1942, Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the "Secret Annexe" above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse;


1785, The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States;


1957,John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time, as teenagers, three years before forming the Beatles;


1885, Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies  on Joseph Meister, a boy was bitten by a rabid dog and in


1944, Jackie Robinson refuses to move to the back of the bus, leading to a court martial. 


The Ford Motor Company and a stony meteorite

On June 16th in:


1944, at age 14, George Junius Stinney, Jr. becomes the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century;


1981, U.S. President Ronald Reagan awards the Congressional Medal to Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, for helping six Americans esape from Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979-81 (he is the first foreign citizen on whom the honor is bestowed);


1903, the Ford Motor Company is incorporated;


1911, a 772-gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Wisconsin damaging a barn; 


1858, Abraham Lincoln delivers his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois;  and in


1883, the Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children.

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 



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Birth of a Rolling Stone and a premiere of a classic

On December 18 in: 1777, The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British forces in the Battle...

Word of the day


(verb) to complain loudly or angrily

The collectiion: Books

Someone - Alice McDermott

One ordinary life told from the perspective of she who is living it. I do not normally read realistic or historical fiction but this book caught my eye...

Kids cook

Frozen Strawberry Pops

Wonderful on a hot summer day! What you will need: Blender or food processor 1 1/2 pints of rinsed strawberries 1/2 cup of confectioners...

New DVD5

The Best of Men

If you ever wondered how the special olympics got started, this inspiring movie provides the story from it's very roots.  Darkened rooms filled with severly...

Quotation of the day

Judy Garland

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.


Interesting things


Ever hear of Dronestagram? It's dedicated to videos and photographs taken with drones.

The collection: Music

Ledges - Noah Gundersen

2014 release from the singer/songwriter. At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad...

Science fair

T.P. Shooters

You can use ping pong balls or marshmallows as amo for these cool shooters.What you will need:2 toilet-paper tubes (or 1 paper-towel tube, cut in half...
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