(Closed) Thursday Fun: "this day in history…."

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

September 15, 1948 – The F-86 Sabre sets the world aircraft speed record at 671 miles per hour (1,080 km/h).

September 15, 1968 – The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

September 15, 1981 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

September 15, 2004 – National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.

(From wikipedia)

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@totheislnds:  I’m May 30th too!  I’ve never met someone who was a birthday twin ; )

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper

Some really interesting stuff happened throughout history on July 16 (my wedding date)!

  • 622 – The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
  • 1377 – Coronation of Richard II of England.
  • 1782 – First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: at the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25 mile march into Virginia for what will become the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the war.
  • 1935 – The world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 1941 – Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record.
  • 1951 – The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger is published for the first time by Little, Brown and Company.
  • 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 1973 – Watergate scandal: former White House aide Alexander Butterfield informs the United States Senate that President Richard Nixon had secretly recorded potentially incriminating conversations.
  • 1999 – John F. Kennedy, Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies when his plane crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. His wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are also killed.
  • 2004 – Millennium Park, considered Chicago, Illinois’s first and most ambitious early 21st century architectural project, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.

(also from wikipedia)

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Honey Beekeeper

@totheislnds:  @Pearberry:  What are you guys talking about? You’re birthday twins (triplets?) with CeeLo! 😉

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This Day in History April 14th….

April 14, 1611 – Word “telescope” is 1st used (Prince Federico Cesi)

April 14, 1828 – 1st edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary published

April 14, 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater

April 14, 1894 – 1st public showing of Edison’s kinetoscope (moving pictures)

April 14, 1912- The Titanic Hits the iceburg


Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

The day in the history of May 15th:

  • 392 – Emperor Valentinian II is assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast. He is found hanging in his residence at Vienne.
  • 1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bullad extirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture ofheretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
  • 1525 – Insurgent peasants led by Anabaptist pastor Thomas Muentzer were defeated at the Battle of Frankenhausen, ending the German Peasants’ War in the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.
  • 1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots marries James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, her third husband.
  • 1602 – Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to see Cape Cod.
  • 1618 – Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).
  • 1648 – The Treaty of Westphalia is signed.
  • 1701 – The War of the Spanish Succession begins.
  • 1718 – James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world’s first machine gun.
  • 1755 – Laredo, Texas is established by the Spaniards.
  • 1776 – American Revolution: the Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • 1791 – Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying ordinance.
  • 1792 – War of the First Coalition: France declares war on Kingdom of Sardinia.
  • 1793 – Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for “about 360 meters”, at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted manned flights.
  • 1796 – First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph.
  • 1800 – George III of the United Kingdom survives an assassination attempt by James Hadfield, who is later acquitted by reason ofinsanity.
  • 1811 – Paraguay declares independence from Spain.
  • 1817 – Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1836 – Francis Baily observes “Baily’s beads” during an annular eclipse.
  • 1849 – Troops of the Two Sicilies take Palermo and crush the republican government of Sicily
  • 1850 – The Bloody Island Massacre takes place in Lake County, California, in which a large number of Pomo Indians in Lake County are slaughtered by a regiment of the United States Cavalry, led by Nathaniel Lyon.
  • 1858 – Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
  • 1862 – PresidentAbraham Lincoln signs a bill into law creating the United States Bureau of Agriculture. It is later renamed the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Resaca, Georgia ends.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of New Market, Virginia – students from the Virginia Military Institute fight alongside the ConfederateArmy to force UnionGeneralFranz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley.
  • 1869 – Woman’s suffrage: in New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association.
  • 1891 – Pope Leo XIII defends workers’ rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum Novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.
  • 1904 – The Russian minelayerAmur lays a minefield about 15 miles off Port Arthur and sank Japan’s battleships Hatsuse, 15,000 tons, with 496 crew and “Yashima”.
  • 1905 – Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded when 110 acres (0.45 km2), in what later would become downtown, are auctioned off.
  • 1911 – In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an “unreasonable” monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.
  • 1919 – The Winnipeg General Strike begins. By 11:00 am, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job.
  • 1919 – Greek invasion of İzmir. During the invasion, the Greek army kills or wounds 350 Turks. Those responsible are punished by the Greek Commander Aristides Stergiades.
  • 1928 – Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
  • 1929 – A fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio kills 123.
  • 1932 – The May 15 Incident: in an attempted Coup d’état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed.
  • 1934 – Kārlis Ulmanis establishes an authoritarian government in Latvia.
  • 1935 – The Moscow Metro is opened to public.
  • 1940 – USS Sailfish is recommissioned. It was originally the USS Squalus.
  • 1940 – World War II: After fierce fighting, the poorly trained and equipped Dutch troops surrender to Germany, marking the beginning of five years of occupation.
  • 1940 – McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
  • 1942 – World War II: in the United States, a bill creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
  • 1943 – Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).
  • 1945 – World War II: The final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
  • 1948 – Following the demise of the British Mandate of Palestine, Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israelthus starting the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • 1951 – The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum.
  • 1957 – At Malden Island in the Pacific, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple. The device fails to detonate properly.
  • 1958 – The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.
  • 1960 – The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
  • 1963 – Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space.
  • 1966 – After a policy dispute, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky of South Vietnam’s ruling junta launches a military attack on the forces of General Ton That Dinh, forcing him to abandon his command.
  • 1969 – People’s Park: California Governor Ronald Reagan has an impromptu student park owned by University of California at Berkeley fenced off from student anti-war protestors, sparking a riot called Bloody Thursday.
  • 1970 – President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States ArmyGenerals.
  • 1970 – Philip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green are killed at Jackson State University by police during student protests.
  • 1972 – The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • 1972 – In Laurel, Maryland, Arthur Bremer shoots and paralyzes AlabamaGovernorGeorge Wallace while he is campaigning to become President.
  • 1974 – Ma’alot massacre: In an Arab terrorist attack and hostage taking at an Israeli school, a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.
  • 1987 – The Soviet Union launches the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform. It fails to reach orbit.
  • 1988 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Red Army begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • 1991 – Édith Cresson becomes France’s first female prime minister.
  • 1997 – The United States government acknowledges the existence of the “Secret War” in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other “Secret War” veterans.
  • 2008 – California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state’s own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
  • 2010 – Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
  • 2012 – François Hollande takes office as President of France.

Wiki version

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

October 30th (wedding day)

1831 – In Southampton County, Virginia, escaped slave Nat Turner is captured and arrested for leading the bloodiest slave rebellion in United States history.

1905 – Czar Nicholas II of Russia grants Russia‘s first constitution, creating a legislative assembly.

1922 – Benito Mussolini is made Prime Minister of Italy.

1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells‘s The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States.

1945 – Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signs a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the baseball color barrier.

1985 – Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@totheislnds:  haha i like your titanic version better 🙂

Post # 13
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

March 17 (my b-day)

45 BC- In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
1753-1st official St. Patrick’s Day
1755-Transylvania Land Co. buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief
1756- St. Patrick’s Day 1st celebrated in New York City at Crown and Thistle Tavern
1836-Texas abolishes slavery  
1845-Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
1871-National Association of Professional Base-Ball players organized
1894-U.S. and China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering U.S.
1898-1st practical submarine 1st submerges, New York City (for 1 hour 40 minutes)
1905 – Franklin D. Roosevelt marries his distant cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt, in New York City. The wedding was attended by President Theodore Roosevelt, FDR’s fifth cousin, who gave his niece away.
1932-German police raid Hitler’s nazi-headquarter
1953-WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1956-8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show and Lucy Ball
1991-Irish Lesbians and Gays march in St. Patrick Day parade
1995-U.S. approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck
1996-Mike Tyson beat Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain Heavyweight title
1997-CNN begins spanish broadcasts
1998-USA Women’s Hockey Team beats Canada for 1st Olympic Gold medal

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

OK – My birthday is June 25.  Off the top of my head, I know Michael Jackson died on my birthday back in 2009.  I was going to Vegas, and all weekend, they played ONLY Michael Jackson at the clubs. IT SUCKED (not an MJ fan!). 

Here are some highlights.  I put the really cool ones in bold!

  • 1678 – Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia is the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy when she graduates from the University of Padua.
  • 1741 – Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Hungary.
  • 1788 – Virginia becomes the 10th state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • 1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.
  • 1910 – The United States Congress passes the Mann Act.
  • 1910 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is premiered in Paris.
  • 1938 – Dr. Douglas Hyde is inaugurated as the first President of Ireland.
  • 1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.
  • 1948 – The Berlin airlift begins.
  • 1949 – Long-Haired Hare, starring Bugs Bunny, is released in theaters.
  • 1950 – The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
  • 1975 – Mozambique achieves independence.
  • 1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
  • 1991 – Croatia and Slovenia declare their independence from Yugoslavia.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


There’s a lot but these are my favorites:

May 24th

1830 – Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.

1935 – The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field.

2001 – Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.


1819 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (d. 1901)

1879 – H. B. Reese, American candymaker, created Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (d. 1956)

1938 – Tommy Chong, Canadian actor and comedian

1941 – Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Traveling Wilburys)

1944 – Patti LaBelle, American singer-songwriter, actress, and author (Labelle)

1945 – Priscilla Presley, American actress and businesswoman

2007 – Maru (cat), Japanese cat and internet celebrity


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