Today in Sexy Awesome History 5/04/13
1494 - Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica
1626 - Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan.
1715 - French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris)
Have you ever wanted to read about the history of the umbrella? BECAUSE HERE IT IS.
1776 - Rhode Island declares independence from England
1780 - American Academy of Arts & Science founded
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_A ... d_Sciences
1783 - Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
Read more about that here, because it is kinda cool.
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition reaches 200 km from Atlantic Ocean
1839 - The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio
1843 - Great-Britain annexes Natal
1846 - US state Michigan ends death penalty
1847 - NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
1851 - 1st major SF fire
1858 - War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
1859 - The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
1861 - At Gretna LA, one of 1st guns of Rebel navy is cast
1862 - -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
1863 - End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
1864 - Gen Grant's Army at Potomac attacks at Rappahannock
1864 - Ulysses S. Grant crosses Rapidan & begins his duel with Robert E Lee
1865 - Battle of Citronville, AL; Richard Taylor surrenders
1865 - Battle of Mobile, AL
1866 - Woodward's Gardens opens to public
1869 - The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
1871 - 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
1878 - Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
1886 - Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
1893 - Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
Not as goofy as it sounds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steer_wrestling
1896 - 1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny)
HAHA...freaking Daily Mail. Here is a headline generator
COULD BINGE DRINKING GIVE BRITISH SOVEREIGNTY DIABETES?
HAS TWITTER IMPREGNATED BRITAIN'S SWANS?
WILL TEENAGE SEX MAKE HARD-WORKING FAMILIES IMPOTENT?
The answer? YES
1896 - Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek Colorado
1904 - Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
910 - Tel Aviv founded
1912 - Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
1915 - Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
1916 - At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
1917 - Arabs sack Tel Aviv
1918 - Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
1919 - 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
1919 - FVC soccer team forms
1919 - Giants play their 1st legal Sunday home game, 35,000 see Phils win 4-3
1922 - KNX-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
1923 - Bloody street battles between nazi's, socialist & police in Vienna
1923 - NY state revokes Prohibition law
1924 - 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France
1924 - German Republic election fascists & communists win
1925 - League of Nations conference on arms control & poison gas usage
1926 - General strike hits Britain
1927 - 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Ill)
1927 - Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928
1929 - Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9
1931 - Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president
1932 - Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
1933 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
1935 - 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05
1936 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
1938 - Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
1940 - 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
1940 - 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
1942 - Battle of Coral Sea begun (1st sea battle fought solely in air)
1942 - Food 1st rationed in US
1942 - German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
1942 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)
1943 - NL Ford Frick demonstrates revised balata ball to reporters by bouncing it on his office carpet ball proves to be 50% livelier
1945 - German troops in Netherlands, Denmark & Norway surrender
1946 - 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
1946 - 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
1946 - Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
1948 - The Hague Court of Justice convicts Hans Rauter (SS) to the death
1949 - Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives)
1952 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
Nobel Laureate Author Ernest Hemingway 1953 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Ernest Hemingway (Old Man & The Sea)
1954 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1956 - Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
1956 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1957 - Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
1957 - Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam
1958 - Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
1961 - A group of Freedom Riders left Washington, D.C., for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals.
1961 - 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
http://aesp.nasa.okstate.edu/osuaesp/Ne ... eRoad.html
1961 - CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, DC
1961 - Malcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
1961 - South-Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1964 - "Another World" & "As the World Turns" premieres on TV
1964 - 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
1964 - KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1967 - Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
1970 - National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
See the NYT paper: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/sec ... 04_big.gif
1970 - Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
1970 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)
1973 - 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
1979 - Margaret Thatcher elected prime minister of England
1979 - NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleet_Sate ... ons_System
1984 - Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1989 - US launches Magellan to Venus
1989 - US space shuttle STS-30 launched
1990 - Angela Bowie reveals that ex husband David slept with Mick Jagger
1998 - A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
Whew...AND THAT WAS TODAY except for the crap that I didn't care about or was really depressing.
• VA Gov Northam yearbook page had blackface, KKK outfit
• How the Shutdown is Affecting the US
• Is Incivility Necessary?
• Should the relief on Stone Mountain be destroyed?