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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.

 

 

YMCA opens and Wounded Knee Massacre

On December 29th in:

 

1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedralby followers of King Henry II;  he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican and Catholic Churches;

 

1851, the first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts;

 

1890, Wounded Knee Massacre on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 300 Lakota killed by the U.S. Army;

 

1914, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialized in The Egoist

 

1940, World War II:  In the Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, England, killing almost 200 civilians;  and in

 

2003, the last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American Civil War is officially over! The 1812 Overture debuts!

On August 20 in :

1858, Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory;

 

1866, President Andrew Jackson formally decalres the American Civil War over;

 

1882,  Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia;

 

1938, Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam (a record that will stand until Alex Rodriguez breaks it in 2013);

 

1940, Leon Trotsky, exiled Russian revolutionary, is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramon Mercader in Mexico City, and dies the next day; and in 

 

1948, Robert Plant, English singer-songwriter (Led Zeppelin, Band of Joy, The Honeydrippers, and Page and Plant) is born. 

Help! I need somebody!

 

On July 23 in :

1995, Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered;

1940, Don Imus, American radio host is born;

1965, The Beatles release "Help" in the UK; and

1925, NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his first of 23 career grand slams. 

 

Help! I need somebody!

 

On July 23 in :

1995, Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered;

1940, Don Imus, American radio host is born;

1965, The Beatles release "Help" in the UK; and

1925, NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his first of 23 career grand slams. 

 

Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli-lolli-pop.

On July 20, in:

1940, California opens its first freeway, The Arroyo Seco Parkway;

1947, Carlos Santana, Mexican-American singer-songwriter is born;

any year, it is National Lollipop Day in the US;

1903, the Ford Motor Company ships its first car; and

1871, British Columbia joins Canada. 

Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli-lolli-pop.

On July 20, in:

1940, California opens its first freeway, The Arroyo Seco Parkway;

1947, Carlos Santana, Mexican-American singer-songwriter is born;

any year, it is National Lollipop Day in the US;

1903, the Ford Motor Company ships its first car; and

1871, British Columbia joins Canada. 

Apple II, Equal Pay Act and the first public zoo

On June 10 in:

 

1963, the Equal Pay Act is signed into law by John Kennedy. It aims at abolishing wage disparity based on sex;

 

1692, Salem witch trials:  Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for "certaine Detestable Acts called Witchcraft and Sorceries";

 

1977, the Apple II, one of the first personal computers, goes on sale;

 

1935, Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, by him and Bill Wilson;

 

1940, World War II,  Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom; and in

 

1793, the Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris.  A year later, it becomes the first public zoo.

 

 

 

 

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