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Chloroform and King Tut's tomb

 

On November 4 in:

 

1783, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sympnony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria;

 

1847, Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform;

 

1922, In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings;

 

1960, At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr. Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals;

 

1970, Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life;

 

1973, The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis.  Highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters; and in

 

1979,  a mob of Iranians, mostly students, overruns the US embassy in Tehran and takes 90 hostages (53 of whom are American).

 

A Criminal, a Genius and a Saint

On October 17 in:

 

539 BC, Cyrus the Great marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost seventy years of exile. Cyrus allows the Jews to return to Yehud Medinata and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem;

 

1771, the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by 15-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premieres in Milan;

 

1888, Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie);

 

1931, Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion;

 

1933, Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States;

 

1965, the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair closes after a two year run.  More than 51 million people had attended the two-year event;

 

1966, a fire at a building in New York City kills 12 firefighters, the fire department's deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks; and in 

 

1979, Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pope visits the President.

On October 6, in the year:

1723, 17-year-old Benjamin Franklin arrives in Philadelphia;

1876, the American Library Association was founded;

1889, American inventor Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture; and in

1979, Pope John Paul II is the first pontiff to visit the White House. 

Miles Davis releases a gem and Ethel goes to her reward!

On August 17 in:

 

1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commerical steamboat service in the world;

 

1896, Bridget Driscoll is run over by a Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London, the world's first motoring fatality;

 

1959, Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue, the much-acclaimed, highly influential, best-selling jazz recording of the twentieth century is released;

 

1962, East German border guards kill eighteen-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin and becomes one of the first victims of the wall; and in 

1979, American actress and singer Vivian Vance, best known as Ethel, Lucy's best friend and neighbor, dies at the age of  70.

The Battle of Gettysburg, SOS and the Walkman

 

On July 1 in:

 

1963, ZIP codes are introduced for United States mail;

 

1908, SOS is adopted as the international distress signal;

 

1870, the United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence;

 

1863, the Battle of Gettysburg begins; 

 

1931, United Airlines begins service (as Boeing Air Transport);

 

1921, the Communist Party of China is founded;

 

1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes become the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels; and in

 

1979, Sony introduces the Walkman. 

 

The TinMan dies and Tetris is born

On June 6 in:

 

1933, The first  drive-in theater opens in Camden, New Jersey;

 

1844, The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London;

 

1984,Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all time, is released;

 

1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from gun shot wounds inflicted on June 5.

 

1979, American actor / singer Jack Haley dies. 

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. 

 

 

New Amsterdam, dog sleds, and Sid Vicious

On February 2 in

 

1913, Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.

 

1925, Serum run to Nome: Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with dipthiherial serum, inspiring the Iditarod race and the movie Balto.

 

1653,  New Amsterdam (later renamed the city of New York) is incorporated.

 

1882, Irish author, James Joyce is born.

 

1979, English singer and bass player, Sid Vicious, dies at the age of 22. 

 

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