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On This Day in History

(the above to be read in a radio announcer’s voice…Gabriel Heater?)

As some of you know, part of my daily routine (aside from penning – or stealing copying – material for this blog is to read a daily almanac page from Ref Desk, entitled Today in History.  Some days seems mundane, as if nothing happened in humanity of note on that day.  Others?  Well, here are some snippets from today’s almanac page:


1834 John Wesley Powell US, geologist/explorer/ethnologist

1871 Sir Ernest Rutherford nuclear scientist

1874 Harry Houdini [Erik Weisz] Budapest Hungary, magician/escape artist

1898 Dorothy Stratton organizer (SPARS-women’s branch of US Coast Guard)

1902 Thomas E Dewey Ohio, 1st Catholic Presidential candidate 1944, 1948 (R)

1909 Clyde Barrow bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame)

1930 Steve McQueen Slater MO, actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt)


1603 Elizabeth I Tudor [Maiden Queen] UK queen (1558-1603), dies at 69

1905 Jules Verne sci-fi author (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 77

1953 Queen Mary of Britain dies

1964 Peter Lorre Hungarian/US actor (Maltese Falcon, Raven), dies at 59

1976 Bernard L Montgomery British General, defeated Rommel, dies at 88

On This Day…

1664 Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

1721 Johann Sebastian Bach opens his Brandenburgse Concerts

1765 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers

1832 Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio

1883 1st telephone call between New York & Chicago

1898 1st automobile sold

1906 “Census of the British Empire” shows England rules 1/5 of the world

1930 Planet Pluto named

1947 John D Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 to retain the heavyweight boxing title

1989 Worst US oil spill, Exxon’s Valdez spills 11.3 million gallons off Alaska

1980 El Salvador’s leading human rights activist, Archbishop Oscar Romero, 62, was assassinated by a sniper while saying mass in a hospital chapel.

Who knows what happened in history tomorrow?

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


2 thoughts on “On This Day in History

  1. Interesting set of ‘activities’ 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | March 24, 2013, 10:04 am

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