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This Day in American History
Traditional date for swallows to depart for the winter from old mission at San Juan Capistrano,, California ( They reportedly will return on March 19th,2004).
1813- the Americans operating the Pacific Fur Company trading post in Astoria, Oregon, turn the post over to their rivals in the British North West Company, and for the next three decades Britons dominate the fur trade of the Pacific Northwest. By the 1840s, the beaver population had dwindled, while American settlement in the area was on the rise. Unwilling to protect the Hudson Bay Company's claim to the region, the British agreed to accept American control of the territory below the 49th parallel in 1846 and ceded to the U.S. the territory encompassing the future states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.1824-John Stevens, age 76, designed and this day finished construction of the first steam locomotive to pull a train on a track. The locomotive could pull a 1,000 pound load at 12 miles per hour. It was operating on a circular track 220 feet in circumference on Steven’s estate at Hoboken, New Jersey. It moved by means of a large gear wheel engaging a toothed rack placed on the ties between the rails. The wheels had no flanges, so to keep the train form running off the track, Stevens affixed little horizontal friction rollers on the underside chassis that pressed and rolled along the inner vertical face of the wooden beams used for rails. The 1830’s saw the invention of the locomotive grow. The Baltimore and Ohio
bid out the building of the first engine, which was won by Phineas Davis of York, PA, who built the “York.. In 1831, he built the first locomotive to burn coal. It was the first locomotive that had coupled wheels and a double instead of a single pair of drivers. It weighed 3.5 tons and attained velocity by gearing, using a spur wheel and pinion on one of the axles of the wheels. The only accident in which it was involved occurred on September 27,1835, as the result of a defective track. The accident killed Phineas Davis, who was riding on the locomotive.
1828-Birthday of Turner Ashby, Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Stonewall Jackson's cavalry commander during Valley Campaign of 1862. Killed at New Market, VA while fighting rear guard action during Jackson's withdrawal from the Valley. His brother is buried with him and was murdered by a Union patrol in 1861
1844-A group who followed William Miller, who’s day of reckoning did not happen the day before, began a new order and thus began the Seventh Day Adventist. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/61h/61h031.html
1869-The New York Stock Exchange put memberships up for sale for the first time in its seventy-seven-year history.
1871 Birth of Edgar J. Goodspeed, American Greek N.T. scholar. He taught at the University of Chicago 1898-1937. In 1931, he co-authored with JMP Smith "The Bible: An American Translation," better known today as "Smith and Goodspeed."
1869-Birthday of John William Heisman, football player, coach and administrator, born at Cleveland, OH. Heisman played football at Brown and Pennsylvania and began coaching at Oberlin. He moved to Akron, Oberlin again, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pennsylvania, Washington and Jefferson, and Rice. After his retirement, he became athletic director oat the Downtown Athletic Club in New York. The club’s award to the best college football player in the country was named in his honor posthumously. Died at New York, NY, Oct 3.,1936.
1885-Formal opening of Bryn Mawr, Pa., the first college in the US to offer advanced degrees to women.
1891-Birrthday of blues pianist Speckled Red ( Rufus Perryman), born Hampton, GA., Died January 2, 1973.
1906 -- Jonathan Latimer birthday. American hard-boiled mystery writer, noted for his Bill Crane series, described as an "alcoholic private detective", but who represents more accurately the "screwball-comedy" school of the 1930s mystery fiction. Latimer wrote also screenplays, notably Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key.
1915- 25,000 women march in NYC, demanding right to vote
1925- Here’s Johnnnnnny—Johnny Carson’s birthday. Newspapers report despite emphysema, ex-‘Tonight’ host still active with no major problems. Since his retirement, he has shunned public appearances and remains active playing tennis, poker, and visiting with close personal friends, it is reported.
1927---Alto Sax Player Sonny Criss Birthday.Died November 19, 1977
1927 -- Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia born in San Francisco, California.
Lamantia discovered Surrealism as a teenager. Immediately drawn to this movement, he began to write poetry and left California for New York to meet Andre Breton, who recognized his talent and began publishing his poems. Lamantia's work appeared in Breton's VVV, as well as Charles Henri Ford's View and other experimental journals. He married Nancy Peters, a surrealist poet and co-owner, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, of City Lights Books publishers, which is still in business in North Beach, the original haven for “Beatniks.”
1934-Birthday of golfer Juan (Chi-Chi” Rodriques, born Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
1940-Birthday of Pele ( EdsonArantes do Nascimento) famous soccer player, born Tres Coracoes, Brazil. 3 winning teams [1958, 1962, 1970]; most career goals in international competition [97, 1957-70]; most career hat-tricks [92, 1956-77] in film: Escape to Victory
1941—The Lend Lease Act was passed by the US Senate, giving the president authority to send material to Europe and continue neutrality in the war.
1941 - Walt Disney's classic animated film, Dumbo, was released to theaters. It was one of the shortest Disney full-length animations produced, at a running length of 64 minutes. Critics considered it the best of Disney's animations to date because of its heart, compassion, and skill. It was also one of the least expensive to make, costing about $950,000.
1944-In response to the Allied invasion of the Philippines at Leyte, the Japanese initiated "Sho-Go" (Operation Victory) , an attempt to counter the Allies' next invasion by heavy air attacks. Four carriers were sent south from Japanese waters to lure the US aircraft carriers away from Leyte Gulf. At the same time Japanese naval forces from Singapore were sent to Brunei Bay, spilt up into two groups and converged on Leyte Gulf from the north and southwest. The group in the north, under Vice Admiral Kurita Takeo, was to enter the Pacific through the San Bernardino Strait between the Philippine islands of Samar and Luzon. On Oct 23 Kurita lost two of his heavy cruisers to US submarine attack, and one of Japan's greatest battleships, the Musashi, was sunk in an aerial attack the next day The southern group commanded by Vice Admiral Nishimura Teiji was detected on its way to the Surigao Strait and was practically annihilated by the US 7th Fleet, resulting in serious loses for the Japanese.
1945- Dodger President, Branch Rickey, announces that Jackie Robinson has signed to play with Brooklyn's Triple A team in Montreal. The 26-year old Negro League star will be the first black player to play in organized baseball since 1884.
1947-The NAACP petitions the United Nations about racial injustices.
1947-The first Nobel Prize shared by an American husband and wife was the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine, awarded to Dr. Carl Ferdinand Cori and Dr. Gerty Theresa Cori of the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, who discovered how sugar in the human system is converted into glycogen through an enzyme or biological catalyst called phosphorylase.
1951- The NAACP pickets the New York Stork Club in support of Josephine Baker, who was refused admission a week ago. After a city- convened special committee calls Baker's charges unfounded, Thurgood Marshall calls the findings a "complete and shameless whitewash of the long-established and well-known discriminatory policies of the Stork Club."Josephine Baker rummaged for coal behind Union Station and for food behind Soulard Market in St. Louis. At age 13 she was a waitress at the Chauffeurs' Club on Pine Street and danced with a minstrel band. In 1925 she went to Paris with the Revue Negre. Baker starred in the Folies-Bergere the next season and became one of France's best-loved entertainers. During WWII, she was a heroine of the Resistance, earning the Legion d'Honneur.
A French citizen, she remained an activist for civil rights in the US. On her death in 1975, Baker was given an unprecedented state funeral in Paris.
1956-The Jonathan Winters Show was televised in New York on WRCA-TV, taped with a RCA machine and then played back for the West Coast at a later time. It was the first telecast shown in full compatible color. It also was the first video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast.
1959-Birthday of singer, satirist Alfred Matthew ( Weird Al” ) Yankovic, born Lynwood, CA.
1959 -- Charles Van Doren recants his testimony. The son of author/teacher Mark Van Doren (Allen Ginsberg, et al) originally denied to a grand jury that the TV quiz show "21" had supplied him with questions and answers in advance. His confession was front page news and a shock to the American public that had
made the television show more popular than “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”
of today. It also made all television games suspect and the medium itself.
1961-The fist jazz composition to appear on the Top 40 charts was pianist Dave Brubeck’s instrumental “Take Five, which entered the Top 40 popular music charge published by the trade newspaper. It eventually reached 25.
1961 - Dion’s "Runaround Sue" was the #1 U.S. single. It remained at the top for two weeks until being knocked off by Jimmy Dean’s "Big Bad John".
1962—Birthday of my cousin Douglas Richard ( Doug) Flutie, football player, born Manchester MD. Heisman Trophy winner ; CFL: British Columbia Lions [1991 record: passing yards gained in a season: 6,619]; NFL: Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers
1970 - ‘Lady Soul’, Aretha Franklin, won a gold record for "Don’t Play that Song".
1971-Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida, 16 years after Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. Disney World, featuring rides and characters from Disney's beloved movies, would later include EPCOT Center (which opened in 1982), based on Walt Disney's vision of a Utopian planned community. (EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.) The Walt Disney Company launched a real planned community, Celebration, Florida, in 1996.
1975 - Elton John’s Los Angeles concert was sold out at Dodger Stadium. It was the finale to his concert tour of the western U.S.
1975- In a fitting finish to one of the most classic World Series ever played, the Reds beat the Red Sox in a thrilling Game 7 victory, 4-3. Joe Morgan's ninth inning looping single scoring Ken Griffey proves to be the decisive hit.
1983- A suicidal terrorist attack on American forces in Beirut, Lebanon, killed 240 US personnel when a truck load TNT was driven into and exploded at US Headquarters.
1990-Motorola announced it had developed technology to send data at high speeds within office buildings using digital radio transmission. The technology, powerful enough to transmit anywhere in a large building, would allow companies to move computers from one office to another without laying new wiring. While wireless communication for all kinds of computer devices became common in the late 1990s, most companies continued to rely on cable to connect in-office, desktop computers. The wireless telephone and communicator business is now bringing wireless capabilities further with longer distances of source available.
1993 - After his winning home run gave the Blue Jays the win, Joe Carter stepped on home plate and touched off a SkyDome celebration. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2 in the World Series to win the title for the second year in a row.
2002 Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak being broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995 is voted as baseball's most memorable moment by the fan participating Major league baseball and MasterCard promotion. Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, Jackie Robinson becoming the first black to play in major league baseball, Mark McGwire breaking Roger Maris' single-season home run record and Lou Gehrig's farewell speech were also in the top five events selected by the fans.
World Series Champions This Date
1910 Philadelphia Athletics
1993 Toronto Blue Jays