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Today Is A Busy History Day

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Every once in a while  I browse through “this day in history” stuff and come up with a cool day. Today is one of those. This would be a great history lesson day.

Many people are remembering the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. I won’t go there since many other events happened as well long before. Here are some highlights:

1. In 1630, the fork was introduced to North America. Yep. before that, it was all hands. Apparently, though, the Germans thought that was rude.

2. Virginia became the 10th state.

3. Lt. George Custer and his 7th Calvary were wiped out at Little Big Horn by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. I never did learn this in school.But we’ve all heard the term “Custer’s Last Stand.”  (1876).

4. In 1906, Stanford White, the guy who was the architect for Madison Square Garden,  was shot and killed atop the building by Harry Thaw because White was sleeping with his wife (allegedly).  Oops.

5. In 1951, the first color telecast aired on CBS as a one hour special in New York and 4 other cities. Welcome color TV!

And last but not least. Shockingly, Roy. C. Sullivan was struck by lightning…for the seventh time…on this date in 1977! Yes, he lived. I wonder if he was part cat. If so, he had two more strikes to go.

History can be fun!

 

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