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10/24/2008 - DB Metzger

Today in Herstory: The match is patented and the first Telegram is sent. Anne Taylor Edison goes over Niagra Falls in a barrel. She was the first. The 40 hour work week goes into effect. Soviet troops invade Hungary and the Yum Kippur War ends. Poet Diane Levertov is born and Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry dies.

1836 The match is patented

1857 World's 1st soccer club, Sheffield F.C., founded in England

1861 the first transcontinental telegram is sent, boding the end of the pony express.

1871 a mob in Los Angeles hangs 18 Chinese resulting in the Chinese exclusion act the following year. http://www.camla.org/history/massacre.htm Here’s an Asian American timeline

1901 Anna Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel, the first person to survive such a stunt

1929 Black Thursday is the beginning of the Stock Market crash

1931 The George Washington Bridge opens. The first NY Bridge constructed entirely from steel .

1939 Nylon stockings goes on sale for the first time in Wilmington, Delaware.

1940 the 40 hour work week goes into effect. productivity is up but family income is DOWN. What’s UP?

1945 United Nations Charter
becomes effective

1952 In a speech in Detroit, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declares “I shall go to Korea” as he promised to end the war.

1956 Soviet troops invade Hungaryknown as the Hungarian Revolution.

1970 Salvador Allende is elected president of Chile

1973 the Yum Kippur war ends. Here’s a look at the war and the development of FATAH and the PLO. http://www.ict.org.il/articles/fatah-pflp.htm The same day Rocky Lane died. Who? Western hero Red Ryder and the voice of Mr.Ed.

1981 Edith Head died (fashion designer)

1988 11 members of the Columbo Crime family are arrested.

1987 Robert Bork’s supreme court nomination is rejected by the Senate.

1989 Rev. Jim Bakker is sentenced to 50 years for fraud. That’s the good news. The bad news, he’s out.

1989 After a week's delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played (World Series #86)

1991 the creator of Star Trek Gene Roddenberry, dies.

Notable Birthdays

1537 Jane Seymour (wife of Henry VIII of England) died twelve days after giving birth to the future Edward VI of England

1788 Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (editor, writer)

1830 Belva Lockwood (lawyer, reformer)

1923 Denise Levertov born (poet)

1904 playwright Moss Hart My Fair Lady, Camelot.

1936 David Nelson. Son of Ozzie and Harriet.

Quote for Today

The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents



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