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2/21/2008 - DB Metzger

 Today in Herstory: St. Joan goes to Trial, the first woman telegraph operator is born and the first telephone book comes out. The first issue of The New Yorker Magazine hits the newsstands and the founder of Mad magazine dies. We have another Moonie mass wedding, Jimmy Swaggert confesses to sin and Alka Seltzer speeds onto the market. Want to know who patented the sewing machine and the origin of the first TV soap Opera? In Music we have Nina Simone and the Humor of Erma Bombeck.

1431  Joan of Arcís trial began after 4 months as a prisoner.

1846  Sarah Bagley a Union organizer, the first woman telegraph operator and she also practiced Homeopathic medicine

1853  the minting of $3 gold pieces is authorized. One of the most unpopular coins in history. Itís lifetime only lasted 35 years, so if you have one they are worth a good deal.

1878  the first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut. with 50 subscribers.

1842 The first known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington DC. Exactly who invented the machine is up for debate.

1885  the Washington Monument is dedicated. Did you know he was a premiere whisky distiller of his time. Forget the Cherry Tree stuff....

1919  Mary Edwards Walker died She was a civil War doctor who received the congressional medal of honor. She was also an advocate for dress reform. Women in trousers.

1925  the first issue of The New Yorker is published by Harold Ross described originally as a Sophisticated Humor magazine

1931  Alka Seltzer is introduced by Miles Laboratory (purchased by Bayer in 1979) Remember Speedy?And then thereís that urban legend about doubling up to sell more bicarbonate.

1947 Itís the firstbroadcast of the first US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember" on the Dumont Television Network.

1965 Malcom X is assassinated. Hereís how the papers described the act. Hereís what Minister Louis Farrakhan said on a 60 minutes interview.

1977  the Unification Church marries 74 couples in a mass wedding at Madison Square Garden in NYC.  

"my wife and I are cleansing everything that was polluted by false love, false life, and false lineage. Our marriage has achieved the True Parents position; the large international marriage ceremonies which we conduct are to sow the seed of true love, true life, and true lineage, which results from the unity of God's love and man's love"

1981  The "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women is captured

1988  Jimmy Swaggert confesses on TV that he has sinned.

1993 Mad Magazine (not a sophisticated humor magazine) creator Harvey Kurtzman dies from Liver Cancer

Notable Birthdays

1824  Mother Angela Gillespie  founder of the Holy Cross Nursing Sisters.

1845  Emma Thursby Ė "American Nightingale" singer and educator who enjoyed a popular concert career in both Europe and the United States in the 1870s and '80s

1855  Alice Freeman Palmer an advocate of higher education for women. Thereís a Palmer Society.

1903  Anais Nin Her journals catapulted her to fame in the 60ís.

1927  Erma Bombeck humorist (the grass is always greener over the Septic Tank)

1933 Nina Simone Diva of Jazz with 500 songs and almost 60 albums to her repertoire

1936  Barbara Jordan the first state Senator since reconstruction. And that was just the beginning, until her life ended abruptly  because of Multiple Sclerosis

Quote for Today

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin

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2/22/2008 Suzanne Caplan from PA wrote:
Barbara Jordan was my first heroine.

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