Today in Herstory: Pilgrims and
Popcorn, Outing a Whiskey distilling hemp farmer. The Greenback (Farm-labor) Party
goes up in smoke and opening up trade with China.
Before Walmart, there was Frank
Winfield Woolworth. Edna St.
Vincent Millay is born
and the Boy in The Bubble dies.
1630 Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn. But it
goes back farther then that
1732 Yes, it’s
officially George Washington’s
Birthday. The Father of our country
was a major whiskey distiller and grower of Hemp. In 1799 he had 316 Slaves
on his Mount Vernon Estate. He inherited 11 slaves at the age of 10. Gives new meaning to the death tax.
1784 The first US ship to trade with
China, "Empress of China", sails from New York. The 2007 US trade deficit
with China was -256,269.5 million. The most unbalanced
trade relationship in the World.
1860 Shoe-making workers of Lynn MS, strike successfully for
1872 The first national convention of the Prohibition Party took place in Columbus Ohio.
1878 The Greenback
Labor Party (farmers) formed in Toledo,
Ohio. So why do third parties
fail in the United States?
1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth
opened a five cent store in Utica New
York. By 1919 when he died there were over 1000
Woolworth’s in the US.
1907 The first cabs with taxi meters begin
operating in London
1924 The First Presidential
radio address was made by Calvin Coolidge.
1935 Airplanes are no
longer permitted to fly over the White House. Here’s more on the changing
nature of White House Security
Connolly retired from tennis after a horse-riding accident
1984 The boy in the
bubble (David Vetter) dies 15 days after being removed from his Immunity
bubble for a bone marrow transplant.
Beecher Hooker half sister of Harriet Beecher and active in women’s suffrage.
1838 Margaret Munson Sangster author best known as the editor of Harpers
Bazaar and a number of children’s books.
1848 Annie LePorte Diggs Canadian-born
American reformer and politician, an organizer and campaigner in the
populist (temperance) Movement of the late 19th century.
Musters a Dutch woman is the shortest adult 23 inches tall. Here’s more on Dwarfism.
1892 Edna St. Vincent Millay poet and dramatist who was the first women to
win Pulitzer prize for poetry.
Pechstein Olympic speed skater