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this day in Herstory
5/8/2011 - DB Metzger

Old Coke, New Coke and Mad magazine debuts. The Mississippi is discovered, Paramount Pictures is formed and the Westminister Dog Show is held for the first time. Then thereís Joan of Arc in Orleans and the beginning of the James Bond Brand, with the opening of Dr. No.

1541 DeSoto discovers the Mississippi River.

1840 Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process. Hereís a pre digital photo timeline.

1847 Robert Thompson patents the rubber tire (vulcanized rubber Pneumatic)

1873 John Stuart Mill great Empiricist philosopher, dies at 66

1877 theWestminster Dog Show is held for the first time.

1880 Gustave Flaubert French writer, dies (Madame Bovery)

1886Atlanta pharmacist (Jacob's Pharmacy) Dr John Styth Pemberton invents Coca Cola (contained cocaine)

1914 Paramount Pictures formed. Began as The Famous Players Company.

1914 President Woodrow Wilson declares Mother's Day a national holiday in the U.S.

1926 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

1942 Century of the common man speech was given by Henry Wallace. He was Rooseveltís VP in 1940.

1952 Mad Magazine debuts

1955 Maud Wood Park died suffragist and president of the League of Women Voters.

1958 Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru during a goodwill tour of Latin America. Hereís the context.

1963 "Dr No" premieres in US. Began the James Bond movie brand.

1977 The Son of Sam pleads guilty of murder. Aka David Berkowitz

1985 the new coke hits the store shelves.

1988 two die in Seattle Washington after being poisoned with cyanide-laced Excedrin. This was one of a rash of copycat crimes that came out of the Tylenol murders of 1982 which led to the requirement of over the counter products being made tamper resistant. It also resulted in tampering becoming a federal offense.

Notable Birthdays

1429 Joan of Arc led French troops in the siege of Orleans

1830 Harriet Lane Johnston White House hostess, President James Buchanan's administration)

1835 Augusta Jane Evans Wilson b (writer) St. Elmo

1847 Clara Marshall physician, educator was the first woman on the staff of Philadelphia Hospital.

1910 Mary Lou Williams (pianist, composer, arranger)

1884 Harry Truman the 33rd POTUS.

1895 Edmund Wilson American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)

1906 Roberto Rossellini Rome Italy, director (Open City) Also Isabelís father

1911 Robert Johnson blues singer (King of the Delta Blues)


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