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this day in Herstory
5/5/2012 - DB Metzger

Karl Marx is born, the Panic of 1893 begins, The american Bible Society opens in NY, as does Carnegie Hall and Billboard Magazine. Also the AMA organizes in Philly and Alan Shepard is the first American in Space. In other Birthdays we have Investigative Journalist Nelly Bly  and Tammy Wynette

1762 Russia & Prussia sign St. Petersburg peace treaty. Ended the 7 years war which consumed most of the known world.

1809 Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent for a method of weaving straw with silk.

1816 American Bible Society organized in New York.

1818 Karl Marx has a birthday. He was formerly a foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune.

1821 Napoleon I Bonaparte emperor France (1799-1815), dies in St Helena

1847  The American Medical Association  is organized in Philadelphia.

1891 Carnegie Hall opens in NYC with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor

1893 On the topic of financial boom and bust, the great panic of 1893 began on this day. .

1900 "The Billboard" began weekly publication. However, it all  began in 1894.

1920 US President Wilson makes the Communist Labor Partyillegal

1925 Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) refused to accept Pulitzer for his novel Arrowsmith. Find out why Lewis declined this literary honor at the Sinclair Lewis Society.

l925 That same year John Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of Evolution.

1936 Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip.

here’s more in science history

1954 Military coup by General Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay

1958 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)

1961 Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space (aboard Freedom 7)

1962 "West Side Story" soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

1981 Bobby Sands became the first of 10 IRA hunger strikers to die in Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

1995 Last basketball game at The Boston Garden (Magic beats Celtics)

Notable Birthdays

1813 Søren Kierkegaard Danish philosopher (founded Existentialism)

1824 Lucy Larcom poet, educator “Mill Girl”.

1856 Lucia True Ames Mead pacifist and suffragist

1865 " Nellie Bly" Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (journalist)

1868 Mary Emogene Hazeltine (librarian)

1900 Spencer Tracy actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)

1942 Tammy Wynette  country singer (Stand by your Man)

Quote for Today

He who plants a tree 
Plants a hope.

Lucy Larson

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