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this day in Herstory
5/29/2012 - DB Metzger

Empress Josephine dies, Can you name the first TV reality show? Think Candidly. Lincoln states his famous quote about "Fooling Some of the People…" Janet Guthrie drives in a famous race and did you know that JFK,  Bob Hope, and Oswald Spengler (The Decline of the West) share a birthday.

1453 Constantinople (known as the Eastern Roman Empire) fell to the Turks. Some believe this marked the end of the Middle Ages.

1814 Joséphine empress of France (1804-14), Napoleon’s wife. dies.

1849 Lincoln says "You can fool some of the people all of the time, & of people some of time, but you can't fool all of the people all of time.". How does that apply to today’s Politics? Here’s more Lincoln quotes

1900 The Trademark "escalator" registered by Otis Elevator Co. 

1909 Frank "Home Run" Baker hits his first career homerun. This was the dead ball era pre-steroids, as well as pre-integration etc...

1911 the American tobacco Company was also declared an illegal monopoly. For a history of tobacco

1942 Bing Crosby records "white christmas" greatest selling record to date

1949 Candid Camera, moves to NBC. Was probably the first reality show. 

1953  Edmund Hillary along with two others reached the top of Mt. Everest. Why? I guess because it was there.

1977 Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500

1978 Bob Crane actor ( Hogan -  Hogan's Heroes), dies at 49. It’s still a mystery as to who killed him.

1978 1st class postage now 15¢ (13¢ for 3 years)

Notable Birthdays

1736 Patrick Henry was a bit of a slacker as a youth but turned into a firebrand at the first Continental Congress.

1845 Elizabeth Waties Allston Pringle author of "A woman Rice Planter"

1874 Leila Mechlin (art critic, editor, manager)

1876 Helen Woodard Atwater born (home economist)

1880 Oswald Spengler Germany, philosopher (Decline of the West)

1903 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes] Kent England, entertainer/comedian

1917 John F. Kennedy. Of course we know what happened in 1963. Or do we? might be referred to as Kennedy Assassination central. Books, newsgroups (alt.assassination.jfk) and of course various theories which don’t hold much stock in the Warren Commission report.



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