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6/8/2012 - DB Metzger

Attila the Hun invades Italy.  The Prophet Mohammed  dies,  as does Thomas Paine (Common Sense).  Also the first commercially made Ice-d Cream is sold and the Washing Machine and vacuum cleaner are patented..  The Supreme Court makes an important  ruling on  segregation and cable Car service begins in L.A. Every hear about the General Motors Conspiracy?  In birthdays Joan RiversBarbara Bush  and mystery writer Sara Paretsky.

452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun

570 Religion of Islam (submission) founded in Mecca

632 Mohammed prophet of Islam (Koran), dies (according to tradition)

Here’s another biography

1786 1st commercially-made ice(d) cream sold (NY)

1809 Thomas Paine writer (Age of ReasonCommon Sense), dies at 72

1824 the  Washing machine  is patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec  Here’s more science history

1831  Sarah Siddons died (actress)

1869 Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents first  vacuum cleaner (it sucks) aka sweeping machine 

1889 Cable Cars begin service in LA Ever hear of the General Motors Streetcar Scandel? here’s more for your aggrandizement

1948 John Rudder becomes 1st negro commissioned officer in US marines

1953 Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court. Here’s a larger timeline  of Supreme Court decisions on the “segregation” issue.

1959 1st official "missile mail" lands ( Jacksonville , Fla )

1965 US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam . In 1965 troop levels reach 200,000  here’s a timeline. .

 1968 James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr, captured. Here’s an interesting take on Ray prior to the assassination.

1979 The Source, 1st computer public information service, goes online. Here’s one of many internet timelines

 Notable Birthdays

1847  Ida Saxton McKinley born (First Lady)

1858  Charlotte Angas Scott (mathematician)

1860  Alicia Boole Stott (mathematician)

1893  Dorothy Deming born (author)

1903  Jessie Bernard early feminist sociologist and  Female intellectual

1906  Margaret Rawlings born (distinguished stage actress)

1916-2004 Francis Crick discovered DNA's structure (Nobel 1962)

1925-1961 Eddie Gaedel 3'7" St Louis Browns pinch-hitter. (he walked) A stunt of Bill Veeck.

1925  Barbara Pierce Bush born (First Lady)

1933 Joan Rivers comedian and red carpet interview pioneer.

1947  Sara Paretsky author of very good mystery fiction.  

Quote for Today

Yeah, I read history. But it doesn't make you nice. Hitler read history, too.

Joan Rivers


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