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This Day in History for November 20

1789 – New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights. 1866 – Howard University founded (Washington, D.C.) 1914 – US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports. 1919 – 1st municipally owned airport in US opens (Tucson, Arizona) 1923 – Garrett Morgan patents his traffic signal design, an important development in automobile safety. 1931 – Commercial teletype service begins (AT&T) 1943 – US forces land on Tarawa & Makin Atoll in Gilbert Island. 1947 – 1st permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (New Jersey) 1952 – George Axelrod’s “Seven Year Itch” premieres in NYC. 1959 – US adopts Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights. 1967 – At 11 AM, …..

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This Day in History for November 19

1644 – First protestant ministry society in New England. 1805 – Lewis & Clark expedition reaches the Pacific Ocean, first European Americans to cross the west. 1861 – Julia Ward Howe committed “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to paper. 1863 – US President Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address beginning; “Four score & seven years ago….” 1872 – E.D. Barbour of Boston is awarded the first U.S. patent for the first ‘calculator’, an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals. 1895 – American inventor Frederick E. Blaisdell patents the pencil. 1911 – NY receives first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy. 1923 – The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton …..

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Week In Review

Nov. 12-18 Week in Review: A former mayor dies and a desperate search continues

A former mayor died, a desperate search for a kidnapped Lumberton teen continued, and the election results were made official during the week of Nov. 12-18. Former Bladenboro Mayor Edgar Evans died Tuesday, Nov. 13. He was 87. Burial was held Thursday, Nov. 15 at Lennons Crossroads Church. Mr. Evans served as mayor from 1974 until 1993, according to town records. Current Mayor Rufus Duckworth said, “Edgar was a good friend to me.” Hania Noelia Aguilar was abducted from her yard on Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton on the morning of Nov. 5. The FBI and Lumberton police continue to search for the 13-year-old. A male described as wearing dark colored …..

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This Day in History for November 18

1307 – William Tell reputedly shoots apple off his son’s head. 1787 – First Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston. 1805 – 30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee’s house in Wiscasset, Maine, organizes Female Charitable Society, first woman’s club in America. 1861 – The first provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress is held in Richmond, Virginia. 1865 – Mark Twain publishes “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” 1872 – Suffragette Susan Anthony is arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshall and charged with illegally voting. 1902 – Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names the teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt. 1913 – Lincoln Deachey performs first airplane loop-the-loop (San Diego) …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Tim Kinlaw resigned as Bladen County Inspector. August 1983 Bladen County unemployment was at 14.4%. The White Lake Town Commissioners made plans to close the White Lake ABC store. Elizabethtown Revco had their Grand Opening. Share:

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This Day in History for November 17

1603 – English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason. 1800 – Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building. 1827 – The Delta Phi fraternity, America’s oldest continuous social fraternity, founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York. 1853 – Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections. 1862 – Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign. 1894 – Serial killer H.H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons. 1913 – 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Connecticut. 1913 – The first ship sails …..

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This Day in History for November 16

1676 – 1st colonial prison organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts. 1776 – 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port – US Andrew Doria at Fort St Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean island) 1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post. 1824 – New York City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business. 1871 – National Rifle Association is first chartered in the State of New York. 1901 – Booker T. Washington and his family are invited to dine at the White House with Teddy and Edith Roosevelt, prompting condemnation from the South. 1914 – Federal Reserve System formally opens. 1933 – Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR. 1939 – Al …..

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This Day in History for November 15

1763 – Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland. 1791 – 1st Catholic college in US, Georgetown, opens. 1864 – Union Major General Sherman leaves Atlanta on his “March to the Sea” 1869 – Free postal delivery formally inaugurated. 1904 – King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade. 1919 – US Senate 1st invokes cloture to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty) 1937 – First US congressional session in air-conditioned chambers. 1939 – The first unemployment compensation law, under the Social Security Act, that of the District of Columbia, was approved for grants by the Social Security Board. 1940 – 1st 75,000 men called …..

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Crusaders Celebrate Service and Sacrifice

Contributed On the morning of November 8th, Harrells Christian Academy welcomed two highly decorated Veterans into their midst in a celebration of service and sacrifice.  Retired Army General Dan Allyn and Retired Navy Captain Chuck Deleot shared their inspiring testimonies during HCA’s school-wide Veterans Day chapel service, an event that students and faculty always look to with reverence and utmost sincerity. Both speakers appeared on behalf of the Patriot Foundation where Captain Deleot serves as President and General Allyn serves on the Advisory Board.  The Patriot Foundation provides scholarship funding for children of killed, wounded, injured, or seriously ill soldiers from Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Campbell, KY, and Fort Carson, …..

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This Day in History for November 14

1666 – Samuel Pepys reports on 1st blood transfusion (between dogs) 1732 – First professional librarian in North America, Louis Timothee, hired in Philadelphia. 1832 – First streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents, rode on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Street. 1834 – William Thomson enters Glasgow University at 10 years, 4 months. 1851 – “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville first published by Harper and Brothers in the US. 1883 – “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is first published as a book by Cassell & Co. 1908 – Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light. 1910 – 1st airplane flight from deck of a …..

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This Day in History for November 13

1789 – Ben Franklin writes “Nothing…..certain but death & taxes” 1843 – Mt Rainier in Washington State erupts. 1865 – US issues 1st gold certificates. 1895 – First shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii. 1909 – 259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois. 1909 – Collier’s magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields. 1920 – Hudson River frozen at Albany. 1927 – New York – New Jersey Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens. 1942 – Minimum draft age lowered from 21 to 18 in the US. 1952 – False fingernails 1st sold. 1967 …..

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Week In Review

Nov. 5-11 Week in Review: Incumbents win re-election

After several weeks of looking at road signs, receiving lots of mailings and being bombarded by advertising, Bladen County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the midterm elections. Almost 13,000 votes were cast, which is 55 percent of eligible voters. When the results were posted Tuesday night, only one incumbent fell short in a bid to be re-elected and voters, once again, soundly defeated a local sales and use tax, based on unofficial returns. “I just wanted to thank each and every person that has supported me during this election,” said Sheriff Jim McVicker, who was elected for a second term by defeated former deputy Hakeem …..

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This Day in History for November 12

1799 – Andrew Ellicott makes the first known record of a meteor shower observation in the U.S. from a ship off the coast of Florida Keys. 1873 – Bay District Race Track in San Francisco opens. 1915 – Theodore W Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in chemistry. 1922 – The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is founded on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1925 – US & Italy sign peace accord about war debts. 1926 – The first recorded aerial bombing on US soil took place in Williamson County, Illinois, during a feud between rival liquor gangs, the Sheltons and the Birgers. 1927 – Notre …..

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This Day in History for November 10

1766 – The last Colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signs the charter of Queen’s College (later renamed Rutgers University) 1775 – The Second continental Congress forms Continental Marines, precursor to the United States Marine Corps. 1891 – Granville T Woods patents electric railway. 1898 – Race riot in Wilmington, NC (8 killed) 1908 – 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room. 1911 – Andrew Carnegie forms Carnegie Corporation for scholarly and charitable works. 1920 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” premieres in NYC. 1942 – US-British troops occupies Oran, Algeria. 1951 – 1st long distance telephone call without operator assistance. 1954 – “Marine Corps War Memorial” unveiled …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

A Christmas Club Sweepstakes promotion was started by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. Rogers Clark of Elizabethtown was named President of the North Carolina Oil Jobber’s Association. Bladen County Hospital received a Certificate of Need to allow the hospital to instigate a $6 million expansion. Suzette Edge was Bladen County’s nominee for the Morehead Scholarship. Share:

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This Day in History for November 9

1620 – After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod) 1821 – 1st US pharmacy college holds 1st, Philadelphia. 1857 – Atlantic Monthly magazine 1st published. 1904 – 1st airplane flight to last more than 5 minutes. 1924 – Miriam (Ma) Ferguson becomes 1st US elected woman governor (of Texas) 1925 – Robert A. Millikan confirms the existence of cosmic rays from outer space in a speech to the National Academy of Sciences at Madison, Wisconsin. 1930 – 1st nonstop airplane flight from NY to Panama. 1936 – American fashion designer Ruth Harkness captures a panda cub …..

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This Day in History for November 8

1701 – William Penn presents Charter of Priviliges. 1731 – In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st library in the north American colonies. 1789 – Bourbon Whiskey 1st distilled from corn by Elijah Craig in Bourbon, Kentucky. 1861 – USS San Jacinto commanded by Charles Wilkes captures two Confederate diplomats from the British mail steamer Trent, almost causing a war between the US and the UK. 1904 – American President Theodore Roosevelt (R) defeats Alton B. Parker (D). 1910 – 1st Washington State election in which women could vote. 1910 – William H. Frost receives the first U.S. patent for an electrical insect destroyer. 1933 – FDR creates Civil Works Administration. …..

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This Day in History – November 7

This Day in History – November 7 1805 – Lewis and Clark sight Pacific Ocean. 1848 – General Zachary Taylor elected as 12th President of the US. 1876 – Edward Bouchet is 1st African American to receive a Ph.D from a US collery (Yale) 1907 – Delta Sigma Pi, a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities is founded at New York University. 1910 – The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright Brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse. 1916 – Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Montana) is elected to Congress as its first woman Representative. 1918 – United Press …..

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This Day in History for November 6

1789 – Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States. 1860 – Abraham Lincoln (Rep-R-Ill) elected 16th American President. 1888 – Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats President Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes. 1903 – USA recognizes independence of Panama. 1917 – New York adopts a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote in state elections. 1928 – Republican candidate Herbert Hoover is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Al Smith. 1928 – Colonel Jacob Schick patents first electric razor. 1938 – 3 DiMaggio brothers play together for first time, charity all …..

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This Day in History for November 5

1639 – First Post Office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts. 1773 – John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an “Enemy to America” 1872 – Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US President. 1889 – Louisa Woosley first woman to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church) 1895 – 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car. 1900 – Under US military control since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Cuba now calls its own constitutional convention. 1916 – The Everett Massacre …..

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This Day in History for November 2

1783 – General George Washington, later 1st US President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War. 1824 – Popular presidential vote 1st recorded: Andrew Jackson beats John Quincy Adams. 1859 – Abolitionist John Brown found guilty of murder, conspiring slaves to revolt and treason against Virginia and sentenced to hang. 1867 – Women’s fashion magazine “Harper’s Bazaar” is 1st published. 1889 – North Dakota becomes 39th & South Dakota becomes 40th state in the United States. 1907 – US banker J.P. Morgan locks over 40 bankers in his library to force them to find ways to avert New York banking crisis. 1934 – MLB All-Star team led …..

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This Day in History for November 1

1800 – John Adams becomes the first US President to live in the White House. 1834 – First published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game) 1848 – First US women’s medical school opens (Boston) 1859 – The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse was lit for the first time. Its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for about 19 miles, in good conditions. 1870 – US Weather Bureau begins operations (24 locations) 1896 – First bare-breasted women (Zulu) to appear in National Geographic Magazine. 1913 – Less than a week after the US non-intervention promise, President Woodrow Wilson demands that Mexican dictator Huerta resigns. 1915 – Parris Island is …..

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This Day in History for October 31

1868 – Standard uniform approved for US postal carriers. 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 1906 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar & Cleopatra” premieres in NYC. 1913 – 1st US paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway is dedicated. 1918 – Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in US in 1 week. 1922 – Karel & Josef Capek’s “World We Live In” premieres in NYC. 1938 – Great Depression: In an effort to try restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public. 1941 – Prior to US joining WWII, German submarine U-552 torpedoes US destroyer Reuben …..

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This Day in History for October 30

1768 – First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC) 1864 – Helena, Montana’s capital, founded. 1873 – P T Barnum’s circus, “Greatest Show on Earth”, debuts (New York City) 1894 – Daniel Cooper patents time clock. 1905 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” premieres in NYC. 1942 – US aircraft carrier Enterprise reaches Noumea. 1945 – US government announces end of shoe rationing. 1945 – Clarence Birdseye sells first frozen peas. 1953 – Dr. Albert Schweitzer & Gen. George Marshall win Nobel Peace Prize. 1954 – US Defense Department announces elimination of all racially segregated regiments. 1972 – Worst US rail accident in 14 years; …..

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This Day in History for October 29

1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England. 1811 – 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans. 1833 – 1st US college fraternity to have a fraternity house founded. 1872 – J.S. Risdon patents metal windmill. 1904 – First intercity trucking service (Colorado City & Snyder, Texas) 1929 – “Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression” 1940 – Lottery for 1st US WWII draftees held: #158 drawn 1st. 1945 – First ballpoint pen goes on sale, manufactured by Biro. 1953 – A Baltimore group purchases St. Louis Browns. 1958 – Dr. …..

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This Day in History for October 28

1776 – Battle of White Plains: George Washington retreats to New Jersey. 1790 – New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000. 1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin. 1858 – R. H. Macy & Co opens 1st store, (6th Ave-NYC). Gross receipts $11.06. 1886 – Statute of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City. 1904 – St Louis police try a new investigation method – fingerprints. 1913 – “Krazy Kat” comic strip by George Herriman debuts in NY Journal. 1922 – First US coast-to-coast  radio broadcast of a football game. 1929 – Dow …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Forty-nine percent of the registered voters in Elizabethtown cast votes. Bob Marshburn, Henry Bostic and Russell Grimes were elected Elizabethtown Town Commissioners. The Bladenboro Town Board increased water-sewer rates by 50 percent. The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced that eleven bridges in Bladen County would be rebuilt. Share:

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This Day in History for October 27

1682 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn. 1775 – US Navy forms as the Continental Navy. 1871 – Boss Tweed (William Macy Tweed), Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, arrested after NY Times exposed his corruption. 1893 – Hurricane hits coast between Savannah, Georgia & Charleston, South Carolina. 1913 – President Woodrow Wilson says US will never attack another country. 1920 – League of Nations moves headquarters to Geneva. 1920 – Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins. 1938 – DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called “nylon” 1941 – Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan. 1954 – President …..

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This Day in History for October 26

1492 – Lead (graphite) pencils first used. 1682 – William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York. 1776 – Benjamin Franklin departs for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution. 1810 – US annexes western Florida. 1858 – Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine. 1881 – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona. 1903 – Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay. 1916 – Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control) 1940 – The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight. 1949 – US President Harry Truman increases minimum …..

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This Day in History for October 25

1780 – John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts. 1870 – Pimlico Race Course opens in Baltimore. 1870 – Postcards first used in USA. 1906 – US inventor Lee de Forest patents “Audion”, a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting. 1923 – Senate committee publishes 1st report on Teapot Dome scandal. 1929 – Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe in the Teapot scandal – 1st US Cabinet member to go to jail. 1930 – 1st scheduled transcontinental air service began. 1940 – Benjamin O Davis, Sr. becomes 1st African American general in US Army. 1951 – Peace talks …..

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This Day in History for October 24

1861 – West Virginia secedes from Virginia. 1901 – First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor) 1908 – Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Outto the Ball Game” 1911 – Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole. 1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years. 1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. 1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%. 1931 – George Washington …..

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This Day in History for October 23

1813 – The Pacific Fur Company trading post in Astoria, Oregon is turned over to the rival British North West Company (the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest was dominated for the next three decades by the United Kingdom. 1888 – Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested. 1893 – C Dazey’s “In Old Kentucky” premieres in NYC (27 seasons) 1915 – 1st national horseshoe throwing championship (Kellerton, Iowa) 1915 – An estimated 25,000 supporters in a woman’s suffrage march on New York’s Fifth Ave, led by Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters. 1932 – “Fred Allen Show” premieres on radio. 1933 – …..

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This Day in History for October 22

1746 – Princeton University (NJ) received its charter. 1836 – Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of the Republic of Texas. 1861 – 1st telegraph line linking West & East coasts completed. 1879 – Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb. 1906 – Henry Ford becomes President of Ford Motor Company. 1907 – Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth buys Barnum & Bailey circus. 1924 – Toastmasters International is founded. 1928 – Herbert Hoover speaks of “American system of rugged individualism” 1934 – In East Liverpool, Ohio, notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd is shot and killed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. 1938 – Chester Carlson demonstrates …..

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This Day in History – October 21

1774 – First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America. 1797 – The USS Constitution (Old Ironside) is launched in Boston. 1869 – 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore. 1902 – In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends. 1911 – RS Huchens & M Hudsons “Garden of Allah” premieres in NYC. 1915 – William Jennings Bryan’s successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping. 1925 – Sidney Howards “Lucky Sam McGarver” premieres in …..

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This Day in History for October 20

1803 – US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase. 1817 – 1st Mississippi “Showboat” leaves Nashville on maiden voyage. 1820 – Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million. 1864 – US President Abraham Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday. 1898 – NC Mutual & Provident Insurance Company forms. 1906 – Dr. Lee DeForest demonstrated his electrical vacuum tube (radio tube) 1917 – US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for protesting women’s rights in Washington. 1939 – “All the Things You Are” recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. 1944 – US forces under General Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines with the landing of …..

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This Day in History for October 19

1765 – Stamp Act Congress meets in New York City, writes the Declaration of Rights and Grievances. 1781 – British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms of surrender to George Washington and comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm; US Revolutionary War ends. 1870 – 1st African Americans (4) elected to US House of Representatives. 1914 – US Post Office 1st used an automobile to collect and deliver mail. 1915 – US bankers arrange a $500 million loan to the British and French. 1926 – John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle. 1932 – Henry Ford gives his 1st radio speech. 1932 – Jimmie Foxx wins AL MVP and …..

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West Bladen High to Host Veterans Recognition Ceremony

West Bladen High School will host it’s annual Veteran’s Recognition Assembly on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., in the West Bladen High School gymnasium at 1600 NC Hwy. 410, Bladenboro, NC 28320. There will be a small reception for Veteran’s at 8:30 a.m. in the media center. If you plan on attending the assembly please RSVP with 1SG(R) John Gillespie at jegillespie@bladen.k12.nc.us or 910-862-2130 prior to October 31st. If you are a West Bladen High School alumni and would like to be added to the slide presentation email 1SG Gillespie a photo, full name, rank, branch of service, dates of service and year graduated from WBHS. Share:

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This Day in History for October 18

1648 – First labor organization forms in North American colonies. (Boston Shoemakers) 1767 – Mason Dixon line, the boundary between Maryland & Pennsylvania agreed upon. 1867 – US takes possession of Alaska from Russia having paid $7.2 million. 1878 – Edison makes electricity available for household use. 1898 – American flag raised in Puerto Rico. 1924 – Notre Dame beats Army 13-7, NY Herald Tribune dubs them (4 Horsemen) 1931 – American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion. 1940 – Kaufman & Harts “George Washington Slept Here” premieres in NYC. 1952 – Date of he first Mad Magazine issue. 1954 – Hurricane Hazel becomes most severe to ever hit …..

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This Day in History for October 17

1691 – New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth. 1904 – Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors. 1919 – Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created as subsidiary of General Electric. 1933 – Albert Einstein arrives in US as a refugee from Nazi Germany. 1941 – USS Kearney becomes the 1st US destroyer torpedoed in World Wide II, while the country is still neutral. 1954 – Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes from 7 touchdowns vs Washington (49-21) 1955 – Lee Meriwether joins Today Show. 1960 – US & Britain sign accord for nuclear submarine bases. 1962 – Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship. 1967 – …..

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This Day in History for October 16

1780 – Royalton, Vermont and Turnbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War. 1829 – Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston) 1848 – 1st US homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania. 1869 – Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing. 1875 – Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah. 1907 – Belasco Theater opens at 111 W 44th St NYC. 1916 – Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic in the US at 46 Amboy St, Brooklyn. 1940 – Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. is promoted to brigadier general, the first African-American person to become a general in the US military. 1943 – Chicago …..

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This Day in History for October 15

1789 – First presidential tour-George Washington in New England. 1846 – Dr William Green Morton 1st public use of ether. 1878 – Edison Electric Light Company incorporated. 1883 – Supreme Court declares Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional. 1919 – 14 horses begin 300-mile race from Vermont to Massachusetts for $1000 prize money. 1924 – US President Calving Coolidge declares Statute of Liberty a national monument. 1933 – 20th Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect President term begins in January not March. 1939 – LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC. 1952 – Arthur Laurent’s “Time of the Cuckoo” premieres in NYC. 1952 – “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White and illustrated …..

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This Day in History for October 14

1773 – American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom’s East India Company tea ships’ cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland. 1774 – First Continental Congress makes Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia. 1834 – First African-American granted a US patent, Henry Blair, for a corn planter. 1884 – George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film. 1901 – Justin Huntly McCarthy’s “If I were King” premieres in NYC. 1922 – 1st Tom McAn shoe store opens on Third Avenue NYC. 1926 – A.A. Milne’s book “Winnie the Pooh” released. 1943 – US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17s during assault on Schweinfurt. 1952 – UN General Assembly first meets at its new headquarters …..

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Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Bladen unemployment was the highest in N.C. with a rate of 18.3 percent. North Carolina DOT announced a grant of $139,426 for road work in 7 Bladen County municipalities. The Bladen Journal announced that their circulation stood at 5,650 subscribers. WestPoint Pepperell announced pay raises for all employees in Bladen County. Share:

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Set to Reopen After Hurricane Florence Recovery

Currie, NC –  On Monday, October 15, 2018, Moores Creek National Battlefield will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Florence hit the area nearly 1 month ago. Nearly 2/3 of the park flooded, with some parts receiving over 15′ of water in places. The park remained flooded for over two weeks. Park staff were able to get in last week and begin the long recovery process. The park’s Visitor Center, Administration Building, and Maintenance Building remained dry and did not receive any damage. However, the Patriots Hall Community Building received over 5′ of water in it. The boardwalk, a part of the History Trail that crosses over …..

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This Day in History for October 12

1609 – Children’s rhyme “Three Blind Mice” published in London. 1773 – America’s first asylum opens for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia. 1792 – First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York. 1836 – 18″ of snow falls in Bridgewater, NY. 1859 – Self-proclaimed Emperor of the USA, Emperor Norton issues edict abolishing the US Congress. 1892 – US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day. 1900 – The first modern submarine is commissioned by the U.S. Navy as the USS Holland, named for its designer John Philip Holland. 1901 – Theodore Roosevelt renames “Executive Mansion” as “The White …..

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This Day in History for October 11

1726 – Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England. 1811 – The Juliana, 1st steam-powered ferryboat, begins operation. 1887 – A Miles patents elevator. 1890 – Daughters of American Revolution founded. 1922 – First women FBI “special investigator”, Alaska Davidson, appointed. 1929 – JC Penny opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states. 1939 – Albert Einstein informs FDR of the possibilities of an atomic bomb. 1956 – American League President Will Harridge bars Washington Senators move to west coast, unless unanimously approved by the other AL owners. 1958 – 2nd US Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls …..

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This Day in History for October 10

1845 – Naval School (now called US Naval Academy) opens at Annapolis. 1865 – John Wesley Hyatt patents the billiard ball made from cellulose nitrate (celluloid) in Albany, New York (patent US50359A) 1886 – 1st dinner jacket (tuxedo) worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY. 1904 – Liberty Theater opens at 234 W 42nd St. NYC. 1930 – Yankees announce signing Joe McCarthy to manage for 4 years. 1933 – 1st synthetic detergent, “Dreft” by Procter & Gamble, goes on sale. 1941 – German U-boat torpedoes US destroyer Kearney. 1943 – US bombers accidentally strike Enschede, Netherlands, causing 151 deaths. 1957 – US President Eisenhower apologizes to the finance …..

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This Day in History for October 9

1635 – Religious dissident Roger Williams banished from Mass Bay Colony. 1701 – Collegiate School of Connecticut (Yale U), chartered in New Haven. 1837 – Steamboat “Home” sinks off Okracoke, North Carolina, killing 100. 1888 – Washington Monument opens for public admittance. 1903 – 11″ rainfall in 24 hours (NYC). 1936 – Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles. 1941 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves an atomic program – beginning of the Manhattan project. 1946 – First electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50. 1947 – First telephone conversation between a moving car & a plane. 1960 – Cowboy QB Eddie LeBaron throws shortest touchdown pass (2″) 1963 …..

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This Day in History for October 8

1633 – Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its first government. 1840 – First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed. 1860 – Telegraph line between LA & SF opens. 1873 – First women’s prison run by women opens at Indiana Reformatory Institute. 1896 – Dow Jones starts reporting an average of selected industrial stocks. 1918 – American soldier Alvin York single-handedly attacks German gun nest, killing at least 25 and capturing 132 Germans. 1933 – Coit Tower dedicated in San Francisco as a monument to firefighters. 1934 – Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for murder of Charles Lindbergh’s son. 1945 – US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada. 1945 – …..

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This Day in History for October 7

1492 – Christopher Columbus misses Florida when he changes course. 1765 – Stamp Act Congress (First Congress of the American Colonies) convenes in New York City to devise a unified protest against new British taxation. 1816 – 1st double decked steamboat, Washington, arrives in New Orleans. 1856 – Cyrus Chambers, Jr. patents folding machine that folds book and newspapers. 1919 – Fritz Kreisler & F. Jacobi’s “Apple Blossoms” premieres in NYC. 1929 – Ramsay MacDonald is first British Prime Minister to address US Congress. 1931 – 1st infra-red photograph, Rochester, NY. 1940 – World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking …..

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This Day in History for October 6

1783 – Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock. 1866 – 1st train robbery in US (Reno Brothers take $13,000) 1889 – Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture. 1893 – Nabisco Foods invents Cream of Wheat. 1918 – US ship Otranto sinks between Scotland & Ireland, 425 die. 1935 – Market Street Railway, San Francisco, starts using trackless trolley coaches. 1946 – 90 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in October. 1946 – US President Harry Truman questions Great Britain Jews about Palestine. 1949 – US Truman Harry Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO) 1956 – Dr. Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine. 1961 – JFK advises …..

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This Day in History for October 5

1862 – Federal fleet occupies Galveston, Texas. 1875 – Palace Hotel on Market Street opens in San Francisco. 1892 – Dalton Gang ends in shoot-out in Coffeville, Kansas bank holdup. 1905 – Orville and Wilbur Wright’s “Flyer III” flight 38.5 km in 38.3″ 1924 – 1st Little Orphan Annie-strip appears in NYC Daily News. 1925 – WSM-AM in Nashville, Tenn begins radio transmissions. 1943 – US air raid on Wake, Japanese execute 98 US prisoners in retaliation. 1945 – “Meet the Press” premieres on radio. 1953 – Earl Warren sworn in as 14th chief justice of US. 1953 – The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held. 1960 …..

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This Day in History for October 4

1636 – In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony’s 1st law drafted. 1648 – Peter Stuyvesant establishes American’s 1st volunteer fire service. 1854 – Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair. 1897 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Devil’s Disciple” premieres in NYC. 1931 – Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts. 1933 – Esquire magazine is 1st published. 1949 – United Nations’ permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated. 1958 – Transatlantic commercial jet passenger service began (BOAC) 1963 – Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba & Haiti. 1975 – A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, NC, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the …..

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This Day in History for October 3

1789 – Washington proclaims first national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26. 1849 – American author Edgar Allen Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death. 1872 – Bloomingdale’s department store in New York opens. 1899 – J S Thurman patents motor-driven vacuum cleaner. 1913 – US Federal Income tax signed into law (at 1%) by President Woodrow Wilson. 1922 – 1st facsimile photo sent over city telephone lines, Washington, D.C. 1940 – US forms parachute troops. 1942 – FDR forms Office of Economic Stabilization. 1954 – “Father Knows Best” premieres. 1955 – …..

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This Day in History for October 2

1789 – George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification. 1866 – J Osterhoudt patents tin can with key opener. 1871 – Brigham Young, Mormon leader, arrested for bigamy. 1872 – Morgan State University founded. 1889 – In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West. 1904 – White Sox left-hander Doc White’s streak of 45 consecutive MLB scoreless innings is snapped by the New York Highlanders in Chicago; White Sox win, 7-1 at South Side Park. 1919 – US President Woodrow Wilson has a stroke, leaving him partially …..

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This Day in History for October 1

1851 – 1st Hawaiian stamps issued. 1854 – The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing. 1868 – “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston. 1885 – Special delivery mail service begins in US. 1890 – Congress creates Weather Bureau. 1907 – A downturn in the stock market leads to a run on the dollar; US President Theodore Roosevelt will be forced to call on financier J.P. Morgan to help manage the financial crisis. 1908 – Henry Ford introduces …..

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This Day in History – September 30

1659 – Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Daniel Defoe) 1841 – Samuel Slocum patented the stapler. 1867 – Midway Islands formally declared a US possession. 1898 – City of NY established. 1919 – Avery Hopwood’s “Gold Diggers” premieres in NYC. 1934 – St Louis Cards clinch pennant as Dizzy Dean wins his 30th game of the year. 1935 – Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” premieres in Boston. 1942 – Admiral Chester Nimitz’s B-17 finds Guadalcanal using National Geographic map. 1949 – American chemist Percy L. Julian at the Glidden Company announces an improved method for producing cortisone. 1954 – 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned by the US Navy. 1960 – …..

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This Day in History for September 29

1789 – US War Department established a regular army. 1849 – 1s passenger train service to Peekskill, New York (New Haven Railroad) 1879 – NL owners meeting in Buffalo adopt reserve clause, giving each team exclusive rights to their players. 1907 – Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral. 1915 – 1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent. 1916 – American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire. 1920 – Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10. 1927 – Telephone service begins between US & Mexico. 1940 – “Double or Nothing”, a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net. 1947 – Dizzy Gillespie presented …..

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This Day in History for September 28

1542 – Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain. 1701 – Divorce legalized in Maryland. 1779 – American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay. 1787 – Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval. 1850 – US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment. 1867 – The United States takes control of Midway Island. 1904 – Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC. 1928 – 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack’s Gully Jumpers) 1937 – FDR dedicates Bonneville Dam on Columbia River (Oregon) 1951 – Allie …..

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This Day in History for September 27

1779 – John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain. 1852 – George L Aiken’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” premieres in Troy, NY. 1864 – Jesse James’ gang surprise attack train: 150 killed. 1892 – Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company. 1903 – Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name. 1906 – Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. 1909 – US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes. 1930 – Cubs’ Hack Wilson’s 2 HRs give him …..

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This Day in History for September 26

1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine. 1789 – Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Secretary of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice, and Edmund J Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General. 1872 – The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City. 1895 – US stops minting $1 & $3 gold coin & 3 cent piece. 1914 – Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce. 1933 – Sidney Kingsley’s “Men in White” premieres in NYC. 1950 – UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul. 1953 – Billy Hunter is last St. Louis Browns player to …..

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This Day in History for September 24

1493 – Christopher Columbus embarks on his 2nd expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships. 1657 – First autopsy & coroner’s jury verdict is recorded in Maryland. 1789 – US Federal Judiciary Ac is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court. 1869 – Black Friday; Wall Street panic after Gould & Fisk attempt to corner gold. 1889 – Alexander Dey patents dial time recorder. 1906 – V Herbert & H Blossom’s musical “Red Mill” premieres in NYC. 1924 – Boston, Massachusetts, opens its airport. 1929 – Lt James Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell Field in NY in 1st all-instrument flight. 1930 …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Hospital announced that they were changing room rates. Bladen County building permits for June 1983 totaled $934,000. In August the county rescue squad made 56 calls. In the first year of operation the Elizabethtown ABC Store made $79,321.78. Share:

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This Day in History – September 22

1773 – Benjamin Franklin publishes a hoax letter “An Edict by the King of Prussia” in the Public Advertiser, criticizing Britain’s colonial policies in the American colonies. 1789 – US Congress passes act requiring the first Postmaster General to report to the President through the Secretary of the Treasury. 1862 – US President Abraham Lincoln says he will free slaves in all states on January 1. 1903 – Italo Marchiony granted patent for ice cream cone. 1913 – Coal mine explosion kills 264 at Dawson, New Mexico. 1922 – US Congress passes the Cable Act, under which an American woman who marries an ‘alien’ will not lose citizenship; neither will a woman …..

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This Day in History – September 21

1776 – Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested. 1837 – Charles Tiffany founds his jewelry and china stores. 1872 – John Henry Conyers of South Carolina becomes first black student at Annapolis. 1895 – America’s first automotive producer, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company, is founded by Charles and J. Frank Duryea. 1897 – NY Sun runs famous “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus” editorial. 1902 – First cowboy film “Kit Carson” premieres in US. 1905 – Atlanta Life Insurance Co forms. 1928 – “My Weekly Reader” magazine made its debut. 1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York.  The …..

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This Day in History for September 18

1679 – New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1789 – 1st loan is made to pay salaries of the presidents & Congress. 1793 – US President George Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. 1842 – 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published. 1851 – New York Times starts publishing (2 cents a copy) 1895 – Booker T. Washington delivers ‘Atlanta Compromise’ address. 1919 – Hurricane tides 16 feet above normal drown 280 along Gulf Coast. 1927 – The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air with 18 stations (and WOR as NYC affiliate) 1947 – US Department of Defense 1st day of operation. …..

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This Day in History for September 17

1691 – Massachusetts Bay Colony granted new charter. 1787 – The US Constitution is signed by delegates at the Philadelphia Convention. 1819 – First whaling ship arrives in Hawaii. 1858 – Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America. 1872 – Phillip W Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires. 1911 – 1st transcontinental airplane flight, NY-Pasadena in 82 hours, 4 minutes. 1920 – National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; re-named the NFL in 1922. 1931 – 1st LP record demonstrated …..

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This Day in History for September 16

1630 – Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston. 1782 – Great seal of the United States of America used for the first time. 1858 – 1st overland mail for California. 1908 – Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan. 1915 – US takes control of customs & finances of Haiti for 10 years. 1919 – American Legion incorporated by an act of US Congress. 1920 – The “Wall Street bombing” occurs at 12:01 when a horse-drawn wagon explodes on Wall Street, New York, killing 38 and injuring 143. 1928 – Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee, Florida; 3,000 die. 1931 – Blimp is moored to Empire …..

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This Day in History for September 15

1683 – Germantown, Pennsylvania, founded by 13 immigrant families. 1789 – US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State. 1831 – The locomotive “John Bull” operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad. 1851 – Saint Joseph’s University is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1887 – Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution. 1914 – US Marines march out of Vera Cruz, Mexico. 1923 – Governor Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of Ku Klux Klan terror. 1938 – Only time brothers hit back-to-back HRs (Lloyd & Paul Warner, Pittsburgh) 1942 – US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal. 1947 – First …..

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This Day in History – September 14

1716 – 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit (Boston Harbor) 1814 – Francis Scott Key pens the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, later known as “The Star Spangled Banner” while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in Baltimore harbor. 1847 – US Marines under General Scott enter Mexico City (halls of Montezuma) 1848 – Alexander  Stewart opens 1st US department store. 1872 – Britain pays US$15-1/2M for damages during Civil War. 1886 – George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon. 1901 – Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the youngest man to serve as US President, after William McKinley finally dies after an anarchist shoots …..

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This Day in History for September 13

1788 – NY City becomes 1st capital of US. 1789 – 1st loan to US government (from NYC banks) 1847 – American-Mexican war: US General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City. 1869 – Jay Gould & James Fisk attempt to control US gold market. 1919 – Guy Bolton & George Middleton’s “Adam & Eve,” premieres in NYC. 1922 – The Straw Hat Riot begins in New York City as people protest the right to wear straw hats beyond the accepted end date of September 15. 1927 – Waite Hoyt became only 20 game winner of 1927 Yankees. 1936 – Acting on the orders of Louis Buchalter, Murder, Inc. killers gun down …..

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This Day in History for September 12

1787 – American statesman George Mason suggests the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated. 1814 – Battle of North Point fought near Baltimore during War of 1812. 1857 – 423 die when “Central America” sinks of Cape Romain, SC. 1907 – Lusitania arrives in NYC after 5 day crossing of Atlantic (record) 1918 – WWI: US forces launch an attack on German-occupied St. Mihiel. 1928 – Hurricane in Florida kills 6,000. 1935 – Millionaire Howard Hughes flies his own designed plane at 357.46 mph. 1940 – 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes …..

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This Day in History for September 11

1773 – Benjamin Franklin writes “there never was a good war or bad peace” 1847 – 1st singing of Stephen Foster’s “Susanna” (in Pittsburgh) 1853 – 1st electric telegraph used – Merchant’s Exchange, San Francisco to Pt Lobos, Californina. 1909 – Max Wolf rediscovers Halley’s comet. 1922 – Yankees play their farewell home game in Polo Grounds win doubleheader. 1936 – FDR dedicates Boulder Dam, now known as Hoover Dam. 1941 – FDR orders US Navy that any Axis ship found in American waters to be shot on sight. 1941 – Charles Lindbergh, charges “British, Jewish & Roosevelt administration” are trying to get US into WWII. 1941 – Construction of …..

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This Day in History for September 10

1608 – John Smith elected president of Jamestown colony council, Virginia. 1776 – George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers. 1846 – Elias Howe takes out a US patent for a lockstitch sewing machine. 1897 – Lattimer Massacre – a sheriff’s posse kills twenty unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, USA. 1910 – Great Idaho fire destroys 3 million acres of timber. 1913 – Lincoln highway opens as 1st paved coast-to-coast highway. 1919 – NYC welcomes home General John J. Pershing & 25,000 WW I soldiers. 1932 – Independent City owned Rapid Transit Railroad (IND) opens in NYC. 1953 – Swanson sells its 1st “TV dinner” 1966 – …..

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UNCW Has Issued a Voluntary Campus Evacuation for Students, Effective at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10

This message is being sent by the Office of University Relations on behalf of the Environmental Health & Safety Department. Based on National Weather Service forecasts indicating that Hurricane Florence has the potential to directly affect the UNCW area later this week, the university has issued a voluntary evacuation for students, starting at 12 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10. Effective 12 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, the university has canceled all university-sponsored events and athletics, including Fall Family and Alumni Weekend (Sept. 14-15), the women’s soccer match vs. ECU on Thursday (Sept. 13) and the Hampton Inn Seahawk Invitational women’s volleyball tournament (Sept. 14-15). In a voluntary evacuation, students are encouraged, but not required, to leave campus for …..

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This Day in History for September 9

1753 – 1st steam engine arrives in north American colonies. 1776 – Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (was the United Colonies) 1850 – Territories of New Mexico & Utah created and California is admitted as the thirty-first state of the Union. 1861 – Nurse Sally Tompkins is officially commissioned as a officer (and its only woman officer) by the confederate US Army. 1904 – Mounted police 1st used in NYC. 1908 – Orville Wright makes his 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va. 1919 – Boston’s police force strikes. 1926 – National Broadcasting Company created by Radio Corporation of America. 1934 – G Kaufman …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Breece Horton was Elizabethtown Jaycee of the Month. Elizabethtown received a $744,250 Community Development Grant. Pervis McLaughlin filed for Elizabethtown Commissioner. Shoe Show is opening a store in Elizabethtown. Share:

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This Day in History for September 8

1565 – 1st permanent European settlement in the US founded at St. Augustine, Florida. 1755 – Battle of Lake George in the Province of New York: British army beats French. 1858 – Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech “You may fool all the people some of the time; you can fool some of the people all he time; but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” 1892 – 1st appearance of “Pledge of Allegiance” (Youth’s Companion” 1916 -US President Woodrow Wilson signs the Emergency Revenue Act, doubling the rate of income tax and adding inheritance and munitions profit tax. 1920 – US Air Mail service begins (NYC …..

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This Day in History for September 7

1630 – The City of Boston, Massachusetts is founded. 1813 – “Uncle Sam” 1st used to refer to the US, by Troy Post of New York. 1860 – Excursion steamer “Lady Elgin” drowns 340 in Lake Michigan. 1876 – Frank James and his gang are involved in a disastrous raid in Northfield, Minnesota, results in the death or capture of multiple gang members (Cole/Bob/Jim Younger arrested) 1914 – NY Post Office Building opens to public. 1915 – Johnny Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll (US Patent D47789) 1916 – Workmen’s Compensation Act passed by Congress. 1936 – Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) begins operation. 1948 – 1st use of synthetic …..

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This Day in History for September 6

1620 – The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World. 1628 – Puritans from Massachusetts Bay Colony land at Salem. 1716 – 1st lighthouse built in north America (Boston) 1837 – Oberlin collegiate Institute of Ohio goes co-ed (4 women, 30 men) 1862 – Stonewall Jackson occupies Frederick, Maryland. 1899 – Carnation processes its first can of evaporated milk. 1901 – US President William McKinley is shot by Leon Czolgosz, and anarchist, while visiting the Pan-American Exposition in New York. 1909 – Word received that American explorer Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole, 5 months earlier. 1916 – 1st true supermarket, …..

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This Day in History – September 5

1774 – Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo with Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1795 – USA and Algiers sign peace treaty. 1834 – Sam Houston elected President of the Republic of Texas. 1862 – General Lee crosses Potomac & enters Maryland. 1863 – Bread revolt in Mobile, Alabama. 1885 – 1st gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Ft Wayne, Ind) 1905 – The Treaty of Portsmouth is signed concluding the Russo-Japanese War; US President Theodore Roosevelt will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as mediator. 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson orders US Navy …..

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This Day in History – September 4

1781 – Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes) 1807 – Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat. 1833 – 1st newsboy hired (Barney Flaherty, 10 years old-NY Sun) 1862 – General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during Maryland Campaign (US Civil War) 1882 – In its 1st large-scale test, Thomas Edison’s light bulb is used to light NY’s Pearl Street Station. 1888 – George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers “Kodak. 1893 – English author Beatrix Potter first writes the story of Peter Rabbit for a 5 year old boy. 1918 – US troops …..

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This Day in History for September 3

1777 – Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War. 1833 – New York Sun begins publishing (1st daily newspaper) 1865 – American commander in SC orders Freedmen’s Bureau to stop seizing land. 1891 – Cotton pickers organize union & stage strike in Texas. 1916 – US President Woodrow Wilson signs Adamson Act, providing an 8-hour day on interstate railroads, preventing a national railroad strike. 1929 – Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches all time high of 381.17, to be shortly followed by the Crash of 1929. 1935 – First automobile to exceed 300 mph, Sir Malcolm …..

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This Day in History – September 2

1789 – US Treasury Department established by Congress. 1859 – A solar super storm affects electrical telegraph service. 1897 – “McCal” magazine first published. 1898 – Machine gun 1st used in battle. 1901 – Theodore Roosevelt advises “Speak softly & carry a big stick” 1914 – The US Treasury Department establishes the Bureau of War Risk Insurance to provide up to $5 million worth of insurance for merchant ships and their crews. 1929 – Unilever forms by merger of Margarine Union  & Lever Bros. 1930 – 1st non-stop airplane flight from Europe to US (37 hrs) 1935 – A hurricane slams Florida Keys killing 423. 1940 – Great Smoky Mountains …..

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This Day in History – September 1

1799 – Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan) 1807 – Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire. 1859 – 1st Pullman sleeping car in service. 1862 – Federal tax levied on tobacco. 1878 – 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nutt in Boston) 1902 – Tinker, Evers & Chance appear together for 1st time. 1914 – The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in capacity in the Cincinnati Zoo. 1939 – General George Marshall sworn in as the United States Army Chief of Staff. 1939 – In the “scoop of the century,” Telegraph journalist Clare Hollingsworth becomes …..

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Bladenboro Visual Arts Council postpones caricature exhibit

The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is sorry to announce that the art exhibit planned for Sept. through Nov., by Ben Gordan, the caricature artist, will be postponed indefinitely, due to unforeseen circumstances.  We hope to have Ben with us in the future, and we will be announcing that at the time.  Thus, there will not be a reception or caricature art on Sept. 8.  If you will call 910-633-7982, we will let you know what new and intriguing temporary exhibits we will be having.  For the time being we will display our permanent collection and we welcome your visit at The Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main St., Bladenboro, …..

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Family History and Genealogy Group will meet in September

There is a working meeting on Family History/Genealogy on the First and Third Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod St., in Elizabethtown. The September meetings will be Friday, September 7, and Friday, September 21, at 1 PM. Anyone who is interested in looking into their family history and recording their family stories is welcome to come and learn how easy it is! No one’s history should be a mystery! Share:

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This Day in History – August 31

1842 – Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine. 1886 – 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, South Carolina, 110 die. 1895 – 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & won 12-0) 1910 – Theodore Roosevelt makes a speech in Kansas advocating a ‘square deal’: property shall be ‘the servant and not the master of the commonwealth’ 1911 – The “Sullivan Act” requiring New Yorkers to possess licenses for firearms small enough to be concealed comes into effect. 1919 – John Reed forms American Communist Labor Party in Chicago. 1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents. 1937 …..

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This Day in History for August 30

1682 – William Penn leaves England to sail to the New World. 1836 – The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. 1862 – Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia ends with a Confederate victory over Union forces. 1890 – President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products. 1901 – Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner. 1930 – Warren Buffett, American business magnate (world’s wealthiest person in 2008), born in Omaha, Nebraska. 1945 – General Douglas MacArthur lands in Japan. 1951 – US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact. 1954 – Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the …..

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This Day in History for August 29

1861 – American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. 1862 – US Bureau of Engraving & Printing begins operation. 1896 – Chop Suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador. 1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded. 1916 – Congress creates US Naval Reserve. 1929 – Aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh makes her first solo flight. 1932 – United Cigar Stores shuts 800 shops. 1945 – Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan. 1957 – Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hour filibuster against civil rights. 1958 – US Air Force Academy’s permanent site opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1962 …..

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237th Battle of Elizabethtown Commemoration at Tory Hole Park

Photos by BladenOnline.com, Rod Fritz and Andrew Finkler Contributed by Terry Smith Edited by Sheila Calloway Bagpipes and cannon fire burst through the serenity of a sunlit Sabbath as a few 18th Century-clad history enthusiasts hosted a gathering at Tory Hole Park August 26th to commemorate the 237th stage. Following an opening blast from an 18th Century style cannon by Moore’s Creek Battlefield volunteers, bagpiper Walker Wilkins, son of Andrew and Shari Finkler of Hope Mills, drew visitors’ attention to the amphitheater stage. There Sunday Allen, a Bladen County history teacher, captured the attention of an audience of young and old, setting the stage with primary source-based spotlights on real …..

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This Day in History for August 28

1609 -English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay. 1830 – 1st American built locomotive, “Tom Thumb” races a horse-drawn car from Stockton and Stokes stagecoach company from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills.  Let history record that due to mechanical problems the horse won! 1837 – Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce. 1861 – Battle of Fort Hatteras, North Carolina. 1898 – Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink “Pepsi Cola” 1907 – United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington. 1922 – WEAF in NYC airs first radio commercial (Queensboro Realty-$100 for 10 minutes) 1937 –  Toyota Motors becomes an independent company. …..

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This Day in History For August 26

1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1791 – John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat. 1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter. 1846 – W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) 1858 – First news dispatch by telegraph. 1895 – Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power. 1907 – Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds. 1918 – W Smith & F Bacon’s “Lightnin’” premieres in NYC. 1930 – Hack Wilson hit his 44th HR, breaks Chuck Klein’s NL record. 1945 – Japanese diplomats board USS …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Fleta Harrelson retired after 30 years with the Bladen County Extension Office. David Clark was reappointed to the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Davis of Bladenboro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Three men drown on the Cape Fear River. The Rescue Squads recovered the bodies. Share:

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This Day in History for August 25

1829 – President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses. 1908 – Allen Winter wins US 1st $50,000 trotting race. 1910 – Yellow Cab is founded. 1912 – 1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin. 1916 – US Department of Interior forms National Park Service. 1921 – US signs peace treaty with Germany. 1932 – Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight. 1936 – Odorless cornstarch is patented in the US by Ralph W Kerr. 1943 – US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II. 1950 – US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a strike. 1956 – …..

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This Day in History for August 24

1814 – British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812) 1853 – 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum at Moon’s Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist) 1857 – The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history. 1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera. 1893 – Tornado destroys coast of Savannah & Charleston, about 1,000 die. 1912 – District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States. 1932 – 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart. 1936 – FDR gives …..

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This Day in History for August 23

1796 – African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated. 1850 – 1st US National Women’s Rights Convention convenes in Worchester, Massachusetts. 1869 – 1st carload of freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston. 1889 – 1st ship-to-shore wireless message received in US (San Francisco) 1904 – Automotive tire chain patented. 1920 – Mary Roberts Rinehart & Avery Roberts play “The Bat” based on Reinhart’s novel “The Circular Staircase” premieres on Broadway in New York. 1921 – Austria and the US formally end war; the US does the same with Germany on the 25th, and Hungary on the 29th. 1936 – 17 year-old Bob Feller’s 1st game, he strikes out …..

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This Day in History for August 22

1762 – 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport, Rhode Island, Mercury. 1848 – United States annexes New Mexico. 1865 – William Sheppard is issued the first US patent for liquid soap. 1901 – Cadillac Motor Company is founded. 1906 – 1st Victor Victrola manufactured. 1921 – J. Edgar Hoover becomes Assistant Director of the FBI. 1945 – Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup. 1956 – US President Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon re-nominated by Republican convention in San Francisco. 1962 – Savannah, world’s 1st nuclear-powered ship, completes maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va, to Savannah,Ga. 1963 – NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in …..

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Battle of Elizabethtown Commemoration Planned

By Erin Smith A commemoration for the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Elizabethtown is planned for Sunday, August 26, at 2 p.m. at Tory Hole Park in Elizabethtown. One of the event’s many organizers, Sunday Allen, said the town asked for assistance in putting together a commemoration. Allen said staff from Moore’s Creek Battleground, including Matthew Woods and Jason Howell, are assisting by providing a living history program, as well as cannon and musket firing demonstrations. Members of the Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are also assisting with the event, along with volunteers from Harmony Hall Plantation and other volunteers. The commemoration …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 21

1831 – Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery. 1841 – John Hampton patents venetian blind. 1878 – American Bar Association organizes at Sarasota, NY. 1888 – American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine. 1897 – Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp division. 1929 – Chicago Cardinals becomes 1st pro football team to train out of town. 1945 – US President Harry Truman ends Lend-Lease program. 1959 – Hawaii becomes the 50th US state. 1962 – Vern Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minnesota to become NWA champ. 1965 – Gemini 5 launched into Earth orbit (2 astronauts) 1967 – China reports downing of …..

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