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Salemburg Food Bank benefits from donation

Contributed On Thursday evening, Dec 7th, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mingo Militia Camp 1717 held their annual Christmas Party. Members enjoyed a steak supper with all the trimmings followed with banana pudding chocolate pound cake and coconut cake baked by Mrs. Pat Hulen. After the meal the camp and their families were entertained  by Ms. Kelly Hinson of Jackson Springs as she read “General Lee and Santa Claus” by Louise Clack published by Scuppernong Press of Wake Forest NC. The members brought boxes and bags of food to donate to the Salemburg Food Bank. Mr Woodrow Smith was very grateful for the donation. Commander Hulen stated that as a …..

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This Day in History for December 15

1791 – 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania. 1854 – 1st street-cleaning machine in US used in Philadelphia. 1902 – German agricultural tariffs are increased. 1933 – Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15. 1938 – Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 1939 – “Gone With the Wind”, drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time) 1939 – 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn in Seaford, Delaware. 1941 – USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship. 1942 – …..

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This Day in History for December 14

1793 – 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky to Cincinnati. 1798 – David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine. 1849 – 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston) 1862 – Battle of Kinston, fought in Lenoir County, North Carolina begins (Goldsboro Expedition), Union victory (US Civil War) 1903 – The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright Flyer for the first time at Kitty Hawk, NC. 1916 – America’s first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee. 1934 – 1st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany, …..

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This Day in History for December 13

1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard. 1759 – First music store in America opens (Philadelphia) 1879 – First federal fish hatching steamer launched (Wilmington, Delaware) 1922 – Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players’ sleeves or caps. 1928 – Clip-on tie designed. 1934 – Mark Hellinger Theater (Warner Bros) opens at 237 W 51st St, NYC. 1944 – Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138. 1950 – James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial. 1957 – “Peyton …..

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This Day in History for December 12

1787 – Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution. 1800 – Washington, DC, established as he capital of the United States of America. 1878 – Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing “St. Louis Dispatch” 1899 – George F. Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee. 1914 – The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%. 1925 – Arthur Heinman coins term “motel”, opens Motel Inn, San Luis Obispo. 1937 – NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV-vans onto the streets of NY. 1946 – ‘Tide’ detergent introduced. 1946 – UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1957 – …..

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This Day in History – December 11

1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock. 1620 – Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became as the “First Encounter” 1816 – Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union. 1872 – Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback takes office as the first African American US Governor in Louisiana. 1902 – The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products. 1909 – Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC. 1919 – Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama. 1930 – Bank of the United States closes in New York …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

  Kathy Gooden of Clarkton was voted Miss Pembroke State University. Unemployment in Bladen County was at 14.6%. A plan was being discussed to four lane highway 701 around Elizabethtown. Donna Gooden of Elizabethtown was a district finalist for the Morehead Scholarship. Share:

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This Day in History for December 9

1540 – Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin. 1793 – Noah Webster establishes New York’s 1st daily newspaper, the “American Minerva” 1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of War is established by the U.S. Congress. 1884 – Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate. 1902 – American League announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in NY. 1907 – First Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington, Delaware, post office) 1926 – USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs. 1935 – Walter Liggett American newspaper editor and muckraker killed in gangland murder. 1936 – American League OKs baseball for St. …..

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This Day in History for December 8

1776 – George Washington’s retreating army crosses Delaware River from New Jersey. 1792 – 1st cremation in US, Henry Laurens. 1863 – Abraham Lincoln issues his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South. 1902 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. became Associate Justice on US Supreme Court. 1914 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Watch your Step” premieres in NYC. 1930 – Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway NYC. 1931 – Coaxial cable patented. 1940 – 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0. 1941 – US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II. 1941 – President Roosevelt delivers “Day of Infamy” speech to US Congress …..

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This Day in History for December 7

1696 – Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull. 1787 – Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify the US constitution. 1808 – James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President. 1868 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin, Missouri, kills 1. 1891 – 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session. 1909 – Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry. 1917 – US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I. 1926 – Gas refrigerator patented. 1937 – Red Sox acquire the contract …..

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This Day in History for December 6

1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1876 – US Electoral College picks Rutherford B. Hayes as President, despite Samuel J. Tilden winning more votes. 1877 – 1st recording made of the human voice made by Thomas Edison reciting “Mary had a Little Lamb” 1877 – Washington Post publishes 1st edition. 1907 – Coal mine explosions in Monongah, West Virginia kills 361. 1922 – 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY. 1939 – Cole Porter’s musical “Du Barry was a Lady” premieres in NYC. 1944 – US 95th Infantry division reaches Westwall. 1955 – New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins “$64,000 …..

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This Day in History for December 5

1776 – First US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William & Mary College), forms. 1792 – George Washington re-elected as US President. 1848 – US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California. 1876 – Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench. 1879 – 1st automatic telephone switching system patented. 1908 – 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh) 1929 – 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City. 1932 – German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America. 1941 – Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved. 1941 – US aircraft carrier …..

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This Day in History for December 4

1682 – First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester) 1816 – James Monroe (Va), elected 5th US President, defeating Federalist Rufus King. 1833 – American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia. 1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published. 1915 – F. F. Fletcher is first US admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor. 1915 – Henry Ford’s peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe ‘to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas’ 1923 – Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of “The Ten Commandments” premieres. 1933 – FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration. 1942 – FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration (WPA). …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

The towns of Bladenboro and Elizabethtown were awarded the Governor’s Community of Excellence Awards. Scott Burney of White Oak received his Boy Scout Eagle Award. The East Bladen football team had a season record of 7-3 while Clarkton High won nine and lost one for the season. The Bladen Journal Football Player of the Week was Ellis Williams of Clarkton High. Share:

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This Day in History for December 3

1775 – First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred. 1828 – Andrew Jackson elected 7th US President. 1833 – Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational college, opens. 1901 – Milwaukee is dropped from the American League (baseball) & replaced by St. Louis Browns. 1907 – George Cohan’s musical “Talk of the Town” premieres in NYC. 1922 – First successful Technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in NYC. 1931 – Alka Seltzer goes on sale. 1938 – AAUs decides to continue linear measuring system over metric. 1946 – 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB) 1950 – Paul Harvey begins his …..

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This Day in History for December 2

1777 – British General Howe plots attack on Washington’s army for December 4. 1816 – First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society) 1823 – President James Monroe declares his “Monroe Doctrine”, a US foreign policy regarding Latin America. 1867 – In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States. 1901 – King C. Gillette begins selling safety razor blades. 1916 – Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract. 1927 – 1st Model A Ford sold, for $385. 1939 – NY’s La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 …..

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This Day in History – December 1

1750 – First school in America to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland. 1824 – US House of Representatives begins to decide outcome of election deadlock between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson (Adams wins) 1843 – 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens. 1878 – 1st White House telephone installed. 1903 – “The Great Train Robbery”, the 1st Western film, released. 1913 – 1st drive-up gasoline station opens (Pittsburgh) 1913 – Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford. 1917 – Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha, Nebraska. 1929 – Game of Bingo invented by Edwin S. Lowe. …..

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This Day in History – November 30

1753 – Benjamin Franklin receives the Godfrey Copley medal “on account of his curious Experiments and Observations on Electricity” 1861 – Harper’s Weekly publishes EE Beers’ “All quiet along the Potomac” 1886 – First commercially successful AC electric power plant open, Buffalo, NY. 1902 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor. 1924 – 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC) 1933 – CCC Camps are established in Cleveland Park District. 1950 – US President Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb. 1956 – 1st use of videotape on TV (Douglas Edwards & …..

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This Day in History for November 29

1877 – US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time. 1887 – US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii. 1901 – East 182nd Street in Bronx is paved & opened. 1910 – The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine. 1929 – Richard E. Byrd sends “My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole” (He was wrong) 1933 – 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania) 1942 – US Office of Price Administration rations coffee for everyone, 10 pounds a year. 1944 – John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery. 1945 – “The Lost …..

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This Day in History for November 28

1775 – Second Continental Congress formally establishes US Navy. 1861 – Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to Confederacy. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1906 – Tommy Burns & Jack O’Brien fight to a draw in 20 for heavyweight boxing title. 1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater. 1917 – Sigmund Romberg’s revue “Over the Top” premieres in NYC. 1925 – Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio, Nashville, Tn. 1929 – Richard E. Byrd makes his 1st South Pole flight. 1933 – A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder …..

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This Day in History – November 27

1870 – The New York Times dubs baseball “The National Game” 1889 – 1st permit issued to drive a car through Central Park (Curtis P Brady). 1901 – U.S. Army War College is established in Washington, D.C. 1910 – NY’s Penn Station opens as world’s largest railway terminal. 1924 – In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held. 1941 – Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP. 1945 – Gen. George Marshall named special US envoy to China. 1948 – Honda 1st opens in America. 1956 – 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung from University of Notre Dame first pick by Green Bay Packers. 1960 – CBS radio …..

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This Day in History – November 26

1716 – 1st lion exhibited in America in Boston. 1778 – British explorer Captain James Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) 1789 – 1st national Thanksgiving in America. 1832 – 1st streetcar railway in America starts operating in New York City with 12 cent fare. 1865 – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is published in America. 1916 – Addressing the Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati, US President Woodrow Wilson declares that “The business of neutrality is over.  The nature of modern war leaves no state untouched” 1918 – Philip Barry’s play “Holiday” premieres in New York City. 1942 – “Casablanca” directed by Michael Curtiz and starring …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Donna Frazier was Bladenboro High School’s Homecoming Queen. Cable T.V. company Fender and Lathan proposed a system for the town of Clarkton. Leon Martin was Chairman of Farm-City Week celebration. Willette Gooding was East Bladen High School’s Teacher of the Year. Share:

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This Day in History – November 25

1715 – First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn. 1783 – Britain evacuates New York City, its last military position in the United States. 1792 – Benjamin Banneker first publishes his Farmer’s Almanac. 1834 – Delmonico’s, one of NY’s finest restaurant, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents. 1867 – US Congress commission looks into “impeachment” of President Andrew Johnson. 1920 – 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Philadelphia) 1940 – Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon’s #98. 1940 – Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz’s “Knock Knock” 1949 – “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appears on music charts. 1951 …..

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This Day in History – November 22

1842 – Mount St. Helens in Washington erupts. 1910 – Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs. 1919 – Labor conference committee in US urges 8-hour work day & 48-hour week. 1927 – George Gershwin’s “Funny Face” premieres in NYC. 1930 – Elijah Muhammad forms Nation of Islam in Detroit. 1932 – Pump patented that computes quantity & price delivered. 1934 – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” 1st heard on Eddie Cantor’s show. 1936 – 19th PGA Championship: Denny Shute at Pinehurst CC, Pinehurst NC. 1943 – US troops land on Abemada, Gilbert Island. 1950 – 7,021 see lowest NBA score, Ft. Wayne Pistons 19, Minneapolis Lakers 18. 1955 …..

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This Day in History for November 21

1620 – Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Mass. 1789 – North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state. 1852 – Duke University, founded in 1838 as Union Institute, chartered as Normal College. 1865 – Shaw University forms in Raleigh, NC. 1877 – Thomas Edison announces his “talking machine” invention (phonograph), the 1st machine to play and record sound. 1906 – China prohibits the opium trade. 1922 – Rebecca L Felton (Ga) sworn in as first female US Senator. 1925 – Red Grange plays final University of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears. 1934 – NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League) 1942 – Tweety …..

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This Day in History for November 20

1789 – New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights. 1817 – First Seminole War begins in Florida. 1866 – Howard University founded in Washington, DC. 1888 – Willard Bundy patents timecard clock. 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) 1942 – NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over. 1947 – “Meet the Press” makes network TV debut on NBC. 1952 – George Axelrod’s “Seven Year Itch” premieres in …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center Temporary Closure

Currie, NC- The Visitor Center at Moores Creek National Battlefield will be closed November 22, 2017 through Mid-December, 2017. This temporary closure will allow for the completion of a roof and floor renovation project. The National Battlefield, located at 40 Patriots Hall Drive in Currie, NC will remain open to the public seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The site is closed on Federal Holidays. Please visit our Facebook page to stay tuned to updates on this and other events. Moores Creek National Battlefield is a unit of the National Park Service. Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s national …..

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This Day in History for November 19

1805 – Lewis & Clark expedition reaches the Pacific Ocean, first European Americans to cross the west. 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. 1893 – 1st newspaper color supplement (NY World) 1916 – Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures (the company later became one of the most successful independent filmmakers) 1923 – The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures. 1944 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin …..

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This Day in History for November 18

1307 – William Tell reputedly shoots off his son’s head. 1805 – 30 women meet at Mrs. Silas Lee’s home in Wiscasset, Maine, organizes Female Charitable Society, first woman’s club in America. 1865 – Mark Twain publishes “Celebrated Jumping Fog of Calaveras County” 1872 – Suffragette Susan B. Anthony is arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshall and charged with illegally voting. 1920 – H. Tierney & J McCarthy’s musical “Irene” premieres in NYC. 1928 – Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon. 1930 – Musical “Smiles” with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC. 1938 – Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first …..

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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. 1853 – Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections. 1863 – Abraham Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address. 1904 – George Cohan’s musical “Little Johnny Jones” premieres in NYC. 1913 – The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 1928 – Notre Dame finally loses a football game at home after 23 years. 1936 – Edgar Berger & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio. 1940 – Green Bay Packers become …..

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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. 1875 – William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities. 1914 – Federal Reserve System formally opens. 1935 – Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart’s musical “Jumbo” premieres in NYC. 1939 – Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail. 1944 – US 9th division & 1st Army attacks at Geilenkirchen. 1945 – “The Lost Weekend”, based on Charles …..

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This Day in History for November 15

1492 – Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco. 1620 – Myles Standish leads 16 men in a foot exploration of the northern portion of Cape Cod. 1763 – Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania & Maryland. 1806 – Explorer Zebulon Pike sights Pikes Peak in Colorado. 1869 – Free postal delivery formally inaugurated. 1901 – James J. Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in San Francisco. 1926 – 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station network (NBC). 1935 – “A Night at the Opera”, directed by Sam Wood, starring the Marx Brothers, is released. 1937 – …..

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Moore Creek National Battlefield to Host Free Living History Event

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield will be hosting its final fall Third Saturday Living History Program this Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm. This event is FREE to the public and will take place in the park’s Demonstration Area near the Patriots Hall picnic area. Demonstrations will include Patriot and Loyalist encampments and weapons demonstrations, backwoods camps and fire starting, blacksmithing, bagpiping, colonial cooking and beverages, candle making, woodworking, and more. This event will feature demonstrations and activities that are appropriate for all ages; dogs are welcome as well (please keep them on a leash). Stop by the Visitor Center before heading out on the …..

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This Day in History for November 14

1832 – First streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents ride on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th streets. 1851 – “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville first published by Harper and Brothers in the US. 1881 – Charles J. Guiteau put on trial for the assassination of US President Garfield. 1883 – “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is first published as a book by Cassell & Co. 1896 – Power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation. 1904 – King C. Gillette patents Gillette razor blade. 1910 – 1st airplane flight from deck of a ship, Norfolk, Va. 1935 – FDR proclaims Philippine Islands a free commonwealth. 1943 …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

A Bladen County 4-H exhibit came in 2nd place at the North Carolina State Fair. The Bladen County Unemployment rate came in at 14.8%. Joe Broch was appointed Plant Engineer at West Point Pepperell. A campaign for a write in vote for “Edd Nye for House of Representatives” was begun. Share:

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This Day in History – 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. 1892 – Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes first pro football player. 1904 – 9th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 29-5 in Birmingham. 1910 – 1st possible movie stunt: man jumps into the Hudson river from a burning balloon. 1915 – Theodore W. Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in chemistry. 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. 1936 – Oakland Bay …..

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This Day in History – November 11

1647 – Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies. 1714 – A highway in Bronx is laid out, later renamed East 233rd Street. 1851 – Alvan Clark patents telescope. 1868 – 1st American amateur track & field meet (NYC) 1909 – Construction of US navy base begins at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 1921 – US President Warren G. Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. 1926 – U.S. Route 66 is established. 1933 – Billie Holiday’s second song and first hit, “Riffin’ the Scotch”, is released. 1939 – Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”. 1940 – Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle …..

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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). 1801 – Kentucky outlaws dueling. 1885 – German engineer Gottlieb Daimler unveils the world’s first motorcycle. 1891 – Granville T. Woods patents electric railway. 1898 – Race riots in Wilmington, NC (8 blacks 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. 1938 – Nobel for literature awarded to Pearl Buck (Good Earth). 1940 – Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los …..

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This Day in History for November 9

1821 – 1st US pharmacy college holds 1st classes, Philadelphia. 1857 – Atlantic Monthly magazine 1st published. 1864 – Sherman issues preliminary plans for his “March to the Sea” 1904 – 1st airplane flight to last more than 5 minutes. 1925 – Robert A. Millikan confirms the existence of cosmic rays outer space in a speech to the National Academy of Sciences at Madison, Wisconsin. 1930 – 1st nonstop airplane flight from NY to Panama. 1938 – Al Capp, cartoonist of Lil’ Abner, creates Sadie Hawkins Day. 1946 – US President Harry Truman ends wage/price freeze. 1953 – Supreme Court rules Major League baseball exempt from anti-trust laws. 1963 – …..

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This Day in History for November 8

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. 1904 – American President Theodore Roosevelt (R) defeats Alton B. Parker (D). 1910 – 1st Washington State election in which women could vote. 1917 – Telephone Co runs 1st advertisement for Army operators, receives 7,000 applicants. 1926 – George Gershwin’s musical “Oh, Kay” premieres in NYC. 1933 – FDR creates Civil Work Administration. 1935 – “Mutiny on the Bounty” directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1936) 1942 – 1st WW II …..

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This Day in History for November 7

1805 – Lewis and Clark sight Pacific Ocean. 1837 – In Alton, Illinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy shot dead (age 34) by pro-slavery mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time. 1874 – 1st cartoon depicting elephant as Republican Party symbol, by Thomas Nast. 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-Mont) elected to Congress as its first woman Representative. 1929 – Museum of Modern Act opens in Hecksher Building in New York. 1933 – Pennsylvania voters overturn blue law, by …..

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This Day in History for November 6

1860 – Abraham Lincoln (Rep-R-Ill) elected 16th American President. 1869 – 1st intercollegiate football (soccer) game (Rutgers 6, Princeton 4) 1900 – Republican US President William McKinley and his Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt, defeat Democrat William Jennings Bryan. 1917 – New York adopts a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote in state elections. 1928 – Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds. 1928 – Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor. 1936 – RCA displays TV for press. 1941 – USA lends Soviet Union $1 million. 1947 – NBC’s “Meet the Press” debuts – US’s longest running TV show. 1957 – “Rumple” opens at Alvin Theater …..

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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” 1781 – John Hanson elected first “President of US in Congress assembled” 1895 – 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car. 1911 – Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena completing 1st transcontinental airplane flight (49 days) (left Sheepshead Bay, NY, Sept. 17) 1917 – Gen Pershing & US troops see action on Western Front for 1st time. 1930 – 3rd Academy Awards: “All Quiet on …..

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This Day in History for November 4

1646 – Massachusetts uses death penalty for denying that Holy Bible is God’s word. 1845 – First nationally observed uniform election day in US. 1846 – Benjamin Parker patents artificial leg. 1862 – Dr. Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis. 1879 – African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus. 1908 – Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC. 1924 – California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914) 1929 – Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould and their polar expedition team begins a 2 1/2 month, 1500-mile dog-sledge journey into the Queen Maud Mountains. The first exploration of the interior of Antarctica. 1939 – First air conditioned automobile …..

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This Day in History – November 4

1646 – Massachusetts uses death penalty for denying that Holy Bible is God’s word. 1845 – First nationally observed uniform election day in US. 1846 – Benjamin Parker patents artificial leg. 1862 – Dr. Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis. 1879 – African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus. 1908 – Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC. 1924 – California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914) 1929 – Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould and their polar expedition team begins a 2 1/2 month, 1500-mile dog-sledge journey into the Queen Maud Mountains.  The first exploration of the interior of Antarctica. 1939 – First air conditioned automobile …..

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This Day in History – November 2

1749 – English Ohio Trade Company forms first trading post. 1783 – General George Washington, later 1st US President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War. 1854 – Cobblestone paving of Washington Street between Dupont & Kearny starts. 1898 – Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team. 1915 – First US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio. 1920 – Warren G. Harding elected 29th US President. 1931 – Warren, Dixon & Young’s musical “Laugh Parade” premieres in NYC. 1944 – US 28th Infantry division opens assault on Schmidt Hurtgenwald. 1948 – US President Harry …..

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This Day in History for November 1

1787 – First free school in NYC (African Free School) opens. 1800 – John Adams becomes the first US president to live in the White House. 1834 – First published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game) 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. 1913 – Less than a week after the US non-intervention promise, President Woodrow Wilson demands that Mexican dictator Huerta resigns. 1917 – In WW I, the 1st US soldiers are killed in combat. 1931 – Dupont introduces synthetic rubber. 1940 – 1st US air …..

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This Day in History – October 30

1766 – St. Paul’s Chapel in New York in consecrated. 1768 – First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC) 1894 – Daniel Cooper patents time clock. 1896 – Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator. 1900 – First-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in NYC. 1938 – A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic. 1940 – Film premier of “One Night in the Tropics” first film for Abbott and Costello, Patterson, New Jersey. 1945 – Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals contract. 1945 – US …..

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This Day in History – October 29

1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. 1682 – William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania. 1811 – 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans. 1872 – J S Risdon patents metal windmill. 1901 – In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine. 1924 – “Dixie to Broadway” opens at Broadhurst Theater. 1929 – “Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression” 1940 – Lottery for 1st US WWII draftees held; #158 drawn first. 1945 – First ballpoint …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Charles Taylor was elected President of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club. Donna Gooden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Gooden of Elizabethtown, was the Morehead Scholar for Bladen County. Mary Moore Williams, a teacher at Booker T. Washington School in Clarkton, was named Bladen County Teacher of the Year. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rich of Bladenboro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Share:

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This Day in History – October 28

1646 – First Protestant church assembly for American Indians established in Massachusetts. 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 – Statue 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. 1919 – Volstead Act passed by US Congress, establishing prohibition, despite President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. 1922 – First US coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game. 1936 – …..

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This Day in History for October 27

1682 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn. 1795 – Pinckney’s Treaty {Treaty of San Lorenzo} signed by Spain and US, establishing the southern boundary of the US and giving Americans right to navigate the Mississippi River. 1913 – President Woodrow Wilson says US will never attack another country. 1917 – 20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York, US. 1925 – Water skis patented by Fred Waller. 1938 – DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called “nylon” 1942 – US aircraft carrier Hornet sinks off Santa Cruz. 1947 – “You Bet Your Life” with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio. 1955 – …..

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Legends and Lore of the McDowell House

By Tonya Bockover It’s that time of year again when things go bump in the night and people experience the unexplainable. There are legends, ghost stories and more that make the rounds. With all its southern small town charm, Elizabethtown is not lacking in legends of her own. One of Elizabethtown’s older homes is the stately Georgian revival that stands near Cromartie Road just off of Broad Street. This home, built before the civil war, was the home of confederate soldier, Colonel John McDowell. I got a chance to sit down with current owner, Chris Adams, to talk about the legends he has collected. He said that many stories have …..

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This Day in History – October 26

1682 – William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York. 1774 – First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia. 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. 1901 – First recorded use of ‘getaway car’ occurs after holding up a shop in Paris. 1916 – Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control) 1927 – Duke Ellington sings “Creole Love Song” 1941 – US savings bonds go on sale. 1949 – US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents an …..

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This Day in History for October 25

1621 – Governor Bradford head of the colony of American Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day. 1780 – John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts. 1870 – Post cards first used in USA. 1913 – 5th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 76-0 in Annapolis. 1924 – “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip 1st published. 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. 1952 – First Dutch edition of children’s magazine “Donald Duck” 1955 – Tappan sells 1st microwave oven. 1960 – …..

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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 – 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 Theater in Detroit, Michigan. 1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%. 1931 – George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day. …..

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This Day in History for October 23

1893 – C Dazey’s “In Old Kentucky” premieres in NYC (27 seasons) 1910 – Blanche Scott becomes the first woman to fly at a public event in the US at Fort Wayne, Indiana. 1915 – 25,000 women march in New York city demanding to vote. 1921 – Green Bay Packers play 1st NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis. 1932 – “Fred Allen Show” premieres on radio. 1933 – John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana.  They take $75,000. 1941 – Walt Disney’s animated film “Dumbo” released. 1942 – First chips of invasion fleet to Morocco leave Norfolk. 1942 – All 12 passengers and crewman aboard …..

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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. 1879 – Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb. 1907 – Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth buys Barnum & Bailey circus. 1928 – Herbert Hoover speaks of “American system of rugged individualism” 1938 – Chester Carlson demonstrates 1st Xerox copying machine. 1942 – “Now, Voyager” film directed by Irving Rapper starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claud Ranin premieres in New York. 1959 – Bob Merrill’s musical “Take Me Along” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances. 1962 – US President John F. Kennedy imposes …..

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This Day in History for 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. 1868 – Severe earthquake at 7:53 AM, centered in Hayward, California. 1902 – In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends. 1915 – William Jennings Bryan’s successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping. 1917 – 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WWI: US troops enter front lines at Sommervillier under French command. 1935 – Hank Greenberg selected American League MVP unanimously. 1944 – World …..

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This Day in History – October 20

1803 – US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase. 1820 – Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million. 1864 – US President Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday. 1873 – P T Barnum Hippodrome featuring “Greatest Show on Earth” opens (NYC). 1898 – NC Mutual & Provident Insurance Company forms. 1917 – US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for protesting women’s rights in Washington. 1930 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio. 1939 – “All the Things You Are” recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. 1947 – Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years. 1955 – …..

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This Day in History for October 19

1630 – In Boston the 1st general court is held. 1765 – Stamp Act Congress meets in New York, writes the Declaration of Rights and Grievances. 1853 – First flour mill in Hawaii begins operations. 1870 – 1st African Americans (4) elected to US House of Representatives. 1914 – US post office 1st used an automobile to collect & deliver mail. 1926 – John C. Garand patents semi-automatic rifle. 1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University. 1948 – “My Romance” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 95 performances. 1951 – US President Harry Truman formally ends state of war with Germany. …..

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This Day in History for October 18

1767 – Mason Dixon line, the boundary between Maryland & Pennsylvania agreed upon. 1867 – US takes formal 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 – Harold “Red” Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs) 1931 – American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion. 1939 – Richard Rogers & Lorenz Harts musical “Too Many Girls” premieres in NYC. 1943 – US bombing of Bougainville, Solomon Island. 1952 – Date of the first MAD Magazine issue. 1954 – Hurricane Hazel becomes most severe to ever hit the US, …..

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This Day in History for October 17

1691 – New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth. 1885 – Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season. 1918 – Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created. 1933 – Albert Einstein arrives in US as a refugee from Nazi Germany. 1939 – “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released. 1941 – 1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland. 1955 – Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel. 1960 – US & Britain sign accord for nuclear submarine bases. 1964 – Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra. 1967 – “Hair” premieres on Broadway. 1967 – …..

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This Day in History – October 16

1775 – Portland, Maine burned by British. 1829 – Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston) 1861 – Confederacy starts selling postage stamps. 1869 – Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing. 1900 – Great Britain and Germany sign the Anglo-German Treaty, agreeing to maintain territorial integrity of China and support ‘open door’ policy called for by US Secretary of State. 1913 – Booth Theater opens at 222 W 44th St. NYC. 1923 – Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded. 1943 – Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly Opens city’s new subway system. 1948 – “Red Mill” opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 831 performances. 1949 – 1st NASCAR Sprint …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

  The East Bladen Varsity Sweetheart was Althea Dixon and the East Bladen Homecoming Queen was Lesisha Munn. The Bladen County Hospital Employee of the Month was Clarence Maultsby. Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Britt of Bladenboro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Bladenboro Christmas Parade was scheduled for December 24. Share:

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This Day in History – October 15

1786 – Earliest 32 degree F recorded temperature in NYC. 1846 – Dr. William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether. 1878 – Edison Electric Light Company incorporated. 1914 – ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded. 1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument. 1937 – Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have & Have Not” published. 1939 – LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC. 1946 – Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140) 1949 – Billy Graham begins his ministry. 1951 – “I Love Lucy”, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS. 1954 – Hurricane Hazel makes …..

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This Day in History – October 14

1773 – American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom’s East India Company tea ships’ cargo are burned at Annapolis. 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” premiers in NYC. 1922 – 1st Tom McAn shoe store opens on Third Avenue NYC. 1922 – 1st automated telephones-Pennsylvania exchange in NYC. 1926 – A.A. Milne’s book “Winnie the Pooh” released. 1943 – US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17s during assault on Schweinfurt. 1947 – Chuck Yeager in Bell XS-1 makes 1st supersonic flight (Mach 1.015). 1952 – UN General …..

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This Day in History for October 13

1792 – “Old Farmers Almanac” is published and edited by Robert Thomas. 1792 – Cornerstone laid for the Executive Mansion (White House) in Washington. 1860 – 1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon), Boston. 1885 – The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is founded in Atlanta, Georgia. 1914 – Garrett Morgan patents his safety hood device, which would later be refined into the gas mask. 1931 – Musical “Everybody’s Welcome” with T/J Dorsey premieres in NYC. 1944 – US 1st army begins battle of Aachen, first German city captured during WWII. 1947 – “Kukla, Fran & Ollie” premieres. 1950 – “All About Eve” directed by Joseph L. …..

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This Day in History for October 12

1792 – First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York. 1836 – 18″ of snow falls in Bridgewater, NY. 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 House” 1915 – Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile. 1920 – Construction begins on Holland Tunnel connecting NJ & NYC. 1928 – 1st use of iron lung (Boston’s Children Hospital) 1933 – John Dillinger escapes from jail in Allen County, Ohio. 1942 – US navy defeats Japanese …..

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This Day in History for October 11

1726 – Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England. 1881 – David Houston patents roll film for cameras. 1890 – Daughters of the American Revolution founded. 1922 – First woman FBI “special investigator” appointed (Alaska Davidson) 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. 1939 – Gertrude Lawrence’s “Skylark” premieres in NYC. 1948 – “Love Life” opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 252 performances. 1950 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS. …..

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This Day in History – October 10

1845 – Naval School (now called US Naval Academy) opens at Annapolis. 1865 – John Hyatts patents the billiard ball. 1899 – African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame. 1916 – In game 3, Charlie Ebbets becomes the 1st owner to raise the price of World Series grandstand seats to $5-up from $3. 1933 – 1st synthetic detergent, “Dreft” by Procter & Gamble, goes on sale. 1935 – George Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” opens on Broadway, NY. 1941 – German U-boats torpedoes US destroyer Kearney. 1947 – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “Allegro” premieres at Majestic Theater NYC for 318 performances. 1956 – “Giant”, directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth …..

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This Day in History for October 9

1635 – Religious dissident Roger Williams banished from Mass Bay Colony. 1837 – Steamboat “Home” sinks off Okracoke NC killing 100. 1855 – American inventor Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor. 1872 – Aaron Montgomery starts his mail-order business. 1876 – 1st 2-way telephone conversation, 1st over outdoor wires. 1915 – Louis Kaufmans comedy “Unchastened Woman” premieres in New York City. 1926 – NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms. 1936 – Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles. 1946 – First electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50. 1947 – First telephone conversation between a moving car & a plane. 1963 – Hurricane Flora ravages Cuba & Haiti, kills 6,000. 1965 …..

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This Day in History for October 8

1633 – Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its first government. 1860 – Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens. 1886 –  Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Noble Bachelor” (BG). 1896 – Dow Jones starts reporting an average of selected industrial stocks. 1927 – “The Second Hundred Years” silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team. 1934 – Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for murder of Charles Lindbergh’s son. 1942 – Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show. 1944 – “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” debut on CBS radio. 1945 – Microwave oven …..

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This Day in History for October 6

1781 – Americans & French begin siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; last battle of American Revolutionary War. 1783 – Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock. 1866 – 1st train robbery in US (Reno Brothers take $13,000) 1882 – 1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0. 1893 – Nabisco Foods invents Cream of Wheat. 1918 – US ship Otranto sinks between Scotland & Ireland, 425 die. 1927 – “The Jazz Singer”, directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928). 1940 – Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat & Skyline in San Francisco. 1945 – US General Eisenhower welcomed …..

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This Day in History for October 5

1892 – Dalton Gang ends in shoot-out in Coffeville, Kansas bank holdup. 1900 – 6th US Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 313 at Chicago GC III. 1905 – Orville and Wilbur Wright’s “Flyer III” flight 38.5 km in 38.3″. 1914 – World War I first aerial combat resulting in a kill. 1923 – Edwin Hubble identifies Cepheid variable star. 1924 – 1st Little Orphan Annie-strip appears in NYC Daily News. 1931 – Paul Green’s “House of Connelly” premieres in NYC. 1945 – “Meet the Press” premieres on radio. 1947 – Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House. 1950 – “Pardon Our French” opens at …..

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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. 1881 – Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano. 1897 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Devil’s Disciple” premieres in NYC. 1918 – Musical “Sometime” with Mae West premieres in NYC. 1931 – Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts. 1933 – Esquire magazine is 1st published. 1940 – Wrestling returns to Madison Square Garden after 12 year lay off. 1949 – United Nations’ permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated. 1957 – “Leave It to Beaver” debuts on CBS. 1961 – Whitey Ford’s 3rd straight World Series shutout. 1965 – “Pickwick” opens at 46th …..

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This Day in History for October 3

1789 – Washington proclaims 1st national Thanksgiving Day on November 26. 1849 – American author Edgar Allan 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. 1863 – Lincoln designates last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. 1872 – Bloomingdale’s department store in NY 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. 1948 – NFL becomes 1st sport televised …..

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This Day in History – 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 key opener. 1871 – Brigham Young, Mormon leader, arrested for bigamy. 1889 – 1st Pan American conference (Washington, DC) 1902 – Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” is published by Fredrick Warne & Co. in London. 1916 – San Diego Zoo founded. 1933 – Eugene O’Neill’s comedy act “Ah, Wilderness” premieres in NYC. 1936 – 1st alcohol power plant forms, Atchison, Kansas. 1947 – “Music in My Heart” opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 124 performances. 1950 – 1st strip of Charlie …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Guyton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Unemployment in Bladen County was at 13.7%. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce planned their Christmas parade for December 4. McDonald’s Restaurant opened in Elizabethtown. Share:

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This Day in History – October 1

1864 – John S. Staples is paid $500 as a substitute for President Lincoln. 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 establishes Weather Bureau. 1903 – 1st baseball World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) 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 JP Morgan to help manage the financial crisis. 1931 – The second (and current) Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is opened in New York. 1932 – World Series …..

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Bell died serving Bladen County

Marvin James Bell was the Chief of Police with Elizabethtown Police Department back in the 1970’s. When his life was taken on Saturday, September 30, 1972 Chief Bell was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call. He was familiar with the suspect and had arrested him several times before according to Elizabethtown Police Department’s website, www.EtownPDNC.com. As he approached the man the suspect drew a weapon and opened fire, mortally wounding Chief Bell. Chief Bell was able to return fire and kill the suspect. Chief Bell was survived by his wife and two children back 45 years ago. Bladen County lost a great hero on that autumn evening. Bell lives …..

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This Day in History – September 30

  1659 – Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Daniel Defoe) 1787 – 1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston. 1841 – Samuel Slocum patented the stapler. 1846 – Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr. William Morton who extracts a tooth. 1867 – Midway Islands formally declared a US possession. 1898 – City of New York established. 1919 – Avery Hopwood’s “Gold Diggers” premieres in NYC. 1927 – Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary) 1935 – Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” premieres in Boston. 1935 – The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, …..

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This Day in History for September 29

1789 – US War Department established a regular army. 1875 – US-Spanish relations decline in wake of Cuban rebellion. 1907 – Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral. 1913 – Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 36th game. 1914 – Boston Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, clinch NL pennant. 1915 – Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta. 1916 – American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire. 1920 – Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10. 1930 – NYC College offers 1st course in radio advertising. 1940 – “Double or Nothing”, a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net. 1947 – …..

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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. 1850 – US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment. 1904 – Woman arrested for smoking cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC. 1906 – US Troops reoccupy Cuba, stay until 1909. 1921 – 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagan at Inwood CC Far Rockaway, NY. 1930 – Lou Gehrig’s errorless streak ends at 885 consecutive games. 1941 – Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting average. 1949 – “My Friend Irma” is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis. …..

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This Day in History for September 27

1787 – Constitution submitted to US states for ratification. 1855 – George F. Bristow’s “Rip Van Winkle”, 2nd American opera, opens in NYC. 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. 1909 – US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes. 1930 – 34th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bobby Jones. 1941 – US launches its 1st Liberty ship, freighter SS Patrick Henry. 1947 – “Sweethearts” closes at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances. 1954 – …..

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This Day in History for September 26

1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine. 1789 – Edmund J. Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General. 1872 – The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City. 1892 – 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa’s band (NJ). 1914 – Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce. 1933 – Sidney Kingsley’s “Men in White” premieres in NYC. 1947 – Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series. 1954 – Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop. 1955 – NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929. 1957 – Bernstein & Sondheim’s musical …..

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This Day in History for September 25

1493 – Columbus sails with 17 ships on 2nd voyage to the Americas. 1775 – American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured. 1804 – Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice President, becomes effective. 1867 – Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard University in Washington, DC. 1878 – British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking. 1911 – Groundbreaking begins in Boston for Fenway Park. 1919 – US president Woodrow Wilson suffers a breakdown in Colorado, his health never …..

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This Day in History for September 24

1657 – First autopsy & coroner’s jury verdict is recorded in Maryland. 1789 – US Congress establishes Post Office Department following the new constitution. 1789 – US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court. 1924 – Boston, Massachusetts, opens its airport. 1928 – Cohan/Lardner’s musical “Elmer the Great” premieres in NYC. 1929 – Lt. James Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell field in NY in 1st all-time instrument flight. 1946 – Yanks set season attendance record of 2,309,029 besting 1929 Cubs. 1948 – The Honda Motor Company is founded. 1952 – American fast food restaurant chain “KFC” {Kentucky Fried Chicken} opens its first franchise …..

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This Day in History for September 23

1642 – Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass, 1st commencement. 1806 – Lewis & Clark return to St. Louis from Pacific Northwest. 1845 – 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code. 1879 – Richard Rhodes invented a hearing aid called the Audiophone. 1897 – 1st frontier days rodeo celebration (Cheyene Wyoming) 1912 – 1st Mack Sennett “Keystone Comedy” movie released “Cohen Collects a Debt” 1926 – Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title. 1938 – Time capsule, to be opened in 6939, buried at World’s Fair in NYC (capsule contained a woman’s hat, man’s pipe & 1,100′ of microfilm. 1949 – US President Harry Truman …..

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This Day in History – September 22

1817 – John Quincy Adams becomes US Secretary of State. 1851 – City of Des Moines, Iowa incorporated as Fort Des Moines. 1862 – President Lincoln says he will free slaves in all states on January 1. 1905 – 11th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 314 at Myopia Club, Mass. 1911 – Cy Young beats Pitts 1-0 for his final career victory, number 511. 1920 – Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspire to fix the 1919 World Series. 1922 – US Congress passes the Cable Act, under which an American women who marries an ‘alien’ will not lose citizenship; neither will women …..

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This Day in History for September 21

1776 – Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested. 1784 – 1st daily newspaper in America (Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser) 1827 – According to Joseph Smith, Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon. 1837 – Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores. 1895 – First auto manufacturer opens-Duryea Motor Wagon Company. 1903 – First cowboy film “Kit Carson” premieres in US. 1928 – “My Weekly Reader” magazine made its debut. 1938 – Hurricane (183 MPH winds) in New England kills 700. 1948 – “Texaco Star Theater” with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV. …..

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This Day in History for September 20

1814 – “Star Spangled Banner” published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith. 1859 – George Simpson patents electric range. 1877 – Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan) 1891 – The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. 1904 – Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II. 1919 – Booth Tarkington’s “Clarence” premieres in NYC. 1939 – Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title. 1951 – 1st North Pole jet crossing. 1954 – 1st FORTRAN computer program run. 1958 – Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0. …..

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This Day in History for September 19

1778 – The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States. 1796 – George Washington’s farewell address as president. 1849 – 1st commercial laundry established, in Oakland, California. 1933 – NY Giants clinch the pennant. 1951 – 1st broadcast of “Search for Tomorrow” on CBS-TV. 1952 – “Adventures of Superman” TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US. 1959 – Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland. 1960 – Chubby Checker’s “Twist” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1968 – Denny McLain’s 31st win & Mickey Mantle’s 535th HR. 1970 – “The Mary Tyler Moore” show premieres on CBS. 1980 – “Ordinary People” directed …..

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This Day in History – August 18

1679 – New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1769 – John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano. 1789 – 1st loan is made to pay salaries of the presidents & Congress. 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. 1928 – The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air, with 18 stations (and WOR as NYC affiliate) 1944 – US 266th division occupiers Brest Bretagne. 1947 – US Air Force created as …..

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This Day in History – September 17

1691 – Massachusetts Bay Colony granted new charter.   1787 – US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention.   1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires.   1897 – 3rd US Golf Open: Joe Lloyd shoots a 162 at Chicago GC in Wheaton, Ill.   1908 – Thomas Selfridge becomes first fatality of powered flight.   1917 – Honus Wagner, retires at 43, Pirates retire his #33.   1931 – 1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, NYC), venture failed.   1943 – Load of “ammunition in transit” explodes at Norfolk Naval Air Station.   1947 – Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News. …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The Pizza Hut in Elizabethtown was robbed by two gunmen who escaped with over $700. Hilda Coleman was named permanent Bladen County Clerk of Court to replace Smithy Harris who had recently passed away. Bladen County Commissioners approved a bonus for eight county department heads in the amount of 2.3% of their salary. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Bordeaux celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Share:

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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. 1901 – Alturas, California, is incorporated as the only city in Modoc County. 1908 – Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan. 1919 – American Legion incorporated by an act of US Congress. 1928 – Hurricane hits West Palm Beach – Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die. 1940 – Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives. 1948 – “Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston” closes at Century NYC after 12 performances. …..

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