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This Day in History for July 17

1603 – Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James. 1775 – 1st military hospital approved. 1856 – The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people. 1867 – 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established. 1902 – Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play, they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL. 1925 – Tris Speaker, is 5th to get 3,000 hits. 1942 – Estimated 34.5 inches of rainfall, Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record) 1944 – 2 ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, California, killing 322. 1954 – Construction of Disneyland commences. …..

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This Day in History for July 16

1755 – John Adams graduates Harvard. 1790 – Congress declares the city of Washington in the District Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States. 1867 – D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint. 1912 – Naval torpedo launched from an airplane by B A Fiske. 1920 – Babe Ruth seats season home run record with 30 en rout to 54. 1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos. 1936 – 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY. 1941 – Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game. 1951 – Novel “Catcher in Rye” by J.D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company. 1956 – …..

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This Day in History for July 15

1863 – President Davis orders service duty for confederate army. 1870 – Georgia becomes last confederate to be admitted to US. 1904 – 1st Buddhist temple in US forms, Los Angeles. 1916 – 22.22 inches of rain falls in Altapass, NC (state record) 1916 – Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington. 1929 – 1st airport hotel opens at Oakland, California. 1932 – US President Herbert Hoover cuts own salary 15%. 1934 – Continental Airlines commences operations. 1941 – Howard Florey and Norman Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin) 1949 – WBT TV channel 3 in Charlotte, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting. 1954 – 1st commercial jet …..

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This Day in History for July 14

1798 – US Sedition Act prohibits “false, scandalous & malicious” writing against government. 1832 – Opium exempted from federal tariff duty. 1850 – 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration by Florida physician John Gorrie. 1861 – Naval Engagement at Wilmington, North Carolina – USS Daylight establishes blockade. 1870 – The United States Congress grants Mary Todd Lincoln a life pension in the amount of $3,000 a year. 1914 – Robert Goddard is granted the first patent for liquid-fueled rocket design. 1927 – 1st commercial airplane flight in Hawaii. 1940 – Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmets with earflaps. 1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “Common Sense Book …..

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This Day in History for July 13

1787 – US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territory. 1835 – Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson files for a patent for his screw propeller design. 1865 – Horace Greeley, founder and editor of he “New-York Tribune” reputedly advises his readers to “Go west young man” 1919 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield. 1923 – American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first recognized dinosaur eggs, in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. 1930 – David Sarnoff reports in NY Times “TV would be a theater in every home” 1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut. 1950 – Doctors …..

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This Day in History for July 12

1774 – Citizens of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, pass a symbolic declaration of independence. 1843 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy. 1861 – Will Bill Hickok reputed to have shot and killed David McCanles, possibly his first kill. Hickok later acquitted after found he acted in self defense. 1901 – Cy Young wins his 300th game. 1930 – 34th US Golf Open: Robert T “Bobby” Jones wins. 1933 – Congress passes 1st minimum wage law (33 cents per hour) 1945 – Cubs stop Braves Tommy Holmes modern-day NL hitting streak at 37 games. 1954 – Major League Baseball Players Association founded. 1954 – President Eisenhower put forward a plan …..

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This Day in History for July 11

1798 – US Marine Corps established by an act of Congress. 1804 – Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel. 1916 – US Congress passes Federal Aid Road Act. 1923 – Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M. 1943 – US 82nd Airborne division shot at by “friendly fire” in Sicily. 1955 – Congress authorizes all US currency to say “In God We Trust” 1955 – New USAF Academy dedicated at Lowry AFB in Colorado with 300 cadets. 1960 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is first published by J.B. Lippincott …..

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This Day in History for July 10

1850 – Millard Fillmore sworn in as President of US (replacing Taylor) 1866 – Indelible pencil patented by Edson P. Clark, Northampton, Massachusetts. 1892 – 1st concrete-paved street built (Bellefountaine, Ohio) 1914 – Boston Red Sox purchase Babe Ruth from Baltimore Orioles. 1926 – 30th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto CC in Ohio. 1929 – US issues newer, smaller-sized paper currency. 1938 – “Yankee Clipper” completes 1st passenger flight over Atlantic. 1938 – Howard Hughes flies around the world in 91 hours. 1949 – 1st practical rectangular TV tube announced in Toledo, Ohio. 1950 – “Your Hit Parade” premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV. 1962 …..

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This Day in History for July 9

1815 – 1st natural gas well in US is discovered. 1842 – Notary Stamp Law passes. 1869 – Corncob pipe, made from small corn kernels, invented. 1893 – Daniels Williams performs 1st successful open heart surgery without medication. 1910 – Walter Brookins becomes 1st to pilot an airplane to 1 mile altitude. 1918 – US Congress creates Distinguished Service Medal (not to be confused with other countries’ decorations of the same name) 1933 – Frankford Yellowjackets sold, rechristened Philadelphia Eagles. 1944 – In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan falls. 1948 – Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless inning for Cleveland. 1951 – US …..

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This Day in History – July 8

1680 – The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1693 – NYC authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies. 1776 – Colonel John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of he Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia. 1816 – Frost in Waltham, Massachusetts during “year without a summer” 1870 – Governor Holden of North Carolina declares Caswell County to be in a state of insurrection. 1889 – Wall Street Journal begins publishing. 1932 – Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22. 1944 – Japanese kamikaze attacks on US lines at Saipan. 1946 – Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary. 1960 …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Elizabethtown High Class of 1928 held their class reunion at Goldston’s Beach. Anne Potter was voted one of ten outstanding young Democrats in North Carolina. The Bladen Journal “Father of the Year Award” went to Mac Campbell, Jr. Bladen County construction permits amounted to $1.5 Million for March, 1983. Share:

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This Day in History – July 5

1843 – Committee of 9 appointed to establish civil government in Oregon Country. 1865 – US Secret Service begins operating under the Treasury Department. 1934 – “Bloody Thursday” – Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco. 1935 – FDR signs US National Labor Relations Act. 1937 – Spam, the luncheon meat is first introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation. 1943 – US invasion fleet (96 ships) sails to Sicily. 1946 – British Golf Open, St. Andrews: Sam Snead beats Johnny Bulla and Bobby Locke by 4 strokes. 1950 – US forces enter combat in the Korean War for the first time, in the Battle of Osan. …..

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This Day in History – July 4

1776 – According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the Second Continental Congress. 1776 – US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain. 1789 – 1st US tariff act signed by President Washington. 1802 – US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY) 1831 – “American (My Country ‘Tis of Thee”) is 1st sung in Boston. 1865 – First edition of “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is published. 1884 – Statute of Liberty presented to US in Paris. 1925 – 44 die when Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses. 1939 – Lou Gehrig is first MLB player to have his number (4) retired on …..

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This Day in History – July 2

1776 – New Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds. 1776 – Continental Congress resolves “these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free and Independent States” 1843 – An alligator falls from the sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina. 1881 – US President James Garfield shot by Charles J. Guiteau a disappointed office-seeker; Garfield dies 79 days later. 1901 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid rob train of $40,000 at Wagner, Montana. 1911 – Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game in 14-6 rout of Cleveland.  Streak ends next game. …..

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This Day in History – July 1

1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies. 1836 – US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington. 1847 – 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin and 10 cent Washington, NYC. 1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco and on incomes over $600 (progressive rate) 1899 – Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels. 1905 – Albert Einstein introduces his theory of special relativity. 1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market. 1931 – Ice vending machines introduced in LA …..

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This Day in History – June 30

1870 – Ada Kepley becomes 1st American female law college graduate (Old University of Chicago, later Northwestern) 1896 – W.S. Hadaway patents electric stove. 1898 – Winton Motor Carriage company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse” 1906 – US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of the period (Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ in particular) 1918 – Prominent US Socialist and Pacifist Eugene Debs is arrested on charges of denouncing the government, a violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. 1925 – Charles Jenkins is granted …..

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This Day in History – June 29

1776 – Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor. 1863 – George Armstrong Custer, aged 23, appointed Union Brigadier General. 1891 – US National Forest Service organized. 1906 – US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce. 1929 – 1st high-speed jet wind tunnel completed, Langley Field, California. 1936 – George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale) 1940 – US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register. 1944 – US 7th army corps conquers Cherbourg. 1949 – …..

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This Day in History for June 28

1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress. 1820 – Tomato is proven to be non-poisonous by Colonel Robert Gibbon eating a tomato on steps of courthouse in Salem, New Jersey. 1870 – U.S. Congress creates federal holidays (New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day), initially applicable only to federal employees. 1894 – Labor Day established as a holiday for US federal employees. 1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million. 1935 – FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 1940 – “Quiz Kids” premieres on radio. 1951 – “Amos ‘n’ …..

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Vaisala’s New Platforms to Provide Companies with Historical Lightning Data

Lightning IntegratorTM and Lightning ExporterTM will offer recent lightning event data impacting employee safety and productivity. Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, including comprehensive lightning data, today announced the launch of Lightning Integrator and Lightning Exporter, new platforms used to access historical lightning data to support companies with regulatory compliance and legal reporting requirements. The subscription-based products utilize historical lightning data from Vaisala’s National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) and – for the first time – historical data from Vaisala’s Global Lightning Dataset, GLD360. The Lightning Integrator is an application program interface (API) that allows companies and governments to ingest lightning data straight into their systems, so users can quickly gain access …..

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This Day in History for June 27

1778 – Liberty Bell returns home to Philadelphia after the British departure. 1847 – New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires. 1867 – Bank of California opens doors. 1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange. 1914 – US signs treaty of commerce with Ethiopia. 1934 – Federal Savings & Loan Association created. 1950 – US sends 35 military advisors to South Vietnam. 1950 – North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict. 1955 – 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois) 1957 – Hurricane Audrey kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas. 1962 …..

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This Day in History for June 26

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow, though farmers fear effects of iron on soil. 1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US. 1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto. 1900 – Dr. Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever. 1916 – Cleveland Indians experiment with numbers on their jerseys (one game) 1924 – Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway. 1934 – FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions. 1945 – United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco. 1946 – Fred Allen’s last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny. 1968 – Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned …..

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This Day in History for June 25

1638 – Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies. 1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens. 1868 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US. 1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn: US 7th Cavalry under Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull in what has become famously known as “Custer’s Last Stand” 1910 – US Mann Act passed (no woman across state lines for immoral purposes) 1926 – 61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham. 1938 …..

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This Day in History for June 24

1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded. 1853 – US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico). 1880 – First performance of “O Canada,” the song that would become the national anthem of Canada. 1894 – Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years. 1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract. 1922 – US football team Chicago Staleys become Chicago Bears. 1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1947 – Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career. 1949 …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Sherman Gilliard III commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserve. The Elizabethtown Town Council adopted a fire service contract with Bladen County. Bladen County could be eligible for a $702,000.00 federal grant for school construction. Clark-Shaw Ford celebrated their 80th Anniversary in business. Share:

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This Day in History For June 23

1683 – William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty “not sworn to, nor broken” 1810 – John Jacob Astor organizes the Pacific Fur Company in Astoria, Oregon. 1819 – First edition of “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” by Washington Irving released, featuring story “Rip Van Winkle” 1917 – Ernie Shore replaces Red Sox with a runner on, he throws him out & retires all 26 he faces for a perfect game. 1922 – 57th British Gold Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 300 at Royal St. George. 1926 – The College Board administers the first SAT exam in USA. 1933 – Don McNeill’s …..

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This Day in History – June 22

1847 – First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory. 1870 – US Congress creates Department of Justice. 1932 – Congress approves “Lindbergh Act” making kidnapping a federal offense (amended 1934) 1934 – John Dillinger is informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One. 1942 – Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon. 1944 – US President Franklin Roosevelt signs “GI Bill of Rights” (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act) 1949 – Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title. 1959 – “Along Came Jones” by Coasters peaks at #9. 1962 – 1st test flight of a Hovercraft. 1970 – President Richard Nixon signs extension …..

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This Day in History – June 21

1607 – 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown. 1768 – 1st medical diploma in America is granted to Dr. John Archer from the College of Philadelphia. 1788 – US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it. 1821 – African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC) 1879 – Frank W. Woolworth opens his 1st successful “F.W. Woolworth Great Five Cent Store” on North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 1904 – The US Republican Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for President, but not without opposition from those whom he calls ‘malefactors of great wealth’ 1933 – 1st Great Lakes-to-Gulf of Mexico barge trip completed, …..

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This Day in History for June 20

1782 – Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America and the bald eagle as its symbol. 1840 – Samuel Morse patents his telegraph. 1864 – Battle of Kinston, North Carolina and Battle of Abingdon, Virginia. 1895 – 1st female PhD from an American University, earned by Caroline Willard Baldwin (in science) at Cornell University. 1911 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) incorporates (NY). 1930 – 65th British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Hoylake. 1936 – Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2. 1944 – Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency. 1950 – Joe DiMaggio’s 2,000th hit, Yanks beat …..

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This Day in History – June 19

1862 – Slavery outlawed in US territories. 1897 – Wee Willie Keeler’s 44 game hitting streak ends. 1900 – Republican Party nominates President William McKinley for re-election, but chooses a new candidate for Vice-President, Theodore Roosevelt. 1910 – Father’s Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Washington) 1926 – DeFord Bailey is 1st African American to perform on Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry” 1934 – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created. 1940 – “Brenda Starr”, 1st cartoon strip to a woman, appears in Chicago. 1941 – Cheerio Cereal invents an O-shaped cereal. 1944 – World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet. …..

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This Day in History – June 18

1682 – William Penn founds Philadelphia, US. 1864 – Battle of Petersburg: Ulysses S. Grant ends four days of assaults and begins a nine month siege. 1892 – Macadamia nuts 1st planted in Hawaii. 1898 – 1st amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 1915 – 21st US Golf Open: John Travers shoots a 297 at Baltusrol GC, NJ. 1928 – American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales. 1934 – US Highway planning surveys nationwide authorized. 1941 – Joe Lewis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title. 1949 – “Along Fifth Avenue” closes at Broadhurst …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The Rowe Theatre in Elizabethtown becomes a twin cinema. Toby Scandier becomes an Eagle Scout. The Elizabethtown High School class of 1927 holds a reunion in Pinehurst. Cliff Hester in the new attorney for the town of White Lake. Share:

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This Day in History – June 17

1788 – After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston. 1837 – Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent. 1856 – Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia. 1885 – Statute of Liberty arrives in NYC aboard French ship ‘Isere” 1901 – The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the frontrunner to the SAT. 1915 – The League to Enforce Peace is organized at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations. 1928 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as …..

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This Day in History for June 16

1858 – Abraham Lincoln says “A house divided against itself cannot stand” accepting Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the Senate. 1897 – A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later. 1903 – Ford Motors under Henry Ford incorporates. 1903 – Pepsi Cola company forms. 1909 – 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000. 1909 – Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, his will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals. 1922 – Henry Berliner demonstrates his helicopter to US Bureau of Aeronautics. 1933 …..

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This Day in History for June 15

1775 – George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the day after Congress establishes the force. 1804 – Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice-President, ratified in Congress. 1844 – Charles Goodyear patents the vulcanization of rubber. 1898 – US House of Representatives passes resolution to annex Hawaii. 1911 – Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated. 1916 – Boys Scouts of America forms. 1924 – Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth automobile. 1934 – Great Smokey Mountains National Park dedicated. 1948 – 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A’s (Tigers 4, Athletics 1) 1955 – …..

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This Day in History for June 14

1642 – 1st compulsory education law in America passed in Massachusetts. 1777 – US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Strips flag, designed by Francis Hopkinson, replacing the Grand Union flag. 1834 – Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr., Springfield, Vermont. 1881 – Player piano patented by John McTammany, Jr. (Cambridge, Massachusetts) 1901 – 1st golf championship is played. 1916 – Representatives of eight Allied nations hold an economic conference in Paris at which they discuss ways to cripple their enemies economic power during and after the war. 1922 – US President Warren G. Harding is 1st US President to use radio, dedicates the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore. …..

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This Day in History for June 13

1789 – Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert in Washington. 1854 – Anthony Faas patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound. 1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims reconstruction of confederate states. 1888 – US Congress creates Department of Labor. 1912 – NY Giant Christy Mathewson wins his 300th game. 1922 – Longest recorded attack of hiccups begins: Charlie Osborne gets the hiccups and continues for 68 years, dies 11 months after it stops. 1933 – Federal Home Owners Loan Corporation authorized. 1942 – The United States opens its Office of War Information, with Elmer Davis as head. 1948 …..

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This Day in History for June 11

1742 – Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove. 1776 – Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence. 1838 – Iowa Territory is organized. 1878 – DC is given a new government by Congress, 3 commissioners appointed by president (changed in 1974) 1895 – Charles Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile. 1919 – 23rd US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Brae Burn CC Massachusetts. 1927 – Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross. 1936 – Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia. 1944 – 15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on …..

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This Day in History for June 10

1639 – 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington, Delaware) 1760 – NY passes 1st effective law regulating practice of medicine. 1845 – Andrew Jackson’s African Grey Parrot “Poll” is removed from his funeral for swearing at The Hermitage, Tennessee.  Funeral attendee William Menefee Norment recorded: “Before the sermon and while the crowd was gathering, a wicked parrot that was a household pet got excited and commenced swearing so loud and long as to disturb the people and had to be carried to the house” 1869 – ‘Agnes’ arrives in New Orleans with 1st ever shipment of frozen beef. 1902 – Patent for window envelope granted to H F …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

East Bladen Band was featured on WECT Television. Scooper’s Delight and House of Quality Pawn Shop opened in Bladen County. More than 400 seniors graduated in Bladen County. The proposed tax rate for the town of Elizabethtown was 59 cents. Share:

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This Day in History for June 9

1628 – 1st deportation from what is now US, Thomas Morton from Massachusetts. 1802 – US Academy at West Point founded. 1822 – Charles Graham patents false teeth. 1869 – Charles E. Hires sells his 1st root beer, in Philadelphia. 1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the 1st woman to drive across the US, in a Maxwell 30, drives 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days. 1915 – US President Woodrow Wilson sends 2nd Lusitania not to Germany protesting sinking of the Lusitania and refuting German claim British blockade illegal. 1924 – “Jelly-Roll Blues” is recorded by blues great Jelly Roll …..

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This Day in History for June 8

1786 – Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr. Hall, NYC) 1861 – US Sanitary commission is given executive approval. 1899 – 39th British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 310 at Royal St George’s Golf Club. 1917 – Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School. 1928 – 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford) 1942 – Bing Crosby records “Silent Night” 1948 – “Milton Berle Show” premiers on NBC TV. 1953 – Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court. 1956 – Richard B. Fitzgibbon, Jr. killed by another USAF airman in Vietnam becoming the first American killed in the Vietnam War. 1958 – 4th LPGA Championship won …..

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This Day in History for June 7

1769 – Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass State of Kentucky. 1862 – General B. Butler orders William Mumford hanged after he removed and destroyed US flag on display over New Orleans Mint. 1887 – Monotype type-casting machine patented by Tolbert Lanston, Washington, D.C. 1900 – 40th British Golf Open: J.H. Taylor shoots a 309 at St Andrews. 1912 – US army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane. 1917 – Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Club International, now the largest service organization in the world. 1936 – Charles “Lucky” Luciano is convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution. 1941 – 73rd Belmont: Eddie …..

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This Day in History for June 6

1639 – Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill. 1844- Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) formed by George Williams in London. 1882 – Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC. 1904 – National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, New Jersey. 1923 – Gangster Albert Anastasia is convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to two years in prison. 1925 – Walter Chrysler founds automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation. 1931 – “There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time” by Guy Lombardo hits #1. 1932 – US Federal gas tax enacted. 1941 – Giants baseball team use plastic batting helmets for 1st time. 1949 – …..

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This Day in History for June 5

1846 – Telegraph line opens between Philadelphia and Baltimore. 1876 – Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. 1884 – William Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying “I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected”. 1902 – 42nd British Golf Open: Sandy Herd shoots a 307 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. 1912 – US marines invade Caimanera, Cuba. 1927 – Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record. 1933 – The US drops the Gold Standard when Congress enacts a joint resolution nullifying creditors right to demand payment in gold. 1937 – Henry Ford initiates 32 hour work week. 1940 – …..

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This Day in History for June 4

1794 – Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers. 1825 – Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC. 1896 – Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit. 1917 – American men begin registering for the draft. 1942 – Capitol Record Co opens for business. 1942 – “Mrs Miniver” based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Carson and Walter Pidgeon is released in the US (Best Picture of 1943) 1944 – General Eisenhower cancels planned D-Day invasion on June 5th after receiving unfavorable weather reports. 1945 – US Marine division occupies Orokoe Peninsula Okinawa. 1949 – “Cavalcade …..

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This Day in History – June 3

1784 – US army officially established by Congress of the Confederation. 1851 – 1st baseball uniforms worn, NY Knickerbockers wear straw hats, white shirt & blue long trousers. 1888 – “Casey at the Bat” published (SF Examiner) 1911 – “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine” hits #1. 1929 – 1st trade show at Atlantic City Convention Center (electric light) 1932 – Lou Gehrig is 1st to hit 4 consecutive HRs: Yanks beat A’s 20-13. 1939 – “Beer Barrel Polka” hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe. 1946 – 1st bikini bathing suit displayed (Paris) 1949 – Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles) 1957 …..

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This Day in History – June 2

1835 – P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US. 1857 – James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine. 1875 – Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission. 1901 – Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY). 1913 – 1st strike settlement mediated by US Department of Labor – railroad clerks. 1919 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sandburg (Cornhuskers) 1924 – President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act, declaring all Native Americans to be American citizens. 1928 – Kraft, building on the original 1918 design, rolls out Velveeta cheese. 1942 – Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator. …..

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This Day In History for June 1

1657 – 1st Quakers arrive in New Amsterdam (NY). 1789 – 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths) 1843 – It snows in Buffalo and Rochester, NY, & Cleveland, Ohio. 1860 – Thomas Edison granted his first patient for the Electric Vote Recorder (U.S. Patent 90,646) 1880 – US census is 50,155,783. 1911 – 1st US group insurance policy written in Passaic, New Jersey. 1925 – Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pipp (1st of record 2130 consecutive games) 1933 – Century of Progress world’s fair opens in Chicago. 1941 – NY Giants Mel Ott hits his 400th HR & his 1,500th RBI. 1957 – Don Bowden becomes 1st American …..

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This Day in History for May 30

1498 – Christopher Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America. 1539 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida. 1806 – Future US President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy. 1848 – William G Young patents ice cream freezer. 1879 – An F4 tornado strikes Irving, Kansas, killing 18 and injuring 60. 1908 – 1st federal workmen’s compensation law approved. 1922 – Completed Lincoln Memorial dedicated by US Chief Justice William H. Taft in front of 50,000. 1933 – Patent on invisible glass installation. 1942 – Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1. 1942 …..

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This Day in History – May 29

1630 – John Winthrop begins “History of New England” 1721 – South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony. 1765 – Patrick Henry’s historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!” 1849 – Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can no fool all of the people all of the time.” 1861 – Dorothea Dix offers to help setting up hospitals for Union Army. 1886 – American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola. 1912 – 15 young women are …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Tammy Heustess of Clarkton is to receive a Farm Bureau Scholarship. Bladen County Hospital celebrated National Hospital week. Kay Hester of Bladenboro graduated Summa Cum Laude at Pembroke State with a 4.0 grade point average. Former Bladen County Wildlife Officer James Kenneth Bass pled guilty to drug charges. Share:

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This Day in History for May 28

1664 – 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston) 1892 – Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature. 1923 – US Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere. 1928 – Dodge Brothers Inc and Chrysler Corporation merge. 1929 – 1st all color talking picture “On With the Snow” exhibited (NYC) 1936 – Alan Turing submits “On computable Numbers” for publication, in which he set out the theoretical basis for modern computers. 1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to vehicular traffic. 1940 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Louisiana Purchase” premieres in NYC. 1951 – The Jerry Colonna Show …..

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This Day in History for May 27

1796 – James S McLean patents his piano. 1916 – Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx. 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations. 1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape. 1930 – The 1,046-foot Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public. 1931 – 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplane at Langley Field, Virginia. 1933 – Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released. 1943 – US forbids racial discrimination in war industry. 1951 – Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, …..

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This Day in History for May 26

1861 – US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South. 1868 – US President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote. 1896 – Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94) 1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge signs law restricting immigration. 1925 – Tigers’ Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139) 1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution. 1938 – US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms. 1941 – American Flag House (Betsy Ross’ Home) given to city of Philadelphia. 1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb. 1958 – A fire …..

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This Day in History for May 25

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent. 1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding. 1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency. 1919 – Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap. 1927 – Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford. 1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney. 1935 – Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports”. …..

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This Day in History for May 24

1738 – John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day. 1830 – “Mary Had A Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon. 1899 – 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston) 1915 – Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations. 1916 – US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker. 1931 – 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad. 1943 – Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean. 1954 – IBM announces vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour. 1958 – UP & International News Service merge into United Press …..

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This Day in History for May 23

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. 1863 – Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. 1900 – Associated Press News Service forms in NY. 1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin. 1911 – NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft. 1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films. 1934 – American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow – Bonnie and Clyde – are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana. 1960 – “Got a Girl” by The Four Preps hits #24. 1962 – Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in …..

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This Day in History for May 22

1761 – 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia. 1803 – 1st US public library opens in Connecticut. 1807 – Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Philadelphia. 1868 – Train robbery at Marshfield, Indiana by Reno Brothers Gang, who make off with $98,000. 1892 – Dr Washington Sheffield invents the toothpaste tube. 1902 – US President Theodore Roosevelt signs a treaty with Mexico under which both countries agree to submit a long-standing dispute over interest payments to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague. 1926 – “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” by Gene Austin hits #1. 1931 – Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on …..

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This Day In History for May 21

1832 – 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore) 1846 – 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii. 1861 – Richmond, Va, is designated Confederate Capital. 1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton. 1906 – The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of waters of the Rio Grande, increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation. 1914 – Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota. 1918 – US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote. 1927 – Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic. 1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens. 1941 …..

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This Day in History – May 20

1310 – Shoes were made for both right & left feet. 1639 – Dorchester, Massachusetts forms 1st school funded by local taxes. 1775 – Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence from Britain. 1830 – D Hyde patents fountain pen. 1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union. 1892 – George Sampson patents clothes dryer. 1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting. 1926 – Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots & planes. 1939 – “3 Little Fishies” by Kay Kyser swam to #1. 1959 – Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car “Falcon” 1969 – US troops …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

WestPoint Pepperell of Elizabethtown was honored by the North Carolina Department of Labor for their safety record. Gary Grady resigned as the town attorney for White Lake. The White Lake Water Festival Committee announced that a 10K race would be included in this year’s festivities. A new water tower was installed for the city of White Lake. Share:

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This Day in History for May 19

1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England. 1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828/Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North. 1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres. 1898 – US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labeled “Private Mailing Cards” until 1901, known as “souvenir cards” 1912 – American League President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb’s suspension, they will be banned from baseball. 1921 – Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system. 1935 …..

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This Day in History for May 18

1631 – English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right. 1652 – Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal. 1852 – Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school. 1897 – Herbert Henry Dow founds Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan. 1917 – US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment. 1927 – Ritz Hotel opens in Boston. 1933 – Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams. 1942 – NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II. 1953 – 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline …..

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This Day in History for May 17

1792 – 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street. 1875 – 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75. 1881 – Revised version of New Testament. 1897 – The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland. 1927 – Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings. 1943 – Millionaire Howard Hughes crashes into Lake Mead, while test flying his Sikorsky S-43, killing CAA inspector Ceco Cline and Richard Felt. 1954 – US Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of …..

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This Day in History for May 16

1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina. 1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins. 1866 – US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime) 1868 – US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote. 1894 – Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 179 other buildings. 1914 – American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City. 1927 – US Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax. 1939 – Food stamps are 1st issued. 1946 – “Annie Get Your Gun” opens at …..

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This Day in History for May 15

1672 – 1st copyright law enacted in Massachusetts. 1817 – First private mental hospital opens in the US, Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1829 – Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist, according to Joseph Smith. 1862 – US Department of Agriculture created. 1911 – Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act) 1918 – 1st regular US airmail postal service between NY, Philadelphia & Washington, D.C. 1928 – Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film “Plane Crazy” 1934 – US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead of alive. 1940 …..

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This Day in History – May 14

1607 – 1st permanent English settlement established in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia. 1767 – British government disbands Americans import duty on tea. 1787 – Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution. 1804 – Meriwether Lewis & William Clark’s expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St. Louis for Pacific Coast. 1853 – Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and inventor, patents his process for condensed milk. 1896 – Lowest US temperature in May recorded (-10 degrees a Climax, Colorado) 1908 – 1st passenger flight in an airplane. 1918 – Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC. 1927 – “Ain’t She Sweet?” hits #1 on …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Lt. Governor Jimmy Green was the featured speaker at the Bladen County Democratic Convention. James Elkins of Clarkton was chosen as a cheerleader for East Carolina University. Winfred Johnson, in his first season at ECU, led the baseball team in batting average, home runs and pitching. Johnson had the best won-lost record along with the best earned run average on the squad. Bridger Corporation, after 98 years operating in Bladenboro, went out of business. Share:

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This Day in History for May 13

1607 – English colonists led by John Smith land near James River in Virginia. 1846 – US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins. 1888 – DeWolf Hooper 1st recites “Casey at Bat” 1913 – Women’s suffrage march through Washington organized by Alice Paul and led by Inez Milholland. 1922 – 47th Preakness: L Morris aboard Pillory wins in 1:51.6. 1930 – Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas; only known fatality due to hail. 1934 – Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies. 1940 – Winston Churchill says “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat” in his first speech as Prime Minister to …..

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This Day in History – May 12

1792 – Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented. 1890 – Louisiana legalized prize fighting. 1908 – Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield. 1932 – Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, New Jersey. 1934 – “Cocktails For Two” by Duke Ellington hits #1. 1959 – “Nervous Set” opens at Henry Miller’s Theater NYC for 23 performances. 1960 – Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special. 1963 – Bob Dylan walks out of the “Ed Sullivan Show” 1968 – “March of Poor” under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, D.C. 1970 – Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run. 1975 – US …..

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A Bladen County landmark on the market

By Erin Smith A Bladen County landmark is now up for sale. Historic Purdie Hall, better known to many residents as Purdie Place, is being offered for sale by Preservation North Carolina.  Preservation North Carolina is a non-profit organization which strives to protect endangered historic places and promotes the historic architecture of North Carolina. Preservation North Carolina purchases historic properties that are deemed to be endangered and sells them to new owners with restrictive covenants and a rehabilitation agreement, according to the Preservation North Carolina website. Purdie Hall overlooks the Cape Fear River from a high bluff and includes 47.88 acres, according to the listing. The home was built by …..

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This Day in History for May 11

1751 – Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin. 1850 – Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco. 1900 – James J. Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title. 1904 – Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace. 1928 – 63rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St George’s. 1940 – NY World’s Fair reopens. 1942 – William Faulkner’s collections of short stories, “Go Down, Moses”, is published. 1945 – US Marines conquer Awatsha Draw, Okinawa. 1947 – BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio) 1951 – American engineer Jay Forrester applies …..

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This Day in History for May 10

1752 – Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment. 1775 – Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time. 1797 – 1st US Navy ship, the “United States,” is launched. 1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels. 1879 – Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa. 1908 – 1st Mother’s Day observed (Philadelphia) 1924 – J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI. 1944 – Smith v Allwright (excluding Blacks from primary voting) is illegal. 1960 – John F. Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia. 1960 – US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation …..

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This Day in History for May 9

1768 – John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wind, only one fourth of his ship’s carrying capacity. British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying duties on the entire cargo. 1862 – US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis, Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island. 1899 – John Burr patents an improved rotary blade mower in the US. 1901 – A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific. 1926 – 1st flight over the North Pole claimed by Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett. Later discovery of …..

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This Day in History for May 8

1541 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River. 1792 – US establishes the military draft. 1846 – 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas. 1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy. 1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine) 1912 – Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded. 1919 – 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane. 1942 – Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea. 1947 – A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is …..

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This Day in History- May 7

1718 – The city of New Orleans founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. 1789 – First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC) 1873 – US marines attack Panama. 1912 – Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer. 1914 – US Congress establishes Mother’s Day. 1938 – 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin scores first of record 5 Derby wins. 1941 – Glenn Miller records “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for RCA. 1943 – US 1st Armour division occupies Ferryville, Tunisia. 1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees. 1953 – “Can …..

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This Day in History for May 6

1787 – First African American Masonic Lodge (African #459) forms Prince Hall, Boston. 1835 – James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent) 1837 – John Deere creates the first steel plough. 1851 -Dr. John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine” 1896 – 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75. 1915 – Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15 innings. 1929 – New York to San Francisco footrace begins. 1940 – Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck for “The Grapes of Wrath” 1941 – At California’s March Field, Bob Hope performs …..

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This Day in History for May 5

1809 – Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent for weaving straw. 1847 – American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia) 1891 – Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor. 1900 – “The Billboard” began weekly publication. 1920 – US President Woodrow Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal. 1920 – Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested on charges of robbery of a paymaster at a shoe factory in Massachusetts, US – the two men are executed. 1935 – Jesse Owens of US sets long jump record at 26′ 8 1/2″. 1941 – First modern perfume Chanel No. 5 released by fashion designer Coco Chanel. …..

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This Day in History – May 4

1780 – American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members. 1805 – Henry C Overing buys 80 acres off Throggs Neck in the Bronx. 1866 – Woodward’s Gardens open to the public in San Francisco. 1883 – John Gordon Cashmans publishes 1st edition “Vicksburg Evening Post” (Mississippi). 1904 – Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal. 1916 – At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare. 1932 – Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion. 1942 – Food 1st rationed in US. 1953 – Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for “The …..

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This Day in History – May 3

1662 – Royal charter granted to Connecticut. 1802 – Washington, DC is incorporated as a city. 1851 – Sixth major fire in San Francisco destroys 1500-2000 buildings. 1901 – Fire destroys 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida. 1915 – John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields” 1921 – West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax. 1937 – Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind” 1941 – 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4. 1944 – Meat rationing ends in US. 1948 – 1st broadcast of “CBS Evening News” – longest running network news show in the US. 1960 – Musical “Fantasticks” by Harvey Schmidt …..

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This Day in History for May 2

1863 – Stonewall Jackson attacking Chancellorsville is wounded by his own men. 1865 – US President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis. 1885 – “Good Housekeeping” magazine is 1st published. 1908 – “Take me out to the Ball Game” registered for copyright. 1918 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware. 1927 – U.S. Supreme Court’s “Buck v. Bell”, permits forced sterilizations of various “unfits” by states’ authorities where such surgeries are practiced for eugenic reasons. 1932 – Jack Benny’s 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network) 1938 – Ella Fitzgerald records “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” 1939 – Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks …..

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This Day in History – May 1

1841 – First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California. 1867 – Howard University chartered. 1873 – 1s US postal card issued. 1884 – Construction begins on Chicago’s 1st skyscraper (10 stories) 1889 – Bayer introduces aspirin in powder from (Germany) 1913 – Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St. NYC. 1926 – Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League. 1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City. 1940 – The 1940 Olympics are cancelled. 1941 – General Mills introduces Cheerios. 1941 – US savings bonds go on sale to help finance the war effort. 1943 – Food rationing begins in US. 1947 – Radar …..

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This Day in History – April 30

1598 – 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy – Rio Grande) 1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. 1857 – San Jose State University forms. 1864 – New York becomes first state to charge a hunting license fee. 1900 – Casey Jones dies heroically in a train wreck at Vaughn, Mississippi, while driving Cannonball Express (immortalized in “Ballad of Casey Jones”) 1904 – Ice cream cone makes its debut. 1925 – Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc. is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 for charity. 1939 – New York World’s Fair opens. 1942 – 1st submarine …..

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This Day in History – April 29

1813 – 1st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel. 1845 – Macon B Allen & Robert Morris, Jr. are 1st African Americans to open a law practice in the US. 1862 – 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Mississippi. 1902 – Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines. 1926 – France and US reach accord on repayment of WW I. 1934 – Pittsburgh is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday. 1945 – US Army liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The East Bladen High School Golf team led the Three Rivers Conference with a record of 11-0. The most recent match won by East Bladen was paced by Jimmy Hill who shot a 78. Trinity United Methodist Church of Elizabethtown honored Mary E. Dunham who retired as church organist. Famous Subs and Pizza opened in Bladenboro. Charlotte Mayor Eddie Knox, candidate for Governor of North Carolina, visited Bladenboro. Share:

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This Day in History – April 28

1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey accused of treason and removed from office.   1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston.   1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.   1919 – 1st jump with US Army Air Corps (rip-cord) parachute (Les Irvin)   1922 – WOI (Ames, Iowa) country’s 1st licensed educational radio station.   1934 – FDR signs Home Owners Loan Act.   1937 – 1st commercial flight across Pacific operated by Pan Am.   1940 – Glenn Miller records “Pennsylvania 6-5000”   1945 – US 5th army reaches Swiss border.   1957 – WSOC-TV channel 9 …..

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This Day in History for April 27

1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1838 – Fire destroys half of Charleston. 1865 – Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) is chartered. 1937 – 1st US social security payment made. 1942 – Tornado destroys Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100, injuring 300. 1946 – 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship. 1956 – Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing. 1959 – “Today” show goes abroad 1st time (Paris, France) 1960 – 1st automatic powered electric-drive submarine launched (Tullibee) 1961 – NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 1965 – RC Duncan patents “Pampers” disposal diaper. 1969 – Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational. 1978 – …..

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This Day in History for April 26

1865 – Confederate General J E Johnson surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina. 1887 – Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity. 1900 – American League baseball opener in Cleveland draws 6,500. 1920 – Harlow Shapely and Heber D. Curtis hold ‘great debate’ on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him American League home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season. 1941 – A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs) 1954 – Nationwide …..

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Jefferson Weaver

The death of a newspaper

By Jefferson Weaver For 21 years, the Old Man wrote a column every year, saying goodbye to The Dunn Dispatch. Sometimes it made print, sometimes it didn’t. In 2001, he lay in his hospital bed, too weak to sit up. He asked me to carry on his tradition. I promised I would. Sometimes mine have made it to print, sometimes they haven’t, but I kept my promise to my father. I also made a promise to myself that day, about another column. Lord willing, you’ll read that one in a few days. Sometimes, silence is a comfort. Changes in my trade have forced a lot of evolution in the way we …..

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This Day in History for April 25

1719 – Daniel Defoe publishes “Robinson Crusoe” 1861 – The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, D.C. (US Civil War) 1875 – Latest date for measurable snow in NYC (3″) 1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April. 1901 – New York becomes 1st state requiring automobile license plates ($1 fee) 1928 – Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank. 1933 – US & Canada drop Gold Standard. 1945 – 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in San Francisco. 1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure …..

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This Day in History for April 24

1704 – “Boston News-Letter” 1st successful newspaper in US, forms. 1800 – US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation. 1833 – Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain. 1888 – Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman. 1897 – 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House. 1898 – US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines. 1907 – Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened. 1913 – Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened – world’s tallest building at the time. 1917 – US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, …..

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Bladen County Afghans offered at Cooperative Extension

By Erin Smith If you are in need of a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day look no further than Bladen County Cooperative Extension. They are offering afghans which depict various historical events and places from around Bladen County.  The afghans were started as a fundraiser for the Cooperative Extension office to meet some of its funding needs. LaToya Lucy, with Bladen County Cooperative Extension, said of the afghans, “It was a way to furnish extra money for programming support for Extension.”  Both she and Director Becky Spearman said the afghans have been a staple of Bladen County Cooperative Extension for a while.  The afghans cost $55 each and they can …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Celebrates Renovation Completion, Offers Free Event on April 28

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield is proud to announce that the park’s two main visitor use facilities, the primary Visitor Center and the recreational use Patriots Hall Community Center are now opened to the public.The center received a new metal roof and updated flooring that will help to extend the life of this 60 year old structure. The Visitor Center will resume normal operational hours: the facility is opened Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; it is closed along with the rest of the park on all Federal Holidays. Patriots Hall, another 1950’s structure, also known as a Mission 66 building, was in serious need of renovations and updates when Hurricane …..

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This Day in History – April 23

1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded.   1789 – President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York.   1861 – Robert E Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)   1900 – 1st known occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY Journal)   1939 – Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR.   1945 – US troops in Italy cross river Po.   1950 – 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)   1952 – New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game & hits his only HR.   1959 – “Destry Rides Again” opens …..

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This Day in History – April 22

1526 – 1st slave revolt in the American colonies occurs in South Carolina. 1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1793 – President Washington attends opening of Rickett’s, 1st circus in US. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 cent coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”) 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1915 – 1st military use of gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I. 1940 – Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan was inevitable. 1951 – …..

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This Day in History for April 21

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in American colony, allowing all freedom of worship. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington) 1794 – NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British. 1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington. 1878 – NY installs 1st firehouse pole. 1914 – US marines occupy Vera Cruz, a major Mexican port; they will stay 6 months. 1940 – 1st $64 Question, “Take It or Leave It,” on CBS Radio. 1944 – NFL Chicago Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3) 1952 – Secretaries’ …..

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This Date in History for April 20

1777 – New York adopts new constitution as an independent state. 1896 – 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premieres in NYC. 1912 – Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11. 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, ask a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary, Congress approves. 1920 – Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi. 1935 – “Your Hit Parade” begins broadcasting (become #1 quickly) 1940 – 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa. 1945 – US 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg. 1948 – NYC hikes …..

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This Day in History for April 19

1775 – American Revolution begins – Lexington Common, shot “heard round the world” 1861 – Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War) 1892 – Charles Duryea takes the 1st American-made automotive for a test drive. 1897 – 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world’s oldest annual marathon. 1919 – Leslie Irvin of US makes first premeditated free-fall parachute jump. 1924 – “National Barn Dance” premieres on WLS Chicago. 1932 – President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week. 1934 – Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, “Stand Up & Cheer” 1945 – Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Carousel” opens on Broadway. 1945 – …..

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This Day in History for April 18

1775 – Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming!” 1848 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico. 1865 – Confederate General Johnson surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina. 1906 – San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city. 1912 – Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City. 1915 – US Secretary of State warns Germany that the USA may break diplomatic relations unless torpedo attacks on unarmed ships stop. 1923 – 74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand …..

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