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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 18

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

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This Day in History for September 17

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

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This Day in History for September 16

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

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This Day in History for September 15

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

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This Day in History – September 14

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

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This Day in History for September 13

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

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This Day in History for September 12

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

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This Day in History for September 11

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

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This Day in History for September 10

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

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

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

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This Day in History for September 9

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

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

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

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This Day in History for September 8

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

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This Day in History for September 7

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

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This Day in History for September 6

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

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This Day in History – September 5

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

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This Day in History – September 4

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

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This Day in History for September 3

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

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This Day in History – September 2

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

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This Day in History – September 1

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

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Bladenboro Historical Building

Bladenboro Visual Arts Council postpones caricature exhibit

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

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Family History and Genealogy Group will meet in September

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

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This Day in History – August 31

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

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This Day in History for August 30

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

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This Day in History for August 29

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

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237th Battle of Elizabethtown Commemoration at Tory Hole Park

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

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This Day in History for August 28

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

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This Day in History For August 26

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

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

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

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This Day in History for August 25

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

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This Day in History for August 24

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

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This Day in History for August 23

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

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This Day in History for August 22

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

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Battle of Elizabethtown Commemoration Planned

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

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This Day in History – August 21

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

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This Day in History – August 20

1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis. 1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Texas. 1896 – Dial telephone patented. 1908 – American’s Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia. 1920 – Preliminary meeting in Akron to form American Pro Football League. 1930 – Dumont’s 1s TV broadcast for home reception (NYC) 1944 – US & British forces destroy German 7th Army at Falaise-Argentan Gap. 1956 – Republicans convene at Cow Palace. 1964 – US President Lyndon Johnson B. Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The White Lake Airport closed after many years of operation. The Bladen County Dixie Youth team won the state championship. The Clarkton Tobacco Market was leading the Border Belt by selling 242,360 pounds for an average of $141.66 per pound. T.G. Fisher opened White Lake Meats. Share:

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This Day in History for August 18

1735 – Evening Post begins publishing (Boston, Mass) 1817 – 60-70 foot serpent sightings reported offshore in Gloucester, Massachusetts. 1838 – United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departs for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. 1872 – 1st mail-order catalog issued by A M Ward. 1894 – US Congress creates Bureau of Immigration. 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson issues “Proclamation of Neutrality” 1920 – 22 year old representative Harry T. Burn is deciding vote in Tennessee’s and thus America’s ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women’s suffrage after better from his mother. 1926 – Weather map televised for 1st time. 1938 – FDR dedicates Thousand …..

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This Day in History for August 17

1590 – Governor of Roanoke Island colony, John White returns from England to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier (1591) 1788 – Losantville, Ohio (now Cincinnati) founded. 1807 – Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont begins first trip up Hudson River. 1859 – 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette, Indiana. 1891 – Electric self-starter for automobile patented. 1903 – Joe Pulitzer donates $1 million to Columbia University & begins the Pulitzer Prizes in America. 1918 – Samuel Riddle buys Man O’War for $5,000. 1936 – An unemployed worker, Neils B. Ruud, in Madison, Wisconsin, receives the first unemployment benefit check paid …..

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This Day in History for August 16

1691 – Yorktown, Virginia founded. 1780 – British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, South Carolina. 1858 – Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan. 1891 – President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont. 1904 – NYC begins building Grand Central Station. 1927 – 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park, Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth) 1934 – US ends occupation of Haiti (been there since 1915) 1947 – Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pittsburgh Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs. 1954 – “Sports Illustrated” magazine begins publishing. 1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from balloon at 84,700 feet. 1962 – Ringo Starr …..

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This Day in History for August 15

1635 – 1st recorded north American hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony. 1848 – M Waldo Hanchett patents dental chair. 1893 – US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea. 1906 – 1st freight deliver tunnel system begins, underneath Chicago. 1911 – Procter & Gamble unveils its Crisco shortening. 1914 – Panama Canal opens (under cost) 1923 – Mexico & US reach accord over oil concession of 1917. 1944 – US 7th Armour division reaches Chartres. 1945 – US wartime rationing of gasoline & fuel oil ends. 1945 – Victory over Japan Day, the Japanese surrender and the end of WWII is announced in Japan (due to time zones 14th …..

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This Day in History – August 13

1608 – John Smith’s story of Jamestown’s first days submitted for publication. 1889 – William Gray patents coin-operated telephone. 1898 – US forces under Admiral George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-American War. 1907 – 1st taxicabs operate in New York City, imported by Harry N. Allen. 1914 – Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota. 1923 – US Steel Corp initiates 8-hour work day. 1939 – Sabotage suspected in crash of ‘City of San Francisco’ 1950 – US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai. 1959 – US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit) 1963 – Warren Spahn sets let-hander …..

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This Day in History – August 12

1492 – Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World. 1851 – American inventor Issac Singer patents the sewing machine. 1867 – US President Andrew Johnson defies Congress suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. 1877 – Thomas Edison completes 1st model for the phonograph, a device that recorded sound onto tinfoil cylinders. 1898 – Hawaii is formally annexed to US. 1908 – Henry Ford’s company builds he first Model T car. 1922 – Dedication of Frederick Douglas’ home in Washington, D.C. as national shrine. 1930 – Clarence Birdseye is granted a patent for method for quick freezing food (patent US 1773079A) 1944 – …..

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This Day in History for August 11

1866 – World’s 1st roller rink opens (Newport, Rhode Island) 1896 – Harvey Hubbell patents electric light socket with a pull chain. 1909 – SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1914 – John Wray patents animation. 1924 – 1st newsreel pictures of US presidential candidates were taken. 1934 – 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. 1944 – US air raid on Palembang. 1950 – Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union. 1951 – 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois. 1956 – 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620. 1971 …..

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This Day in History for August 10

1622 – John Mason and Ferdinando Gorges receive a land patent of the Province of Maine. 1776 – American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London. 1821 – Missouri admitted as 24th US state. 1833 – Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200. 1846 – US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world’s largest museum and research complex. 1869 – O.B. Brown patents moving picture projecter. 1889 – Dan Ryland patents screw cap. 1921 – FDR stricken with polio at summer home on Canadian Island of Campobello. 1949 – US National Military Establishment renamed Department of Defense. 1960 – Discoverer 13 …..

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This Day in History for August 9

1803 – 1st horses arrive in Hawaii. 1831 – 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY) 1841 – Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die. 1898 – Rudolf Diesel obtains patent #608,845 for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine. 1904 – Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, New York patents his check-writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers. 1910 – Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine. 1930 – 113 degrees F at Perryville, Tennessee (state record) 1944 – Smokey Bear debuts as spokesman for fire prevention. 1945 – US drops 2nd atomic bomb “Fat Man” on Japan destroys part …..

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This Day in History for August 8

1786 – US Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money. 1844 – Brigham Young chosen as head of Mormon Church following the death of Joseph Smith. 1854 – Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges. 1898 – Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes. 1911 – The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire. 1911 – Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435.  The law would come into effect in 1913. 1925 – 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (200,000) in Washington, D.C. 1938 – Booneville Dam on …..

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This Day in History for August 7

1789 – US Congress creates Department of War and Lighthouse Service. 1820 – 1st potatoes planted in Hawaii. 1909 – US issues 1st Lincoln penny. 1915 – Dario Resta, driving a Peugeot, wins the first Chicago Car race ever to average over 100-mile race in Chicago: average speed 101.8 mph. 1929 – NY Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A’s. 1939 – Millionaire Howard Hughes is presented with a Congressional Gold Medal. 1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW II, Guadalcanal, Solomon Island. 1953 – Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses …..

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Town Of Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown to mark 237th anniversary of Battle of Elizabethtown

The Town of Elizabethtown will mark the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Elizabethtown at the newly refurbished Tory Hole Park from  2:00 pm- 3:00 PM on Sunday August 26th. Cannons, muskets, and history lessons are on the agenda for the afternoon! The celebration will recognize the efforts of a small group of local Patriot Whigs who were able to break the hold of the Loyalist Tories in the Cape Fear region in the last months of the Revolutionary War. The historic battle took place around August 27, 1781 in the area of town between the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market location and the natural ravine which runs into the Tory Hole Park behind …..

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This Day in History for August 6

1787 – Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate on the first draft of the Constitution. 1819 – Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States. 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair. 1914 – Denis Patrick Dowd, Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War 1. 1926 – Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY) 1937 – US and USSR sign trade treaty. 1939 – 1st broadcast of “Dinah Shore Show” on NBC-radio. 1943 – US 1st Infantry division occupies …..

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This Day in History for August 5

1846 – Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel. 1861 – President Lincoln signs the first US personal Income Tax into law (3% of incomes over $800) 1864 – Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” (US Civil War) 1882 – Standard Oil of New Jersey is established. 1914 – 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. 1924 – “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip by Harold Gray is 1st published in the New York Daily News. 1932 …..

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This Day in History for August 4

1753 – George Washington becomes a master mason. 1821 – 1st edition of American magazine “The Saturday Evening Post” 1862 – US government collects its 1st income tax. 1909 – MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A’s 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life. 1914 – US declares neutrality on the outbreak of WWI. 1929 – Cleveland Indians, trailing 6-5 in 9th with 2 outs score AL record tying 9 runs, beat NY Yankees 14-6. 1936 – American athlete Jesse Owens wins his 2nd gold medal at the Berlin Olympics; beats German Luz Long …..

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This Day in History for August 3

1863 – Governor Seymour asks President Lincoln to suspend draft in NY. 1882 – US Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration. 1900 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded. 1921 – 1st aerial crop dusting in Troy, Ohio, to kill caterpillars. 1921 – MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis hands out life bans to 8 Chicago White Sox players accused in Black Sox scandal despite their acquittal by a Chicago jury. 1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th US President upon death of President Warren G. Harding. 1932 – Official automatic timing & photo-finish camera for track events is used for first 1st time at Los Angeles Olympics instrumental in changing …..

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Public Meeting

The Mother County Genealogical Society to hold meeting

The Mother County Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday August 11th from noon until 2 pm in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main St in Bladenboro.   All are welcome to attend.   Albert Shaw will speak on his Shaw family history in Bladen County.   Pitch, tar, turpentine, and rosin taken from pine trees were perhaps the most important products from the Bladen County area during its early history.   Mr. Shaw will also bring tools and artifacts and talk also about that industry. Share:

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This Day in History for August 2

1610 – Henry Hudson enters the bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay. 1776 – Formal signing of he US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians) 1790 – 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves. 1819 – 1st parachute jump in US. 1858 – 1st mailboxes installed in Boston and NYC streets. 1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” 1892 – Charles A. Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator. 1934 – 1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it. 1943 – Lt. John F. Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon Island. 1945 – After …..

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Virginia Allen appreciated for 50 years

By Charlotte Smith The folks at Kinlaw Furniture are having a great celebration today, Wednesday, August 1st. The reason for the festivities is on this day 50 years ago, Ms. Virginia Allen started working at the local furniture store. Kinlaw Furniture is a family owned business in Elizabethtown. Calvin Sasser purchased the business back in 1968, according to his son Mike Sasser. However, Ms. Allen had been working at the store before Calvin Sasser purchased it, according to Mike. Jean Sasser Clark, Mike’s sister, said, “It would be hard to sum up what she means to the company,” when talking about Ms. Allen. Secretary does not title Ms. Allen completely. …..

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This Day in History for August 1

1789 – US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act. 1855 – Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants. 1876 – Colorado becomes 38th state of the Union. 1901 – Burials within San Francisco City limits prohibited. 1911 – Omar N. Bradley (18) begins education in West Point. 1918 – Pittsburgh and Boston Braves play a MLB record 20 scoreless innings before Pirates win 2-0, in 21. 1941 – The first Jeep is produced. 1944 – Adam Clayton Powell elected 1st African-American congressman from New York. 1952 – California introduces sales tax (for education) 1957 – 1st commercial building heated by Sun (Albuquerque, New Mexico) 1958 – …..

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This Day in History for July 31

1777 – Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army. 1849 – Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon. 1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat. 1912 – US government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship) 1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minnesota) 1932 – George Washington quarter goes into circulation. 1944 – US troops occupy Sansapor, New Guinea. 1948 – US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport, NY) 1964 – Al Parker glides 644 miles without a motor. 1964 – US Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon. 1969 – Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to planet …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield to Host Informational Meeting on How to Become a Reenactor and Get Involved in Living History

Currie, NC –  Have you ever visited as historic site or event and wondered “How do I become a Re-enactor”? Join us on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for an informational meeting and orientation as to how to get involved with Living History- i.e. Reenacting and Storytelling in a historical setting. Staff and volunteers at Moores Creek National Battlefield will be providing a brief overview of volunteer opportunities offered in the park and how you can participate. Demonstrations will be provided and Question and Answer sessions will take place to assist you in getting the answers you need. Volunteer Living History opportunities include: Share the Stories of the American …..

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This Day in History for July 30

1619 – House of Burgesses, Virginia forms, 1st elective American governing body. 1739 – Casper Wistar begins glass manufacturing in Allowaystown, New Jersey. 1869 – The Charles, considered the world’s first “oil tanker”, departs from the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil. 1889 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Naval Treaty” (BG) 1909 – Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army. 1928 – George Eastman shows first amateur color motion pictures to guests at his New York house including Thomas Edison. 1935 – 1st Penquin book is published, starting the paperback revolution. 1942 – FDR signs bill creating women’s Navy …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Eight people were treated at Bladen County Hospital due to heat exhaustion. Bladen County received $428,728 for secondary road construction. Assistant County Administrator Bill Davis resigned. A blood drive in Elizabethtown gathered 170 pints of blood. Share:

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This Day in History for July 29

1773 – 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio. 1847 – Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847, only 15 law schools exist in the United States. 1864 – American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C. 1907 – Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England. 1914 – 1st transcontinental phone link made between New York City and San Francisco. 1927 – 1st iron lung installed (Bellevue hospital, NY) 1928 – Test footage first created for Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” with Mickey Mouse. 1936 – RCA …..

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This Day in History for July 28

1849 – Memmon is first clipper to reach San Francisco, 120 days out of NY. 1866 – Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in US. 1896 – City of Miami incorporated. 1900 – Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut. 1915 – Because of virtual anarchy, US Marines go ashore in Haiti on orders from President Woodrow Wilson; this will lead to an occupation that will last until 1934. 1933 – 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), NYC. 1943 – US President FDR announces end of coffee rationing in US. 1945 – US Army B-25 crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Bldg, 14 die. 1951 – Walt …..

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This Day in History for July 27

1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia. 1789 – US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department. 1844 – Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, North Carolina. 1888 – Philip Pratt unveils 1st American electric tricycle. 1909 – Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h-12m-40s. 1918 – Socony 200, 1st concrete barge in US, launched to carry oil, NY. 1931 – Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops. 1940 – Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery, Bob Given (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in …..

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This Day in History – July 26

1775 – US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.), in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin. 1790 – US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts. 1878 – In California, poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach.  The empty box found later with a taunting poem inside. 1903 – 1st automobile trip across the United States (San Francisco to New York) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker. 1908 – United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner …..

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This Day in History for July 25

1729 – North Carolina becomes a royal colony. 1854 – Walter Hunt is awarded the first U.S. patent for a paper shirt collar. 1866 – David Faragut appointed as 1st admiral in US Navy. 1866 – Ulysses S. Grant names 1st General of Army. 1871 – Carousel patented by Wilhelm Schneider, Davenport, Iowa. 1918 – Annette Adams sworn in as 1st woman district attorney of US, California. 1926 – 115 acre Orchard Beach opens in the Bronx. 1941 – FDR bans selling benzene/gasoline to Japan. 1944 – Operation Cobra: US forces begin major offensive in Normandy with air bombardment. 1946 – At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean …..

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This Day in History for July 24

1758 – George Washington elected to Virginia House of Burgesses representing Fredrick County. 1824 – Harrisburg Pennsylvania newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson. 1847 – Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah. 1893 – For only time in history of US Tennis championships, an event is held off the Eastern seaboard, Men’s double championship in Chicago. 1929 – US President Herbert Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war. 1936 – 121 degrees (F), near Alton, Kansas (state record) 1942 – Irving Berlin’s musical “This is the Army” premieres in NYC. 1952 – “High Noon”, American Western …..

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This Day in History for July 23

1664 – 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston. 1764 – James Otis publishes views on taxation without representation. 1829 – American William Austin Burt patents “typographer” (typewriter) 1872 – African American inventor Elijah McCoy is granted a patent for lubricators for steam-engine. 1880 – 1st commercial hydroelectric power plant begins, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1904 – Ice cream cone created during St. Louis World Fair – the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches. 1925 – NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers. 1937 – Isolation of pituitary hormone announced (Yale University) 1944 – US troops occupy Pisa, Italy. 1947 …..

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This Day in History – July 22

1587 – 2nd English colony forms on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. 1796 – Cleveland, Ohio, founded by General Moses Cleveland. 1893 – Katherine Lee Bates writes “America the Beautiful” in Colorado. 1918 – Lightning kills 504 sheep in Utah’s Wasatch National Park. 1923 – Walter Johnson becomes 1st to strikeout 3,000 (en route to 3,508) 1934 – Outside Chicago’s Biograph Theatre, “Public Enemy No.1” John Dillinger is mortally wounded by FBI agents. 1937 – US Senate rejects FDR’s proposal to enlarge Supreme Court. 1942 – Gasoline rationing using coupons begins. 1943 – US forces led by General Patton liberate Palermo, Sicily. 1955 – Richard Nixon becomes the first US …..

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This Day in History for July 21

1669 – John Locke’s Constitution of English colony Carolina is approved. 1865 – In market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown. 1873 – Jesse James and James Younger gang’s 1st train robbery (Adair Iowa) 1915 – Woodrow Wilson sends the third Lusitania note, warning Germany that future infringement of American rights will be deemed ‘deliberately unfriendly’ 1925 – John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial’, Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 & costs. 1930 – US Veterans Administration forms. 1943 – “Stormy Weather”, directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill …..

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This Day In History for July 20

1861 – Confederate states’ congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia. 1868 – 1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes. 1881 – Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, surrenders to US federal troops. 1917 – WW I draft lottery held: #258 is 1st drawn. 1921 – Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the floor of US House of Representatives. 1926 – A convention of the Methodist Church votes to allow women to become priests. 1935 – 1st broadcast of “Gang Busters” on NBC-radio. 1940 – Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey) 1944 – US President FDR …..

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This Day in History for July 19

1692 – 5 more people are hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts. 1860 – 1st railroad reaches Kansas. 1875 – Emma Abbott, a floating hospital for sick children, makes trial trip, NYC. 1910 – Cleveland Indian baseball player Cy Young registers 500th career victory against Washington 5-4 in 11 innings. 1913 – Billboard publishes earliest known “Last Week’s 10 Best Sellers among Popular Songs”, Malinda’s Wedding Day is #1. 1930 – Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould, and their polar expedition team return to the United States following the first exploration of the Interior of Antarctica. 1939 – Dr. Roy P. Scholz is 1st surgeon to use …..

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This Day in History for July 18

1743 – 1st half-page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal) 1864 – US President Abraham Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for military service. 1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1907” premieres in NYC. 1914 – US army air service 1st comes into being, in Signal Corps. 1940 – Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term. 1942 – 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Golden State Park track opens. 1947 – US President Harry Truman signs Presidential Succession Act. 1951 – Jersey Joe Walcott, at 37, becomes oldest to win heavyweight championship. 1955 – 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially. 1960 – Baseball’s …..

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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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