07/20/2019
  • 11:36 am Dublin Cannabis Co Marks Milestone for Global Extraction Company
  • 11:30 am Bladen County Board of Commissioners have a long agenda
  • 7:18 am Obituary for Hilda P. Sullivan
  • 7:14 am Christmas in July sale set at River View Trading Post
  • 7:02 am Thoughts While Shaving for July 20
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1861 – Confederate states’ congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia. 1868 – 1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes. 1890 – Snow and hail in Calais, Maine. 1907 – A train wreck on the Pere Marquette Railroad near Salem, Michigan kills thirty and injures seventy more. 1917 – WWI draft lottery held; #258 is […]

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1845 – Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes and kills many. 1848 – 1st US women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. 1875 – Emma Abbott, a floating hospital for sick children 1912 – A meteorite of estimated 190kg mass explodes over Holbrook in Navajo County, […]

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1775 – 1st military hospital approved. 1861 – US Congress authorizes paper money. 1867 – 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established. 1925 – Tris Speaker, is 6th to get 3,000 hits. 1935 – “Variety” publishes famous headline “Stics Nix Hick Pix” 1938 – Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan leaves NY flying for […]

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1790 – Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States. 1867 – D.R. Averill of Ohio patents ready-mixed paint. 1912 – Naval torpedo launched from an airplane patents by B.A. Fiske. 1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos. 1936 – 1st x-ray photo […]

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1870 – Georgia becomes last confederate state to be readmitted to US. 1901 – NY Giant Christy Mathewson no-hits St. Louis Cards, 5-0. 1904 – 1st Buddhist temple in US forms, Los Angeles. 1916 – 22.22″ of rain falls in Altapass, NC (state record) 1916 – Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in […]

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1798 – 1st direct US federal tax on states-on dwellings, land and slaves. 1832 – Opium exempted from federal tariff duty. 1845 – 1st postmasters’ provisional stamps issued, NYC. 1861 – Naval Engagement at Wilmington, N.C. – USS Daylight establishes blockade. 1870 – The United States Congress grants Mary Todd Lincoln a life pension in […]

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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 – P. T. Barnum’s museum burns down. 1898 – San Francisco Ferry Building at foot of Market Street, opens. 1923 – American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovers […]

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1804 – Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. 1843 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy. 1862 – US Congress authorizes Medal of Honor. 1882 – 1st ocean pier in US completed, Washington, D.C. 1909 – 16th […]

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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. 1864 – Confederate forces led by General J. Early begin invasion of Washington, D.C. 1892 – US Patent Office says Joseph […]

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1850 – Millard Fillmore sworn in as President of US (replacing Taylor) 1890 – Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage) 1892 – 1st concrete-paved street built (Bellefountaine, Ohio) 1911 – 105 degrees F at North Bridgton, Maine (state record) 1917 – Emma Goldman imprisoned for obstructing draft. 1919 – US President […]

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1795 – James Swan pays off the $2,024,899 US national debt. 1842 – Notary Stamp Law passes. 1868 – Tennessee and South Carolina are 1st to ratify the 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights. 1878 – An improved corncob pipe patents by Henry Tibbe, Washington, Missouri. 1916 – 1st cargo submarine to […]

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1776 – Colonel John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia. 1796 – US State Department issues 1st passport. 1835 – Liberty bell cracks (again). 1870 – Governor Holden of North Carolina declares Caswell County to be in a state of insurrection. 1889 – […]

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1802 – 1st comic book “The Wasp” is published in Hudson, New York criticizing Republican politicians. 1863 – 1st military draft by US (exemptions cost $100) 1891 – Marcellus F. Berry, an American Express employee is granted four copyrights for what he called “the travelers cheque” 1908 – Great White Fleet leaves San Francisco Bay. […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The “New Dublin Speedway” is opening with a big race scheduled. Houston Brisson, of Dublin, owner of Houston’s Peanuts, buys Carolina Sands Golf Course and renames it White Lake Golf Course. Mr. Brisson’s brother, Dixon Brisson, was one of the founders of the group that built the course in the early 60’s. The Elizabethtown Town […]

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1785 – US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the “dollar” and adopts decimal coinage. 1798 – US law makes aliens “liable to be apprehended, restrained…..& removed as alien enemies. 1854 – 1st Republican state convention (Jackson, Michigan) 1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tests an anti-rabies vaccine. 1898 – US Senate agrees […]

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1841 – Thomas Cook opens first travel agency. 1865 – US Secret Service begins operating under the Treasury Department. 1891 – Hail kills 16 horses in Rapid City, South Dakota. 1929 – WOWO-AM, Indiana returns to air, 1 day after transmitter burns down. 1935 – FDR signs US National Labor Relations Act. 1937 – Spam, […]

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1776 – US Congress proclaims the Department of Independence and independence from Britain. 1796 – 1st Independence Day celebration is held. 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson. 1845 – Texas Congress votes for annexation to US. 1865 – First edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by […]

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1775 – George Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1891 – 1st savings bank in US (Bank of Savings in NYC) opens its doors. 1839 – 1st state normal school in US opens, Lexington, Massachusetts, with 3 students. 1861 – Pony Express arrives in San Francisco with overland letters from NY. 1884 […]

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1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine. 1776 – New Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds. 1843 – An alligator falls from the sky during thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina. 1862 – President Lincoln signs act granting land to state agricultural […]

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1847 – 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cents Franklin and 10 cents Washington, NYC. 1861 – 1st public schoolhouse opens at Washington and Mason St., San Francisco. 1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco and on incomes over $600 (progressive rate) 1874 – 1st US zoo […]

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1834 – Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) 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 […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners set the new tax rate at 58 cents per hundred. The Board of Directors of Bladen County Hospital welcomed seven new doctors to the hospital staff. Bladen County Hospital was to set up a first aid station at White Lake starting July 4. Share:

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1776 – Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor. 1863 – George Armstrong Custer, age 23, appointed Union Brigadier General. 1891 – US National Forest Service organized. 1906 – US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce. 1927 – 1st flight […]

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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 […]

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1847 – New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires. 1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange. 1929 – 1st color TV demo, performed by Bell Laboratories in NYC. 1939 – 1st night game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Indians 5, Tigers 0) 1949 – “Captain Video & His Video Rngers” debut on DUMONT-TV. […]

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1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow, thought farmers fear effects of iron on soil. 1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US. 1870 – 1st section of Atlantic City (NJ) Boardwalk opens. 1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto. 1917 – 1st US troops arrive in France […]

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1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop. 1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens. 1868 – US President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hour day. 1910 – US Mann Act passed (no women across state lines for immoral purposes) 1929 – […]

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1795 – US and Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty. 1853 – US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) 1897 – Hail injures 26 in Topeka, Kansas. 1930 – 1st radar detection of planes, […]

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1810 – John Jacob Astor organizes the Pacific Fur Company in Astoria, Oregon. 1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes patents the typewriter with a QWERTY keyboard. 1888 – Fredrick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President. 1908 – The USA suspends diplomatic relationships with Venezuela after the refusal of Cipriano Castro’s government to compensate Americans […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Fisher Field, the airport in Elizabethtown, was celebrating it’s 40th year in business. The Bladen Journal Father of the Year in Bladen County was W.M.”Bud” Warner of Elizabethtown. The White Oak High School class of 1966 was having a class reunion. It was announced that the proposed budget for Bladen County was $7,745,185. Share:

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1775 – 1st Continental currency issued ($3,000,000) 1807 – British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812. 1847 – First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory. 1870 – US Congress creates Department of Justice. 1915 – BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service. 1932 – Congress approves “Lindbergh Act” making […]

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1768 – 1st medical diploma in America is granted to Dr. John Archer from the College of Philadelphia. 1834 – American inventor and businessman Cyrus McCormick patents the reaping machine. 1879 – Frank W. Woolworth opens his 1st successful “F.W. Woolworth Great Five Cent Store” on North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 1893 – 1st Ferris […]

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1782 – Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America and the bald eagle as its symbol. 1819 – 320 ton Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross the ocean (Atlantic) 1840 – Samuel Morse patents his telegraph. 1895 – 1st female PhD from an American University, earned by Caroline Willard Baldwin (in Science) […]

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1778 – Washington’s troops finally leave Valley Forge. 1875 – Formal opening of US Marine Hospital at Presidio in San Francisco. 1897 – Wee Willie Keeler’s 44 game hitting streak ends. 1910 – Father’s Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Washington) 1923 – Comic Strip “Moon Mullins” debuts. 1931 – 1st photoelectric cell installed commercially […]

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1812 – War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain. 1873 – Susan B. Anthony fined $100 for voting for US President. 1898 – 1st amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 1912 – The Chicago national Republican Convention splits between President Taft and Theodore Roosevelt; after Taft is nominated. Roosevelt and […]

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1775 – Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed’s Hill) 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’ 1916 – US troops under General Pershing march into Mexico. 1928 – […]

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1858 – Abraham Lincoln says “A house divided against itself cannot stand” accepting Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the Senate. 1871 – The University Tests Act allows students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests, except for courses in theology. 1884 – 1st rollercoaster used (Coney Island, NY) 1893 – […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

One of Bladen County’s long running events was the Melvin’s Memorial Fishing Tournament. In 1984 the fishing tournament had 117 participants. The Town of Clarkton Board of Commissioners were discussing the possibility of  hiring a Town Manager. The high school baseball player of the year  was Billy Willoughby of Bladenboro High School. Share:

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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. 1871 – Phoebe Couzins is 1st woman graduate of a US collegiate law school. 1898 – US House of Representatives passes resolution to annex Hawaii. […]

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1623 – 1st breach-of-promise lawsuit: Rev. Gerville Pooley, Virginia files against Cicely Jordan, he loses. 1642 – 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts. 1834 – Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr., Springfield, Vermont. 1900 – Having been annexed to the USA on August 12, 1898, Hawaii is constituted as an organized territory. […]

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1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims reconstruction of confederate states. 1888 – US Congress creates Department of Labor. 1907 – Lowest temperature ever in 48 US states for June, 2 degrees F in Tamarack, California. 1920 – US Post Office says children cannot be sent by parcel post (after various instances) 1927 – Ticker-tape parade […]

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1665 – England installs a municipal government in New York City.   1787 – US law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old.   1849 – Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville, Kentucky)   1859 – Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered, first major silver discovery in the US.   […]

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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. 1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans. 1878 – DC is given a […]

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1639 – 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington, Delaware) 1760 – New York passes 1st effective law regulating practice of medicine. 1809 – 1st US steamboat to make an ocean voyage, leaves NY for Philadelphia. 1845 – Andrew Jackson’s African Grey parrot “Poll” is removed from his funeral for swearing at the Hermitage, […]

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1772 – 1st Protestant church west of Pennsylvania (in Ohio) hold communion. 1856 – 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts. 1869 – Charles E. Hires sells his 1st root beer, in Philadelphia. 1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladenboro High School class of 1944 was holding a class reunion. Wilbur Register and John Q. Shaw were taking their place on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners after their election to that board. The Elizabethtown Jaycees were in the middle of a fund raiser where they were going door to door selling light […]

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1786 – Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr. Hall, NYC) 1824 – Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec. 1872 – US Congress endorses penny post card. 1887 – Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator. 1905 – US President Theodore Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging […]

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1769 – Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass, State of Kentucky. 1860 – Workmen start laying track for Market Street Railroad, San Francisco. 1864 – Abraham Lincoln re-nominated for US President by the Republican Party. 1912 – US Army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane. 1917 – Melvin Jones and a number of other […]

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1639 – Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill. 1882 – Electric iron patented by Henry W. Seely, NYC. 1896 – Frank Samuelson and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 years. 1900 – US Congress pass an […]

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1794 – US Congress passes the Neutrality Act, banning Americans from serving in foreign armed forces. 1805 – 1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois) 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 & […]

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1825 – Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC. 1876 – An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City. 1896 – Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit. 1912 – Massachusetts passes 1st US […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Youth Food Justice Summit 2.0 organized by Youth Ambassadors Program, a project of Men and Women United for Youth and Families was held the last weekend in May. The youth attended the summit held at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center in Parkton, NC. Youth from across the North Carolina continued to […]

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1781 – Jack Jouett rides to warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack. 1784 – US Army officially established by Congress of the Confederation. 1856 – Cullen Whipple patents a machine for making screws. 1864 – General Robert E. Lee wins his last victory of Civil War at Battle of Cold Harbor. 1888 – “Casey at […]

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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. 1913 – 1st strike settlement mediated by US Department of Labor – railroad clerks. 1919 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Carl Sandburg […]

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1638 – 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Massachusetts. 1789 – 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths) 1843 – It snows in Buffalo and Rochester, NY & Cleveland, Ohio. 1880 – The first pay telephone service in the United States is installed in New Haven, Connecticut. 1908 – John Krohn begins […]

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1790 – US copyright law enacted. 1837 – Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria. 1868 – 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio. 1879 – Madison Square Garden opens in New York, named after 4th President James Madison. 1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patents “flaked cereal” 1907 – Taxis […]

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1498 – Christopher Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America. 1806 – Future US President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy. 1821 – James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose. 1848 – William G. Young patents ice cream freezer. 1879 – Gilmore Garden (NYC) […]

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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 – President Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people […]

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1774 – 1st Continental Congress convenes in Virginia. 1818 – 1st steam vessel to sail Great Lakes launched. 1889 – Edouard and Andre Michelin incorporate the Michelin Tyre company. 1892 – Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature. 1923 – US Attorney General says it is legal […]

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1647 – Alse Young becomes first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut. 1868 – US President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote. 1896 – Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.84) 1898 – San Francisco approves City Charter, allows […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Tar Heel Volunteer Fire Department was having a “Fun Day”. Bladen County Hospital voted to establish a medical facility at White Lake. 45 students received their GED certificates from Bladen Technical College. Among those was a mother-son pair,Nancy and Jerry Chavis. The Grand Jury returned four bills of indictment against Elton McLaughlin and Eddie […]

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1721 – John Copson becomes America’s first insurance agent. 1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding. 1844 – First telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot. 1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency. 1927 – Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model […]

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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. 1844 – Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in the world’s first telegraph message. 1899 […]

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1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. 1863 – Organization of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. 1882 – 6 inches of snow falls in eastern Iowa. 1900 – Associated Press News Service forms in NY. 1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted by Wisconsin. 1911 – NY […]

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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. 1849 – Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US President to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and […]

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1832 – 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore) 1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is designated Confederate Capital. 1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton. 1906 – Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars. 1906 – The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande, […]

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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. 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets. 1892 – George Sampson patents clothes dryer. […]

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1506 – Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego Columbus as sole heir. 1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North. 1857 – Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G. Farmer patent the electric fire alarm. 1884 – Ringling Brothers circus […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Kendrick Hester retires as chief of the Bladen County ASCS Office. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson of Elizabethtown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. WTVD was running a promotion film featuring White Lake. The Bladen County blueberry crop was termed “excellent.” Blueberry farmers estimated that the crop would garner around $6.12 million of income. Share:

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1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1908 – 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania. 1914 – World War I: Following a […]

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1733 – Great Britain passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions. 1792 – 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street. 1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established. 1877 – Edwin T. […]

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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) 1891 – George A. Hormel & […]

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1672 – 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts. 1829 – Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith. 1862 – US Department of Agriculture created. 1896 – Tornado kills 78 in Texas. 1905 – Las Vegas founded in Nevada. 1916 – Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the […]

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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 investor, patents his process for condensed milk. 1878 – Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S.Patent […]

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1607 – English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia. 1846 – US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins. 1888 – DeWolf Hooper 1st recites “Casey at Bat” 1911 – NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st) 1913 […]

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1777 – 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi in the NY Gazette) 1792 – Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented. 1865 – Last land action of Civil War at Palmito Ranch, Texas. 1888 – Crouching start 1st used in track and field by Charles Sherrill of Yale. 1902 – 140,000 miners of […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Commander Glenn Batten of Clarkton was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. Carolyn Kelly was elected President of the Elizabethtown Jaycettes. Marilyn Butler of Bladenboro was elected May Queen at Peace College. Judge Giles Clark was elected Boss Of The Year by the Elizabethtown ABWA. Share:

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1751 – Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin. 1752 – First US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia. 1850 – Work starts on first brick building in San Francisco. 1904 – Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace. 1907 – Bank of San Francisco incorporated. 1924 – Pulitzer Prize […]

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1652 – John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia. 1752 – Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment. 1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels. 1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal […]

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1862 – US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis, Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island. 1865 – President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring armed resistance in the South is virtually at an end; this is the commonly accepted end date of the American Civil War. 1899 – John Burr patents an improved rotary lawn mower in […]

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1792 – US establishes the military draft. 1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre. 1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy. 1879 – George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile. 1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine) 1919 – 1st transatlantic flight […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladenboro Rotary Club was having the J.W. and Martha Black Memorial Pancake Breakfast. Mr. Black was Principal at Bladenboro High School. A Spring Camporee for the Boy Scout of America was being held at Camp Bowers in Live Oak. DuPont announced that they were starting a large expansion at the plant on the Bladen-Cumberland […]

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1789 – First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington, in NYC) 1840 – Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, kills 137. 1877 – Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term “Bullpen” to indicate foul territory. 1912 – Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer. 1914 – US Congress […]

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1835 – James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent) 1837 – John Deere creates the first steel plow. 1851 – Dr. John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine” 1896 – Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on […]

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1816 – American Bible Society organized in New York. 1847 – American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia) 1865 – 1st US train robbery (North Bend, Ohio) 1893 – Panic of 1893 causes a large crash on the NY Stock Exchange. 1908 – Great White Fleet arrives in San Francisco. 1920 – US President Woodrow Wilson makes […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladenboro Rotary Club was having their J.W. and Martha Black Memorial Pancake Breakfast. Mr. Black was the principal of Bladenboro High School. The Boy Scouts of America were having their Spring Jamboree at Camp Bowers located in Live Oak. The DuPont Company, located on the Bladen-Cumberland line, announced a large expansion. The Clarkton High […]

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1780 – American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members. 1805 – Henry C. Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in the Bronx. 1846 – US state Michigan ends death penalty. 1883 – John Gordon Cashman publishes 1st edition “Vicksburg Evening Post” (Mississippi) 1904 – […]

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1765 – 1st North American medical college opens in Philadelphia. 1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city. 1830 – 1st regular steam train passenger service starts. 1861 – Lincoln ask for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen. 1915 – John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields” 1921 – West Virginia imposes […]

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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. 1890 – Territory of Oklahoma created. 1908 – “Take me out to the Ball Game” registered for copyright. 1916 – US […]

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1822 – John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston. 1841 – First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California. 1873 – 1st US postal card issued. 1886 – US general strike for 8-hour working day begins. 1912 – Beverly Hills Hotel opens. 1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City. 1937 – […]

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1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. 1803 – Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of $15 million, doubles the size of the USA. 1861 – US President Abraham Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory […]

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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. 1852 – 1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus published. 1894 – The 500-strong Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey’s Army) arrives in Washington, D.C., to […]

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1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey accused of treason and removed from office. 1818 – US President James Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. 1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston. 1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico. 1919 – […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The White Lake community was preparing for the Water Festival which was scheduled for May 12-13. Bladen County officials announced that there were 37 construction permits valued at $1,268,549 approved in Bladen County for January, 1984. The citizens of Clarkton and Bladenboro were waiting for Bladen County Cablevision to come on line. Federal Paper Company […]

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1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1838 – Fire destroys half of Charleston. 1865 – Steamboat “USS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home. 1877 – Rutherford B. […]

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1607 – Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site. 1859 – Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity – 1st time this defense used successfully in the US. 1865 – Confederate General […]

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1684 – A patent was granted for the thimble. 1846 – The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texans’ southern boundary at the Rio Grande River. 1860 – The first Japanese diplomats to visit a foreign power reached Washington, D.C. They remained […]

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1704 – “Boston News-Letter” 1st successful newspaper in US, forms. 1800 – US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation. 1833 – Jacob & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain. 1897 – 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House. 1907 – Hershey Park, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use […]

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1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded. 1789 – President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York. 1838 – English steamship “Great Western” crossing Atlantic docks in NYC. 1861 – Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War) 1900 – 1st known occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY […]

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This Day In History

1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 cents coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”) 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1898 – US President […]

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