Today in History: 14th of July 2020
News Flash: It is my daughter’s birthday today also:
Bonnie Renee White (CARROLL) : 1985
An Innovative History: July 14
1223 Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II. [He was king for only 3 years and didn’t leave a particularly great legacy. He did, however, inspire a great cognac.]
*Correction. The cognac referred to in the link is Louix XIII not VIII. Louis VIII didn’t have much to recommend him. Here’s some additional bio.
1789 Bastille Day – the French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille Prison. [The real purpose of storming the Bastille was to find gunpowder for guns and cannon that had been looted from the Hotel des Invalides. The prison governor and his officers were beheaded. Bustle thinks you should celebrate this with 21 great recipes!]
1850 The first public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration by Florida physician John Gorrie. [I have to say it – cool! As an MD, his interest in ice was to cool patients suffering from fever. There’s a statue of him at the National Statuary Hall (at least, until it gets pulled down by a mob).]
1853 US President Franklin Pierce (born in NH) opens the World Fair – an exhibition of the industry of all nations in New York on the future site of the NY Public Library. See all the US fairs.]
1864 Gold is discovered in Helena, Montana. [Ah, the gold rush! Read about the $19M in gold that was produced in just four years here.]
1865 The Chickasaw Nation is the last of the Five Tribes who fought with the Confederacy to surrender to the Union. [It’s estimated that the Chickasaw alone owned as many as 10,000 slaves. Read the surprising reality here.]
1868 Alvin J Fellows patents the tape measure. [Well, not really. Tapes had been around a while, but his had a spring return and a locking mechanism. See if this measures up.]
1891 John T Smith patents corkboard. [His boss said, “I don’t know, John, it looks like you just took a sheet of cork pieces and glued it to a board – I don’t get the point.” John replied, “No, the board does!” and the rest is history.]
1914 Robert Goddard is granted the first patent for liquid-fueled rocket design. [Read about this uplifting idea.]
1946 Dr Benjamin Spock’s “Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care” published. [Known as the man that ruined an entire generation by preaching indulgence and permissiveness in child rearing, Spock did get at least one thing right: trust your parental instincts. Read one side of the argument here.]
1959 USS Long Beach, first nuclear powered cruiser launched at Quincy, Mass. [Read about the first cruiser built after WWII and it’s 80,000 hp reactors here.]
1965 US Mariner IV, 1st Mars probe, passes at 6,100 miles. [It made it’s closest approach on July 15. Read about the mission.]
1967 Surveyor 4 launched to Moon. [Like the SS Minnow, however, it was not to reach it’s destination. Read about the tragic end here.]
1969 The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
1983 Mario Bros. is first released by Nintendo in Japan as an arcade game about an Italian-American plumber. [Rumor has it the game was to be named Donkey Kong II, but that was reconsidered after complaints of speciesism. Get in the game here.]
2015 Scientists from the Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark. [Made up of five quarks, the particle has a life of about 10^-20 seconds. Quick, read about it here.]
1865 Annie Jones, Virginia, featured by P.T. Barnum as the bearded lady.
1906 Tom Carvel, ice cream mogul (Carvels).
1913 Gerald Ford, 38th US President and 41st US Vice President, born in Omaha, Nebraska
1951 Esther Dyson, computer publisher (Release 1.0), born in Zurich, Switzerland
1952 Franklin Graham, American evangelist
1881 Billy the Kid [William H. Bonney], American frontier outlaw, shot by sheriff Pat Garrett and dies of gunshot wounds at 21.
1998 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer
1998 Robert A. W. Lowndes, American sci-fi author (Puzzle Planet)
2009 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst)
Tuesday’s Happy Hour Special: The Red Delicious
What better way to ensure you get your five helpings of fruit per day than to enjoy this refreshing cocktail while watching your apples ripen?
1 oz vodka
1 oz apple schnapps
A splash of hot cinnamon schnapps
A splash of grenadine
Serve on the rocks and optionally garnish with an apple slice.
Quote of the Day
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. – Winston S. Churchill
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