Archive For The “History” Category

First Black Player in the NHL

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Willie O'Ree

FACT OF THE DAY: It was 61 years ago today, January 18, 1958, that left winger Willie O’Ree took the ice for the Boston Bruins. In doing so, he became the first black player in the NHL.

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Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

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Steve Jobs

FACT OF THE DAY: Where were you 12 years ago today, on January 9, 2007? If you were Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and tech mogul, you were at the Macworld Convention introducing the world to Apple’s latest creation, the iPhone.

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First United States Presidential Election

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George Washington

FACT OF THE DAY: It was 230 years ago today, January 7, 1789, that the United States held its first ever Presidential election. George Washington would win the election to become the first United States President. He would officially be sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

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Greek Apple Wedding Proposal

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Apples

FACT OF THE DAY: In the days of ancient Greece, the Greeks had an interesting way for a man to propose to a woman. He would throw an apple at the girl he wished to marry. If she accepted the apple, it was a YES. If she did not accept the apple, it was a definite NO.

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The First Ball Drop In Time Square

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Time Square NYE

FACT OF THE DAY: Time Square in New York City and New Years Eve (NYE) go hand in hand. The ball dropping celebration on NYE is a yearly staple on television. How far back does this tradition go? The first New Years Eve ball drop was done back on December 31, 1907.

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Panama Gets the Panama Canal

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FACT OF THE DAY: It was 19 years ago today that Panama FINALLY gained control of the Panama Canal. December 31, 1999 (1 day before Y2K) was the day the United States handed over control of the canal to Panama for the first time. This was done in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties.

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Last Time United States Was Debt Free

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FACT OF THE DAY:  When was the last time the United States was debt free?  The last time that happened was also the first and only time that has ever happened. That honor goes to 7th President Andrew Jackson who on January 1, 1835 paid off the national debt in full. 

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First To the South Pole!

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FACT OF THE DAY:  Who was first to the South Pole? That honor and distinction goes to Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. He made the expedition and set foot at the South Pole on December 14, 1911, 107 years ago today.

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What Time Did Pearl Harbor Attack Begin?

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Pearl Harbor

FACT OF THE DAY:  Today is a day that will never be forgotten in United States history. Today, 77 years ago on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack against the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor occurred.  The attack lasted 110 minutes. At what time did the Pearl Harbor attack begin? It started on a Sunday morning at 7:55 am (Hawaiian time).

 

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When Rosa Parks Boarded the Bus

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Rosa Parks

FACT OF THE DAY:  It was 63 years ago today, December 1, 1955, that Rosa Parks, an African-American woman boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She boarded the bus and refused to take a seat in the back, which was the designated area for her. She instead took a seat in the front. Ms. Parks was arrested for her action when she refused to move.

It was this event that led to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr organizing and leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks became known as “the mother of the civil rights movement”.

 

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