As we celebrate the birthday of Canadian inventor Alexander Graham Bell, let’s take a quick look at a cosmic coincidence: on the 38th anniversary of Bell’s birth, AT&T was incorporated in 1885. Some of the other Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear include:
- 1820 – The U.S. Congress passes the Missouri Compromise.
- 1836 – Texans celebrate the first Texas Independence Day with the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, officially broke Texas from Mexico, and creating the Republic of Texas.
- 1845 – Florida is admitted as the 27th U.S. state.
- 1857 – Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China.
- 1873 – Censorship in the United States: The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail.
- 1875 – The first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey is played in Montreal, Canada as recorded in The Montreal Gazette.
- 1885 – The American Telephone & Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York.
- 1913 – Thousands of women march in a suffrage parade in Washington, D.C.
- 1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time.
- 1931 – The United States adopts The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem.
- 1938 – Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia.
- 1951 – Jackie Brenston, with Ike Turner and his band, records “Rocket 88“, often cited as “the first rock and roll record“, at Sam Phillips‘ recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
- 1991 – An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers.
Now let’s take a look at today’s Headlines Du Jour:
ON THE CRIMEBEAT:
TODAY IN RELIGION:
SO GLAD WE’RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:
IN COCONUT GROVE:
SCIENCE IS COMPLICATED:
VIDEO DU JOUR: