Historical Moments

Musical Premieres ► Throwback Thursday
Musical Premieres ► Throwback Thursday
Painting by Joseph Karl Stieler On this day in 1808 Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his most well-known composition. The first 8 notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony are immediately recognizable.  Not only did he premiere– and conduct — the Fifth, but this concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna goes down in history as one of his most famous. It also saw the world premier of his Sixth Symphony. Other compositions on the bill that night were Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, ...
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Henry Morgan Stanley ► Throwback ThursdayHenry Morgan Stanley ► Throwback Thursday
“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” was first spoken on this day in 1871 and repeated millions of times in the last 145 years. Henry Morgan Stanley, born John Rowlands, spoke those words ...
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Hurricane Wilma ► Throwback ThursdayHurricane Wilma ► Throwback Thursday
The path of Hurricane Wilma was one of the oddest. As Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Florida, let’s take a look back to Hurricane Wilma, my first and last hurricane. Hurricane Wilma smashed ...
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The Zero Factor ► Throwback ThursdayThe Zero Factor ► Throwback Thursday
William Henry Harrison (1773 – 1841) was the first president to run afoul of The Zero Factor. The Zero Factor is a spooky superstition which insisted that all Presidents elected ...
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Official Stamp of Approval ► Throwback ThursdayOfficial Stamp of Approval ► Throwback Thursday
Further reading elsewhere: The First 5 African-Americans to be Featured on U.S. StampsAfrican-Americans on Stamps (to 2004)Black Heritage (1978-present) On this day in 1940 the United States Postal Service issued a stamp ...
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Florida Joined the Union ► Throwback ThursdayFlorida Joined the Union ► Throwback Thursday
It was probably inevitable — Manifest Destiny, and all that — but on this date in 1845, Florida became the 27th state in the Union. The first Europeans to set foot ...
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Remembering the Challenger Crew 30 Years Later ► Throwback ThursdayRemembering the Challenger Crew 30 Years Later ► Throwback Thursday
►►► R.I.P. ◄◄◄ Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka Teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis Mission Specialist Judy Resnick Pilot Mike Smith Commander Dick Scobee Mission Specialist Ron McNair
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The Birthday of the Ku Klux Klan ► Throwback ThursdayThe Birthday of the Ku Klux Klan ► Throwback Thursday
As the south grapples with removing the names of Confederate traitors from buildings and monuments, it’s a good time to remember the Ku Klux Klan was formed exactly 150 years ...
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Wright Flight ► Throwback ThursdayWright Flight ► Throwback Thursday
On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers made the first successful flight of a heavier-than-air plane powered by its own motor. And, nothing was ever the same again. According to ...
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The Gettysburg Address ► Throwback ThursdayThe Gettysburg Address ► Throwback Thursday
On this day in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, considered one of the greatest speeches ever given in English. A mere 271 words, the Gettysburg Address followed the ...
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The Expoding Whale ► Throwback ThursdayThe Expoding Whale ► Throwback Thursday
It hardly seems like 45 years ago, but November 12, 1970 was a whale of a day. It happens all the time: a dead whale washes up on shore, threatening to ...
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Nat Turner Sentenced To Be Hanged ► Throwback ThursdayNat Turner Sentenced To Be Hanged ► Throwback Thursday
Benjamin Phipps, a local farmer, accidentally discovers Nat Turner almost 2 months after the revolt On this day in 1831, Nat Turner was tried, convicted, and sentenced to be hanged ...
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Paving the Information Highway ► Throwback ThursdayPaving the Information Highway ► Throwback Thursday
According to the WikiWackyWoo: On this day in “1969 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.” And, nothing was ever the same again. APRANET ...
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