History #Trivia – Week of April 2 – April 8 by Kaye Spencer

April 2,1792: United States began minting the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle, and $2.50 quarter Eagle in gold coins along with minting silver dollars, quarters, dimes, and half-dimes.

April 3, 1860: The Pony Express began its short-lived ride into Old West History as the first rider took off from St. Joseph, Missouri headed to Sacramento, California some 2000 miles away. This distance was typically covered in 10 to 12 days. It cost $5.00 per ounce to send a letter via Pony Express.

April 4, 1802: Born – American social reformer Dorothea Dix, in Hampden, Maine. She championed the cause of the indigent insane to bring about changes and improvements in mental asylums and the care given to patients. During the American Civil War, she served as a superintendent of army nurses.

April 5, 1827: Born – Joseph Lister, English physician who founded antiseptic surgery. He performed the first operation in which an antiseptic was purposefully used.

April 6, 1869: Isaac Hodgson received a patent for the roller skate.

April 7, 1959: Marty Robbins recorded his songs El Paso and Big Iron in same recording session.

April 8, 1965: The Number 1 Chart Toppers pop hit is “I’m Telling You Now” by Freddie & the Dreamers. Watch the video and learn how to do the “Freddie” dance. https://youtu.be/kUqjuAUus5Y


Until next time,


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