History #Trivia – April 16 to April 30 by Kaye Spencer


April 16, 1178 BCE: A solar eclipse ‘may’ have marked Odysseus’ return to his kingdom of Ithaca after his lengthy travels at end of Trojan War.


April 17, 1790: Benjamin Franklin died.


April 18, 1846: The first printing telegraph ticker was patented by R.E. House of New York City. It was capable of 50 words a minute.


April 19, 1775: American Revolutionary War – With the ‘The shot heard ’round the world’, the Battle of Lexington and Concord makes history.


April 20, 1961: Del Shannon had a Number 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit with Runaway.


April 21, 1883: Electric lights were introduced in Denver, Colorado.


April 22, 1889: The first Oklahoma land rush began at noon with a single gunshot signaling the start of mad dash by thousands of settlers. Those who got a head start, by whatever means, came to be called Sooners.


April 23, 1564: William Shakespeare generally accepted date of birth. He was baptized on the 26th.
April 23, 1616: William Shakespeare died on his birthday.


April 24, 1833: Jacob Evert and George Dulty patented a design for a soda fountain.


April 25, 1915: World War I – Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops landed on the beaches at Gallipoli, Turkey. This days is commemorated at ANZAC Day.

This image is of Australian origin and is now in the public domain because its term of copyright has expired. According to the Australian Copyright Council (ACC), ACC Information Sheet G023v17 (Duration of copyright) (August 2014).


April 26, 1938: Duane Eddy, guitarist, was born today. He is known for ‘putting the twang in Rock ‘n Roll’.  You might recognize his Rebel Rouser from the movie, Forrest Gump (first running scene and the football scene)


April 27, 1887: A medical milestone for surgery and patients. Dr. George Thomas Morton performed a successful appendectomy on a 26-year-old patient.


April 28, 1983: The Number 1 Chart Toppers Hit was Michael Jackson’s Beat It.


April 29, 1867: In Salinas, Kansas, the first train pulled into town.


April 30, 1900: American folk legend, Casey Jones, engineer of the Cannonball Express, died in crash in Vaughn, Mississippi. I learned this song at my grandpa’s knee back in the early 1960s.

Casey Jones, as depicted on a United States Postal Service 3 cent en:postage stamp. As this is a U.S. stamp issued before 1978 and was issued without a copyright notice, it is in the public domain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kaye


Writing the West one romance upon a time


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The Miraculous Staircase in Santa Fe, New Mexico by Kaye Spencer

When you have a couple of minutes to spare, stop by Prairie Rose Publications’ blog to read my article (with pictures) about the mysterious origins of the miraculous staircase in the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Click here: Loretto Chapel and the miraculous staircase

Until next time,

Kaye

Writing the West one romance upon a time

History #Trivia – Week of April 9 – April 15 by Kaye Spencer

April 9, 1872: Samuel R. Percy was issued a patent for dried milk.


April 10, 1912: RMS Titanic set sail for its first & last voyage.


April 11, 1692: During the infamous Salem witch trials, John Proctor protested examination of his wife Elizabeth. He became the first man accused of witchcraft. He was incarcerated and later hanged.


April 12, 1961: Marty Robbins’ song ‘El Paso’ won best Country & Western Performance at the 3rd Grammy Awards


April 13, 1866: Born: Butch Cassidy [Robert Parker] of Wild Bunch fame.


April 14, 1935: ‘Black Sunday’ was considered the worst day for blowing dirt during the Dust Bowl years. I live in the heart of the bowl. In 2013, we had a dust storm to rival those of the 1930s. This collage illustrates this. (image is Kaye’s)


April 15, 1923: Insulin became generally available for diabetics. What a wonderful medical breakthrough.


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Kaye


Writing the West one romance upon a time


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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

 


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Kaye


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