History #Trivia – May 1 to May 14 by Kaye Spencer

May 1, 1880 – The first issue of the newspaper, Tombstone Epitaph, is published. The owner stated: Every tombstone should have its epitaph. Read more.

May 2, 1964 – In Vintage World Wrestling history, Mad Dog Vachon beat Verne Gagne in Omaha, Nebraska to become NWA champion.

May 3, 1937 – Pop singer Frankie Valli was born. (Frank Castelluccio)

May 4, 1870 – The Kansas Pacific Railroad began laying track westward from the town of Kit Carson in the Colorado Territory. Incidentally, Kit Carson is about one hundred miles north of where I live.

May 5, 1865 – Decoration Day was first observed in the United States. It became a tradition of decorating Civil War soldiers’ graves with flowers. As time passed, this day became Memorial Day.

May 6, 1859 – John Gregory found lode gold at Gregory’s Gulch on the North Branch of Clear Creek near new city of Denver, Colorado.

May 7, 1901 – Actor Gary Cooper was born in Helena, Montana.

May 8, 1973 – The 71-day siege at Wounded Knee, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation ended with the American Indian Movement surrendering to federal authorities.

May 9, 1265 – Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divina Commedia aka Divine Comedy)

May 10, 1869 – The last spike was driven in Pacific Railroad at Promontory Point, Utah. This railroad would become known as the Transcontinental Railroad.

May 11, 1934 – During the era of the infamous Dust Bowl, a hard wind sends tons of topsoil from the U.S. Great Plains on east to New York, Boston, and Atlanta. The dust storm lasted two days, which finally caught the attention of lawmakers in the east that there was a problem out on the plains. This Public Domain image was taken in the county in which I live now.

Baca County Colorado dust storm Easter 1935 courtesy https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADust_Storms%2C_%22Kodak_view_of_a_dusk_storm_Baca_Co.%2C_Colorado%2C_Easter_Sunday_1935%22%2C_Photo_by_N.R._Stone_-_NARA_-_195659.tif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 12, 1792 – A toilet that flushed itself at regular intervals was patented.

May 13, 1897 – Guglielmo Marconi sent the world’s first wireless communication over open sea.

Larry D. Moore photo courtesy https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Camel_Corps_State_Historical_Marker.jpg

May 14, 1856 – The first boatload of camels intended to be used by soldiers in southern Texas arrives in Texas from Turkey.

 

 

 

 

Until next time,

Kaye

Writing the West one romance upon a time

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time,


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.


Until next time,


Kaye


Writing the West one romance upon a time


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