June 13 in Pop Culture History

June 13

1373 – Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal is the oldest international agreement in the world which is still in force.

1525 – Ex-Catholic priest Martin Luther married Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.

1611 – Astronomer Johannes Fabricius published Narratio de maculis in sole observatis et apparente earum cum sole conversione (Narration on Spots Observed on …

June 12 in Pop Culture History

June 12

1790 – A ‘Red Globe’ was being reported by many people, flying over France.

1849 – A gas mask “inhaler or lung protector” was patented (#X006529) by Lewis Phectic Haslett of Louisville, Ky.

1899 (Tornado) New Richmond, Wisconsin

1906 – Sound movies were patented (#823,022) by John Ballance.

1913 – John Randolph Bray exhibited the first animated cartoon, a movie called The Artist’s Dream (aka The Dachsund) in which a dog ate …

June 11 in Pop Culture History

June 11

323 BC – Alexander the Great died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon.

1509 – Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon.

1742 – Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin stove. He chose not to patent it.

1793 – Robert Heterick was issued the patent (#X000063) for a stove design of cast iron

1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurred in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between Yankees and Irish.

1895 …

June 10 in Pop Culture History

June 10 in Pop Culture History

1692 – Bridget Bishop was hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries.”

1809 – The first steamboat to navigate the open seas, the Phoenix paddle wheel steamboat took 13 days to sail from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1829 – The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge took place. Oxford won.

1854 – …

June 9 in Pop Culture History

June 9 in Pop Culture History
1650 – The Harvard Corporation, one of the two administrative boards of Harvard, was established. It was the first legal corporation in the Americas.

1856 – 500 Mormons left Iowa City, Iowa, and headed west for Salt Lake City.

1902 – Horn & Hardart opened first restaurant with vending machine service at the Automat Restaurant at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1934 – Donald Duck debuted in The …

June 8 in Pop Culture History

June 8 in Pop Culture History

632 – Muhammad, the Islamic prophet, died in Medina.

793 – The Viking Age began when Vikings destroyed the Abbey on Lindisfarne, on an island off the northeastern coast of Northumberland, England on this day.

1637 – RenĂ© Descartes published Discourse on Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking Truth in the Sciences.

1783 (Volcano Eruption) Laki, Iceland, killed over 9,000 over a period of months, and …

June 7 in Pop Culture History

June 7 in Pop Culture History

1692 (Earthquake) Port Royal, Jamaica, over 1,000 people were killed.

1753 – The British Museum was founded, starting the the collections of Sir Hans Sloane.

1755 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran

1893 – Mohandas Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience.

1914 – The Alliance was the first vessel to pass through the Panama Canal.

1954 – Rutgers Institute of Microbiology opened, it was the second dedicated microbiology laboratory in …

June 6 in Pop Culture History

June 6 in Pop Culture History

1844 – The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London.

1882 (Cyclone) More than 100,000 people in Bombay, India were killed.

1889 – The Great Seattle Fire destroyed 25 blocks of downtown Seattle.

1912 (Volcano Eruption) Novarupta

1933 – America’s first drive-in opened near Camden, New Jersey, opened today. The first feature was a 1932 film, Wives Beware, and admission was 25 cents per car and …

June 5 in Pop Culture History

June 5 in Pop Culture History

1851 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly) began a ten-month run in the National Era, an abolitionist newspaper.

1883 – The first regularly scheduled Orient Express left Paris.

1933 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt took the United States off of the “Gold Standard”, a result of the Great Depression. President Nixon, in 1971, completed the transition when he announced …

June 4 in Pop Culture History

June 4 in Pop Culture History

1784 – Elisabeth Thible was the first woman to fly in an untethered hot air balloon, flying for about 45 minutes.

1812 – Following Louisiana’s admittance as a US state, the Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory.

1876 – The Transcontinental Express arrived in San Francisco, California, in only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.

1895 – Joseph Lee was issued a patent (#540,553) …

June 3 in Pop Culture History

June 3 in Pop Culture History

1621 – The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherland (now eastern US) and the Caribbean.

1888 – The poem Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was published in the San Francisco Examiner.

1889 – The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States was completed, 14 miles between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.

1948 – The …

June 2 in Pop Culture History

June 2 in Pop Culture History

455 – The Sack of Rome: Vandals entered Rome, and plundered the city for several weeks.

1098 – First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ended as Crusader forces take the city. The crusades were a result of Muslim conquests of the Christian holy lands.

1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus began touring the United States.

1858 – The Donati Comet was first seen and named after …