June 10 in Pop Culture History

June 10 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 […]

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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 – René Descartes published Discourse on Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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May 30 in Pop Culture History

May 3o in Pop Culture History 1431 – At Rouen, Normandy, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy. 1631 – Gazette de France, the first French newspaper, began publication. 1806 – Future US President Andrew Jackson participated in a duel, killing Charles Dickinson. Dickinson shot first, wounding Jackson, but Jackson’s shot at… Read More

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May 29 in Pop Culture History

May 29 in Pop Culture History 1453 – Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captured Constantinople after a 53-day siege, commonly referred to as The Fall of Constantinople. 1790 – Rhode Island was the last of the original United States’ colonies to ratify the Constitution and was admitted as the 13th US state. 1913… Read More

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May 28 in Pop Culture History

May 28 in Pop Culture History 585 BC – A solar eclipse occurred, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales. Knowing this exact date helped historians find other exact and near exact historical dates. 1830 – US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which relocated Native Americans. 1892 – In San… Read More

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May 26 in Pop Culture History

May 26 in Pop Culture History 1293 (Eartquake) Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000. 1869 – Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 1896 – Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. 1897 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel began being sold in the UK. 1917 (Tornadoes) Matoon and… Read More

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May 25 in Pop Culture History

May 25 in Pop Culture History 1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opened at the Opera Comique in London. 1935 – At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hit his 714th (and final) home run. 1961 – President John F. Kennedy declared “I believe that this nation should commit itself to… Read More

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May 24 in Pop Culture History

May 24 in Pop Culture History 1775 – John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental Congress. 1830 – Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale was published. 1844 – Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first public telegraph message – ‘What Hath God Wrought?’ through the Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph line. 1883 – The… Read More

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The Sounds of the American Summer – Ice Cream Trucks

Music and Ice Cream Trucks Officially, in North America, the summer season does not begin until June 20th or 21st which is the date of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. However, if you are a resident of the United States, then we all know by popular vote the “unofficial” start […]

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The (American) Sound of Summer – The Ice Cream Truck Music

The American Sound of Summer – Ice Cream Truck Music Officially, in North America, the summer season does not begin until June 20th or 21st, which is the date of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. However, if you are a resident of the United States, then we all know by […]

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May 23 in Pop Culture History

May 23 in Pop Culture History 1701 – Scottish-born sea captain William Kidd was hanged on the banks of the Thames after being found guilty of piracy and murder. 1911 – The New York Public Library was dedicated. 1920 – Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV. 1922 – Abie’s Irish Rose (Broadway Play) Opened… Read More

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May 22 in Pop Culture History

May 22 in Pop Culture History 1455 – England’s War of the Roses began when the Yorkists defeated King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans. 1849 – Abraham Lincoln was issued a patent (#6,469) for “buoying boats over shoals”. 1906 – Orville and Wilbur Wright were granted a patent (#821,393) for their system of… Read More

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May 21 in Pop Culture History

May 21 in Pop Culture History 1863 – Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. 1955 – George B. Hansburg of Walker Valley, N.Y. was issued a patent (#2,793,036) for his invention of an improved pogo stick. 1975 – Carol Burnett was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1977 – Gemini (Broadway Play)… Read More

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May 20 in Pop Culture History

May 20 in Pop Culture History 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob W Davis patented (#139,121) copper-riveted jeans, designed to help prevent tears in the fabric. 1883 – Krakatoa began to erupt; the volcano exploding three months later, killing more than 36,000 people. 1899 – The American Physical Society was founded at Columbia University. 1901… Read More

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May 18 in Pop Culture History

May 18 in Pop Culture History 1910 – The Earth passes through the tail of Halley’s Comet. 1926 – In one of the first Media Frenzy’s of Popular Culture, Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared while visiting a Venice, California beach. 1946 – A UFO, with living creatures inside, was reported by Gosta Carlsson, in Sweden.… Read More

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May 17 in Pop Culture History

May 17 in Pop Culture History 1536 – The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s marriage. 1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was formed. 1875 – Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby. 1890 – Comic Cuts, the first British weekly comic paper, was published in London by Alfred Northcliffe. 1900 – The Wonderful… Read More

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May 15 in Pop Culture History

May 15 in Pop Culture History 1501 – Ottaviano Petrucci opened the first modern-style music publishing house, by producing the first book of music made from movable type, in Venice. 1793 – Diego Marín Aguilera flew a glider for approximately 1,000 feet during one of the first attempted manned flights, in Spain. 1800 – President… Read More

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May 14 in Pop Culture History

May 14 in Pop Culture History 1796 – Edward Jenner, a doctor from Gloucestershire, England successfully tested his vaccination for smallpox on eight year old James Phipps. 1804 – Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. 1842 – Alfred… Read More

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May 13 in Pop Culture History

May 13 in Pop Culture History 1607 – English in Virginia founded Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. 1637 – The rounded table knife was created by Cardinal Richelieu in France. 1890 – Nikola Tesla was issued a patent (#428,057) for an electric generator. 1917 – Three children, Lúcia Santos and her… Read More

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May 6 in Pop Culture History

May 6 in Pop Culture History 1840 (Tornado) Natchez, Mississippi 1851 – Linus Yale, Jr. was granted a patent (#8,071) for the invention of his “Self-Detaching and Attaching Key-Lock” as “a new and Improved Safety-Lock for Banks, Safes, Vaults, Stores, &c.” 1851 – President Benjamin Harrison had the first electric lights installed in the White… Read More

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May 4 in Pop Culture History

May 4 in Pop Culture History May 4 is Star Wars Day. “May the Fourth be with you.” 1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit (~1594-1638), director-general of New Netherlands, bought Manhattan Island for 60 guilders (about $24 in 1839 dollars) worth of cloth and buttons. 1886 – A labor protest in Haymarket Square in Chicago,… Read More

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May 2 in Pop Culture History

May 2 in Pop Culture History 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, was arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft. 1611 – The King James Bible was published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker. 1670 – Hudson’s Bay Company was chartered by King Charles II… Read More

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April 30 in Pop Culture History

April 30 in Pop Culture History 1789 – In New York City, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase from France, for 15 million dollars, also included much (if not all of) of Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, […]

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April 29 in Pop Culture History

April 29 in Pop Culture History 1429 – 17 year-old Joan of Arc arrived to relieve the Siege of Orléans. 1864 – Theta Xi fraternity was founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1962 – ABC’s Wide World of Sports premiered. 1945 – The US Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the Dachau concentration camp. 1945 – […]

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April 27 in Pop Culture History

April 27 in Pop Culture History 4977 BC – The Universe was created, according to Johannes Kepler. 1667 – Blind writer John Milton sold his copyright to Paradise Lost for 10 pounds. He needed the money because he was penniless at the time. 1865 – SS Sultana explosion, Mississippi River, near Memphis, Tennessee, killing 1800 […]

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April 26 in Pop Culture History

April 26 in Pop Culture History 662 (Earthquake) Iran 1278 – Imprisoned for murder, John le F*cker sent a letter asking for bail, the earliest recorded instance of the English swear word “f*ck”. 1564 – Playwright William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. People were traditionally baptized three days after birth, this is how […]

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April 25 in Pop Culture History

April 25 in Pop Culture History 1644 – The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty China, committed suicide during a peasant rebellion. 1719 – Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was published. 1792 – Highwayman (thief) Nicolas J. Pelletier became the first person executed by guillotine in Paris, France. […]

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April 24 in Pop Culture History

April 24 in Pop Culture History 1184 BC – The fall of Troy (with the Trojan Horse) took place, according to tradition. 1704 – The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, the News-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts. 1800 – The Library of Congress was established. 1885 – American sharpshooter Annie Oakley joined Buffalo […]

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April 23 in Pop Culture History

April 23 in Pop Culture History 1516 – A Beer Purity Law was put into law still in effect today in Germany. It was decreed on April 23, 1516, by Munich’s Duke Wilhelm, protecting the country’s beer drinkers from contaminants, chemicals and any other additives that unsavory merchants might have thought of adding. 1564 – […]

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April 19 in Pop Culture History

April 19 in Pop Culture History 1775 – The American Revolution began in Lexington, Massachusetts. 1892 -The first Duryea automobile was operated by pioneer manufacturer Charles E. Duryea in Springfield, Massachusetts. 1897 – The first Boston Marathon was held. 1919 – Leslie Irvin made the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute jump using a self-contained parachute. […]

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Happy Birthday Superman

“Faster than speeding bullet.  More powerful than a locomotive.  Able to leap tall building in a single bound.  “Look up in the sky!”  “It’s a bird!”  “It’s a plane!”  It’s Superman!”  Yes, it’s superman strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.  Superman who […]

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April 18 in Pop Culture History

April 18 in Pop Culture History 1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica was laid. 1738 – Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) was founded in Madrid, Spain. 1775 – Paul Revere’s Ride took place. He probably said “The Regulars are coming out” rather subtly since there were British […]

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April 17 in Pop Culture History

April 17 in Pop Culture History 1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer told The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. 1815 (Volcano) Tambora volcano in Indonesia killed almost 100,000 people. 1861 – The first oil well fire occurred at the Little and Merrick well at Oil Creek, near Rouseville, Pennsylvania, killing […]

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April 15 in Pop Culture History

April 15 in Pop Culture History 1755 – Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published in London. 1817 – The Erie Canal was authorized, to link between Buffalo on Lake Erie and the Hudson River at Albany New York, 1892 – The Edison General Electric Company (General Electric Company) was formed. 1912 […]

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April 14 in Pop Culture History

April 14 in Pop Culture History 1775 – The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage was organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush. 1828 – Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language. 1863 – The US Patent (No. 38,200) for a continuous-roll printing press […]

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National Blame Someone Else Day is Celebrated on the First Friday the 13th of Every Year

Friday the 13th is traditionally  a day to safely stay in bed with the covers over your head in order to protect yourself from the horrid bad luck that is sure to come at you on that dreaded day.  Friday the 13th is however a day that can also be celebrated too as the first […]

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April 10 in Pop Culture History

April 10 in Pop Culture History 1710 – The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, was enacted in Great Britain. 1790 – The US Patent office was approved by George Washington. 1815 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Tambora (Year Without A Summer). The eruption lasted 3 months, killing 10,000 people directly and 80,000 more via […]

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April 8 in Pop Culture History

April 8 in Pop Culture History 1730 – Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, was dedicated. 1820 – The Venus de Milo statue was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos. 1838 (Tornado) Calcutta, India. 1873 – The first commercially successful margarine manufacturing process was Patented (No. 137,564) by Alfred Paraf of […]

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Marvel Character Timeline

Marvel Comics has been around for many years, an impressive 80 to be exact. They first got their start in 1939 under the name Timely Publications, and it wasn’t until 1961 that they were officially known as Marvel Comics. Their first publication, Marvel Comics #1, saw fantastic success with its two thrilling characters, the Human […]

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April 5 in Pop Culture History

April 5 in Pop Culture History 1614 – In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe. 1722 – On Easter Sunday, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered a Polynesian Island 1400 miles from the coast of South America and named it Easter Island. 1753 – The British Museum was founded with the purchase of […]

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April 4 in Pop Culture History

April 4 in Pop Culture History 1561 – UFOs were reported flying over Nuremberg, German 1841 – US President Harrison died of pneumonia after one month in office 1850 – Los Angeles, California was incorporated as a city. 1871 – Mary Florence Potts of Ottumwa, Iowa Patented (#113,448) the “Mrs. Potts’ sad iron” – a […]

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April 3 in Pop Culture History

April 3 in Pop Culture History 33 – Researchers from Oxford published a paper that put the definitive date of Jesus’ crucifixion at Friday, April 3, 33 AD 1860 – Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. They used horses, not ponies. 1885 – […]

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