June 27 in Pop Culture History

June 27 in Pop Culture History

1556 – The thirteen Stratford Martyrs were burned at the stake near London for their Protestant beliefs.

1844 – Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Mormons, and his brother Hyrum Smith, were murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.

1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe was completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.

1949 – The first sci-fi TV show, Captain Video

June 26 in Pop Culture History

June 26 in Pop Culture History

1498 – The bristle toothbrush was invented in China.

1797 – Charles Newbold was issued a patent (#X000177) for an improvement for the cast-iron plow

1807 – Lightning struck a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people.

1819 – The first US patent (#X003115) for a velocipede, a predecessor of the bicycle, was issued to William K. Clarkson Jr. of New York.

1870 – Christmas was declared …

June 25 in Pop Culture History

June 25

1867 – Barbed wire was patented (#66,182) by Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio.

1876 – Native American forces, led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, defeated the US Army troops lead by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

1910 – The US Congress passed the Mann Act, which prohibited interstate transport of females for “immoral purposes.”

1910 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird …

June 24 in Pop Culture History

June 24 in History
1374 – An early morning, sudden outbreak of ‘St. John’s Dance’ caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.

1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England.

1873 – Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) received a patent (#140,245) for a self-pasting Scrapbook.

1916 – Mary Pickford became the first female …

June 23 in Pop Culture History

June 23 in Pop Culture History

1683 – William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.

1860 – The United States Congress established the Government Printing Office.

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes received the patents (#79265 & #79868) for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.” He also invented the ‘QWERTY keyboard’ in 1873.

1894 – The International Olympic Committee was founded at the Sorbonne in Paris.

1926 – The College Board …

June 22 in Pop Culture History

June 22

1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe

1870 – US Congress created the United States Department of Justice.

1937 – Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing title when he defeated Jim Braddock.

1942 – Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted by Congress.

1950 – The publication ‘Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence …

June 21 in Pop Culture History

June 21 in Pop Culture History

1834 – Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent (#X008277) for his grain reaping machine.

1877 – The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants convicted of murder, were hanged in Pennsylvania prisons, in Schuylkill County and Carbon County.

1893 – The first Ferris Wheel premiered at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition, and could hold up to 2000 people on 36 cars, and was 264 feet tall.

1913 – The first successful parachute jump …

June 20 in Pop Culture History – National Vanilla Milkshake Day

June 20 in Pop Culture History
June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day.

1214 – The University of Oxford received its Royal charter.

1782 – Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States, with the Bald Eagle clutching both an olive branch and thirteen arrows.

1837 – Queen Victoria succeeded to the British throne.

1840 – Samuel Morse received the patent (#1647) for the telegraph.

1893 – Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders …

June 19 in Pop Culture History

June 19

1586 – Some English colonists left the Roanoke Island Colony that was established in 1585, and it was found empty in July of 1857. It was decided to re-establish the colony leaving 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children at the encampment, instead of bringing them  further north, in the Chesapeake Bay. Supplies and replenishment were delayed due to the Anglo-Spanish War. The only clue found in the empty colony was the word …

June 18 in Pop Culture History

June 18

1178 – A meteor crached into the Moon or exploded between Earth and the Moon.

1812 – The U.S. Congress declares war on Great Britain, Canada, and Ireland, starting The War of 1812.

1815 – Napoleon defeated at Waterloo, in Belgium.

1873 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

1923 – Checker Taxi put its first taxi on the streets of Chicago.

1930 – …

June 17 in Pop Culture History

June 17

1462 – Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II, forcing him to retreat from Wallachia, in Romania.

1631 – Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.

1837 – Charles Goodyear obtained his first rubber-processing patent. The success of his company came after he died in 1860.

1852 – W.H. Fancher and C.M. French of …

June 16 in Pop Culture History

June 16

1816 – Lord Byron read Fantasmagoriana to his four house guests – Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori, and inspired his challenge that each guest write a ghost story.

1858 – Abraham Lincoln gave his “a house divided against itself cannot stand” speech.

1884 – The first public roller coaster, LaMarcus Adna Thompson’s “Switchback Railway” (patent #310,966) opened in New York’s Coney Island amusement park.

1893 – Cracker Jack, invented …