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 …

June 15 in Pop Culture History

June 15

763 BC – Assyrians recorded a solar eclipse, and that detail was later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.

1215 – The signed (sealed) Magna Carta guaranteed King John would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church within his kingdom. This was probably the same King John of Robin Hood lore.

1648 – Margaret Jones was hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for …

June 14 in Pop Culture History

June 14

1158 – Munich (in what is now Germany) was founded by Henry the Lion on the banks of the river Isar.

1775 -The Continental Army was established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the United States Army.

1777 – The Stars and Stripes was adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States. Today, June 14 is officially ‘Flag Day’ in the United States.

1789 – Whiskey distilled from maize …

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 …