This Day in History Entry #329

May 27th, 2015 by Wordsman

In the thick of the Art Deco storm
Many prominent skylines took form
From the Bay to New York
Th’architectural stork
Brought the sites to which tourists now swarm

Events: The Chrysler Building opens to the public. It was the tallest building in the world for almost a full year before being surpassed by the Empire State Building.
The Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public. It was the world’s longest suspension bridge until 1964, when it was surpassed by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. It remains to this day the world’s orangest bridge.
Years: 1930; 1937
Learn more: Chrysler Building
Golden Gate Bridge
Art Deco

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This Day in History Entry #328

May 20th, 2015 by Wordsman

Now to Google we all tip our caps
As the world’s leading resource for maps
But in times long before
Going to a map store
Was much more like the shooting of craps

Event: Abraham Ortelius publishes Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas
Year: 1570
Learn more: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

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This Day in History Entry #327

May 13th, 2015 by Wordsman

Stealing softly ‘neath night’s ebon veil
Little Planter from Charleston’d sail
With the captain ashore
Plucky Smalls saw a door
To a place he could new freedom hail

Event: Slave pilot Robert Smalls took the steamer Planter from Charleston Harbor, sailed past the Confederate lines, and turned the ship over to the Union forces, earning freedom for himself and 15 others aboard
Year: 1862
Learn more: USS Planter
Robert Smalls

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This Day in History Entry #326

May 6th, 2015 by Wordsman

There was Germany born, riding high
World War I came to end with a sigh
From a small lodge for sport
To the home of the court
Royal power, thy name was Versailles

Event: Louis XIV relocates the French royal court to the Palace at Versailles
Year: 1682
Learn more: Palace of Versailles

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This Day in History Entry #325

April 29th, 2015 by Wordsman

Named at first for its flora and rays
Later known as a place where crime pays
But the crim’nal resort
Turned to world-leading port
One of planet Earth’s most famous bays

Event: James Cook lands at Botany Bay
Year: 1770
Learn more: Botany Bay
James Cook’s First Voyage

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This Day in History Entry #324

April 22nd, 2015 by Wordsman

Work or play, Jack will never be dull
Batt’ling Batman, there’s nary a lull
As a Chinatown sleuth
He could handle the truth
‘Til they took out a chunk of his skull

Event: Birth of Jack Nicholson, holder of the record for most nominations for a male actor in the history of the Oscars, with 12
Year: 1937
Learn more: Jack Nicholson

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This Day in History Entry #323

April 15th, 2015 by Wordsman

How could anyone stay even-keeled
‘Gainst the vile abuses they’d wield?
Faced with hatred prolonged
Jackie proved he belonged
On the basepaths at old Ebbets Field

Event: Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball in over fifty years
Year: 1947
Learn more: Jackie Robinson

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This Day in History Entry #322

April 8th, 2015 by Wordsman

From some angles she sets off alarms
But that’s really just one of her charms
So to Paris she came
To achieve worldwide fame
Not too bad for a girl without arms

Event: The Venus de Milo (also known as Aphrodite of Milos) is discovered on the island of Milos
Year: 1820
Learn more: Venus de Milo

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This Day in History Entry #321

April 1st, 2015 by Wordsman

So you think this day’s all about jokes?
Not so funny to those who sell smokes
Was Jobs kidding around
When he did Apple found?
Even Gmail was no kind of hoax

Events: Numerous TOTALLY SERIOUS and NOT AT ALL MADE-UP events occurred, including but not limited to:

(1970) Nixon signs into law the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, which requires the surgeon general’s warning on cigarette packs and bans cigarette ads from TV and radio
(1976) Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne found Apple
(2004) Google announces Gmail
(1976) Astronomer Patrick Moore announces the Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect, in which the alignment of Jupiter and Pluto would alter Earth’s gravity, allowing those who jumped into the air at precisely the right moment to hover . . . wait a second . . .

Learn more: The Real Truth about April Fool’s Day

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This Day in History Entry #320

March 25th, 2015 by Wordsman

To the marchers, the miles weren’t far
Though they traveled without horse or car
They survived Sunday’s blood
And the billy club’s thud
To demand they be treated on par

Event: Marchers from Selma, AL arrive at the state capitol in Montgomery to protest in favor of voting rights
Year: 1965
Learn more: Selma to Montgomery marches

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