Archive for History

Historical Happening – Jackson 5 on American Bandstand

Posted in Albums, art, Cool Stuff, funk, history, legends, LP, music, News, radio, soundtracks, TV, Uncategorized, youtube with tags , , , , , , , , on 02/21/2017 by Edward Brock

The Jackson 5 made their TV debut on American Bandstand–on this day in 1970.

WhaHuh? – The Great Balloon Hoax

Posted in books, Cool Stuff, fiction, folklore, funny, history, humor, laughter, life, literature, News, poe, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom, Words, writing with tags , , , , , , on 02/16/2017 by Edward Brock

On April 13, 1844, New York’s The Sun added an extra page to their paper. The page claimed that a popular balloonist, named Monck Mason, had flown across the Atlantic Ocean in just 74 hours–a historical first.

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Named Victoria, the balloon had departed from England and was headed for Paris, when one of the propellers malfunctioned. The balloon drifted off course–and ended up in South Carolina. Word quickly spread and readers were excited to get a copy of the paper for themselves. They even showed up to the newspaper’s office to get copies. 

But, unknown to the enthusiastic crowd, the story was actually a hoax–perpetrated by Edgar Allan Poe. The hoax was revealed two days later but, by then, The Sun had already made quite a bit of money.

Poe later wrote that, “I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper.” He seemed surprised that people were so easily manipulated by false news. He even stood on The Sun’s steps to inform the crowd that the story was a hoax. But, most of the readers ignored him while they were snatching up copies of the paper.

Historical Happening – The Beatles Appear on Ed Sullivan (1964)

Posted in Albums, art, beatles, Cool Stuff, history, kids, life, LP, music, News, people, radio, soundtracks, TV, Uncategorized, youtube with tags , , , , , on 02/09/2017 by Edward Brock

The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show–on this day, in 1964.

It was watched by 73 million viewers.

Historical Happening – J. Fred Muggs

Posted in history, TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 02/03/2017 by Edward Brock

J. Fred Muggs–a chimpanzee, dressed in diapers–became the mascot for the Today Show, on this day in 1953.

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Historical Happening – James Joyce & Ulysses

Posted in art, books, Cool Stuff, ebook, fantasy, fiction, Film, history, kindle, legends, life, literature, News, people, Uncategorized, Words, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on 02/02/2017 by Edward Brock

James Joyce was born on this day, in 1882.

And his door-stopping novel, Ulysses, was published (in a single book form)–on this day, in 1922. It was originally serialized in the magazine, The Little Review.

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Historical Happening -Beatles 1st #1 Hit

Posted in Albums, art, beatles, history, music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 02/01/2017 by Edward Brock

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” became the first #1 hit for The Beatles–on this this day, in 1964.

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Historical Happening – Jefferson Library Sold to Library of Congress

Posted in books, history, life, literature, News, people, Uncategorized, wisdom, writing with tags , , , , , , on 01/30/2017 by Edward Brock

During the War of 1812, British forces burned down the Capital Building–and its 3,000 volume library.

Thomas Jefferson sold Congress his own collection–which consisted of over 6,500 volumes–thus insuring that the future United States would continue to have a Library of Congress.

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