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This Week In History
Mostly True Facts With Minor Fractures
January 25, 1915 - From New York, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated the first transcontinental telephone service when he spoke to his assistant, Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco. Within the hour, Watson downloaded his first ringtone, "The Jelly Roll Blues", a fox-trot.
January 26, 1947 - "The Greatest Story Ever Told" was broadcast on the radio by ABC. For many people, it was the first time Jesus ever spoke to them.
January 27, 1910 - Americans mourned the death of Thomas Crapper, a London plumber who did not invent the toilet despite persistent claims to the contrary. Many Americans, in the neighborhood where I grew up, did their mourning in outdoor toilets until after WWII.
January 28, 1956 - Elvis Presley made his TV debut on national television when he appeared on "The Dorsey Brothers Show". Presley sang "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel". Many believe Elvis is singing tonight. Probably in Kalamazoo.
January 29, 1845 - "The Raven", by Edgar Allan Poe, was first published in the "New York Evening Mirror". Poe used the pen name, Quarles. When asked if he would ever again use a pseudonym, Poe allegedly replied "Nevermore".
January 30, 1933 - "The Lone Ranger" radio show made its debut. The black-masked Lone Ranger along with his very well-trained stallion, "Silver", and his loyal Indian sidekick, "Tonto", fought for frontier justice until 1955. So, I guess it's probably okay for me to reveal to you that the masked man's true identity was John Reid, a former Texas Ranger.
January 31, 1940 - The U.S. Government issued the very first monthly retirement check to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont. The check, numbered 00-000-001, was in the amount of $22.54. The following day, Republicans in Congress began demanding that the Social Security System be dismantled.
February 1, 1929 - French weightlifter, Charles Rigoulot, broke the 400-pound "clean and jerk" record when he lifted 402 pounds. After the record-breaking feat, Rigoulut reportedly said "Shit! I think I broke my fucking back!" (That's right, he spoke ENGLISH!).
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