I started this blog seven years ago! Can you believe it? I can’t. LOL!
On the virtual traveling front, I can’t seem to get excited about the offerings on my calendar. I need to work up some of my own locations. In the meantime….
Today in history:
- 1900 – Hawaii became a territory of the United States.
- 1900 – Casey Jones died in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express. Yes, boys and girls, Casey Jones was a real person, not just somebody in a song.
- 1904 – The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair opened in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the world’s fair in the movie Meet Me In St Louis. Now I have that song stuck in my head.
- 1925 – Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc was sold to investment bankers Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity. You wouldn’t see any company being sold today for a donation to charity!
- 1927 – The Federal Industrial Institute for Women opened in Alderson, West Virginia. It was the first women’s federal prison in the United States.
- 1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford became the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. A tradition that continues to this day.
- 1938 – The animated cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuted in movie theaters. It introduced a prototype of Bugs Bunny, named Happy Rabbit.
- 1939 – The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair opened.
- 1939 – NBC inaugurated its regularly scheduled television service in New York City by broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s N.Y. World’s Fair opening day ceremonial address. Yes, television in 1939!
On TV tonight: Eureka, Castle, and Hawaii Five-O
Reading: I’m still reading the Lord Peter Wimsey books. I’m now to Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh.