Category: HISTORY

Jun 23, 2011

The 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

The 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Photograph by AARON SUMMERFIELD for RM AUCTIONS Unveiled at the General Motors Highways and Horizons pavilion at the 1939-40 World’s Fair in New York, the Pontiac ‘Ghost Car’ was buit on the chassis of a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. In collaboration with Rohm & Haas, a chemical company that had recently developed Plexiglass, the…

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Jun 22, 2011

This Day In History – June 22nd

This Day In History – June 22nd

DELTA KAPPA EPSILON FOUNDED – JUNE 22, 1844 Delta Kappa Epsilon (also pronounced D-K-E or “Deke”) is a fraternity founded at Yale College in 1844 by 15 men of the sophomore class who had not been invited to join the two existing societies (Alpha Delta Phi and Psi Upsilon). They therefore…

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Jun 15, 2011

This Day In History – June 15th

This Day In History – June 15th

WASHINGTON APPOINTED COMMANDER IN CHIEF – JUNE 15, 1775 George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) commanded the Continental Army in American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and was the first President of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797. Because of his central role in the founding of the…

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Jun 8, 2011

This Day In History – June 8th

This Day In History – June 8th

THE DEATH OF MUHAMMAD, PROPHET OF ISLAM – JUNE 8, 632 Mohammed receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel. Miniature illustration on vellum from the book Jami’ al-Tawarikh by Rashid al-Din, published in Tabriz, Persia, 1307 A.D. Muhammad (also spelled Muhammed or Mohammed) (ca. 570/571 – June 8, 632), was…

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Jun 1, 2011

This Day In History – June 1st

This Day In History – June 1st

FIRST DOCUMENTED BATCH OF SCOTCH WHISKY IS MADE – JUNE 1, 1494 John Cor is the name of the friar/distiller referred to in the first known written reference to a batch of Scotch Whisky on June 1, 1494. “To Friar John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae…

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May 31, 2011

Vintage Mugshots from the 1920s

Vintage Mugshots from the 1920s

William Stanley Moore – Photograph by The Sydney Justice & Police Museum The Sifter recently stumbled upon an incredible collection of vintage mugshots housed by the Historic Houses Trust. Many of these intriguing photographs are also accompanied by a description of the person and the crime(s) they have committed. For example, the image…

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May 25, 2011

This Day In History – May 25th

This Day In History – May 25th

JOHN T. SCOPES INDICTED FOR TEACHING EVOLUTION – MAY 25, 1925 Formally known as The State of Tennessee v. Scopes and informally known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, it was a landmark American legal case in 1925 in which high school biology teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler…

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