Category: HISTORY

Jul 20, 2011

This Day In History – July 20th

This Day In History – July 20th

WORLD’S FIRST INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE – JULY 20, 1807 The Pyréolophore (from Ancient Greek pyr, meaning “fire”, eolo, meaning “wind”, and phore, meaning “produce”) was probably the world’s first internal combustion engine. It was invented in the early 19th century in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, by the Niépce brothers: Nicéphore Niépce (who went…

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Jul 13, 2011

This Day In History – July 13th

This Day In History – July 13th

JULIUS CAESAR IS BORN – JULY 13, 100 BC Image via The Mad Monarchist Gaius Julius Caesar (13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman. He played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. In 60…

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Jul 6, 2011

This Day In History – July 6th

This Day In History – July 6th

1ST REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION HELD – JULY 6, 1854 First notable appearance of Republican Elepahnt | Illustration by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Magazine 7 Nov. 1874 The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists…

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Jun 29, 2011

This Day In History – June 29th

This Day In History – June 29th

ST-HILAIRE TRAIN DISASTER – JUNE 29, 1864 The St-Hilaire train disaster was a railroad disaster that occurred on June 29, 1864 near the present day town of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. A Grand Trunk train carrying between 354 and 475 passengers, many of them German and Polish immigrants, were travelling from Quebec City…

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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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