Category: HISTORY

Nov 9, 2011

This Day In History – November 9th

This Day In History – November 9th

THE GREAT BOSTON FIRE OF 1872 – NOV. 9, 1872 Photograph by Joshua Smith The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston’s largest urban fire, and still ranks as one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history. The conflagration began at 7:20 p.m. on November 9, 1872, in…

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Nov 2, 2011

This Day In History – November 2nd

This Day In History – November 2nd

OFFICIAL BIRTH DATE OF ORGANIZED CHEERLEADING – NOV. 2, 1898 World’s first cheerleader Johnny Campbell – University of Minnesota Organized cheerleading started out as an all-male activity. In 1898, University of Minnesota student Johnny Campbell directed a crowd in cheering “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!”, making…

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Oct 27, 2011

The Legendary Lamborghini Countach

The Legendary Lamborghini Countach

Photograph by LAMBORGHINI In production from 1974 to 1990, the Lamborghini Countach is one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. It pioneered countless design aesthetics such as: the wedge-shaped, sharply angled look seen in countless sports cars of today (including most of Lamborghini’s models since); the ‘cabin forward’ concept which…

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Oct 26, 2011

This Day In History – October 26th

This Day In History – October 26th

THE ERIE CANAL OFFICIALLY OPENS – OCTOBER 26, 1825 Photograph by Clifton Park Collection The Erie Canal is a waterway in New York that runs about 363 miles (584 km) from Albany, New York, on the Hudson River to Buffalo, New York, at Lake Erie, completing a navigable water route from…

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Oct 19, 2011

This Day In History – October 19th

This Day In History – October 19th

DAGUERREOTYPE: FIRST COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS RELEASED ‘FREE TO THE WORLD’ – OCTOBER 19, 1839 An 1837 daguerreotype | Photograph by LOUIS DAGUERRE The daguerreotype was the first commercially successful photographic process. The image is a direct positive made in the camera on a silver plated copper plate. The raw material…

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Oct 12, 2011

This Day In History – October 12th

This Day In History – October 12th

COLUMBUS ARRIVES IN AMERICAS. ‘COLUMBUS DAY’ BECOMES OFFICIAL HOLIDAY – OCTOBER 12, 1492 Artwork by Dioscoro Teofilo Puebla Tolin Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. The event is celebrated…

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Oct 5, 2011

This Day In History – October 5th

This Day In History – October 5th

6TH DEADLIEST EARTHQUAKE IN HISTORY – OCTOBER 5, 1948 Ashgabat Earthquake Memorial The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake, at a magnitude 7.3 Mw, occurred on October 5/6, 1948, near Ashgabat, in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic. The earthquake is considered to be the 6th deadliest earthquake in the history of humankind. Due to…

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