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Wednesday History Trivia and Comment

December 20, 2006

On this day in . . .

– 1879, “Thomas Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, N.J. [Source: NYT]

Electric lighting is just so ubiquitous today, I couldn’t resist noting the date.

– 1893, “1st state anti-lynching statute approved, in Georgia. [Source: HNN]

It’s interesting to me that the South led the way on this – before even New York.

– 1922, “14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR).” [Source: HNN]

For anyone with a strong interest in Cold War culture, it’s worth noting the day that USSR – as an initialism – came into being.

– 1946, “the Frank Capra film It’s A Wonderful Life had a preview showing for charity at New York City’s Globe Theatre, a day before its official premiere.” [Source: NYT]

I only saw this for the first time in my late twenties. My parents evidently didn’t like the film.

– 1976, “Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley died [in office] at age 74.” [Source: NYT]

Remembrances of Daley Sr. were being played on AM radio this morning. This city, Chicago, loves contemplating his long life as mayor. – TL

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