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Friday Fun: History Trivia And Comment

February 23, 2007

On this day in . . .

– 1455, “Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)” [Source: HNN]

And it’s probably still full of cheap, Gutenberg family woodcuts, funeral mass prayer cards, and pressed roses.

– 1883, “Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law.” [Source: HNN]

I could deliver a cheap shot on behalf of trusting people of color and un-Reconstruction here, but I’ll refrain.

– 1927, “President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission.” [Source: NYT]

Am I the only one who sees the irony in Silent Cal doing this?

– 1954, “The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh.” [Source: NYT]

And this marked every child’s introduction to the line: “This will tickle just a bit!” . . . Oral administrations didn’t begin until the 1960s.

– 1965, “Comedian Stan Laurel died at age 74.” [Source: NYT]

I’m noting this to invoke the ghost of Laurel on behalf of this post. We here at H&E need all the help we can get in the humor department. – TL


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  1. TL: You sure aren't kidding about that. May the Gods of humour strike us with the funny stick someday soon. My students are begging them, please…


  2. Anonymous permalink

    The atom feed's acting a little wonky today – it's placed a lot of old posts at the top. Perhaps it's sorting based on tweaks you made to posts?


  3. Oops. “New” blogger, hosted by Google, has a tag option. I went back and tagged a few old posts, which apparently has resulted in making them appear “new” to atom. I'm sorry. Unintended consequences. – TL


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