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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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3 Comments
  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…

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  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?

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  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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