Category: Today in history

  • R.I.P. Sir Edmund Hillary

    News of Sir Edmund Hillary’s death due to heart attack is plastered all over the web now. Reuters has a brief video with more information about Hillary’s life and Mt. Everest accomplishments.

  • Today in history – Thor finishes 4300 mile journey

    The History Channel has lots of cool information on Thor Heyerdahl’s 4300 mile oceanic journey aboard the balsa wood Kon-Tiki raft in 1947. And with a name like Thor, how could I resist posting about it? On this day in 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completes a 4,300-mile, […]

  • Today in History – Della Sorenson kills first victim

    There are very few female serial killers. Whether it is because they are better at evading detection and capture (doubtful) or just because there are fewer women with psychopathic tendencies (psychotic – almost all of them; psychopathic – not so much), I don’t know. However, one of the few of this breed is Della Sorenson. […]

  • Today in History – Hello, Dolly

    Well, probably not the “Hello, Dolly” you are thinking of, but on this day in history the first successful mammal clone, Dolly the sheep, was born. Originally code-named “6LL3,” the cloned lamb was named after the buxom singer and actress Dolly Parton. The name was reportedly suggested by one of the stockmen who assisted with […]

  • Today in history – first commercial television station starts broadcasting

    On this day, 66 years ago, the first commercial television station began broadcasting. Now known as WNBC, this New York station was originally broadcast as WNBT television station, operating under license from the FCC issued originally as W2XBS. The station was one of 10 authorized commercial television stations granted license by the FCC, and the […]

  • First Everest summit access

    On this date in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached Mount Everest’s summit. At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everst, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point […]

  • Today in History – Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated – April 4, 1968

    On the eve of this day 39 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while standing on his balcony outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. King was shot at 6:01 PM and pronounced dead at 7:05 PM at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) […]

  • This day in history, 1959 – Barbie debuts

    At the American Toy Fair in New York city, Barbie made her debut today in 1959. Eleven inches tall, with a waterfall of blond hair, Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. The woman behind Barbie was Rith Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. […]

  • Today in History – dinner party ends for Donner and Reed families

    A video presentation from the History channel gives us this news about the long-delayed rescue of the Donner party in 1847. On this day in 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the summer of 1846, in […]

  • Today in history – Know-Nothing party meet in Philly to nominate Pres. candidate

    The headline covers almost everything that matters: this date in 1856 saw a convening in Philadelphia by the Know-Nothing political party to nominate its first presidential candidate. The Know-Nothing movement began in the 1840s, when an increasing rate of immigration led to the formation of a number of so-called nativist societies to combat “foreign” influences […]

  • Today in history 2007-02-14: St. Valentine’s day massacre

    In what is sure to be viewed as an amazing coincidence by many of the less bright people in the world, we recognize today the St. Valentine’s day massacre of 1929, which oddly enough happened on St. Valentine’s day. In Chicago, gunmen in the suspected employment of organized-crime boss Al Capone murder seven members of […]

  • Today in history – Harry Houdini dies

    October 31, 1926: Harry Houdini, the most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, dies of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital. Twelve days before, Houdini had been talking to a group of students after a lecture in Montreal when he commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand […]