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May 22 On This Day In History

May 22 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Martha Washington/Dominique C. Fabronius, lithographer/published by L. Prang, copyright 1864/LOC

VAV!/May 22, 2012/Contributions by Charles Kinbote

1761 - The first life insurance policy in United States was issued in Philadelphia.

1802 - The first of first ladies, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, died of a severe fever.

1803 - The first public library in the United States opened in Connecticut.

1807 - Townsend Speakman sold the first fruit flavored carbonated drinks.

1807 – A grand jury indicts former Vice President, Aaron Burr, on a charge of treason.

1819 -  The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20.

1824 - Protectionist victory for Henry Clay.

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May 21 On This Day In History

May 21 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Zachary Taylor and his cabinet, all seated except President Taylor/Left to right: William Ballard Preston, Secretary of the Navy; Thomas Ewing, Secre...

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May 20 On This Day In History

May 20 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Exterior, view of front and left side/Wells Fargo Express Office Building, North Highway 20, Timbuctoo, Yuba County, CA/LOC

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May 19 On This Day In History

May 19 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Baltimore, Md., Johns Hopkins Hospital/1890 and 1910/LOC

VAV!/May 19, 2014 with contributions by Charles Kinbote .

1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier set ...

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May 18 On This Day In History

May 18 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Drinking at "Colored" Water Cooler in Streetcar Terminal, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,Russell Lee, photographer, July 1939/LOC.

VAV!/May 18, 2012

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RMS Titanic Passenger List

Pictured above: TITANIC, to be launched/Date Created/Published: 1911 May 31/LOC.VAV!/April 15, 2015 VAV!/April 14, 2015 This below os a listing of all passengers, some 2,200 people, known to be aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic the night of April 14, 1912.  In the early morning, only two hours and forty minutes after the incident, near 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the ship's forward deck slipped underwater. Her stern rose out of the water, exposing the propellers. She began to break in two between the third and fourth funnels. With air trapped in the stern, she remained afloat and buoyant for seval more minutes until finally rising to an almsot vertical position. Those remaining on board clung to the mighty vessel as she made her way to rest upon the bottom of the sea's dark and icy depths.  The account of survivors was published in the Los Angeles Times.  This list is by no means authoritative.  (The names of survivors appear in Bold type.)

 

Merriam-Webster

Pictured above:  Noah Webster VAV!/May 14, 2014 For more than 150 years, in print and now online, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information. Merriam Websters beginnings: In 1806 Noah Webster published the first truly American Dictionary. 'A Compendous Dictionary of the English Language.' During 1828, at age 70, Webster published his magnum opus. This 2 volume dictionary 'An American Dictionary of the English Language' had 70,000 entries. and it sold 2,500 copies. In 1831 during the same time Webster was at work on the dictionary two young entrepreneurs, George and Charles Merriam, opened an ambitious printing and book selling company in Springfield, Massachusetts. They named their company G. & C. Merriam Co.

 

Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant

Pictured above: McLean House, Appomattox Court House, Virginia/Timothy H. O'Sullivan, photographer, April 1865/LOC.  VAV!/April 9, 2015 "It would be useless and therefore cruel to provoke the further effusion of blood, and I have arranged to meet with General Grant with a view to surrender." - Robert E. Lee on the morning of April 9, 1865 General Robert E. Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870) of the Confederate Army and Major General Ulysses S. Grant (April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885), officer of the Federal Army, met just after one o'clock on April 9, 1865, at the home of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia.  There, a chapter in history was written as Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces,  thus hastening the conclusion of the bloody Civil War.

 

Deadliest Commercial Airline Crashes In America's History

Pictured above: A portion of the tail from the TWA plane at the Grand Canyon crash site in 1956/ Courtesy of the NPS VAV!/March 24, 2015 Some of the worst commercial airline crashes in America involved terrorist activity. Of those crashes involved, four occurred on September 11, 2001 in rapid fire succession... a crash into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a rural Pennsylvania field, near the town of Shanksville; the 1988 downing of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland.  There are many other crashes that involved problems associated with mid air collisions, mechanical/faulty issues, weather, pilot error, improper storage practices and a variety of other reasons that are blamed for loss of life. Listed are America's commercial airline crashes where at least 100 people met their deaths in each incident. June 30, 1956 – The  mid-air collision between United Airlines Flight 718, a DC-7 and TWA Flight 2, a Lockheed Constellation, over the Grand Canyon, killed all 128 aboard both aircraft; operating under Visual Flight Rules, the planes fail to see each other and collided; the Federal Aviation Administration was created in the aftermath.

 

Deadliest Commercial Airline Crashes In America's History

Pictured above: A portion of the tail from the TWA plane at the Grand Canyon crash site in 1956/ Courtesy of the NPS VAV!/March 24, 2015 Some of the worst commercial airline crashes in America involved terrorist activity. Of those crashes involved, four occurred on September 11, 2001 in rapid fire succession... a crash into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a rural Pennsylvania field, near the town of Shanksville; the 1988 downing of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland.  There are many other crashes that involved problems associated with mid air collisions, mechanical/faulty issues, weather, pilot error, improper storage practices and a variety of other reasons that are blamed for loss of life. Listed are America's commercial airline crashes where at least 100 people met their deaths in each incident. June 30, 1956 – The  mid-air collision between United Airlines Flight 718, a DC-7 and TWA Flight 2, a Lockheed Constellation, over the Grand Canyon, killed all 128 aboard both aircraft; operating under Visual Flight Rules, the planes fail to see each other and collided; the Federal Aviation Administration was created in the aftermath.

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