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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 sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona's two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).

1776 – A Continental Army garrison surrenders in the Battle of The Cedars.

1780 - A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover causes complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M.

1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 May 2014 11:29 )

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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

I have travele...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 May 2014 07:00 )

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May 17 On This Day In History

May 17 On This Day In History

Pictured above: 1921 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky/Caufield & Shook/ 1921/LOC

VAV!/May 17, 2013

1673 – Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 May 2014 19:56 )

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9/11 Memorial Museum

 

VAV!/May 16, 2014

The 9/11 Memorial Museum , set to open on May 21, 2014, will  remember and honor the 2,983 people who were killed in the horrific attacks of Sept...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 May 2014 07:03 )

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May 16 On This Day In History

May 16 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Kindergarten in a vegetable garden, Washington, D.C./Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer/1899?/LOC

VAV!/May 16, 2012

1703 - Fren...

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Lesley Gore - It's My Party

Pictured above: Lesley Gore/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/February 16, 2015 Singer-songwriter Lesley Sue Gore (née Goldstein), who is remembered for her chart topping 1963 song "It's My Party," followed by "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "You Don't Own Me," died from cancer on Monday, February 16, 2015  at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 68. Gore  was discovered at age 16 by record producer Quincy Jones and soon other hit songs followed.  Among them were "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," "That's the Way Boys Are," "She's A Fool," "Maybe I Know," "Look of Love," and she co-wrote "Out Here On My Own" from the acclaimed film "Fame (1980)" with her brother Michael Gore.

 

The Boy Next Door

Pictured above:  Scene from "The Boy Next Door" VAV!/February 17, 2015/Contributed by Stars in her eye "The Boy Next Door" is the kind of movie that a girl should enjoy with their friends and some wine. It's not the kind of film you get all dressed up for and then have a night on the town. You need some of your best friends to make fun of the movie within the privacy of your own home (a place where no one can get irate with you for heckling).

 

St. Valentines Day Massacre

Pictured above: Two guns used in the 1929 Massacre/Courtesy The Mob Museum VAV!/February 14, 2015 On February 14, 1929, a day that was anything but sweet hearts amidst a bed of roses, the St. Valentines Day Massacre unfolded as five rivals of gangster Al Capone and two wannabes were gunned down in a garage on the North Side of Chicago, IL. The day's events are, arguably, the most publicized and talked about mob event in history.  The sole purpose of the killings was the elimination of George "Bugs" Moran, the last rival to Al Capone's title of crime boss in Chicago. Witness statements are varied, but this is generally how the slaying was believed to have 'gone down'... 

 

Ma Bell Calling - Alexander Graham Bell

  On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a United States patent for the invention of the telephone. By 1877, he formed the American Bell Telephone Company and the first exchange opened in New Haven, Connecticut. In a few fleeting years, local exchange companies were launched in every major city throughout America. There were four major divisions of the American Bell Telephone Company; The American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) that had been created by American Bell Telephone Company to provide long distance calls and to interconnect between New York and Chicago and beyond; Western Electric Company, Bell's equipment manufacturing arm; Bell Labs, that conducted research and development for AT&T and finally, Bell operating companies, providing local exchange telephone services. By 1899, AT&T would acquire the assets of its parent American Bell Telephone Company. AT&T then became the parent of American Bell, and thus the head of the Bell System. This acquisition was put into place, it's reported, to take advantage of the leaner regulatory and tax rules in NYC which were leaner in New York than in Boston, where American Bell was headquartered. Following a government anti-trust suit and the Kingsbury Commitment, by 1913.  AT&T agreed to the Kingsbury Commitment in which they would sell their reported $30 million in Western Union stock, allow competitors to interconnect with their system, and not acquire other independent companies without permission from the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) At the end of 1934, AT&T was regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The company was to become the largest corporation in the world until its divestment by the United States Department of Justice in 1984, at which time the Bell System ceased to exist. The Bell trademark pictured above was used from 1921 through 1939.

 

Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Pictured above: The Spirit of Ecstasy/Rolls Royce Ornament VAV!/February 8, 2015 The hood ornament or "mascot,"' remains a striking vestige of the past and a distinctive styling ornament that helped define the hallmark of fine automobiles as well as a drivers' style. While primarily ornamental since the 1930s,  the hood ornament originally evolved from a  need to provide a cooling system monitor for automobiles produced during the teens and the 1920s. Consequently, investing in an engine temperature gauge for the radiator, located externally at the front of the automobile and equipped with a filter cap on its top in direct sight of the driver, was a pretty good idea. The gauge monitored the radiators' temperature for proper functioning, as well as providing for its', longevity and efficiency, too.  Enter Moto Meter, a company from Long Island, NY,  who promised a product to fulfill  just that need.  (Moto Meter was founded in 1912 by George H. Townsend, president of the Moto Meter Co. Inc. Townsend obtained the exclusive rights under Boyce patents to manufacture radiator and dashboard motor temperature indicators.  Soon, the Boyce Moto Meter dominated the motor vehicle industry with their product.  Their motto was "Boyce Moto Meter, Your Car Deserves One.")

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