History Is Today
There is a website, brainyhistory.com, where you can search for a specific day of the year and find out all of the notable and possibly world-changing things that happened on that day throughout recorded history.
Below, I've compiled a sample of the most interesting and relevant events that happened today, February 17th, in the United States from brainyhistory's exhaustive list.
On this day in history:
1621: Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
1691: Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1801: House breaks an electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson President over Burr
1817: Baltimore is the 1st U.S. city lit by gas
1864: Confederate submarine "HL Hunley" sinks Union ship "Housatonic"
1865: Columbia, South Carolina, burns down during Civil War
1870: Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to U.S. after Civil War
1870: Esther Morris appointed 1st female judge
1876: Sardines 1st canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
1878: 1st telephone exchange in San Francisco opens with 18 phones
1897: National Organization of Mothers (Parent Teacher Association) forms
1905: Frances Willard becomes 1st women honored in National Statuary Hall
1906: Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
1911: 1st hydroplane flight to and from a ship in Glenn Curtiss, San Diego
1913: New York Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to U.S. public
1913: 1st minimum wage law in U.S. takes effect in Oregon
1915: Edward Stone, 1st U.S. combatant to die in WWI, is mortally wounded
1933: U.S. Senate accepts Blaine Act ending prohibition
1933: Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead in the comic strip "Blondie"
1933: 1st issue of Newsweek magazine published
1934: 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)
1943: New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists into the U.S. army
1958: Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
1962: Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
1964: U.S. House of Representatives accepts Civil Rights Act
1983: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985: 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
2012: BRAD AND I GOT ENGAGED!!
I don't mean to downplay history or whatever, but after reading through the February 17th timeline, I am inclined to say that our news is one of the happiest -- if not THE happiest -- things to happen on this date. Of course, I may be biased. Maybe some of you are just as giddy about prohibition ending or the minimum wage law as I am about the engagement? But that's ok! Isn't the fun of history that it's completely subjective? :)
I know it'll be hard to remember our engagement anniversary in the years to come with all of this holiday competition, but I guess we'll have to manage.
DUDE, I am getting married! Thanks to Brad for forever making February 17th memorable!
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