Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Other Things to Remember Today

Not to lessen the tragedy or cheapen the memory of events that took place in the U.S. six years ago, but many other things happened on this day as well.

If constant replays of crumbling tower footage and soundbites of "Today, six years ago..." are bumming you out, here's some other less notable things to memorialize today.

On this day in history:

1875 - "Professor Tidwissel's Burglar Alarm" was featured in the New York Daily Graphic and became the first comic strip to appear in a newspaper.

1877 - The first comic-character timepiece was patented by the Waterbury Clock Company.

1883 - The mail chute was patented by James Cutler. The new device was first used in the Elwood Building in Rochester, NY.

1936 - Boulder Dam in Nevada was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt by turning on the dam's first hydroelectric generator. The dam is now called Hoover Dam.

1952 - Dr. Charles Hufnagel successfully replaced a diseased aorta valve with an artificial valve made of plastic.

1954 - The Miss America beauty pageant made its network TV debut on ABC. Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether, was the winner.

1974 - "Little House On The Prairie" made its television debut.

1974 - The St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets set a National League record when they played 25 innings. It was the second longest game in professional baseball history.

1 comment:

Gregory said...

Not a single person mentioned 9/11 to me today, and you know what? I forgot about.

Jeez, what an a-hole I am.