Friday, March 23, 2007

And you thought today was just another day? Today in history : 1513 - Don Juan Ponce de Leon, a former governor of Puerto Rico, discovered Florida. He claimed the land for Spain; 1657 - France and England formed an alliance against Spain; 1794 - Josiah G. Pierson patented a rivet machine; 1808 - Napoleon's brother Joseph took the throne of Spain; 1836 - The coin press was invented by Franklin Beale; 1840-The first successful photo of the Moon was taken; 1857 - Elisha Otis installed the first modern passenger elevator in a public building. It was at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City; 1858 - Eleazer A. Gardner patented the cable streetcar; 1861 - London's first tramcars began operations; 1868-The University of California was founded in Oakland, CA; 1881 - The Boers and Britain signed a peace accord ending the first Boer war; 1889 - U.S. President Harrison opened Oklahoma for white colonization, 1901 - Dame Nellie Melba, revealed the secret of her now famous toast; 1903 - The Wright brothers obtained an airplane patent; 1909 - British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole; 1912 - The Dixie Cup was invented; 1918 - Lithuania proclaimed independence; 1919 - Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy; 1951 - U.S. paratroopers descended from flying boxcars in a surprise attack in Korea; 1957 - The U.S. Army sold the last of its homing pigeons; 1965 - America's first two-person space flight took off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young aboard. The craft was the Gemini 3; 1972 - Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars; 1983 - U.S. President Reagan first proposed development of technology to intercept enemy missiles. The proposal became known as the Strategic Defense Initiative and "Star Wars; 1989 - A 1,000-foot diameter asteroid missed Earth by 500,000 miles; 1989 - Two electrochemists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman, announced that they had created nuclear fusion in a test tube at room temperature. Wow, no ordinary day (according to