Monday, April 02, 2007

On this Date in History

0742 Charlemagne 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14)
1725 Casanova writer(picture on right)
1805 Hans Christian Andersen Denmark, author of 150 fairy tales
1875 Walter Chrysler founded Chrysler car company


1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain
1739 Handel's "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" was performed for the first time.
1792 Congress establishes Philadelphia mint; US authorizes $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle &
$2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime
1800 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C
1845 H L Fizeau & J Leon Foucault take 1st photo of Sun
1866 President Andrew Johnson ends war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia
1870 Victoria Woodhull is 1st woman to be nominated for US President, (picture at right)
1872 George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
1877 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn
1889 Charles Hall patented aluminum.
1902 1st motion picture theater opens (Los Angeles CA)
1908 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
1910 Karl Harris perfected the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.
1917 President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
1917 Jeannette Rankin becomes 1st woman member of US House of Representatives
1921 Professor Albert Einstein lectures in NYC on his new theory of relativity
1932 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son
1935 Mary Hirsch, becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer
1935 Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR
1986 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)

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