Today’s History

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Welcome to the first Monday of 2019.  I know, yippee, right?  Hope it turns out to be a real positive year for you.   Here at 98 Rocks, we’re underway with the Pop-A-Lock Rock-N-Roll Bankroll, with your chance to win free money for the next five weeks!  Now let’s trip back in time for a sec, with some January 7 highlights from history…

 

305 years ago – In 1714, Henry Mill patented his new invention . . . The Typewriter.

125 years ago – In 1894, one of the earliest motion picture experiments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange, New Jersey.  A comedian named Fred Ott was filmed sneezing.

106 years ago – In 1913, William M. Burton received a patent for his method of manufacturing the “magic moving potion” we now call Gasoline.  Standard Oil bought that method.

92 years ago – In 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game, in Hinckley, Illinois.

66 years ago – In 1953, President Truman announced the U.S. had developed a Hydrogen Bomb.

57 years ago – In 1962, Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” set a record by reaching #1 for the second time.  Previously, it was #1 on September 13th, 1960.

49 years ago – In 1970, the farmers next to Max Yasgur’s estate sued him for $35,000.  They didn’t appreciate the chaos created by a little festival he hosted, called Woodstock.

26 years ago – In 1993, the First Video-Telephone was commercially released by AT&T for the low, low price of $1,499.

20 years ago – In 1999, Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial began in the Senate.  He’d already been impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19th.

 

 

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