This Week in History
The “Woodstock of the Web” took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 25, 1994, when 380 scientists gathered in CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, for the first World Wide Web Conference. Although only 380 people attended the conference, this seminal event has become so important in the history of the Internet that several thousand more have claimed to have been there. Thus, the event earned the “Woodstock” moniker.
All pilots know this is an incredibly important week in aviation history. Leading the list was Charles A. Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic. It was a rainy morning on May 20, 1927, when Lindbergh took off from Long Island’s Roosevelt Field. He landed 33.5 hours later at Le Bourget field in Paris, France.
In this column last week, we mentioned one important milestone in baseball – the longest game ever played ended in 1-1 tie after 26 innings. And both teams used only one pitcher for the feat! Today, let’s celebrate the beginning of another important era in the Nation’s pastime. Because it was on May 6, 1915 that George Herman Ruth Jr. stepped up to the plate and hit the first of his legendary home runs.
Perhaps the most significant event this week will be something that did not take place. There were no massive demonstrations of Soviet military prowess filling Moscow’s Red Square this May Day. A major communist holiday thus becomes just another space on the calendar. But as older readers know, it was not always so. Among other […]
On April 27, 1789, a criminal act took place that led to one of the most amazing ocean voyages in history, as well as numerous books, films and popular songs. The criminal act was a mutiny on a British Royal Naval ship, the HMS Bounty. Fletcher Christian led the revolt against his commanding officer, William […]
Sadly, the bad guys made more headlines in history this week than the good ones. Let’s start with April 20, 1889, when a particularly heinous character named Alois Schicklgruber came into the world. You’ll know him better by the pen name he adopted later, Adolf Hitler. As the world knows to its sorrow, he went […]
Arghhh! It just happened again. No, I’m not referring to the billions of dollars hard-working taxpayers have to send to Uncle Sam by this April 18. I’ve become almost numb to the pain of that annual reckoning. But what still gets my goat is when someone—especially a near and dear family member—celebrates receiving a tax […]
On this date 93 years ago, the United States formally entered World War I. Shortly after taking office for his second term as President, Woodrow Wilson (who had campaigned on the promise of “keeping America out of the European war”) urged Congress to declare war on Germany. The Senate did so on April 4; the […]
On March 30, 1943, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical opened in New York City and changed forever the face of musical theater in this country. “Oklahoma!” was a smash hit right from opening night. Never before had musical numbers been used to advance the plot, as Rodgers and Hammerstein did in “Oklahoma!” and several hits […]
On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed an odious piece of legislation known as the Stamp Act. It imposed a tax on every piece of paper used by colonists in America, including all legal documents, licenses, newspapers and other publications… and even playing cards.