Thursday, February 01, 2007

Today in history...

Today is the birthday of Hattie Wyatt Caraway (born in 1878), the first woman elected to the US Senate. She represented the State of Arkansas from 1931 to 1945. She was appointed as a Democrat on November 13, 1931, and subsequently elected on January 12, 1932, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Thaddeus H. Caraway. She was re-elected in 1932 and 1938 and served until January 2, 1945.

It's also Clark Gable's birthday...He was born in 1901 in Cadiz, OH.

Other notables from history that I found interesting:

1790 Supreme Court convenes for the 1st time (New York NY)

1862 Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

1865 JS Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court, admitted to bar

1906 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth KS

1949 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

1961 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful

1972 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)

It's also American Heart Month and Black History Month.


Hooda Thunkit said...

Well it's a busy month; gotta make up for only having 28/29 days to "git 'er done" ;-)

-Sepp said...

My Grandfather was a teacher at Macomber who bought one of those $300 calculators to help with grade point averages. The thing was the size of a brick and I spent countless hours marveling at the damned thing. The only thing I need to know nowadays is when "docks in" time is. I only need a calendar for that!

Maggie Thurber said...

-sepp... I remember in grade school that my dad had notebooks full of calculations. He was a tool and die maker and had to calculate all the cuts himself and then input them into the simple machine. His notebooks got smaller once he purchased a calculator, but he still had papers detailing all the steps.

I'd forgotten about that 'til now...

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