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What Happened – October 28

It was on this day in 1919 that Congress overrode Pres. Wilson’s veto and passed the Volstead Act into law. The law, which was permitted by the passage of the 18th Amendment, outlawed most alcohol and liquor. The “Great Experiment” resulted in an increase of organized … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 9

It was on this day in 1936 that the generators at Boulder Dam first started generating electricity. Construction on the project began five years earlier and was completed two years ahead of schedule. It took a crew of thousands to build … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 21

It was on this day in 1937 that The Hobbit was first published. Written & illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien, it was an immediate success with all 1,500 copies being sold by the end of the year. The book would eventually be translated into over … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 27

It was on this day in 1921 that the owners of the Acme Packing Company of Green Bay WI bought a franchise in the American Professional Football Association (later renamed the National Football League.) The company had already been sponsoring … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 20

It was on this day in 1975 that NASA launched Viking 1. A little over a year later it became the first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars. It collected data and sent information back to Earth for over six years. … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 30

It was on this day in 1971 that Dave Scott and Jim Irwin landed on the moon. While this was the fourth time that the US had put a team on the moon, it was the first time that the Lunar … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 29

It was on this day in 1987 that Jerry and Ben and Jerry announced a new flavor of ice cream called Cherry Garcia. Goooooood stuff….yum!   The earliest event that Wiki says occurred on this day is “238 – The Praetorian Guard stormed the palace and … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 17

It was on this day in 1955 that Disneyland had a “soft open” to the press and invited guests, one day before their official opening. About 20 of the rides and attractions were ready, but a lot of other stuff…including the water … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 10

It was on this day in 1985 that the Coca-Cola Company announced they will start selling “Classic Coke.” Three months earlier the company had changed the formula  for their soft drink, and a lot of customers weren’t happy with the change. … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 18

“Free trade and sailors’ rights!” It was on this day in 1812 that the US declared war on another country for the first time. The British had been at war with France for several years, and the English Parliament had ordered a boycott on … Continue reading

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