Today in History: February 13

  In 1633 Galileo had begun His punishment* for claiming The Earth went round the Sun. *”He was sentenced to formal imprisonment at the pleasure of the Inquisition. On the following day this was commuted to house arrest, which he remained under for the rest of his life. His offending Dialogue was banned; and in... Read more »

Today in History: February 12

  1924 Heard George Gershwin’s debut Of his piano concerto “Rhapsody in Blue”.* *”Gershwin’s original title for it was American Rhapsody. But, by chance, Ira had been to an exhibition of Whistler’s paintings and saw the painter’s Nocturne In Blue And Green of the Thames at Chelsea. Why not call the new piece Rhapsody In Blue... Read more »

Today in History: February 11

  In 1650 Descartes expired as everyone does. And so he thought And so he was.* *”Descartes was buried in Stockholm but is body was later transferred to Paris. The skull which lies with his remains in the church of St. Germain-des-Pres in Paris is almost certainly not that of Descartes. It appears that a... Read more »
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Today in History: February 10

In 1535 12 Anabaptists in the nude Ran down the streets of Amsterdam And quite a fuss ensued.*   * ‘The next day the city officials had them massacred. They were, without exception all killed. Their hearts were cut out of their bodies in the middle of Dam square, their bodies were quartered and hung. Their... Read more »

Today in History: February 9

    In 1947 Bank robber Sutton, first name Willie, Broke out of jail In the city of Philly. “As to what actually motivated Sutton to hold up banks, as he said in Where the Money Was: ‘Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I... Read more »

Today in History: February 8

  1883 Is when Waterman invented His fountain pen.*   * “Lewis Waterman used the capillarity principle to create his first pen. It used air to induce a steady and even flow of ink. His idea was to add an air hole in the nib and three grooves inside the feed mechanism. He christened his... Read more »

Today in History: February 7

  In 1839, Historical words to weigh: “I had rather be right than president” Were spoken by Henry Clay.* Clay thrice ran unsuccessfully for the highest office: in 1824, 1832, and 1844.  So we can assume he was right at least three times in his life.

Today in History: February 6

  In 1971 In the Moon’s environs Alan Shepard hit golfballs With one of his irons.*   *Using a makeshift six-iron he had smuggled on board Apollo 14, he became the first and only human to play the game in outer space.

Today in History: February 5

  1879 Saw the light bulb first turned on. Not by someone you’d expect, A Brit named Joseph Swan.*   *Swan’s lamp worked well enough for him in a demonstration, it was impractical in actual use. The issue of practicality, of course, was solved by Thomas Edison.  

Today in History: February 4

        In 1846 The Latter-day Saints Took a trek to the West* To be free of restraints.   *The Mormon pioneer run began in 1846, when Young and his followers were driven from Nauvoo. After leaving, they aimed to establish a new home for the church in the Great Basin and crossed... Read more »