Monday, June 29, 2015

Video of the Day: Remove Cat Before Flight

First, keep your eye on the right side of the screen to watch for the cat. Then, look to the pilot to see to see a priceless look of surprise.

Steve Wozniak Tests the Apple 1

Steve Wozniak tested the Apple I computer for the first time on June 29, 1975.
June 29, 1975
Steve Wozniak is credited as single-handedly creating both the Apple I and Apple II computers. On this day in 1975, he tested the first working prototype. What makes this significant is that this was the first time that a character displayed on a TV screen was generated by a home computer. In 1976, he and Steve Jobs formed Apple Computer and the Apple I sold for $666.66. It is said that Wozniak had no idea about the relation between the number and the mark of the beast, and said "I came up with [it] because I like repeating digits." 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

First Corvette is Assembled

Chevrolet assembled the first Corvette on June 28, 1953.
June 28, 1953
On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, hand-assembled the first Corvette. Two days later, it rolled off the assembly line. It featured a Polo White exterior and red interior, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, a wraparound windshield, whitewall tires and detachable plastic curtains instead of side windows. The doors opened from the inside and didn’t have exterior door handles. The designer, Harley J. Earl, wanted to create an American car that could compete with Europe's MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris, but he also wanted it to be more affordable. The car carried an initial price tag of $3,490 and could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 11 or 12 seconds.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Route 66 is Officially Taken Off the Map

Route 66 was taken off the U.S. Highway System on June 27, 1985.
June 27, 1985
U.S. Route 66, AKA the Will Rogers Highway AKA Main Street of America AKA the Mother Road was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It was established on November 11, 1926 and ran from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Santa Monica, California and covered 2,448 miles. Many took the trek from end to end just to do it and many more were familiar with the highway because of the song (“Get Your Kicks on Route 66”) and the Route 66 television show. During its heyday, local businesses did a pretty good business attracting travelers along route. Those same businesses fought against the growing threat of a new Interstate Highway System. On this day in 1985, the route was officially removed from the U.S. Highway System, but several states have “adopted” bypassed sections and renamed them “Historic Route 66.”

Friday, June 26, 2015

'The Lottery' is First Published

The short story, "The Lottery" was first published on June 25, 1948 in The New Yorker.
June 26, 1948
The genuinely creepy, "The Lottery," a short story by Shirley Jackson, was first published on this day in 1948 in an issue of The New Yorker. The story of a unlucky woman who wins a small town’s lottery and gets stoned to death because of it, is considered one of the most famous short stories in American history. Some have described the story as "a chilling tale of conformity gone mad." Although well written, initial response to the story was negative and reportedly surprised the author as well as The New Yorker. Readers canceled their subscriptions and the publication received hate mail throughout that summer. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Last Krazy Kat Comic to Appear in Newspapers

The comic strip "Krazy Kat" was published for the last time on June 25, 1944.
June 25, 1944
Though far from the fame of Peanuts, Archie or even Garfield, Krazy Kat was a popular comic strip in its' own right. However, many people are unaware that the strip ever existed. Created by George Herriman in 1913, Krazy Kat was a spin-off of Herriman’s earlier comic, The Dingbat Family. The strip never completely identified Krazy Kat as a male or female, (it was referred to as both “he” and “she”) and the feline received its name from a mouse that referred to it as a “Krazy Kat.” The strip focused on three characters, Kat, Ignatz Mouse and Offissa Bull Pupp. Kat had a crush on the mouse but Ignatz would rather through bricks at it. Offissa Pup would try to keep law and order by condemning the throwing of bricks. Pretty simple stuff and yet the strip was hailed by many as an example of “serious” art. The comic printed its last strip on this day in 1944 – two months after Herriman had passed away.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kathy Troccoli is Born

Christian singer Kathy Troccoli was born on June 24, 1958
June 24, 1958
Perhaps Christian music’s most famous singer from Brooklyn, New York was born on this day in 1958. Italian through and through, Kathy Troccoli attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for one year studying jazz and opera. Her first break was opening for the gospel group GLAD in 1980. By 1982 she had her first album titled Stubborn Love and was given a Grammy nomination in 1984. She became best known in 1991 when she released the song “Everything Changes” which made it as high as 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, “Help Myself to You” became her first No. 1 single and a bunch more music award nominations. In 1996, Troccoli was featured on the Beach Boy’s album, Stars and Stripes Vol. 1. Trocolli’s most recent albums include 2012’s 30 Years/Songs: The Kathy Troccoli Collection and 2013’s Worshipsongs: ‘Tis So Sweet.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Patent is Received for the Typewriter

Christopher Sholes received a patent for the typewriter on June 23, 1868.
June 23, 1868
After his printers went on strike, newspaperman, Christopher Sholes made a few attempts (although unsuccessful) to invent a typesetting machine. He collaborated with another printer, Samuel Soule and a friend, Carlos Glidden and the three created the first mechanical typewriter machine in 1867. The early attempt had a few flaws, but Sholes received a patent for the device on this day in 1868. An investor, James Densmore bought out Soule and Glidden for a share in the machine. After some improvements, the pair received a new patent in 1871. By 1873, the invention was sold to Eliphalet Remington and Sons, which is better known for its sales of electric razors sold today.