Disclaimer: I do not actually own any form of time machine, nor is access to a time machine implied in this feature. I am, however, curious about history, stories, patterns, and interesting tidbits of many kinds.
It is in that spirit that I share Time Machine Tuesday, a weekly jaunt through history – one Tuesday at a time.
- 1763 –American Indian Wars: Pontiac’s Rebellion begins – Chief Pontiac begins the “Conspiracy of Pontiac” by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit.
- 1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer’s supervision.
- 1840– The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.
- 1846– The Cambridge Chronicle, America’s oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- 1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector — a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
- 1940– The Norway Debate in the British House of Commons begins, and leads to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill three days later.
- 1942 – During the Battle of the Coral Sea, United States Navyaircraft carrier aircraft attack and sink the Japanese Imperial Navylight aircraft carrier Shōhō. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
- 1945– World War II: General Alfred Jodl signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany‘s participation in the war. The document takes effect the next day.
- 1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer.
- 1960– Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
- 1986– CanadianPatrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits.
- 1992– Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.
- 1992 – The Space ShuttleEndeavour is launched on its first mission (STS-49).
- 1994– Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norwayin February.
- 1999 – Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.
- 2007 –Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem.
- 1711–David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (d. 1776)
- 1826– Varina Davis, American author, First Lady of the Confederate States of America (d. 1906)
- 1833– Johannes Brahms, German composer (d. 1897)
- 1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (d. 1893)
- 1901 – Gary Cooper, American actor (d. 1961)
- 1909 – Edwin H. Land, American scientist and inventor, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation (d. 1991)
- 1933–Johnny Unitas, American football player (d. 2002)
- 1950 – Tim Russert, American journalist (d. 2008)
- 1968 – Traci Lords, American actress
Caption: By Orangerider at de.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
And now, a personal magic carpet ride through time…
- May 7, 2012 – Last year, I shared a flash fiction piece, “The Huntress in Moonlight” forStory A Day May. Here’s an excerpt:
She seemed to have forgotten I was there….
I sat on the wide branch, my back pressed into the trunk – cushioned and cool where thmosses caressed my shoulders; rough and warm where my lower back pressed against bare bark – watching her.
She never seemed to notice her beauty, yet she wore it naturally, with ownership I had never seen before. I couldn’t pinpoint what differed from the beautiful, petulant queens of the high school court…Shirana, Beverlee, and Aspen, who made the boys slobber over themselves like fools, and dismissed the rest of us with something that might have been contemptuous if they didn’t look at walls and teachers the same way…
~~ Perhaps those girls believe their appearance entitles them to privilege. I find that attitude most – illogical.~~
I clutched my head, nearly falling. “H-How —?” I asked, pressing myself backward, as if Tisira was going to attack….
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