21 seems like only yesterday.
Today is my 22nd birthday and I want to thank my readers, subscribers, commenters, nay-sayers, lurkers, members, praisers, people who are much more successful than I, people who are much less successful than I, and people who are relatively just as successful as I. For every word and every line helps the community grow, learn, and find their own path.
And now, 22 things that happened on this day in history:
- 1st edition of “Encyclopedia Brittanica” published in Scotland. (1768)
- Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia. (1790)
- Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland. (1849)
- 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery. (1865)
- Thomas Edison makes the 1st sound recording ever. (1877)
- The Washington Monument is completed. (1884)
- Finland declares independence from Russia. (1917)
- The Irish Free State, composing four-fifths of Ireland, is declared as part of a peace agreement with Great Britain. (1921)
- General Electric’s Utica Gas and Electric Company plant becomes the first commercial carrier of electricity. (1922)
- A presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Calvin Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress. (1923)
- French impressionist painter Claude Monet died at age 86. (1926)
- The Manhattan Project is formed in Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Its aim is to develop an atomic bomb. (1941)
- Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman. (1947)
- America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (1957)
- A free concert by the Rolling Stones at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif., was marred by the deaths of four people, including a man who was stabbed by a Hell’s Angel. (1969)
- House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew. (1973)
- A bomb planted by the Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing 11 soldiers and six civilians. (1982)
- Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at University of Montréal. (1989)
- Saddam anounces release of all foreign hostages. (1990)
- Thousands of Hindu extremists destroyed a mosque in India, setting off two months of Hindu-Muslim rioting that claimed at least 2,000 lives. (1992)
- Orange County, Calif., filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion. (1994)
- The bipartisan Iraq Study Group concluded that President George W. Bush’s war policies had failed in almost every regard, and said the situation in Iraq was “grave and deteriorating.” (2006)
It is interesting to note that as time goes on, the events are more and more negative. So many positive things happened, but as we reach today’s events, the more notable ones are detrimental to society rather than constructive. Hopefully the world can right itself and work towards a happier future. And yeah, I spent way too much time making the graphic for this post.Now go own the world.
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