9 posts tagged history
Happy 101st Birthday to Fenway Park
101 years ago on April 20, 1912 Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team, opened and allowed us to know one of the greatest monsters of all time. The Green Monster. A thirty-seven foot, two-inch high left field wall. Much like The Hulk, it wasn’t originally green. It was painted green in 1947 and to date it remains one of the most recognized icons in sports
On this day 80 years ago today (March 2nd,1933) the American classic monster/adventure film King Kong first made its way to the silver screen.
Happy birthday to the most famous giant ape of all time!
Illustration by Ridd Sorensen
65 years ago today in 1947…
Captain Chuck Yeager of the U.S. Air Force flies a Bell X-1 rocket-powered experimental aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster than the speed of sound - over the high desert of Southern California - and becomes the first pilot and the first airplane to do so in level flight.
This day in history:
A lone, unknown man, known by most simply as “Tank Man” stands in front of a column of Army tanks in Beijing the day after the Chinese government’s violent crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square.
The identity of the man in these photos, and what became of him in their aftermath, is still a mystery to this day.
35 Years Ago Today…
Star Wars (A New Hope) was released in theaters for the first time.
It went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time (up to that point). Adjusted for inflation, it comes in at number 3 in the list of highest-grossing films ever made right behind Avatar (2009) and Gone With The Wind (1939). If you were to include toy/merchandise sales into the mix, it would take the top spot by a very wide margin. It isn’t all just about making money. It currently averages an 8.8/10 on IMDB which places it at #17 all time as voted by users.
Dr. Jonas Salk
On April 12, 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk announced that the clinical trials of his polio vaccine found it was effective and safe, kicking off a national inoculation campaign.
Two years prior, there were 35,000 new cases of the debilitating disease in America. By 1961, Dr. Salk’s vaccine had reduced the number of new cases to just 161.
Photo ©1956 Yousuf Karsh