12 posts tagged history
War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast Turns 75
Shortly after 8 p.m. on the Halloween Eve, 1938, the voice of a panicked radio announcer broke in with a news bulletin reporting strange explosions taking place on the planet Mars, followed minutes later by a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day’s headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. It turned out to be H.G. Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds, performed by 23-year-old Orson Welles.
Listen to the original broadcast here
50 Years Ago Today: MLK’s Historic Speech
“I Have a Dream" is a public speech delivered by American clergyman and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. [Wiki]
Coast Guard Day
Coast Guard Day is held every August 4 to commemorate the founding of the United States Coast Guard as the Revenue Marine on 4 August, 1790, by then Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. On that date, Congress, guided by Hamilton, authorized the building of a fleet of the first ten Revenue Service cutters, whose responsibility would be enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by Congress under the Constitution.
The Coast Guard received its present name through an act of Congress signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on 28 January 1915 that merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and provided the nation with a single maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws. [Wiki]
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.