and more firsts …

A”Golden Spike” was driven into the railroad tracks this date in 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah, connecting the tracks of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads and creating the first transcontinental railroad.


The first lawn mower was invented by Edwin Budding in 1830  just outside Stroud, in Gloucestershire, England. Budding’s mower was designed primarily to cut the grass on sports grounds and extensive gardens, as a superior alternative to the scythe. An American patent was granted this date in 1899 to John Burr, who improved a rotary blade lawn mower. He designed it with traction wheels and made it possible to mow closer to buildings and wall edges

The birth control pill was approved by the FSDA this date in 1960, setting off the age of feminism.

More firsts …

The U. S. Post Office was established this date in 1794.




Coca-Cola (often referred to simply as Coke) is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally intended as a patent medicine, it was sold for the first time this date in 1886 by John Pemberton. The drink’s name refers to two of its original ingredients, which were kola nuts (a source of caffeine) and coca leaves.





Victory in Europa (VE) Day celebrated with Germany’s unconditional surrender in 1945.


MAD Magazine hit newsstands this date in 1952.

GONE WITH THE WIND wins Pulitzer


Maret Mitchell won the Pulitzer prize for GONE WITH THE WIND this date in 1937.

Margaret Mitchell began writing Gone with the Wind in 1926 to pass the time while recovering from a slow-healing auto-crash injury. In April 1935, Harold Latham of MacMillan, an editor looking for new fiction, read her manuscript and saw that it could be a best-seller. After Latham had agreed to publish the book, Mitchell worked for another six months checking the historical references and rewriting the opening chapter several times. Mitchell and her husband John Marsh, a copy editor by trade, edited the final version of the novel. Mitchell wrote the book’s final moments first and then wrote the events that led up to it. (from Wikipedia and

May full of firsts ….


May Day, the first of May, is celebrated around the world and has a number of meanings. In many countries, it is a celebration of Spring and the coming of Summer as May Day marks the end of the winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere.

May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and falls exactly half a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and neopagan festivals. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays either lost their religious character and became popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or they were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays such as Christmas, Easter and All Saints’ Day.

Also, this day in history:

zzwagon-trainThe first wagon train left Independence, Missouri for California in 1841





“Buffalo Bill” Cody’s first Wild West Show was performed in 1883





zzempire-state-bldg        The Empire State Building was dedicated in 1931





The cereal “Cheerios” hit store shelves in 1941





Mr. Potato Head was introduced in 1952