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5/9/2012 - DB Metzger

The first horseless carriage makes an appearance and the Lawn Mower is patented, The Birth Control Pill is approved by the FDA, Edgar Bergen (Charlie McCarthy) Dan Quayle and Candice Bergen are linked forever. FCC head Newton Minow makes his famous quote about  TV being “the vast wasteland” And the first Launderette opens in Britain. All that plus The Golden Girls. A big day in media Herstory.

1754 the first American newspaper cartoon was published.

1896 The first horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models of the Stanley Steamer)

1899 The Lawn mower patented by John Albert Burr.

1926 Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett become the first to fly over the North Pole.

1927 Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy begin a radio show on NBC.

1932 London’s Piccadilly Circus, is lit by electricity

1936 Sub Saharan Ethiopia was annexed by Italy.

1946 The first hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres. Can you name the top ten TV shows of 1946 (and Films)

1949 Britain's first launderette opens in Queensway London. 
The Bendix coin operated washing machines cost 2s 6d for a 9 lb load and an extra penny for drying. By 1955 there were 650 in Britain and 1400 by 1960. They were staffed by an attendant and some provided coffee and soft drinks. The FIRST fully automatic self-service launderette opened in 1960.

1960 the FDA approved The Birth Control Pill for use as an over the counter contraceptive.

1961 FCC Chairmen Newton Minow blasted the quality of television programming, calling it a “vast wasteland.”

1962 The Beatles signed their first recording contract with EMI.

1971 Friends of the Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes Here’s a history. 

1989 Vice President Dan Quayle says in a United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste" Here’s more of Dan.

1992 Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV

1997 1st US ambassador (Peterson) since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam. Yes, diplomatic relations is opened.

Notable Birthdays

1800 abolitionist John Brown, famous for his attack on Harpers Ferry.

1842 Mary Bassett Mumford part of the Mormon Female relief Society.

1844 Belle Boyd (Confederate spy, writer)

1865 Elizabeth Jordan (journalist and writer, covered Lizzie Borden trial, collaborated on Anna Howard Shaw's autobiography) but is best remembered for her relationship with Henry James.

1874- 1939 Howard Carter British archaeologist/Egyptologist (found King Tutankhamen's tomb)

1883-1955 José Ortega y Gasset Spanish philosopher (Revolt of the Masses) 

1918 Mike Wallace of 60 minutes fame who recently died.

1928 Barbara Ann Scott (Olympic gold medal winner in figure skating, known as "Canada's sweetheart")

1946 Candice Bergen From 1988 to 1998 Candice, the daughter of Edgar Bergen played Murphy Brown. Of course I couldn’t pass on another Dan Quayle quote and Murphy Brown was about to become a single mother. “Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it.” At that time the Gallup Poll asked who would make a better president? Dan Quayle received 38% and Murphy Brown 40%.

1942 John D Ashcroft ex Governor-MO who lost his election to a dead man. Which made him a perfect fit for Attorney General

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