On This Day in History
1882 – First demonstration of pancake making at a NYC department store. This should be a national holiday.
1916 – Women are allowed to attend a boxing match for the first time. Sales of smelling salts skyrocket.
1939 – Billboard introduces the Hillbilly music chart. It was later changed to the “Country” chart.
1954 – RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production.
1954 – Pope Pius XII encyclical Sacra virginitas (On consecrated virginity) is released, basically saying virginity is superior to marriage. It also rejects the view that the human body needs fulfiment of the sexual instinct for the sake of one’s mental or physical health. That seems totally logical.
1966 – Beatles pose with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the “Yesterday & Today” album. It is later pulled.
1970 – The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
1985 – Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Score for “Purple Rain.” I think more men should wear lace gloves to formal events.
1988 – Robert E. Chambers Jr. pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. The case was known as New York City’s “preppy murder case” and inspired not one, but TWO episodes of “Law and Order”.
1989 – In Paris, the Louvre reopened with I.M. Pei’s new courtyard pyramid. A myth started that the controversial pyramid had exactly 666 panes of glass (672 are mentioned in construction documents).
1990 – An arsonist strikes Happy Land, a fire-trap New York City social club, killing 87 people. The building that housed Happy Land was managed by Jay Weiss, husband of Kathleen Turner at the time. Turner was quoted as saying “the fire was unfortunate but could have happened at a McDonald’s”.