The weekend has arrived!
On this day in 1872 a fire destroyed about 800 buildings in Boston, MA.
In 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama to see the progress on the new canal. It was the first foreign trip by a U.S. president.
In 1911 George Claude of Paris, France, applied for a patent on neon advertising signs.
In 1938 Nazi troops and sympathizers destroyed and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, burned 267 synagogues, killed 91 Jews, and rounded up over 25,000 Jewish men in an event that became known as Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass.”
In 1965 the great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.
And in 1982 Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing. In 1984 Leonard came out of retirement to fight one more time. To this day I still say Marvelous Marvin Hagler beat him.
Quote of the Day
“Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.”
Today is Phil Driscoll’s birthday.
It’s also Bryn Terfel’s.
And Tom Fogerty’s.
And last one, Alan Gratzer’s.