Walter Cronkite Debuts!

Walter Cronkite Began Anchor of CBS News

If you grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, television anchor news was summed up in a few names…Brinkley, Smith, Rather, Reasoner…and “Uncle Walter” Cronkite. Cronkite proved the most trusted and durable. He was there for Kennedy’s assassination and man’s moon walk. He was there for the civil rights and women’s rights movement. He was…

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Boston Marathon Bombings!

A terrorist attack by two Muslim young men upon one of America’s greatest sports traditions instilled new fears into a culture still recovering from September 11, 2001. The reality is the Net (1990 – 2010) and iTech (2000 – 2020) generations have grown up in an age of domestic terror. From Oklahoma City to Columbine…

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The First McDonalds Restaurant Opens!

Ray Kroc opens first McDonalds

“Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.” This famous 1970s commercial ditty put McDonalds on the map, helped by the clown Ronald McDonald, the Hamburglar and, for the Millennial generation, PlayLands. Today the “golden arches” are one of America’s most iconic visual brands. And it all started…

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Jackie Robinson Makes a Hit!

In 1947, in many U.S. places (from Birmingham to Philadelphia, Cincinnati to Little Rock), black Americans were segregated into “ghettos” and separated in public life. In the South, especially, blacks had to use different bathrooms, eat at different restaurants (or on different chairs), sleep at different hotels, ride at the back of the bus, and…

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The Dust Bowl Cometh

The “Dust Bowl” got its name on this date (a.k.a. “Black Sunday”) when a huge windstorm blanketed the midwest. America was in the heart of a Great Depression at the time. Could life be more miserable? The Dust Bowl would have one benefactor: California. With news of work and a better life in the Golden…

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Titanic Sinks!

The sinking of the Titanic was a huge blow to industrial science and the promise of machines making life faster and better. The Titanic was the fastest and best. It was reputed to be unsinkable, but it still sunk. For the oldest members of the Transportation and Telephone (TNT) Generation–born 1900 to 1920–this tragedy was…

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Abraham Lincoln Assassinated

President Lincoln Assassinated

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was an unexpected first for America. Four sitting presidents have been killed: Abraham Lincoln (1865), James A. Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1901), and John F. Kennedy (1963). Additionally, two presidents have been injured in attempted assassinations: Theodore Roosevelt (1912; former president at the time) and Ronald Reagan (1981). Every assassination…

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“Houston, We Have A Problem”

It’s scripted like Hollywood but this tale from space produced some genuine heroes. The innovation to solve “the problem” and bring three US astronauts back to earth remains a story for the ages. The fated mission was commanded by Jim Lovell with Jack Swigert as command module (CM) pilot and Fred Haise as Apollo Lunar…

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Hallelujah! Handel’s Messiah Arrives

On this date in 1742, Handel’s “Messiah” debuted. Today, it’s one of the world’s most renown, loved and most performed musical works. Fast fact: The entire score was completed in 24 days…a minor miracle in its own right!

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Westward Ho! The Pony Express!

The Pony Express

Did you know the fabled Pony Express was actually a massive failure? It’s true. It lasted only 18 months as a mail service. The innovations of the telegraph and railroad proved better means for transporting America’s letters to the West.

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