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A Brief History On November 18, 2018, just after the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, we look back over the past almost 62 years to take a look at things we find commonplace today that did not exist when I was born (January 1957).  We also look at things that were common then or in the past that no longer exist.  As you can guess from the title of this article, we have examined these items, new and passé, a few times before. (See “Things That Did Not Exist (Or Were Different) on July 1,…

A Brief History On May 16, 1960, a scientist at Hughes Research Laboratories in California, Theodore Maiman, operated the world’s first optical laser, a red (ruby) coherent light beam. We have published 2 articles about lasers (“November 14, 1967: The LASER is Patented” and “March 22, 1960: When Were Lasers Invented?”) and another article titled “Things That Did Not Exist (Or Were Different) on July 1, 1957” and today we list another 10 things that were not around when this author was born. (January 1957.) Digging Deeper 1. Video Games. Although rudimentary efforts to construct some sort of electronic video…

A Brief History On November 18, 1963, Bell Telephone introduced a new way to dial a telephone, something referred to as “dual-tone multi-frequency” (DTMF) technology, or Touch-Tone (the trademarked name) dialing.  Also known as push button phones, these would go on to replace the old rotary dial type of telephone (also known as “pulse dialing”) so that today it is rare to even see an old fashioned dial type phone. Digging Deeper Making a lot of calls in the old days was tedious, and tired, sloppy fingers would often slip out of the little round fingertip receptacles causing the caller…

A Brief History On December 25, AD 1, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, in what is now Israel.  (It was Israel then, too.) Or so the story goes.  Historians find some problems with the Biblical and common interpretation of the birth of Christ, including even the date, meaning the day as well as the year.  The Ukrainian side of this author’s family celebrated Christmas on January 7 each year, which coincidentally is this author’s birthday!  Yes, that makes this author the first person mentioned (besides Jesus) as being born on Christmas.  Today we take a look at 10 famous…

A Brief History On September 14, 1975, Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized by Pope Paul VI, thus she became the first person born in what is now the United States to be granted sainthood.  Born in New York, on August 28, 1774, she just missed being born in the United States, but more importantly, was not even born into a Catholic family!  Seton was also the founder of the first religious order for nuns in America, the Sisters of Charity. Digging Deeper Born Elizabeth Ann Bayley to a French Huguenot family, her father had been a prominent doctor in New…

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