Browsing: January

A Brief History On January 25, 1881, 2 of the great names in the annals of inventions teamed up to form the Oriental Telephone Company.  Harnessing the invention of Alexander Graham Bell for commercial purposes, Bell teamed with Thomas Edison, the Anglo-Indian Telephone Company and the Oriental Telephone Company of New York to form the new enterprise to sell telephones and related equipment in the Mediterranean and Near East areas as well as India and the Far East.  Bell became the first to patent the telephone in 1876, providing the first method of long-distance voice transmission.  Prior to his invention,…

A Brief History On Thursday, January 14, 2021, Focus Features will have a virtual screening of Promising Young Woman at 7:30 PM Eastern Time.  Please go to http://focusfeaturesscreenings.com/PYWHH14 for a chance to receive one of a limited number of virtual screening codes.  Space is limited to view the screening, and availability is first come, first served to those that click on the link.  For those who RSVP in time, approximately one hour before your screening start time, you will receive your link to access the screening.  Also, if you would like to be notified of future screening opportunities, I strongly…

A Brief History On January 4, 2013, the Philippines were the scene of mass shooting carnage when a 41 year old man went on a rampage that left 20 people and a dog shot, with 7 of those people dying of their wounds and sadly, also the dog.  The locale of the shootings was Kawit, a city of over 83,000 people on the shores of Manila Bay on the island of Luzon. Digging Deeper As we have pointed out on several occasions, mass shootings are not a strictly American occurrence, as such tragedies happen in other countries as well as…

A Brief History On January 30, 1969, the Fab Four, sometimes referred to as “The Beatles,” conducted their last public concert when they played for 42 minutes from the roof of Apple Corps headquarters on Savile Row, London, England (no connection to Apple the computer company, but perhaps better known as Apple Records).  Along with Billy Preston, songwriter, keyboardist and vocalist rocker, the Beatles conducted an impromptu event with no prior notice to the public or authorities.  In a lucky break for posterity, the event was filmed and later appeared in the 1970 documentary film Let It Be.  Audio of…

A Brief History On January 29, 1907, Charles Curtis of Kansas was sworn in a United States Senator, the first US Senator of Native American heritage.  Not only the first person of Native American heritage to serve in the Senate, he was the first person of any non-European heritage to so serve.  In fact, he is the highest ranking person of Native American ancestry ever to serve in the United States Government, reaching his political pinnacle as Vice President of the United States (1929-1933) under President Herbert Hoover!  (Were you aware that we have had a Native American Vice President?) …

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