Browsing: July 7

A Brief History On July 7, 2016, police in Dallas, Texas, made the first ever use of a robot to kill a murder suspect when a robot carrying a bomb blew up and killed gunman Micah Xavier Johnson who had shot 14 police officers (killing 5 of them) and 2 civilaians in an effort to kill White people in retaliation for the perceived unnecessary killing of Black males by American police. The police robot was a type used by bomb disposal units and carried a 1 pound block of C-4 explosive in its extended robotic arm. Despite the bomb exploding as…

A Brief History On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan made history by appointing Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  While the active participation of women in politics seems common today, things were not always inclusive for women in politics.  Here we list 10 major “firsts” for women in the realm of politics.   (Note: As an inspiration for girls, we made sure to include the alma mater of each of these highly capable women, except Catherine I.) Digging Deeper 1. 1st Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, 1981. Sandra got her…

A Brief History This article presents a chronological timeline of key events that occurred during the Age of Discovery. Digging Deeper On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus, the Italian adventurer sailing into the unknown in the name of the Spanish Crown, landed in the Bahamas, the landing that became known as the “discovery” of America (or, “The New World” if you prefer). On July 7, 1550, chocolate is thought to have been introduced to Europe from the Americas. On December 13, 1577, Francis Drake set out from Plymouth, England on his ship, The Golden Hind, on a voyage that would…

A Brief History On July 7, 1928, bread that was presliced, wrapped in paper or cellophane, and sold like that to the consumer in bakeries and grocery stores first made its debut.  The bread slicer was invented by Iowan Otto Rohwedder, and the race to sell sliced bread was on. Digging Deeper The Chillocothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri claims to have sold the first such bread under its “Kleen Maid Sliced Bread” brand.  Battle Creek, Michigan, also claims to be the first place the bread was sold, but without as much documentation. When Wonder Bread began selling sliced bread nationwide in 1930, the…

A Brief History On July 7, 1985, Boris Becker of Germany became the youngest Wimbledon tennis champion by winning the tournament at the age of only 17.  Becker went on to win at Wimbledon 2 more times, and he won a total of 9 of the “Grand Slam” tennis events, as well as earning an Olympic gold medal in 1992 (doubles). Digging Deeper Michael Chang bested Becker’s record as the youngest winner of a Grand Slam tennis event by taking the French Open title in 1989, also at age 17 but almost 4 months younger. Mats Wilander was also 17…

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