Browsing: March 2

A Brief History On March 3, 1859, the largest sale of African slaves in the United States came to a sad conclusion near Savannah, Georgia when the last slaves formerly owned by plantation owner Pierce Mease Butler (1806-1867) were sold in order for Butler to satisfy his considerable debts.  Known to history as The Great Slave Auction or alternatively as The Weeping Time, a total of 436 human beings were sold like pieces of property.  Soon, the US Civil War would be fought, and slavery would end in the United States, preventing any such future crimes against humanity such as…

A Brief History On March 2, 1933, the classic monster movie, King Kong, opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The big ape has starred in remakes of the movie and different adaptations of the idea of a giant gorilla, and the name, “King Kong,” has become a metaphor for a large, ferocious person, several people taking on the name of the great ape as their own nickname. King Kong started a genre of classic movie monsters that continues today, and we take this opportunity to offer our list of the 10 movie monsters we think are…

A Brief History On March 2, 1657, the city of Tokyo, Japan, then known as Edo, suffered a catastrophic fire that lasted 3 days and killed 100,000 Japanese people, a death toll greater than either of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Digging Deeper The carnage caused by the Great Fire of Meireki (or sometimes known as the Furisode Fire) combined to destroy about 60 to 70% of the buildings in Edo.  The legendary cause of the fire was a priest attempting to burn a cursed kimono that had been owned by 3 girls, one after…

A Brief History On March 2, 1949, The Old Lamplighter became a memory and a song, but not an occupation, as automatic street lights start to shine, adding to the list of “Famous Inventions by Ohioans”! (Song by Simothen and Tobias 1946) Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find on this day, the first automatic street lights go into operation in New Milford, Connecticut.  Prior to this development, electric street lamps, not to be confused with traffic control lights, had to be turned on manually or by timer, regardless of lighting conditions. With the use of photo cells to turn the…

A Brief History On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain, center for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored an National Basketball Association (NBA) single-game record of 100 points against the New York Knicks.  To put this in perspective, at that time, the only other player to have scored 70 or more points in a single game was Elgin Baylor with 71 points.  This performance put Chamberlain so far ahead of any other scoring flurry that he was truly in a class by himself.  In the 53 years since then, no other player has approached his record, with the closest effort being Kobe Bryant’s…

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