Monday, November 24, 2008

The Origin of Species: Revisited

On this day 149 years ago, on November 24, 1859, English naturalist Charles Darwin’s book The Origin of Species was published. The now legendary work detailed Darwin’s forward-thinking theories of evolution and natural selection. For more information and spots related to Charles Darwin, click here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn on Long Island at the narrows, opened to traffic 44 years ago on November 21, 1964. For more information on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, click here.

Thomas Edison's Phonograph

On November 21, 1877, technology pioneer Thomas Alva Edison announced his invention of the first phonograph, a device with the capability to record and replay sound. Over 131 years later, the phonograph is more commonly referred to as a record player or turntable. Edison’s inventions also include the light bulb, motion pictures, and the alkaline battery. For more information and spots related to Thomas Edison, click here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Gettysburg Address Anniversary

Today marks 145 years since Abraham Lincoln famously gave “The Gettysburg Address” in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. From July 1-3, 1863, Union forces, under General George Meade, defeated the Confederate Army, under Robert E. Lee, in what is often considered the turning point of the Civil war. The Battle of Gettysburg stands as the single bloodiest battle in the Civil War. 97 Taneytown Road is now home to the Gettysburg National Cemetery, where Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg along with veterans of all other major American wars and conflicts are buried. For more information and pictures of spots related to “The Gettysburg Address,” click here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Kennedy Assassination

It's hard to believe, but this Saturday, November 22, 2008 marks 45 years since the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This is the famous photo of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, which was taken in his backyard at 214 W. Neely Street. For more information on this and other spots related to the Kennedy assassination, complete with photos and addresses, click here.

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