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Daily Video for June 23 – Welcome to the SAT

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The First SAT is Administered

On June 23, 1926, the College Board, a non-profit organization tasked with standardizing assessments to aid in college admissions, administers the first SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).  This test was taken at a lightning pace, only 90 minutes were given for students to answer 315 questions, compared to the 3 hours used today for the SAT.

While it’s been modified many times over the years, and has faced intense scrutiny for it’s ability to accurately test a student’s aptitude given inherent biases and questions as to whether or not it’s only testing a student’s ability to take a test, the SAT remains one of the most commonly used college admissions measures and a rite of passage for high school students across the nation.

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Daily Video for June 19 – Sports Firsts!

TODAY IN HISTORY…

FIrst REcorded Baseball Game & First NASCAR Race

On June 19, 1848, the first recorded baseball game under Alexander Cartwright’s rules (those that would be most recognizable to those used today) is played in Hoboken, NJ.  Amateur teams played and the New York Base Ball CLub defeated the Knickerbockers 23-1 with Cartwright himself umpiring.

Exactly 101 years later, on June 19, 1949, the first NASCAR stock race is held at the Charlotte Speedway.  Tracing its origins to Prohibition and the modification of cars by bootleggers to outrun police, after alcohol was legalized again, these drivers still kept up racing, but this time in competition with each other.  In 1947, seeing a lack of formal rules, the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing is established, and formal races are held, with the first “strictly stock” race, the format most commonly held today, is run with Jim Roper winning.

A Brief History of Baseball:

 

A Brief History of NASCAR:

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Daily Video for June 18 – NYC Checker Taxis Begin Service

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The First CHecker Cabs Hit the Road

On June 18, 1923, the first iconic Checker Cab hits the street in New York City.  While taxi services have been in existence in some form since the early 17th century, the yellow painted cars with the checkerboard stripes from New York have become the iconic symbols of taxis everywhere.

While the last Checker Cab was retired in 2009, the cars remain instantly recognizable and highly collectible by car enthusiasts.

Check out this video to see different Checker Cabs over the years:

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What Does 200 Calories Look Like? – Infographic

200 Calorie Portions

I am in the middle of a long, long journey to lose weight right now, so I am very mindful of my caloric intake.  However, it is sometimes very difficult to visualize those calorie counts when I am looking at my plate.  Reddit user afriendlysortofchap  has helped a great deal by putting together images of 200 calorie portions of 71 common food items from wisegeek.com into one infographic. [VIA]

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The United States of Sandwiches – Infographic

The United States of Sandwiches

Some argue that if you put anything between two slices of bread (or even a folded slice of bread), that it’s a sandwich!  We all have our favorites, and with everyone  different tastes across the country, it’s no surprise that there’s at least one unique sandwich for each of the 50 states.  Today’s infographic takes a look at some of these — which is your favorite?  [VIA]

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Royal and Imperial Crowns – Infographic

Royal and Imperial Crowns

Throughout history a crown or elaborate head covering of some sort was always seen as a symbol of wealth and authority when worn by the ruling class.  Today’s infographic/guide takes a look at some of the royal and imperial crowns from the western world.  Some no longer exist, many are in museums, and a few are still in use today. [VIA]

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Daily Video for June 1 – Eichmann Executed

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The Execution of Adolf Eichmann

On June 1, 1962, the so called “Architect of the Final Solution (Holocaust)”, Adolf Eichmann was executed in Israel for his crimes against humanity and genocide for his role in the Holocaust — the only person to ever receive that sentence in Israel.

With World War II ending in 1945, why did it take until 1962 to bring him to justice?  It’s a story of escape and changed identities and a group of secret agents who tracked him down, kidnapped him, and took him to trial.

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TODAY IS MAY 29, 2020!

MAY 29, 2020

Today is:

End of the Middle Ages Day

National Heat Awareness Day

Learn about Composting Day

 National Biscuit Day

  Paper Clip Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

PATRICK HENRY (1736-1799) — American attorney, politician, & orator.  Best known for his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
BOB HOPE (1903-2003) — British-American actor and comedian best known for his stand-up routines and shows as part of the USO from WWII through the Gulf War.
JOHN F. KENNEDY  (1971-1963) — 35th President of the United States.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE (1961) — American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and LGBT activist.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1453 – The Byzantine capital of Constantinople falls to forces of the Ottoman Empire after a long siege.  This is seen as the end of the Middle Ages.
1790 – Rhode Island is the last of the original Thirteen Colonies to ratify the Constitution and become a US state.
1848 Wisconsin is admitted to the United States as the 30th state.
1953 – Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit  of Mount Everest.
2004 – The National World War II Memorial is dedicated on Washington D.C.’s National Mall.
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TODAY IS MAY 28, 2020!

MAY 28, 2020

Today is:

International Hamburger Day

National Brisket Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JIM THORPE (1887-1953) —  Native American athlete: Olympic goal medalist, professional football, baseball, and basketball player.
IAN FLEMING (1908-1964) — English naval intelligence officer and author.  Most famous for his creation of the character James Bond.
GLADYS KNIGHT  (1944) — American singer, songwriter, and actress.  Best known for her work with Gladys Knight and the Pips.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1830 – President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, denying Native Americans their land rights and forcibly relocating them, leading the Trail of Tears.
1937 – The German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is founded by the German government.
1999 – After a 22-year restoration, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, is put back on display in Milan, Italy.