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Friday, November 4, 2011

Lots of history today!

Wow, today is a great day for history! So many things have happened, Im not even sure where to start.
I guess I will start at the top.
National Cash Register patented
King Tut's Tomb Discovered-1922
First Wagon Train reached California
National Candy Day
Pumpkin Chunkin' Days

Lets start with NCR. Actually NCR is very close to my heart. When I was a young girl (eh, between 10-12) I read a book named Promises In the Attic, and I loved it! Its about a girl around 17 who is in her senior year of high school, it takes place in Dayton, Oh 1913 just before Easter. She lives with her parents and grandfather, and she wants to be a writer. Her mother of course feels she is being silly and simply wants her to get married and have kids (like her older sister did). But she isn't happy with that prospect, and LOVES to read and write. I believe (its been years since I read the book) that her father worked for the NCR, it was a huge company in Dayton for years, until it was bought out by AT&T in 1991. I remember it getting mention in the book quite a lot. Another reason, my mother grew up in Ashtabula, Oh, so anything that has to do with Ohio, Im always on top of it.

King Tuts Tomb:
Okay, this has GOT to be exciting!
Following this link, you can do a virtual tour!!
First a little bit about King Tut himself. Tutankhamun (alternately spelled with Tutenkh-, -amen, -amon), Egyptian twt-ˤnḫ-ı͗mn, [təwaːt ʕaːnəx ʔaˈmaːn]; approx. 1341 BC – 1323 BC) was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled ca. 1333 BC – 1323 BC in the conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. His original name, Tutankhaten, means "Living Image of Aten", while Tutankhamun means "Living Image of Amun". In hieroglyphs, the name Tutankhamun was typically written Amen-tut-ankh, because of a scribal custom that placed a divine name at the beginning of a phrase to show appropriate reverence. Tutankhamun was the son of Akhenaten (formerly Amenhotep IV) and one of Akhenaten's sisters.[8] As a prince he was known as Tutankhaten.[9] He ascended to the throne in 1333 BC, at the age of nine or ten, taking the reign name of Tutankhamun. His wet-nurse was a woman called Maia, known from her tomb at Saqqara.
When he became king, he married his half-sister, Ankhesenepatan, who later changed her name to Ankhesenamun. They had two daughters, both stillborn.
Given his age, the king probably had very powerful advisers, presumably including General Horemheb, the Vizier Ay, and Maya, the "Overseer of the Treasury". Horemheb records that the king appointed him 'lord of the land' as hereditary prince to maintain law. He also noted his ability to calm the young king when his temper flared.
There are no surviving records of Tutankhamun's final days. What caused Tutankhamun's death has been the subject of considerable debate. Major studies have been conducted in an effort to establish the cause of death.

Although there is some speculation that Tutankhamun was assassinated, the general consensus is that his death was accidental. A CT scan taken in 2005 shows that he had badly broken his leg shortly before his death, and that the leg had become infected. DNA analysis conducted in 2010 showed the presence of malaria in his system. It is believed that these two conditions (malaria and leiomyomata) combined, led to his death.

Howard Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years before he found King Tut's tomb. Carter had begun his career in Egypt at age 17, using his artistic talents to copy wall scenes and inscriptions. Only eight years later (in 1899), Carter was appointed the Inspector-General of Monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1905, Carter resigned from this job and in 1907, Carter went to work for Lord Carnarvon.

After several relatively successful seasons working together, World War I brought a near halt to their work in Egypt. Yet, by the fall of 1917, Carter and his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, began excavating in earnest in the Valley of the Kings.

Carter stated that there were several pieces of evidence - a faience cup, a piece of gold foil, and a cache of funerary items which all bore the name of Tutankhamun - already found that convinced him that the tomb of King Tut had not yet been found.1 Carter also believed that the locations of these items pointed to a specific area where they might find King Tutankhamun's tomb. Carter was determined to systematically search this area by excavating down to the bedrock.
By November 1, 1922, Carter began his final season working in the Valley of the Kings by having his workers expose the workmen's huts at the base of the tomb of Rameses VI. After exposing and documenting the huts, Carter and his workmen began to excavate the ground beneath them.

By the fourth day of work, they had found something - a step that had been cut into the rock.
Now Carter found what he could not see before, since the bottom of the doorway had still been covered with rubble - there were several seals on the bottom of the door with Tutankhamun's name on them.
On the morning of November 25th, the sealed doorway was photographed and the seals noted. Then the door was removed. A passageway emerged from the darkness, filled to the top with limestone chips. Upon closer examination, Carter could tell that tomb robbers had dug a hole through the upper left section of the passageway (the hole had been refilled in antiquity with larger, darker rocks than used for the rest of the fill).

I would love to be part of something like this!!

First Wagon Train to Reach California:
John Bidwell was born in Chautauqua County on 5th August, 1819. Educated at schools in Ashtabula County in Ohio he became a school teacher in Westport. He also purchased a small farm in the area.
Of the 69 people in Bidwell's party who set out from Sapling Grove, only 33 people reached Marsh's Fort on 4th November. However, the party became the first emigrants to travel overland from Missouri to the Pacific coast. Cheyenne Dawson wrote: "We had expected to find civilization, with big fields, fine houses, churches, schools, etc. Instead, we found houses resembling unburnt brick kilns, with no floors, no chimneys, and with the openings for doors and windows closed by shutters instead of glass."

According to Frank McLynn, the author of Wagons West: The Epic Story of America's Overland Trails (2002) four of the party, Bidwell, Josiah Belden, Charles Weber and Robert Thomas, all eventually became millionaires. "Robert Thomas became the proprietor of the huge Tehama Ranch in Tehama County. Charles Weber made a fortune and founded the city of Stockton, and Josiah Belden, the first mayor of San Jose, was another who became extremely wealthy."
John Marsh, the owner of Marsh's Fort, provided them with pork and beef tortillas. When he gave them with a bill for five dollars each next morning they decided they could not afford another night of Marsh's hospitality and left the fort in search of work. Bidwell estimated that there was only about one hundred white natives of the United States in California in 1841.

National Candy Day
Hooray for candy!!! 5 days after Halloween, who has eaten all their kids candy? Show of hands people!! Whats your favorite Candy?
I would have to say mine are Reece's (of ANY kind) anything caramel, and nearly anything Willy Wonka has, but especially like Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Sweet Tarts, that kind of stuff.

Pumpkin Chunkin Days (4th-6th or 6th-8th depending on who you ask)
Pumpkin Chunkin', in case you're wondering, originated in Delaware as the practice of hurling pumpkins great distances with simple machines. The term now informally refers to any method of destroying Halloween jack-o-lanterns.

A week after Halloween, carved pumpkins look undeniably gross. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative ways to smash the (increasingly squishy) squash even if you don't have the majestic catapults or real estate of "professional" pumpkin chunkers at your fingertips. You can drop your ex-jack-o-lantern out a window and watch the forces of gravity have their way with it. This provides a unique hands-on educational opportunity to learn the laws of physics, and it's more fun than any textbook activity. Another option? Promote car safety: run that pumpkin over with your car or bicycle in your driveway to get out all that road rage before hitting the highway!
I remember a couple of years back on the show Little People Big World, they had a trebuchet that they used for pumpkin chunking, it was so cool! They could throw the fool things about half a mile! Tho the one episode where their youngest son got hurt on it, that was sad.

Nov 04, 1956
Soviets put brutal end to Hungarian revolution
Nov 05, 1994
George Foreman becomes oldest heavyweight champ
Nov 06, 1962
U.N. condemns apartheid
Nov 07, 1991
Magic Johnson announces he is HIV positive
Nov 08, 1895
German scientist discovers X-rays
Nov 09, 1938
Nazis launch Kristallnacht And some say this was the beginning of WW2
Nov 10, 1969
Sesame Street debuts

bdays:(these are not ALL bdays, I am just going to reduce it to the top 10-20 of the most interesting ones from now on)
1756 - Anthony van Hoboken, Rotterdam merchant/ship owner
1876 - James Fraser, designed buffalo nickel
1879 - Will Rogers, Oologah Indian Territory (Okla), humorist
1905 - Martin Raschke, German author/publisher/war correspondent
1912 - Pauline Trigere, fashion designer (Bell Bottoms)
1915 - Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science
1916 - Walter Cronkite, St Joseph Mo, news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81)
1918 - Art Carney, Mount Vernon NY, actor (Ed Norton-Honeymooners)
1918 - Cameron Mitchell, Dallastown Pa, actor (Buck-High Chaparral)
1919 - Martin Balsam, NYC, actor (Murray-Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22)
1923 - Alfred Heineken, beer brewer (Heineken)
1929 - Jimmy Piersall, baseball player (Red Sox, Senators, Indians)
1930 - Dick Groat, shortstop (NL MVP 1960)
1930 - Doris Roberts, St Louis Mo, actress (Angie, Maggie, Emmy 1983) (naggy mother on Everybody Loves Raymond)
1931 - Darla Hood, Leedey Okla, singer/actress (Little Rascals)
1933 - Mildred McDaniel, US high jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)
1937 - Loretta Swit, Passaic NJ, actress (Hotlips Houlihan-M*A*S*H)
1947 - Aleksandr Tkachev, USSR, parallel bars gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
1956 - James Honeyman-Scott, rock guitarist/vocalist (Pretenders)
1956 - Jeff Watson, rock guitarist (Night Ranger)
1961 - Ralph Macchio, Huntington NY, actor (Karate Kid, 8 is Enough)
1969 - Matthew McConaughey, actor (Contact, A Time to Kill) (yummy!)

Deaths:
1847 - Jacob L Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Germ pianist/composer, dies at 38
1890 - Jacob PP baron van Zuylen, Dutch foreign minister (1852-3), dies at 74
1918 - Wilfred Owens, anti-war poet (Anthem for doomed youth), dies at 25
1921 - Takasji Hara, premier of Japan, murdered
1967 - June Thorburn, actress (Tom Thumb), dies in plane crash at 36
1982 - Dominique Dunne, actress (Poltergeist), murdered by boyfriend at 23
1982 - Jacques Tati[scheff], French mime/director, dies at 74
1984 - Merie Earle, actress (Maude-Waltons), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
1993 - Cliff Young, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies in car accident at 29
1997 - H Richard Hornberger, surgeon (inspired M*A*S*H), dies at 73
1997 - Wally Bruner, journalist (ABC, What's My Line), dies at 66

I hope you are enjoying reading this as much as I am having fun putting it together! If you have any suggestions or ideas, Im willing to take them!

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