Tuesday, May 24, 2011

On This Day in History

Some pretty interesting stuff happened on May 24th:

Minuit and the Lenapes
1626 - Peter Minuit purchases Manhattan from a Lenape tribe.  Not a good deal for the Native Americans.

1798 - The Irish Rebellion of 1798 begins. Not a good thing for the Irish. The rebels were hunted down and hung and their dreams of independence dashed when the Act of Union was passed in 1803 incorporating Ireland into the United Kingdom. Not what they had in mind at all.

Morse sending his last telegram
1830 - The first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott's Mills, Maryland. I lived in Ellicott City for six years which is why this is so important.

Queen Victoria as a child
Yes, she was actually once a child.

1844 - Samuel Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore to inaugurate the first telegraph line. If this subject is of interest to you, there is an excellent article on the last telegram Morse sent here.

1856 - Anti-slavery nutcase, John Brown, and his men murdered five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge, an engineering masterpiece, opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
If those events weren't enough, today is the birthday of Queen Victoria. The longest reigning monarch in British History was born in 1819. She ascended the throne in 1937 upon the death of her uncle, William IV. She would reign for 64 years. However, the current monarch, Elizabeth II, is closing in on her with 59 years. Upon Victoria's ascension, the Regency Era came to an end. Crinolines and hoops for the ladies would appear mid reign, and men's fashion called for facial hair (lots of facial hair). The clean, lean lines of the Regency Era were a thing of the past.

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