Sunday, August 7, 2011

Much Ado about Nothing

Ahhh, its August 7th.  "And why is this a memorable day?", you may ask.  First of all, most important for those of us from Phoenix, TODAY we are halfway through summer! It was 109 today, but now we are on the down hill side of summer.

Just for the heck of it, I was curious what other things were notable for today. 

Well, in 1498 Columbus arrived in the Caribbean.

Today in 1560, Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian countess and serial killer (d. 1614) was born.  Boy was she a piece of work!

Today in 1876, John Heathcoat, inventor of lace-making machinery was born.

Another infamous women was born today in 1876 that famous Dutch spy, Mata Hari.

Two events took place today in 1909--Alice Huyler Ramsey become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York City to San Francisco.

And the US issued the 1st Lincoln penny.

Finally in 1944 IBM unveiled the first calculator.  And that was the beginning of the end of kids learning math!

And here you thought that today was just another day!.

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