Friday, June 24, 2011

Sesquicentennials

1861 was a busy year!  The following things are 150 years old this year:
F.O. Stanley was one of the first to drive the Mt. Washington Auto Road
in one of his newfangled steam powered automobiles!
[from the Mt. Washington Auto Road Archives]

1. The American Civil War

2. Longfellow’s poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” http://www.paulreveresride.org/

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology http://mit150.mit.edu/

4. The Mount Washington Auto Road http://nhjournal.com/2011/05/30/nh%E2%80%99s-mount-washington-road-celebrates-150-years/

5. Color Photography http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-25/bostonglobe/29582440_1_photographs-filters-color

6. The Pony Express delivers a letter from New York to San Francisco, July 3

7. The US Government imposes the first income tax to pay for the Civil War on August 5th

8. The flush toilet was patented Jan. 17th

Famous Births in 1861:

Solomon R. Gugenheim, 2 February 1861, philanthropist

Motilal Nehru, 6 May, 1861, Indian Freedom Fighter

Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 29 July 1861, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, 6 August 1861, 2nd wife of Theodore Roosevelt

James A. Naismith, 6 November 1861, invented basketball

Lillian Russell, 4 December 1861, US singer/actress

Famous Deaths in 1861:

Elisha G. Otis, 8 April 1861, US elevator tycoon

Stephen A. Douglas, 3 June, 1861, US senator

Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, 29 June, 1861, writer

Eliphalet Remington, 12 August, 1861, designed the Remington rifle

Prince Albert, 14 December 1861, consort to Queen Victoria

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Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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