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August 28, 2013

Today in History

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During the August 28th,1963 March on Washington, the government expected the worst and arranged to have nearly 20,000 troops on standby should the day’s march get unruly. Local liquor stores were ordered  to stay closed that day, an event that hadn’t occurred since Prohibition.  Officials even rigged the audio system so that they could quickly cut Martin Luther King Jr.’s microphone and switch to music if he  were to say anything that might incite violence. None of these measures were  necessary, however, as the day was entirely peaceful.

Source: www.care2.com

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July 17, 2013

Gosh, That Sure is Swell!

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Since Disneyland opened on July 17th, 1955 more than 78 million mouse ears have been sold. That’s enough for every child in America under the age of 18 to have a pair.

Source: www.micechat.com

July 16, 2013

Today in History

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July 16th, 1938: The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The parking meter was invented by a man named Carl C. Magee, a newspaper man who noticed that Oklahoma City shared a common problem with many of America’s urban areas–a lack of sufficient parking space for the rapidly increasingly number of automobiles crowding into the downtown business district each day.

Despite opposition, the first meters were installed in July of 1935; they cost a nickel an hour, and were placed at 20-foot intervals along the curb that corresponded to spaces painted on the pavement. Magee’s invention caught on quickly: Retailers loved the meters, as they encouraged a quick turnover of cars–and potential customers–and drivers were forced to accept them as a practical necessity for regulating parking. By the early 1940s, there were more than 140,000 parking meters operating in the United States.

Source: www.history.com

May 15, 2013

Today in History

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May 15th, 1928, Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy.

Source: www.amctv.com

April 23, 2013

Today in History

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April 23, 1985, stands as one of the most significant dates in business history — the date the 99-year-old Coca-Cola company announced it was scrapping its original soda  formula for a newer, sweeter version. In blind taste tests, consumers generally  preferred “new Coke” over the original drink and competitor Pepsi, but the  company severely underestimated the nation’s sentimental attachment to the  iconic American brand. After being flooded with phone calls, 40,000  letters and reams of bad press, the company backtracked three months later,  announcing the return of Coca-Cola “classic”.  Sales for  the original Coca-Cola surged, restoring it as the dominant leader in the  nation’s competitive soda market. The reviled replacement drink stuck around and  was later rebranded “Coke II” before eventually fading away.

Source: www.time.com