Category Archives: 1900s

Oklahoma becomes 46th state admitted to Union 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 16 1907)


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(Saturday, November 16, 1907, 10:16 a.m. at the White House) — A new star was added to the American flag this morning when President Theodore Roosevelt signed the proclamation admitting the Territories of Oklahoma and Indian Territory jointly as the 46th state in the nation. Continue reading Oklahoma becomes 46th state admitted to Union 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 16 1907)

Pike Place Market opens in Seattle 110 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 17 1907)


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(Saturday, August 17, 1907)Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened today as City Council President Charles Hiram Burnett Jr., filling in for the elected mayor as acting mayor of Seattle, declared the day Public Market Day and cut the ribbon. Continue reading Pike Place Market opens in Seattle 110 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 17 1907)

First human voice, music transmitted over radio 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 24 1906)


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(Christmas Eve Monday, December 24, 1906, 9:00 p.m. EST) — Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden today became the first person to transmit the human voice (his own) as well as music over radio, broadcasting from Brant Rock on the coast of Massachusetts. Continue reading First human voice, music transmitted over radio 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 24 1906)

Oscar Straus becomes first Jewish Cabinet member 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1906)


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(Monday, December 17, 1906, 9:00 a.m. local time)Oscar Straus, nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt, became the first Jewish Cabinet member today when he was sworn in as the third U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor. Continue reading Oscar Straus becomes first Jewish Cabinet member 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1906)

Millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw murders architect Stanford White 110 years ago this hour (June 25 1906)


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(Monday, June 25, 1906, 11:05 p.m. local time) — Architect Stanford White was shot to death tonight atop New York’s (second) Madison Square Garden, which he had designed, by millionaire Harry K. Thaw, who was apparently enraged over what he viewed as White’s defilement of his wife, Evelyn Nesbit (when Nesbit was a teenager) just as the first performance of the musical comedy Mam’zelle Champagne was drawing to a close. Continue reading Millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw murders architect Stanford White 110 years ago this hour (June 25 1906)

Devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco 110 years ago this hour (Apr 18 1906)


Videos: 'San Francisco Earthquake And Fire - April 18, 1906'

(Wednesday, April 18, 1906, 5:12 a.m. PST) — A major earthquake (with an estimated “moment magnitude” of 7.8) struck the coast of Northern California this morning on the San Andreas Fault, followed by raging fires, killing between 3,000 and 6,000 (with another 227,000-3000,000 left homeless) and causing more than $400 million in damages. Continue reading Devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco 110 years ago this hour (Apr 18 1906)

‘The Gift of the Magi’ short story published 110 years ago today (Dec 10 1905)


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(Sunday, December 10, 1905) — The O. Henry short story “The Gift of the Magi” about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money was published today in the New York Sunday World magazine under the title “Gifts of the Magi.”