(Wednesday, February 20, 1907) — U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt today signed an immigration act which excluded “idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons” from being admitted to the United States.
Videos: 'First Radio Broadcast Christmas Eve 1906'
(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)
Videos: 'Oscar Straus'
(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)
Videos: 'The Crime of the Century'
(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)
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)
Video: 'THE GIFT OF THE MAGI by O. Henry, presented by classic-tales.net'
(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.”
Video: 'Ku Klux Klan - A Secret History' (Nov. 25, 1915, at 18:19)
(Thursday, November 25, 1915, Thanksgiving Day) — A new version of the Ku Klux Klan, targeting blacks, Jews, Catholics and immigrants, was founded tonight by William Joseph Simmons, who proclaimed himself the Imperial Wizard of the group as he staged a cross-burning on Stone Mountain outside Atlanta.
Video: 'New York Giants: Final Game of the 1905 World Series'
(Saturday, October 14, 1905, afternoon local time) — The New York Giants won the 1905 World Series today, beating the Philadelphia Athletics 2-0 at the Polo Grounds (III) in upper Manhattan, New York, in the fifth and deciding game.
It was the first of eight World Series titles for the Giants (1905-2014).
Video: 'The Russo-Japanese War: Conflict in the far East'
(Tuesday, September 5, 1905, 3:47 p.m. local time) — The Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War, was signed today in New Hampshire. Continue reading Treaty of Portsmouth ends Russo-Japanese War 110 years ago this hour (Sep 5 1905)