July 7, 2015

Tuesday Open Line

When something is proclaimed the best thing since sliced bread, that praise doesn’t encompass as much time as one might think. Sliced bread, wrapped for sale in wax paper, first appeared on store shelves on this date in 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri.  The Chillicothe Baking Company’s innovation of uniform, pre-sliced bread loaves remained local for […]

Monday Open Line

The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1788, somewhat famously made this nation the first in the world to conduct a census of population on a regular basis. Every 10 years, on years ending in zero, in fact. Divisibility by tens had still more and earlier attraction for the Continental Congress, as on this […]

July 4th Open Line

Today is the signature American holiday, celebrating the date in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Ours was the first successful colonial independence movement against a European power. Recognition of our nationhood came with the Peace Treaty of 1783. From sea to shining sea, there will be parades, concerts, barbecues, […]

Thursday Open Line

Hmmm, they never posted the news item for Wednesday, and it’s not up there yet for Thursday… Maybe they’re on vacation?  In the meantime, what are your plans to celebrate July 4th in the area?  

Wednesday Open Line

Today’s usual news from the Census Bureau has not been posted as of this writing.  Will update this Wednesday when we get the info. 

Tuesday Open Line

The first electric power company in America, and perhaps the world, was formed on this date in 1879 in San Francisco. This was nearly four months before Thomas Edison successfully tested his practical incandescent light bulb, but there was no lack of customers, as the power supplied by the California Electric Light Company illuminated some […]

Monday Open Line

On this date in 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill establishing the Interstate Highway System, originally of 41,000 miles. Today, that system is America’s main street — linking all 48 continental states along its nearly 47,000 miles, and making it the second largest highway system in the world. The original estimated cost of the […]

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

Friday, June 26th. Whoever bought a pack of chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio on this date 41 years ago was making history. It was the first purchase of an item to be scanned into a cash register by using the Universal Product Code — better known as the bar code. Realizing […]

Thursday Open Line

Today is the anniversary of the first color television broadcast. In 1951, CBS transmitted the appropriately named program “Premiere” from New York City, and through stations in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The program was seen in color only at a few select facilities because color sets for the home weren’t available until 1954.  Sales of […]

Wednesday Open Line

In the past, hot summer days meant that some enterprising youngsters in the neighborhood would set up a lemonade stand or the family would share a pitcher of iced tea on the front porch to cool off. In recent times, we usually resort to something in a bottle or can to slake our thirst year-round. […]

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