This Day in History – July 18th, 1877

In the 1830’s and 1840’s the invention of the telegraph was being developed and in 1844 Samuel F. B. Morse electrically transmitted his famous message “What hath God wrought?” from Washington to Baltimore. 35 years later Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, made the first call on March 10, 1876, to his assistant, Thomas Watson: “Mr. Watson–come here–I want to see […]

Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Est. July 17th, 1867

In the mid nineteenth-century debates arose as to whether dentistry was a medical practice or merely a skilled trade. Until this time dentist either learned their skills through apprenticeship or else just simply set up themselves as self-proclaimed dentists; there really was no formal regulation or licensing for the job. In 1840, however, after the […]

Mary Todd Lincoln died today – July 16th, 1882

On this day in 1882, Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of Abraham Lincoln, died of a stroke. Born to a wealthy Kentucky family on December 13, 1818, Mary was well educated and refined in social etiquette. During her teen years she left Kentucky for Springfield, Illinois to stay her sister. It was there that she met her […]

Lieutenant Zebulon Pike Explores the West – July 15th, 1806

Explorer Zebulon Pike (January 5, 1779 – April 27, 1813) was an American officer who rose through the ranks to brigadier general, had Pikes Peak in Colorado named after him, but is best known for leading the Pike Expedition which set off from Fort Belle Fountaine on this day in history 1806. President Thomas Jefferson gave, then lieutenant, Pike the mission to explore and document […]

The US World’s Fair Opened Today! July 14th, 1853

On this day in 1853, New York City’s Crystal Palace played host to the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations. This World’s Fair followed the 1851 Great Exhibition in London and was designed to demonstrate the latest industrial innovations from around the world while also showing the rest of the world that the United States of America was now a […]

A New Transatlantic Telegraph Cable – July 13th, 1866

Once upon a time, in the early 19th century, it used to take ten days for a message from the United States to reach Europe, and then came the Internet . . . well, not quite yet, but close to a century before the Web came the Transatlantic telegraph cable! The first was laid across the […]

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