March 10, 1876
First successful test of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell.
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First successful test of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell.
“…the day is coming when telegraph wires will be laid on to houses just like water and gas — and friends converse with each other without leaving home.”
Alexander Graham Bell: lifelong inventor.
The 40-hour work week, child labor laws, and social security, all policies she helped create after becoming the first woman named in a presidential cabinet on this day in 1933.
“The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life.”
“I came to Washington to work for God, FDR, and the millions of forgotten, plain common workingmen.”
Perkins played a key role in several key parts of FDR’s New Deal – many of which are still in effect today, including:
In 2008, the Frances Perkins Center was established in Maine to honor Perkins' legacy and continue her work. The nonprofit and nonpartisan center recently purchased Perkins' ancestral homestead, which was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Today, in 1823, a newspaper published what some now call the most well-known poem ever written by an American.
But who REALLY wrote it?
“We know not who we are indebted for the following description of that unwearied patron of children – that homely but delightful personification of parental kindness – Santa Claus…but, from whomever it may have come, we give thanks for it.”
“Though legend has it that Santa Claus hails from the North Pole, he was actually a New Yorker…”
The poem’s author solidified the image of Santa and his reindeer for the newly formed United States (& beyond), and has continued to do so for the last *nearly* 200 years.
How did the paper get the poem? Another mystery. The paper wrote on that day: "We hope our little patrons, both lads and lasses, will accept it as proof of our unfeigned good will toward them—as a token of our warmest wish that they may have many a merry Christmas."
“For some years, I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life.”
During testing in North Carolina, the Wrights came under assault by a creature that already mastered the art of flying - mosquitoes. Orville writing in 1901: “They [mosquitoes] chewed us clear through our underwear and socks. Lumps began swelling up all over my body like hen’s eggs. . . . Misery! Misery!”
Wyoming granted women the right to vote – more than fifty years before the U.S. Constitution was amended to guarantee women equal voting rights.
December 10 is "Wyoming Day" to honor the first of many achievements toward women's equality in the Equality State. Wyoming, also home to the U.S.’s first female governor, marked the 150th anniversary of Wyoming Day this year by declaring 2019 the "Year of Wyoming Women."
How the simple hiring of a librarian in Philadelphia set the stage for the world’s largest library before America even existed.
A young 20-something Benjamin Franklin helped found the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731
On November 14, 1732, the Library Company hired its first librarian.
Operating like a membership service (costing 40 shillings to join &10 shillings per year), patrons could visit & borrow books arriving from Europe that would be too expensive for them to buy.
We discovered this "On This Day" while perusing one of our favorite websites: LOC.gov (Library of Congress). If you put all the bookshelves in the Library of Congress end to end, they would stretch from Washington D.C. to Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Pres. Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.
But the famous speech would not have happened without this one man whose name isn’t as well known.
“It will be a source of great gratification to the many widows and orphans that have been made almost friendless by the Great Battle here, to have you here personally.”
32-years-old when the Civil War battle raged between Union & Confederate soldiers.
Helped care for those injured, clear the battlefield of dead, communicate with families looking for missing relatives.
One of the main forces behind purchasing 17 acres for a cemetery to honor the fallen.
David Wills' home is still standing in Gettysburg, PA. You can visit the room where Pres. Lincoln slept the night before he delivered the Gettysburg Address. Re-read the whole speech on our source page.
The Continental Congress approved the design of the American flag.
The maker remains a mystery.
a … the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.a
Pres. Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th "Flag Day" in 1916, but it didn't become an official day until 1949 when Pres. Harry Truman signed it into law. Why does the flag get folded 13 times? Each fold has a meaning. Read more:
Pres. George H.W. Bush was born.
America’s 41st president died last November & received an honor today seldom given to someone so soon after they have passed.
Did you know YOU can nominate someone for a stamp? You just have to make the request in writing. You cannot nominate a living person and the USPS asks you submit a nomination 3 year prior to a potential issuance date (for research). Who would you nominate for a stamp?
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – the only time in British royal history a mother had her child present for her official ascension to the throne.
Queen Elizabeth II formally invited Pres. Trump for a State Visit starting tomorrow June 3rd. The timing is as important as the invitation - an invitation only extended to two other U.S. Presidents (Pres. G.W.Bush & Pres. Obama).
Two brothers open America’s first McDonald’s. They didn’t start with hamburgers, or even french fries … and there was no “Ronald.”
“At first it was a struggle and we didn’t know where our next cent was coming from. But we believed in our enterprise.”
a I was an overnight success alright, but 30 years is a long, long night.a
“I am on the top of the world and I love you dearly.”
A British mother sends this message to her children as she becomes the first woman to summit Everest unaided.
“My kids are pretty active, and they need a lot of time and energy, which is great. But sometimes you need a break. I found that solo climbing was totally opposite to looking after the kids because it’s so self-indulgent.”
3 months after her historic Everest summit, she also became one of the first women to summit Pakistan's K2, one of the world's highest peaks, but didn't survive the descent. Tragically, her 30-year-old son died climbing in Pakistan this past March.