Category Archives: 19th Century

Historical Facts from 1801 to 1900 CE

November 16, 1871

On November 16, 1871, the National Rifle Association (NRA) was first chartered in the State of New York. This was back when it was still a patriotic organization and before it became subsidized by Russian oligarchs. It has been rumored … Continue reading

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November 14, 1856

On November 14, 1856, American inventor Gail Borden was issued a patent for the technology related to his invention of condensed milk. He said the hardest part was shrinking the cows down to the correct size because it was a … Continue reading

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November 1, 1884

On November 1, 1884, the Gaelic Athletic Association was established in a meeting at Hayes’ Hotel located at Thurles in County Tipperary. Michael Cusack was credited as the founder of the association. His objective was to promote Irish games and … Continue reading

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October 31, 1846

On October 31, 1846, the Donner party, unable to cross the Truckee Lake Pass (now named the Donner Pass) constructed a winter camp due to the heavy snowfall. Unfortunate for them, one of the few books other than bibles in … Continue reading

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October 17, 1814

On October 17, 1814, the unthinkable happened in the London parish of St. Giles. A brewery tank ruptured and flooded the parish with 140,000 gallons of beer. Hundreds were injured and nine people drowned. The drowned included three Irishmen and … Continue reading

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October 14, 1862

On October 14, 1862, Brooklyn baseball player James Creighton did something that has not been repeated since. While playing against the Morrisania team he swung viciously at a pitch and hit a homerun. Because of how hard he swung, he … Continue reading

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October 12, 1853

On October 12, 1853, Boxer John Morrisey won the world heavyweight title under unusual circumstances. After the 36th round, his foe, Yankee Sullivan voluntarily left the ring, thereby forfeiting the match. Why did he leave the ring? To go and … Continue reading

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October 6, 1880

On October 6, 1880, the National League booted out the Cincinnati Reds for selling beer during their game. It was a different era. Contrast this to June 4, 1974 when the Texas Rangers played the Cleveland Indians on 10 cent … Continue reading

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September 27, 1855

On September 27, 1855, George Frederick Bristow’s “Rip Van Winkle”, the second American opera, opened in New York City. Critics called it a real snooze-fest. They said it was hard for them to keep their eyes open. They opined that … Continue reading

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September 12, 1873

On September 12, 1873, the first practical typewriter was sold by the Remington Company to customers. Before this model with a QWERTY keyboard was sold, only the impractical models were for sale.

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