Nessy gets some press!

Nessy gets some press!  According to History dot com, it was on May 2, 1933 that the first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was reported in the newspaper the Iverness Courier.  The article shared the account of a local couple who reported seeing “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.”  The “monster” moniker was added by the editor of the newspaper and soon other papers picked up the story and the legend was born.  For decades armature, scientific and educational expeditions have been searching for Nessy.  Video and still cameras, sonar sweeps, and sightseeing cruises have all been on the lookout for the monster, to no avail.  Even after a 1934 photograph was determined to be a hoax, people still flock to the shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands trying to catch a glimpse of the elusive monster. Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Nessy gets some press!
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The start of an empire!

I’m using one of their magic boxes to type this fun fact.  According to History dot com, it was on April 4 in 1975 that childhood friends Paul Alan and Bill Gates formed Microsoft.   Originally based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Microsoft relocated to Washington State in 1979. The company licensed it’s MS-DOS operating system to IBM for use in it’s personal computer that debuted in 1981.  In 1985 Windows was introduced to the world, in 1986 Microsoft went public at $21 a share raising 61 million dollars.  The following year, 1987, 31-year-old Gates became the world’s youngest billionaire.  If you had purchased on thousand shares of Microsoft in 1986, an investment of $21,000, it would be worth about 1.7 million dollars today.  Listen to the podcast here;    https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

The start of an empire!
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Fun Fact March 7, 2022.

Today in history; let the ringing begin!  According to History dot com, it was on March 7, 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.  The 29 year old Bell was working with his father, Melville Bell, in London.  His father had developed Visible Speech, a written system used to teach the deaf to speak.  The younger Bell developed an interest in the possibility of sending speech over wires.  The telegraph had made it possible to connect distant places, but still required someone to deliver a written message to the recipient.  Bell wanted to solve that issue by creating what he called a “harmonic telegraph.”  With the help of Thomas Watson, a machine shop employee, Bell developed a prototype. In this first telephone, sound waves caused an electric current to vary in intensity and frequency, causing a thin, soft iron plate–called the diaphragm–to vibrate. These vibrations were transferred magnetically to another wire connected to a diaphragm in another, distant instrument. When that diaphragm vibrated, the original sound would be replicated in the ear of the receiving instrument.  Three days after filing for the patent, Bell made that first, famous, call saying “Mr. Watson, come in here I need you.”  Shortly after that Bell’s telephone rang.  Upon answering, Bell found out that the warranty on his horseless carriage had expired.   Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact March 7, 2022.
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Fun Fact February 21, 2022.

According to History dot com the Washington Monument was dedicated on this date in 1885.  The monument was proposed by Pierre LeEnfant in 1783.  After Washington’s death in 1799, plans for a memorial for the “father of the country” were discussed, but none were adopted until 1832, the centennial of Washington’s birth.  It was designed by architect Robert Mills and the cornerstone was laid on July 4th, 1848.  Political quarreling stopped construction several times in the 1850’s and was stopped completely during the Civil War.  Finally, in 1876, Congress, inspired by the American centennial, passed legislation appropriating $200,000 for completion of the monument.  Although the monument was dedicated on this date in 1885, it wasn’t open to the public for another three years.  It is the tallest stone structure in the world and the tallest structure of any kind in Washington, DC.  The monument attracts over 800,000 visitors a year, when it’s open.  Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact February 21, 2022.
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Fun Fact October 27, 2021.

Today in history and we’re going underground.  At 2:35 on the afternoon of October 27, 1904, the Mayor of New York City, George McClellan, takes the controls on the inaugural run of the city’s innovative new rapid transit system: the subway.  The first line, operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), traveled 9.1 miles through 28 stations. Running from City Hall in lower Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal in midtown, and then heading west along 42nd Street to Times Square, the line finished by zipping north, all the way to 145th Street and Broadway in Harlem. On opening day, Mayor McClellan so enjoyed his stint as engineer that he stayed at the controls all the way from City Hall to 103rd Street. The line opened to the public at 7:00 pm as more than 100,000 people paid a nickel to ride under Manhatten. London boasts the world’s oldest underground train network, theirs opened in 1863, and Boston built the first subway in the United States in 1897, the New York City subway soon became the largest American system.  Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact October 27, 2021.
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