Today, we celebrate a momentous occasion. . . In1857, the American Chess Congress held their first national chess tournament in New York City. Please take a moment today to play a game of chess in remembrence….JUST KIDDING!!! Today is Sam’s birthday. Congratulations on being the most ancient Sutter sibling alive (don’t get technical and count Uncle John)! Sam shares his birthday with some other interesting facts. I will list below for your enjoyment. In the early years, the day was filled with more random silly facts, but as time went on, October 6th was filled with violence, war, and death…hopefully, there is no coincidence. 😉
1536 – Anglican priest William Tyndale was captured at Antwerp where he was strangled and burnt. He is credited with making the first English translation of the Bible.
1683 – The first Mennonites arrived in America aboard the Concord. The German and Dutch families settled in an area that is now a neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA.
1846 – Inventor George Westinghouse was born. He was the founder of Westinghouse Electric Company and invented railway braking systems.
1847 – “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte was first published in London. Ashley, if you think he falls asleep quickly with the Great Gatsby…try this book.
1848 – The steamboat SS California left New York Harbor for San Francisco via Cape Horn. The steamboat service arrived on February 28, 1849. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1857 – The American Chess Congress held their first national chess tournament in New York City.
1863 – The first Turkish bath was opened in Brooklyn, NY, by Dr. Charles Shepard.
1866 – The Reno Brothers pulled the first train robbery in America near Seymour, IN. The got away with $10,000.
1880 – The National League kicked the Cincinnati Reds out for selling beer.
1884 – The Naval War College was established in Newport, RI.
1889 – In Paris, the Moulin Rouge opened its doors to the public for the first time.
1889 – The Kinescope was exhibited by Thomas Edison. He had patented the moving picture machine in 1887.
1890 – Polygamy was outlawed by the Mormon Church.
1927 – “The Jazz Singer” opened in New York starring Al Jolson. The film was based on the short story “The Day of Atonement” by Sampson Raphaelson.
1928 – War-torn China was reunited under the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek.
1937 – “Hobby Lobby” debuted on CBS radio. I don’t know if there is any correlation with my favorite store, but either way I was excited to see the name.
1969 – For the first time in Beatles history a George Harrison song got the A side of a 45, “Something”/”Come Together.”
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Happy Birthday Sam!!! Sorry we can’t celebrate with you.