Kodak Founder George Eastman

September 4, 2015 · Posted in American Business, Firsts in History · Comments Off on Kodak Founder George Eastman 

© Provided by Time Article George Eastman ordered six sample cameras

George Eastman was not the inventor of the camera. His genius was in making the less than ideal camera that he first worked with as a bank employee at the age of 24 in  1878 better. Its awkward size was like a “soap box“.  He made it smaller and introduced a compact rolled film with gelatin on a strip of paper. He innovated a new camera named the Kodak (1888).


History of Skid Row

August 21, 2015 · Posted in America · Comments Off on History of Skid Row 
Original Skid Row

Two photos of original “Skid Road” (Mill Street, now Yesler Way) in Seattle, Washington, — Top image: View looking west to Yesler’s Mill at the end of the street (see smokestack) and nearby cookhouse. The tall pole in the road on the right is where the Pioneer Square pergola stands today. — Bottom image: Yesler’s Mill, stores, and taverns on Skid Road

The term “Skid Row” derives from Seattle. Washington, where “skid roads” were the places that loggers slid their cut timber to the ports for shipment. By the 1930’s the term referred to the rundown areas of cities, characterized by bars, brothels and the like originally attracted by loggers, and began to include the presence of homeless and other extremely low income populations.

IBM’s Launch of Personal Computer Model 5150

August 12, 2015 · Posted in American Business, Firsts in History · Comments Off on IBM’s Launch of Personal Computer Model 5150 

Researching the history of the personal computer reveals how far along we have come, since IBM launched its first personal computer, model 5150, on August 12, 1981. It was an extravagant affair held at the New York Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The New York Times’ article in August of 1981, NEXT, A COMPUTER ON EVERY DESK, boasted of a “second generation of machines” with the ability to, “…use microprocessors capable of handling 16 ”bits,” or units of information, at the same time, twice the processing power of existing 8-bit machines. ”

At 21 pounds and costing $1,565 the 5150 was a great success having much to do with a big advertising push that moved the IBM PC forward and into the limelight. 30 years later the size and cost seems laughable, but back then before we knew what the future would hold it was an amazing technological feat.



King Tut

July 19, 2015 · Posted in Ancient History · Comments Off on King Tut 

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History of the Egyptian King  started when Tut, full name being Tutankhaten, meaning “the living image of Aten“, was born approximately 1343 B.C. , or cited elsewhere as circa 1341 B.C.E, though no one knows for certain his exact date of birth.

His coming of age was during the reign of Akhenaten. He lived in what was then the almost 2000 year old country of Egypt; a barren dessert land on the North coast of Africa facing toward the Mediterranean Sea and split in half by the Nile. It is thought, though as with his birth the timeline is uncertain, to have become king at age 9, and ruled  until he died at the age of 19 or 20.

His claim to modern day fame was when his intact tomb was discovered in 1922.

King Tut’s tomb, known as KV62, see National Geographic video , was uncovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.

Much later in the discovered remains journey under scientific scrutiny,  Egyptian archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, did CT scans of the mummy and later wrote, “It reminded me of an ancient monument lying in ruins in the sand.” He and his team stated, that the king could have died from a malaria infection that followed a leg fracture. (Trop Med Int Health. 2010 Nov;15(11):1278-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2010.02614.x. Malaria, mummies, mutations: Tutankhamun’s archaeological autopsy. Timmann C1, Meyer CG.)

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/controversial-afterlife-king-tut-180953400/#rlEZbqYFYvFh3U0p.99



1951 Historic Flooding in Kansas

July 13, 2015 · Posted in Disasters, This Day in History · Comments Off on 1951 Historic Flooding in Kansas 

History making flood devastates Kansas on July 13, 1951.

500,000 people were left homeless and 24 people died. The Midwestern United States had not seen such destruction from flooding as great as this, since record taking had begun.

It was on the unluckiest of days, Friday the 13th, that some call Black Friday, when the flood swept down the Kansas River valley and into the Missouri River basin.

Above-average rainfall beginning in June and lasting through July 13th brought well over 25 inches to towns in eastern Kansas. Most affected major towns were Manhattan, Topeka and Lawrence. Also, 10,000 farms were destroyed as well.

The crest of the flood exceeded all previous highs by four to nine feet on July 13th, 1951.

Kansas Flood 1951

Source http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/218671



Kansas Historical Society


Benjamin Franklin’s Electrical Kite

June 10, 2015 · Posted in America · Comments Off on Benjamin Franklin’s Electrical Kite 

We have all heard the story about Franklin flying a kite in a thunderstorm and proving that lightening is electric and the charge it creates can be collected in a Leyden jar.

History purports that this experiment by Franklin took place on June 10, 1752, but there are those who question if Franklin actually ever said that he did the experiment and that instead it may have been more of a thought experiment than a practical test he enacted in reality.

To learn more and decide for yourself read the 2003 New Yorker book review
American Electric Did Franklin fly that kite?

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