Welcome to your weekend! If your week has felt long and stressful, this is a simple way to start the day on a lighter note. Each Saturday morning we take a little “scroll down memory lane.”
It’s an easy way to look back at some events from the pages of history before you head forward into a new day.
So, grab your favorite morning sippin’ drink, and let’s scroll!
Today is Saturday, February 19th, the 50th day of the year. There are 315 days until the end of the year.
On This Day:
In 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.
In 1881, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
In 1976, Patty Hearst invoked the Fifth Amendment 19 times at her bank robbery trial in San Francisco.
In 1985, William Schroeder became the first artificial-heart patient to leave the confines of the hospital.
In 1987, a controversial anti-smoking TV ad aired for the first time. It featured actor Yul Brynner in a public service announcement that was recorded shortly before his October 1985 death from lung cancer. Brynner warned viewers of the danger of cigarettes from “beyond the grave.”
In 1997, Deng Xiaoping, the last of China’s major Communist revolutionaries, died.
In 2001, Hollywood director Stanley Kramer died at the age of 87. Kramer’s numerous film credits include “High Noon,” “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” “Inherit the Wind,” and “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”
In 2016, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee died at the age of 89. She was best known for her novel “To Kill A Mockingbird,” a coming of age novel about racism and injustice in the South.
In 2019, New York city banned hair discrimination to try and stop racial stereotyping.
In 2019, Vatican confirmed the children of priests have a special secret set of guidelines.
And that lands us here on this day.
So whatever events you have planned in your own life, here’s hoping there are moments to record in your own personal history books.
Thanks for stopping by!
–THE 715 NEWSROOM