Category: Today in History…

The Transcontinental Railroad

Hey everyone! This is AwesomeEwok and today I’m gonna tell you about the Transcontinental Railroad. On this day in 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in Promontory, Utah, and drove a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. Since 1832, both Eastern and frontier statesmen realized a need to connect the two coasts. It was not until 1853, though, that Congress appropriated funds to survey several routes for the transcontinental railroad. The actual building of the railroad would have to wait even longer, as North-South tensions prevented Congress from reaching an agreement on where the line would begin. One year into the Civil War, a Republican-controlled Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Act, guaranteeing public land grants and loans to the two railroads it chose to build the transcontinental line, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific. With these in hand, the railroads began work in 1866 from Omaha and Sacramento, forging a northern route across the country. In their eagerness for land, the two lines built right past each other, and the final meeting place had to be renegotiated. Harsh winters, staggering summer heat, Indian raids and the lawless, rough-and-tumble conditions of newly settled western towns were many problems that made the Union Pacific workers miserable. After all the adversity they suffered, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific workers were able to finish the railroad laying nearly 2,000 miles of track by 1869, ahead of schedule and under budget. Their work had a immediate impact. The years following the construction of the railway were years of rapid growth and expansion of the United States. Well that’s all the time I have for today I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yub nub on.

The First Frisbee!

Hey everyone! AwesomeEwok here and I’m gonna tell you about when the Wham-O company made the first Frisbee. On this day in 1957, the machines at the Wham-O toy company produced the first batch of their plastic discs known to millions as the Frisbee. The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbee Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby schools would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling “Frisbee!” as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter” an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). In 1958, after the toys first release, Wham-O the company changed the “Pluto Platter’s” name to the Frisbee disc. Misspelling the historic pie company. Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.

High school students in Maple-wood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee, a cross between football, soccer and basketball, in 1967. In the 1970s, Ed Headrick invented Frisbee golf., in which discs are tossed into metal baskets; there are now hundreds of courses in the U.S., with millions of devotees. There are also various Frisbee competitions for both humans and dogs. Well that’s all for now see you next time on Today in History, I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yub nub on.

First ATM opens for business

First ATM opens for business

Samtheman1420 here and today on September 2nd in 1969, America’s first automatic teller machine or ATM was opened to the public at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. The ATM replaced the need for a human bank teller. The first ATM was created by Don Wetzel, an executive at Docutel ( a Dallas company that developed automated baggage-handling equipment). Wetzel built the ATM to speed up the bank industry and make it more productive. Wetzel’s ATM only gave out cash, but in 1971 another ATM was created that could handle multiple functions. Today there are over 1 million ATMs around the world and millions of credit card holders. So I would like to take this moment to thank Don Wetzel for creating the ATM and making all of our lives a lot easier. If you want to learn about Don Wetzel go to this website.
Interview with Don Wetzel. That’s all for now Samth3man1420 over and out.

Lincoln’s Last Day

Hello and welcome to a very special Today in history. Today we will be talking about April 14 or the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Lincoln was the 18th president of the united states. he abolished slavery, ended the civil war, and treated blacks the same as whites. So sit back and watch this educational video of Lincoln’s assassination.

http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/abraham-lincoln/videos/the-other-side-of-lincoln-lincolns-assassination?m=528e394da93ae&s=undefined&f=1&free=false

The Signing of the Constitution

The Signing of the Constitution

On September 17 in the year 1787, The Congressional Congress met for the last time to sign our Constitution. The Constitution, which sits in the National Archives, is the document that states the foundation of our government. Written by James Madison, this document was more than just a paper. It was a document in which 13 separate and unique colonies agreed to come together and live under one central government. Not under a king, no emperor, no one ruler. This document which established the rights of the people, the guidelines for the government, and how we would be separate but united. Throughout history, many more amendments were added in response to changes in our country (Prohibition Amendment, Women’s Suffrage, Black Segregation). What is amazing is this document is a living document. It is the beating heart of our country. We The People are the 3 most powerful words that was ever written. It is something we need to remember and carry throughout our lives.