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Mark's Almanac

  • It was on this date in 1926 that the very first SAT test was given. And it was on this date in 1938 that the world's first aquarium opened its doors to the public in Florida. The aquarium was known as Marineland.
  • It was on this date in 1847, a Maine ship captain named Hanson Gregory invented the donut. And it was on this date in 1980 that Florida DJ Jim King began a world record rollercoaster ride that lasted seven days.
  • It was on this date in 1893 that the world got its first glimpse of a Ferris wheel. It was the centerpiece of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. And it was on this date in 1975 that a historic concert called MidSummer Music took place at Wembley Stadium. Elton John was the headliner.
  • It was on this date in 1928 that Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger. And it was on this date in 1983 that Sally Ride became the first female American astronaut.
  • It was on this date in 1885 that the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from France. And it was on this date in 1972 that five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate Hotel complex. They would later be associated with President Nixon.
  • It was on this date in 1858 that Abraham Lincoln accepted the Illinois Republican Party's nomination for U.S. Senate and gave his "house divided" speech. He would lose to Democrat Stephen A. Douglas in the election. And it was on this date in 1967 that the Monterey Pop Festival opened. featuring acts such as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who and Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding.
  • It was on this date in 1215 that the Magna Carta was agreed to by King John of England which established the principle that everyone is subject to the law and guaranteed rights to individuals. And it was on this date in 1864 that Arlington became a national cemetery.
  • It was on this date in 1777 that the Continental Congress approved the design of the national flag. Today, the date is known as Flag Day. And it was on this date in 1967 that the film To Sir, With Love was released.
  • It was on this date in 1944 that some 300,000 Allied troops finally stood together as one in Western Europe during World War II. This occurring after the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6th. And it was on this date in 1964 that the Rolling Stones almost got arrested in Chicago.
  • It was on this date in 1752 that Benjamin Franklin went kite-flying in a thunderstorm. Attached to the kite was a key that was struck by lightning. This lead to his invention of the lightning rod. And it was on this date in 1924 in Cleveland where the first radio broadcast from a presidential convention took place.