MINNEAPOLIS BANS RED AUTOMOBILES Minneapolis. August 11, 1932 (A.P) If one drives a red automobile after this, it's going to be too bad. The City Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting the driving of automobiles painted red "or a red color so similar to fire department vehicles that they are not easily distinguishable." Just what shade fire department red is will be left to policemen, and, if a policeman happens to be color blind, it may mean sixty days or worse and a $50 fine. To make matters worse all fire department equipment isn't painted the same shade of red. ** In 1913, Colorado Springs, Colorado passed a law that limited the length of women's hat-pins. The ordinance wasn't revoked until 1949. ** NEXT QUESTION! What woman’s name is on the Declaration of Independence? (answer somewhere below) THE BURNING DOWN OF THE BROOK FARM HOUSE Boston, July 4 1905. Mischievous Boys last night destroyed with their Fourth of July firecrackers the famous old Brook Farm House -- the ancient dwelling in West Roxbury where sixty years ago Ralph Waldo Emerson, George William Curtis, Margaret Fuller, Frank B. Sanborn, the elder Parker, Charles A. Dana, and a dozen more kindred spirits set up their short lived democracy. it was there that Hawthorne wrote at the beginning of his literary career. ** NERF BALL "The most popular toy of 1970 was the nerf ball, beloved by kids and parents alike for its harmless indoor use. Since then, nerf has gone on to become a hugely popular brand with a wide array of blasters, all firing special foam balls or darts. Nerf stands for "non-expanding recreational foam..." Source: Thrillist | Date Updated: April 6, 2021 (GENIUS TRIVIA site) ** THE ONLY WOMAN WHO "SIGNED" THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Mary Katherine Goddard — the only woman who "signed" the Declaration of Independence. Mary Katherine Goddard is unfamiliar to many Americans, but her name sits on the Declaration of Independence alongside those of founding fathers like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
CAMEL SIGHTING IN AMERICA IN 1709 "The first mention of a camel ever being seen in America was made in 1709, when one was reorted to be in the colony of Virginia. Why the animal was there and what became of it later are not recorded." Doug Storer. AMAZING BUT TRUE FACTS (NY: Sterling Publishing Co., 1980) **
From THE WASHINGTON POST FACT CHECKER
ON SENATOR TIM SCOTT'S BIOGRAPHY “Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime,” Scott said in a speech to the Republican National Convention last year. Our research reveals a more complex story. Scott leaves out that his grandfather’s father was a substantial landowner — and Scott’s grandfather, Artis Ware, worked on that farm. Indeed, Scott’s family history in South Carolina offers a fascinating window into a little-known aspect of history in the racist South following the Civil War and in the immediate aftermath of slavery: that some enterprising Black families purchased property as a way to avoid sharecropping and achieve a measure of independence from White-dominated society. Against heavy odds, Scott’s ancestors amassed relatively large areas of farmland, a mark of distinction in the Black community at the time, though this distinction did not necessarily translate to wealth at the time, according to our investigation. From THE WASHINGTON POST FACT CHECKER **(
BOWLING FOR DOLORS "...John Hickle, Jr. of Illinois, bowled a perfect game using a bowling ball filled with his father's ashes. "I had tears in my eyes in the 11th and 12th frames," said Hinkle. from THE WEEK, March 7, 2021