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Monday, July 21, 2008

On this day in history...

At about 2 a.m. last night, my phone's alarm went off. I didn't set it for that time or create a calendar appointment for the dark of morning---but nonetheless, the alarm sounded. Before I even fumbled for my phone in the dark, I already knew what to expect: January 6, 1896.

For a reason that alludes me, my phone randomly (and by randomly, I mean every few months or weeks) sounds the alarm for that lone date. There's no entry or appointment on that infamous day in history, just a reminder of the date. Interestingly enough, if you scroll through my mobile's calendar function, it only will go back to the year 1900.

I told my techie friend Jerry about this phenomenon, and he figured out that there is a Samsung firmware glitch in my phone's model. Leave it to him to find some rationality in this. Emily, on the other hand, was just as spooked as I am, and asked, "what happened in history on January 6, 1896?" So, in hopes that it was something juicy or scary or ironic, I did a little research. Here's what I found--you tell me if any of this sounds significant:

  • The first U.S. women's 6-day bicycle race started in Madison Square Garden.
  • Abram N. Pritzker, founder of the Hyatt Hotel chain and McCall's magazine, was born.
  • At 1 o'clock in the afternoon, the first session of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court took place in New York City.
  • President Grover Cleveland issued a public subscription to the nation's dwindling gold reserves, outraging the country, yet resuscitating its ailing finances.
  • Utah was finally admitted to the Union, bringing the flag to 45 stars.


Blogger emmysue said...

Utah, huh? It must be some dead Mormon trying to haunt you.

"Baptize me!!!!! Baptize me, Mary Anna!!!!!"

3:27 PM

Anonymous natalie said...

Wow, that is crazy-go-nuts right there.

9:11 AM

Blogger Courtney Baker said...

That is fun. I don't think you are going to find the answer with one search. You'll probably get a clue and then another clue, etc. I'm pretty sure you should research Cleveland. When there is outrage involved, that's always a good clue.

-- Nancy Drew lover

4:21 PM


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