This week in history

March 10, 1876

Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful bi-directional telephone call by saying, “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.”  Bell is widely considered the pioneer of telephones because he was the first person to receive a patent for the invention.

 

March 11, 1927

Entrepreneur Samuel Lionel Rothafel, nicknamed “Roxy”, opened the Roxy Theatre in New York City’s Time Square with the silent film “The Love of Sunya”. The famous theater was closed and demolished in 1960, and a T.G.I. Friday’s now resides in its place.

 

March 12, 1912

Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Guides, which is known today as the Girl Scouts of the USA. The first group meeting was with 18 girls in Savannah, Ga. There are now over 3.7 million members of the organization, including girls and adults.

 

March 13,1781

German-born British Astronomer William Herschel announces his discovery of the planet Uranus, which he originally named Georgium Sidus, meaning “George’s Star”, after King George III. It was the first planet discovered by a telescope.

 

March 14, 1964

Almost a year after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a jury in Texas found Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s assumed assassin.  Ruby died of a pulmonary embolism less than three years later at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the same hospital where Oswald had died and where President Kennedy had been pronounced dead.

 

March 15, 1892

English football club Liverpool F.C. was founded and joined the Football League, composed of clubs from England and Wales, the following year. Liverpool F.C has won more European titles than any other English club, including five European Cups, three UEFA cups and three UEFA super cups.

 

March 16, 1850

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter” was published for the first time in Massachusetts. Hawthorne doubted that it would sell well, but it was an instant success and became one of the first mass-produced books in America.

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