A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Chase’s Calendar of Events
is a reference book that we sometimes cite for the Happenings at the Falmouth Public Library column. It is a goldmine of information. One feature is the section “Spotlight on the Past” which highlights anniversaries of various events from 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, even 200 years ago. 

In the coming year it might be fun to find out what happened on your birthday or a friend’s!  Stop into the Reference Department & we’ll direct you to this great reference book. Call # REF 902.02 CHA.

Some tidbits from past years:


Landmark U.S. Events:

James Madison was sworn in for a second term as president. Dolley Madison served ice cream at the inauguration party.

Literary Arts:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was published

Queen Mab by Percy Bysshe Shelley was released

Commerce and New Products:

Coffee and pineapples were introduced to Hawaii by Don Francisco de Paula y Marina, a Spanish adviser to King Kamehameha.


Landmark U.S. Events:

The Emancipation Proclamation took effect on Jan. 1, 1863 freeing slaves in the rebelling states.

Lincoln gave what would become his famous address at the dedication of the Gettysburg military cemetery on Nov. 19.

Literary Arts:

Man without a Country by Edward Everett Hale was published

Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott was published

Commerce and New Products:

I.M. Singer Co. became incorporated as the Singer Manufacturing Co. About 20,000 Singer sewing machines were sold annually.

Ebenezer Butterick developed the first paper dress patterns


Landmark U.S. Events:

Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified granting Congress the authority to levy taxes on income.

The Woolworth building opened in New York City- the tallest building in the world until the construction of the Chrysler Building.

Literary Arts:

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence was published

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather was published

Commerce and New Products:

The first home refrigerator went on sale in Chicago

The zipper was patented by Gideon Sundback


Landmark U.S. Events:

A severe hurricane struck New England causing more than 600 deaths and the destruction of millions of dollars’ worth of property.

The House Committee on Un-American Activities was established to monitor Socialists and Communists (or those suspected to be.)

Literary Arts:

Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller was published

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier was published

Madame Curie: A Biography by Eve Curie was published

Commerce and New Products:

Teflon , the protective resin for cookware was invented by Roy Plunkett at E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

Inventor Chester Carlson made the first Xerox copy.


Landmark U.S. Events:

More than 250,000 people attended the civil rights rally in DC where Dr. Martin Luther King made his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in an open automobile at Dallas Texas.

Literary Arts:

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath was published.

The Group by Mary McCarthy was published.

Commerce and New Products:

Coca Cola introduced the diet soda, Tab.

Push-button telephones went into service as an alternative to rotary dial phones.


Landmark U.S. Events:

US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop compared nicotine’s deadly addictive qualities to heroin

In the landmark free speech case The Supreme Court sided with Hustler magazine in the Hustler v Falwell case, declaring that the First Amendment prohibited public figures from receiving compensation for emotional distress inflicted upon them.

Literary Arts:

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was published.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking was published.

Commerce and New Products:

The anti-depressant Prozac was introduced after its invention and testing at Eli Lilly by inventor Ray Fuller. It quickly became a multibillion-dollar industry in itself for the company.

Personal computing took off in America with more than 15 % of households owning a computer.

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