This Week in History: March 14th – 20th

Welcome to this week’s edition of the staff blog’s ‘This Week in History!’ You will find historical facts, happenings, and associated books; #1 box office movies; and #1 NY Times best sellers from years gone by, all with book recommendations included based on each topic. This will be a weekly feature, so make sure to check out each week’s posting! NOTE: Click on any of the below book/movie titles to be taken to them in our online Café catalog!

 

NY Times Fiction Bestsellers

 

#1 Box Office Movies

 

This Week in History

  • March 14th
    • 1879- Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Germany. (World)
    • 1950- The FBI debuts its “10 Most Wanted Fugitives” List. (United States)
    • 1964- In the first courtroom verdict to be televised in the United States, Jack Ruby is found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. (United States)
  • March 15th
    • 44 BC- Julius Caesar is assassinated on the Ides of March. (World)
    • 1917- Czar Nicholas II abdicates the Russian throne in the lead-up to the Russian Revolution. (World)
    • 2019- A gunman opens fire on two different mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday Prayer, killing 51 and wounding 40, in the first act of mass gun violence in New Zealand history. (World)
  • March 16th
    • 1802- The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY is established. (United States)
    • 1945- The U.S. Marines finally capture the Japanese island of Iwo Jima during WWII after fierce multi-week fighting. (United States/World)
    • 1968- Members of the U.S. Army massacre unarmed Vietnamese men, women, and children at My Lai, one of a cluster of small villages located near the northern coast of South Vietnam. (United States/World)
  • March 17th
    • 461- Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary, bishop, and apostle of Ireland, dies at Downpatrick, Ireland. (World)
    • 1905- Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, marries her distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, later the U.S. president from 1933-1945. (United States)
    • 1992- Nearly 69% of white South African voters voted to repeal racially discriminatory nationwide laws, effectively endorsing the dismantling of apartheid. (World)
  • March 18th
    • 1766- The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act of 1765 after violent protests from American colonists. (United States/World)
    • 1925- The deadliest tornado in U.S. history, named the Tri-State Tornado, kills 695 people as it sweeps across eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and southern Indiana. (United States)
    • 1953- The Boston Braves announce they are moving from Boston to Milwaukee. (Wisconsin/United States)
  • March 19th
    • 1931- Nevada legalizes gambling, paving the way for casinos in the state and the rise of Las Vegas in American popular culture. (United States)
    • 1957- Elvis Presley puts his first down payment on the home that came to be known as Graceland, cementing the house’s place in American pop culture lore. (United States)
    • 2003- U.S. President George W. Bush orders air strikes on Baghdad, thus beginning the Iraq War that would oust dictator Saddam Hussein while causing massive unrest throughout Iraq and much of the Middle East, leading to the rise of ISIS and other Islamic extremist terrorist organizations. (United States/World)
  • March 20th
    • 1854- The Republican Party is founded in Ripon, WI by Free Soilers and Whig party members outraged by passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. (Wisconsin/United States)
    • 1958- An angry mob torches serial killer Ed Gein’s home in Plainfield in response to rumors that it would be purchased at auction and reopened for tourism. (Wisconsin)
    • 1995- Top leaders of AUM Shinrikyo (‘Supreme Truth’ in Japanese), a fringe religious cult in Japan, release nerve gas into a Tokyo subway, killing 12 people and injuring thousands. (World)

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This Week in History: November 8th-14th

Welcome to this week’s edition of the staff blog’s ‘This Week in History!’ You will find historical facts, happenings, and associated books; #1 box office movies; and #1 NY Times best sellers from years gone by. This will be a weekly feature, so make sure to check out each week’s posting! NOTE: Click on any of the below book/movie titles to be taken to them in our online Café catalog!

 

NY Times Fiction Bestsellers

 

#1 Box Office Movies

 

This Week in History

  • November 8th
    • 1910- Milwaukee’s first socialist mayor, Emil Seidel, is elected mayor. (Wisconsin)
    • 1923- Adolf Hitler attempts to start an insurrection in Germany against the Weimar Republic but fails during the Beer Hall Putsch. (World)
    • 1978- American illustrator/painter Norman Rockwell dies. (United States)
  • November 9th
    • 1895- The Pabst Theater is completed in Milwaukee. (Wisconsin)
    • 1938- The Nazis launch Kristallnacht, aka ‘The Night of Broken Glass,’ a campaign of terror and destruction against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. (World)
    • 1967- NASA launches Apollo 4 into orbit with the first successful test of a Saturn V rocket. (United States)
  • November 10th
    • 1775- The United States Marine Corp is formed when the Continental Congress orders that two battalions of marines be raised for service during the American Revolution. (United States)
    • 1834- The first public sale of land in the Wisconsin Territory is held at the Mineral Point land office. (Wisconsin)
    • 1969- Sesame Street debuts on PBS. (United States)
  • November 11th
    • 1918- World War I ends as the Allied Powers and Germany sign an armistice document declaring the war to be over. (World)
    • 1964- The Rolling Stones perform in Wisconsin for the first time during a show at the Milwaukee Auditorium. (Wisconsin)
    • 2004- Yasser Arafat, who was president of the Palestinian Authority from 1996-2004 and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization from 1969-2004, dies in Paris. (World)
  • November 12th
    • 1836- Territorial Governor Henry Dodge signs the first law passed by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature. (Wisconsin)
    • 1954- The immigration reception center at Ellis Island, New York, is closed to incoming immigrants. (United States)
    • 1990- Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, publishes a formal proposal for the creation of the World Wide Web. (World)
  • November 13th
    • 1835- Texas officially declares independence from Mexico and calls itself the Lone Star Republic until its admission into the United States’ union in 1845. (United States)
    • 1982- Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. (United States)
    • 2015- Terrorists stage coordinated attacks in Paris and its nearby areas, including the Bataclan Theatre and Concert Hall, killing at least 130 people and wounding more than 350. (World)
  • November 14th
    • 1861- Historian Frederick Jackson Turner, responsible for the ‘Frontier Theory’ of American history, is born in Portage, WI. (Wisconsin/United States)
    • 1915- Booker T. Washington, one of the most prominent African-American educators, reformers, and intellectuals in U.S. history, dies at age 59. (United States)
    • 1922- The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House. (World)

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This Week in History: November 1st-7th

Welcome to the first edition of the staff blog’s ‘This Week in History!’ You will find historical facts, happenings, and associated books; #1 box office movies; and #1 NY Times best sellers from years gone by. This will be a weekly feature, so make sure to check out each week’s posting!

 

NY Times Fiction Bestsellers

#1 Box Office Movies

This Week in History

  • November 1st
    • 1512- The Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to the public. (World)
    • 1927- Ford Model A begins production. (United States)
    • 1952- The U.S. detonates the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb. (World/United States)
  • November 2nd
    • 1911- First vocational school opens in Wisconsin in Racine. (Wisconsin)
    • 1930- Haile Selassie is crowned Emperor in Ethiopia. (World)
    • 1957- The Soviet Union launches a dog into orbit as the first animal in space onboard Sputnik 2. (World)
  • November 3rd
    • 1964- Washington, D.C. residents gain the right to vote in federal elections. (United States)
    • 1998- Tommy Thompson wins fourth term for governorship of Wisconsin. (Wisconsin)
    • 2014- One World Trade Center officially opens in New York City on the site of the Twin Towers. (United States)
  • November 4th
    • 1922- Entrance to King Tut’s tomb discovered. (World)
    • 1958- Governor Gaylord Nelson elected to be governor of Wisconsin. (Wisconsin)
    • 1979- Iranian Hostage Crisis begins in Tehran when Iranian students storm the U.S. embassy and take U.S. citizens hostage. (United States/World)
  • November 5th
    • 1862- The 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery fought in an engagement at Nashville, Tennessee during the Civil War. (Wisconsin/United States)
    • 1941- The order to bomb Pearl Harbor in one month is given by Hideki Tojo in Tokyo, Japan. (World)
    • 2006- Saddam Hussein sentenced to death in Iraq. (World)
  • November 6th
    • 1837- Burlington, Iowa selected as temporary capital of the Wisconsin Territory. (Wisconsin)
    • 1962- The U.N. condemns apartheid in South Africa. (World)
    • 1985- American newspapers reveal Iran Contra Affair. (United States)
  • November 7th
    • 1942- Carl Frederick Zeidler, former mayor of Milwaukee who resigned the post to enlist in the armed forces during WWII, is killed when his ship was torpedoed near Cape Town, South Africa by German forces.
    • 1944- FDR wins unprecedented fourth term. (United States)
    • 2009- The Affordable Care Act passes the U.S. House of Representatives. (United States)

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