Trivia : May 11th

These things happened on this date in history….

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Family Watching TV, 1950s

Family Watching TV, 1950s

First Regularly-Scheduled U.S. TV Broadcasts

May 11, 1928

By General Electric station WGY of Schenectady, New York. Programs are broadcast Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Christmas Banned

Christmas Banned

May 11, 1659

Celebration of the Christmas holiday is made illegal in Massachusetts. The Puritans associated such celebrations with paganism and idolatry. Violators were fined. This remained in effect until 1681.

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Columbus' Fourth Voyage

Columbus’ Fourth Voyage

May 11, 1502

The explorer Christopher Columbus sets sail on his fourth voyage to the “New World.” He was searching for a westward passage to the Indian Ocean mainland. It was on this trip in 1504 that Columbus frightened the natives into thinking he made the Moon go out by correctly predicting a lunar eclipse.

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Obsessed Letterman Fan

May 11, 1992

Margaret Ray is arrested for the 7th time after trespassing on David Letterman‘s property. She had previously been arrested for breaking into his home, sleeping in his bedroom, and stealing his Porsche.

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First Woman to Head an FBI Field Office

May 11, 1992

Burdena Pasenelli is selected to head the field office in Anchorage, Alaska.

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First U.S. Planetarium

May 11, 1930

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum of Chicago opens.

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Youngest Jockey to Win the Kentucky Derby

May 11, 1892

15-year-old Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton rides Azra to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Source: The Great Black Jockeys

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Civil War

Civil War

May 11, 1862

The Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia is blown up by her commander to prevent capture by Union forces. It had participated in the Battle of the Ironclads.

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Minnesota

May 11, 1858

Minnesota becomes the 32nd state.

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Mary Dyer being led to the gallows in Boston

Mary Dyer being led to the gallows in Boston

Religious Freedom

May 11, 1682

Massachusetts repeals its law requiring capital punishment for Quakersreentering the territory after banishment. Mary Dyer was hanged in 1660 for violating this law.

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First Newborn to Receive Gene Therapy

Andrew Gobea

Born May 11, 1993

American medical first. He was the first newborn to receive gene therapy, which he was given four days after his birth. His genes were altered to correct ADA enzyme deficiency – an inherited condition known as “bubble boy” disease. After treatment, his stem cells produced T cells (white blood cells) that were able to make ADA enzymes using the ADA gene. At four years old, he needed more treatment. Hopefully, he will be able to avoid the current standard treatment of regular injections of white blood cells, costing over $100,000 a year.

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One Response to Trivia : May 11th

  1. whitetop says:

    It was nearly 30 years before we got TV in flyover America country. Then most of what we got was snow and diagonal lines that made you cross-eyed.