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“Way Back When” For Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 1785 John Fitch displays a model and drawing of his steamboat to the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. 1937 The first “Santa Claus School” opened in Albion, New

“Way Back When” for Thurs. Sept. 23, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021  1912 The first ‘Keystone Cops” film short was released featuring the famous slapstick police troop. 1962 The space age cartoon The Jetsons debuted on ABC. George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, and

“Way Back When” for Weds. Sept. 22, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 1961 The Interstate Commerce Commission orders the end to segregation on interstate buses. This was largely due to the efforts of the Freedom Riders, who challenged bus

“Way Back When” for Tues. Sept. 21, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 1897 “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Francis Church’s famous New York Sun response to 8-year-old Virginia O’ Hanlon’s letter, was published. It is the most reprinted newspaper

“Way Back When” for Fri. Sept. 17, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 1954 Williams Golding’s Pulitzer-prize winning book was published. It chronicled a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their attempt to govern themselves. 1965

“Way Back When” for Weds. Sept. 15, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021  1949 The television show The Lone Ranger debuts on ABC, starring Clayton Moore as the masked hero. The TV series ran until 1957. It had been a successful radio show

“Way Back When” Tues. Sept. 14, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021  1814 Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that would become the national anthem, after seeing the American flag flying following the British bombarding of Ft. McHenry during

“Way Back When” for Mon. Sept. 13, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Monday, Sept. 13, 2021  1788 New York City was established as the capital of the U.S. by Congress. 1969 The Mystery Machine gets rolling when the TV series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Premiered.

“Way Back When” for Fri. Sept. 10, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Friday, Sept. 10, 2021  1922 The first release of the Our Gang Little Rascals comedy shorts, One Terrible Day, debuted in theaters. 1955 Gunsmoke debuted on CBS-TV. BTS: John Wayne had turned down the role of

“Way Back When” for Thurs. Sept. 9, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021  1890 John Boyd Dunlop received a patent for his pneumatic rubber tire pressurized by air. 1947 A team led by American computer pioneer Grace Hopper found a moth trapped

“Way Back When” for Weds. Sept. 8, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021  1892 The Pledge of Allegiance was first published, in The Youth’s Companion. Francis Bellamy wrote the original 1892 version: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for

“Way Back When” for Tues. Sept. 7, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021  1921 The “Inner-City Beauty” pageant was won by 16-year-old Margaret Gorman (Miss Washington, D.C.). A newspaperman coined the term “Miss America” for the winner and the following year

“Way Back When” for Thurs. Sept. 2, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2021  1789 The U.S. Department of Treasury was established. 1901 Expressing his desire for a strong foreign policy, U.S. Vice President (soon to be President) Theodore Roosevelt made his

“Way Back When” for Weds. Sept. 1, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021  1651 According to the book, the fictional character Robinson Crusoe embarked on his first sea voyage, from Hull to London. Daniel Defoe’s story was based on the real-life

“Way Back When” for Mon. Aug. 30, 2021

Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Monday, August 30, 2021  1963 The famous “Red Phone hotline” a direct communications line between Washington D.C. and Moscow opened. It provided emergency communication in the event of a crisis.  1983