Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

The Time Capsule

It's Saturday night and you know what that means, it's time for the next assignment from Randy Seavers, Genea-Musings.

Tonight's assignment:

  1. Go to the dMarie Time Capsule Website

  2. Select a date in your family history that you want to know about. You might pick a birth date or wedding date of your parents or grandparents.

  3. Enter the date into the search form, and select the news, songs, toys, books and other things that you want to feature.

  4. Share the date, why you picked it, and the results of your Time Capsule study on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a comment or post on Facebook.
I chose September 14, 1887, my paternal great grandparents (Peter T. Everett and Edith Ewell) marriage date.


The top News Headlines for this week were:

  • Sept. 5 - Gas lamp at Theater Royal in Exeter catches fire killing about 200

  • Sep 15 - Phila celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution

  • Sep 26 - Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone

  • Sep 28 - Gele River (Huang Ho) in China floods, kills about 1.5 million

  • Sep 30 - Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "The Five Orange Pips" (BG)

  • Sep 30 - Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup
The President of the United States was Grover Cleveland. There was no Vice President, (Thomas Hendricks died November 25, 1885.)

People Born on that this date include:

  • 1887 - Karl Taylor Compton physicist/atomic bomb scientist
  • 1887 - Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel HW boxing champ (1908-10)
Hot new toys were Parcheesi, Snakes and Ladders, and Cap Guns.

A loaf of bread was $0.02, milk was $0.17 / gal, a house was $5,600, and average income was $580 / yr.

Some of the hits were:
  • A Night on Bald Mountain
  • Minuet in G
  • Away in the Manger
  • If You Love Me Darling...
  • La Cinquantaine
  • Comrades
  • Slavonic Dances
  • Pictures at an Exhibition

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