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One Hundred Years Ago - 1909

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I was in the attic of an old Victorian and I found a bunch of old checks. Most were written in pencil. They are one hundred years old. I looked up some stuff that was going down in 1909. So it goes.

Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary

Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

Russian tsar Nicolas II dissolves Finnish Diet

Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

"Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones and Billy Murray hits #1

1st pro baseball game, minor league, played under lights

Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal

U.S. invades Nicaragua

Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game (Cubs make the playoffs, but, um…)

259 miners die in a fire at St. Paul Mine at Cherry, Ill

Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, New York City

White firemen on Georgia RR strike to protest hiring blacks

Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals

Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army

1st Lincoln head pennies minted

Indianapolis 500 race track opens

Construction of Navy base at Pearl Harbor begins

Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)

Mike Lamb


"The insurgent leader...does not attempt to deceive us. He affords us no excuse to deceive ourselves."

Abraham Lincoln 1864

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