Miscellaneous Facts about 1912

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Included are some Miscellaneous facts I’ve found about 1912 and wanted to share:

The first non-stop flight from Paris to London was made in 3 hours.

Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

The Royal Flying Corps (forerunner to the Royal Air Force) is established

New Mexico admitted to the union on January 6, 1912

Arizona became 48th state on February 14, 1912

William Randolph Hearst begins to acquire his media empire that will include 18 newspapers and nine magazines within two decades.

Girl Scouts of America was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, GA.

The Scouts were formed in the United Kingdom

A postage stamp cost two cents

Theodore Roosevelt made national health care insurance an issue in 1912 starting the ongoing debate

The Radio Act of 1912 assigns three- and four-letter codes to radio stations and limits broadcasting to the 360m wavelength

Photoplay debuts as the first magazine for movie fans

U.S. Public Health Service is established

Albania declares its independence

Woodrow Wilson is elected as U.S. president

The Titanic sinks on April 15.

First use of zippers in clothing

Nabisco introduces the Oreo cookie

Pitcher Cy Young retires after 511 wins {the baseball award is named after him}

“Buffalo Bill Cody” and his performance troupe put on the “show of a lifetime” at Plant Field

We are used to instant results on Election Night, but 100 years ago the ballots had to be counted by hand and the results took weeks to declare a winner

The Dixie Cup was developed by Lawrence Luellen and Hugh Moore. Its original name was the ‘Health Kup,’ changed to ‘Dixie Cup’ in 1919. The name came from a line of dolls made by the Dixie Doll Company.

The ‘Googoo Cluster’ candy bar was introduced by the Standard Candy Company. Marshmallow, caramel and roasted peanuts covered with milk chocolate.

The Beverly Hills Hotel opened.

The United States government adopted an 8-hour work day.

David Ross Brower was born. Brower was the founder of many environmental organizations including the Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute.

The first Horn & Hardart Automat in New York City is opened. (The very first Automat Horn & Hardart opened was in Philadelphia on June 9, 1902).

Julia Child was born. American cooking authority, cookbook author, TV Cooking show host, etc. During World War II, she also worked for the OSS from 1941-1945 (The OSS is the forerunner of the CIA).

The first cannery opened in England. It was to supply food to the Royal Navy.

Richard Hellmann, a New York deli owner created his recipe for bottled mayonnaise in 1903. He began to market it in 1912.
David Packard was born. Founder with William Hewlett of Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine!

Hayden cranberry separator patented. First cranberry sauce marketed, Hanson, MA.

The term ‘cheesecake’ was invented when an actress arriving in N.Y. posed for photographers and revealed more leg that was customary.

Morton’s Table Salt was introduced.

Lorna Doone cookies were introduced.

The U.S. prohibited the sale of Absinthe {a type of alochol}.

Grand Central Terminal in New York City opens the following year. It is the largest railroad station in the world, with 44 platforms and 67 tracks on 2 levels.

USDA makes initial crosses between Lincoln and Ramboullet sheep breeds, leading to the Columbia breed.

Konrad (Emil) Bloch was born. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol and fatty acids. He discovered that high levels of cholesterol may lead ultimately to increased risk of heart attacks.
Marie Curie won Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering radium
February 27, 1912 in New York, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-Rays


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