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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Trivia For Today


Wednesday's Trivia


1494

Christopher Columbus first sighted the island later to be named Jamaica.

1500

The Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral landed in Brazil and claimed it for his country. The land had been visited by Spanish navigator Vicente Yanes Pinzon in January but the discovery was not followed up.

1765

The first US medical college opened in Philadelphia. Founded by John Morgan, the School of Medicine belonged to the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania). "The theory and practice of physick" and "anatomical lectures" were among the first subjects taught.

1841

New Zealand was formally proclaimed a British colony.

1944

Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University. Quinine - like in quinine water.

1952

The first airplane landed at the geographic location of the North Pole.

1957

Brooklyn Dodgers’ owner, Walter O’Malley, agreed to move the team from Flatbush to sunny Los Angeles. Initially, only exhibition games were held at the L.A. Coliseum. O’Malley said that a new stadium would have to be constructed before the Dodgers would even consider a move to Southern California. He was right, so Dodger Stadium (in Chavez Ravine) was constructed with private investor money.

1968

French students and police clashed violently in Paris, the start of a month of disturbances and strikes that threatened the rule of General Charles De Gaulle.

1986

Actor Robert Alda, father of actor Alan Alda, died of a stroke at age 72 in Los Angeles, California. Alda's acting credits included Rhapsody in Blue, Cinderella Jones, Cloak and Dagger, The Man I Love, Tarzan and the Slave Girl, Imitation of Life, and the TV series Secret File, U.S.A.. He was also cast in the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives as Dr. Stuart Whyland.

1993

Authorities said they had identified the body of David Koresh from remains found in the siege at Waco in February.

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