by Graham Pierrepoint
It’s time to take another trip down memory lane, but don’t worry if none of these memories ring a bell or strike a chord – we’re here to fill you in on some historical facts about this week that may well surprise you. Strap yourself into the One News Page time machine and let’s see what the annals of history have in store for us!
June 25th, 1630 – The Americans Discover Forks!
How did we ever cope without a fork to go with our knives and spoons? Governor Winthrop is reportedly responsible for bringing the humble dining fork to American tables back in the 17th century.
Famous Birthday: George Michael (Singer), 1963 - 2016
June 26th, 1974 – The Universal Product Code Debuts
Better known as the unmistakable bar code which is used to scan everything from groceries to garments, from books to beer – the UPC is younger than you think, having debuted on this day 44 years ago in Troy, Ohio. It was first scanned on a pack of Wrigley’s gum.
Famous Birthday: Ariana Grande (Singer), 24
June 27th, 1693 – The First Women’s Magazine Published
Magazines are older than you think! Dating all the way back to 1693, the first ever magazine specifically for ‘women’s interests’ was published in London – it was called the ‘Ladies’ Mercury’ – and magazines have come on a long way since then!
Famous Birthday: JJ Abrams (Director), 51
June 28th, 1838 – Queen Victoria Crowned
Arguably England’s most iconic queen – at least until Queen Elizabeth II came along – Victoria’s extensive reign began on this day 180 years ago this very week, with her coronation taking place in Westminster Abbey.
Famous Birthday: Mel Brooks (Director), 91
June 29th, 1964 – The Civil Rights Act is Passed
What a day for US rights – after a lengthy filibuster in the Senate, the Act which outlaws discrimination in all its forms was finally brought into reality. We’ve come a long way!
Famous Birthday: Gary Busey (Actor), 74
June 30th, 1938 – Superman Debuts
Superman – alter-ego of Clark Kent (don’t tell anyone!) – celebrates his 80th birthday this week, having debuted on this day back in 1938. He first appeared in Action Comics issue #1, an ultra-rare copy of which famously sold for $3.2 million in 2014.
Famous Birthday: Michael Phelps (Swimmer), 32
July 1st, 1903 – The Tour de France Begins
It’s inarguably the most famous bicycle race in the world – and it debuted this week back in 1903 in Montgeron – starting the trend for decades of yellow jersey-wearing to come.
Famous Birthday: Dame Olivia de Havilland (Actor), 101
Join us again for more time travelling next week!