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Add Your Piece of History… 19th June

19 Jun
  • On this day in 1889.  The modern pizza is invented.  The first time the word ‘pizza’ was noted was in the year 997, in Medieval Latin.  Bakers in Naples used the flat bread as a tool to gauge the temperature of an oven, and it was not intended to be eaten.  The modern pizza is believed to have been invented on the 19th June 1889.  Raffaele Esposito was a chef in Naples who wished to honour Queen Margherita of Savoy.  He used the pizza flat bread base and topped it with a combination of fresh tomato, mozzarella cheese, olive oil and basil.  Naming it after the Queen, Esposito created the very first “Pizza Margherita”, selecting the topping to represent the colours of the flag of Italy.  Thank You Raffaele Esposito!
  • On this day in 1978.  Garfield, the sardonic comic strip cat, debuts in print.  Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis, featuring Garfield, Odie the dog, and their owner Jon Arbucke.  Garfield is named after creator Jim Davis’s grandfather, James Garfield Davis, who was named after former US president James Garfield.   Garfield is well known for his love of lasagna and eating in general, his sarcasm, and how he torments Odie in ways which sometimes backfire.  
  • On this day in 1910.  The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
  • On this day in 1942.  Norma Jeane Mortenson (Marilyn Monroe) and her 21 year old neighbour Jimmy Dougherty were married.  They were divorced in June of 1946.
  • On this day in 1988.  Over 3000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson.  He was performing a concert on the other side of the wall in West Berlin.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or general history).

English: Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy I...

Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy Italiano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Garfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 13th June

13 Jun
  • On this day in 1923.  Australia sees the introduction of Vegemite.  Vegemite is the registered brand name for a dark brown, salty food paste made from yeast extract, mainly used as a spread on sandwiches and toast.  The iconic Australian spread was first developed in 1922.  A trade name competition was held to find a name for the new product, and the winning name of Vegemite was chosen from the entries by being picked at random out of a hat.
  • On this day in 1990.  Official demolition of the Berlin Wall begins.  The Berlin Wall stood as a symbol of the Cold War for nearly 30 years.  It was originally erected overnight on the 13 August 1961, when the Eastern and Western halves of Berlin were separated by barbed wire fences up to 1.83 metres high.  The barbed wire was gradually replace with permanent concrete blocks, reaching up to 3.6m high.  The wall included over 300 watchtowers, 106km of concrete and 66.5km of wire fencing.
  • On this day in 1981.  At a parade in London a teenager fired 6 blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.  Marcus Simon Sarjeant  joined the crowds for Trooping the Colour, standing  near the junction between The Mall and Horseguards Avenue. When the Queen came past riding her 19-year-old horse Burmese, Sarjeant quickly fired six shots from his revolver.  The horse was momentarily startled but the Queen brought her under control, both Queen and horse were unharmed.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or general history).

Fred Walker, whose company Fred Walker & Co. c...

Fred Walker, whose company Fred Walker & Co. created Vegemite. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

East German construction workers building the ...

East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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