July 23rd - Today in American History
1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction by the Massachusetts legislature at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts. The Boston Light was ready for use by mid-September the following year.
1827 - The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA., by Francis Lieber, it lasted only two years before shutting down for lack of support.
1829 - William Burt patented the typographer, a predecessor to the modern-day typewriter. (pictured above)
1904 - The ice cream cone was invented by Ernest Hamwi a concessionaire at the St Louis World’s Fair, he rolled up one of his waffles into a cone shape when an ice cream vendor in a nearby booth ran out of serving dishes. According to some accounts, Charles E. Menches also conceived the same idea of filling a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream at the same Fair.
1962 – Telstar relays the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantic television program, featuring CBS’s Walter Cronkite and NBC’s Chet Huntley in New York, first pictures were of the Statue of Liberty.
1985 - Commodore unveiled the personal computer Amiga 1000 during a star-studded gala featuring Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry held at Lincoln Center in New York City.
2017 - Licensed Loan Originators found they could contact American Mortgage Bank on a Saturday to apply for the Contract Originator Program to take applications for residential loans in states they're NOT licensed. Contact: Trent@AmericanMB.com or (405) 285-1234 ext. 141.