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Throwback Thursdays ~ Fun Facts ~ 5.9.2024

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Exploring the annals of history is always a fascinating journey, offering glimpses into the significance of various dates. Here are a few intriguing historical tidbits to dive into this week. I had forgotten when the first Mother's day was celebrated!



u 1997: On May 11, the Deep Blue computer beats grandmaster Garry Kasparov at chess.

u 1994: Nelson Mandela is inaugurated May 10 as the first Black president of South Africa.

u 1981: A would-be assassin shoots Pope John Paul II May 13 in Rome's St. Peter Square.

u 1975: Tennis-ball sized hailstones fall May 13 in Wernersville, PA.

u 1945: Germany surrenders to Allies on May 7 in Reims, France.

u 1908: The first Mother's Day is celebrated on May 10 in Grafton, WV.

u 1886: Dr. John Pemberton invents Coca-Cola May 8.

u 1869: On May 10, Utah crews complete the first U.S. transcontinental rail line.

u 1796: The first smallpox vaccination is administered May 14 by Edward Jenner.

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Dorie. I remember that attempted assassination of Pope John Paul as if it was yesterday... and it's been more than 40 years ago.

May 09, 2024 06:53 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some memorable events for the week.

Many a plumber or rigger hailed Coke, as they used to drip some of it on rusty pipes and it would eat away the rust and allow the fittings to be removed.

May 09, 2024 07:21 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Dorie,
I don't remember the hail storm story out of PA, but I imagine there was a lot of damage from that!

May 09, 2024 08:24 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I remember both the 1990's events vividly. The others not so much.

May 09, 2024 08:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

This is quite a diversity of events, some of which I recall. Tennis-sized hail must have caused some significant damage! As always a fun and interesting read.


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May 09, 2024 09:11 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie for some reason I thought that Mother's Day had been celebrated much longer than that.

May 09, 2024 09:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Doris and glad that Coke got invent, it goes great with Rum all the time  hahaha

May 09, 2024 09:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie= I remember the attempted assassination attempt!  I'd forgotten about the computer beating Kasparov at chess. Early AI???

May 09, 2024 10:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Dorie, for sharing this interesting list of historical facts.

May 09, 2024 10:54 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, some great fun facts to share, and having tennis ball hail would be really bad.

May 09, 2024 11:28 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, tennis ball sized hail would certainly cause quite a bit of damage, haha.  I hope that I never experience that.

May 10, 2024 05:46 AM