Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 15

1915: The first large group of Gallipoli wounded to return to NZ arrive in Wellington aboard the “Willochra” as part of a draft of about 300 men. Most people caught a glimpse of the men as the ship arrived at Glasgow Wharf in the afternoon. About 2000 family, officials, and journalists greeted them. After an official reception that many weren’t able to attend a “Red Cross Train” transported the men to towns along the main trunk line. Those bound for the South Island departed on the “Willochra” two days later.

1933:  Jack Lovelock, running at Princeton University, smashes the record for the mile by 1.6 seconds. The previous record was held by Jules Ladoumegue. This race was dubbed “the greatest of all time” by Time magazine.

2006:  San Francisco based podcasting company Odeo officially release “twttr” later changed to “Twitter” it’s short messaging service (SMS) for groups to the public.

1903:  The newly formed Ford Motor Company takes its first order, from Chicago dentist, Ernst Pfenning, for a two cylinder Model A automobile with a tonneau (backseat) worth $850.00. The car was delivered just over one week later. Within 2 months the company had sold over 215 cars, with 1000 in the first year.