Frozen in Time

A look back at the week that was…

By P.M. Fadden
Associate Editor

Monday, August 7th – U.S. Revolutionary General George Washington authorizes award of the Purple Heart to soldiers wounded in combat, 1782.

Tuesday, August 8th – The first household refrigerating machine is patented, 1899.

Wednesday, August 9th – Alaska Proud: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially announced the route of the Alaska Railroad between Seward and Fairbanks, 1915.

Thursday, August 10th – For the first time in history, temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit when, in 2003, thermometers at Kent, England hit 101.3 F (38.5 Celsius).

Friday, August 11th – In France, Eugene Lauste receives the first patent for a talking film, 1906.


Saturday, August 12th – Tech. giant IBM introduces its first personal computer, 1981.

Courtesy photo The IBM 5150 in full product launch bloom, August 1981.
Courtesy photo
The IBM 5150 in full product launch bloom, August 1981.

Sunday, August 13th – Construction begins on the Berlin Wall during the night, 1961.

These dates in history are happily brought to you by the Glacier City Gazette in the hopes that the current week is just as noteworthy. Cheers.