Frozen in Time
A look back at the week that was…
By P.M. Fadden
Monday, August 20th – 700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely, 1913.
Tuesday, August 21st – The Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, is stolen from the Louvre in Paris, where it had hung for more than 100 years, 1911.
Wednesday, August 22nd – The first papal visit to Latin America takes place; Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota, 1968.
Thursday, August 23rd – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from the moon, 1966.
Friday, August 24th – Alaskan Proud: U.S. President William Howard Taft signed the Organic Act, creating the Territory of Alaska, 1912. Signing took place on the birthday of Delegate James Wickersham, author of the bill.
Saturday, August 25th – The United States establishes its National Park Service as part of the Department of the Interior, 1916.
Sunday, August 26th – Indonesian island Krakatoa erupts in 1883. It is the largest explosion recorded in history, heard 2,200 miles away in Madagascar. Resulting destruction sends volcanic ash 50 miles into the atmosphere and kills almost 36,000 people–both on the island itself and from the resulting 131-foot tidal waves that obliterate 163 villages on the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra.
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.