192 years ago, the first railroad accident occurred in Quincy, Massachusetts, proving the then-state-of-the-art technology was not quite “accident-proof.”
175 years ago, the last of the Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young arrived in Utah. The door-to-door visits came later.
57 years ago, Bob Dylan was booed for daring to play an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival!
46 years ago, Louise, the world’s first “test tube baby” (conceived through in vitro fertilization) was born in Manchester, England.
Thought for the Week
History matters. But that doesn’t mean that by studying it we can avoid making mistakes, it only means we can make better, or at least more novel, ones. Because both the problem and the beauty of history is that it is made by human beings.
“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.”
“History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always manages to spring back into its old familar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it.”
“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.”
~Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Forgiveness is the only way to reverse the irreversible flow of history.”
“What has been will be again, and what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is new?’ It was here already, long ago.” ~Ecclesiastes 1:9-10