THROWBACK THURSDAY: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Today, that question might be answered thousands of ways: a doctor, a lawyer, a writer, a programmer, a musician, an actor, a pet groomer, circus performer, home builder, doctor, accountant, chef, postman, bio-medical engineer, detective, teacher, government official, corn farmer, truck mechanic…. the possibilities are endless in the 21st century! However, your list probably didn’t […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Start of the 8-Hour Workday (1868)

One this day, June 25, the first federal law relating to an 8-hour workday was signed by President Andrew Johnson in 1868. It provided that “eight hours shall consume a day’s work for all laborers, workmen and mechanics who may be employed by or on   behalf of the Government of the United States.” The […]

Throwback Thursday: Rolls-Royce Trademark Registered in 1935

The Rolls-Royce trademark was registered on this day, June 18,   in 1935. The working partnership of Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Frederick Royce began in 1904, was incorporated in 1906, and blossomed in 1908 when the partners moved their factory from Manchester to Derby (in England) and focused solely in producing the Silver Ghost […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Birth of the Shopping Cart

One of the first shopping carts was introduced on June 4, 1937, the invention of Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma. One night, in 1936, Goldman sat in his office wondering how customers might move more groceries.[3] He found a wooden folding chair and put a basket on the seat […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The History of Daylight Savings Time

Although Daylight Saving Time has been used in the U.S. and in many European countries since World War I, on and off, it only became regular policy here in the mid ’70s. During World War I, it was instituted in an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power.   Germany and Austria began […]

Throwback Thursday: Wrapped Bread

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Would you buy an unpackaged, unwrapped loaf of bread to take home for your family to eat? Well, before July of 1928, you would have had to do so. On Jan. 16, 1908 Inventor R.L. Lynch reported to Washington newspapers his experimental demonstration of wrapping bread when it is taken from the oven […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: First Air-Conditioned Building

Can you imagine working today, when it’s nearly 100 degrees, in a building without air-conditioning? More than a century ago, those were the steamy conditions under which people had to carry out their office jobs. Though the term “air conditioning” was not coined until the early ’40s, on July 17, 1902, the air in the […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Invention of the Mouse

Doug Engelbart invented the computer mouse in the early 1960s in his research lab at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International). The first prototype was built in 1964, the patent application for this “X-Y position indicator for a display system” was filed in 1967, and US Patent 3,541,541 was awarded in 1970. The basic idea […]


On this day in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World – a.k.a. the “Wobblies” – was founded in Chicago by “Big Bill” Haywood, president of the violent Western Federation of Miners; Daniel DeLeon, leader of the Socialist Labor Party; and Eugene Debs, leader of the Socialist Party. Revolution was in the air – during […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fastest Selling Book in History is Published

On June 21, 2003, the fastest-selling book in history, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling, went on sale at midnight in Britain, the U.S., Australia, Canada and many other countries. Five million copies were sold the first day. It was the fifth in Rowling’s series about the young wizard Harry Potter. […]