Columbus Day, Celebrating Christopher Columbus and his first landfall in the New World

Columbus Day was first celebrated in the United States on October 12, 1792, to mark the tricentennial of the day in when Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World Continue reading

Internal-combustion engine now in fire trucks

Waterous Fire Engine Works created and introduced circa 1900, a fire truck that had an internal-combustable engine, that not only drove the truck, but also powered the water pumps.

Date: circa 1900
Location: St. Paul, MN, USA
Manufacturer: Waterous Fire Engine Works


Additional Information:

  • HISTORY OF FIRETRUCKS (page disappeared on web, recovered via WayBackMachine)
    There are many facts about a huge machine that fights fires. It’s called the firetruck,and here’s its story. The first firetruck which was invented in the early 1720’s, had a waterpump, handpumps, and reservoirs.
  • Weird Fire Facts: From the first built… – City of Manistee Fire …
    From the first built firehouse in 1640 to the modern firehouse of today,many things have changed. The early firehouses were really just big tool sheds which held all the bulky equipment.
  • Fire engine – Wikipedia
    A fire engine (also known in some territories as a fire apparatus, fire truck, or fire appliance) is a vehicle designed primarily for firefighting operations. In addition, many fire departments/fire services often employ their vehicles for various other uses including emergency medical services and rescue purposes.
  • Fire Truck History – autoevolution
    The lights, the sirens and the cascade of water, attributes of the modern day fire truck, have a tendency to hide the real role of this type of vehicles, that to save lives.
  • History of Fire Apparatus – Southern Fire Service & Sales
    Sirens blare as a fire truck pulls around the corner. Firefighters quickly hop out of the vehicle and work to attach the truck’s hose to the nearest fire hydrant. This is the image that comes to the mind of just about everyone when it comes to how fires are handled.

Rotary-wing flying vehicle called Da Vinci 3, Flys

We all know Leonardo da Vinci, first conceived of a rotary-wing flying vehicle in the 15th century, called Da Vinci 3, which was to use human power to fly… As far as we know it was only on paper and never been built. well that was until… Continue reading

United States Steel Company, a Corporation worth US$1 Billion

In 1901 a financier by the name John Pierpont Morgan created a Billion dollar company by combining several Steel mills (including Carnegie Steel and Federal Steel Company) in to one big company called, United States Steel Company. Continue reading

John Bardeen, first person to receive Nobel Prize in Physics Twice

First person to be presented Twice with the Nobel Prize in Physics was in 1972 (first time was in 1956)
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The Cultivation of the Avocado

Avocado comes from the Aztec word “ahuactal” or “Tree Testicle”. Now thats a funny translation of the word Avocado. George’s goal was to produce an avocado tree that could produce fruit that was uniform in size and shape.

Date: Circa 1900
Name(s): George Cullen
Occupation: American horticulturist
Location: Florida, USA


Additional Information:

  • Avocado – Wikipedia
    The avocado tree does not tolerate freezing temperatures, and can be grown only in subtropical or tropical climates. Several cold-hardy varieties are planted in the region of Gainesville, Florida, which survive temperatures as low as −6.5 °C (20 °F) with only minor leaf damage.
  • Learn How To Grow Your Own Avocado Tree from Seed
    Wash it. Use 3 toothpicks to suspend it broad-end down over a water-filled glass to cover about an inch of the seed. Put the glass in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed. You should see the roots and stem start to sprout in about 2-6 weeks.
  • Avocado Fruit Farming Information Guide | Agrifarming.in
    The Slow Spread of the Avocado. … Sir Hans Sloane, an Irish naturalist, is believed to have coined the word “avocado” in 1696, when he mentioned the plant in a catalogue of Jamaican plants. He also called it the “alligator pear-tree.” Henry Perrine, a horticulturist, first planted avocados in Florida in 1833.
  • A Brief History of the Avocado – AvoSeedo
    The word “avocado” is believed to be derived from the Nahuatl word ahuacatl, which means “testicle” and obviously describes the shape of the fruit. It also likely refers to the fact that the believed the avocado to be an aphrodisiac.
  • Avocado Origins: A Brief History of Avocado – CureJoy
    Though discovered by the Spanish only in the 15th century, avocado was used by the Mesoamericans since 5000 BC. This aphrodisiac fruit from south Central Mexico was used by the Incas in Peru and sold in Mexican markets.

Paul Anthony Samuelson, first North American to receive Nobel Prize in Economics

First North America presented the Nobel Prize in Economics was in 1970
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Sunflowers Cultivated in United States of America

The indigenous tribes and people of prehistoric times cultivated the Sunflower in Southwestern United States. Continue reading

Automobile fueled by methanol was the Chevrolet Lumina

Chevrolet Lumina Variable Fuel Vehicle, manufactured by General Motors of Detroit, Continue reading

Sail Across-the-ocean race

Across-the-ocean race was held in 1866 from Sandy Hook, CT, USA, to Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, with the sponsorship of the New York Yacht Club. Continue reading