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Dorothy Miller: Guess the Year 12-29-12


Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery.

Washington College and Jefferson College were merged to form Washington and Jefferson College.

The “Claywater Meteorite” exploded just before reaching ground level in Vernon County, Wisconsin; fragments having a combined mass of 1.5 kg are recovered.

William Booth created the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is most recognized during the Christmas season with its volunteers and employees who stand outside of businesses and play/sing Christmas carols, or ring bells to inspire passers by to place donations of cash and cheques inside red kettles. A tradition has developed in the United States in which, in some places, gold coins or rings are anonymously inserted into the kettles.

“Roll Jordan Roll” a traditional spiritual was popular.

In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati), the first train robbery in the United States took place.

300 people were killed in Mobile, Alabama when an ordinance depot exploded.

The summit of the Matterhorn in the Alps was reached for the first time, by a party of seven led by the Englishman Edward Whymper; four died in a fall during the descent.

In the market square of Springfield, Mo., Wild Bill Hickok shot Dave Tutt dead in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.

 The steamer Brother Jonathan sunk off the California coast, killing 225.

Jonathan Shank and Barry Ownby formed the Ku Klux Klan in the American South, to resist Reconstruction and intimidate “carpetbaggers” and “scalawags”, as well as to repress the freedslaves.

A forest fire near Silverton, Oregon destroyed about one million acres (4,000 km²) of timber.

The National Temperance Society and Publishing House was funded by James Black in the U.S.

Max und Moritz - Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen was a German language illustrated story in verse. This highly blackly humorous tale, told entirely in rhymed couplets, was written and illustrated by Wilhelm Busch. It is among the early works of Busch, nevertheless it already features many substantial, effectually aesthetic and formal regularities, procedures and basic patterns of Busch’s later works.

Can you guess the year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1900. Congratulations to Robert Anderson, for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month. ❖




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