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Can You Guess the Year? 11-28-11

Article and artwork by Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.

This was the year that Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was declared a national public holiday in the U.S.

At the YMCA in Springfield, Mass., the first official basketball game was played.

The Johnson County War broke out between small farmers and large ranchers in Wyoming.

The General Electric Company was established through the merger of the Thomson-Houston Company and the Edison General Electric Company.

Homer Plessy (who was 1/8 African Heritage with white skin) was arrested for sitting on the whites-only car in Louisiana, leading to the landmark Plessy versus Ferguson court case.

The Homestead Strike began in Homestead, Pa., ending in a battle between striking workers and private security agents. The arrival of a force of 300 Pinkerton detectives from New York and Chicago resulted in a fight in which about 10 men were killed.

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The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered in their Fall River, Mass., home.

Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.

The Dalton Gang, attempting to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kan., was shot by the townspeople; only Emmett Dalton, with 23 wounds, survived to spend 14 years in prison.

To mark the 400th anniversary of the Columbus Day holiday, the “Pledge of Allegiance” was first recited in unison by students in U.S. public schools.

“After the Ball” became the first sheet music to sell over 1 million copies for a single publisher in a single year.

Popular music this year was “A Bicycle Built For Two,” “My Sweetheart’s The Man In The Moon,” “Slide, Kelly, Slide” and “Sally in Our Alley.”

Narrow Gauge Otis Elevating Railway opened to carry passengers from Catskill Mountain Railway trains connecting with Hudson River steamboats to the Catskill Mountain House destination resort and the Catskill and Tannersville Railway.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway inaugurated the California Limited passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California, with the first departure from Chicago.

This was one of the first years that the Salvation Army Santa Claus appeared on the streets to raise money for help to others.

Can you guess this 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 1941. Congratulations to Audrey Munkres of Lander, Wyo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

This was the year that Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was declared a national public holiday in the U.S.

At the YMCA in Springfield, Mass., the first official basketball game was played.

The Johnson County War broke out between small farmers and large ranchers in Wyoming.

The General Electric Company was established through the merger of the Thomson-Houston Company and the Edison General Electric Company.

Homer Plessy (who was 1/8 African Heritage with white skin) was arrested for sitting on the whites-only car in Louisiana, leading to the landmark Plessy versus Ferguson court case.

The Homestead Strike began in Homestead, Pa., ending in a battle between striking workers and private security agents. The arrival of a force of 300 Pinkerton detectives from New York and Chicago resulted in a fight in which about 10 men were killed.

The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered in their Fall River, Mass., home.

Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.

The Dalton Gang, attempting to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kan., was shot by the townspeople; only Emmett Dalton, with 23 wounds, survived to spend 14 years in prison.

To mark the 400th anniversary of the Columbus Day holiday, the “Pledge of Allegiance” was first recited in unison by students in U.S. public schools.

“After the Ball” became the first sheet music to sell over 1 million copies for a single publisher in a single year.

Popular music this year was “A Bicycle Built For Two,” “My Sweetheart’s The Man In The Moon,” “Slide, Kelly, Slide” and “Sally in Our Alley.”

Narrow Gauge Otis Elevating Railway opened to carry passengers from Catskill Mountain Railway trains connecting with Hudson River steamboats to the Catskill Mountain House destination resort and the Catskill and Tannersville Railway.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway inaugurated the California Limited passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California, with the first departure from Chicago.

This was one of the first years that the Salvation Army Santa Claus appeared on the streets to raise money for help to others.

Can you guess this 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.

***

The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1941. Congratulations to Audrey Munkres of Lander, Wyo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.