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Can You Guess the Year? 2-22-10

Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.

Dorothy MillerThis was the year that Burma Shave signs started showing up around the countryside.

This bygone year Benito Mussolini announced he was taking dictatorial powers over Italy.

During the “Great Race of Mercy,” about 150 dogs on sleds relayed diphtheria antitoxin across Alaska in a record-breaking five and a half days, saving the small city of Nome and the surrounding communities from an epidemic. Both the musher’s and their dogs were portrayed as heroes in the newly popular medium of radio, and received headline coverage in newspapers across the United States. Balto, the lead sled dog on the final stretch into Nome, became the most famous canine celebrity and his statue is a popular tourist attraction in New York City’s Central Park. The sled dog was the primary means of transportation and communication in subarctic communities around the world, and the race became the most famous event in the history of mushing.

Calvin Coolidge became the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio.

The Tri-State Tornado rampaged through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, killing 695 people and injuring 2,027.

Frank Heath and his horse Gypsy Queen left Washington, D.C. to begin a two-year journey to visit all 48 states.

In Dayton, Tenn., biology teacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

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Tom Lee rescued 32 people from the M.E. Norman, a sinking steamboat.

The Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.

A 6.3 earthquake destroyed downtown Santa Barbara, Calif.

Adolf Hitler published his personal manifesto “Mein Kampf.”

The U.S. dirigible Shenandoah broke up en route to Scottfield, St. Louis; 14 crewmen were killed.

The country-variety show “Grand Ole Opry” made its radio debut on station WSM.

The Great Sphinx of Giza was unearthed.

London’s first double-decker buses were introduced.

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians made the first electrical recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company, the song “Collegiate.”

Louis Armstrong left Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra, returned to Chicago, Ill., and made his first records under his own name, leading Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five.

Popular music was “Alone at Last” and “Always” by Irving Berlin.

First scheduled airfreight service began this year in the U.S.

This was the year that Burma Shave signs started showing up around the countryside. At first the signs were pure sales pitch but as the years passed they found their sense of humor extending to safety tips and pure fun.

Some of those verses were:

Twinkle, twinkle

One-eyed car

We all wonder

WHERE you are.

What you called him

May be true,

But did you hear

what he called you?

Don’t stick your

elbow out so far

It might go home

in another car.

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 1847. Congratulations to Larry Amman of Thornton, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

This bygone year Benito Mussolini announced he was taking dictatorial powers over Italy.

During the “Great Race of Mercy,” about 150 dogs on sleds relayed diphtheria antitoxin across Alaska in a record-breaking five and a half days, saving the small city of Nome and the surrounding communities from an epidemic. Both the musher’s and their dogs were portrayed as heroes in the newly popular medium of radio, and received headline coverage in newspapers across the United States. Balto, the lead sled dog on the final stretch into Nome, became the most famous canine celebrity and his statue is a popular tourist attraction in New York City’s Central Park. The sled dog was the primary means of transportation and communication in subarctic communities around the world, and the race became the most famous event in the history of mushing.

Calvin Coolidge became the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio.

The Tri-State Tornado rampaged through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, killing 695 people and injuring 2,027.

Frank Heath and his horse Gypsy Queen left Washington, D.C. to begin a two-year journey to visit all 48 states.

In Dayton, Tenn., biology teacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Tom Lee rescued 32 people from the M.E. Norman, a sinking steamboat.

The Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.

A 6.3 earthquake destroyed downtown Santa Barbara, Calif.

Adolf Hitler published his personal manifesto “Mein Kampf.”

The U.S. dirigible Shenandoah broke up en route to Scottfield, St. Louis; 14 crewmen were killed.

The country-variety show “Grand Ole Opry” made its radio debut on station WSM.

The Great Sphinx of Giza was unearthed.

London’s first double-decker buses were introduced.

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians made the first electrical recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company, the song “Collegiate.”

Louis Armstrong left Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra, returned to Chicago, Ill., and made his first records under his own name, leading Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five.

Popular music was “Alone at Last” and “Always” by Irving Berlin.

First scheduled airfreight service began this year in the U.S.

This was the year that Burma Shave signs started showing up around the countryside. At first the signs were pure sales pitch but as the years passed they found their sense of humor extending to safety tips and pure fun.

Some of those verses were:

Twinkle, twinkle

One-eyed car

We all wonder

WHERE you are.

What you called him

May be true,

But did you hear

what he called you?

Don’t stick your

elbow out so far

It might go home

in another car.

Can you guess this year?

***

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 1847. Congratulations to Larry Amman of Thornton, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.