Can You Guess the Year? 2-27-12 |

Can You Guess the Year? 2-27-12

Article and artwork by Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.
The British dirigible R34 landed in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic by an airship.

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This year Edsel Ford succeeded his father as head of the Ford Motor Company.

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, died in his sleep at the age of 60.

A wave of molasses released from an exploding storage tank swept through Boston, killing 21 and injuring 150. A large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph, killing 21 and injuring 150. Residents claim that on hot summer days, the area still smells of molasses.

The 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition, went into effect in the United States.

The Hotel Pennsylvania was built in Manhattan, and became the worlds most popular hotel.

The Seattle General Strike began as over 65,000 workers went on strike. The strike ended when Federal troops were summoned by the state of Washington’s Attorney General.

Oregon placed a one cent a gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

An act of the United States Congress established most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park.

Eugene V. Debs entered prison at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Ga., for speaking out against the draft during World War I.

Several bombs were intercepted in the first wave of anarchist bombings.

A U.S. Navy Curtiss aircraft (NC-4), commanded by Albert Cushing Read, departed Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.

The United States Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women, and sent it to the U.S. states for ratification.

Pancho Villa attacked Ciudad Juarez. When the bullets began to fly to the U.S. side of the border, two units of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment crossed the border and repulsed Villa’s forces.

The American Winged Foot Express caught fire over downtown Chicago. Two passengers, one crew member and 10 people on the ground were killed; only two people parachuted to the ground safely.

The British dirigible R34 landed in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic by an airship.

The U.S. Army sent an expedition across the continental U.S., starting in Washington, D.C., to determine how well troops could be moved from one side of the country to the other by motor vehicles.

The first NFL team for Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers was founded by Curly Lambeau.

After a three-way splintering of the Socialist Party of America, the leadership of the remaining 30,000 members of the Right Wing of the Socialist party continued their national convention in Chicago.

The Florida Keys Hurricane killed 600 in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and Texas.

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.

Felix the Cat appeared in “Feline Follies,” making the first cartoon character.

The First Red Scare was about socialist revolution. The United States deported 249 people, including Emma Goldman to Russia, during the scare.

Babe Ruth was sold by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees for $125,000.

Popular songs were “Alcoholic Blues,” “Alexander’s Band Is Back In Dixieland,” “Alice Blue Gown,” “Any Old Place With You,” “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home?,” “Cielito Lindo,” “Hold Me, I’m forever Blowing Bubbles” and “Indian Summer”

Construction of the San Diego and Arizona Railway was completed at a cost of $18 million. The first passenger train of the Railway arrived in San Diego from El Centro, Calif., for the official line opening ceremony.

Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith launched United Artists.

Oscar Micheaux released “The Homesteader,” starring pioneering African-American actress Evelyn Preer, becoming the first African-American to produce and direct a motion picture.

A popular movie was “Anne of Green Gables,” starring Mary Miles Minter and Paul Kelly.

Other movies were “‘Fatty’ Arbuckle” a Buster Keaton short and the “Grim Game,” starring Harry Houdini.

Can you guess the 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 1982. Congratulations to Ed Peppler of Longmont, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

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