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Can You Guess the Year? 6-27-11

Article and artwork by Dorothy Miller, Lochbuie, Colo.

The Pike's Peak Cog Railway in Colorado operated gasoline-powered rail car number seven, for the first time.

This is the year that the March of Dimes was first established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Benny Goodman and his orchestra became the first jazz musicians to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” was performed for the first time. It premiered in New York City.

A brilliant aurora Borealis described as “a curtain of fire” or a “huge blood-red beam of light” startled people across Europe.

The Niagara Bridge at Niagara Falls collapsed due to an ice jam.

German War Minister Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg resigned, following the revelation that his new wife had previously posed for pornographic photos.

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The first ski tow in America began operation in Vermont.

Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” was released.

The Merrie Melodies cartoon “Daffy Duck and Egghead” was released.

Black Sunday happened at Bondi Beach in Australia. Three hundred swimmers were dragged out to sea in three freak waves; 80 lifesavers saved all but five people.

Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg of Austria met Adolf Hitler and under threat of invasion, was forced to yield to German demands for greater Nazi participation in the Austrian government.

Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.

This year saw the first appearance of Superman.

The Santa Ana River in California spilled over its banks during a rainy winter, killing 58 people in Orange County.

Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

The steam locomotive Mallard set the world speed record for steam traveling at 126 miles an hour.

Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world.

The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting the United States with Canada, was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The New England Hurricane killed over 300 people along the Rhode Island shoreline.

Olsen and Johnson’s musical comedy revue “Hellzapoppin'” began its three-year run on Broadway.

The Blue Water Bridge opened, connecting Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.

Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of “The War of the Worlds” was broadcast, causing panic in various parts of the U.S.

This was the year of the Tiberius massacre. Arabs murdered 20 Jews. The “night of the broken glass” in Germany happened when Nazi activists and sympathizers burned Jewish businesses. It lasted all night. Over 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, 267 synagogues burned, 91 Jews killed, and at least 25,000 Jewish men were arrested.

Kate Smith sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” for the first time on her weekly radio show.

MGM released its successful film version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.”

Benny Goodman played the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.

Roy Acuff’s musical career began.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway inaugurated passenger train service between Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Pike’s Peak Cog Railway in Colorado operated gasoline-powered rail car number seven, for the first time.

Noel Langley completed the first script for the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” MGM announced that Judy Garland would be cast in the role of “Dorothy.” Ray Bolger was cast as the “Tinman” and Buddy Ebsen was the “Scarecrow.” The roles were switched between the two actors. Buddy Ebsen suffered from a near fatal allergic reaction to the aluminum dust used in his “Tinman” make-up. Ebsen was replaced by Jack Haley.

This year Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

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 488, Windsor, Colo., 80550.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1866. Congratulations to Sue Strahl of Greeley, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

This is the year that the March of Dimes was first established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Benny Goodman and his orchestra became the first jazz musicians to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” was performed for the first time. It premiered in New York City.

A brilliant aurora Borealis described as “a curtain of fire” or a “huge blood-red beam of light” startled people across Europe.

The Niagara Bridge at Niagara Falls collapsed due to an ice jam.

German War Minister Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg resigned, following the revelation that his new wife had previously posed for pornographic photos.

The first ski tow in America began operation in Vermont.

Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” was released.

The Merrie Melodies cartoon “Daffy Duck and Egghead” was released.

Black Sunday happened at Bondi Beach in Australia. Three hundred swimmers were dragged out to sea in three freak waves; 80 lifesavers saved all but five people.

Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg of Austria met Adolf Hitler and under threat of invasion, was forced to yield to German demands for greater Nazi participation in the Austrian government.

Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.

This year saw the first appearance of Superman.

The Santa Ana River in California spilled over its banks during a rainy winter, killing 58 people in Orange County.

Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

The steam locomotive Mallard set the world speed record for steam traveling at 126 miles an hour.

Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world.

The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting the United States with Canada, was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The New England Hurricane killed over 300 people along the Rhode Island shoreline.

Olsen and Johnson’s musical comedy revue “Hellzapoppin'” began its three-year run on Broadway.

The Blue Water Bridge opened, connecting Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.

Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of “The War of the Worlds” was broadcast, causing panic in various parts of the U.S.

This was the year of the Tiberius massacre. Arabs murdered 20 Jews. The “night of the broken glass” in Germany happened when Nazi activists and sympathizers burned Jewish businesses. It lasted all night. Over 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, 267 synagogues burned, 91 Jews killed, and at least 25,000 Jewish men were arrested.

Kate Smith sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” for the first time on her weekly radio show.

MGM released its successful film version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.”

Benny Goodman played the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.

Roy Acuff’s musical career began.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway inaugurated passenger train service between Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Pike’s Peak Cog Railway in Colorado operated gasoline-powered rail car number seven, for the first time.

Noel Langley completed the first script for the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” MGM announced that Judy Garland would be cast in the role of “Dorothy.” Ray Bolger was cast as the “Tinman” and Buddy Ebsen was the “Scarecrow.” The roles were switched between the two actors. Buddy Ebsen suffered from a near fatal allergic reaction to the aluminum dust used in his “Tinman” make-up. Ebsen was replaced by Jack Haley.

This year Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

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 488, Windsor, Colo., 80550.

***

The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1866. Congratulations to Sue Strahl of Greeley, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.