Guess the Year 5-28-12
Thirty thousand workers walked out of textile mills in Lawrence, Mass., beginning the most dramatic and successful strike in American labor history. The Lawrence Textile Strike was a strike of immigrant workers by the Industrial Workers of the World. Prompted by one mill owner’s decision to lower wages when a new law shortening the workweek went into effect in January of this year, the strike spread rapidly through the town, growing to more than 20,000 workers at nearly every mill within a week. The strike was successful but a year later most of the gains achieved by the workers had disappeared.
Franz Reichelt an Austrian tailor who had been experimenting with a new form of parachute, jumped from the first platform of the Eiffel Tower, 180 feet from the ground. The parachute did not open and Reichelt fell like a stone. His body was a shapeless mass when the police picked it up.
British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott and a team of four became the second expeditionary group to reach the South Pole.
Italian forces were the first to use airships for a military purpose by using them for reconnaissance west of Tripoli behind Turkish lines.
This year the Girl Scouts of the USA were founded.
The Titanic struck an iceberg in the northern Atlantic Ocean and sunk taking with her the lives of more than 1,500 people.
Tiger Stadium opened in Detroit.
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, opened.
The New York Times reported a find of gigantic humans made while excavating a mound at Lake Delevan, Wis. According to the news account, 18 skeletons were found in one large mound at a Lake Lawn farm.
A meteorite exploded over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing thousands of pieces of debris to rain down on the town.
While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wis., President Theodore Roosevelt was shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank. With a fresh flesh wound and the bullet still in him, Roosevelt delivered his scheduled speech. After finishing his speech, he went to the hospital, where it was deduced that if he had not had his speech in his breast pocket when he was shot, he most likely would have died.
Popular songs this year were “Daddy Has A Sweetheart (And Mother Is Her Name),” “Do It Again” by Irving Berlin, “The Elevator Man Going Up, Going Up, Going Up, Going Up!,” “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” and “Ragtime Cowboy Joe.”
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 1939. Congratulations to Bob Jones of Cheyenne, Wyo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.