Archive | January 2016

The Trademark Coca-Cola

January 31st Celebrates The trademark of Coca-Cola

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 31st 1893, the first trademark was registered in the United States Patent office.

Since then the trademark has been renewed periodically the first time it was patented.

Did you know Coca-Cola was green instead of its original color we see now?

The bottlers of Coca-Cola in the early 1900s had their share of challenges. Probably the most persistent and serious was protecting the product and the package from imitation. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in the business world it can mean the death of a good name.

Pepsi which is similar to Coca Cola came out on May 27th 1867, by the fellow by the name of Caleb Davis Bradham.

Like that wise old question, “What came first the chicken or the egg?”

Coca-Cola came out way before Pepsi did; another imitation of the cola world was RC Cola, known as Royal Crown Cola. It was invented by pharmacist by the name of Claud A Hatcher, in 1905.

In 1886, Coca-Cola was invented by a pharmacist named John Pemberton, otherwise known as “Doc.” He fought in the Civil War, and at the end of the war he decided he wanted to invent something that would bring him commercial success.

It’s hard to believe that Coca-Cola has been around that long, but in the 1800s they didn’t have over the counter stomach cures.

Actually drinking carbonated sodas did the trick because it would make you belch.

In 1798 the first coin phrase soda water was used.

In 1808 the first manufacture to produce mineral water which was part of the soda water family came out.

Did you now the first bottle soda water came out in the United States in 1835?

Ginger Ale which is another carbonated drink wasn’t invented in United States but in Ireland in the year 1851.

However you Dr. Pepper came out before Coca Cola, in 1885 by Charles Aderton from Waco Texas.

Did you know the first diet cola was sold to United States in 1959?

Soda vending machines came out in 1965, so as there’s a lot to be proud of how the soda fizz is been around so long.

As we remember how on January 31st 1893, the first trademark was registered in the United States Patent office.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


Yerba Buena

January 30th Celebrates Yerba Buena

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 30th 1847 the town called Yerba Buena, was renamed as San Francisco.

The earliest archaeological evidence of human habitation of the territory of the city of San Francisco dates to 3000 BC. Native Americans who settled in this region found the bay to be a small natural resource for hunting and gathering their provisions and for the establishment of many small villages.

Yerba Buena was the original named by a Mexican settlement that would later become San Francisco, California.

Do you know what Yerba Buena stand’s for?

After the Native American Indians, around the 1800s there was a plant along the landscape that early Mexican Settlers called, “Yerba Buena,” which means the good herb.

Who actually discovered San Francisco?

Seven years later, on March 28, 1776, the Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, followed by a mission, Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores), established by the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.

Another four legged explorer was also known in San Francisco, were two stray dogs named Bummer and Lazarus, became local celebrities in San Francisco area, and became explorers of different type of settlement.

Where there are large cities you can expect see rats, but in 1860 one day when a fruit stand was cleaning out an upper gallery, the men flushed out a huge number of rats.

Bummer and Lazarus were right there to help with the clean-out, clearing the area of a reported 400 rats. Another time they were said to have killed 85 rats in 20 minutes.

An article in that newspaper in 1861 said that Bummer would go along the street, looking for “an acquaintance or a lunch-eater,” and he persuasively bummed handouts, thereby earning his name.

Lazarus arrived under duress. He was described as a yellow-black cur, with long legs, smooth fur, and a weak chin. The dog was emaciated and being chased by a much larger street dog.

Bummer saw that the little dog was being threatened and stepped in to protect him. The big dog backed down, but by this time Lazarus had suffered a bad bite on the leg. San Franciscans who stopped to observe the dogs didn’t think the smaller dog would make it.

The cur dog gained the name “Lazarus” because those who had observed the fight couldn’t believe he lived it was as if he had risen from the dead. (In the Gospel of John, Jesus restores Lazarus to life four days after he died.)

In the mid-nineteenth century, Bummer and Lazarus were not unique in western towns. As the population of communities grew, so did the presence of stray animals.

In Los Angeles in the 1840s, dogs actually outnumbered people by two to one. San Francisco’s problem was less severe but there was still a high population of wandering dogs.

Not to wander away from today’s story, as we remember how on January 30th 1847 the town called Yerba Buena became San Francisco.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

Tommy Dorsey Song Called India

January 29th Celebrates Song of India

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 29th 1937 Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the famous song called India.

In the 1930s the Swing Era was in full swing, during WWII big band swing era bringing out famous composers as Tommy Dorsey, and Artie Show who I wrote about a few weeks ago in my blog.

I don’t know about you but always loved the swing era. Not in just the music but how women looked back then. The hair styles the clothes, and especially the cars. It was toe tapping century!

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name iTubeNL, shares with the hit song from Tommy Dorsey and his hit song which was recorded on January 29th 1937, called Song of India.

If Tommy Dorsey before your time, I just wanted to bring something to that you never heard of.

Tommy Dorsey died young at the age of 51, on November 26th 1956, by an accidental death. He had been under severe stress due to an impending divorce and changes in the music business that were affecting his career.

In an effort to get some sleep he took several sleeping pills after having had a lot of food and alcohol at dinner. The combination reacted in his stomach and backed up into his trachea, killing him.

History is a little choked up when comes Tommy Dorsey died; some people seem to think he had lung cancer because musicians like to smoke cigarettes.

Why wasn’t the Heimlich maneuver used to help Tommy Dorsey clear his throat, simply because it wasn’t invented yet?

Did you know the Heimlich maneuver was named after Henry Judah Heimlich?

Who was Henry Judah Heimlich?

Henry Judah Heimlich is an American thoracic surgeon widely credited as the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver.

Did you know Henry Heimlich is the uncle of Anson Williams, who is known for his portrayal as Warren “Potsie” Weber on the 70s hit TV show Happy Days.

Heimlich first published his views about the maneuver in a June 1974 informal article in Emergency Medicine entitled, “Pop Goes the Cafe Coronary,” which is why no knew how to do Heimlich maneuver when Tommy Dorsey was choking on his food before he died.

Tommy Dorsey was named after his father and in the early days he went the road with his brother, and was originally called the Dorsey Brothers.

Tommy Dorsey had a run of 286 Billboard chart hits. The Dorsey band had seventeen number one hits with his orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s including: “Boogie Woogie”, “I’ll Never Smile Again”, “Song of India”, and “The Music Goes ‘Round and Around” before his tragic death.

Frank Sinatra achieved his first success as a vocalist in the Tommy Dorsey band and claimed he learned breath control from watching Dorsey play trombone.

The music world lost Tommy at an early age, but his legacy of great music has transcended time. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra still represents explosive and swinging Big Band entertainment at its very best, as we celebrate how on January 29th 1937 Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the famous song of India.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

London’s Pall Mall Gas Street Light

January 28th Celebrates London’s Pall Mall Gas Street Light

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 28th 1807, London’s Pall Mall became the first street light lit by a gaslight.

If you never heard of London’s Pall Mall before, Pall Mall was laid out in its present location in 1661, replacing a much older highway slightly to the south that ran from Charing Cross to St James’s Palace (then the residence of the King of England.

The name of the street is derived from “pall-mall”, a ball game that was played there during the 17th century.

Have you heard of a brand of cigarette called Pall Mall?

The Pall Mall brand was introduced in 1899 by the Black Butler Company (UK) in an attempt to cater to the upper class with the first “premium” cigarette. It is named after Pall Mall, the street that I’m writing about today.

In the 1700s street lights didn’t exactly have electricity since it wasn’t invented yet.

The gaslight was developed in the 1790s. The credit usually goes to Scottish engineer William Murdoch, but it was Friedrich Albert Winzer (sometimes anglicized to Frederick Winsor), a German entrepreneur living in London, who lit Pall Mall.

In 1804, the same year he patented coal-gas lighting, Winzer demonstrated the technology during a lecture at London’s Lyceum Theatre. By 1807, he had moved into a house on Pall Mall, one of the city’s most fashionable streets.

He followed the illumination of Pall Mall with a special exhibition on June 4, 1807, in honor of the birthday of King George III, using gaslight to superimpose images against the walls of the buildings along his street.

Although it is certainly antiquated technology today, the gaslight retains a charm that electric lighting simply can’t match. As a result, public illumination using gaslights is still found, usually in the historic districts of older cities. (In the United States, gas lit neighborhoods can still be found in Boston, Cincinnati and New Orleans).

As we remember how on January 28th 1807, London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by a gaslight.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

Why women aren’t allowed to be priests?

January 27th Celebrates Why women aren’t allowed to be priests

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 27th 1977, the Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priest.

In this day and age, why doesn’t the Church allow women to be priests? I know plenty of women who could give a more moving homily and more understanding in this sector of church relief.

If the Church allowed the ordination of women, there could very well be more ordinations that take place.

However, these wouldn’t aid the Church because the ordinations wouldn’t be valid. So, invalid ordinations are not the solution to the “vocations crisis” that we hear so much about.

But isn’t it possible that the Church could come around on this issue?

Actually the laws of the church haven’t really change much in the last century or two, the church is still going by how Jesus when he was alive picked all men apostle not women, being that said the Church does not have the authority to ordain women.

It’s just Roman Catholics, Southern Baptists, Mormons (Latter-day Saints), and the Orthodox Church in America, do not ordain women or allow them to lead congregations.

Other religious groups have taken small steps in the direction of female ordination.

A number of American churches, such as the United Church of Christ (whose members were once called Congregationalists) and the Universalists (who eventually merged with the Unitarians) started ordaining women in the 19th century. But it wasn’t until the decades following World War II that many of the larger and more prominent denominations began to allow women into leadership roles.

In 1956, the United Methodist Church and a part of what would become the Presbyterian Church USA ordained their first women ministers.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Reform Judaism, and the Episcopal Church followed suit in the early 1970s.

In recent years, women have ascended to a number of high-profile jobs in American churches. Many, including the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church, now allow women to be bishops and hold other top leadership positions.

In 2006, for instance, the Episcopal Church, for the first time, elected a woman, Katherine Jefferts Schori, to be its presiding bishop, the church’s highest office.

Where there a will, there’s way.

Amen to that!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

The Gizmo Guitar

January 26th Celebrates The Gizmo Guitar

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 26th 1979, the Gizmo Guitar synthesizer was first demonstrated.

When I think of gizmo, I think it’s something either Mickey mouse to work like an original.

However today gizmo of interest is about the Gizmo Guitar Synthesizer, which created different sound effect from this guitar.

The Gizmo, also called Gizmotron, is an effects device for the electric guitar and bass guitar, invented in 1973 by the English rock musicians Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, whilst they were members of the British rock group 10cc.

Clamped onto the bridge of a guitar, the Gizmo uses small, keyed plastic wheels inside which press down on the strings, yielding resonant, synthesizer-like sounds from each string.

Today’s YouTube video explains to you what Gizmo Guitar synthesizer was used for in creating fantastic tunes. Shared by user name (singslot42), in this wonderful demonstration as we celebrate on January 26th 1979, the Gizmo Guitar synthesizer was first demonstrated.

One of the faults with The Gizmo was that it was very temperamental, and affected by conditions such as humidity and temperature.

The design of the device used small serrated wheels to indefinitely sustain each string through friction.

An inherent design limitation was that either the wheel had to have either small teeth, which could also produce harmonics of their own that varied with the speed of the wheel, or a smooth surface, which acted as a secondary bridge for each string, thereby making the pitch of each string completely unpredictable.

Today, intact and working legacy Gizmotrons are virtually non-existent. The Gizmo wheels and arm attachments were made of a plastic that cracks and weakens over time.

As a result, the wheels and arms of all Gizmotrons become brittle, fall apart, and disintegrate into smaller pieces all by themselves even in “like new” unopened boxes.

Other guitar effects have since been used to create sustained tones, but because of the different mechanical nature and physics involved, none of them replicate the sound of the Gizmotron.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

The Oriental Telephone Company

January 25th Celebrates The Oriental Telephone Company

Well, if you haven’t guessed it already once the telephone was invented someone would come up with an idea for a Telephone Company.

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 25th 1881, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell and few others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.

Did you know Alexander Bell was born in Scotland?

Upon the conclusion of Bell’s funeral, on August 22nd 1922, every phone on the continent of North America was silenced in honor of the man who had given to mankind the means for direct communication at a distance.

Besides being an inventor Bell started out as an instructor at a boys’ boarding school when he was only 16. His father had developed “Visible Speech,” a system of phonetic symbols. These symbols showed how to physically make the sounds needed to say any word.

Bell was able to use this system with deaf students to help them learn to talk and improve their diction. Helen Keller was one of his students.

In March 1876, Bell received the telephone patent. He founded the Bell Telephone Company with his father-in-law Gardiner Greene Hubbard, his assistant Thomas Watson and Thomas Sanders the following year.

Competitor Western Union hired other inventors, including Elisha Gray, to develop their own phone system, which led to a legal fight between the two businesses. Over the years, Bell vigorously defended his telephone patent in a number of other lawsuits.

After Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell founded the Oriental Telephone Company, the world’s first telephone company, on January 25, 1881, Bell would make the first transcontinental telephone call 34 years later on January 25, 1915.

Bell originally recorded saying “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.” to summon Watson from the next room at his Boston laboratory.

Of course, the statement is one of several things disputed in Bell’s history.

Often credited as the inventor of the telephone, the United States Congress acknowledged Italian immigrant Antonio Meucci as the true inventor of the telephone in 2002.

There are some who also believe Bell was merely a patent troll, stealing ideas from others and creatively crafting legal documents.

The circuit the 1915 call was made on consisted of 2,500 tons of copper wire, 130,000 poles, and three vacuum tube repeaters.

It’s hard to say what really happened back then, and who said what, however the telephone is a marvel of mankind that we still use today.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell