John’s Believe It Or Not… March 3rd

Fioravanti stands in front of the classroom blackboard with his hands on his hips. Picture was taken in August, 2006.

It’s Fabulous Friday! Did you know…

1921 – Frederick Banting officially announces his team’s discovery of insulin. (Sir Frederick Grant Banting (November 14, 1891 – February 21, 1941) was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, painter, and Nobel laureate noted as the co-discoverer of insulin and its therapeutic potential. In 1923 Banting and John James Rickard Macleod received the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Banting shared the award money with his colleague, Dr Charles Best. As of November 2016, Banting, who received the Nobel Prize at age 32, remains the youngest Nobel laureate in the area of Physiology/Medicine. In 1923 the Government of Canada granted Banting a lifetime annuity to continue his work. In 1934 he was knighted by King George V.)

1887 Helen Keller meets her miracle worker. (On this day in 1887, Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, including her pioneering “touch teaching” techniques, the previously uncontrollable Keller flourished, eventually graduating from college and becoming an international lecturer and activist. Sullivan, later dubbed “the miracle worker,” remained Keller’s interpreter and constant companion until the older woman’s death in 1936.)

1931 “The Star-Spangled Banner” becomes official US national anthem. (President Herbert Hoover signs a congressional act making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States. On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the massive overnight British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. Key, an American lawyer, watched the siege while under detainment on a British ship and penned the famous words after observing with awe that Fort McHenry’s flag survived the 1,800-bomb assault.)

1875 First indoor game of ice hockey. (On March 3, 1875, indoor ice hockey makes its public debut in Montreal, Quebec. After weeks of training at the Victoria Skating Rink with his friends, Montreal resident James Creighton advertised in the March 3 edition of the Montreal Gazette that “A game of hockey will be played in the Victoria Skating Rink this evening between two nines chosen from among the members.” Prior to the move indoors, ice hockey was a casual outdoor game, with no set dimensions for the ice and no rules regarding the number of players per side. The Victoria Skating Rink was snug, so Creighton limited the teams to nine players each.)

1991 Police brutality caught on video. (At 12:45 a.m. on March 3, 1991, robbery parolee Rodney G. King stops his car after leading police on a nearly 8-mile pursuit through the streets of Los Angeles, California. The chase began after King, who was intoxicated, was caught speeding on a freeway by a California Highway Patrol cruiser but refused to pull over. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) cruisers and a police helicopter joined the pursuit, and when King was finally stopped by Hansen Dam Park, several police cars descended on his white Hyundai. A group of LAPD officers led by Sergeant Stacey Koon ordered King and the other two occupants of the car to exit the vehicle and lie flat on the ground. King’s two friends complied, but King himself was slower to respond, getting on his hands and knees rather than lying flat. Officers Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Ted Briseno, and Roland Solano tried to force King down, but he resisted, and the officers stepped back and shot King twice with an electric stun gun known as a Taser, which fires darts carrying a charge of 50,000 volts.)

Look who was born on this date!

Picture of Alexander Graham Bell* Alexander Graham Bell in 1847. (Scottish-American-Canadian Inventor:  Credited with inventing the first practical telephone. He considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist, however, and refused to have a telephone in his study.)

 

head shot of Ronan Keating* Ronan Keating in 1977. (Irish Singer: Best known as the lead singer of Irish group Boyzone.)

 

 

head shot of Jessica Biel* Jessica Biel in 1982. (American Actress: Began her career as a vocalist appearing in musical productions until she was cast as Mary Camden in the family-drama series “7th Heaven”, for which she achieved recognition. Since starred in many films, including “The Rules of Attraction” (2002), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003), “Blade: Trinity” (2004), “Stealth” (2005), “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007), “The A-Team” (2010) and “Total Recall” (2012).)

 

 

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

7 thoughts on “John’s Believe It Or Not… March 3rd”

  1. Wow! I had no idea the Star Spangled Banner wasn’t America’s national anthem until 1931. That’s really shocking.

    That song can reduce me to tears almost every time I hear it.

    Happy Fabulous Friday, John!

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    1. Indeed – diabetes was a killer disease before artificial insulin became available. Thanks to Banting and Best, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics can live well, enjoy their lives and make meaningful contributions to society. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anne!

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