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home : opinions : columns August 20, 2014

6/4/2014 9:28:00 AM
Looking back to the year 1914
Brenda Harrison
Editor

When I think of the changes witnessed in my lifetime, it is hard to grasp what life was like a century ago. Searching the Internet I found the following events of 1914. Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox, at age 19. The Babe retired in 1935 with 714 home runs, a record that would stand until 1974. His prodigious blasts are still referenced. It was the year Johnny Meer was born. He’s probably unheard of except by baseball enthusiasts, but he holds a record never broken: consecutive no-hitters. In 1938, he pitched back-to-back gems. No one has even tied that mark.

Also born that year were Superman creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel of DC Comics. The first scheduled commercial flight took place Jan. 1 between St. Petersburg and Tampa. There was only one pilot and one passenger. The passenger was St. Petersburg Mayor Abram C. Pheil who paid $400 (nearly $9,200 in 2013 dollars) for the privilege of a seat on this flight. Amazingly, this flight occurred fewer than 11 years after the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Woodrow Wilson was President and Thomas R. Marshal was Vice President in 1914.

The Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and a daily wage of $5, up from $2.40. Charlie Chaplin debuts “The Tramp” in “Kid Auto Races at Venice” World War I also known as the First World War, was a global war centered in Europe that began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until 11 Nov, 11, 1918. From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II, it was called the World War or the Great War, and thereafter the First World War or World War I. In America, it was initially called the European War. The first US motorcycle race (300 miles took place on July 4 in Dodge City Kan. The Greyhound Bus Company begins in Minnesota. 1st steamboat passes through Panama Canal. Henry Ford introduces an assembly line for Model T.




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