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Subject: June 5th Events
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 10:00:11 EDT


1783 - Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier were brothers. They made their first
balloon ascension on this day. This means that their balloon went up,
successfully, we might add, to 1,500 feet for about ten minutes.
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1865 - Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould listened quietly and with pride as his
composition, Onward Christian Soldiers, was presented for the first time in
Horbury, England.
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1876 - For one thin dime, visitors to Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition
were able to buy foil-wrapped bananas, a popular taste treat in the United
States. We tried one as an experiment for lunch today -- and heartily agree! It
is especially interesting how the aluminum foil creates a kind of buzzing
feeling on your teeth as the banana gets chewed up!
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1927 - Johnny Weissmuller set a pair of world records in swimming events.
Weissmuller, who would soon become Tarzan in the movies, set marks in the
100-yard, and 220-yard, free-style swimming competition.


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