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Much to Celebrate - November 4, 2014

So many important events occurred on this day in history!

In 1842, a 33-year-old lawyer out of Springfield, Illinois named Abraham Lincoln married his 23-year-old betrothed, Mary Todd. 

Three important patents were granted on November 4th: In 1846, B.F. Palmer patented an artificial leg. In 1873, Dr. John B. Beers patented a gold crown for teeth. And in 1879, James J. Ritty patented the cash register. 

In 1922, King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt.

T.S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

The following men were elected to the position of President of the United States on November 4th:

Grover Cleveland (1884)

James Buchanan (1856)

Calvin Coolidge (1924)

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1952)

Ronald Reagan (1980)

Barack Obama (2008)

Don't forget to VOTE today!

Happy Birthday to...

Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Gig Young (1913-1978)

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

Art Carney (1918-2003)

Martin Balsam (1919-1996)

Doris Roberts (1930)

Loretta Swit (1937)

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)

Ralph Macchio (1961)

Matthew McConaughey (1969)

Alright, alright, alright!

Michelle Kwan - April 16, 2014

The "Faces of the Tour" series continues with a great American athlete - Michelle Kwan.  The image of Kwan that hangs in the Toy Box shows her in a red sequined dress, where she is most familiar: on the ice.  Kwan is considered one of the most talented female athletes to ever perform on skates.  She narrowly missed the opportunity to be part of the U.S. Skating Team in the 1994 Olympics, getting beaten out by Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan for what proved a highly controversial year.  Since then, though, she has won the U.S. championship nine times (in 1996, and for every year between 1998 and 2006), the World championship five times (in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2003), and medals at two Olympic Games (in 1998 and 2002 - although she never won gold).

At only 33 years old, Kwan is semi-retired from skating, and has served to inspire American youth in their own athletic ambitions.  She has also pursued an education in political science, which she has used to benefit international relations for the U.S. government.


In which movie did Michelle Kwan appear as an announcer at a skating competition?

a)  Ice Princess

b)  Blades of Glory

c)  Cutting Edge

d)  Ice Castles

e)  Ice Pirates

Answer Below


It is likely that few people have ever heard of the Rush-Bagot Treaty.  To be honest, we at the American Treasure Tour were not familiar with it before we began our extensive research for the "History Today" segment in today's blog.  So, why is it so important that it merits mention?  Good question!  It was established on this day in 1818, to create the longest international border in the world without any significant military presence along it.  At the end of the War of 1812, the American and British governments agreed that peaceful coexistence between the States and Canada was the way to go.  Although there have been some bumps along the way, and security is a little tighter along the 5,527 mile-long boundary since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it remains a peaceful barrier between two countries.

It is sad to think people growing up today will have never even heard of Walter Cronkite.  Cronkite became anchor of the CBS Evening News on this day in 1962, and became one of the most trusted names in the field of broadcasting.  He inspired trust in viewers as he shared the news, and tried to do so objectively.  An example newscasters of today - on all networks and cable programs - should follow.


It is time to give a call out to a man who rarely receives recognition on his own.  He is always lumped together with younger brother Orville.  Well, it's time for Wilbur Wright to get a "How do you do," because today is his birthday!  Born in 1867, four years before Orville, Wilbur was an active, athletic boy until the day he accidentally got hit in the face with a hockey stick. He lost his front teeth, became withdrawn and somewhat unfocused.  He took a job at his brother's print shop, then invested in the late-19th century bicycle craze.  When the two brothers embraced the challenge of conquering the air, Wilbur arguably became the brains of the duo, solving the largest hurdles.  But they were a partnership, and shared credit.  In 1912, only nine years after their flyers became the first to successfully leave solid ground, Wilbur fell ill possibly from typhoid fever, and died at the age of 45.  

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to name the first actor who played the part of James Bond, we are here to help you.  His name was not Sean Connery.  Rather, it was Barry Nelson, an American actor who played the character in an episode of a television program called Climax! in 1954 as an American spy.  Nelson was born on this day in 1917 and starred in a number of films, including 1941's Shadow of the Thin Man, Airport in 1970, and the Kubrick film The Shining in 1980.  He passed away in 2007.


In seeking truth you have to get both sides of the story. - Walter Cronkite

Answer:  Ice Princess