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Friday, October 18, 2013

Ten Notable Firsts From 1923

1923 Ford Model T
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1.Time magazine founded. Still being published, Time has grown to have the largest circulation in the world for a weekly newsmagazine.

2.Hockey Night in Canada is first broadcast on the Toronto Star's private station CFCA, making the first hockey broadcast ever. Starting in 1931, the show became a weekly program that still airs on the CBC in Canada.

3.The Walt Disney Company was founded. The company still operates and is a leader in world wide entertainment.

4.Louis Armstrong makes his first recording, "Chimes Blues," with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Armstrong would have a long and successful career that included a Grammy Lifetime Acheivment Award, inductions into the Grammy and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, and was even featured on a commemorative US Stamp.

5.Yankee Stadium opens its doors in the Bronx, NY. "The House That Ruth Built" continued until 2008, when a a new stadium was opened for the team. The original ball park was demolished in 2010.

6.The first 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race is held, and is won by André Lagache and René Léonard with 128 laps. The race is still held annually, in 2013 the Audi Sport Team Joest wom by covering 348 laps in the 24 hour period.

7.The Hollywood Sign is inaugurated in California (originally reading Hollywoodland). Now siply reading "Hollywood" the sign is as distinctive a landmark as you will find and is still an icon of Southern California.

8.Dometic releases the first commercially available absorption refrigerator in Sweden. In 1925 the company was purchased by Electrolux, still a major manufacturer of household appliances,

9.Vladimir K. Zworykin files his first patent (in the United States) for "television systems". It wasn't until the close of World War II that regular broadcasting led to their widespread adoption.

10.W.L. May Co. opens in Portland, OR, beginning 90 years of service to the appliance repair community. Today, W.L. May serves appliance repair companies all over the Western U.S., by providing OEM parts and supplies with a high level of customer service. The 90th Anniversary is being held today at all of our branches. We hope you can attend.

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