Being that the anniversary of the battle at San Jacinto is tomorrow, April 21, 2012, you may want to head over there and watch the battle re-enactment at 3pm. Visitors can wander freely among the Mexican and Texian camps of the reactors to learn what the soldiers of that day were doing prior to the battle in 1836.
Come visit us online! Tuscany Woods!
A few months ago I stumbled across the PanCanal.com site. Live feed from the two locks on the Panama Canal.
Now you’d like it might not be interesting be we’ve come downright addicted to it and check both the Miraflores and the Gatun locks several times a day. We’ve seen not only cruise ships such as the those on the Disney line or private luxury ships but one day during lunch (yea eat and work at my desk!) we watched The Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria pass through the locks.
You’ll need a high speed internet connect to really have fun with this. Other links show panoramic views, the expansion program, and the Centennial Bridge. This link…>Miraflores High Resolution cam<… is my favorite. There’s a huge barge moving through the lock as I type!
Then cruise on over to Drake Homes Inc and see what luxury living is all about!
April sometimes reminds me of those lone socks in the dryer. You know there was once two of them and they were favorites, but sadly now there is only one and it will spend the remainder of it’s knitted life under the kitchen sink area to be used with furniture polish.
The only “famous” events I ever think of related to April happen on the same date (not the same day however VBG): The end of the War Between the States aka Civil War, when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, and second, my Dad’s birthday.
But lowly April (in MHO) has been a busy month in past years and here, from the ever useful About.com site are a few famous events:
April Calendar of Famous Inventions, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents
1953 Arthur Miller’s The Crucible a play in 4 acts was copyrighted.
April Fools’ Day
1889 Charles Hall patented an inexpensive method for the production of aluminum, which brought the metal into wide commercial use.
1973 Francis W. Dorion was granted patent #3,724,070 for a “dual razorblade assembly”.
1978 Francisco Garcia was granted patent #4,081,909 for “orthodontic pliers”.
1881 Houston and Thomson were granted a patent for a centrifugal separator – the creamer.
1869 Isaac Hodgson received patent #88,711 for the “roller skate“.
1896 Tolbert Lanston was issued a patent for the monotype printing press.
1766 The first fire escape was patented. The contraption was a wicker basket on a pulley with a chain.
1997 Hooshan Bral received a patent for an automatically rinsing baby bottle
1974 Phil Brooks received a patent for a disposable syringe. Intravenous injections and infusion began as early as 1670.
1849 Walter Hunt patented the first safety pin. Hunt also invented several other famous things, all of which he gave up on before seeing any profit.
1893 Frederic Ives patented the process for half-tone printingpress.
1988 Leder and Stewart on behalf of Harvard University were issued the first patent #4,736,866 for a new animal life form – a geneticallyaltered mouse.
1990 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie was copyrighted.
1964 Paul Winchell (ventriloquist) was granted patent # 3,129,001 for an “inverted novelty mask“.
1452 Leonardo da Vinci of Italy the legendary painter, sculptor, inventor, scientist and visionary was born.
1997 Bertram Burke received a patent for an automatic philanthropic contribution system called the MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB.
1867 Wilbur Wright of aeronautical fame was born. Wilbur and his brother Orville Wright invented the airplane, which they called a flying machine.
1997 James Watkins received a patent for confetti “that flutters and darts”.
1875 “Snooker” a variation of pool was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1908 “Hail Hail the Gangs All Here” the song, was copyrighted.