From the Chairman

October message

October is usually known for chilly mornings, brilliantly colored leaves, football and ends with Halloween.  What else is October known for?

In 1777 the Americans won the Battle of Saratoga, the first big American victory.

In 1781 the Americans won at the Battle of Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War.

In 1792, the cornerstone of the White House was laid by George Washington.

In 1861, the first transcontinental telegram was sent from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

In 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

In 1871, the Great Fire of Chicago erupted.

In 1879 Thomas Edison successfully kept a incandescent lamp lit for 13 hours.

In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.

In 1908, Henry Ford’s Model T went on sale for the first time.

In 1927, the first “talkie” opened in New York.

In 1929, the stock market crashed, igniting the Great Depression.

In 1941, Mount Rushmore was completed.

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African American justice serving on the Supreme Court.

In 1979, the Panama Canal was formally handed over to Panama.

In 1991, Clarence Thomas was confirmed to be the second African American justice serving on the Supreme Court.

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