This week we are learning about a famous composer, a television star, several U.S. Presidents, a subway, and more. We are also learning about the breakfast food that inspired an unusual item.
This week’s odd history fact is about shoes.
Do you know what inspired the tread on Nike running shoes? It was a waffle that inspired Nike co-founder to try a bumpy tread on running shoes. Yes, a waffle inspired one of the most famous shoes in the world.
Now for this week in history.
- 1861 Union troops lost The Battle of Ball’s Bluff in Virginia. It was the second major battle in the Civil War.
- 1867 More than 7,000 Plains Indians gathered in Kansas, to sign the Medicine Lodge Treaty, which gave up their traditional life and forced them to move to Oklahoma.
- 1811 Franz List, a famous Hungarian composer and pianist, was born.
- 1962 In a televised speech, President John F. Kennedy, announced that the U.S. had discovered Soviet missile sites under construction in Cuba.
- 1925 Johnny Carson, a comedian and television star was born.
- 1983 Lebanese terrorists drove a truck full of explosives into the U.S Marine barracks in Beirut. Two hundred and forty-one U.S. military members were killed.
- 1946 The United Nations is formally established. It was formed following WWII in hopes of dealing with international conflict and to promote peace.
- 2005 Rosa Parks, civil rights activist who refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger on a segregated Alabama bus, died.
- 1764 Abigail Smith married John Adams who became the second President of the United States. They were married fifty-four years.
- 1881 The famous artist Pablo Picasso was born.
- 1825 The Erie Canal, which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes through the Hudson River, opened.
- 1854 C.W. Post, founder of Post cereals was born.
- 1858 Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of the U.S., was born.
- 1904 The New York Subway opened