Good Information in Historical past, August 7 – Good Information Community

135 years in the past in the present day, American inventor Theophilus Van Kannel obtained a patent for his imaginative and prescient of a seamless and fluid manner of coming into and exiting buildings: the revolving door. Beginning the Van Kannel Revolving Door Firm in 1889, his concept was so profitable that he was ultimately purchased out by the Worldwide Metal Firm which created amphibious touchdown automobiles for battle tanks for World Conflict II. Nonetheless, the one remaining vestiges of that firm is, in reality, its revolving door division. READ a bit extra… (1888)

Van Kannel Revolving door sketch

This easy invention, when laid out by Van Kannel in his patent submission, actually turns into fairly sensible. It possesses, he wrote, “quite a few benefits over a hinged-door construction … it’s completely noiseless … effectually prevents the doorway of wind, snow, rain or mud … Furthermore, the door can’t be blown open by the wind … there isn’t a risk of collision, and but individuals can move each out and in on the identical time.”

A 12 months after his patent submission, in 1889, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia awarded the John Scott Legacy Medal for it, however Van Kannel must wait one other ten years earlier than the primary revolving door was put in at Rector’s, a restaurant on Occasions Sq. in Manhattan.

MORE Good Information on this Day:

  • George Washington established the Purple Coronary heart medal (first referred to as the Badge of Navy Benefit) as commander of the Continental Military (1782)
  • The Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, commemorating 100 years of peace between Canada and the U.S. (1927)
  • The balsa wooden raft Kon-Tiki reached the Tuamotu Islands after Thor Heyerdahl’s 101-day (4375-mile) journey throughout the Pacific, which proved that prehistoric peoples might have traveled from South America (1947)
  • The Quarrymen performed on the Cavern Membership in Liverpool, and since it was nonetheless a jazz membership with just some tolerance for skiffle music, when John Lennon dared to play ‘Hound Canine’ and ‘Blue Suede Footwear’, the membership proprietor despatched a notice to the stage saying, “Lower out the bloody rock!”—however inside 4 years, The Beatles had established themselves because the Membership’s signature act (1957)
  • NBC aired the ultimate day of the Watergate hearings on U.S. daytime tv (1973)
  • Philippe Petit carried out a excessive wire act between the dual towers of the World Commerce Heart, 1,368 ft (417 m) off the bottom (1974)
  • After a screaming foul ball critically injured a 4-year-old in Fenway Park, Boston Pink Sox participant Jim Rice sprinted out of the dugout, scooped him up, and rushed him into the baseball clubhouse “saving the boy’s life” with medical care that was offered in simply seconds, earlier than he was rushed to a hospital for surgical procedure to alleviate swelling in his mind—a second immortalized by a photograph of Rice cradling the bleeding baby, who absolutely recovered with solely a lightweight scar above his left eye. (1982)

7 years in the past in the present day, Ichiro Suzuki joined the “3,000 Membership” of accumulating 3,000 hits throughout an MLB profession in fashion, hitting a triple off the right-field wall of Coors Subject towards the Colorado Rockies. In doing so he additionally turned the seventh participant in MLB historical past to hit 3,000 and steal 500 bases in a profession—such was his excellence.

Ichiro Suzuki in 2011 – CC 3.0 Keith Allison

On the fifteenth of June in the identical season, Suzuki surpassed Pete Rose for hits as an expert baseball participant at 4,257. Pete Rose didn’t recognize that, noting that quickly Japanese followers can be “counting his highschool baseball hits,” and arguing that the 1,278 hits he collected throughout his profession in Nippon Skilled Baseball shouldn’t rely as a result of they got here towards pitchers of a decrease caliber.

Arizona Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Mark Grace advised USA Immediately he thought it didn’t matter.

“You’re speaking about breaking Pete Rose’s document. I couldn’t care much less if he bought a few of these hits in Japan or in Antarctica. You’re getting hits at excessive skilled ranges. That’s big. I’m in awe of the man.” (2016)

52 years in the past in the present day, the Bee Gees reached No.1 on the US singles chart for the primary time with How Can You Mend A Damaged Coronary heart.

The group’s tenth single on the Billboard Scorching 100, it was written by the British brothers Barry and Robin Gibb as they reconvened following a interval of break-up and alienation. “Robin got here to my place,” says Barry, “and that afternoon we wrote How Can You Mend a Damaged Coronary heart and that clearly was a hyperlink to us coming again collectively.”

Featured on the group’s ninth album, Trafalgar, the tune was Grammy-nominated for Greatest Pop Vocal Efficiency by a Group. WATCH their 1975 efficiency… (1971)


And, on at the present time in 1948, Alice Coachman turned the primary black girl to win an Olympic gold medal. The American observe and subject star gained the excessive leap on the London Video games with a leap of 5-ft 6⅛ (1.68m), beating the earlier 16-year world document by practically 3 inches.

Alice Coachman, with Olympic Gold in 1948

Born in Georgia, she ran bare-footed as a toddler alongside dust roads close to her residence, and later dominating the Newbie Athletics excessive leap championship, profitable ten nationwide titles in a row. She additionally gained nationwide titles within the 50-and-100-meter sprint and the 400-meter relay workforce as a scholar on the Tuskegee Institute (the place she additionally gained three convention championships as a guard on their ladies’s basketball workforce). Alice was in her prime throughout WW II after they canceled the 1940 and 1944 Olympic Video games—in any other case, based on one sportswriter, “We might most likely be speaking about her because the No. 1 feminine athlete of all time.”

Upon her return from the Olympics, Coachman turned a celeb, assembly with President Harry Truman and former First Girl Eleanor Roosevelt. She was honored with parades and was thrown a celebration by Rely Basie. In ‘52 she turned the primary black girl to win an endorsement deal when she was signed by Coca-Cola, who featured her prominently on billboards alongside 1936 Olympic winner Jesse Owens. WATCH a video…


And, Completely happy 63rd Birthday to the multi-talented New Yorker David Duchovny. Greatest recognized for enjoying FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Information and likewise starring in seven seasons of the racy Californication, the 2 sequence each earned him Golden Globe awards.

However, he’s additionally a producer, director, and novelist, and was a studious educational earlier than beginning to act in his 30s, calling it “only a pleased accident.” Duchovny earned an A.B. in English literature from Princeton College, and an M.A. from Yale, and has since printed three books, Holy Cow: A Trendy-Day Dairy Story (2015), Bucky F*cking Dent in 2016, and Miss Subways, an acclaimed novel which in 2018 was devoted to his 88-year-old mom, that includes a narrative that really occurred to them when he was a boy, desperate to see the dinosaurs on the Museum of Pure Historical past.

(Left to proper): Hell or Highwater music video, The X Information, his newest novel, and in 2018 carrying a kilt  from his Scottish ancestry

His newest pursuit is as a singer-songwriter recording various rock with a band. He launched two albums in 5 years—Hell or Highwater, which debuted in 2015 and his newest Each Third Thought in 2018. Duchovny solely started enjoying guitar 4 years previous to the album and all the songs had been written in his condo. He’s wanting ahead to touring sooner or later after lockdown is eased. WATCH his tune Hell Or Highwater… (1960)


And, 204 years in the past in the present day, Simón Bolívar triumphed over Spain as a hero within the Battle of Boyacá, the decisive battle that ensured the success of Bolívar’s marketing campaign and the daybreak of independence for South America. Credited with main the battle for independence in areas of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia, Simón Bolívar is revered as a hero in these international locations and all through a lot of Latin America. He is likely one of the few folks to have a rustic named after him (Bolivia).

1816 photograph of Simon Bolívar

An awesome admirer of the American Revolution (and a critic of the French Revolution), Bolívar described himself as a classical “liberal” and defender of the free market financial system.

Simón Bolívar wrote the Bolivian Structure—and his many speeches and writings revealed him to be an adherent of restricted authorities, the separation of powers, freedom of faith, property rights, and the rule of legislation. (1819)

Geri taking pictures a documentary in Leysin, Switzerland, 1985

Additionally, on at the present time in 1981, Good Information Community founder Geri Weis-Corbley was despatched to cowl her first information story as an ENG digicam operator for a Washington, DC tv information bureau, changing into one of many first females to be assigned a conveyable information digicam within the nation’s capital.

Extra Notable Birthdays: Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden singer-songwriter, airline pilot, and entrepreneur (64); Garrison Keillor, creator, storyteller, humorist, and radio persona (80)

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