Ludvig van Beethoven portraitGood morning firedogs, and happy Tuesday!

I needed a break from my gun control post this week. The next installment in the series is about 80% done, but I’ll leave the finishing, polishing, and posting for next week. Gun control is a highly emotional topic, and I think we could all use a break!

So this week we’ll focus on the trivial. I give you another installment of This Day in History!

On this day in history -

Henry VI was deposed by the Duke of York during the War of the Roses (1461).

The first American temperance law was enacted in Virginia (1623).

Crispus Attucks was killed by Redcoats during the Boston Massacre (1770).

At a private concert in Lobkowitz Palace in Vienna, Beethoven first performed his 4th symphony in B (1807). Beethoven played the piano pieces, including the 4th Piano Concerto.

James Monroe became the first president inaugurated on March 5th, because March 4th (the traditional date at that point in history) fell on a Sunday in 1821.

Mexican troops attacked the Alamo (1836).

The stapler was first patented in England by C H Gould (1868), though the earliest known stapler was used by King Louis XV of France during the 18th century.

The first ascent of Mount Erebus, the world’s southernmost volcano, by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton (1908).

The Original Dixieland Jass Band released the first ever jazz recording on Victor Records (1917).

And finally, Elvis Presley made his first television appearance on a program called Louisiana Hayride (1955). Here’s a recording from that appearance.

See you in the comments!