History is the story of the people on our planet. It is a human story. The story of all that people has ever done since recognizable humans first evolved between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago.
That’s some story. Our story. Your story.
It is the story of dynamic human cultures, politics, lifestyles, beliefs, and creativity.
The past is all that ever happened to anyone anywhere. There is excessive history to remember all of it. So how do we make choices about what is worth remembering? Significant events include those that resulted in great change over long periods for large numbers of people.
Let’s discuss a few major Historical events in Today’s History.
70 AD: Jerusalem falls to the Roman Emperor Vespasian.
Vespasian, also known as Titus Flavius Vespasianus, was a Roman Emperor who reigned from 69 AD until he died in 79 AD. For centuries, the Jews had revolted against Roman rule in their land, and the Romans became increasingly violent in their suppression of Jewish revolt. Appointed to oversee the war in Judea in 66, Vespasian proved himself a ruthless enemy.
The cruel Emperor Nero, known for both his persecution of Christians and his excesses, was overthrown in 68 AD, and Vespasian was declared Emperor in 69 AD. Departing for Rome, Vespasian left his eldest son Titus in charge of operations. Titus led his troops in the final assault and siege of Jerusalem. On 26 September 70 AD, Jerusalem finally fell, marking the end of the Jewish revolt against Rome. By then, the Jewish temple, the very heart of Jewish worship and culture, had been destroyed, and many citizens were taken captive.
1928: Work begins at a company that designs first mass-produced car radios
On September 26, 1928, work begins at Chicago’s new Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. (The company had officially incorporated the day before.) Paul Galvin and his brother Joe started Galvin Manufacturing Company to make radios for the home that would operate on household AC instead of batteries. The device was called a battery eliminator. The company struggled for customers.
In 1930, Galvin would introduce the Motorola radio, the first mass-produced commercial car radio. (The name had two parts: “motor” evoked cars and motion, while “ola” derived from “Victrola” and was supposed to make people think of music.) While shaving one morning, Joe Galvin thought of a new brand name for the car radio called “Motorola” since it sounded like something that would go in a motor car. The entire company would later be called Motorola.
In recent decades, Motorola has been a strong corporate supporter of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC.
1971: Four 20-game winners
On Sept. 26, 1971, Jim Palmer wins his 20th game for the Baltimore Orioles, a great accomplishment. What’s greater is that he is the fourth Orioles pitcher to win that many games. Its first time since the 1920 Chicago White Sox had four 20-game winners, and it has not done since. The other three were Dave McNally (21-5), Mike Cuellar (20-9), and Pat Dobson (20-8), who was the most unlikely 20-game winner. Palmer finishes 20-10. The Orioles lost the World Series in seven games to Pittsburgh.