Contact Us
History

History

Getty Images, photo by Michael Bocchieri
Getty Images, photo by Michael Bocchieri

Some 4th of July Facts You May Not Have Known

With the 4th of July on Thursday here are a few things you may not have known about our national holiday:

1.       America didn’t declare our independence on the 4th of July. This is kind of a tit for tat situation because the Continental Congress declared our independence from the British on July 2 ,1776, which was the day of the actual vote, but the Declaration was published in the newspapers on July 4th, giving the people of the country their first look at it.

Read More

Getty Images, photo by William Thomas Cain
Getty Images, photo by William Thomas Cain

Air Conditioning Not Only Cools Us, But It Helped An Entire Industry Too!

We have had a few muggy days so far this year here in Maine but nothing that compares to the temperatures of over 100 degrees in parts of the West and Southwest. I’ll bet, like us, most people are saying, ‘thank goodness for air conditioning’.

Read More

Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive
Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive

Betsy Ross, Her Life and the American Flag

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate our independence and the American flag. It is said that the first flag was sewn by Betsy Ross, but what do we really know about her? She was raised in a Quaker family and was the eighth child of seventeen; her given name was Elizabeth Griscom, but was called Betsy by her family.

Read More

Getty Images, photo by NASA
Getty Images, photo by NASA

First Communications Satellite in Operation June, 1965

There are many upon many satellites circling the globe these days but it was June 28, 1965 that the first commercial communications satellite went into operation. It was called Early Bird and was built for the Communications Satellite Corporation or COMSAT and was launched on April 6, 2965.

Read More

Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive
Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive

Classic Comedy Routine, Abbott and Costello, Who’s on First?

 

Looking at the Baseball Almanac I noticed today June 20, 1945, was the first time the classic Abbott and Costello baseball comedy act, ‘Who’s on First?’ was shown in the movie ‘the Naughty Nineties’. The bit was originally heard on the radio, The Kate Smith Show, but to see them perform it in the movie made it even funnier.

Read More

Getty Images, photo by Mike Tauber
Getty Images, photo by Mike Tauber

The Statue of Liberty Arrives In New York June 17, 1885

On June 17th, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York as a friendship gift from the people of France. The Statue was not assembled as it is today; it came in 350 separate pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The statue was built by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and commemorated the American Revolution and the friendship between the United States and France.

Read More

Steve Wariner
Photo from www.gactv.com

Steve Wariner: ‘I’m Already Taken’

Remember that song? All about a young boy in love with his blonde classmate? She turns him down time after time until finally, they end up together.

Great song in 1999, but did you know it was his VERY FIRST SINGLE?

Read More

Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive
Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive

Henry B. Smith Cargo Ship Found 100 Years After it Sank

The Henry B. Smith freighter sunk in Lake Superior 100 years ago in 1913 and divers found the wreck last month in 535 feet of water. According to records, the ship was carrying iron ore before it sank and all signs point to it being the Smith because of the ore scattered around the wreckage.

Read More

Getty Images, photo by Jeff J. Mitchell
Getty Images, photo by Jeff J. Mitchell

Alcoholics Anonymous was Founded in 1935

On July 10, 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio by two recovering alcoholics. One was Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith from Ohio and the other was New York City stockbroker William Griffith Wilson. They both were recovering from alcoholism and began the 12-step program which has helped millions over the years.

Read More

Getty Images, photo by National Archives
Getty Images, photo by National Archives

Connecticut Says It Was Their State That Had the First Flight in History

Last week it came up again, who was the first person to fly in an airplane? Connecticut says it was their state, not North Carolina, that had the first flight by German immigrant Gustav Whitehead. They claim August 14, 1901 was when Whitehead flew at an altitude of 50 feet for a half a mile. The date is two years earlier than the Wright Brothers.

Read More

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://b985.fm using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on B98.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on B98.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!