Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Catch the flying fish!

August 17th
On this day in 1907 Pike Place Market opened for business in Seattle, Washington. It is the longest continuously running public farmers market in the United States. Famous for the way fish are transported, by means of throwing them across the market into the waiting arms of employee, the market is an iconic part of Seattle.

On this day in 1962 18 year old Peter Fechter becomes the first publicly known person to be killed for an attempted crossing of the Berlin Wall. Built by the East Germans to stem the tide of refugees into West Berlin, the guards at the wall were ordered to shoot anyone trying to cross. This was the first proof that it was a serious threat.

On this day in 1982 the compact disc goes on sale for the first time to the public in Germany. In the coming years people were forced to buy all their favorite albums again in the new format. Longer lasting and cheaper to make than records or cassette tapes, the cd would be king for 25 years. But its reign would come to an end with the popularity of MP3's, legal or illegal. Consumers were tired of spending $18.00 or more on something that cost pennies to make.

On this day in 1998 President Bill Clinton admits to the nation that he did indeed have sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinsky. Many US tax dollars were spent to get to the bottom of the controversy before the President was forced to come clean. Presidents and cigars will never be looked at in the same light again.

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