There are 3 newly-discovered genealogy blogs the week ending 15 April 2017 at GeneaBloggers covering all types of genealogy!
The “unsinkable” luxury liner Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, NY, struck an iceberg just before midnight Apr 14, and sank at 2: 27 AM, Apr 15. The Titanic had 2,224 persons aboard. Of these, more than 1,500 were lost. About 700 people were rescued from the icy waters off Newfoundland by the liner Carpathia, which reached the scene about two hours after the Titanic went down.
Photo: Alfred Butts, born 13 April 1899, was a jobless architect in the Depression when he invented the board game Scrabble. The game was just a fad for Butts’s friends until a Macy’s executive saw the game being played at a resort in 1952, and the world’s largest store began carrying it. Manufacturing of the game was turned over to Selchow & Righter when 35 workers were producing 6,000 sets a week. Butts received three cents per set for years. He said, “One-third went to taxes. I gave one-third away, and the other third enabled me to have an enjoyable life.” Butts was born at Poughkeepsie, NY. He died 4 April 1993, at Rhinebeck, NY.
On April 12, 1955, Dr. Jonas E. Salk announced that a polio vaccine developed was “safe, potent and effective.” Incidence of the dreaded infantile paralysis, or poliomyelitis, declined by 95 percent following introduction of preventive vaccines. The first mass innoculations of children with the Salk vaccine had begun in Pittsburgh, PA, 23 February 1954.
On 11 April 1968, exactly one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (protecting civil rights workers, expanding the rights of Native Americans and providing antidiscrimination measures in housing) was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who said: “[ T] he proudest moments of my presidency have been times such as this when I have signed into law the promises of a century.”