Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, 13 April 2015

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.

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.


Today is Monday, 13 April 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Alfred M. Butts’ Birthday – Anniversary, Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday – Anniversary, National Library Week begins, and Premiere of Handel’s Messiah – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Sunday, 12 April 2015

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 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.


Today is Sunday 12 April 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Attack on Ft. Sumter – Anniversary, National D.E.A.R. Day, National Licorice Day, Orthodox Easter, and Polio Vaccine Announcement – 60th Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, 11 April 2015

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.”

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.”


Today is Saturday, 11 April 2015 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Barbershop Quartet Day, Jane Matilda Bolin’s Birthday – Anniversary, Civil Rights Act – Anniversary, International Louie Louie Day, Liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp – 70th Anniversary, and Spellman College Established – Anniversary.

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