Archive for January 7th, 2012

FIRST COMMERCIAL BANK ON THIS DAY IN 1782

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The Bank of North America, established by the Continental Congress on
December 31, 1781 and opened on January 7, 1782 in Philadelphia at
the urging of Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris (shown below),
thus becoming the first commercial bank in the United States.The Bank
of North America along with the First Bank of the United States and
The Bank of New York obtained the first shares in the New York
Stock Exchange.  

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Robert Morris

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RADIO SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1940

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The singing cowboy Gene Autry was heard each Sunday evening on his CBS
radio show “Melody Ranch”. The show debuted on January 7, 1940 and ran an unprecedented 16 years, ending in 1956. It featured songs,comedy and action 
drama. The sponsor for the show was Wrigley’s Doublement Gum.

gene aurty radio show

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MYSTERY SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1941

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InnerSanctum

Inner Sanctum Mysteries, was a popular radio program that aired from Tuesday,
January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952 for a total of 526 episodes.The program
was created by producer Himan Brown. The anthology series featured stories
of mystery, terror an suspense. The first episode was  “The Amazing Death
Of Mrs. Putnam”.

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Guest stars Peter Lorre and Elspeth Eric on Inner Sanctum

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Himan Brown

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COMEDY DUO MARRIED ON THIS DAY IN 1926

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The comedy team of Burns and Allen consisting of George Burns and his wife,
Gracie Allen, worked together in vaudeville, films, and radio and television with
great success over four decades. The couple met in 1922 while performing at
the Hill Street Theater in Newark, New Jersey and were later married January 7,
1926 in Cleveland.      

 

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HOW IT LOOKED IN 1900

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Portland’s Elk Statue at SW Main

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