Friday, January 11, 2008

Today in History: January 11

  • 1725 George Mason born. Father (with Madison) of the Bill of Rights.
  • 1755 Alexander Hamilton born. 1st U.S. Treasury Sec; see him on a $10 bill.
  • 1814 British surgeon James Paget born. Father of pathology, the study of diseases.
  • 1902 First issue of Popular Mechanics magazine is published.
  • 1922 Leonard Thompson, age 14, receives first insulin injection, proving diabetes survivable.

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  1. I've never figured out how a Treasurer got to be on the money. Isn't that like the geeky office that no one wants? Of course, he did die in a duel; that adds cool points.

  2. Hamilton wrote almost half of the Federalist Papers (Madison wrote almost the rest, Jay wrote 5 of them). Aside from founding the U.S. Mint, the Coast Guard and the first national bank, he also founded the first political party, the Federalist Party. In the election of 1800, his party lost the election to Jefferson and Burr but because they were both in a tie, the House had to choose one to become president. Hamilton wangled his preference for Burr to lose. This is what led, 4 years later, to their famous duel. Note that when he shot and killed Hamilton, Burr was a sitting Vice President. Burr died about 30 years after the duel of natural causes.


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