Saturday, October 15, 2022

Today -100: October 15, 1922: Of phones, drummers, new cities, and criteria

Automatic phones are inaugurated in NYC, so one can now dial, say, Pennsylvania 6-5000 without going through the operator, if one has a dial phone and lives in the Pennsylvania exchange, which is so far the only one with this service.

Headline of the Day -100:  

Sounds like an ill-conceived children’s book. The drummer goes by “Sambo.”

The president of Brazil is authorized to begin construction of a city in the center of the country to serve as the new capital. They’ve been talking about this for decades, and it will actually take a few more decades for work to begin on Brasilia.

T.S. Eliot founds The Criterion, a literary magazine, which he will edit. The first issue includes his poem The Waste Land.

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