11 July 1926
Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA
1929 - St Valentine's Day Massacre
Gunmen of Alphonse Capone (1899-1947) murder seven rival Chicago mobsters in the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre."
www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ illinois.html - February 14, 1929
March 6, 1930: Clarence Birdseye's first frozen food appeared in grocery stores in Springfield, MA
The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com - March 6, 1930
1933 - November 8 – New Deal: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million of the unemployed.
www.wikipedia.org - November 8, 1933
1934 - The metal beverage can is invented (American Can Co., United States)
1934 - April 12 - Winds atop Mount Washington, NH, averaged 186 mph for five minutes, with a peak gust of 231 mph, the highest wind speed ever clocked in the world.
WeatherForYou.com - April 12, 1934
1935 - Friendly's Ice Cream is founded in Springfield
www.friendlys.com / about-friendlys/ about-us -
1937 - May 6 – Hindenburg disaster:
In the United States, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flame when mooring to a mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 36 passengers and 61 crew on board, 13 passengers and 22 crew die, as...Read MORE...
1938 - October 27 - Du Pont announces a name for its new synthetic yarn: "nylon".
www.wikipedia.org - October 27, 1938
1938 - The ballpoint pen is invented (Lazlo Biro, Hungary)
1938 - October 24 - The minimum wage is established by law in the United States.
www.wikipedia.org - October 24, 1938
1939 - When World War II broke out, Southbridge had a population of 16,801.
Street Corners of Southbridge, "The Way We Were" by Joe Capillo, 1996 -
1939 - April 30 - World's Fair opens in New York City
1939 - September 1 - World War II begins: Germany invades Poland
September 1, 1939
1940 - May 10 - Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain
May 10, 1940
1941 - January 13 – All persons born in Puerto Rico since this day are declared U.S. citizens by birth, through U.S. federal law.
www.wikipedia.org - January 13, 1941
1941 - December 11 - Germany and Italy declare war on the United States. The U.S. responds in kind.
www.wikipedia.org - December 11, 1941
1942 - June 4–June 7 – WWII: The Battle of Midway: The Japanese naval advance in the Pacific is halted.
Naval History and Heritage Command (www.youtube.com) - June 7, 1942
United States Navy
He joined The Navy in August 1944,was a SC3,and also was a 50cal Machine gunner on the USS Clermont and after the war he served on the USS Oregon City. His nickname was " Machine Gun Thompson or Tommy Gun ". He served at Okinawa and his ship brought Marines and ammunition to the front lines on the...Read MORE...
1944 - Sunscreen is invented (Benjamin Green, United States)
1945 - The atomic bomb is invented (J. Robert Oppenheimer, et al., United States)
1945 - August 6 – WWII: Atomic bombing of Hiroshima: A United States B-29 Superfortress, the Enola Gay, drops an atomic bomb, codenamed "Little Boy", on Hiroshima, Japan, at 8:15 a.m. (local time).
Blasting of Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Kills 150,000
...All Living Things Seared To Death, Tokyo Says
OKINAWA, Aug. 8 - (NS) - At least 150,000 Japanese were estimated today to have been killed...Read MORE...
1945 - Maker of Bomb Very Depressed
Maker of Bomb Very Depressed - Southbridge, Mass. August 17 (UP) - A scientist who helped develop the atomic bomb said today, with permission of the War Department, that he became so depressed over...Read MORE...
1946 - Women See Colors Better
Women See Colors Better - Southbridge, Mass (UP) - The American Optical Co., studying the incidence of color blindness, discovered that 90 percent of the nation's color blind are men.
Oswego Palladium Times - Oswego, New York - Tuesday, December 24, 1946
1947 - February 25 - The German state of Prussia is officially abolished by the Allied Control Council.
www.wikipedia.org - February 25, 1947
1948 - The State of Israel is officially created
1948 - Velcro is invented (George de Mestral, Switzerland)
1949 - Communists under Mao assume power in China
1949 - The Soviet Union successfully detonates an atomic weapon
1950 - January 31 - President Harry S. Truman orders the development of the hydrogen bomb, in response to the detonation of the Soviet Union's first atomic bomb in 1949
www.wikipedia.org - January 31, 1950
1951 - New Goggles
American Optical Co. of Southbridge, Mass. has a new airtight industrial goggle for use in working with gas fumes or smoke. The headband of the goggle is fastened to the outer frame. The inner frame...Read MORE...
1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk, University of Pittsburg, announced successful testing of polio vaccine
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1953 - July 27 - Korean War ends
After three years of a bloody and frustrating war, the United States, the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and South Korea agree to an armistice, bringing the Korean War to an end. The...Read MORE...
1955 - WESO On the Air
March 20 - Radio Station WESO goes on the air for a first time. Announcers and newscasters are Bob Binet, John Bunnewith, Joe Capillo, Esther Costa, Bob Harris, Mildred Henshall, Bill Mindy, and Bob...Read MORE...
1958 - Ames Worsted Textile Company
Milton and Irving Gilman open their first store in the Ames Worsted Textile Co. mill in Southbridge. This is the start of Ames Department Stores, which at its peak operated 700 stores in 20 states.
1958 - NASA formed
1960 - Civil Rights Act of 1960
The Civil Rights Act of 1960 (enacted May 6, 1960) was a United States federal law that established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who...Read MORE...
1961 - Vietnam War officially begins with 900 military advisors landing in Saigon
1961 - East Germany begins construction of the Berlin Wall
1961 - Keeping Out Noise
Southbridge, Mass. (UPI) - A new plastic, anti-noise ear plug for military and commercial aviation purposes has been developed by American Optical Co.
The device is about three fourths of an inch...Read MORE...
1962 - April 21 - Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens
www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html - April 21, 1962
1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis
1963 - I Have a Dream Speech - Martin Luther King's Address at March on Washington August 28, 1963.
1964 - April 22 - World's Fair opens in New York City
1964 - Civil Rights Act of 1964
This act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made...Read MORE...
1965 - Vietnam War - First U.S. ground combat forces arrive in South Vietnam
1968 - Civil Rights Act of 1968
Also known as the Fair Housing Act of 1968
Congress passed the act in an effort to impose a comprehensive solution to the problem of unlawful discrimination in housing based on race, color, sex,...Read MORE...
1968 - The ATM is invented (Don Wetzel, United States)
1968 - February 17 - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens
1968 - Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assassinated on June 6 in Los Angeles
1969 - January 20 - Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) becomes 37th President of the United States
January 20, 1969
1970 - April 22 - The First Earth Day
Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. An ...Read MORE...
1970 - Kent State shootings - May 4 - Kent, Ohio
1972 - Watergate
1973 - March 29 – The last United States soldier leaves Vietnam.
March 29, 1973
Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974
Equal Credit Opportunity Act passes in the US. Until then, banks required single, widowed or divorced women to bring a man along to cosign any credit application, regardless of their income. They...Read MORE...
1974 - Richard Nixon resigns Presidency over Watergate
1974 - August 9 - Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) becomes 38th President of the United States after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon
August 9, 1974
1977 - Elvis Presley dies, August 16, 1977, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
August 16, 1977
1977 - January 20 - Jimmy Carter (1924 - ) becomes 39th President of the United States
January 20, 1977
1979 - Iran hostage crisis begins
1979 - Three Mile Island nuclear accident - March 28
1979 - May 4 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female prime minister of Great Britain
May 4, 1979
1980 - Making Eyes
In the days of old, someone who lost an eye wore an eye patch. That was replaced by getting a glass eye: now, American Optical of Southbridge, Mass. uses a light-weight plastic eye that can be...Read MORE...
1981 - Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley
President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court, 1981
1981 - First reported case of AIDS
1981 - Voyager 2 reaches Saturn
1981 - Personal Computer introduced
1981 - January 20 - Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) beomes 40th President of the United States
January 20, 1981
1982 - The camcorder is invented (Sony Corp., Japan)
1983 - The laptop computer is invented (Radio Shack Corp., United States)
Joan Benoit wins the first women’s Olympic Marathon, 1984
At the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, Joan Benoit (today known as Joan Benoit Samuelson) finished the first-ever women’s marathon in 2:24.52.
1986 - Iran-Contra scandal breaks
1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger accident
1989 - In response to massive protests, the East German government allows East Berliners to cross into West Berlin. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall begins shortly after.
1989 - The World Wide Web is invented at CERN (Tim Berners-Lee, UK)
1989 - January 20 - George H. W. Bush (1924 - ) becomes 41st President of the United States
January 20, 1989
1990 - German reunification officially completed according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany
1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait, beginning the Persian Gulf War
1991 - Gulf War
1991 - U.S. led coalition defeats Iraqi military forces and liberates Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union; Effective legal dissolution of the U.S.S.R.
1992 - Hurricane Andrew causes devastation in Florida and Louisiana
1993 - World Trade Center bombing
1993 - January 20 - William J. Clinton (1946 - ) becomes 42nd President of the United States
January 20, 1993
1995 - Oklahoma City bombing
1997 - NASA spacecraft Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars
Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, 1997
2001 - Invasion of Afghanistan Operation "Enduring Freedom"
2001 - January 20 - George W. Bush (1946 - ) becomes 43rd President of the United States
January 20, 2001
2001 - September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
September 11, 2001
2002 - Out of Business
Ames Department stores, which began in Southbridge in 1958, goes out of business
2005 - Hurricane Katrina
6 September 2007
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
SOUTHBRIDGE Willard R. Thompson, 81, of Paige Hill Rd., died Thursday, September 6, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Frances (Kroll) Thompson two sons, Jeffrey Thompson of West Brookfield, Robert Thompson of Southbridge a daughter, Beverly Lacasse and her husband Kenneth of Pomfret Center, CT three grandchildren, Natalie, Gabriel and Tyler all of Southbridge. He graduated from Mary E. Wells High School and served in the Navy during WWII.
He retired as Sergeant from the Southbridge Police Department where he worked for 25 years. After his retirement he worked part time for Christie & Thompson Auto Parts and was a chauffer for the Masonic Home in Charlton. His memberships included the Quinebaug Lodge of Mason in Southbridge, the Doric Chapter, charter and life member of the VFW Post 6055. He enjoyed camping, spending summers in Seabrook, NH, tinkering with projects, and spending mornings at McDonalds with his friends.
Calling hours are 2:00PM to 4:00PM Sunday, September 9th in Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St., Southbridge. Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Church, 446 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, 01550 or to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. An online guestbook is available at BelangerFuneralHome.com
Publication title: Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, Mass.: Sep 8, 2007. pg. A.4
Oak Ridge Cemetery
181 Main Street
Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA