1915 - May 7 – WWI: Sinking of the RMS Lusitania: British ocean liner RMS Lusitania is sunk by Imperial German Navy U-boat U-20 off the south-west coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 civilians en route from New York to Liverpool.
"Daylight saving" is now a law, if not a fact, and as both the government and railroads are to adopt the new system, and most factories, the public will ...Read MORE...
1918 - Help Wanted Help Wanted - Help Wanted in Southbridge, Mass., to work in Hamilton Woolen Co., established nearly 100 years, employing 2,000 hands. Easy work, steady employment, best of wages, especially good for ...Read MORE...
1918 - October 31 – The Hungarian government terminates the personal union with Austria, officially dissolving the Austro-Hungarian empire.
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...
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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...
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1947 - February 25 - The German state of Prussia is officially abolished by the Allied Control Council.
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 - 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...
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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...
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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)
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Death 30 May 2001 Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA
Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) - Monday, June 4, 2001 Deceased Name: W. Laurier Pinsonneault
SOUTHBRIDGE -- The funeral Mass for W. Laurier Pinsonneault, 86, of Pine Street, who died Wednesday, May 30, in Providence House Nursing Home, was held Saturday, June 23, in Notre Dame Church.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Doris G. (Durocher) Pinsonneault; two daughters, Louise Guillet of Dudley and Susan Maher of Chittenango, N.Y.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Lillia Renaud and Rubia Durocher, both of Southbridge, predeceased him. A son, Paul Pinsonneault, died in 1967.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Pinsonneault worked 25 years at Hyde Manufacturing Co., and was a barber many years at Leo's Barbershop in Southbridge. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6055 and the Disabled American Veterans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Notre Dame Restoration Fund, 61 Marcy St., Southbridge, MA 01550.
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