August 13 was the day in history when…
1996: Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 3. It was the first web browser to give Netscape serious competition. Internet Explorer went from a 3-9% market share in 1996 to between 20 and 30% by the end of 1997. The first browser to introduce mail and news, Internet Explorer also contained an early version of the address book.
1993: The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that government agencies must save all emails. The practice had been for officials would print out or otherwise preserve emails that were considered to be of significance. The manner in which they were saved did not require identifying information such as sender and date be included. This ruling affirmed a lower court’s ruling that all documents must be saved in their entirety and that the selective saving system was flawed.
Carl Wickman started Greyhound with a small bus run in 1914. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev
1932: Hitler turned down offer to be vice-chancellor. Through the course of successive elections, Adolph Hitler gathered more and more power. The German government was splintered to the point that no political party had control. Coalitions had to be built to run the country. Hitler asked President Von Hindenburg to make him chancellor. Pagan, the current chancellor offered to make him vice-chancellor, but Hitler refused. Ultimately after the death of the president, Hitler seized power, leaving the office permanently vacant, taking the role of chancellor himself, and declaring himself Fuhrer.
1914: A Swedish immigrant named Carl Wickman starts a little business transporting miners in Minnesota for 15 cents per ride. The following year he merged his business with another transportation company. Merging and growing year after year, Wickman’s little company became Greyhound Bus Lines.
Happy Birthday Scott Hamilton
Photo by AFP/Getti Images
1958: Scott Hamilton- figure skater, Gold Medal 1984 Olympics
1951: Dan Fogelberg- singer/songwriter
1944: Kevin Tighe- actor
1926: Fidel Castro- Cuban dictator
1899: Alfred Hitchcock- horror film director
Notable People Lost:
2004: Julia Child- chef
1995: Mickey Mantle- baseball icon
1946: H.G. Wells- Science Fiction writer
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
Blame Someone Else Day
Left Handers’ Day
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