80 FACTS ABOUT THE EAGLES 80th ANNIVERSARY
Ironically, the Royal Oak Eagles came into being in the middle of prohibition! I wonder what they did in the social room
without alcohol? Ahhhh…yeah. Anyway, prohibition would not come to an end until the repeal of the 18th Amendment on
Dec. 5, 1933. Toasts were drunk once again in the open, wine was sold in the groceries, real beer replaced near beer, and
the partying would begin. Here are some
interesting facts about 1926, the year the Royal Oak Eagles Union Aerie 2092 was established.
1. US President Calvin Coolidge
2. US Vice President Charles
3. Bread: $0.09/loaf
4. Milk: $0.56/gal
5. Eggs: $0.45/doz
6. Car: $275
7. Gas: $0.23/gal
8. House: $7,748
9. Stamp: $0.02/ea
10. Avg Income: $1,427/yr
11. DOW Avg: 157
The 40-hour work week is introduced by Henry Ford
to limit overproduction.
13. Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts
14. Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises is published, expressing the alienation of Americans in Europe.
15. The Book of the Month Club is founded.
16. Failed assassination attempt against Mussolini.
17. Bobby Jones won the U.S. Open Golf .
18. Princess Elizabeth born in London
19. Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole
20. Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film.
21. In New York, the Warner Brothers' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John
22. A weather map is televised for the first time, sent from NAA Arlington to the Weather Bureau Office in Washington,
23. Great Miami Hurricane: A strong hurricane devastates Miami, Florida, leaving over 100 dead and caused several hundred
million dollars in damage; equal to nearly $100 billion dollars today.
24. Twelve cars full of gangsters open fire at the Hawthorne Inn, headquarters of Al Capone in Chicago. Only
one of Capone's men is wounded
25. The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations (it was formed by Westinghouse, General Electric and RCA).
26. Mt. Vesuvius erupts
27. Route 66 was commissioned in 1926, picking up as many as possible bits and pieces of existing road.
28. During his expedition to Mongolia, explorer Nicholas Roerich and members of his caravan, caught sight of
a huge oval-shaped object high in the sky. It had a shiny surface that reflected the sun on one side and moved at great speed
north to south.
29. Congress creates the Army Air Corps.
30. World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
vs. NY Yankees Series: 4-3
31. Father Coughlin pastor of the Shrine of the Little Flower at Royal Oak, Mich.
makes his first radio broadcast, beginning his 20-year career of racist and right-wing politics.
32. Auto antifreeze is developed which allows people to use cars year-round.
33. Coin-operated radios in public places, 5 minutes for 5 cents.
34. Unregulated radio stations drown each other out, beg for government controls.
35. Commercial picture facsimile (fax) radio service across the Atlantic.
Celebrating 80 years also:
36. January 8 - Soupy Sales, American comedian
37. January 3 - George Martin, English producer of The Beatles
38. March 16 - Jerry Lewis, American comedian
39. April 30 - Cloris Leachman, American actress
40. May 8 - Don Rickles, American comedian and actor
41. June 1 - Andy Griffith, American actor
42. June 1 - Marilyn Monroe, American actress (d. 1962)
43. June 28 - Mel Brooks, American entertainer
44. August 3 - Tony Bennett, American singer
45. August 13 - Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary and politician
46. October 18 - Chuck Berry, American musician
47. October 31 - Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured
right here in Detroit at Grace Hospital
48. July 26 - Robert Todd Lincoln, American statesman and businessman died was the first son of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Ann Todd. Born in Springfield, Illinois, United States, he was the only one of President Lincoln's four sons to reach adulthood. (b. 1843)
49. Rudolf Valentino's funeral hysteria, suicides, shows the emotional power of film.
The first radio jingle is broadcast, for Wheaties.
51. Burma Shave
signs start to dot U.S. highways.
52. Unemployment is 1.8%
(53-80) ROYAL OAK EAGLES UNION AERIE 2092 WAS:
1 year old in the year of the first talking motion picture
3 years old when the American stock market crashed
9 years old in the year radar was invented
15 years old at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
19 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima
27 years old at the end of the Korean War
31 years old when the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 was launched
33 years old when Hawaii was admitted as 50th of the United States
37 years old at the time President Kennedy was assassinated
39 years old during the Watts riot
42 years old when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated
43 years old at the time the first man stepped on the moon
46 years old when Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot
48 years old when President Nixon left office
50 years old on the U.S.'s bicentennial Fourth of July
53 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began
55 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
57 years old during Sally Ride's travel in space
58 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
60 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
63 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
65 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
67 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
68 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
69 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
71 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
74 years old on the first day of Y2K
75 years old at the time of the 9-11 attack on America