By Barry Boyce,
Giro d’Italia - Capitalizing on the success of Classics
race Milan-San Remo, Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta
dello Sport beat rival newspaper Corriere dello Sport to
the announcement of the first Giro d’Italia. Public
reaction was enormous and on May 13, 1909 the race began
with 8 stages covering 3,256 km.
en Provence, France - June 17, 1909, the largest earthquake
in French history hit
the area just north of Aix en Provence.
Pole - Admiral Robert Peary discovered the North Pole.
- The first escalator was put into service in the Paris
- Robert Fowler ran to a world marathon record in a time
- July 25, 1909, Frenchman Louis Bleriot became the first
person to fly across the English
in 37 minutes. The airplane, the Bleriot XI, was his own design.
In England, Orville and Wilbur Wright introduce
their invention to automaker Charles Rolls (Rolls-Royce).
A year later Rolls
pilots his aircraft across the English Channel
and back, non-stop.
Geronimo, 1829-1909, leader of the last Native American
(Chiricahua Apaches) uprising
Arizona. He finally surrendered in 1886 and lived the rest of his
life as farmer in Oklahoma. He was the guest
of honor at Teddy Roosevelt’s 1905 inauguration.
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