This Week in History

Toronto, ON, Canada / SayRadio

This is a very significant week in the history of our world. It varies from automotive, to war, to Hollywood, to sports, to crime; the list goes on. Here are a few significant moments I found and think are the most interesting:

Jeopardy Record Streak Ends

In 2004, Ken Jennings won 74 consecutive games, and over $2.5 million, when he finally lost a game. This streak was a record for United States game shows. He was on the show for six months, which was also a record. Jeopardy got a huge ratings boost, and it turned Jennings into a television hero. Jennings went on to appear on television shows, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and even appeared on Sesame Street.

Ford’s First Assembly Line Begins

Henry Ford had installed the first moving assembly line for the entire production of an entire automobile in 1913. Because of this, it drastically improved the time it took to assemble a car from more than twelve hours, to two hours and thirty minutes. Efficiency was in Henry Ford’s blood, and he wanted his company to become more and more efficient when it came to building his cars, because he wanted every person in America to own a car.

Rosa Parks Ignites the Civil Rights Movement

In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested and put in jail for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, which was a violation of the Montgomery, Alabama’s racial segregation laws. Because of this, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was organized by none other than Martin Luther King Jr. African Americans were required to sit at the back of the bus, and were required to give up their seat to white people, if the front of the bus was filled up.

Meteorite Strikes Human

The first instance of a meteorite striking a human took place in Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1954. A meteorite crashed through the roof of a house and into a living room. It then bounced off of a radio, and struck a woman on her hip. Elizabeth Hodges was sleeping on a couch at the time this happened. The space rock weighed 8.5 pounds and was seven inches long. Hodges was not permanently injured, but did receive a large bruise on her hip and leg. A dog in Egypt was killed by a falling meteorite in 1911.

Affleck and Damon Rise to Hollywood Stardom

This week in 1997, one of the greatest movies in the history of cinema debuts: Good Will Hunting. The film starred Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. It also starred late great actor, Robin Williams. A huge box office success, Good Will Hunting would go on to receive nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.

NBA Suspends Player for Attacking Coach

In 1997, the NBA suspends three time all-star, Latrell Sprewell, for one year after he attacked his coach, P.J. Carlesimo. The confrontation took place during a practice, when Carlesimo was criticizing Sprewell about a pass that he had made. They came face to face, and that is when Sprewell began to choke his head coach, until he was pulled away by several teammates and team officials. He was told to leave practice, then returned 20 minutes later and threw a punch at his coach, before he was pulled away again. His suspension was reduced to 68 games. When his suspension was over, he was then traded.

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