Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tidbits from the Past

Readers: please note that I published in error the events that happened for the week of January 19-25. I apologize if anyone got a bit confused. (And thanks to my son who pointed out that the Super Bowl would not have been in the middle of December.) Below are the corrected events for December 19-25.

21 Disney's "Snow White" premiered at theaters. (1937)
23 The transistor was invented by U.S. physicists John Bardeen, Walter H. Brittain, and William Shockley. (1947)
25 William the Conqueror is crowned the King of England. (1066)

Addendum to posting: for Jewish events in history for this week, please go to

1 comment:

Primum Non Nocere said...

Interestingly enough, it was William Shockley (inventor of the transistor) who presented a probable casualty report to the War Department estimating how many Japanese and American lives an invasion of the Japanese mainland would cost. This report was in a large part responsible for the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a decision which according to most historians prevented one million allied casualties and several million Japanese casualties.