Friday, April 25, 2008

1914 Society (3)

1914. The U.S. Navy establishes a new oil reserve at Teapot Dome, Wyoming.

1914. The Panama Canal opens to traffic August 3. Built essentially on French plans at a total cost of 30,000 lives and some $367 million, the canal uses a system of locks to carry ships 50.7 miles between deep water in the Atlantic and deep water in the Pacific.

1914. Greyhound Bus has its beginnings.

1914. Cleveland rigs up the world's first red-green traffic lights August 5.

1914. Gulf Oil distributes the first U.S. automobile maps.

1914. New York City has only 38 more public schools than in 1899 despite an increase of more than 300,000 in enrollment. The overcrowded schools turn away 60,000 to 75,000 children each year for lack of space.

1914. Films: Mack Sennett's Tillie's Punctured Romance with Charles Chaplin, the first U.S. feature-length comedy.

1914. Popular songs: "Keep the Home Fires Burning"; "There's a Long, Long Trail"; "Colonel Bogey March"; "St. Louis Blues"; "12th Street Rag"; "The Missouri Waltz"; "When You Wore a Tulip and I wore a Big Red Rose"; "A Little Bit of Heaven (And They Called It Ireland)"; "By the Beautiful Sea."

1914. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded in New York to protect the interests of music writers, lyricists and publishers.

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