Monday, October 29, 2007

19th Century Recycling?

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in history, 1886, New York City held the first ever one of these – and the event is still generally associated with the Big Apple. In 1886, the event was held spontaneously for the opening of the Statue of Liberty. In the ensuing 121 years, they’ve been planned and held for everyone from Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II to Sammy Sosa and Wrong Way Corrigan. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – what first occurred on this date in 1886 in New York City and has happened at least 175 times since? One clue: if the event happened today, it’s namesake item would not be used.

Answer: October 29, 1886, was the first "ticker-tape parade" in New York City.



Bonus Blog Trivia: Explorer Richard Byrd is the only three time recipient of a ticker-tape parade. Among sports teams, the New York Yankees have been honored seven times. The picture below shows the honoring of the Apollo 11 astronauts passing through the historic route known as the "Canyon of Heroes." Plaques now line the route honoring the accomplishments of most of the 175 ticker-tape parade recipients.



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