History is something that illuminates the culture and its origin. It also forecasts the awareness and how and when everything evolved and fell into place. It not only helps us trace the origins of the past but also helps us understand it better which leads to an understanding of the present more desirably. We, at Brag Social, try to keep you updated with the happening of past and present through our today column. Let us now read the historical milestones of August 27.
1881 – Pure Food Law put to effect
On 27th August 1881, the United States put into effect the ‘Pure Food Law’ to prevent “the adulteration of food or drugs.” The United States passes its first general, nationwide ban on the adulteration of food and drugs – the Pure Food and Drug Act in the year 1906 after Britain’s enactment of its first nationwide food adulteration act. Enforcement of this law was allocated to the Bureau of Chemistry in the U.S. Department of Agriculture which was later named the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1930. The main purpose of the act was to ban foreign and freeway traffic in mislabelled food and drug products and to ensure that active ingredients were put down on the label of a product’s packaging along with inspection of food and drug products.
1894 – Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act passed
Wilson-Gorman Tariff was also known as the Revenue Act and was named after two democrats, William L. Wilson from West Virginia and Senator Arthur P. Gorman from Maryland. The Tariff’s motive was to gain back the revenue that was lost by tariff reductions and hence this peacetime income tax was implemented by the Congress in 1894. The income tax was later struck down by the Supreme Court.
1910 – Thomas Edison demonstrates the first “talking” pictures
According to the New York Times, Thomas A. Edison exhibited his first kinetoscope, a device designed to view films through a peephole, one individual at a time. He demonstrated the first ‘talking’ picture using a phonograph in his New Jersey laboratory. Edison’s first moving picture invention was synchronized with sound to a small audience in West Orange, New Jersey.
1953 – “Roman Holiday” is released
Roman Holiday is an American romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert. The film is critically acclaimed to be one of the culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and was preserved by the in the United StatesNational Film Registry by the Library of Congress. In the 14th Venice film festival, the romantic comedy was screened. Audrey Hepburn bagged the Best Actress Award for her performance in the Academy Awards where the best screenplay and costume were also awarded. John Dighton and Dalton Trumbo had written the script for Roman Holiday, where Trumbo was not credited as he was blacklisted in Hollywood.
1975 – Veronica & Colin Scargill bicycled around the world.
A journey of 18,020 miles was completed by Veronica & Colin Scargill on a bicycle. They were the first couple, from England to travel around the world on a two-seater bicycle, which is called a tandem bicycle and cover approximately 29,000 km. Setting an international record for touring in a tandem bicycle, the couple motivated a lot of people with their infectious enthusiasm and excitement. The UK government has now increased the use of bicycles more after the couple’s achievement.
2008 – Barack Obama becomes first African-American to be Nominated for US President
Barack Hussein ObamaII becomes the first African-American to be nominated for President of the United States in the General Elections and wins by majority becoming the 44th President of the United States. Before presiding over his Presidential duties, Obama was awarded the noble peace prize, as his remarkable efforts were put into effect in strengthening international cooperation among people. Illinois in the U.S Senate was represented by Obama back in 2005