by Graham Pierrepoint
Time to hop back in the One News Page time machine and to check out what history has to teach us from decades and centuries past. We love our trips down memory lane – and while we may not have physically been there for much of these twists and turns in time, we can learn from them – and sometimes marvel at them – all the same! Buckle up and get ready for our first time travel into December!
November 27th, 1920 – The American Superhero Movie is Born
While we might all be swamped with Marvel, DC and cinematic universes in 2017, the genesis of superhero movies dates all the way back to 1920, with The Mask of Zorro making its debut in New York. Zorro, of course, has been adapted and rebooted several times since then – but will he be back?
November 28th, 1893 – Women Vote For The First Time
New Zealand famously granted women the national vote far ahead of anyone else – and they were able to cast their votes for the first time over 120 years ago this week. It’s a piece of history that rightfully snowballed into rights movements the world over.
November 29th, 1972 – Pong Debuts
Pong – widely agreed upon to be the first videogame to be truly successful – was released 45 years ago this week, making the industry older than many of our readers! Pong, of course, is a simple – yet still playable – bat-and-ball game which has been aped many times since.
November 30th, 1872 – Soccer Goes International
Soccer is now, of course, a sport played on a huge international scale – yet the first world match ever took place just (!) 145 years ago. England and Scotland, no less, drew in a match on home turf for the latter in Glasgow.
December 1st, 1955 – Rosa Parks’ Bus Arrest
In a moment widely regarded as one of the most important for the civil rights movement, Alabama citizen Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white passenger on a public bus and was arrested as a result back in 1955. It’s a moment which is still taught in schools today as a tipping point for black/white relations.
December 2nd, 1982 – The World’s First Artificial Heart Transplant
The University of Utah saw the world’s first non-organic heart transplanted into recipient Barney Clark – and since then, the procedure has become commonplace and life-saving for millions of people worldwide.
December 3rd, 1989 – End of the Cold War
While some may claim that we are in the midst of a sequel, the Cold War of the 80s between the US and Russia was officially declared over by both US leader George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev this week, almost thirty years ago.
As you can see – the world has a habit of changing dramatically in just a few years – and we thankfully have the tools to record history as and when it happened! Tune in again next week for more time travelling!