Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
      - Austin Phelps

Today is Monday - October 24th, 2016

On This Day In History:

Island of Lost Toys

1939 - Nylon Stockings

Nylon stockings went on sale in the U.S. for the first time to employees at DuPont's Wilmington, Delaware nylon factory. The modern materials revolution began in 1938 with DuPont's commercialization of their nylon product, which was the first man-made fiber to be made exclusively from mineral sources.

Ladies' stockings were DuPont's target product for the newly discovered compound. The company specifically intended to compete with silk in the women's hosiery market. Years of research led to enormous success. Nationwide sales began May 15, 1940. Demand was overwhelming. Nearly 800,000 pairs of nylon stockings were sold on the first day.

By 1941, nylon had captured 30% of the hosiery market and sales of silk stockings were looking to be surpassed by Nylons. However, by December 1941, all nylon output was diverted to military use for WWII. During World War II, most of America's nylon went into parachutes, mosquito nets, flak jackets, shoelaces, aircraft fuel tanks (to make them self-sealing), and many other military items.

Celebrating Birthdays Today:

David Nelson (actor)
Born in 1936

F. Murray Abraham
Born in 1939

Tila Nguyen
Born in 1981

What Happened on Your Special Day?

I became a fan of "today in history" information when I was very young. My father had a calendar that he had put together of "reasons to celebrate". If anybody asked "what are we celebrating?" my father could check his book and come up with a reason to celebrate for any day of the year. Charlie Chaplin's birthday, Buster Keaton's birthday, the anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, for every day of the year, my father's calendar had some interesting historical event that had occurred.

With this page I have tried to continue the tradition. Generally, I prefer to include birthdays and anniversaries of positive, uplifting, life affirming people and events that have had particular significance in my life. It's here because it was important to me.

I am trying to continually update with links from stories to other relevant sites. Check back regularly for a story on something interesting that happened on this day in history.

There are many, many, sites out there that have a lot of "this day in history" information. Many are not so great, full of inaccurate information and "negative vibes". However, there are a few that are really fabulous. Here are links to a few of my favorites. These sites feature "Today in History" stories for today, and some include archives that will enable you to look up information for any other date in history that is special to you:

This Day in History
The History Channel tells you what happened in Automotive, Civil War, Cold War, Crime, Entertainment, General Interest, Literary, Old West, Vietnam War, Wall Street, and World War II history for today or any day.

Life Magazine Covers
Life offers a look at covers from this day in history.

New York Times: On This Day
Lists events which occurred on each month and day of the year throughout history. Links to New York Times articles on the events when available.

Today in History
Stories and pictures from the American Memory historical collections of the U.S. Library of Congress.

The Internet Movie Database
The Internet Movie Database claims itself to be the biggest, best, most award-winning movie site on the planet. I'm not sure if it really is, but it is huge and has TONS of info on even the most obscure films, movies stars, directors, producers, etc. If it is motion picture related, you can probably find out something about it at this site.