The year is 1903:
Teddy Roosevelt is President, federal spending tops out at $520 million, the cost of a first-class postage stamp is two cents.

Arthur Godfrey, Benjamin Spock, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Eliot Ness, George Orwell, "Red" Grange and Lou Gehrig are born; Italo Marcioni patents the ice cream cone, the Nobel prize for physics is awarded to Pierre/Marie Curie.


The film "The Great Train Robbery" is playing in theaters. It is the longest film to date, lasting all of 12 minutes. Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman is published, and Henry Ford founds the Ford Motor Co.


In 1903 the first Teddy Bear is introduced in America, the first baseball World Series is played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox, the first Tour de France bicycle race is held, and for the first time a heavier than air machine, is ungracefully piloted above the sands of Kitty Hawk issuing in the age of flight.

Finally, in 1903, Emily Matthews and Mary Patterson become the first students to graduate from Peters Township High School. Both went on to college, which is exceedingly noteworthy. First, it was a rare and unusual feat for a woman of that time. Second, it was the  introduction of a Peters Township tradition; that of sending the vast majority of it’s students onto higher education...

Written by Dr. Mark Buzzatto for "Chamber Focus"

You are listening to "Palm Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin from 1903.

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