Strange Misc "Last" Items
Alcatraz Federal Prison was closed in March of 1963. The facility had served as a US military prison from 1859 to 1933 and as a federal prison from 1933. Frank Wathernam was the last prisoner to leave Alcatraz prison on March 21, 1963.
13-year-old Anne Frank made the last entry in her diary on August 1, 1944; a diary she had kept for two years while hiding with her family to escape Nazi deportation to a concentration camp. Three days later the Grune Polizei raided the secret annex in Amsterdam, Holland, where the Jewish family was in hiding. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15.
The last Model T Ford came off the assembly line on May 26, 1927.
The 1550 Silver Spyder Porsche was the last car designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche.
The Studebacker-Packard Co. made the last Packard on August 19, 1958.
BRANDING FOR PUNISHMENT
Jonathan Walker, in 1844, was the last person branded in the US as punishment for a crime. He had the initials SS branded into the palm of his right hand as punishment for helping American slaves escape to the Bahamas. (The charge against him was slave stealing.)
CIGARETTE AD ON TELEVISION
On December 31, 1970, the last cigarette ad, a commercial for Virginia Slims, was aired on the "Tonight Show." Cigarette advertising was banned from radio and TV effective January 1, 1971.
The last Transatlantic Concorde flight touched down in London on Friday, October 24, 2003. The last flight was piloted by Mike Bannister. The Concorde made its first commercial flight in January 1976.
New York was the last state, in 1984, to put photographs on driver's licenses.
In 1954, Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
A bartender's announcement that customers may order one more drink before the bar closes is known as the last call.
The last horseman of the Apocalypse is Death, according to Revelations 6:2-8.
The title of music played at military burials is called the last post.
The Passover meal taken by Jesus and his disciples before his death.
London's last tram ran July 6, 1952, as motor buses replaced streetcars.
US Astronaut Eugene Cernan is the last person to set foot on the moon - December 1972.
The last words spoken from the moon were from Eugene Cernan, Commander of the Apollo 17 Mission on 11 December 1972. "As we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind."
The last Coast Guard radio navigation station still using Morse code transmitted its last message on March 31, 1995 from Chesapeake, Virginia.
The last Oldsmobile rolled off a Lansing assembly line the week of April 27, 2004, ending production of an automobile line that began in 1897. The last Oldsmobile is an Alero, the only model still in production. General Motors slowly phased out other Olds models the past few years.
On December fifth, 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.
RED DYE #2
The most frequently used dye in drugs, food and cosmetics, red dye No. 2, was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration on February 12, 1976, after studies indicated the dye was carcinogenic.
SLAVERY IN US
On December 18th, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effect.
US CIVIL WAR
All Confederate troops west of the Mississippi River surrendered on May 26, 1865.
Large-denomination U.S. bills ($500 and higher) were last printed in 1945.
They were officially withdrawn from circulation in 1969.
Gold coins were last circulated in 1933. The Gold Reserve Act of 1934 made it illegal for private persons to own gold bullion.
The last Indian Head or Buffalo nickel was issued in 1938 by the Denver Mint. Three men: Two Moons, Iron Tail, and John Big Tree had been used as models for the Indian head.
The last Lincoln cent with wheat ears on the reverse side was issued in 1958.
The last time US quarters and dimes actually had any silver content was 1964.
US INDIAN RESISTANCE
The last major American Indian resistance to white settlement was the 'Battle of Wounded Knee,' in 1890.
The last "foreign" born US president was William Henry Harrison. He was born in 1773, in Virginia, before the USA was formed. The Constitution would later require that the president be a native-born citizen and a resident of the US for at least 14 years.
The last US President not born in a hospital was Lyndon B. Johnson. He was born in a farmhouse in Texas in 1908.
The last US President to be born in a log cabin was James Garfield. He was born on Nov. 19, 1831.
The last US President to own slaves was Ulysses S. Grant. In 1848, when he married Julia Dent, she already owned 1 slave. She received a second as a wedding gift, and later purchased a third one. Grant bought a slave named William Jones and later freed him.
The last US President to resign from office was Richard Nixon, on August 9, 1974.
The last US President to serve 4 terms was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In 1947, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution limited future presidents to two terms.
WITCHCRAFT TRIAL IN ENGLAND
The last witchcraft trial in England was the trial of Jane Wenham in 1712. She was found innocent.
The fear of being last.