October 19

This Day in History


First Megawatt Wind Turbine Generates Electricity

On this day in 1941, the Smith-Putnam wind turbine, standing on a Vermont mountaintop known as (of all things) Grandpa’s Knob, generated AC power for the electric grid. It was the very first occasion o … (more...)


Ethiopia Stands Alone

The League of Nations votes to impose deliberately ineffectual economic sanctions against Fascist Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia. Steps that would impede the progress of the invasion, such as … (more...)


Largest Gold Nugget Found

On this day in 1872, German gold miner Bernhardt Holtermann discovered the Holtermann Nugget in New South Wales, Australia, one of the largest single specimens of gold ever found. Born in … (more...)