A six-cylinder Marmon Wasp, driven by Ray Harroun at an average speed of 74.59 miles per hour, won the first 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Speedway in 1911.
- Who was the first black man to become heavyweight champion in boxing? Jack Johnson was the first black man to become heavyweight champion on December 26, 1908. He remained the champion until April 5, 1915, when Jess Willard defeated him in Havana, Cuba.
- When was English first introduced into the Roman Catholic mass in the U.S.? Partial use of English was introduced to the U.S. liturgy on November 29, 1964. Latin was not completely phased out of the liturgy until Easter 1970.
- What is Casey Stengel’s real name? Casey Stengel was born Charles Dillon Stengel in Kansas City, Missouri (c. 1890-1975). Stengel managed the New York Yankees from 1949 to 1960 and the Mets from 1962 to 1965.
- When did William C. Durant found the General Motors Corporation? William C. Durant found the General Motors Corporation in 1908, in Flint, Michigan.
- Who was the first person to die in the gas chamber? The first person to die in the gas chamber was Gee Jon. He was convicted of assassinating a member of a rival Chinese tong and died in a gas chamber in Nevada State…