This Day in History
This Day in History (1955): Pass another passport, please
U.S. Consulate marks 1,500th passport issued.
From the April 6, 1955, edition of the Sun and Flare
This is Dhahran Consul General John W. Carrigan's busy season.
On April 1, he signed the 1,500th new passport issued in a year's time. The 1,500th was issued to Marvin Wilt of Aramco.
From July 1, 1954, to April 1, 1955, the Consulate General also renewed 1,088 passports and issued 2,588 Lebanese visas.
Carrigan said the credit for smooth operation should go to Vice Consul Theodore A. Wahl and Miss Della Dunham of Aramco's Passport Office in Dhahran.
Also on this date:
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2009 - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing 307
1973 - The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter
1973 - Launch of the Pioneer 11 spacecraft
1968 - Pierre E. Trudeau wins the Liberal Party leadership election, and becomes Prime Minister of Canada
1957 - Olympic airways is founded by Aristotle Onassis following the acquisition of "TAE-Greek National Airlines
1947 - The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement
1929 - At the end of the Salt March, Ghandi raises a lump of mud and salt and declares, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire."
1926 - Varney Airlines, the root company of United Airlines, makes its first commercial flight
1909 - Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first people to reach the North Pole (though Peary's claim has been disputed due to his navigation failings)
1896 - In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated 1,500 years after the original games were banned by Roman emperor Theodosius I
1808 - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, which would eventually make him America's first millionaire
1652 - At the Cape of Good Hope, Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeek establishes a resupply camp that eventually becomes Cape Town