Renee Ryan, here, still fighting a really tight dealine so we’re back to the FastFacts blog. Today, in honor of my current manuscript (set in the 1890s), I’ve decided to give some quick facts about the decade known as The Gay Nineties.
- Top Ten Popular Boy Names: John, William, James, George, Charles, Joseph, Frank, Robert, Edward, Henry
- Top Ten Popular Girl Names: Mary, Anna, Margaret, Helen, Elizabeth, Ruth, Florence, Ethel, Emma, Marie
- Top Inventions of the Decade: Stop Sign, Tabulating Machine, Shredded Wheat, Ferris Wheel, Bottle Cap, Medical Glove, Candy Corn, Volleyball (the game), Zipper, Mouse Trap
- The Suffragette Movement began in earnest
- X-rays were discovered
- Helium was discovered
In Fiction: The first Sherlock Holmes mystery was published
Also, in fiction: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
Finally, the first modern Olympic Games were held April 6, 1896 in Athens, Greece
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