Fordham Five: Football Team Takes University Back to 1930

Following Saturday’s win over Georgetown, 34-12, and confident defeats over a number of competitive teams — including Lehigh, Temple and Columbia — Fordham’s football squad is sitting pretty with a 7-0 record on the season.

The university has never had a football team perform this well since 1930 — 83 years ago — when…

Hoover, pictured above with his wife. (Courtesy of Boston Public Library)

Hoover, pictured above with his wife. (Courtesy of Boston Public Library)

1. Herbert Hoover was president.

Nearly eight months after Hoover took office as the 31st President of the United States, the country faced what has been referred to as the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Hoover tried to combat the effects the Great Depression reverberated throughout America by increasing corporate taxes, building to Hoover Dam and other government-enforced efforts. The economy didn’t make any recovery by the time Hoover’s four year-term ended.

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2. Twinkies were invented.

James Alexander Dewar, a baker for the Continental Baking Company in Illinois, was looking to find another way to use the machines he used to bake strawberry shortcake. The result was a Twinke — he said he thought of the name after seeing an advertisement in St. Louis for “Twinkle Toe Shoes.”  Due to financial reasons, Twinkies were taken off store shelves in late 2012. But the product has since been brought back on the market.

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3. Clint Eastwood was born.

Known for his roles in Dirty Harry, Unforgiven and, most recently, Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood is one of the most well-known actors and directors in the world. He has won four Academy Awards of his directing and acting achievements. He was born into a working-class family in San Francisco.

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4. A gallon of milk was priced at 14 cents.

By today’s standards, that price sounds absurd, but during the tough period of the Great Depression many could not afford to buy milk.

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5. Pluto, the planet-turned-dwarf planet, was discovered.

Clyde Tombaugh, an assistant at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, is credited with the discovery. For over 70 years, Pluto was considered to be the ninth planet of our solar system — it has since been declared a dwarf planet.

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