Sunday, January 12, 2014

This Day in History: Jack Chaney is born in San Francisco, later to take the name London from his stepfather, living a wild life of a vagrant, getting arrested and later going on to enroll at the University of California at Berkeley, only to drop out in 1897 to join the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska, a region which gave him material for some of his best stories, including "The Call of the Wild", 1876; the "Schoolchildren's Blizzard" of the northwestern Great Plains engulfs a region from Montana down to north Texas, temperatures dropping by nearly 100 degrees in 24 hours and stranding millions of people in 5-foot high snow drifts, including young kids returning home from school, taking 235 victims in one of the worst Winter storms ever recorded, 1888; 'Amos 'N Andy' premieres on WGN Radio in Chicago, the parody of black folks becoming hugely popular and later spawning a T.V. show, 1926; young, handsome, cocky Joe Namath and the New York Jets stun the country by defeating older, more experienced quarterback Johnny Unitas and his Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, one of three great teams in New York which made headlines that year with outstanding players- including the Mets and the Knicks, 1969

Friday, August 23, 2013

This Day in History: August 23rd

This Day in History: Dolley Madison orders servants to remove the portrait of George Washington from the walls of the Executive Mansion before British troops occupy and burn the building, 1814; Texas Ranger John Armstrong arrests outlaw Joh...n Wesley Hardin for the killings of dozens of people, an event chronicled in Bob Dylan's album of the same name, 1877; following up on the success of her cookbook, which was among the first in the country to provide exact recipes using measured amounts of ingredients for a wide variety of dishes, Fannie Farmer opens her famous cooking school in Boston, 1902; the Battle of Mons pits British forces against the Germans in the early days of World War I, 1914; Hitler and Stalin make a pact to avoid aggression against each other at the outset of World War II, a move that the Soviets would renounce only after Hitler later attacked Russia, throwing them into the fold of the Allies, 1939See More

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This Day in History: July 28th

This Day in History: The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is passed by the Senate, giving blacks citizenship and equal treatment under the law, one of the three Amendments which resulted directly from the ending of the Civil War, 1868; Wo...rld War I begins as Austria-Hungray declares war on Serbia, to catastrophe to lead to over 40 million casualties around the world, 1914; the Senate approves the U.N. Charter, 1945; "Animal House" is relased, the film depicting college students in a mythical Midwest town who are members of a fraternity and try to disrupt the staid, conservative campus, the movie catapulting a young John Belushi to stardom, 1978

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This Day in History: July 25th

This Day in History: A young Jack London gets on a steamship to sail for the Klondike gold rush in Alaska, a trip which will set the stage for him to write one of his most famous novels- 'The Call of the Wild', 1897; Bob Dylan shocks his music fans by getting up onstage and playing electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, a move many have called transformational as it heralded in the folk-rock era, with bands like The Byrds later playing his songs and other folk ballads with a new sound, changing the face of popular music, 1965; Louise Joy Brown is born as the world's first "test tube" baby via in vitro fertilization, starting a trend for infertile mothers to try a new approach to giving birth, 1978

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This Day in History: July 24th

This Day in History: The future city of Detroit is founded as an outpost by a French fur trader, 1701; the ancient city of Machu Picchu in Peru- the lost city of the Incas- is discovered by British archeologist Hiram Bingham, the enclave on... a montainside high in the clouds abandoned for 400 years, its strikingly accurate stone buildings so well designed that the hundred-ton blocks fit together perfectly without any mortar, becoming a marvel to modern observers, 1911; Vice President Nixon and Premier Krushchev engage in a "kitchen debate", 1959; President Kennedy's dream of safely landing a man on the Moon is completed as the Apollo XI astronauts splash down in the Atlantic, 1969

Monday, July 22, 2013

This Day in History: July 22nd

This Day in History: The English settlement of Roanoke is established, with the small village later vanishing, being called the Lost Colony of Roanoke, a mystery never explained, 1587; Scottish explorer and fur trader Alexander Mackenzie be...comes the first European to cross North America above Mexico and reach the Pacific Ocean, a feat which President Thomas Jefferson would note in later sending Le...wis and Clark with their Corps of Discovery to do the same, 1793; President Lincoln tells his Cabinet about his plans to release an Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in rebel territories which would become a brilliant strategy to help end the Civil War, 1862; General William Tecumseh Sherman fights the rebels in the Battle of Atlanta, 1864; Wiley Post becomes the first man to fly solo around the world, 1933; post-punk rocker Elvis Costello quits his day job and releases "My Aim Is True", a punchy, upbeat, energetic collection of songs which will help catapult him to the top of the pop charts, 1977; Army soldier Jessica Lynch is released and returns home to a hero's welcome in the United States after having been held hostage, her rescue from a hospital in Iraq catching worldwide attention, 2003

Friday, July 19, 2013

This Day in History: July 19th

This Day in History: French soldiers from Napoleon's Army find the Rosetta Stone in Egypt, a British researcher later breaking the code which was written in heiroglyphics that opened up the doors to the ancient culture, 1799; women's rights... take a major step forward as Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton hold their first suffragette convention in Seneca Fall, New York, 1848; Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his now famous "V for Victory" sign as England fights the Nazi war machine during World War II, 1941; U.S. planes bomb the eternal city- Rome- hoping to force Italian citizens to turn against the dictator Mussolini during the Second World War, 1943;Eisenhower's Secretary of State- John Foster Dulles- makes a U-turn and withdraws the U.S. pledge of aid to Egypt for building the Aswan Dam, a move which was criticized by Britain and other countries and some feel led the country toward a closer relationship with Communist Russia... for a while... 1956See More