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Monday, May 12, 2008

History Day............



So here we are on history day again... surprising how little was going on today in history....Someone should do something enterprising today so I can write about it next year!!

The reason for the prison bars?? In 1831, the first indicted bank robber in the US, Edward Smith, was sentenced to 5 years hard labor on the rock pile at Sing Sing prison. Now THAT'S rehabilitation!! Teaching a crook to make gravel....

1955, Sam Jones of the Chicago Cubs pitched a no hitter against the Pirates, winning the game 4-0. Jones was the FIRST black pitcher to throw a major league no hitter! Woo Hoo Sam!!

1970, Ernie Banks of the Cubs hit home run number 500! (apparently this is a very good day historically for the Cubbies!)

1977, the Eagles (LOVE them) earned a gold record for Hotel California...but did you know that Desperado didn't earn one?? Odd, yes??

In 1978, the Powers That Be succumbed to feminist outrage and started alternating using men's and women's names in naming hurricanes. Seems this was an attempt at fair play since women didn't want all the credit for damage and destruction. And let's face it....men have done plenty of that, too! So it's only fair that hurricanes like David, Allen, Hugo and Andrew get to be as well known as say, Camelia.

6 Comments:

  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    THANKS FOR THE HISTORY LESSON FOR TODAY, EVEN IF IT WAS A DULL DAY IN HISTORY IT WAS STILL FUN TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TODAY YEARS AGO.

    SALLYE

     
  • At 1:54 PM, Blogger Michele said…

    I seriously can't believe "Desperado" didn't earn a gold record! Wow, the things we learn on History Day. LOL

    And it was a good day for the Cubbies. :-)

    Thanks, Maureen!

     
  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Aww......thanks, Mom!! yeah, it is fun. but I might have to check and see later in the week if anything else interesting happened!

     
  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Michele........I KNOW!! I LOVE Desperado!! How could that not have a gold record???

    Ah, and we all know the Cubbies can use all the good days they can get!

     
  • At 2:09 PM, Blogger Arkansas Cyndi said…

    In 1607, English colonists arrived by ship at the site of what became the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.

    1917, three children near Fatima reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.

    1954, the musical play THE PAJAMA GAME, opened on Broadway

    1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish Assailant Mehmet Ali Agca

    1992, Night Court (NBC) broadcasts last show

    2005, Star Trek, Enterprise broadcasts last show

    Isn't this fun? LOL

     
  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey Cyndi! Whoa, Fatima was a GOOD one!! It's addictive, isn't it?? Finding out what happened in the past.....

     

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