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Monday, August 25, 2008

History Day........

Ahhh.... History Day again!
As you can see by the picture on the left, August 25 was a big day during WWII.....Today, in 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation! Good thing they had lots of wine........

And in other news:

1718, hundreds of colonists arrived in Louisiana, a lot of them settling in what is now New Orleans

1819, Allan Pinkerton was born.......the man who brought us spies, private detectives and was also hired by Lincoln as the first Secret Service Officer. He actually saved Lincoln's life the first time an assassin made a try for the President. Too bad he wasn't around the day Lincoln went to a play.

1875, Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to SWIM across the English channel. His trip took up today and tomorrow, really since his time for the swim was 21 hours 45 minutes. (Is it just me, or wouldn't the ferry have been faster??)

1916, The US National Park Service was created. Celebrate. Go hug a Ranger!

1921, The US signed a peace treaty with Germany. Quick....somebody guess how long THAT lasted!

1950 President Harry Truman ordered the Army to take over the nation's railroad system in order to avoid a strike. I'm thinking that worked.

1981 The US spacecraft Voyager came within 63,000 miles of Saturn's cloud cover, sending back pictures and data about the ringed planet. (talk about a telescopic lens......)

1984, Cabbage Patch kids and Trivial Pursuit were replaced by the latest craze for kids... Transformers.

Ah yes, and Ivan the Terrible was born today in 1530..........

Okay guys, let's hear it. What've you got??


  • At 11:56 AM, Blogger Arkansas Cyndi said…

    I really liked this one. It's long but oh so funny

    On this day in 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper.

    Known collectively as "The Great Moon Hoax," the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant, described as a colleague of Sir John Herschel, a famous astronomer of the day. Herschel had in fact traveled to Capetown, South Africa, in January 1834 to set up an observatory with a powerful new telescope. As Grant described it, Herschel had found evidence of life forms on the moon, including such fantastic animals as unicorns, two-legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. The articles also offered vivid description of the moon's geography, complete with massive craters, enormous amethyst crystals, rushing rivers and lush vegetation.

  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Oooh.......I love the description of the moon's surface. If only, huh??

    What a hoot, Cyndi! Good one..

  • At 12:27 PM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    I'll play! On this day in 1954, Truman Capote died at age 59, in Los Angeles. He was the author of IN COLD BLOOD.

  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Good one, Jen!!

    Truman was a weird little dude, wasn't he?? And God, I remember (vaguely) the whole real story behind IN COLD BLOOD. I remember checking the house's doorlocks obsessively for awhile..

  • At 3:32 PM, Blogger Michele said…

    Oh my gosh, I loved watching TRANSFORMERS with my younger brother! (I was never a doll girl)

    "Transformers. More than meets the eye. Transformers. Robots in disguise. Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of...The Decepticons!"

    And the torch has been passed to the next generation: My son watched the series when he was younger... And, of course, the Spielberg movie helped to introduce Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron to an even broader audience. :-)

    Um, sorry, I kinda went off on a little trip down Memory Lane there. LOL

    Another fun "History Day" post, Maureen!


  • At 3:33 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    OK my turn:
    1825 - Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil
    1958 - President Eisenhower signed a measure providing pensions for former US presidents and their widows.
    1958 - the game show "Concentration" premiered on NBC-TV
    1931 - Regis Philbin was born
    1814 - British captured Washington DC
    1915 - hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, TX
    1990 - UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq after their invasion of Kuwait

  • At 6:08 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    Sorry I'm late but I was out hugging a Ranger! :-)

    Good facts, everyone! But I admit I'm a little freaked out that Michele knows the theme song to the Transformers. Just sayin...

    Happy History Monday, everyone!!

  • At 6:11 PM, Blogger Michele said…

    LOL, me too, Kate. Me too. :-)

  • At 6:51 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Michele.....LOL, you have so many layers!!

    Happy to help with a trip down memory lane! LOL

  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said… got me again! How'd I miss the British capturing DC?? That's pretty much a BIGGIE!! LOL

    and I loved Concentration!

  • At 6:53 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Aw, Kate. I knew I could count on you for the tough jobs!!

    And yeah, between you and me, I wanna hear Michele sing that song......

  • At 10:41 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    Is it Monday already?
    1905- The world's largest diamond is discovered in Pretoria South Africa. It weighs in at 3,106.75 carats. Orginally called the Cullinan Diamond, it is eventually cut into 106 smaller stones. The three largest of these are on display at the Tower of London in England.
    1952- Jonas Salk developes the first effective polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh.
    1961- Writer Harper Lee wins the Pulitzer Prize for her only novel "To Kill a Mockingbird". In 1962 it is made into a movie starring Gregory Peck. A very young Robert Duvall makes his screen debut in this movie as the reclusive "Boo" Radley.
    1977- The first living septuplets are born to Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey.
    1985- The remains of the famous luxury liner "Titanic" are found about 350 miles from the coast of Nova Scotia. The vessel sank in 1912 when it struck an iceberg.

  • At 12:27 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey Pat!!

    Once again, you found some beauties!! The Titanic?? Jonas Salk??

    and oh God, the thought of having SEVEN children all at once just fills me with cold dread..... LOL

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    I'm having trouble finding a Ranger. Can someone point me in the right direction?

  • At 12:01 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat, you're right!! Kate should have shared her ranger!!


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