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Monday, May 18, 2009

History Day.........

On this day in 1980, Mt. Saint Helens' volcano erupted in Washington state, killing 100 people and creating an ash cloud 2500 miles long and 1000 miles wide. I live in Southern California and we were covered in ash for days. Can't even imagine how bad it was in Washington!
In other news...
1192, Eleanor of Acquitaine marries Henry Plantegenent, (later Henry II), setting into motion the inevitable--the Great movie, THE LION IN WINTER.
1804, Napoleon is declared Emperor of France
1860, Abe Lincoln is nominated as the Republican candidate for the presidency....(see? Republicans get it right sometimes!)
1897, Bram Stoker's DRACULA is published, again setting into motion, the inevitable string of vampire novels!
1900, In the Boer war in South Africa, a small British cavalry force relieves the town of Mafeking after a 217 day siege by the Boers.
1994, Michael Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley...they divorced two years later. Was anyone surprised??
What've you guys got?? Come on now....don't be shy!

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  • At 9:53 AM, Blogger Erika said…

    Arkansas admitted to the Confederate States of America
    Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson
    In a major victory for supporters of racial segregation, the U.S. Supreme Court rules seven to one that a Louisiana law providing for "equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races" on its railroad cars is constitutional. The high court held that as long as equal accommodations were provided, segregation was not discrimination and thus did not deprive African Americans of equal protection under the law as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
    The Plessy v. Ferguson ruling, which indicated that the federal government would officially tolerate the "separate but equal" doctrine, was eventually used to justify segregating all public facilities, including railroad cars, restaurants, hospitals, and schools. However, "colored" facilities were never equal to their white counterparts in actuality, and African Americans suffered through decades of debilitating discrimination in the South and elsewhere because of the ruling. In 1954, Plessy v. Ferguson was struck down by the Supreme Court in their unanimous ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

    Grauman's Chinese Theater opens
    Apollo 10 was launched on a mission that served as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.

    Tina Fey was born

    Randy Johnson throws perfect game at 40
    On this day in 2004, 40-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks lefthander Randy Johnson becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, leading his team to a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. A "perfect game" is when a pitcher faces a minimum 27 batters, recording 27 outs. Through the 2006 season, only 17 perfect games had been thrown, including 15 in the modern era (post-1900).

    And last but not least Erika was born on this day in 1973

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    LOLOL, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ERIKA! and thanks for spending at least part of your day with me!

    You got some great ones there! Now...go get a latte and put your feet up! It's your day to chill out and enjoy.......

  • At 10:44 AM, Blogger Erika said…

    Thank you Maureen. I have my mocha right here while I blog hop! Happy Monday to you.

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    WOO-HOO!! Happy Birthday to Erika!! I'm jealous though, because she has a mocha.
    1928- The first electric razor (shaver) is patented by Jacob Shick
    1935- American Seismologist Charles Richter invents the Richter Scale, which measures the intensity of earthquakes. I quess that came in pretty handy last night
    1961- The Slip'N Slide, manufactured by Wham-O, is introduced. Does anyone remember this one? It was very popular in the summer months.

  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat, those were excellent! and I'm with you on the Erika envy!! LOL

    Oooh. Slip n Slide I remember those. GREAT fun until you slid right off the end and got grass burn! =)

  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger Erika said…

    SLIP AND SLIDES RULE! Thanks for bring up the memory Pat. I loved my slip n slide.

  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    Ah yes, those childhood memories. And what about chasing each other around with squirt guns filled with water to help cool off? Funny how these amusments weren't very expensive, but we could spend the ENTIRE day playing at these things.

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Erika said…

    Yes, I remember water gun fights too. Why can't my kids like these inexpensive treats??? What's up with that?!?

  • At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Maureen,

    I miss your military marine series? Do you think you will write another one soon?


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