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Monday, May 25, 2009

History Day.........

On this day in 1977, Star Wars opened in America. Woo Hoo! Was there anyone sexier than Han Solo???

In other news....

1659, the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, resigned. (I'm guessing nobody missed him.)

1787, In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Congress, with George Washington presiding, to write a new Constititution for the United States. (Funny, some people are trying to do that again NOW)

1895, Oscar Wilde sentenced to two years at hard labor for "gross indecency" (meaning being gay at a time when it was dangerous to love the wrong person)

1914, the British House of Commons passes an act giving Home Rule to Ireland (then in 1948, the Republic of Ireland was born)

1961, President Kennedy promises to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

1979, 273 people are killed when an American Airlines flight crashes just after takeoff in Chicago.

1982, the Falklands war, 12 people are killed when Argentina sinks two British ships.

So, that's it for me. What have you guys got???


  • At 10:28 AM, Blogger Erika said…

    I missed yesterday, but here's what I got for today! Happy Tuesday.

    May 26, 1897
    The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day in 1897.

    May 26, 1637
    During the Pequot War, an allied Puritan and Mohegan force under English Captain John Mason attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, burning or massacring some 500 Indian women, men, and children.

    President Johnson acquitted
    At the end of a historic two-month trial, the U.S. Senate narrowly fails to convict President Andrew Johnson of the impeachment charges levied against him by the House of Representatives three months earlier. The senators voted 35 guilty and 19 not guilty on the second article of impeachment, a charge related to his violation of the Tenure of Office Act in the previous year. Ten days earlier, the Senate had likewise failed to convict Johnson on another article of impeachment, the 11th, voting an identical 35 for conviction and 19 for acquittal. Because both votes fell short--by one vote--of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Johnson, he was judged not guilty and remained in office.

    Violence breaks out at Ford
    Union leaders and Ford Service Department men clashed in a violent confrontation on the Miller Road Overpass outside Gate 4 of the Ford River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, on this day in 1937.

    United States charges Soviets with espionage

    John Wayne is born

    Coolidge signs stringent immigration law
    On this day in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signs into law the Comprehensive Immigration Act, the most stringent immigration policy up to that time in the nation's history.

  • At 8:08 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    Wow, go Erika!

    Me? I got nothin'!!

    Just wanted to say HOWDY and happy History Monday -- which was Memorial Day, after all, so Happy Memorial Day!

  • At 11:10 AM, Blogger Pat said…

    I couldn't get myself motivated. I think I'm going through a "slug" cycle. Is there such a thing, I wonder?

  • At 2:37 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…


    You got some great ones!! Thanks....

  • At 2:38 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…


    thanks for stopping in. Isn't Erika amazing??

    Happy Memorial Day everyone! I tried to do another blog on that very subject, but apparently, Blogger is convinced I'm a spam blogger now, so i'm on probation!!

    I think I'm grounded!

  • At 2:38 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat, if there is, I'm right in there with ya!!

  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    did everyone have a great Memorial Day??

  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    Maureen, it was a good day for me!

    Hope you're behaving yourself. you don't want to get grounded again! LOL

  • At 10:55 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    I just stayed at home, and enjoyed a barbeque. Should have bought more corn though. Just one of those babies wasn't enough!!


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