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Monday, June 22, 2009

History Day.......

It's History Day again!! On this day in 1942, V Mail, or Victory Mail was used for the first time. V Mail used a special paper for letter writing during WWII. It was designed to reduce cargo space taken up by mail sent to and from US troops. Letters written on this special paper were opened at the Post Office, censored and reduced in size to be photographed. One roll of film contained 1500 letters......(Your post office, official government peeping toms....)

1807, the crew of the British Man o' War, Leopard, fired upon and boarded the US frigate, Chesapeake. The commander, James Barron, was convicted of not being prepared for action during a courtmartial.

1939, the first Water Skiing tournament was held at Jones Beach, Long Island, New York. (Who knew???)

1952, the US Olympic fund increased by One Million Dollars, thanks to a nationwide, fourteen and a half hour telethon that starred Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

1959, THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, by Johnny Horton, started week number 4 at the top of the nation's Tunedex....The song was number one for six weeks.......and I'm humming it right now. Come on, you know you are, too.... sadly, Johnny Horton died the following year in a car accident.

1964, The US Supreme Court ruled that Henry Miller's controversial book, TROPIC OF CANCER could not be banned. Woo Hoo!! Let's hear it for freedom of speech!!

Well, that's it for me..........I KNOW you guys have got more!! Let's hear it!


  • At 6:40 AM, Blogger EllenToo said…

    1940 - France signs an armistice with Nazi Germany after the fall of Paris, giving Germany control over all but the SE section of France.
    1941 - Germany invade the Soviet Union
    1944 - Roosevelt signs the GI Bill of Rights which provides tuition, low-interest mortgages, and other benefits to veterans
    1969 - Actress Judy Garland is found dead in her London home possibly due to an accidental drug overdose
    1970 - Nixon signed a bill to lower the voting age to 18 for all federal,state, and local elections

  • At 12:47 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Good ones, Ellen!! Hey, a big day for teenagers!!

  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    The Battle of New Orleans, now there's a song you can sing along with!!
    "We fired our guns and the British kept on coming
    There wasn't neigh as many as there was a while ago
    We fired once more and they began to running
    On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico"
    1911-Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece the Mona Lisa, is stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, by an Italian waiter who simply strolls out of the museum with the painting under his arm. During its two-year absence, the Mona Lisa is copied by master forger Yves Chaudron, who produces six replicas and sells them at great profit.
    1965- The Beatles are invested as Members of the British Empire, and each receives a medal.
    1986- The "Hands Across America" campaign forms a human chain that reaches from Long Beach, CA to New York City and raises $100 million for the poor and homeless.

  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    LOL Pat, I've been singing that song all day! =)

    And oh about a steely nerved thief!! Who would dare walk out of the Louvre with the Mona Lisa???

  • At 8:55 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    I can imagine what would happen today, if someone stole something like that. If you leave the store with a pack of gum you forgot to pay for, you end up in some prison in Mongolia.

  • At 10:05 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    lol true!


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