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Monday, August 31, 2009

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

History Day again... Is it just me or are the weeks getting shorter???

1997, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris. The world came to a stop for her funeral and the world's heart broke for her sons. Whatever else she was, Diana, I think, was the first royal in maybe forever to manage to raise two sons who are real people.

My daughter and I were in Paris a few years ago and people are still leaving flowers at the entrance to that tunnel.

In other news....

1852, the US Congress passed legislation creating the first pre-stamped envelopes.

1888, Mary Ann Nichols, the first victim of Jack the Ripper, is found mutilated in Buck's Row in the East End.

1940, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were married.

1942, Superman made his first flight...on radio.

1950, Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit FOUR HOME RUNS in a single game against the Boston Braves.

1959, Sandy Koufax, of the LA Dogers, set a National League record for striking out 18 batters.

1963, Walter Cronkite started showing up in living rooms as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

1964, California became the most populated state in the country. (Feels like it still is. Take a look at our pitiful freeways!!)

1987, the largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records--2.25 MILLION copies of Michael Jackson's album BAD were shipped to record stores.

So, that's what I found! What've you guys got??


  • At 1:27 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    1852- Harriet Beecher Stowe writes Uncle Tom's Cabin
    1959- Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, are killed in a plane crash
    1972- Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade debuts at Disneyland Park. These days you can see it over at California Adventure during the summer months.

  • At 4:06 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Oooh, Pat, those are some good ones!

  • At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Amy J. Fetzer said…

    Ahh. Princess Diana. Can't believe it was that long ago. She's still missed.
    my contribution...
    In 1886,
    a group of Apache Indians led by Geronimo surrendered to Gen. Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
    In 1888,
    George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film box camera, and registered his trademark: "Kodak."
    In 1893,
    English author Beatrix Potter first told the story of Peter Rabbit in the form of a "picture letter" to Noel Moore, the son of Potter's former governess.

    How many of us had Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit dishes as kids!?

  • At 11:53 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Amy my darlin'!! Thanks for playing! Those are some good ones. And oh yes, even Sarah had some Beatrix Potter dishes!!

    Hard to believe it's been ten years since Diana died, huh??


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