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Monday, November 30, 2009

History Day.......

History Day!! Winston Churchill was born (prematurely), on this day in 1874. He became a soldier, the British Prime Minister and an author. He also was the first man to be made an honorary U.S. citizen by an act of congress in 1963.

Churchill's stirring speeches and absolute refusal to make peace with a rampaging Hitler were crucial to maintaining British resistance in WWII.

And in a personal observation...this man had SOLID know.

1875, A.J. Ehrrichson of Akron, OH patented the oat crushing machine. (thank God!)

1887, the first softball game was played INDOORS in Chicago, Il., using a broomstick for a bat and a boxing glove for a ball.

1940, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married--setting the stage for one of the funniest TV shows EVER.

1968, Diana Ross and the Supremes hit #1 with LOVE CHILD...(come on, you know you're singing it now!)

1994, Nearly 1000 passengers and crew fled the cruise ship ACHILLE LAURO, after it caught fire off the coast of Somalia. The ship sank two days later. This was the SAME ship that had been hijacked by Palestinians in October 1985. (man, talk about your bad luck ships!!)

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

Oh, and hope your Thanksgiving was FABULOUS!!


  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger EllenToo said…

    1923 Efrem Zimbalist Jr.born
    1782 Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence
    1993 - Brady bill requiring a five-day waiting period to buy handguns and background checks of buyers is signed into law by Clinton

  • At 12:49 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Ellen, good ones! How'd I miss that 1782 one??? I LOVE that period!

  • At 2:10 AM, Blogger Lacey Devlin said…

    Anyone up for broom and glove softball? This is a game I could play. Sadly the two times I've played softball it hit someone in head (they were wearing a helmet but if looks could kill...). I don't play games that involve bats - I do it for mankind :P

  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    You're a giver, Lacey! LOL thinking of your fellow man like that!

    I believe even I could hit a boxing glove!

  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger Amy said…

    Hers my shot!
    On Dec. 1, 1955,
    Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a yearlong boycott of the buses by blacks.
    GO ROSA!
    In 1824,
    the presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the winner.)
    In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II. For Vietnam.

  • At 5:02 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Amy, those are GREAT!

    Go, Rosa!! Now there was a woman I'd love to sit down and chat with for awhile. Talk about spine of steel!

    And ooh, this dates me, but I remember the draft coming back!


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