It's History Day again! Today in 1881, Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers took on the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, AZ. Within 30 seconds of the gunfight erupting, 3 men were dead and 3 were wounded. Only Wyatt walked away unscathed. Now, let us pause for a moment to enjoy that picture...hmmm? Kurt Russell as Wyatt...yum. Sam Elliott just being himself....yum. And Val Kilmer sooo should have gotten an Oscar!
And in other news...
1858, the Rotary Motion washing machine was patented by Hamilton Smith in Pittsburgh, PA. (Should we be grateful, I wonder??)
1911, the Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.
1935, a talented 12 year old, Frances Gumm, first sang on NBC radio. Four years later, as Judy Garland, she won the world's hearts playing Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ.
1965, the Beatles receive MBE awards from the Queen of England.
1970, Garry Trudeau, only 22 years old, began his comic strip, Doonesbury
1986, Donald Duck was shown for the first time in communist China
And that's what I found for today...How about you?
History Day! A big day for the U.S.! In 1781, General Cornwallis surrendered to American forces at Yorktown. Of course, Cornwallis was too big a snob to surrender himself. so he sent his second in command--who was then sent to Washington's second in command. Way to go, George!
1933, Basketball was introduced to the Olympic games (for 1936)
1937, Our favorite check out magazine, Woman's Day, was first published
1937, the radio show Big Town debuted with a heck of a slogan--something that SOME mainstream news organizations should think about today..."The freedom of the press is a flaming sword. Use it justly, hold it high, guard it well."
1944, Marlon Brando made his Broadway debut
1959, Patty Duke made her Broadway debut in The Miracle Worker
1973, Elvis and Priscilla were divorced after six years and one child.
What've you got?
Number One at Walden's.....
The book debuted at number 1 on the Walden's bestseller list this week!
It's a gorgeous cover, isn't it? And if I do say so myself, it's a pretty fun read, too! So if you don't have your copy--quick, grab your keys!! Get thee to a store and pick up a copy
Your neighborhood writer thanks you........
Ah...History Day....And let's hear it for Christopher Columbus! PC Police notwithstanding, give the man his props. Sure, he didn't land HERE in 1492 while he was sailing the ocean blue. He did land in the Bahamas though on an island he renamed San Salvadore.......
And in other news...
1792, the first monument honoring ol' Chris was dedicated in Baltimore, MD.
1895, the first amateur golf tournament was held in Newport, RI
1920, construction of the Holland tunnel got underway....
1944, Hundreds of bobby-soxers fainted in the streets, bringing traffic in New York's Times Square to a staggering halt as Frank Sinatra made his triumphant return to the Paramount Theatre. It was later called the Columbus Day riot as 25,000 teenagers, (mostly girls) blocked the streats, screaming and swooning for 'Frankie'.
1950, the Kefauver Crime Commission convened in NYC to investigate organized crime.
1960, at the UN, Nikita Kruschev went nutso, taking off his shoe and pounding it on his desk.
1968, Norma de Sotelo became the first woman to light the Olympic Torch in Mexico City to open the XIX Olympic games.
1971, Jesus Christ, Superstar opened on Broadway
1992, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit Dahshur, near Cairo, Egypt, killing more than 500 people.
1997, John Denver, piloting an amateur built Long-EZ airplane, crashed into Monterey Bay, CA. Witnesses said the tiny plane was flying at about 500 feet when it simply dropped into the ocean. John Denver, 53, died.Anybody have anything to add???
History Day Cancelled Today..........
Due to deadline.
I know. Sad, sad statement.
But unfortunately, no little computer gremlins are sneaking into my house at night to write my book while I sleep!! Can't count on anyone anymore!!
So History Day will be back next Monday--hopefully written by a woman who's caught up on her work!