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Sunday, January 17, 2010

History Day.........



History Day! And who is that glum faced guy on the left?? Captain James Cook of the British Navy. Why is he so glowery faced? Probably because on this day in 1778, he 'discovered' what he called the Sandwich Islands. Big surprise to the people already living there and calling it Hawaii. Anyway, Cook spread the word about these gorgeous islands and visited them twice. Should have gone only the once as it turns out.

His second trip there, the natives weren't so welcoming. A battle erupted between the Hawaiians and his men and Cook was killed. Discovering places is just not the thrill ride you'd expect.

1886, the Hockey Association was formed in Britain. (They have a Hockey Association?? Who knew??) Okay, never mind. That's FIELD hockey.

1896, the Xray machine was exhibited in NYC for the first time. If you wanted to get an upclose and personal peek, it cost you 25 cents admission.

1943, the U.S. commercial bakers stopped selling sliced bread. Only whole loaves were sold until after WWII. (What did slicing bread have to do with anything??)

1957, the first non stop around the world flight ended in Riverside, CA today. In case you were wondering, the plane was refueled in mid flight by aerial tankers.

1973, PINK FLOYD began recording Dark Side of the Moon. Mmmm. Let's hear it for some good rock and roll.

1976, Steelers beat the Cowboys in Superbowl X

1990, Eric Clapton kicked off an unprecedented string of 18 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in support of his solo album Journeyman. (Let's hear it for GREAT rock and roll.)

And that's what I've got? Anybody else? Or have you all moved to Twitter? Curses!!



9 Comments:

  • At 9:25 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    Yep, Eric Clapton knows how to pull out all the stops. LAYLA!!!!

     
  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger Sallye said…

    YOUR DAD WOULD BE SO PROUD OF YOU MAUREEN, YOU KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVED HISTORY, SO KEEP UP THE VERY INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING HISTORY DAY MONDAY, PLEASE.
    LOVE,
    MOM

     
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  • At 6:08 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat, That's one of my top TWO songs!! Okay, maybe three... LAYLA, KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR and of course, CROSSROADS

     
  • At 6:09 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Thanks, Mom!! Oh yeah, I remember the history quizzes at dinner! LOL I also remember surprising him a time or two!!

    I love you!

     
  • At 7:32 AM, Blogger Amy said…

    I read this morning that a person who has visited Edgar Allen Poe's grave each year for the past 60 years, leaving flowers and cognac on the grave, has not shown. The curator and Poe fans have never seen this person and stake out the graveyard to catch a glimpse...and fail. This year, no mystery flowers and booze. all I think is, 60 years of that, you think the gift-bearing fan might have passed away?
    Love your snippets of history!
    Amy

     
  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Well, that's sad to hear. But yeah, I'm thinking whoever it was is giving Poe Cognac and flowers in person this year......

    Thanks, Amy!

     
  • At 11:42 AM, Blogger Pat said…

    That's a very interesting story. I agree also, that after 60 years, the mystery fan is now having conversations with Poe in person.

     

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