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Monday, February 01, 2010

History Day......

Here we are again.....Now, let us all pause for a moment, glance at the gorgeous man on the left and wait for it... sigh. On this day in 1901, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) was born in Cadiz, Ohio.

As a romance writer, I've got to say, there haven't been many romance heroes as great as Rhett. (Scarlett? You'd never get away with a heroine as skanky and selfish as her these days!) But Rhett is still the Man.

In other news...

1788, Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat.

1793, Ralph Hodgson, of Lansingburg, NY patented a truly great invention, Oiled Silk

1862, The Battlehymn of the Republic was first published in Atlantic Monthly. Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics to the tune of another song called John Brown's Body. Julia's song is still being sung.

1911, the first old age home for Pioneers was opened in Prescott, Arizona (and Clark Gable was 10)

1939, Benny Goodman's orchestra recorded And the Angels Sing (and Clark Gable brought Rhett to life in Gone With the Wind)

1949, a new fangled record and the machine to play it on debuted. 45's started a revolution, especially with the latest kind of music, Rock and Roll.

1968, Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa was born (Happy Birthday Lisa!)

1971, the soundtrack of the movie Love Story went gold today. (And contrary to the movies' claim, love actually means having to say you're sorry over and over and over again)

1987, Terry Williams of Los Gatos, CA, won the largest slot machine payoff to that time. He got 4 lucky 7's and pocketed 4.9 million. (wonder how long he managed to hold onto it...)

1992, President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed an agreement that officially marked the end of the Cold War.

That's it for me........let's hear it you guys. What've you got?


  • At 2:32 PM, Blogger Erika said…

    Hi Maureen! It's been forever. Here's what I got...

    1790 - First session of the U.S. Supreme Court

    1884 - Oxford Dictionary debuts

    1898 - First auto insurance policy is issued

    1982 - Late Night with David Letterman premieres

    1968 - Nixon announces his candidacy for president

  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey Erika!! Where you been? Good to see you!

    You got some really good ones!!

  • At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Karen Fenech said…

    Nice photo of Rhett Butler, also one of my favorites, Maureen. Do your remember the first romance novel you read?

  • At 6:10 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hi Karen!

    Isn't that a great picture? Sigh. Hmm. The first official romance novel was probably Gone With the Wind. Mom gave it to me to read when I was 14 or so...but later.. Oh yeah.

    I remember The Wolf and the Dove

    How about you?

  • At 10:47 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    I still have all of my 45's. Did anyone else keep theirs?

  • At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Karen Fenech said…

    Hi Maureen,

    Oh, yes, The Wolf and the Dove! A great one. The first romance book I read was also by Kathleen Woodiwiss - A Rose In Winter. It's remained one of my favorites. : )

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  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat, NO! I don't know what the heck happened to my 45's..... but I do have all of my albums... sigh.

  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Karen, that was a good one. My copy of SHANNA is held together by a thick rubber band!! LOL

  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    Now that it was mentioned, I do remember reading Shanna. Her books are still quite popular. I would know, since I work in a library. That's a bummer about the 45's Maureen.

  • At 9:49 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Y'know, it's good to know that SHANNA is still getting read!! How about foreign language copies, Pat?? Silhouette writers get DOZENS of different language books....

  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger Pat said…

    The library doesn't have a very large foreign language selection. The biggest area would be the books in Spanish. That's a very popular section, which means it's always looking messy.

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