Friday! History, Remembrance, Quotes, More!by Walter Pearson REI; Internet and Social Media Enthusiast; Stock a
On This Date In 1568 At the Battle of Langside, the forces of Mary Queen of Scots were defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, the regent of her son, King James VI of Scotland.
On This Date In 1572 Upon the death of Pope Pius V (1566 - 1572), Cardinal Boncompagni, born Ugo Boncompagni (January 7, 1502 - April 10, 1585), was elected Pope. He assumed the name of Gregory XIII, in homage to the great reforming Pope, Gregory I (590–604), surnamed the Great. Pope Gregory XIII served as Pope from 1572 to 1585.
On This Date In 1607 Some 100 English colonists arrive along the west bank of the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Dispatched from England by the London Company, the colonists had sailed across the Atlantic aboard the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.
On This Date In 1846 The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted in favor of President James K. Polk's request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas.
On This Date In 1861 The 1861 Wheeling Convention was held at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. The convention was a series of two meetings that ultimately repealed the Ordinance of Secession passed by Virginia, thus establishing the Restored government of Virginia, which ultimately authorized the counties that organized the convention to become West Virginia.
On This Date In 1864 A Confederate prisoner of war was buried on the grounds of Arlington House, now Arlington National Cemetery. The prisoner, who had died at a local hospital, was the first soldier buried at the cemetery, located on the Potomac River opposite Washington, D.C. It now contains the graves of soldiers from every war in which the United States has participated, including the American Revolution.
On This Date In 1898 Thomas Edison sued the American Mutoscope Company, claiming that the studio had infringed on his patent for the Kinetograph movie camera.
On This Date In 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt delivered the opening address, "Conservation as a National Duty," at the outset of a three-day meeting billed as the Governors' Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources. The focus of the conference was on natural resources and their proper use.
On This Date In 1918 The first U.S. Airmail stamps go on sale for $.24 each.
On This Date In 1940 The Battle of the Grebbeberg was a major engagement during the Battle of the Netherlands, and the fall of the Grebbeberg was a huge blow to the Dutch. After the capture by German Forces on May 13, finalized the following day, the end of the fourth day saw the country as mortally wounded
On This Date In 1940 The “Blood, toil, tears and sweat” speech was given by Sir Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The famous phrase Blood, toil, tears and sweat was originally used by Theodore Roosevelt in an address to the Naval War College on June 2, 1897, following his appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. https://www.winstonchurchill.org/learn/speeches/speeches-of-winston-churchill/92-blood-toil-tears-and-sweat
On This Date In 1950 American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer Stevie Wonder was born. He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and won twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever won by a male solo artist.
On This Date In 1953 Ronald Reagan appears as the character Marshall Frame Johnson in the feature “Law and Order”, which premiered in Los Angeles, California.
On This Date In 1958 During a goodwill trip through Latin America, Vice President Richard Nixon's car was attacked by an angry crowd and nearly overturned while traveling through Caracas, Venezuela. The incident was the dramatic highlight of a trip characterized by Latin American anger over some of America's Cold War policies.
On This Date In 1968 ”Lumpy Gravy”, the first solo album by Frank Zappa, though originally released in 1967, was not generally available until May 13, 1968.
On This Date In 1972 The Thanh Hoa Bridge, north east of Thanh Hóa, the capital of Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam, was destroyed by A-7 Corsair bombers using laser-guided bombs and conventional bombs. The Vietnamese gave it the nickname Ham Rong (Dragon's jaw). Between 1965 and 1972, during the Vietnam war, it was the objective of many unsuccessful attacks by US Air Force and US Navy aircraft. It was bombed so often because it refused to go down: fighter-bombers dropping iron bombs failed to even damage the bridge.
On This Date In 1972 A fire broke out at the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan, that killed 118 people. Only 48 people at the trendy nightclub survived the horrific blaze, because safety equipment was faulty and safety procedures were not followed.
On This Date In 1973 During the early years of the women's liberation movement, tennis stars Bobby Riggs and Margaret Court faced off in a $10,000 winner-take-all “Battle of the Sexes” tennis challenge match. Court lost the match, 6-2, 6-1.
On This Date In 1975 Bob Wills, an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader, considered by many music authorities one of the fathers of Western swing and called the King of Western Swing by his fans, died.
On This Date In 1980 At the annual meeting of the Chrysler Corporation, stockholders voted to appoint Douglas Fraser, president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), to one of 20 seats on Chrysler's board of directors. The vote made Fraser the first union representative ever to sit on the board of a major U.S. corporation.
On This Date In 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded at St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy. Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, an escaped fugitive already convicted of a previous murder, fired several shots at the religious leader, two of which wounded nearby tourists. Agca was immediately captured.
On This Date In 1985 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, police begin evacuating people from their Osage Avenue homes in order to prepare for an operation against MOVE, a radical cult group that had assembled a large arsenal. By the end of the confrontation, 11 people were dead and 61 homes had been burned down.
On This Date In 2000 S.E. Fireworks, a company that stores fireworks articles, is located in the middle of the working class housing estate of Mekkelholt in the northern Dutch city of Enschede. On May 13, 2000, two explosions in a fireworks warehouse detonated an estimated 100 tons of explosives. The blast was felt up to 30 kilometers away. … http://www.stop-fireworks.org/accidents_enschede.htm
On This Date In 2003 Hoping to foil counterfeiters, the U.S. Treasury issued a colorized $20 bill.
On This Date In 2006 Honorary doctor of music degrees were presented by president Roger Brown to soul music legend and Grammy-winning superstar Aretha Franklin, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge '80, internationally celebrated saxophonist and Berklee educator Andy McGhee, and Grammy-award winning producer and engineer Elliot Scheiner. Etheridge, a Berklee alumna, delivered the commencement address in front of more than 4,000 guests. http://www.berklee.edu/commencement/2006/default.html
On This Date In 2010 Lawyers for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich subpoenaed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to testify at Blagojevich's federal corruption trial.
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Happy Birthday Senta Berger (1941), Franklyn Ajaye (1949), Stevie Wonder (1950), John Kasich (1952), Dennis Rodman (1961), Stephen Colbert (1964), Neil Hopkins (1977), Hunter Parrish (1987), and Debby Ryan (1993).
RIP Bea Arthur (1922 - 2009), Anna Cropper (1938 - 2007), Ritchie Valens (1941 - 1959), and Chuck Schuldiner (1967 - 2001).
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. Ronald Reagan
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher
A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. John Maxwell
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. And you can do it when things are tough. Richard M. DeVos
Don't worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright. Bob Marley
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Good Morning America: Osama Bin Laden Dead 2011: Ground Zero Crowds Cheer All Night http://abcn.ws/kknaqL
Crowds gather at Ground Zero in New York City, cheering and celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden after ten years of angst.
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