Friday! History, Remembrance, Quotes, and More!

by Walter Pearson REI; Internet and Social Media Enthusiast; Stock a

On This Date In 564 Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, thought to have lived in India from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C. Actually, the Buddhist tradition that celebrates his birthday on April 8 originally placed his birth in the 11th century B.C., and it was not until the modern era that scholars determined that he was more likely born in the sixth century B.C., and possibly in May rather than April.
On This Date In 1378 Bartolomeo Prignano (c. 1318 – October 15, 1389), was unanimously elected Pope, and served as Pope Urban VI from 1378 to 1389.
On This Date In 1455 Alfons de Borja (December 31, 1378 – August 6, 1458), served as Pope Calixtus III from April 8, 1455 to his death in 1458.
On This Date In 1630 The Winthrop Fleet, a well planned and financed expedition forming the nucleus of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, departed Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Seven hundred men, women, and children were distributed among the ships of the fleet, and landed at Salem, Massachusetts on June 12 after nine weeks at sea. The passengers took up residence in Salem, Boston, and the nearby area.
On This Date In 1803 Toussaint-Louverture (May 20, 1743–April 8, 1803), a leader of the Haitian Revolution, died. Born in Saint Domingue, in a long struggle for independence, Toussaint led enslaved Africans to victory over Europeans, abolished slavery, and secured native control over the colony in 1797 while nominally governor of the colony.
On This Date In 1865 The Battle of Appomattox Station was fought during the Appomattox Campaign of the American Civil War. The advantage of position gained by the action gave the Federals control of the strategic ground necessary to force General Robert E. Lee's surrender.
On This Date In 1904 The Entente-cordiale, a series of agreements between the United Kingdom and France, were signed. Beyond the immediate concerns of colonial expansion addressed by the agreement, the signing of the Entente cordiale marked the end of almost a millennium of intermittent conflict between the two nations and their predecessor states, and the start of a peaceful co-existence that has continued to date.
On This Date In 1913 The Seventeenth Amendment (Amendment XVII) to the United States Constitution was passed by the Senate on June 12, 1911, the House of Representatives on May 13, 1912, and ratified by the states on this day in 1913. The amendment supersedes Article I, S 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution, and transfers Senator selection from each state's legislature to popular election by the people of each state. It also provides a contingency provision enabling a state's governor, if so authorized by the state legislature, to appoint a Senator in the event of a Senate vacancy until either a special or regular election to elect a new Senator is held.
On This Date In 1935 The Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 was passed on during the "Second Hundred Days" as a part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. It was a "large-scale public works program for the jobless" which included the Works Progress Administration, and allocated $5 billion for this purpose. The bill included funds for the Federal Arts Project, the Federal Writer Project, and the Federal Theater Project.
On This Date In 1943 The Stanley Cup Final, a best-of-seven series between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings, was won by The Red Wings. Appearing in their third straight Finals, they won the series 4–0 to win their third Stanley Cup.
On This Date In 1944 The Crimean Offensive (8 April 1944 - 12 May 1944), a series of offensives by the Red Army in the effort to liberate Crimea from the German Wehrmacht occupation, was fought. The result of the battle was complete victory for the Red Army, and a botched evacuation effort across the Black Sea, leading to significant German and Romanian losses.
On This Date In 1948 Claude “Butch” Harmon won the 12th Master’s Tournament. Harmon was one of the finest playing PGA Professionals in history and patriarch of a family of nationally-renowned instructors. He won the 1948 Masters by five strokes, which also elevated his teaching reputation for generations. He posted 11 top-10 performances while competing in 56 majors.
On This Date In 1954 Sam Snead, defeating Ben Hogan 70-71 in an 18-hole playoff at the 18th Master’s Tournament, won his third Green Jacket. Sam Snead: "The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt."
On This Date In 1960 ”Elvis Is Back!” , the tenth album by Elvis Presley, was released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo. It was Presley's first album to be released in true stereo, and peaked at #2 on the Top Pop Albums chart.
On This Date In 1963 The 35th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1962, were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, and were hosted by Frank Sinatra.
On This Date In 1968 Coretta Scott King and three of her children led some 20,000 marchers through the streets of Memphis four days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holding signs that read, "Honor King: End Racism," "Union Justice Now," or, simply, "I Am A Man." National Guardsmen lined the streets, perched on M-48 tanks, bayonets mounted, as helicopters circled overhead. She led another 150,000 in a funeral procession through the streets of Atlanta the next day.
On This Date In 1974 Hank Aaron's 715th home run came in the fourth inning of the Atlanta Braves' home opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714. A crowd of 53,775 people, the largest in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was with Aaron that night to cheer when he hit a 4th inning pitch off the Dodgers' Al Downing.
On This Date In 1975 ”Toys in the Attic”, the third album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, was released.
On This Date In 1975 After a weeklong mission to South Vietnam, Gen. Frederick Weyand, U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former Vietnam commander, reported to Congress that South Vietnam could not survive without additional military aid. Questioned again later by reporters who asked if South Vietnam could survive with additional aid, Weyand replied there was "a chance." As Weyand reported to Congress, the South Vietnamese were battling three North Vietnamese divisions at Xuan Loc, the last defense line before Saigon. Indeed, it became the last battle in the defense of the Republic of South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese forces managed to hold out against the attackers until they ran out of tactical air support and weapons, finally abandoning Xuan Loc to the communists on April 21. Saigon fell to the communists on April 30.
On This Date In 1979 In the Rebel 500 event at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, drivers Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty swapped the lead four times in a last-lap battle before Waltrip finally won the race.
On This Date In 1994 Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the American grunge band Nirvana, was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington from suicide.
On This Date In 2008 "Just Dance", a dance-pop song recorded by American pop musician Lady Gaga, was released. The song was written by Gaga and features labelmate Colby O'Donis, additional vocals by Akon and was produced by RedOne. It was released as the lead single from Gaga's debut album, “The Fame” in 2008. The song was written by Gaga in ten minutes as "a happy record". An uptempo dance song, "Just Dance" also has influences of R&B and lyrically speaks about being intoxicated at a club.
Happy Birthday Betty Ford (1918), John Gavin (1931), Darlene Gillespie (1941), Tom DeLay (1947), John Schneider (1960), Terry Porter (1963), Robin Wright Penn (1966), Patricia Arquette (1968), Chuck Todd (1972), and Taylor Kitsch (1981).
RIP Mary Pickford (1892 - 1979), Ilka Chase (1900 - 1978), Melvin Calvin (1911 - 1997), Sonja Henie (1912 - 1969), and Edward Mulhare (1923 - 1997).
Albert Einstein and Life:
It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Albert Einstein
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. Albert Einstein
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. Albert Einstein
When the solution is simple, God is answering. Albert Einstein
I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas. Albert Einstein
If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies... It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it. Albert Einstein
Courtesy YouTube et al:
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Pray for Japan
Yes, take time to pray for those less fortunate in this great world, that they may know peace, and may know their fellow human beings do not forget their strife as we move through our days and nights.

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