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Black Thursday 1929
The Roaring Twenties, the decade that led up to the Great Crash or the Wall Street Crash of 1929,was a time of wealth and excess. The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of discontinuity associated with modernity, a break with traditions. Everything seemed to be feasible through modern technology. New technologies, especially automobiles, moving pictures and radio continued an upward spiral. Despite the dangers of speculation, many believed that the stock market would continue to rise indefinitely. The market had been on a six-year run that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) increase in value fivefold peaking at 381.17 on September 3, 1929. Shortly before the crash, economist Irving Fisher famously proclaimed, “Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” The optimism and financial gains of the great bull market were shaken on “Black Thursday”, October 24, 1929, when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) abruptly fell.
In the days leading up to the crash the market was severely unstable. Periods of selling and high volumes of trading were interspersed with brief periods of rising prices and recovery. Economist and author Jude Wanniski later correlated these swings with the prospects for passage of the Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act, which was then being debated in Congress. This was supposed to protect domestic markets but, in the end, it only made matters worse and lengthened the Depression.
On October 24 (“Black Thursday”), the market lost 11% of its value at the opening bell on very heavy trading. Several leading Wall Street bankers met to find a solution to the panic and chaos on the trading floor. The meeting included Thomas W. Lamont, acting head of Morgan Bank; Albert Wiggin, head of the Chase National Bank; and Charles E. Mitchell, president of the National City Bank of New York. They chose Richard Whitney, vice president of the Exchange, to act on their behalf. With the bankers’ financial resources behind him, Whitney placed a bid to purchase a large block of shares in U.S. Steel at a price well above the current market. As traders watched, Whitney then placed similar bids on other “blue chip” stocks. This tactic was similar to one that ended the Panic of 1907. It succeeded in halting the slide. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered, closing with it down only 6.38 points for the day; however, unlike 1907, the respite was only temporary.
This was but the beginning of a very bad time in American History
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1537 – Jane Seymour, the third wife of England’s King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward. Prince Edward became King Edward VI.
1648 – The Peace of Westphalia is signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years’ War. The Holy Roman Empire was effectively destroyed.
1836 – Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts, received the first U.S. patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.
1851 – William Lassell discovered Ariel and Umbriel, satellites of Uranus.
1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express. The first telegram was transmitted from California Chief Justice Stephen Field to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Washington.
1861 – Civil War: West Virginia seceded from Virginia. Residents of thirty-nine counties in western Virginia approved the formation of a new Unionist state.
1863 – Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant arrived in Chattanooga, Tennessee to find the Union Army there starving.
1871 – Anti-Chinese rioting took place in Los Angeles. A mob in Los Angeles hanged sixteen Chinese men and one woman.
1897 – “The New York Journal American” carries the “The Yellow Kid” comic strip. The Yellow Kid was the name of a lead comic strip character that ran from 1895 to 1898.
1901 – Annie Edson Taylor, a 43-year-old widow, became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She made the attempt for the cash award offered, which she put toward the loan on her Texas ranch. The barrel was four and a half feet high and three feet across. She also wore a leather harness and soft cushions were on the inside of the barrel to protect her during her fall. She fell 175 feet.
1903 – First trotter to run a mile under 2 minutes (Lou Dillon 1:58.1)
1915 – The Marine Corps Recruit Depot was moved from Norfolk, VA and established at Parris Island, South Carolina.
1916 – Industrialist Henry Ford awarded equal pay to women. Ford helped lead American war production with the gigantic facility at Willow Run. Ford mass produced the B-24 Liberator military aircraft from this facility.
1929 – “Black Thursday”, the first day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression.. In the U.S., investors dumped more than thirteen million shares on the stock market.
1929 – “The Rudy Vallee Show” debuted on NBC radio. The show quickly became a top-rated program, second only to Amos ‘n’ Andy. It introduced to the listening publc such future stars as Eddie Cantor, Kate Smith, Milton Berle and Alice Faye.
1931 – The upper level of the George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey.
1931 – Al (Alphonse) Capone, prohibition era Chicago gangster, was sentenced to eleven years in prison for tax evasion.
1938 – The Fair Labor Standards Act became law, establishing the 40-hour work week effective Oct 24, 1940. The Act forbade child labor in factories.
1938 – The minimum wage was set at $.25 per hour. The 1938 Act was applicable generally to employees engaged in interstate commerce or in the production of goods for interstate commerce.
1939 – Benny Goodman records “Let’s Dance.”
1939 – The minimum wage was raised to $.30 per hour
1939 – Nylon stockings went on sale in the U.S. for the first time to employees at DuPont’s Wilmington, Delaware nylon factory.
1939 – World War II: Holocaust: Nazis required Jews to wear star of David.
1940 – Just a year before Pearl Harbor, Japan eliminated US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball.
1940 – The 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
1940 – World War II: Holocaust: Protestant churches [in Germany] protested against the dismissal of Jewish civil servants.
1942 – World War II: On Guadalcanal, heavy fighting continues as the Japanese offensive gains some success with the secondary operations infiltrating the left flank of the U.S. positions.
1943 – World War II: Allied aircraft raid Rabaul, New Britain Island, for a second time in two days. One Japanese destroyer and five merchant ships have been sunk in the raids.
1943 – World War II: Elements of the US 5th Army capture Sant’Angelo, Italy. The 34th Division moved up through the mist on this morning and entered the walled and narrow streets without resistance.
1944 – World War II: On land, elements of US First Cavalry land on Samar.
1944 – World War II: The aircraft carrier USS Princeton was sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The US Destroyer Johnson DD-557 sank as well. Survivors were rescued four days later.
1944 – World War II: “Ace of Aces” David McCampbell and one other fighter faced 60 planes approaching US forces. He shot down 9 “Zekes” and with his comrade managed to scatter the remaining 51 planes at the battle of Leyte Gulf. (See Medal of Honor below)
1944 – World War II: US air raid on Japanese battleships and cruisers in Sibuya Sea sank the 65,000 ton Musashi battleship.
1944 – World War II: US submarines sank the Japanese merchant ship Arisan Maru. No one knew but the ship carried 1,800 American POWs and 1,792 of them died.
1944 – Hitler informs his generals of his intention to launch a surprise counteroffensive against the weakly held Ardennes area of the Allied line.
1944 – World War II: The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku is heavily damaged and will sink on October 25th. She was the sixth and last of the aircraft carriers involved at Pearl Harbor.
1945 – U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes announced the U.N. charter was in effect. Establishment of the United Nations came less than two months after the end of World War II. The United Nations was created to prevent future wars. Unfortunately, from the time its charter was drafted in the Garden Room of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, there have been over 100 million casualties in nearly 150 wars worldwide.
1945 – Pierre Laval of France and Vidkum Abraham Quisling of Norway were executed. The two men were recognized as the two most prominent collaborators of the Nazis.
1945 – The minimum wage was set at $.40 per hour. The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act was applicable generally to employees engaged in interstate commerce or in the production of goods for interstate commerce.
1947 – Walt Disney testifies to the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.
1948 – CHART TOPPERS – “You Call Everybody Darlin’” by Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent), “A Tree in the Meadow” by Margaret Whiting, “Buttons and Bows” by Dinah Shore and “Just a Little Lovin’ (Will Go a Long, Long Way)” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.
1948 – The term “cold war” was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.
1951 – Dr. Albert W. Bellamy, chief of Radiological Services for the California State Civil Defense, held a press conference to assure state residents that there would be no ill effects from the atomic test explosions near Las Vegas.
1951 – Korean War: The largest air battle of the war occurs as 150 MiGs attack a formation of B-29s escorted by 55 F-84 Thunderjets.
1953 – “St. George and the Dragonet” by Stan Freberg topped the charts.
1956 – CHART TOPPERS – “Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)” by Bill Doggett, “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley, “The Green Door” by Jim Lowe and “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis Presley all topped the charts.
1957 – Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam.
1957 – the USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
1958 – USS Kleinsmith (APD-134) evacuates U.S. nationals from Nicaro, Cuba. She rescued fifty-six U.S. citizens and three foreign nationals at Nicaro, Cuba, where they were endangered by military operations between the Cuban Army and the Castro rebels.
1959 – Wilt ‘The Stilt’ Chamberlain launched a pro basketball record streak. Not only did he play in 799 consecutive games; he didn’t foul out in one of them.
1959 – “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin topped the charts.
1960 – “I Want to Be Wanted” by Brenda Lee topped the charts.
1960 – All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.
1962 – James Brown recorded “Live at the Apollo, Volume I.”
1962 – The U.S. blockade of Cuba began under a proclamation signed by President Kennedy.
1964 – CHART TOPPERS – “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann, “Last Kiss” by J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers, “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” by Gale Garnett and “I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me)” by Buck Owens all topped the charts.
1968 – NASA test pilot Bill Dana flew the final flight of this North American X-15 rocket-propelled research aircraft. It was its 199th flight. In the course of this program, the X-15s spent eighteen hours flying above Mach 1, twelve hours above Mach 2, almost nine hours above Mach 3, almost six hours above Mach 4, one hour above Mach 5 and a few short minutes above Mach 6. The X-15 was celebrated by the scientific community as the most successful research aircraft of all time.
1969 – Richard Burton bought his wife Elizabeth Taylor a 69-carat Cartier diamond ring for $1.5 million. Burton presented the ring to Taylor several days later. (Today – 2011 – this would be worth $8.92 million on the Consumer Price Index.)
1970 – President Richard Nixon asked radio broadcasters to screen songs containing lyrics that promoted drug use.
1970 – Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on Mary Tyler Moore Show.
1970 – “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5 topped the charts.
1971 – Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21.
1972 – CHART TOPPERS – “My Ding-A-Ling” by Chuck Berry, “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley, “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues and “Funny Face” by Donna Fargo all topped the charts.
1973 – Art Garfunkel received his first gold album of his solo career for “Angel Clare.”
1973 – On the NJ Turnpike heavy fog caused collisions killing eleven people.
1973 – Yom Kippur War ends
1973 – John Lennon sued the US government to admit FBI was tapping his phone.
1977 – Veterans Day is observed on the fourth Monday in October for the seventh and last time. (The holiday is once again observed on November 11 beginning the following year.)
1978 – President Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act. The main purpose of the act was to remove government control from commercial aviation and expose the passenger airline industry to market forces.
1979 – Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc for selling over 200 million albums.
1980 – CHART TOPPERS – “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, “Woman in Love” by Barbra Streisand, “He’s So Shy” by Pointer Sisters and “I Believe in You” by Don Williams all topped the charts.
1980 – David H. Barnett, former CIA agent, pled guilty to spying for the Soviet Union from 1976-1979 while based in Indonesia. He admitted to exposing the identities of 30 US agents.
1980 – The US Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the US Navy has the right to discharge personnel for homosexual conduct.
1980 – The merchant freighter USS Poet departed Philadelphia bound for Port Said, Egypt, with a crew of 34 and a cargo of grain; it was never heard from again.
1981 – “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross topped the charts.
1984 – FBI arrested eleven alleged chiefs of the Colombo crime family on charges of racketeering in New York City.
1986 – Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow. After the verdict, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, claiming that Hindawi was helped by Syrian officials.
1987 – “Bad” by Michael Jackson topped the charts.
1988 – CHART TOPPERS – “Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins, “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy)” by Information Society, “Wild, Wild West” by The Escape Club and “Gonna Take a Lot of River” by The Oak Ridge Boys all topped the charts.
1989 – Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, the Four Tops, the Four Seasons, Holland-Dozier-Holland, the Kinks, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, the Platters, the Who, Simon & Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
1990 – The Senate failed to override President Bush’s veto of a major civil rights bill by a vote of 66-to-34, one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed.
1991 – President Bush used a speech in Washington to blast Congress as a “privileged class of rulers.”
1992 – World Series: Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs Atlanta Braves (2). First non-US team to win.
1994 – The Clinton administration announced that the U.S. budget deficit had fallen to $203 billion in the just-completed fiscal year.
1995 – In Cleveland, OH, Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders) sang the national anthem in Game 3 of the World Series.
1995 – New York City declared October 24th Tony Bennett Day.
1995 – “It’s A Mystery” was released by Bob Segar & the Silver Bullet Band. It was their first studio release in four years.
1995 – United Nations marked its 50th anniversary with the largest gathering of world leaders in history.
1996 – In St. Petersburg, Fla., a riot ensued when a white police officer fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop. Some 200 people raged over a 25 sq. block area where at least 17 fires were set.
1997 – In Arlington, VA, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he’d bitten during a sexual encounter.
1997 – The US stock market Dow Jones average dropped 132.36 points following the 187 point drop on Oct 23.
1998 – Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission.
1998 – A natural gas well exploded in Bryceland, La., and killed 7 workers.
1998 – “The First Night” by Monica topped the charts.
1999 – Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump announced that they would seek the Reform Party nomination for president.
2000 – The space shuttle Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base following the 100th shuttle flight and work on the International Space Station.
2001 – US jets attacked frontline Taliban positions for a fourth day.
2001 – The US government arranged to buy 100 million Cipro tablets from Bayer for 95 cents each. The tablets were for anthrax. Cost was $95 million dollars for a three-year shelf life.
2001 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person’s telephone conversation and track people’s use of the Internet. This was a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.
2001 – The U.S. stamp “United We Stand” was dedicated.
2001 – NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.
2001 – A blizzard hit North Dakota and Minnesota. The ten inches of snow broke a 1926 Grand Forks record. The blizzard killed six people in the Midwest with four dead in North Dakota car crashes.
2002 – Police arrest John Allen Muhammad (41), an Army veteran who recently converted to Islam, and John Lee Malvo (17) near Frederick, Maryland, in connection with the sniper shootings that left ten dead and three wounded.
2002 – Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announced the release of an upgraded MSN Internet service with Disney content.
2003 – California won its first anti-spam judgment when a court fined PW Marketing of Los Angeles County, $2 million for sending out millions of unsolicited e-mails telling people how to spam.
2003 – Concorde makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic transport to a close, at least for the time being.
2003 – Tiger Woods matched the 55-year-old standard set by Byron Nelson by making the cut in his 113th consecutive PGA Tour event. Se Ri Pak became the first woman to make the two-round cut in a men’s golf tournament since Babe Zaharias in 1945.
2004 – Arizona’s Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton’s NFL record for 100-yard games rushing with his 78th.
2004 – A plane owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashed in thick fog en route to a NASCAR race in Martinsville, Va., killing all 10 people aboard, including the son, brother and two nieces of owner Rick Hendrick.
2005 – Hurricane Wilma roared into Florida, packing 125 mph winds and lashing rain, inflicting heavy damage to beaches and buildings. Ten deaths were reported and some 2.5 million South Floridians were without power.
2005 – U.S. President George Bush nominated Ben Bernanke, his chief economic adviser, to replace Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve Board chairman.
2006 – Ohio executed Jeffrey Lundgren (56), a religious cult leader, for the 1989 murder of a family of five followers who were taken one at a time to a barn, bound and shot to death. The youngest was a girl just 7 years old. Lundgren argued at his trial in 1990 that he was prophet of God and therefore not deserving of the death penalty.
2007 – Strong and gusty winds fanning 15 large wildfires in Southern California began to ease after 656 square miles and at least 1,500 homes had been charred.
2007 – Microsoft secured a deal to buy 1.6% of Facebook, a social networking site, for $240 million.
2008 – In Tennessee a sport utility vehicle carrying four cheerleaders collided with an oncoming car on a wet, foggy highway in Scott County, northwest of Knoxville. Three cheerleaders were killed and a fourth died the next day. A passenger in the car also was killed.
2009 – City and state officials in Los Angeles dedicated the new ten -story, $437 million police headquarters.
2010 – Actor Randy Quaid and his wife seek asylum in Canada to avoid prosecution in the United States, claiming they are being “persecuted”.
2010 – The San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship Series, advancing to the World Series.
2011 – Julian Assange’s whistleblowing website Wikileaks announces that it will stop publishing classified files and will instead focus on fundraising, after a “financial blockade” by numerous American companies reportedly destroys 95% of the site’s revenue.
2012 – The upcoming presidential elections will be observed by election monitors from countries that have their own issues with democracy.
2012 – A former maintenance worker at Creflo Dollar’s World Changers Church International in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia fatally shot a 39-year-old church volunteer.
2012 – Three people are shot dead, two are critically wounded, and a gunman is at large after shootings at two locations in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California: a business next to a Coca-Cola plant, and a residence.
1632 – Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microscope pioneer.
1788 – Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born. She wrote the poem “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”
1904 – Moss Hart, American playwright and director.
1926 – Y.A. Tittle, pro football Hall-of-Famer.
1936 – David Nelson, American actor, director, producer. He was the elder son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard.
1939 – F. Murray Abraham, American actor.
1961 – Mary Bono, U.S. Congresswoman from California
COOLIDGE, CHARLES H.
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 141st Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. Place and date: East of Belmont sur Buttant, France, October 24th to 27th, 1944. Entered service at: Signal Mountain, Tenn. Birth: Signal Mountain, Tenn. G.O. No.: 53, July 1945. Citation: Leading a section of heavy machineguns supported by one platoon of Company K, he took a position near Hill 623, east of Belmont sur Buttant, France, on 24 October 1944, with the mission of covering the right flank of the Third Battalion and supporting its action. T/Sgt. Coolidge went forward with a sergeant of Company K to reconnoiter positions for coordinating the fires of the light and heavy machineguns. They ran into an enemy force in the woods estimated to be an infantry company. T/Sgt. Coolidge, attempting to bluff the Germans by a show of assurance and boldness called upon them to surrender, whereupon the enemy opened fire. With his carbine, T/Sgt. Coolidge wounded two of them. There being no officer present with the force, T/Sgt. Coolidge at once assumed command. Many of the men were replacements recently arrived; this was their first experience under fire. T/Sgt. Coolidge, unmindful of the enemy fire delivered at close range, walked along the position, calming and encouraging his men and directing their fire. The attack was thrown back. Through 25 and 26 October the enemy launched repeated attacks against the position of this combat group but each was repulsed due to T/Sgt. Coolidge’s able leadership. On 27 October, German infantry, supported by two tanks, made a determined attack on the position. The area was swept by enemy small arms, machinegun, and tank fire. T/Sgt. Coolidge armed himself with a bazooka and advanced to within twenty-five yards of the tanks. His bazooka failed to function and he threw it aside. Securing all the hand grenades he could carry, he crawled forward and inflicted heavy casualties on the advancing enemy. Finally it became apparent that the enemy, in greatly superior force, supported by tanks, would overrun the position. T/Sgt. Coolidge, displaying great coolness and courage, directed and conducted an orderly withdrawal, being himself the last to leave the position. As a result of T/Sgt. Coolidge’s heroic and superior leadership, the mission of this combat group was accomplished throughout four days of continuous fighting against numerically superior enemy troops in rain and cold and amid dense woods.
Rank and organization: Commander, U.S. Navy, Air Group 15. Place and date: First and second battles of the Philippine Sea, 19 June 1944. Entered service at: Florida. Born: 16 January 1 910, Bessemer, Ala. Other Navy awards: Navy Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Gold Stars, Air Medal. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commander, Air Group 15, during combat against enemy Japanese aerial forces in the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea. An inspiring leader, fighting boldly in the face of terrific odds, Comdr. McCampbell led his fighter planes against a force of 80 Japanese carrier-based aircraft bearing down on our fleet on 19 June 1944. Striking fiercely in valiant defense of our surface force, he personally destroyed 7 hostile planes during this single engagement in which the outnumbering attack force was utterly routed and virtually annihilated. During a major fleet engagement with the enemy on October 24th, Comdr. McCampbell, assisted by but l plane, intercepted and daringly attacked a formation of 60 hostile land-based craft approaching our forces. Fighting desperately but with superb skill against such overwhelming airpower, he shot down 9 Japanese planes and, completely disorganizing the enemy group, forced the remainder to abandon the attack before a single aircraft could reach the fleet. His great personal valor and indomitable spirit of aggression under extremely perilous combat conditions reflect the highest credit upon Comdr. McCampbell and the U.S. Naval Service.
O’KANE, RICHARD HETHERINGTON
Rank and organization: Commander, U.S. Navy, commanding U.S.S. Tang. Place and date: Vicinity Philippine Islands, October 23rd and October 24th, 1944. Entered service at: New Hampshire. Born: 2 February 1911, Dover, N.H. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Tang operating against 2 enemy Japanese convoys on 23 and 24 October 1944, during her fifth and last war patrol. Boldly maneuvering on the surface into the midst of a heavily escorted convoy, Comdr. O’Kane stood in the fusillade of bullets and shells from all directions to launch smashing hits on 3 tankers, coolly swung his ship to fire at a freighter and, in a split-second decision, shot out of the path of an onrushing transport, missing it by inches. Boxed in by blazing tankers, a freighter, transport, and several destroyers, he blasted two of the targets with his remaining torpedoes and, with pyrotechnics bursting on all sides, cleared the area. Twenty-four hours later, he again made contact with a heavily escorted convoy steaming to support the Leyte campaign with reinforcements and supplies and with crated planes piled high on each unit. In defiance of the enemy’s relentless fire, he closed the concentration of ship and in quick succession sent two torpedoes each into the first and second transports and an adjacent tanker, finding his mark with each torpedo in a series of violent explosions at less than l,000-yard range. With ships bearing down from all sides, he charged the enemy at high speed, exploding the tanker in a burst of flame, smashing the transport dead in the water, and blasting the destroyer with a mighty roar which rocked the Tang from stem to stern. Expending his last two torpedoes into the remnants of a once powerful convoy before his own ship went down, Comdr. O’Kane, aided by his gallant command, achieved an illustrious record of heroism in combat, enhancing the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
DALY, DANIEL JOSEPH
Rank and organization: Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., 11 November 1873. Accredited to: New York. Other Navy awards: Second Medal of Honor, Navy Cross. Citation: Serving with the 15th Company of Marines on 22 October 1915, G/Sgt. Daly was one of the company to leave Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of October 24th, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fre from the Cacos. At daybreak the Marines, in three squads, advanced in three different directions, surprising and scattering the Cacos in all directions. G/Sgt. Daly fought with exceptional gallantry against heavy odds throughout this action.
OSTERMANN, EDWARD ALBERT
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 15th Company of Marines (mounted). Place and date: Vicinity Fort Liberte, Haiti, October 24th, 1915. Entered service at: Ohio. Born: 1883, Columbus, Ohio. Citation: In company with members of the 15th Company of Marines, all mounted, 1st Lt. Ostermann left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October 1915, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, 1st Lt. Ostermann, in command of one of the three squads which advanced in three different directions, led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie.
UPSHUR, WILLIAM PETERKIN
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 28 October 1881, Richmond, Va. Appointed from: Virginia. Citation: In company with members of the 15th Company of Marines, all mounted, Capt. Upshur left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of October 24th, 1915, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, Capt. Upshur, in command of one of the three squads which advanced in three different directions led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie.
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4 Leadership Lessons From The Founding Fathers
BY DOUG DICKERSON | 07-03-2012 | 6:21 AM
This article is written by a member of our expert contributor community.
Now inscribed on the Library of Congress, James Madison’s words are as true today as they were in 1829: “The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.” In forging such a nation, the Founding Fathers were the most exemplary of leaders.
In celebration of our independence, let us note how their ideals hold true today. Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” She’s right. Here are four leadership principles our Founders taught us.
The courage of convictions: Our founders clung to and fought for the cause of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” With years of hindsight and the benefit of our modern comforts, it is hard to comprehend their sacrifices. Leadership in a global economy requires steady conviction in the face of incredible challenges. To say that our Founding Fathers were men of conviction would be an understatement, but all great leaders are. What will be the measure of your leadership?
The sanctity of sacrifice: In the formation of our republic and in signing the Declaration of Independence, the Founders pledged to one another, “our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor.” The leadership principle of sacrifice is not new. Our Founders understood it well. And to that end we understand that sacrificial leadership is selfless, not self-serving. The commitment made 236 years ago reminds us that no great accomplishment comes without sacrifice and that causes greater than self are the lasting ones. Time tested through two centuries, today’s best leaders understand the power of sacrifice when it comes to building a lasting business.
The fulfillment of faith: To their credit, the Founders understood and valued the practice of faith. In their wisdom the founders recognized the truth that we are all “created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” by which we live our lives and practice our faith, whether or in a higher power or ideals greater than ourselves. Stepping back to contemplate allows us to see the world around us, and the people entrusted to our leadership, in a more meaningful way. The executive model today is not so much an “independence from” mentality as it is a “responsibility toward” philosophy. Thoughtful leaders seek to be a blessing and to serve causes greater than self; wise ones remember the source.
The power of purpose: It was through persecution, hardships, and struggles whereby the Founders rallied and mutually pledged their “reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” in declaring our independence. The innumerable lessons our Founders taught us transcend political ideology and religious creed. The rally today is for leaders with purpose, backed by the power of their convictions, faith, and sacrifice, to make a difference in the world. Just as the Founders were men of clear purpose and mission, successful management today charts a clear course with the right women and men in place with the necessary tools to achieve their goals.
Our Founders were leadership pioneers; let us honor their memory as we celebrate.
© 2012 Doug Dickerson. Doug Dickerson is a nationally recognized leadership speaker and writer. He is the author of the new book Great Leaders Wanted! Visit Doug’s blog or follow him @managemntmoment.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
~ Lucille Ball
perfidy PUR-fuh-dee, noun:
The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow; faithlessness; treachery.Perfidy comes from Latin perfidia, from perfidus, faithless, treacherous, false, from per-, through (perhaps connoting deviation or infringement, or perhaps explicable by qui per fidem decipit, “who through faith or trust deceives”) + fides, faith.
4004 BC – On the preceding eve of this day (in the proleptic Julian calendar), the universe was created, according to the archbishop James Ussher in his Ussher-Lightfoot Calendar.
42 BC – Roman Republican civil wars: Second Battle of Philippi – Brutus’s army is decisively defeated by Mark Antony and Octavian. Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat.
1690 – American colonial forces from Boston led by Sir William Phips, failed in their attempt to seize Quebec. Phips lost four ships on the return trip due to stormy weather.
1707 – The first Parliament of Great Britain meets.
1760 – The first Jewish prayer books were printed in US.
1777 – A British Royal Navy fleet of ships, trying to open up supply lines along the Delaware River and the occupying British army in Philadelphia, is bombarded by American cannon fire and artillery from Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania. The fleet is defeated.
1783 – Virginia emancipated slaves who fought for independence during the Revolutionary War.
1818 – The RC Monroe captured the armed brig Columbia inside the Virginia Capes. Columbia had been “cut out” of a Venezuelan fleet by pirates.
1824 – The first steam locomotive was introduced.
1829 – The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia received its first prisoner, burglar Charles Williams (18). It was based on the Quaker idea of reform through solitude and reflection. It opened to tourists in 1971 after being closed to prisoners. The prison was designed by John Haviland.
1855 – Kansas Free State forces set up a competing government under their Topeka, Kansas, constitution, which outlaws slavery in the United States territory.
1861 – President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related cases.
1863 – General Grant arrived at Chattanooga and assumed command from General George Thomas.
1864 – Civil War: Battle of Westport – Union forces under General Samuel R. Curtis defeat Confederate troops led by General Sterling Price at Westport, near Kansas City.
1877 – A patent for a gas-motor engine was issued to Nicolaus Otto .
1910 – World Series: Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs Chicago Cubs (1)
1910 – Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight in the United States. She reached an altitude of 12 feet at a park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1915 – Women’s suffrage: In New York City, 25,000-33,000 women march up Fifth Avenue to demand the right to vote.
1915 – The first U.S. championship horseshoe tourney was held in Kellerton, IA.
1917 – World War I: The First Infantry Division, “Big Red One,” fired the first US shot in WW I. The first American shell of the war was sent screaming toward German lines by a First Division artillery unit.
1918 – World War I: Germans agreed to suspend submarine warfare, cease inhumane practices such as the use of poison gas, and withdraw troops back into Germany.
1920 – A Chicago grand jury indicted Abe Attell, Hal Chase, and Bill Burns as go-betweens in Black Sox World Series scandal.
1921 – Green Bay Packers play first NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis.
1929 – Great Depression: After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange begins to show signs of panic.
1929 – The first transcontinental air service begins from New York City to Los Angeles.
1930 – The first miniature golf tournament finished in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After four 18-hole rounds (par, 56) blond J. K. Scott who says he scores from 75 to 80 on real golf courses won the $2.000 first prize for men with 223. Mrs. J. E. Rankin who won the $2,000 for the best lady was from Jacksonville too. Her score was 241.
1932 – “Fred Allen Show” premieres on radio.
1934 – Jean Piccard and Jeanette Ridlen attained a record balloon height of 56,893 feet. Question: In Star Trek there is a captain named Jean-Luc Piccard. Could it be possible that “his parents” named him after this pioneer?
1935 – Dutch Schultz (33), born as Arthur Flegenheimer, was shot in the men’s room of the Palace Chop House and Tavern in Newark, New Jersey. He lingered for nearly a day before dying after being the target of a mob hit.
1939 – Zane Grey (67), US western writer (Spirit of the Border), died. He authored 89 books, mostly Westerns.
1939 – World War II: North of Murmansk, a German prize crew steers the US ship City of Flint into Kola Bay. The steamer was seized as contraband by a German cruiser.
1941 – World War II: Holocaust: Burning of Odessa Jews, Ukraine: 19,000 Jews are burned alive at Dalnik in Odessa, by Romanian and German troops. The next day, another 10,000 Jews are killed. Romanian Lieutenant-Colonel Nicolae Deleanu administered the executions.
1941 – Walt Disney’s “Dumbo” released. The main character is Jumbo Jr., a semi-anthropomorphic elephant who is cruelly nicknamed Dumbo. He is ridiculed for his big ears, but it turns out that he is capable of flying by using them as wings.
1941 – “Clarinet a la King” was recorded by Benny Goodman and his orchestra — on Okeh Records.
1942 – Ralph Rainger (41), pianist and song writer, was among 12 people killed when their DC-3 crashed after being clipped by a B-34 bomber flown by Army Lt. William Wilson. Rainger’s songs included “Love in Bloom” and “Thanks for the Memories,” which Bing Crosby made a hit in 1934.
1942 – World War II: Second Battle of El Alamein starts – At El Alamein in Egypt, British forces begin a major offensive against Axis forces. British Eighth Army eventually swept the Germans out of North Africa.
1942 – World War II: The Western Task Force, destined for North Africa, departed from Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1942 – World War II: Fourth Marine Raider Battalion organized at Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, Oceanside, CA. Bn. composed of HQ, A, B and C Companies.
1943 – World War II: Holocaust: The first Jewish transport out of Rome reached Birkenau (Poland) extermination camp.
1943 – World War II: In Italy, a British division of Gen. Mark Clark’s 5th Army takes Sparanise, a town adjacent to the ancient Roman Appian Way, and near the Germans’ Barbara defense line, 95 miles south of Rome.
1944 – World War II: Battle of Leyte Gulf begins – The largest naval battle in history begins in Leyte Gulf, the Red Army enters Hungary.
1943 – World War II: Troops of the US 5th Army capture Monte Salvaro, Italy.
1944 – World War II: The 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, 36th Infantry Division (TX), soon known as the “Lost Battalion” was cut off on top of a hill by German infantry and armored forces. After being decimated for six days, the battalion was relieved by the other two battalions of the 141st along with the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up of Japanese-Americans.
1945 – Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player hired by a major league team, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and sent to their Montreal farm team. He moved up to the Dodgers in 1947 and became one of the sport’s greatest stars.
1946 – A Vatican document advised French church authorities on how to handle information requests from Jewish officials, asking them not to put anything in writing. This document was not found until 2004.
1947 – CHART TOPPERS – “Near You” by The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm), “I Wish I Didn’t Love You So” by Vaughn Monroe ,“Feudin’ and Fightin’” by Dorothy Shay and “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” by Tex Williams all topped the charts.
1950 – Korean War: Communist troops massacred sixty-eight American POWs in the Sunchon tunnel. A First Cavalry Division force under the command of Brigadier General Frank A. Allen rescued twenty-one survivors.
1952 – The Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Ukrainian-born microbiologist Selmart A. Waksman for his discovery streptomycin, the first antibiotic to successfully treat tuberculosis.
1954 – “Hey There” by Rosemary Clooney topped the charts.
1955 – CHART TOPPERS – “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” by The Four Aces, “Autumn Leaves” by Roger Williams “The Shifting, Whispering Sands” by Rusty Draper and “Love, Love, Love” by Webb Pierce all topped the charts.
1956 – First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast was “The Jonathan Winters Show.” It consisted of a pre-recorded song sequence in color by Dorothy Collins during the program.
1958 – Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced a new set of comic strip characters The Smurfs.
1961 – “Runaround Sue” by Dion topped the charts.
1962 – Steveland Morris Judkins, later known as Little Stevie Wonder, at the age of 12 recorded his first single. The song was “Thank you for Loving Me All the Way.”
1962 – USAF Major Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 133,865 feet.
1962 – During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. naval “quarantine” of Cuba was approved by the Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).
1962 – The U.S. Navy reconnaissance squadron VFP-62 flying F2H-2P Banshees and F9F-6&8P Cougars began overflights of Cuba under the code name “Blue Moon.”
1963 – CHART TOPPERS – “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes, “Busted” by Ray Charles and “Love’s Gonna Live Here” by Buck Owens all topped the charts.
1963 – Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” (2:07:37) premiered in New York City.
1965 – “Yesterday” by the Beatles topped the charts.
1965 – “Turn! Turn! Turn!” was released by the Byrds.
1965 – Vietnam War: Operation Silver Bayonet – The U.S. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in conjunction with South Vietnamese forces, launch a new operation, seeking to destroy North Vietnamese forces in Pleku Province in II Corps Tactical Zone (the Central Highlands).
1967 – New Jersey Americans (later NY/NJ Nets) play first ABA game.
1970 – Aretha Franklin, won a gold record for “Don’t Play that Song” .
1970 – American Gary Gabelich attained a record 631.367mph average speed in The Blue Flame, a rocket-powered four-wheeled vehicle. Momentarily achieving 650mph, Gabelich’s vehicle was powered by a liquid natural gas, hydrogen peroxide rocket engine that produced a thrust of up to 22,000 pounds.
1971 – CHART TOPPERS – “Maggie Mae/Reason to Believe” by Rod Stewart, “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” by Cher, “Do You Know What I Mean” by Lee Michaels and “How Can I Unlove You” by Lynn Anderson all topped the charts.
1972 – The US Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 became law.
1973 – Watergate Scandal: US President Richard M. Nixon agrees to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations about the scandal to Judge John Sirica.
1973 – A U.N. sanctioned cease-fire officially ends the Yom Kippur War between Israel and Syria.
1976 – “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago topped the charts.
1979 – CHART TOPPERS – “Rise” by Herb Alpert, “Pop Muzik” by M, “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” by Dionne Warwick and “All the Gold in California” by Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers all topped the charts.
1979 – Billy Martin (1928-1989), NY Yankee baseball manager, was involved in a barroom altercation when he sucker punched Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper required 15 stitches. Martin was fired.
1981 – US national debt hits $1 trillion .
1982 – “Jack and Diane” by John Cougar topped the charts.
1983 – Lebanon Civil War: U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut hit by truck bomb, killing 241 Marines. French barracks also hit the same morning, killing 58.
1983 – Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada, West Indies) begins.
1987 – CHART TOPPERS – “Lost in Emotion” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, “U Got the Look (” by Prince), “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany and “Fishin’ in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band all topped the charts.
1987 – The U.S. Senate rejected the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork on a 58-42 vote.
1989 – In Boston, MA, Charles Stuart claimed he and his pregnant wife, Carol, had been shot in their car by a black robber. Carol Stuart and her prematurely delivered baby died. Charles Stuart later died, an apparent suicide, after he was implicated in the murder of his wife and child.
1989 – Twenty-three people were killed in an explosion at Phillips Petroleum Co.’s chemical complex in Pasadena, Texas.
1990 – Iraq released 64 British hostages.
1991 – Clarence Thomas was sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice.
1992 – President Bush announced that Vietnam had agreed to turn over all materials in its possession related to U.S. personnel in the Vietnam War.
1993 – World Series: Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs Philadelphia Phillies (2). There would be no World Series in 1994 because of a players strike. Joe Carter (Toronto Blue Jays) became only the second player to end the World Series with a homerun.
1995 – In Houston, TX, a jury convicted Yolanda Saldivar of the murder of Selena.
1996 – The civil trial of former American football player O.J. Simpson opens in Santa Monica, California. Simpson was later found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
1997 – British au pair Louise Woodward, charged with murdering a baby in her care, testified at her trial in Cambridge, Mass., that she’d never hurt 8-month-old Matthew Eappen, saying, “I love kids.”
1997 – The International Whaling Commission opened the way for an American Indian tribe, the Makah, to resume traditional whale hunts for the first time in seven decades.
1998 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a “land-for-peace” agreement.
1998 – In Amherst, New York, abortion doctor Barnett Slepian is killed in his home by a sniper. Investigators in both Canada and the United States believe that James Charles Kopp, known among abortion opponents as “Atomic Dog,” was responsible for Slepian’s murder. In March 2001, the authorities caught up with Kopp in Europe, and he was extradited from France on the condition he would not receive the death penalty.
1998 – Swatch Internet Time introduced
1999 – Apple Computer’s Mac OS 9 is released. Swatch Internet Time is a concept introduced in 1998 and marketed by the Swatch corporation as an alternative, decimal measure of time. One of the goals was to simplify the way people in different time zones communicate about time, mostly by eliminating time zones altogether.
1999 – A Ku Klux Klan rally was allowed to proceed in New York City with no masks as thousands of counter-demonstrators jeered them. 16 Klansmen and 2 Klan women appeared at Foley Square along with some 6,000 protestors and 2,000 tourists.
2001 – Apple Computer releases the first iPod.
2001 – The NASA team celebrated as the 2001 Mars Odyssey slipped into orbit around the Red Planet, two years after back-to-back failures by Mars missions.
2001 – President Bush announced he had authorized money for improved post office security following the deaths of two postal workers from inhalation anthrax.
2002 – Allied planes bombed two military air defense sites in the southern no-fly zone over Iraq in the third round of strikes in a week.
2001 – John Ashcroft, US Attorney General said three men wanted by German authorities, Said Bahaji, Ramzi Binalshibh and Zakariya Essabar, were part of a terrorist cell in Hamburg that included three men from the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center.
2003 – U.S. Congress passed a bill banning late-term abortions.
2003 – In Santa Clara, California, 7-Eleven owner Narinder Badwal learned that he had sold the winning California Lottery and was entitled to a $250,000 commission. He then learned that he had sold the winning ticket worth $49,747,500 to himself.
2005 – In Chicago, IL, Lou Rawls gave his last performance when he performed the national anthem of the United States to start Game Two of the 2005 World Series.
2006 – In Texas a district judge sentenced Jeffrey Skilling (52), former chief executive of Enron Corp., to over 24 years in prison for his role in the financial fraud that destroyed Enron. He was also ordered Skilling to pay $45 million in restitution to Enron investors.
2006 – Tod Skinner (b.1958), American free climber, died in a fall at Yosemite National Park after his harness broke.
2007 – Thousands more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes, bringing the number of people chased away by the wind-whipped flames that have engulfed Southern California to at least 300,000. At least 700 homes were already destroyed. President Bush declared a federal emergency for seven counties.
2007 – The US space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral with a 7-person crew for a 14-day mission to the International Space Station.
2008 – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the current financial crisis is a “once-in-a-century credit tsunami” which will have a severe impact on the US economy, driving unemployment higher.
2008 – New York City Mayor Bloomberg persuaded the city council, in a 29-22 vote, to amend the term limit law allowing him to run for re-election next year.
2009 – President Barack Obama signed a declaration making the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.
2009 – The Swiss Government says that the United States has formally requested the extradition of film director Roman Polanski for having unlawful sex with an underage girl in 1977.
2009 – US regulators shut down three small banks in Florida and one each in Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin bringing the total for the year of failed US banks to one-hundred six.
2009 – In Missouri police found the body of Elizabeth Olton (9). She had gone missing two days earlier.
2010 – The Texas
The state of Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce wants Georgia’s Republicans to publicly stand against Hobby Lobby, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and religious liberty in general. Many of the state’s Republican leaders will do exactly that because they are so beholden to the Georgia Chamber.
Rangers advance to their first World Series after defeating the New York Yankees in the 2010 American League Championship Series.
2012 – A surfer is killed in southern California following an attack by a great white shark.
2012 – Four third-party U.S. presidential election candidates—representing the Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Justice parties, who were excluded from the high-profile televised encounters between Mitt Romney or Barack Obama—attend their own presidential debate hosted in Chicago by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.
2013 – OBAMACARE: The deadline to buy coverage and avoid a penalty in 2014 is pushed back to March 31 from Feb. 15.
2014 – The state of Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce wants Georgia’s Republicans to publicly stand against Hobby Lobby, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and religious liberty in general. Many of the state’s Republican leaders will do exactly that because they are so beholden to the Georgia Chamber.
1835 – Adlai Ewing Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893-1897).
1869 – John Heisman, American college football coach from 1892 to 1927, was born. He had a trophy for best college player named after him.
1906 – Gertrude Ederle, American Olympic swimming champion and first woman to swim the English Channel.
1925 – Johnny Carson, American TV host and comedian.
1935 – Chi-Chi Rodriguez, professional golfer.
1940 – Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), Brazilian soccer star.
*DUNN, PARKER F.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 312th Infantry, 78th Division. Place and date: Near Grand-Pre, France, October 23rd, 1918. Entered service at: Albany, N.Y. Birth: Albany, N.Y. G.O. No.: 49, W.D., 1922. Citation: When his battalion commander found it necessary to send a message to a company in the attacking line and hesitated to order a runner to make the trip because of the extreme danger involved, Pfc. Dunn, a member of the intelligence section, volunteered for the mission. After advancing but a short distance across a field swept by artillery and machinegun fire, he was wounded, but continued on and fell wounded a second time. Still undaunted, he persistently attempted to carry out his mission until he was killed by a machinegun bullet before reaching the advance line.
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The Curse of the Bambino
The Curse of the Bambino was an urban myth or scapegoat cited as a reason for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series for 86 years after they sold Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees. In 1914 the Boston Red Sox bought Babe Ruth from the Baltimore club, who were a minor league team during this era, and immediately signed him for $3,500 a year, three times the amount he was being paid. During the next 3-years Ruth was the best left-hander in baseball. He chalked up 18 wins in 1915, 23 in 1916 and 24 in 1917. In all 3 of those years opponents batted under .220 against him. In 1916 he led the league with a 1.75 ERA and spun a league leading nine shutouts. In 1917, Ruth was 24-13, completing 35 of the 38 games he started. He allowed only 244 hitters in 326 innings. The ‘Bambino’ as Ruth was called, intimidated batters with his imposing size, 6’2″ 220lbs.
The flip side of the curse was New York’s success—after the sale, the once-lackluster Yankees became one of the most successful franchises in American professional sports. While some fans took the superstition of the Curse seriously, many others used the expression in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Talk about the curse effectively ended in 2004, when the Red Sox came back from an 0-3 deficit to beat the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series and then went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2004 World Series.
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
~ Douglas Adams
ken KEN, noun:
1. Perception; understanding; knowledge. 2. The range of vision. 3. View; sight. Ken is from Middle English kennen, from Old English cennan, “to declare, to make known.”
362 – The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire.
1746 – The College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) receives its charter. The University later established a reputation for its spring ritual of sophomores running naked at midnight after the first snowfall.
1797 – Above Paris, Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes the first recorded parachute jump. Differing reports place the altitude at 3200 feet and 6500 feet.
1819 – The first ship passed through the Erie Canal (Rome-Utica).
1824 – The Tennessee Legislature adjourned ending Davy Crockett’s state political career. Crockett died at the legendary siege of the Alamo in 1836.
1836 – Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas. 1844 – The Great Anticipation: Millerites, followers of William Miller, anticipated the end of the world in conjunction with the Second Advent of Christ. The following day became known as the Great Disappointment.
1846 – Miss Lavinia Fanning Watson of Philadelphia christens the sloop-of-war Germantown, the first U.S. Navy ship sponsored by a woman.
1861 – The first telegraph line linking West & East coasts was completed.
1862 – Civil War: Union troops pushed 5,000 confederates out of Maysbille, Ark., at the Second Battle of Pea Ridge.
1862 –Civil War: Battle at Old Fort Wayne, Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Brig. Gen. James G. Blunt and his troops attacked Col. Douglas H. Cooper and his Confederate command on Beatties Prairie near Old Fort Wayne
1862 – Civil War: Confederate troops reconquered the Cumberland Gap in Tennessee.
1875 – Sons of the American Revolution organized.
1881 – Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert.
1883 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens with a performance of Gounod’s Faust (opera)..
1883 – The New York Horse show opened. The first national horse show was formed by the newly organized National Horse Show Association of America.
1885 – John Ward and several teammates secretly formed the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players, the first baseball union.
1906 – Three-thousand blacks demonstrated and rioted in Philadelphia.
1907 – Panic of 1907: Second day of a run on Knickerbocker Trust Company stock sets events in motion that will lead to a depression.
1907 – Ringling Brothers circus bought Barnum & Bailey Circus.
1913 – A coal mine explosion in Dawson, New Mexico, kills more than 250 workers, A heroic rescue effort saved 23 others, but also cost two more people their lives. 1917 – U.S.A. seized raw material for war that had been purchased and stored by Germans in the U.S.A. during the first two years of the war.
1917 – World War I – Fifth & Sixth Marines and Sixth Machine Gun Battalion become part of the American Expeditionary Force.
1918 – World War I – Fierce fighting by the Americans on both banks of Meuse, north of Verdun and in the Woevre in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
1918 – The Great Influenza Pandemic began; it was a worldwide epidemic. It killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351. Known as “Spanish Flu” or “LaGrippe” the influenza of 1918-1919 was a global disaster.
1918 – The cities of Baltimore and Washington ran out of coffins during the “Spanish Influenza” epidemic.
1918 – The new Army Air Service (forerunner of the U.S. Air Force) was organized. 1924 – Toastmasters International is founded.
1926 – J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal.
1934 – In East Liverpool, Ohio, notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd is shot and killed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.
1938 – Inventor Chester Carlson invented the photocopier. They used powdered ink and an electrical charge to create the first photocopy. The reproduced page said: “10-28-38 Astoria.” Carlson tried to sell the machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they were not impressed.
1941 – World War II: Holocaust: Some 39,000 Jews were killed by Romanian troops over a two day period in Odessa. Many of them were burned to death in a public square or in warehouses that were locked shut. Altogether some 90,000 Jews were killed in Odessa.
1942 – World War II: On Guadalcanal, the Japanese attack again over the Matanikau River with a strong force of tanks and infantry. They are thrown back with heavy losses due mainly to the effectiveness of the American artillery.
1944 – World War II: On Leyte, US 10th and US 24th Corps both record advances. The US 7th Division, on the right flank, approach Abuyog. The Japanese fleet assembled at Brunei sets sail for the Philippines with the intention of destroying the American invasion fleet.
1946 – CHART TOPPERS – “Five Minutes More” by Tex Beneke, “To Each His Own” by Eddy Howard, “South America, Take It Away” by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters and “Divorce Me C.O.D.” by Merle Travis all topped the charts.
1949 – “That Lucky Old Sam” by Frankie Laine topped the charts.
1950 – The Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record by defeating the Baltimore Colts 70-27. It was a record score for a regular season game.
1951 – First of seven detonations, Operation Buster-Jangle nuclear test. This was a test of the Petite Plutonium fission bomb, designed by Ted Taylor.
1952 – Korean War: USAF ace Major Robinson “Robbie” Risner, flying an F-86 Sabre out of the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, claimed his sixth MiG-15 of the war.
1953 – “Back That Fact” was a short-lived American game show that aired on ABC from October 22 to November 26, 1953. This was the first TV game show for creator/producers Jack Barry and Dan Enright.
1954 – CHART TOPPERS – “Hey There” by Rosemary Clooney, “I Need You Now” by Eddie Fisher, “If I Give My Heart to You” by Doris Day and “I Don’t Hurt Anymore” by Hank Snow all topped the charts.
1954 – As a result of the Geneva accords granting Communist control over North Vietnam, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized a crash program to train the South Vietnamese Army.
1955 – “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” by Four Aces topped the charts.
1955 – The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief made its maiden flight. Republic Aircraft’s F-105 Thunderchief, better known as the ‘Thud,’ was the Air Force’s war-horse in Vietnam.
1957 – Vietnam War: First United States casualties in Vietnam.
1959 – “Take Me Along” opened on Broadway.
1960 – “Save the Last Dance For Me” by The Drifters topped the charts.
1960 – Ed Yost makes the first free flight of a modern hot-air balloon at Bruning, Nebraska.
1962 – CHART TOPPERS – “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Picket, “Do You Love Me” by The Contours, “He’s a Rebel” by The Crystals and “Mama Sang a Song” by Bill Anderson all topped the charts.
1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy announces that American spy planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval “quarantine” or a blockade of the island nation.
1966 – The Supremes become the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album, “Supremes-A-Go-Go”). (6 Videos)
1966 – “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops topped the charts.
1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 7 safely splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting the Earth 163 times.
1968 – Pres. Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968. It regulated firearms above .50-caliber as destructive devices and required registration and owner’s fingerprints. It also banned the sale of handguns to those under 21. Before this Act, the 2nd Amendment was alive and well in the United States. The Gun Control Act of 1968 is almost a verbatim copy of Hitler’s Gun Control Act of 1938.
1970 – CHART TOPPERS – “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5, “Green-Eyed Lady” by
Sugarloaf, “All Right Now” by Free and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash all topped the charts.
1971 – Joan Baez earns gold for “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
1972 – Vietnam War: In Saigon, Henry Kissinger and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu meet to discuss a proposed cease-fire that had been worked out between Americans and North Vietnamese in Paris. Thieu rejects the proposal and accused the United States of conspiring to undermine his regime.
1972 – Vietnam War: Operation Linebacker I, the bombing of North Vietnam with B-52 bombers, ended. U.S. warplanes flew 40,000 sorties and dropped over 125,000 tons of bombs during the bombing campaign. The U.S. ended all tactical air sorties into North Vietnam above the 20th parallel and brought to a close Linebacker I operations.
1972 – Oakland A’s first championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in the World Series 1975 – Carlton Fisk of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run to win Game 6 of the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
1975 – World Series: Cincinnati Reds (4) vs Boston Red Sox (3)
1976 – Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada.
1976 – President Ford signed S. 3091, the National Forest Management Act of 1976. 1976 – Rick Barry (San Francisco), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60. 1977 – “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone topped the charts.
1977 – In West Virginia the New River Gorge Bridge was opened to traffic. The bridge is a steel arch bridge 3,030 feet long over the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia.
1978 – CHART TOPPERS – “Kiss You All Over” by Exile, “Hot Child in the City” by Nick Gilder, “Reminiscing” by Little River Band and “Tear Time” by Dave & Sugar all topped the charts.
1978 – Pope John Paul II was installed as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. 1979 – Walt Disney World’s 100-millionth guest – Kurt Miller.
1979 – The U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis.
1981 – The Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its strike in August.
1983 – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler topped the charts.
1983 – At the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, an armed man crashed a truck through front gates and demanded to speak with President Reagan.
1986 – CHART TOPPERS – “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson, “Typical Male” by Tina Turner, “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper and “Just Another Love” by Tanya Tucker all topped the charts.
1986 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Tax Reform Act of 1986 into law. 1987 – The US Navy acknowledged that it had deployed five dolphins to the Persian Gulf to search for Iranian mines.
1988 – “Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins topped the charts.
1989 – Survivors of the Loma Prieta earthquake attended church services as the cleanup and recovery efforts continued.
1992 – The space shuttle Columbia was launched on a 10-day mission that included deployment of an Italian satellite.
1993 – Withdrawal of 750 Rangers from Somalia is complete.
1994 – Colorado Springs opened a brand new airport with a 2.5 million annual passenger capacity. (That’s about 7,000 people per day)
1996 – Floodwaters in Portland, Maine, ruptured a pipeline and left some 120,000 people without drinking water. At least seven people died in the weekend storm that dumped as much as eighteen inches in some places.
1997 – Two US Air Force jets collided over Edwards Air Force Base in Ca. and two men in one of the planes, a T-38 trainer, were killed. The other jet, an F-16, managed to land safely.
1997 – In Detroit the Gem Theater / 20th Century Club, a 2,750 ton building, was moved 5 blocks through downtown to make room for a new ballpark. It set a new record as the heaviest building moved.
1998 – The US government announced one of the biggest toys recalls ever, advising parents to remove batteries from Fisher-Price Power Wheels cars and trucks because of faulty wiring.
1999 – In California Jan Davis (60), co-owner of an aerial photography business in Santa Barbara, plunged to her death during a skydiving stunt from El Capitan in Yosemite. The stunt was to protest the banning of sport parachuting from cliffs in national parks.
2001 – The New York Yankees routed Seattle 12-3 in game five to win the American League pennant for the 38th time.
2001 – Anthrax spores were found in a mail-opening machine serving the White House. Preliminary tests on 120 workers who sort mail for the executive mansion were negative.
2001 – A second Washington DC postal worker, Joseph P. Curseen (47), died of inhalation anthrax.
2001 – The Pentagon announced nearly 200 U.S. jets struck Taliban and al-Qaida communications facilities, barracks and training camps.
2002 – Internet users declare this day as the official Caps Lock Day.
2002 – In Aspen Hill, Maryland, Conrad Everton Johnson (35), a bus driver, was shot in the chest and died during surgery. This was the 13th and final attack linked by authorities to the Washington-area sniper attacks.
2002 – Allied planes bombed a military air defense site in the northern no-fly zone over Iraq after taking fire from Iraqi forces.
2003 – Indy Racing League racer Tony Renna, 26, died after crashing at close to 220 mph during a test drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2004 – Pres. Bush signed a $136 billion corporate tax cut bill. It offered a one-time tax holiday in 2005 when corporations could repatriate their foreign income at a massively reduced tax rate.
2005 – Tropical Storm Alpha forms in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.
2005 – US soldiers and warplanes killed 20 insurgents and destroyed five “safe houses” during an operation against militants who shelter foreign fighters for al-Qaida in Iraq near the Syrian border.
2005 – The Chicago White Sox defeat the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series, 5-3.
2008 – Federal immigration officials arrested several members of the MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha, street gang after conducting raids in San Francisco, Richmond and south San Francisco. Twenty-nine people were indicted on multiple charges including murder, car theft and extortion.
2008 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 514.45 to close at 8519.21, its seventh biggest point drop in history.
2008 – Sheriffs’ deputies in Crockett County, Tenn., arrested two suspects, Daniel Cowart (20) of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman (18) of Helena-West Helena, Ark., on unspecified charges. On Oct 27 federal authorities charged the two white supremacists for allegedly plotting to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
2009 – The Obama administration said it is designating over 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as critical habitat for polar bears.
2009 – The Olympic Flame was lit during a ceremony in Olympia, Greece to start the 2010 Winter Olympics Torch Relay.
2009 – The US “Pay Czar” slashed compensation for top earners at seven bailed-out companies for the final two months of the year, and was immediately slammed by the country’s largest bank which claimed the cuts could send talent fleeing.
2009 – The Windows 7 computer operating system went on sale.
2010 – The International Space Station set the record (3641 days) for the longest continuous human occupation of space. It had been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000.
2010 – Wikileaks releases Iraq War Logs, secret American military records which reveal new information, including that U.S. commanders allowed torture and execution to occur without investigation and that hundreds of civilians have been killed at U.S. military checkpoints during the War on Iraq.
2010 – Google says that its Street View cars collected more information than it previously admitted including e-mails, passwords and URLs and that it would change its privacy practices.
2011 – Voters in Louisiana go to the polls for a gubernatorial election with incumbent Governor Bobby Jindal expected to be elected in the first round.
2012 – Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping. The International Cycling Union announced it will not appeal the US Anti-DopingAgency’s ruling to bar him for life from Olympic sports for doping and for playing an instrumental role in the team-wide doping of his cycling squads.
2012 – Hurricane Sandy formed in the Caribbean Sea. It ultimately became Superstorm Sandy.
2014 – In Ottowa, Ontario, Canada Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who has been widely reported to be a recent convert to Islam but whose father is a veteran of the jihad in Libya and who has been a Muslim for at least three years, went on a shooting rampage in Ottawa, murdering military reservist Corporal Nathan Cirillo and engaging in a gun battle inside Canada’s Parliament building.
OLIVE, MILTON L. III
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. Place and date: Phu Cuong, Republic of Vietnam, October 22nd, 1965. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Born: 7 November 1946, Chicago, Ill. C.O. No.: 18, 26 April 1966. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Olive was a member of the 3d Platoon of Company B, as it moved through the jungle to find the Viet Cong operating in the area. Although the platoon was subjected to a heavy volume of enemy gunfire and pinned down temporarily, it retaliated by assaulting the Viet Cong positions, causing the enemy to flee. As the platoon pursued the insurgents, Pfc. Olive and four other soldiers were moving through the jungle together with a grenade was thrown into their midst. Pfc. Olive saw the grenade, and then saved the lives of his fellow soldiers at the sacrifice of his by grabbing the grenade in his hand and falling on it to absorb the blast with his body. Through his bravery, unhesitating actions, and complete disregard for his safety, he prevented additional loss of life or injury to the members of his platoon. Pfc. Olive’s extraordinary heroism, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
DALY, DANIEL JOSEPH
Rank and organization: Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., 11 November 1873. Accredited to: New York. Other Navy awards: Second Medal of Honor, Navy Cross. Citation: Serving with the 15th Company of Marines on October 22nd, 1915, G/Sgt. Daly was one of the company to leave Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a 6-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three sides by about four-hundred Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fre from the Cacos. At daybreak the Marines, in three squads, advanced in three different directions, surprising and scattering the Cacos in all directions. G/Sgt. Daly fought with exceptional gallantry against heavy odds throughout this action.
Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1827, Baltimore, Md. Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863. Citation: Served as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Wabash in the engagement at Pocataligo, October 22nd, 1862. Soliciting permission to accompany the howitzer corps, and performing his duty with such gallantry and presence of mind as to attract the attention of all around him, Ringold, knowing there was a scarcity of ammunition, went through the whole line of fire with his shirt slung over his shoulder filled with fixed ammunition which he had brought from two miles to the rear of the lines.
Besides a quality shot of espresso, the most important element in preparing a cappuccino is the texture and temperature of the milk. When a barista steams the milk for a cappuccino, he or she creates microfoam by introducing very tiny bubbles of air into the milk, giving the milk a velvety texture and sweetness. In some places, skilled baristas create latte art when pouring properly steamed milk into the espresso, making designs such as apples, hearts, leaves, rosettes, and corporate logos.
Cappuccino is a large Italian beverage prepared with espresso and foamy steamed milk. A cappuccino differs from a cafe latte, which is mostly milk and little foam.
In Italy, cappuccino is generally consumed early in the day as part of a light breakfast, with croissant, better known for Italians as cornetto. Generally Italians do not drink cappuccino with meals other than breakfast; however, it is a very common habit, in Italy, to have a cappuccino and croissant after a night out, even if it is about time to go to bed. In other countries it is consumed throughout the day or after dinner.
A cappuccino is generally defined as 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 frothed milk. Another definition would call for 1/3 espresso and 2/3 microfoam. (A “dry cappuccino” has less milk.) The “iced cappuccino” (or cappuccino “Freddo”) beverage is somewhat of a misnomer since there is no way to duplicate the foam on top of the hot beverage, but the term is nevertheless widely spread in some Mediterranean countries where ice is added before the foam. Espresso and cold milk
on ice is called an iced caffelatte, while an espresso macchiato is a shot of espresso “stained” with a dollop of milk foam.
Servings – 24 cups
Recipe Yield 3 1/2 cups
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup instant chocolate drink mix
3/4 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In a medium sized glass jar, combine the non-dairy creamer, chocolate drink mix, instant coffee, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well.
- To prepare, place 2 tablespoons mix in a mug, pour in 3/4 cup boiling water, and stir until dissolved. Serve hot.
If you want decaf, use instant decaf coffee. If you can find decaf chocolate use that as well.
Amount Per Serving Calories: 56 | Total Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: < 1mg
“ If coffee is now five dollars a cup then why am I still dirt poor?”
~ Juan Valdez
Seen on a coffee cup on the Jay Leno Show
com‧mis‧er‧ate / [kuh-miz-uh-reyt] verb, -at‧ed, -at‧ing.
To feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity.
To sympathize (usually fol. by with): They commiserated with him over the loss of his job.
[Origin: 1585–95; < L commiserātus (ptp. of commiserārī), equiv. to com- com- + miser pitiable (see misery) + -ātus -ate1]
1097 – First Crusade: Crusaders led by Godfrey of Bouillon, Bohemund of Taranto, and Raymond IV of Toulouse, begin the Siege of Antioch.
1512 – Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg
1774 – First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
1797 – U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” was launched in Boston’s harbor. It was built to fight Barbary pirates off the coast of Tripoli. It was never defeated in 42 battles. 216 crew members set sail again in 1997 for its 200th birthday.
1805 – British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar, but Nelson was killed.
1824 – Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
1837 – Osceola, who was sick with malaria, knew the Indians could fight no more. He went to the fort at St. Augustine with a white flag. When Osceola went to General Jesup the General had his men surround him. They threw the white flag to the ground and put chains on his hands and feet. The Seminoles were so angry with Osceola’s capture that they continued to fight for the next five years.
1849 – The first tattooed man, James F. O’Connell, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York City, NY.
1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
1861 – Civil War: Battle of Ball’s Bluff – Union forces under Colonel Edward Baker, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, are defeated by Confederate troops in the second major battle of the war. Baker is killed in the fighting.
1865 – Earthquake hit San Francisco. It lasted for 42 seconds and caused major damage throughout the city.
1867 – Medicine Lodge Treaty – Near Medicine Lodge, Kansas a landmark treaty is signed by southern Great Plains Indian leaders. The treaty requires Native American Plains tribes to relocate a reservation in western Oklahoma. Comanche Chief Quanah Parker refused to accept the treaty terms.
1869 – First shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore.
1872 – The U.S. Naval Academy admitted John H. Conyers, the first African American to be accepted.
1879 – Thomas A. Edison invented the first working electric (incandescent) light, in his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
1902 – A five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.
1904 – Panamanians clashed with U.S. Marines in Panama in a brief uprising.
1907 – The Panic of 1907 began with a run on the Knickerbocker Trust Co. of New York.
1908 – The Saturday Evening Post magazine carried an ad for a brand new product: a two-sided phonograph record.
1916 – US Army formed Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).
1917 – The first American troops saw action in France during World War I. The U.S. Army’s First Division was assigned to Allied trenches in the Luneville sector near Nancy, France.
1918 – Margaret Owen sets world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 min.
1921 – President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the Deep South.
1921 – George Melford’s silent film, The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, premiers. A clip (1:42) The complete movie (1:26:05)
1925 – The photoelectric cell, the device that turns flood lights on and off, was first demonstrated at the Electrical Show in New York City.
1925 – The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for (alcohol) prohibition violations.
1927 – Construction began on the George Washington Bridge.
1938 – “Quaker City Jazz” was recorded by Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters Orchestra.
1940 – Ernest Hemingway’s novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was published.
1942 – Eight American and British officers landed from a submarine on an Algerian beach to take measure of Vichy French to the Operation Torch landings.
1944 – World War II: During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.
1944 – World War II: The first kamikaze attack: HMAS Australia was hit by a Japanese plane carrying a 441 pound bomb off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.
1944 – World War II: Organized Japanese resistance on Angaur, Palau Islands ends. A total of 1300 Japanese are killed and 45 are captured. American forces have suffered 265 dead and 1335 wounded.
1945 – CHART TOPPERS – “I’ll Buy That Dream” by The Pied Pipers, “Till the End of Time” by Perry Como, “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe” by Johnny Mercer and “You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often” by Tex Ritter all topped the charts.
1948 – Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington DC).
1950 – “Goodnight Irene” by the Weavers with Gordon Jenkins topped the charts.
1953 – CHART TOPPERS – “Vaya Con Dios” by Les Paul & Mary Ford, “You, You, You” by The Ames Brothers, “Crying in the Chapel” by June Valli and “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know” by The Davis Sisters all topped the charts.
1954 – The first part of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, “The Fellowship of the Ring” is published in the U.S.A.
1957 – “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley shared #1.
1957 – The movie “Jailhouse Rock“, starring Elvis Presley, opens. Full Movie (1:36:42)
1957 – “Chances Are” by Johnny Mathis shared the top of the chart.
1958 – “Tater Tots” were trademark registered.
1958 – Orchestral strings were used for the first time in a rock and roll tune. Buddy Holly recorded “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore“, written by Paul Anka.
1958 – Buddy Holly recorded his last studio session. Holly and the Crickets recorded “True Love Ways,” “Moondreams,” “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” and “Raining in my Heart.”
1959 – The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York opened; it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
1959 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA. By the late 1960s Dr. Von Braun’s rockets were taking men to the moon. At age 25 he had masterminded the V-2 rocket for Nazi Germany.
1960 – The fourth and final debate between Vice President Richard M. Nixon, the Republican presidential candidate, and Senator John F. Kennedy, Democratic candidate, was televised.
1961 – CHART TOPPERS – “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles, “Runaround Sue” by Dion, “Bristol Stomp” by The Dovells and “Walk on By” by Leroy Van Dyke all topped the charts.
1961 – Bob Dylan recorded his first album in a single day at a cost of $400.
1964 – The movie musical “My Fair Lady” (2:51:33) made its world premier in New York.
1965 – The Kingsmen and the Dave Clark Five appear on “Shindig!”
1967 – More than 50,000 Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.
1967 – “To Sir with Love” by Lulu topped the charts. Movie closing credits
1969 – CHART TOPPERS – “I Can’t Get Next to You” by The Temptations, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly & The Family Stone, “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley and “Since I Met You, Baby” by Sonny James all topped the charts.
1969 – The play “Butterflies are Free,” premiered in NYC at the Booth Theater. It was written by Leonard Gershe (d.2002). It closed in 1972 after 1128 performances.
1971 – President Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the US Supreme Court following resignations of Justices Hugo Black and John Harlan.
1972 – “My Ding-a-Ling” by Chuck Berry topped the charts.
1972 – Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” movie soundtrack album was #1.
1973 – World Series: Oakland Athletics (4) vs New York Mets (3).
1973 – Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
1973 – John Paul Getty III’s ear is cut off by his kidnappers and sent to a newspaper in Rome; it doesn’t arrive until November 8.
1975 – Red Sox Carlton Fisk’s 12th inning HR beats Reds 7-6 in game 6 of the World Series.
1976 – World Series: Cincinnati Reds (4) vs New York Yankees (0)
1976 – NY Knicks retire first number, # 19, Willis Reed.
1976 – Saul Bellow won the Nobel Prize for literature, the first American honored since John Steinbeck in 1962.
1977 – CHART TOPPERS – “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone, “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon, “That’s Rock ’n’ Roll” by Shaun Cassidy and “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away” by The Kendalls all topped the charts.
1978 – “Kiss You All Over” by Exile topped the charts
1980 – World Series: Philadelphia Phillies (4) vs Kansas City Royals (2). First (& only) time Phillies win the World Series (in 98 years).
1983 – The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures in terms of the speed of light as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
1983 – The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there. They also sent a ten-ship task force to the island nation.
1985 – CHART TOPPERS – “Take on Me” by a-ha, “Saving All My Love for You” by Whitney Houston, “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder and “You Make Me Want to Make You Mine” by Juice Newton all topped the charts.
1986 – Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed that they had abducted American writer Edward Tracy. He was not released until August of 1991.
1986 – The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.
1987 – U.S. Senate rejected U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court by the biggest margin in history, 58-42.
1988 – A federal grand jury in New York indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda Marcos, on charges of fraud and racketeering.
1989 – Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in Loma Prieta earthquake. Helm died less than a month later.
1989 – Houston becomes first major college team to gain 1000 yards in a game.
1989 – “Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson topped the charts.
1991 – Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
1992 – New York protesters upset with Sinead O’Connor for ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live,” used a steamroller to crush dozens of the Irish singer’s CDs, records and tapes.
1994 – North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea and the United States sign an agreement that requires North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections.
1994 – Rosario Ames, the wife of CIA agent Aldrich Ames, was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in her husband’s espionage.
1995 – Mariah Carey’s “Daydream” was the number one album in the US.
1995 – Rioting inmates surrendered control of a prison dormitory in Greenville, Illinois, ending a one-day uprising that began after the government ordered federal prisons locked down nationwide.
1996 – Firestorms covered 35,000 acres in Malibu and San Diego County and destroyed more than 60 homes. Another fire in the Los Padres National Forest was reported 60% contained.
1996 – Dow Jones industrial average of 30 major stocks topped the 6,000 mark for the first time.
1997 – “Candle in the Wind 1997” named biggest-selling single record of all time.
1997 – Reversing months of strong opposition, the Clinton administration endorsed a revised Republican bill to restructure the Internal Revenue Service and shift the burden of proof from the taxpayer to the government in contested court cases.
1997 – Pictures of the Antennae galaxies, two intermeshed colliding galaxies, were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1996 and revealed to the public for the first time.
1998 – World Series: New York Yankees (4) vs San Diego Padres (0) The Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.
1998 – A radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front, claimed responsibility for fires that caused $12 million in damage at the nation’s busiest ski resort in Vail, CO.
1999 – Organizers called for a “Jam Echelon Day,” an effort to overload US National Security Agency (NSA) supercomputers with e-mail containing words such as “bomb.” Echelon was a worldwide surveillance network run by the NSA and partners in Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
1999 – The US Justice Dept. sued the city of Columbus, Ohio, for a pattern of civil rights violations by the police.
2001 – The Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League championship, defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in game five.
2001 – A DC postal worker was diagnosed with the deadly inhalation form of anthrax. DC postal worker Thomas L. Morris Jr. (55) died. Officials began testing thousands of postal employees.
2002 – Pres. Bush said he would try diplomacy “one more time,” but did not think Saddam Hussein would disarm, even if doing so would allow him to remain in power.
2003 – The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.
2003 – In Florida tube-feeding was resumed for Terri Schiavo (39), brain-damaged since 1990, on orders from Governor Jeb Bush, who overrode a court decision for its removal.
2003 – US officials state that they believe Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was killed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
2004 – The U.S. Army sentences Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick to eight years in prison for sexually and physically abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.
2004 – The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League pennant with a 7th game win over the Houston Astros.
2004 – A University of Florida scientist, Thomas DeMarse, announces that he has grown a “brain” of rat neurons that can fly an airplane simulator. A “brain” such as this could be used to study how actual brains compute information and, potentially, as a sort of living computer.
2005 – Oscar Wyatt (81), former chairman of Coastal Corp., was arrested at his home in Houston for paying millions in kickbacks to the government of Saddam Hussein in exchange for rights to buy discounted Iraqi oil under the UN’s oil-for-food program.
2006 – Bush administration was reported putting together a timetable for Iraq to quell sectarian violence and take more responsibility for its own security. However, it didn’t call for withdrawal of U.S. troops.
2006 – Iraq: Three U.S. Marines are killed in combat in Anbar province, making October the deadliest month for American forces in Iraq in 2006.
2006 – In SF Joseph James Melcher (25), a traveling wine salesman, opened fire on three people in Japantown and two died. He was arrested the same evening.
2007 – U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, in one of the strongest warnings from Washington on the matter, said, “We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”
2007 – The Boston Red Sox won the American League championship in Game 7 of their series with the Cleveland Indians, 11-2.
2007 – More than a half-dozen wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana winds spread across Southern California, killing one person near San Diego and destroying several homes and a church in celebrity-laden Malibu. The Buckweed fire started rampaging across 38,000 acres in the Santa Clarita area, 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
2008 – US federal agents arrested dozens of members of the Mongol motorcycle club in six states, following an undercover investigation in which they infiltrated the notorious motorcycle gang. Prosecutors said it could herald the end of what they call a criminal group.
2009 – The Philadelphia Phillies win the 2009 National League Championship Series 4 games to 1 after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10–4.
2009 – US federal prosecutors in Massachusetts arrested Tarek Mehanna (27) of Sudbury, a suburb of Boston. Prosecutors said he had conspired to kill two prominent US politicians and carry out a holy war by attacking shoppers in US malls and American troops in Iraq.
2009 – In Toledo, Ohio, Mohammad Zaki Amawi (29) was sentenced to 20 years in jail for plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill US soldiers in Iraq.
2009 – Alyssa Bustamante (15) of St. Martins, Mo., strangled, stabbed and cut a 9-year-old neighbor’s throat. She told authorities she did it because she wanted to know what it was like to kill someone.
2010 – Toyota orders a recall of 1.5 million vehicles, including various Lexus models and Toyota Avalon models, due to brake fluid and fuel pump problems.
2011 – Verizon Communications reports third-quarter earnings have doubled.
2011 – Eleven people are arrested taking part in Occupy Cleveland protest activities in Public Square. They were arrested near the statue of former Mayor Tom Johnson, a symbol of free speech.
2011 – President Barack Obama, announces a plan to withdraw all of the remaining American military forces from Iraq by the end of 2011.
2012 – A shooting at a spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA, leaves four people dead, including the shooter.
2012 – Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, a female from Winnsboro, Louisiana, sustains burns to over 60% of her body in what was initially believed to be a possible hate crime after she had claimed, through relatives, to have been set afire by three unknown at large male hoodie-wearing assailants in Winnsboro’s Civitan Park. It was later proved a lie.
2013 – New Jersey becomes the 14th U.S. state to allow same-sex marriages.
1687 – Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1759)
1772 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet.
1833 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist (invented dynamite), engineer, businessman, and philanthropist (founded the Nobel Prizes).
1917 – Dizzy Gillespie, American Grammy Award-winning musician and creator of be-bop.
1928 – Whitey Ford, American baseball Hall-of-Famer.
1956 – Carrie Fisher, American actress and writer
*WILSON, RICHARD G
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Co. 1, Medical Company, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Opari, Korea, October 21st, 1950. Entered service at: Cape Girardeau Mo. Born: 19 August 1931, Marion, Ill. G.O. No.: 64, 2 August 1951. Citation: Pfc. Wilson distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. As medical aid man attached to Company I, he accompanied the unit during a reconnaissance in force through the hilly country near Opari. The main body of the company was passing through a narrow valley flanked on three sides by high hills when the enemy laid down a barrage of mortar, automatic-weapons and small-arms fire. The company suffered a large number of casualties from the intense hostile fire while fighting its way out of the ambush. Pfc. Wilson proceeded at once to move among the wounded and administered aid to them oblivious of the danger to himself, constantly exposing himself to hostile fire. The company commander ordered a withdrawal as the enemy threatened to encircle and isolate the company. As his unit withdrew Private Wilson assisted wounded men to safety and assured himself that none were left behind. After the company had pulled back he learned that a comrade previously thought dead had been seen to be moving and attempting to crawl to safety. Despite the protests of his comrades, unarmed and facing a merciless enemy, Pfc. Wilson returned to the dangerous position in search of his comrade. Two days later a patrol found him lying beside the man he returned to aid. He had been shot several times while trying to shield and administer aid to the wounded man. Pfc. Wilson’s superb personal bravery, consummate courage and willing self-sacrifice for his comrades reflect untold glory upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the military service.
*MOON, HAROLD H., JR.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company G, 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division. Place and date: Pawig, Leyte, Philippine Islands, October 21st, 1944. Entered service at: Gardena, Calif. Birth: Albuquerque, N. Mex. G.O. No.: 104, 15 November 1945. Citation: He fought with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity when powerful Japanese counterblows were being struck in a desperate effort to annihilate a newly won beachhead. In a forward position, armed with a submachinegun, he met the brunt of a strong, well-supported night attack which quickly enveloped his platoon’s flanks. Many men in nearby positions were killed or injured, and Pvt. Moon was wounded as his foxhole became the immediate object of a concentration of mortar and machinegun fire. Nevertheless, he maintained his stand, poured deadly fire into the enemy, daringly exposed himself to hostile fire time after time to exhort and inspire what American troops were left in the immediate area. A Japanese officer, covered by machinegun fire and hidden by an embankment, attempted to knock out his position with grenades, but Pvt. Moon, after protracted and skillful maneuvering, killed him. When the enemy advanced a light machinegun to within twenty yards of the shattered perimeter and fired with telling effects on the remnants of the platoon, he stood up to locate the gun and remained exposed while calling back range corrections to friendly mortars which knocked out the weapon. A little later he killed two Japanese as they charged an aid man. By dawn his position, the focal point of the attack for more than four hours, was virtually surrounded. In a fanatical effort to reduce it and kill its defender, an entire platoon charged with fixed bayonets. Firing from a sitting position, Pvt. Moon calmly emptied his magazine into the advancing horde, killing eighteen and repulsing the attack. In a final display of bravery, he stood up to throw a grenade at a machinegun which had opened fire on the right flank. He was hit and instantly killed, falling in the position from which he had not been driven by the fiercest enemy action. Nearly two-hundred dead Japanese were found within 100 yards of his foxhole. The continued tenacity, combat sagacity, and magnificent heroism with which Pvt. Moon fought on against overwhelming odds contributed in a large measure to breaking up a powerful enemy threat and did much to insure our initial successes during a most important operation.
BIEGLER, GEORGE W.
Rank and organization: Captain, 28th Infantry, U.S. Volunteers. Place and date: Near Loac, Luzon, Philippine Islands, October 21st, 1900. Entered service at: Terre Haute, Ind. Birth: Terre Haute, Ind. Date of issue: 11 March 1902. Citation: With but nineteen men resisted and at close quarters defeated three-hundred of the enemy.
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company L, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: Arizona, October 21st, 1868. Entered service at:—— Birth: England. Date of issue: 3 March 1870. Citation: Brought a comrade, severely wounded, from under the fire of a large party of the enemy.
Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company C, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Prussia. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 22d U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at:——. Birth: Rutland, Vt. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action .
Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: Pawtucket, R.I. Birth: North Attleboro, Mass Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Syracuse, N.Y. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Cltation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company A, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company E, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Brooklyn, N.Y. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
MONTROSE, CHARLES H.
Rank and organization: Private, Company I, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: St. Louis, Mo. Birth: St. Paul, Minn. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company A, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Birth: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: St. Louis, Mo. Birth: Rocky Hill, Conn. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Bravery in action with Sioux.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
WHITEHEAD, PATTON G.
Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Russell County, Va. Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 21st, 1876 to 8 January 1877. Entered service at: Beardstown, Ill. Birth: Petersburg, Ill Date of issue: 27 April 1877. Citation: Gallantry in action.
National Character Counts Week
Edison Lamp Day
Traits of a Good Leader
Compiled by the Santa Clara University and the Tom Peters Group:
- Honest — Display sincerity, integrity, and candor in all your actions. Deceptive behavior will not inspire trust.
- Competent — Base your actions on reason and moral principles. Do not make decisions based on childlike emotional desires or feelings.
- Forward-looking — Set goals and have a vision of the future. The vision must be owned throughout the organization. Effective leaders envision what they want and how to get it. They habitually pick priorities stemming from their basic values.
- Inspiring — Display confidence in all that you do. By showing endurance in mental, physical, and spiritual stamina, you will inspire others to reach for new heights. Take charge when necessary.
- Intelligent — Read, study, and seek challenging assignments.
- Fair-minded — Show fair treatment to all people. Prejudice is the enemy of justice. Display empathy by being sensitive to the feelings, values, interests, and well-being of others.
- Broad-minded — Seek out diversity.
- Courageous — Have the perseverance to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Display a confident calmness when under stress.
- Straightforward — Use sound judgment to make a good decisions at the right time.
- Imaginative — Make timely and appropriate changes in your thinking, plans, and methods. Show creativity by thinking of new and better goals, ideas, and solutions to problems. Be innovative!
“Retreat Hell! We’ve just got here!” — Attributed to several World War I Marine Corps officers, Belleau Wood, June 1918 (key ideal — take a stand)
Attributes establish what leaders are, and every leader needs at least three of them (U.S. Army Handbook, 1973):
Standard Bearers establish the ethical framework within an organization. This demands a commitment to live and defend the climate and culture that you want to permeate your organization. What you set as an example will soon become the rule as unlike knowledge, ethical behavior is learned more by observing than by listening. And in fast moving situations, examples become certainty. Being a standard bearer creates trust and openness in your employees, who in turn, fulfill your visions.
Developers help others learn through teaching, training, and coaching. This creates an exciting place to work and learn. Never miss an opportunity to teach or learn something new yourself. Coaching suggests someone who cares enough to get involved by encouraging and developing others who are less experienced. Employees who work for developers know that they can take risks, learn by making mistakes, and winning in the end.
Integrators orchestrate the many activities that take place throughout an organization by providing a view of the future and the ability to obtain it. Success can only be achieved when there is a unity of effort. Integrators have a sixth sense about where problems will occur and make their presence felt during critical times. They know that their employees do their best when they are left to work within a vision-based framework.
Perspectives of Character and Traits
Traits (acronym — JJ did tie buckle)
“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only for wallowing in.”
~ Katherine Mansfield
obstreperous uhb-STREP-uhr-uhs; ob-, adjective:1. Noisily and stubbornly defiant; unruly.
2. Noisy, clamorous, or boisterous.
1774 – The Continental Congress banned all forms of entertainment and theater in the Colonies. The colonists were to “discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment.”
1786 – Harvard University organized the first astronomical expedition in US.
1803 – United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.
1811 – Fulton’s steamboat, “New Orleans”, built in Pittsburgh, sailed to New Orleans. The boat traveled at the rate of eight miles per hour downstream and three miles per hour upstream.
1817 – First Mississippi showboat leaves Nashville on maiden voyage.
1818 – The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the US-Canada border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.
1820 – Spain sold a part of Florida to US for $5 million.
1824 – U.S. Schooner Porpoise captures four pirate ships off Cuba.
1866 – Pierre Lallemont, French mechanic, was granted a US patent for his velocipede, a rotary crank bicycle.
1873 – P.T. Barnum’s Hippodrome opens in New York City.
1892 – The city of Chicago dedicated the World’s Columbian Exposition in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America.
1903 – A joint commission ruled in favor of the U.S. concerning a dispute over the boundary between Canada and the District of Alaska..
1904 – The song “Yankee Doodle Boy” was copyright registered.
1906 – Dr. Lee DeForest, one of the “fathers of radio,” announced his three-element electrical vacuum tube (now known as a triode) to a meeting of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
1910 – First appearance of cork centered baseball in World Series.
1910 – The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.
1911 – Roald Amundsen set out on a race to the South Pole.
1924 – Baseball’s first “colored World Series” was held in Kansas City, Mo.
1926 – President Calvin Coolidge ordered the US Marines to guard the US Mail.
1930 – The “Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” premiered on the NBC Radio Network.
1934 – An all-star baseball team led by Babe Ruth and Connie Mack sailed to Hawaii and Japan.
1938 – World War II: Holocaust: Czechoslovakia, complying with Nazi policy, outlawed the Communist Party and began persecuting Jews.
1939 – “All the Things You Are” was recorded by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra — for the Victor label.
1939 – The German government warns that neutral merchant ships joining Allied convoys will be sunk without warning.
1941 – World War II: Holocaust: Thousands of civilians in Kragujevac in German-occupied Serbia are killed in the Kragujevac massacre.
1942 – World War II: The United States Congress passes the largest tax bill in the country’s history. It will raise $6,881,000,000 in tax revenue.
1943 – World War II: Elements of US 5th Army take Piedimonte d’Alife while other elements are advancing along the Volturno River.
1944 – World War II: A carrier fleet, including one large carrier, one small carrier, two seaplane carriers, and two hybrid carrier-battleships as well as small ships, sails for the Philippines as part of Operation Sho-go.
1944 – Liquid natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, OH , then explodes; the explosion and resulting fire level 30 blocks, killed 130 and left 3600 homeless.
1944 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur fulfills his promise to return to the Philippines when he commands an Allied assault on the islands, reclaiming them from the Japanese. This was 21/2 years after he famously said, “I shall return.”
1944 – World War II: During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.
1944 – CHART TOPPERS – “I’ll Walk Alone” by Dinah Shore, “Is You is or is You Ain’t” by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, “It Had to Be You” by Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes and “Smoke on the Water” by Red Foley all topped the charts.
1946 – Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs NY Giants.
1947 – The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigation into Communist infiltration of Hollywood, resulting in a blacklist that prevents some from working in the industry for years.
1947 – The radio rights to the World Series were sold for three years for $475,000.
1950 – President Harry S. Truman issued an executive order “activating” the Magnuson Act, which had been passed by Congress earlier that month. This act, authorizing the president to invoke the Espionage Act of 1917, tasked the Coast Guard with the port security mission.
1950 – In the first airborne operation of the Korean War, 2,860 paratroopers of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team jumped between Sukchon and Sunchon, 25 miles north of Pyongyang.
1951 – “Because of You” by Tony Bennett topped the charts.
1951 – The “Johnny Bright Incident” occurred in Stillwater, Oklahoma This was a violent, and most likely racially motivated, on-field assault against a Black player Johnny Bright by white American player Wilbanks Smith during a college football game held in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
1952 –Korean War: The destroyer escort Lewis was hit by shore fire off the West Coast of Korea. Seven sailors were killed and one wounded.
1952 – CHART TOPPERS – “You Belong to Me” by Jo Stafford, “Wish You Were Here” by Eddie Fisher, “I Went to Your Wedding” by Patti Page and “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” by Hank Williams all topped the charts.
1953 – Edward R. Murrow on his TV show “See It Now” brought public attention to the abuses of power in the era of Sen. McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade.
1954 – The musical “Peter Pan” opened.
1955 – Publication of The Return of the King, being the last part of The Lord of the Rings.
1955 – “No Time for Sergeants” opened on Broadway starring Andy Griffith.
1955 – “Day-O!” by Harry Belafonte Hits was recorded for RCA Victor .
1956 – “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis Presley topped the charts.
1956 – Dr. Hannes Lindemann began his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat (17 feet). Lindemann was a German physician on a U.S. Air Force base in Morocco. He wrote a book “Alone at Sea”, about his two journeys across the Atlantic Ocean.
1957 – Walter Cronkite hosted the documentary “The 20th Century.”
1960 – CHART TOPPERS – “Save the Last Dance for Me” by The Drifters, “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own” by Connie Francis, “I Want to Be Wanted” by Brenda Lee and “Alabam” by Cowboy Copas all topped the charts.
1960 – First fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI
1960 – The Elvis Presley film “G.I. Blues” premiered.
1962 – The Four Seasons released “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
1962 – “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt Kickers topped the charts.
1962 – The musical, “Mr. President” opened on Broadway.
1963 – Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yards.
1964 – Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States (1929-1933), died in New York at age 90.
1965 – The Beatles received a gold record for the single, “Yesterday.”
1967 – A purported bigfoot is filmed by Patterson and Gimlin .
1967 – Vietnam War: Operation Coronado VII began in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
1967 – Seven men were convicted in Meridian, MS, on charges of violating the civil rights of three civil rights workers. Of the men convicted one was a Ku Klux Klan leader and another was a sheriff’s deputy.
1968 – CHART TOPPERS – “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Fire” by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, “Little Green Apples” by O.C. Smith and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.
1968 – Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
1969 – John Lennon released “Cold Turkey,” his second solo album.
1973 – “Angie” by the Rolling Stones topped the charts.
1973 – Arab oil-producing nations banned oil exports to the United States, to protest American military support for Israel in its 1973 war with Egypt and Syria. This brought soaring gas prices and long lines at filling stations, and it contributed to a major economic downturn in the U.S.
1973 – The San Francisco Zebra murders began and lasted for 179 days. 15 people were killed and 8 wounded by a gang of racial extremists.
1973 – The Saturday Night Massacre: President Nixon fires Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus after they refuse to fire Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, who is finally fired by Robert Bork.
1973 – “The Six Million Dollar Man” premiered on TV.
1973 – President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 20th century.
1973 – “The Joker” was released by the Steve Miller Band.
1975 – The US Supreme Court ruled that teachers could spank their pupils even if parents do not approve.
1976 – CHART TOPPERS – “Disco Duck (Part 1)” by Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots, “Lowdown” by Boz Scaggs, “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago and “You and Me” by Tammy Wynette all topped the charts.
1976 – NY Nets Julius “Dr J” Erving sold to the Philadelphia 76ers.
1976 – Seventy-six people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta collided with the ferryboat George Prince on the Mississippi River.
1978 – The Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga sank after colliding with M/V Santa Cruz II near the mouth of the Potomac River. Eleven Coast Guard personnel were killed.
1979 – “Rise” by Herb Alpert topped the charts.
1979 – The John F Kennedy library is opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
1981 – The Brink’s robbery of 1981 was an armed robbery carried out by Black Liberation Army members; including Jeral Wayne Williams (aka Mutulu Shakur), Donald Weems (aka Kuwasi Balagoon), Samuel Smith, Nathaniel Burns (aka Sekou Odinga), Cecilio “Chui” Ferguson, Samuel Brown (aka Solomon Bouines); several former members of the Weather Underground, now belonging to the May 19th Communist Organization, including David Gilbert, Samuel Brown, Judith Alice Clark, Kathy Boudin, and Marilyn Buck; and an unknown number of accomplices. They stole $1.6 million from a Brink’s armored car at the Nanuet Mall, in Nanuet, New York, killing two police officers, Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown, and a Brink’s guard, Peter Paige.
1982 – World Series: St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs Milwaukee Brewers (3).
1983 – Due to political strife, USS Independence (CV-59) ordered to Grenada.
1984 – CHART TOPPERS – “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder, “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” by Billy Ocean, “Hard Habit to Break” by Chicago and “I Don’t Know a Thing About Love (The Moon Song)” by Conway Twitty all topped the charts.
1987 – An Air Force A-7D-4-CV Corsair II, serial 69-6207, piloted by Major Bruce L. Teagarden, 35, was en route to Nevada via Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, after departing Pittsburgh International Airport earlier in the day. Ten people were killed when the jet crashed into a Ramada Inn hotel near Indianapolis International Airport after the pilot, who was trying to make an emergency landing, ejected safely. The cockpit and engine went into the lobby, killing nine people. Another person died 1 week later as a result of burn injuries. The hotel stood empty for two years and was never rebuilt.
1988 – World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs Oakland Athletics (1)
1989 – The world’s largest milkshake, 1575 gallons, was made by the Smith Dairy at Orrville, Ohio.
1990 – “I Don’t Have the Heart” by James Ingram topped the charts.
1990 – The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, 2-to-1, sweeping the Oakland A’s in four games.
1991 – The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage. The firestorm was a large urban fire that occurred on the hillsides of northern Oakland, California and southeastern Berkeley.
1993 – Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.
1994 – The Pentagon announced that more than 100,000 U.S. troops were being taken off alert for possible movement to the Persian Gulf because the Iraqi threat to Kuwait had abated.
1995 – Space shuttle “Columbia” was launched on a research flight that had been delayed six times.
1999 – Elizabeth Dole quit the US presidential race and her Republican bid to be America’s first woman president due to insufficient campaign funds.
2000 – Egyptian-born Ali Mohamed, a U.S. citizen who’d served in the Army (1986), pleaded guilty in New York to helping plan the deadly U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa in 1998 that killed 224 people, including twelve Americans.
2001 – Traces of anthrax were found in a US House of Representatives mail room. This became the 3rd Capital Hill building infected.
2002 – Yao Ming (22), a 7-foot-5 basketball player from China, arrived in Texas to join the Houston Rockets.
2002 – The Galaxy fishing ship, ported in Seattle, exploded and burned 750 miles SW of Alaska. One man was killed and two were missing.
2003 – President Bush personally condemned the Malaysian prime minister for his statement that Jews rule the world.
2003 – A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt. Since 1901, 15 daredevils have taken the plunge in barrels or other devices, including a kayak and a personal watercraft. Ten survived,
2003 – The US deficit doubled to $374 billion in fiscal 2003 and was on track to exceed $500 billion for the year.
2004 – Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 10-3 in Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, becoming the first team in baseball history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit in a best-of-seven series. Boston Red Sox fans poured into the streets outside Fenway Park to celebrate their team’s victory. Victoria Snellgrove (21) died the next day after a crowd control pellet hit her in the eye.
2004 – Scientists of the Human Genome Project reported a new estimate of human genes at 20k to 25k.
2004 – ABC announced it was dropping the Miss America beauty pageant. It was later picked up by cable country musical network CMT.
2005 – US Congress approved legislation protecting firearms manufacturers and dealers from a broad swath of civil liability lawsuits. Pres. Bush pledged to sign it.
2005 – US Rep. Tom DeLay turned himself in at the sheriff’s office in Travis County, Texas, where he was fingerprinted, photographed and released on $10,000 bail on conspiracy and money-laundering charges. On October 1, 2014, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the appellate court decision overturning DeLay’s conviction.
2006 – US federal authorities arrested Jake Brahm, a 20-year-old Wisconsin grocery store clerk, for making a hoax threat that said seven football stadiums across the nation would be targeted by terrorists with radiological “dirty bombs” this weekend.
2006 – Corrections officials said California will begin shipping thousands of inmates to prisons in four other states next month at a cost of more than $51 million a year.
2006 – In Pennsylvania 24 rail cars carrying ethanol derailed and 9 caught fire on a bridge over the Beaver River in New Brighton, 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
2007 – Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (36), the son of Punjabi immigrants, won an election in Louisiana to become the United States’ first Indian-American state governor. He became the first nonwhite to hold the job since Reconstruction.
2009 – The US Congress passed a bill allowing detainees from Guantanamo to be brought to the US, but only to stand for trial, not to be released or jailed there.
2009 – In Arizona Faleh Hassan Almaleki (49), an Iraqi immigrant, ran his Jeep Cherokee over his daughter, Noor Almaleki (20), after she refused an arranged marriage and went to college. Noor died of her injuries on Nov 2, 2009. On Feb 22, 2011, Faleh Hassan Almaleki was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
2009 – The U. S. observes the National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English
2010 – The Obama administration notifies the United States Congress of plans for a $60 billion-dollar weapons deal with Saudi Arabia in a move to threaten Iran.
2011 – Two small earthquakes hit the San Francisco area, shaking residents on the same day many Californians took part in an annual earthquake preparedness drill.
2011 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is captured and killed by opposition fighters.
2012 – In New Jersey, Autumn Pasquale (12) disappeared in her hometown of Clayton. On Oct 23 two teenagers were arrested and charged with her murder.
2014 – Ahmad Rouleau, a convert to Islam, hit two Canadian soldiers with his car, murdering Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. Then he led police on a high-speed chase, during which he called 911 and explained that he was doing it all “in the name of Allah.” (See October 22)
1632 – Christopher Wren was a 17th century English designer, astronomer, geometrician, and the greatest English architect of his time.
1859 – John Dewey, American psychologist, philosopher, and educational reformer.
1882 – Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-born actor (d. 1956)
1905 – Ellery Queen, pseudonym of two American writers (d. 1982)
1907 – Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 2001)
1913 – Grandpa Jones, American banjo player and singer (d. 1998)
1925 – Art Buchwald, American columnist and author.
1931 – Mickey Mantle, baseball player (d. 1995)
KEEBLE, WOODROW W.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, United States Army, 442nd Regimental Combat Team Place and date: near Bruyeres, France on October 20th, 1944 Entered service at:Hawai’i Birth: November 8, 1922, Aiea, Hawai’i Date of issue: June 21, 2000 Citation: Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action, on 20 October 1944, near Bruyeres, France. Leading his men in an advance to destroy snipers and machine gun nests, Staff Sergeant Kuroda encountered heavy fire from enemy soldiers occupying a heavily wooded slope. Unable to pinpoint the hostile machine gun, he boldly made his way through heavy fire to the crest of the ridge. Once he located the machine gun, Staff Sergeant Kuroda advanced to a point within ten yards of the nest and killed three enemy gunners with grenades. He then fired clip after clip of rifle ammunition, killing or wounding at least three of the enemy. As he expended the last of his ammunition, he observed that an American officer had been struck by a burst of fire from a hostile machine gun located on an adjacent hill. Rushing to the officer’s assistance, he found that the officer had been killed. Picking up the officer’s submachine gun, Staff Sergeant Kuroda advanced through continuous fire toward a second machine gun emplacement and destroyed the position. As he turned to fire upon additional enemy soldiers, he was killed by a sniper. Staff Sergeant Kuroda’s courageous actions and indomitable fighting spirit ensured the destruction of enemy resistance in the sector. Staff Sergeant Kuroda’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
Rank and organization: Captain, United States Army, 24th Infantry Division Place and date: Leyte, Philippines on October 20th, 1944 Entered service at: Hawai’i Birth: April 17, 1917, Honolulu, Hawai’i Date of issue: June 21, 2000
Citation: Captain Francis B. Wai distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action, on 20 October 1944, in Leyte, Philippine Islands. Captain Wai landed at Red Beach, Leyte, in the face of accurate, concentrated enemy fire from gun positions advantageously located in a palm grove bounded by submerged rice paddies. Finding the first four waves of American soldiers leaderless, disorganized, and pinned down on the open beach, he immediately assumed command. Issuing clear and concise orders, and disregarding heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire, he began to move inland through the rice paddies without cover. The men, inspired by his cool demeanor and heroic example, rose from their positions and followed him. During the advance, Captain Wai repeatedly determined the locations of enemy strong points by deliberately exposing himself to draw their fire. In leading an assault upon the last remaining Japanese pillbox in the area, he was killed by its occupants. Captain Wai’s courageous, aggressive leadership inspired the men, even after his death, to advance and destroy the enemy. His intrepid and determined efforts were largely responsible for the rapidity with which the initial beachhead was secured. Captain Wai’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
Rank and organization: Boatswain’s Mate First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 18 December 1898, Camden, N.J. Accredited to: New Jersey. (Awarded by Special Act of Congress 3 February 1933.) Citation: For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of a fire on board the U S.S. Trenton. At 3:35 on the afternoon of October 20th, 1924, while the Trenton was preparing to fire trial installation shots from the two 6-inch guns in the forward twin mount of that vessel, two charges of powder ignited. Twenty men were trapped in the twin mount. Four died almost immediately and ten later from burns and inhalation of flames and gases. The six others were severely injured. Cholister, without thought of his own safety, on seeing that the charge of powder from the left gun was ignited, jumped for the right charge and endeavored to put it in the immersion tank. The left charge burst into flame and ignited the right charge before Cholister could accomplish his purpose. He fell unconscious while making a supreme effort to save his shipmates and died the following day.
Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Navy. Born: 7 August 1901, Braddock, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. (Awarded by Special Act of Congress, 3 February 1933.) Other Navy award: Navy Cross. Citation: For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of a fire on board the U.S.S. Trenton. At 3:35 on the afternoon of October 20th, 1924, while the Trenton was preparing to fire trial installation shots from the two 6-inch guns in the forward twin mount of that vessel, two charges of powder ignited. Twenty men were trapped in the twin mount. Four died almost immediately and ten later from burns and inhalation of flame and gases. The six others were severely injured. Ens. Drexler, without thought of his own safety, on seeing that the charge of powder for the left gun was ignited, jumped for the right charge and endeavored to put it in the immersion tank. The left charge burst into flame and ignited the right charge before Ens. Drexler could accomplish his purpose. He met his death while making a supreme effort to save his shipmates.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 5th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: Near Camp on White River, Colo., October 20th, 1879. Entered service at: Huntsville, Mo. Birth: Randolph County, Mo. Date of issue: 18 September 1897. Citation: With a reconnoitering party of three men, was attacked by thirty-five Indians and several times exposed himself to draw the fire of the enemy, giving his small party opportunity to reply with much effect.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Baltimore County, Md. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: California. Birth: St. Louis, Mo. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Bravery in action.
Rank and organization: Blacksmith, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at:——. Birth: Canada West. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th,1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Essex County, N.Y. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Trumpeter, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Brooklyn, N.Y . Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th,1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Perry County, Ohio. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth. Ireland. Date of issue: Unknown. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Baltimore, Md. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Bravery in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: England. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action with Indians.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Washington County, N.Y. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Wagoner, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahva Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at:——. Birth: Dover, Del. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Birth: Baltimore, Md. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Rahway, N.J. Date of issue: 14 February 1879. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth. Boston, Mass. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization. Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: England. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at. ——. Birth. Bath, Maine. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th,1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Lapeer County, Mich. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: Tionesta, Pa. Birth: Forest County, Pa. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation. Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th,1869. Entered service at:——. Birth: York County, Pa. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Saddler, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th,1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Covington. Ky. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action against Indians concealed in a ravine.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill., Birth: England. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: Scotland. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Bravery in action with Indians.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th, 1869. Entered service at: St. Paul, Minn. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Bravery in action with Indians.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th,1869. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: England, Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action with Indians.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Chiricahua Mountains, Ariz., October 20th,1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Kosciusko County, Ind. Date of issue: 14 February 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action with Indians.
Self Promotion Month
Evaluate Your Life Day
The Salvation Army, WWI and the Doughnut
According to The Donut Book: The Whole Story in Words, Pictures & Outrageous Tales, published in 2005 in the US alone over 10 Billion donuts are consumed every year. This translates into roughly $2 Billion dollars worth of tasty treats being sold each year. That is the US only.
The first doughnut was fried by Salvation Army (who would found the United Service Organization) volunteer women for American troops in France during World War I. The first of a group of 250 Officers and Soldiers of The Salvation Army to be posted to France to serve with General John Pershing’s American expeditionary force sailed from New York on August 12th 1917. General Pershing was far from convinced that The Salvation Army’s presence at the Front Line would benefit his troops and at first the Salvationists were treated with total indifference.
At Demange, in the American first division sector, Salvationists toiled in pouring rain to build a hut 25 feet wide by 100 feet long for the troops benefit. No one gave them the time of day, much less a hand. What swung the troops to The Army’s side was their practical example. No task was too menial, none too dangerous or difficult. But The Salvation Army won pride of place in American hearts by a brain wave born of sheer necessity.
At Montiers, after 36 days of rain, supplies were almost exhausted. Only flour, lard and sugar remained. Ensign Margaret Sheldon, from the Chicago slums made a suggestion which was to go down in history. “Why don’t we make them doughnuts?” They had no rolling pins or cake cutters and gales had blown down their tent but Salvationists thrive on challenges. Along with Ensign Helen Purviance, Margaret Sheldon crouched in the rain to prepare the dough. An empty bottle did duty as a rolling pin and in place of a cutter they used a knife to twist the doughnuts into shape. The first doughnuts cooked over a wood fire were triumph of improvisation.
On the first day they served up some 150 doughnuts. The following day’s batch topped 300. The traditional hole was being punched out with the inner tube of a coffee percolator. The doughnuts made by The Salvation Army Lassies were an instant success with the troops. Some of those troops lining up for hours in appalling conditions for their daily supply. Soon the troops came to realize that even in the firing line The Salvationists would not neglect them.
When Lassies like Ensign Florence Turkington crawled under shell fire to deliver
coffee and doughnuts to troops in the trenches, letters praising the work of The Salvation Army began flooding back home. Overnight the bewildered lassies found themselves national heroines. While often in great danger, the Salvationists displayed tremendous courage. At Baccarat they worked so close to the German lines that they couldn’t even whisper for fear of being heard by the listening posts. The sermon that came with the coffee and doughnuts was a friendly squeeze on the shoulder. The Doughnut became a symbol of The Salvation Army in the U.S.A. Outside many of The Army rest rooms and hostels were hung giant “doughnuts”. The Salvation Army, by selfless example, had won the hearts of a nation. At the end of the war the American people subscribed an unprecedented 13 million dollars to meet the debts incurred by The Salvation Army in its’ war work.
The Original recipe for donuts as made by the Salvation Army Lassies in WWI
Why not try them as a fundraiser for your corps?
WWI Donut Recipe – Makes approximately 15 – 20 donuts
4 cups plain flour
1½ tsp salt
½ tsp butter
4 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Method:Put flour in shallow pan, add salt, baking powder, and Sugar.
Rub in butter with fingertips.
Add the well beaten egg and milk and stir thoroughly.
Toss on floured board, roll to one-fourth inch in thickness, shape, fry, and drain.
No where does it say what to do with the cinnamon and nutmeg.
When I made them I mixed it with super fine (caster) sugar and used it to ‘dust’ the donuts with after they were cooked.
Much to my surprise these turned out very well and taste pretty good!!
Note: Some comments regarding this recipe concerning the amount of butter – or rather the lack of it! :-) To save any confusion, no, this is not a typo. Butter was a scarce commodity during WWI and therefore they used what they had, in this case not a lot! Believe me, the recipe does work and the picture above is of the donuts made by following the above recipe.
“A day will never be anymore than what you make of it. Practice being a ‘doer’!”
~ Josh S. Hinds
exemplar ig-ZEM-plar; -pluhr,noun:
1. A model or pattern to be copied or imitated.
2. A typical or standard specimen.
3. An ideal model or type.
4. A copy of a book or text.
Exemplar derives from Latin exemplum, “example,” from eximere, “to take out,” from ex-, “out” + emere, “to take.”
1216 – King John of England died and was succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.
1512 – Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia).
1630 – In Boston the first general court was held.
1722 – French C. Hopffer patented the fire extinguisher.
1739 – England declared war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The war is known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear because a Member of Parliament waved a dried ear and demanded revenge for alleged mistreatment of British sailors.
1765 – The Stamp Act Congress drew up a declaration of rights and liberties at its meeting in New York.
1781 – British troops under Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia. It was the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution.
1789 – Chief Justice John Jay is sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1813 – Napoleon was defeated at Leipzig by the Allies at the Battle of the Nations. Around 500,000 troops were involved.
1818 – The US and Chickasaw Indians signed a treaty. Andrew Jackson and Isaac Shelby represented American interests. The Chickasaws ceded their claims to lands in Tennessee.
1848 – John “The Pathfinder” Fremont moved out from near Westport, Missouri, on his fourth Western expedition–a failed attempt to open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel.
1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell became first woman in US to receive medical degree.
1856 – James Kelly & Jack Smith fight bareknuckle for 6h15m in Melbourne.
1864 – Civil War: Battle of Cedar Creek – Union Army under Philip Sheridan destroys Confederate Army under Jubal Early.
1864 – Civil War: Confederates enter Vermont from Canada and raid the town of St. Albans. Along the way, they robbed banks, looted, and attempted to set fire to the town before being chased back into Canada.
1873 – Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, and Rutgers University drafted the first code of football rules.
1914 – In the U.S., government owned vehicles were first used to pick up mail in Washington, DC.
1915 – Establishment of submarine base at New London, Connecticut.
1915 – The US Patent Office granted John Van Wormer a patent for his “paper bottle.” His patent was later acquired by the American Paper Bottle Company. The first paper milk carton was introduced in 1933.
1917 – Love Field in Dallas, Texas is opened.
1917 – The first doughnut was fried by Salvation Army volunteer women for American troops in France during World War I.
1919 – Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series.
1919 – The US Distinguished Service Medal was awarded to a woman for the 1st time.
1926 – John C. Garand patented a semi-automatic rifle.
1931 – Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion and sent to federal prison.
1933 – Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936.
1933 – Dallas Egan, condemned slayer, was executed at San Quentin after California Gov. James Rolph agreed to allow him 8 ounces of good Kentucky bourbon whiskey.
1936 – When H.R. Ekins, a reporter for The New York World Telegram, completed an around-the-world airline trip in 18.5 days.
1937 – “Woman’s Day”, was first published.
1937 – The radio classic, “Big Town”, made its debut on CBS radio.
1939 – World War II: Europe: Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering began plundering art treasures throughout Nazi occupied areas.
1942 – World War II: The Japanese submarine I-36 launched a floatplane for a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor. The pilot and crew reported on the ships in the harbor, after which the aircraft was lost at sea.
1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.
1943 – World War II: German forces defending Dragoni, Italy withdraw before a scheduled attack by elements of the US 5th Army begins.
1944 – Marlon Brando appeared in the Broadway hit, “I Remember Mama” by John van Druten,. It opened today at the Music Box Theater on Broadway.
1944 – World War II: The U.S. Navy announced that black women could join the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).
1944 – World War II: The US Army 442nd Regiment, composed of Japanese-Americans, fought their way into Bruyeres, France. It included the 100th Battalion of Japanese-Americans from Hawaii.
1944 – World War II: The American escort carriers of TG77.4 continue air strikes on Leyte.
1944 – World War II: American attacks on Aachen continue. Farther south, forces of the US 7th Army capture Bruyeres. Nearby, other units prepare to assault St. Die.
1950 – Korean War: The North Korean capital of Pyongyang was captured by United Nations troops.
1951 – CHART TOPPERS – “Because of You” by Tony Bennett, “I Get Ideas” by Tony Martin, “Cold, Cold Heart” by Tony Bennett AND “Always Late (With Your Kisses)” by Lefty Frizzell all topped the charts.
1951 – President Harry S Truman formally ends state of war with Germany.
1953 – TransWorld Airlines (TWA) was the first airline to inaugurate regularly scheduled nonstop transcontinental service between Los Angeles and New York.
1953 – Ray Bradbury’s novel, “Fahrenheit 451″ was copyright registered.
1953 – Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey. Godfrey fired him for “lacking humility.”
1954 – Egypt and Britain signed a pact on the Suez Canal, ending 72 years of British military occupation. Britain agreed to withdraw its force within 20 months and Egypt agreed to maintain freedom of canal navigation.
1957 – “Wake Up Little Suzie” by the Everly Brothers topped the charts.
1957 – “Damn Yankees” closed at 46th St. Theater, New York City after 1,022 performances.
1958 – In Brussels, Belgium, the first world’s fair held since before World War II closes its doors, after nearly 42 million people have visited the various exhibits.
1959 – CHART TOPPERS – “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin, “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” by Paul Anka, “Mr. Blue” by The Fleetwoods and “The Three Bells” by The Browns all topped the charts.
1959 – Twelve year old Patty Duke made her first Broadway appearance in “The Miracle Worker.” The play lasted for 700 performances.
1960 – Martin Luther King Jr arrested in Atlanta sit-in. King’s arrest during a student-initiated protest in Atlanta became an issue in the national presidential campaign when Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy intervened to secure his release from jail.
1960 – The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.
1963 – Beatles record “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was first song that Americans really liked.
1963 – “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs topped the charts.
1963 – Buck Owen “Love’s Gonna Live Here” topped the country charts.
1967 – CHART TOPPERS – “The Letter” by The Box Tops, “To Sir with Love” by Lulu, “Little Ole Man (Uptight=Everything’s Alright)” by Bill Cosby and “I Don’t Wanna Play House” by Tammy Wynette all topped the charts.
1968 – “Hey Jude” by the Beatles topped the charts.
1968 – Vietnam War: Operation Maui Peak, a combined regimental-sized operation which began on 6 October, ended 11 miles northwest of An Hoa, Vietnam. More than 300 enemy were killed in the 13-day operation.
1969 – US Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters as “an effete corps of impudent snobs.”
1970 – One World Trade Center was ready for its first tenants.
1970 – John Linley Frazier murdered Dr. Victor Ohta, his wife, 2 children and secretary in Santa Cruz, Ca. He did it it in a manner consistent with Charles Manson in the Tate-LaBianca murders. Frazier hanged himself in prison in August 2009, according to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.
1971 – “Look” magazine last issue. Look was a bi-weekly, general-interest magazine published in Des Moines, Iowa from 1937 to 1971
1973 – President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.
1974 – “Nothing from Nothing” by Billy Preston topped the charts.
1975 – CHART TOPPERS – “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka, “Calypso/I’m Sorry” by John Denver, “Miracles” by Jefferson Starship and “Hope You’re Feelin’ Me (Like I’m Feelin’ You)” by Charley Pride all topped the charts.
1976 – Pres. Ford signed the US Copyright Act of 1976, effective as of January 1, 1978. It declared unpublished materials to be in the public domain when the records are 100 years old or when the creator of the records has been dead for fifty years, whichever date comes first. The act also declared that records created before January 1, 1978 enter the public domain in 2002, provided that they are over 100 years old or the creator of the records has been dead 50 years.
1977 – The supersonic Concorde jet landed in New York City for the first time.
1978 – The US League of Savings and Loan Associations reported that the San Francisco Bay Area had the highest housing costs in the nation.
1980 – Steve McPeak rides 101’9″ tall unicycle in front of the Las Vegas Hilton.
1982 – Carmaker John DeLorean was arrested in Los Angeles and charged in a 24-million-dollar cocaine scheme aimed at salvaging his bankrupt sports car company. He was found not guilty due to entrapment on August 16, 1984.
1983 – CHART TOPPERS – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” by Air Supply, “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton and “Paradise Tonight” by Charly McClain & Mickey Gilley all topped the charts.
1983 – The U.S. Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
1984 – Four U.S. employees of the CIA were killed in El Salvador when their plane crashed.
1985 – “Take On Me” by A-Ha topped the charts .
1985 – The first Blockbuster Video store opens in Dallas, Texas.
1987 – In retaliation for Iranian attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy disables the first of three of Iran’s offshore oil platforms.
1987 – Black Monday: the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent.
1988 – Senate passes bill curbing ads during children`s TV shows.
1988 – The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Oakland A’s 4-3 in game four of the World Series.
1989 – The U.S. Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that barred the desecration of the American flag.
1990 – Iraq ordered all foreigners in occupied Kuwait to report to authorities or face punishment.
1991 – CHART TOPPERS – “Emotions” by Mariah Carey, “Do Anything” by Natural Selection, “Romantic” by Karyn White and “Keep It Between the Lines” by Ricky Van Shelton all topped the charts.
1991 – Fire begins in the hills of Oakland, California. It went on to burn thousands of homes and kill 25 people. Despite the fact that fires had ravaged the same area three times earlier in the century, people continued to build homes there. Fires had previously raged through the hills in the years 1923, 1970 and 1980.
1993 – Two US Blackhawk helicopters are fired upon with RPG’s over Mogadishu.
1998 – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he had lost it for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight.
1998 – In Colorado a series of arson fires were set at Vail. The Earth Liberation Front later claimed responsibility for the fires that caused $12 million in damage.
1998 – The trial of Microsoft Corp. began in Washington on antitrust charges of stifling competition.
1998 – In Miami, the first class-action lawsuit brought by smokers against the tobacco industry went to trial. Jurors later found the nation’s largest cigarette makers and industry groups had produced a defective and deadly product.
1999 – The Atlanta Braves won the National League pennant by beating the New York Mets, 10-to-9, in Game Six of their championship series.
2001 – Two U.S. Army Rangers were killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan. The deaths were the first American deaths of the military campaign in Afghanistan.
2001 – The FBI identified the Trenton, NJ, mailbox from which the anthrax letters were sent to NYC and Washington. Two more people were reported to be infected bringing the total to eight.
2001 – In Philadelphia luggage, from a baggage locker that was deposited Sep 29, was found to contain C-4 plastic explosives.
2001 – Enron Corp. froze the assets in its 401 (k) employee retirement plan and barred employees from selling company stock trading at $32.20. Employee stock was unfrozen Nov 19 with shares at $11.69.
2002 – In York, PA, former mayor Charlie Robertson was acquitted and two other men were convicted in the shotgun murder of a young black woman during race riots in 1969.
2002 – In Ashland, Va., a man (37) was shot and seriously wounded in what appeared to be another sniper attack. The sniper left a note that included a request for $10 million and threats to focus on children.
2003 – Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II.
2003 – A Fallujah roadside attack on a military convoy leaves an American armored car and munitions truck burning wrecks. No one was reported killed. Iraqis nearby were reportedly cheering.
2004 – Thirteen people were killed when a Corporate Airlines commuter turboprop crashed near Kirksville, Missouri. 2 survived with only broken bones.
2005 – Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.
2005 – Busch Memorial Stadium is closed and destroyed.
2005 – The Houston Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League title. They will face the Chicago White Sox in the World Series.
2005 – Dell Computers, the world’s largest personal computer producer, announced it was moving jobs out of the United States and setting up a major customer call center in the Philippines.
2005 – On this date Hurricane Wilma goes through one of the fastest and most amazing rapid intensification processes in hurricane history to become the third Category 5 storm of 2005. It will not get to the US until the 24th but today it became the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic.
2006 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 12,000 for the first time closing at 12,011.73
2006 – The St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets to win the National League pennant. They will face the Detroit Tigers for the World Series.
2006 – The United States has adopted a document that rejects any proposals to ban space weapons.
2007 – James D. Watson, who shared the 1962 Nobel Peace prize for deciphering the double-helix of DNA, apologizes for reported comments suggesting that black people, over all, are not as intelligent as whites.
2008 – Colin Powell, a Republican and retired general who was President Bush’s first secretary of state, broke with the party and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.
2008 – It was reported that California’s San Mateo County suffered potential losses of some $150 million due to the bankruptcy of Lehman Bros.
2009 – American scientists Stewart D. Nozette (52) of Chevy Chase, Md., was arrested for attempted espionage after passing classified information to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence operative.
2010 – Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority announce plans to publish the Dead Sea Scrolls online.
2010 – The Crystal Cathedral Ministries, the California megachurch founded by televangelist Robert Schuller and best known for its weekly The Hour of Power television program, files for bankruptcy court protection.
2010 – The National Football League announces that it will suspend players for dangerous hits, especially those involving helmets.
2011 – United States’ largest bank, Bank of America, is surpassed by JPMorgan Chase in total assets according to Bank of America’s third-quarter financial earnings report.
2011 – Evidence that Iran is funding terrorist activities along our southern Mexican Border. News program
2012 – Big Tex, a 52-foot statue and cultural icon in Dallas, Texas, is destroyed by fire during the final weekend of the 2012 State Fair of Texas.
2012 – A tour bus went off the highway and crashed in northwest Arizona late Friday at around 8:00 PM PDT, killing the bus driver (who was believed to have suffered a medical incident), and leaving at least four of the passengers with serious injuries. The bus was northbound on Highway 93 near Willow Beach, Arizona and the Nevada state line, southeast of Las Vegas.
2014 – Operation Deep Freeze 2014 began today. The Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing sent its first LC-130 Hercules aircraft of the season to Antarctica from Stratton Air National Guard Base, N.Y.
1605 – Sir Thomas Browne, British physician and writer of famous quotations.
1810 – Cassius Marcellus Clay, American abolitionist (d. 1903)
1931 – John le Carré (David Cornwell), British author.
1945 – John Lithgow, American Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actor.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 21st Infantry. Place and date: Kumson, Korea, October 19th, 1951. Born: October 18, 1928, Lamar, MO Departed: 4/20/2006 Date Issued: 3/18/2014
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Sergeant Jack Weinstein distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while leading 1st Platoon, Company G, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division in Kumsong, Korea on October 19, 1951. That afternoon, thirty enemy troops counterattacked Sergeant Weinstein’s platoon. Most of the platoon’s members had been wounded in the previous action and withdrew under the heavy fire. Sergeant Weinstein, however, remained in his position and continued to fight off the onrushing enemy, killing at least six with his M-1 rifle before running out of ammunition. Although under extremely heavy enemy fire, Sergeant Weinstein refused to withdraw and continued fighting by throwing enemy hand grenades found lying near his position. He again halted the enemy’s progress and inflicted numerous casualties. Alone and unaided, he held the ground which his platoon had fought tenaciously to take and held out against overwhelming odds until another platoon was able to relieve him and drive back the enemy. Sergeant Weinstein’s leg had been broken by an enemy grenade and old wounds suffered in previous battles had reopened, but he refused to withdraw and successfully bought time for his wounded comrades to reach friendly lines. Sergeant Weinstein’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 21st Infantry. Place and date: Kumson, Korea, October 19th, 1951. Born: October 18, 1928, Lamar, MO, Entered Service at: Departed:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Private Joe Gandara distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Amfreville, France on June 9, 1944. On that day, Private Gandara’s detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Private Gandara voluntarily advanced alone toward the enemy position. Firing his machinegun from his hip as he moved forward, he destroyed three hostile machineguns before he was fatally wounded. Private Gandara’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
HAJIRO, BARNEY F.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, 442nd Regimental Combat Team Place and date: October 19th, 22, and 29 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France. Entered service at: Hawaii Birth: September 16, 1916 Date of issue: June 21, 2000 Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Private Barney F. Hajiro distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action. Private Hajiro, while acting as a sentry on top of an embankment on 19 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, rendered assistance to allied troops attacking a house 200 yards away by exposing himself to enemy fire and directing fire at an enemy strong point. He assisted the unit on his right by firing his automatic rifle and killing or wounding two enemy snipers. On 22 October 1944, he and one comrade took up an outpost security position about fifty yards to the right front of their platoon, concealed themselves, and ambushed an eighteen-man, heavily armed, enemy patrol, killing two, wounding one, and taking the remainder as prisoners. On 29 October 1944, in a wooded area in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France, Private Hajiro initiated an attack up the slope of a hill referred to as “Suicide Hill” by running forward approximately 100 yards under fire. He then advanced ahead of his comrades about ten yards, drawing fire and spotting camouflaged machine gun nests. He fearlessly met fire with fire and single-handedly destroyed two machine gun nests and killed two enemy snipers. As a result of Private Hajiro’s heroic actions, the attack was successful. Private Hajiro’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit, and the United States Army.
PIERCE, CHARLES H.
Rank and organization: Private, Company 1, 22d U.S. Infantry. Place and date: Near San Isidro, Luzon, Philippine Islands, October 19th, 1899. Entered service at: Delaware City, Del. Birth: Cecil County, Md. Date of issue: 10 March 1902. Citation: Held a bridge against a superior force of the enemy and fought, though severely wounded, until the main body came up to cross.
RAY, CHARLES W.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company 1, 22d U.S. Infantry. Place and date: Near San Isidro, Luzon, Philippine Islands, October 19th, 1899. Entered service at: St. Louis, Mo. Birth: Pensacola Yancey County, N.C. Date of issue: 18 April 1902. Citation: Most distinguished gallantry in action. Captured a bridge with the detachment he commanded and held it against a superior force of the enemy, thereby enabling an army to come up and cross.
BLUNT, JOHN W.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, Company K, 6th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at. Chatham, Four Corners, N.Y. Birth: Columbia County, N.Y. Date of issue: Unknown. Citation: Voluntarily led a charge across a narrow bridge over the creek, against the lines of the enemy.
CROCKER, HENRY H.
Rank and organization: Captain, Company F, 2d Massachusetts Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: California. Born: 20 January 1840, Colchester, Conn. Date of issue: 10 January 1896. Citation: Voluntarily led a charge, which resulted in the capture of fourteen prisoners and in which he himself was wounded.
CROCKER, ULRIC L.
Rank and organization: Private, Company M, 6th Michigan Cavalry.
Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th,1864. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ohio. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: Capture of flag of 18th Georgia (C.S.A.).
DU PONT, HENRY A.
Rank and organization: Captain, 5th U.S. Artillery. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Wilmington, Del. Birth: Eleutherean Mills, Del. Date of issue: 2 April 1898. Citation: By his distinguished gallantry, and voluntary exposure to the enemy’s fire at a critical moment, when the Union line had been broken, encouraged his men to stand to their guns, checked the advance of the enemy, and brought off most of his pieces.
HENRY, WILLIAM W.
Rank and organization: Colonel, 10th Vermont Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Waterbury, Vt. Born: 21 November 1831, Waterbury, Vt. Date of issue: 21 December 1892. Citation: Though suffering from severe wounds, rejoined his regiment and let it in a brilliant charge, recapturing the guns of an abandoned battery.
Rank and organization: Private, Company E, 8th Indiana Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Henry County, Ind. Birth: Henry County, Ind. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: Capture of flag.
LOVE, GEORGE M.
Rank and organization: Colonel, 116th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: New York. Birth: New York. Date of issue: 6 March 1865. Citation: Capture of battle flag of 2d South Carolina (C.S.A.).
LYON, FREDERICK A.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company A, 1st Vermont Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th,1864. Entered service at: Burlington, Vt. Born: 25 June 1843, Williamsburg, Mass. Date of issue: 26 November 1864. Citation: With one companion, captured the flag of a Confederate regiment, three officers, and an ambulance with its mules and driver.
McGONNlGLE, ANDREW J.
Rank and organization: Captain and Assistant Quartermaster, U.S. Volunteers. Place and date: At Cedar Creek. Va., October 19th, 1864 Entered service at: Cumberland, Md. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: 21 July 1897. Citation: While acting chief quartermaster of Gen. Sheridan’s forces operating in the Shenandoah Valley was severely wounded while voluntarily leading a brigade of infantry and was commended for the greatest gallantry by Gen. Sheridan.
PARKS, HENRY JEREMIAH
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 9th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th,1864. Entered service at: Orangeville, N.Y. Born: 24 February 1848, Orangeville, N.Y. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: While alone and in advance of his unit and attempting to cut off the retreat of a supply wagon, he fought and sent to flight a Confederate color bearer. After capturing the color bearer and leaving him in the rear, he returned to the front and captured three more wagons and drivers.
REIGLE, DANIEL P.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company F, 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Adams County, Pa. Birth: Adams County, Pa. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: For gallantry while rushing forward to capture a Confederate flag at the stone fence where the enemy’s last stand was made.
SCOFIELD, DAVID H.
Rank and organization: Quartermaster Sergeant, Company K. 5th N.Y., U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Mamaroneck, N.Y. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: Capture of flag of 13th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 1st Vermont Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Essex, Vt. Birth: England. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: With one companion captured the State flag of a North Carolina regiment, together with three officers and an ambulance with its mules and driver.
Rank and organization: Private, Company E, 18th Indiana Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Martin County, Ind. Birth: Madison County. Ala. Date of issue: 21 November 1864. Citation: Capture of flag.
Rank and organization: Colonel, 8th Vermont Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Montpelier, Vt. Birth: Vermont. Date of issue: 25 July 1892. Citation: Distinguished conduct in a desperate hand-to-hand encounter, in which the advance of the enemy was checked.
TRACY, AMASA A.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, 2d Vermont Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Middlebury, Vt. Birth: Maine. Date of issue: 24 June 1892. Citation: Took command of and led the brigade in the assault on the enemy’s works.
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company D, 5th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th,1864. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: Recaptured the flag of the 15th New Jersey Infantry.
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 90th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: Cayuga County, N.Y. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 3 November 1896. Citation: While the enemy were in close proximity, this soldier sprang forward and bore off in safety the regimental colors, the color bearer having fallen on the field of battle.
WELLS, THOMAS M.
Rank and organization: Chief Bugler, 6th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: DeKalb, N.Y. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: Capture of colors of 44th Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.).
WOODBURY, ERI D.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company E, 1st Vermont Cavalry. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19th, 1864. Entered service at: St. Johnsbury, Vt. Birth: Francistown, N.H. Date of issue: 26 October 1864. Citation: During the regiment’s charge when the enemy was in retreat Sgt. Woodbury encountered 4 Confederate infantrymen retreating. He drew his saber and ordered them to surrender, overcoming by his determined actions their willingness to further resist. They surrendered to him together with their rifles and 12th North Carolina (C.S.A.) regimental flag.
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Dry Ice is frozen carbon dioxide, a normal part of our earth’s atmosphere. It is the gas that we exhale during breathing and the gas that plants use in photosynthesis. It is also the same gas commonly added to water to make soda water. Dry Ice is particularly useful for freezing, and keeping things frozen because of its very cold temperature: -109.3°F or -78.5°C. Dry Ice is widely used because it is simple to freeze and easy to handle using insulated gloves. Dry Ice changes directly from a solid to a gas -sublimation- in normal atmospheric conditions without going through a wet liquid stage. Therefore it gets the name “dry ice.”
As a general rule, Dry Ice will sublimate at a rate of five to ten pounds every 24 hours in a typical ice chest. This sublimation continues from the time of purchase; therefore, pick up Dry Ice as close to the time needed as possible. Bring an ice chest or some other insulated container to hold the Dry Ice and slow the sublimation rate. Dry Ice sublimates faster than regular ice melts but will extend the life of regular ice.
It is best not to store Dry Ice in your freezer because your freezer’s thermostat will shut off the freezer due to the extreme cold of the Dry Ice! Of course if the freezer is broken, Dry Ice will save all your frozen goods.
Commercial shippers of perishables often use dry ice even for non frozen goods. Dry ice gives more than twice the cooling energy per pound of weight and three times the cooling energy per volume than regular water ice (H2O). It is often mixed with regular ice to save shipping weight and extend the cooling energy of water ice. Sometimes dry ice is made on the spot from liquid CO2. The resulting dry ice snow is packed in the top of a shipping container offering extended cooling without electrical refrigeration equipment and connections.
Other uses include:
Cleaning with dry ice! This new development is quickly expanding around the world. One system uses small rice size pellets of dry ice shooting them out of a jet nozzle with compressed air. It works somewhat like sandblasting or high-pressure water or steam blasting, with superior results. The frigid temperature of the dry ice “blasting” against the material to be removed, causes it to shrink and lose adhesion from its sub surface. Additionally when some of of dry ice penetrates through the material to be removed, it comes in contact with the underlying surface. The warmer sub surface causes the dry ice to convert back into carbon dioxide gas. The gas has 800 times greater volume and expands behind the material speeding up its removal. Paint, oil, grease, asphalt, tar, decals, soot, dirt, ink, resins, and adhesives are some of the materials removed by this procedure. Only the removed material must be disposed of, as the dry ice sublimes into the atmosphere.
This method is superior to sandblasting because the dry ice is soft enough not to pit or damage the underlying surface. The dry ice sublimes quickly into the air and only the removed material must be cleaned up. Dry Ice blasting eliminates equipment damage in two ways. First, dry ice does not erode or wear away the targeted surface as traditional grit media and even wire brushes do. This means that surface integrity and critical tolerances are preserved and equipment will not have to be replaced due to surface erosion common with sand, glass beads, and other abrasive media. Second, with traditional cleaning methods, equipment is often damaged (bumped, dropped, etc.) while in transit to or from the dedicated cleaning area. Instead most equipment and machinery can be cleaned while in place.
CAMPING AND TRAVELING WITH DRY ICE
Plan on using 10 to 20 pounds of dry ice for every 24-hour period depending upon the size of the ice chest. Dry Ice will keep everything frozen in this ice chest, including extra ice, so keep non-frozen goods to be refrigerated with regular ice in a separate ice chest. Dry Ice normally comes in 10-inch squares, 2 inches thick weighing about 10 pounds each square. Plan to put one square per each 15 inches of ice chest length. This will work out to 2 squares (20 pounds) for an average 40-quart cooler. For larger containers and longer camping or traveling times, multiply dry ice quantities by these rates. Dry Ice, at -109.0°F or -78.5°C, will freeze and keep frozen everything in its container until it is completely sublimated. These frozen items will take some extra time to thaw because they have been so cold.
HOW TO PACK DRY ICE
If the Dry Ice is placed on top of the food (cold sinks), it will work better. However it is sometimes in the way so many people prefer to keep the Dry Ice on the bottom of the ice chest for convenience. When packing items in the container fill the empty space with wadded newspaper or other filler. Any “dead air space” will cause the Dry Ice to sublimate faster. The best storage container is a three-inch thick urethane insulated box. Lining the inside of your ice chest with sheets of Styrofoam will increase the life of Dry Ice. Dry Ice sublimation (changing from a solid to a gas) will vary depending on the temperature, air pressure and thickness of insulation. The more Dry Ice you have stored in the container, the longer it will last.
TRANSPORTING BY AUTO OR VAN
Plan to pick up the Dry Ice as close to the time it is needed as possible. If possible pack insulating items such as sleeping bags around the ice chest. This will stretch the time that the Dry Ice lasts. If it is transported inside a car or van (not in the trunk) for more than 10 minutes make sure there is fresh air. After 15 minutes with Dry Ice only in its paper bag in the passenger seat next to me, I started to breathe faster and faster as though I were running a race. I couldn’t figure out why I was so out of breath until I saw the car air system was set in the re-circulated position, not fresh outside air.
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“Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions.”
~ Albert Einstein
An extremely intelligent but socially inept person.
[After Poindexter, a character in the animated series Felix the Cat.]
Poindexter is a synonym of nerd or geek. In the cartoon, Poindexter is the nephew of The Professor, the arch-enemy of Felix the Cat. The creator of the cartoon series is said to have named the character Poindexter after his lawyer.
1009 – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the muslim Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock.
1469 – Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile, making Spain a world power. They started the Spanish Inquisition in 1478.
1564 – John Hawkins began his second trip to America. In addition to being knighted by the Queen for his abilities in ship building, he was the first British slave trader.
1648 – The first American labor organization was founded by Boston’s shoemakers, barrel makers, and tub makers in Massachusetts.
1685 – The Edict of Nantes, granting religious freedom to the Huguenots, was revoked by King Louis XIV of France.
1767 – The Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, was agreed upon.
1776 – In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders “cock tail.”
1776 – Revolutionary War: At the Battle of Pelham Col. John Glover and the Marblehead regiment collided with British Forces in the Bronx. Sir William Howe, Commander-in-Chief of the British army, landed 4,000 English and Hessian troops near the stables on Pelham Parkway.
1785 – Benjamin Franklin was elected president of Pennsylvania. A special balloting, unanimously elected Franklin the sixth President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, replacing John Dickinson. This was four years before the Constitution when we were a Confederation.
1812 – War of 1812: U.S. sloop of war Wasp captures HM brig Frolic in a 45-minute battle on rough seas.
1848 – Captain Douglas Ottinger, USRM, was designated by the Secretary of the Treasury to supervise the construction of the first Life-Saving Stations and the equipment and boats to be placed in them.
1851 – Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
1858 – The play “Our American Cousin” by Tom Taylor premiered at Laura Keene’s theater in New York. This was the play Lincoln and his wife went to see the night he was assassinated.
1859 - U.S. Marines reach Harper’s Ferry, VA and assault the arsenal seized by John Brown and his followers. Brown is “taken out” by the bent-up and damaged ceremonial sword of Lt. Israel Green after which Green hit him over the head with it.
1862 – James Creighton died of ruptured bladder caused from hitting a home run on Oct 14th.
1862 – Civil War: Morgan’s raiders captured federal garrison at Lexington, Ky.
1863 – Civil War: Battle of Charlestown in WV.
1867 – The U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas.
1873 – Columbia Princeton Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football.
1878 – Edison made electricity available for household usage.
1889 – First All- New York City world series NY Giants (NL) play Brooklyn (AA).
1892 – The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York became operational.
1898 – American troops raised the U.S. flag over Puerto Rico, formalizing U.S. authority over the island. In December, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Spanish-American War and approving the ceding of Puerto Rico to the United States.
1922 – Little Orphan Annie, comic strip character, was born.
1924 – Harold “Red” Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs.) Grange streaked ninety-five yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff and then darted from scrimmage for three more stunning touchdown runs of sixty-seven, fifty-six and forty-four yards before leaving the field with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
1924 – Notre Dame beats Army 13-7. NY Herald Tribune dubs them the 4 Horsemen.
1925 – The Grand Ole Opry opens.
1931 – Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died at the age of 84.
1935 -“I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and orchestra.
1939 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt banned foreign war submarines from U.S. ports and waters.
1940 – Kaufman’s & Harts “George Washington Slept Here,” premiered in New York City.
1941 – World War II: Holocaust: The Germans forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, murdered some 9,000 local Jews.
1942 – World War II: In reaction to several incidents, Hitler orders that all prisoners taken from Allied Commando or similar units are to be shot immediately whether in uniform or not and whether surrendering or not. At the Nuremberg Trials, the Commando Order was found to be a direct breach of the laws of war, and German officers who carried out illegal executions under the Commando Order were found guilty of war crimes.
1942 – World War II: On New Guinea, American forces sent on a parallel trail to help the Australians cut off Japanese retreats down the Kokoda Trail, finally begin to reach Pongani. The trip has proved to be so difficult that the soldiers are in no condition to fight.
1943 – World War II: US bombing of Bougainville, Solomon Islands.
1943 – The first broadcast of “Perry Mason” (10:00) was presented on CBS radio.
1943 – World War II: In Italy, elements of the US 5th Army reach Dragoni, while other elements capture Gioia.
1943 – World War II: General Orders 27, 29th Infantry Division (DC, MD, VA) disbands the 29th Ranger Battalion (Provisional.) This was designed to be a “Train-the-trainer” learning from the British Commandos and taking it back to our troops.
1944 – World War II: All able-bodied German males between the ages of 16 and 60 are now liable for conscription into the Volkssturm (the home defense force).
1944 – World War II: The American escort carriers of TG77.4 concentrate air strikes on Leyte while the now 12 fleet carriers, in three groups from TF38, strike Luzon.
1944 – “Forever Amber” was first published this day.
1945 – The first German War Crimes Trial began. The International Military Tribunal met at Nuremberg and lasted through to 1946.
1945 – The USSR’s nuclear program receives plans for the USA’s plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs (d.1988) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1950 – CHART TOPPERS – “Goodnight Irene” by The Weavers, “All My Love” by Patti Page, “Harbor Lights” by The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo) and “I’m Moving On” by Hank Snow all topped the charts.
1950 – Connie Mack announced he was retiring after 50 seasons as manager of baseball’s Philadelphia Athletics.
1950 –Korean War: US forces drove north across the 38th parallel into the Peoples Republic of North Korea.
1952 – “I Went to Your Wedding” by Patti Page topped the charts.
1953 – Willie Thrower becomes first black NFL quarterback in modern times.
1954 – The comic strip “Hi and Lois” appeared in newspapers for the first time.
1954 – Texas Instruments announces the first transistor radio.
1954 – Hurricane Hazel, the third of 1954, dissipated today and became the most severe to hit US. It came ashore on the 15th as a Category 4. It killed 1000 in Haiti, 95 in the U.S. and 81 in Canada mostly in Toronto.
1955 – Track & Field magazine names Jesse Owens all-time track athlete.
1955 – University of California discovered the anti-proton.
1956 – NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.
1958 – CHART TOPPERS – “It’s All in the Game” by Tommy Edwards, “Rock-in Robin” by Bobby Day, “Tears on My Pillow” by Little Anthony & The Imperials and “Bird Dog” by The Everly Brothers all topped the charts.
1958 – The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter’s show.
1961 – Vietnam: An emergency crisis was proclaimed in South Vietnam due to a communist attack.
1962 – Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers record “Let’s Dance.‘”
1962 – Dr. James D. Watson of the United States, and Dr. Francis Crick and Dr. Maurice Wilkins of Britain, were named winners of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for their work in determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.
1966 – CHART TOPPERS – “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by Four Tops, “Last Train to Clarksville” by The Monkees, “Psychotic Reaction” by Count Five and “Blue Side of Lonesome” by Jim Reeves all topped the charts.
1967 – Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” is released.
1967 – American League votes to allow Athletics to move from KC to Oakland, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.
1967 – A protest in Madison, Wisc., against recruiting by Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm and Agent Orange, turned violent.
1968 – Circus Circus Casino opened in Las Vegas “to attract all members of the family.”
1968 – The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, for giving a “black power” salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
1968 – Bob Beamon sets a world record of 29″2″ in the long jump at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. This becomes the longest unbroken track and field record in history, standing for 23 years, and is later named by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the five greatest sporting moments of the 20th century. On August 30, 1991 Mike Powell of the United States set the current records with a jump of 29 ft 4¼ in.
1968 – Vietnam War: In Operation Sea Lords, the Navy’s three major operating forces in Vietnam (TF 115, 116, and 117) are brought together for the first time to stop Vietcong infiltration deep into South Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
1969 – “I Can’t Get Next to You” by the Temptations topped the charts.
1969 – The U.S. federal government banned cyclamates, the artificial sweeteners, because it was shown that the substance caused cancer in laboratory rats.
1971 – The final issue of “Look” magazine was published, after 34 years.
1972 – Congress passed the Water Pollution Control Act.
1973 – “Raisin” opened at 46th St. Theater New York City for 847 performances.
1973 – Congress authorized a bicentennial quarter, half-dollar and dollar coin.
1974 – CHART TOPPERS – “I Honestly Love You” by Olivia Newton-John, “Nothing from Nothing” by Billy Preston “Then Came You” by Dionne Warwicke & Spinners and “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me” by Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton all topped the charts.
1974 – Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes first in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks.
1975 – “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka topped the charts.
1977 – Reggie Jackson hits three consecutive homers on three successive pitches. The three swings lead the Yankees to an 8-4, Series-clinching victory. This also tied the record for homers by Babe Ruth in a single World Series game. The New York Yankees (4) beat the Los Angeles Dodgers (2).
1977 – A German Special Forces team stormed a hijacked Lufthansa airliner and killed all four hijackers and freed 86 hostages. The Palestinian hijackers had demanded the release of members of the Red Army Faction.
1980 – “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen topped the charts.
1982 – CHART TOPPERS – “Jack & Diane” by John Cougar, “Who Can It Be Now?” by Men at Work, “Eye in the Sky” by The Alan Parsons Project and “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton all topped the charts.
1982 – Former first lady Bess Truman (97) died at her home in Independence, Mo.
1983 – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton received gold for “Islands in the Stream.”
1983 – General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
1985 – Nintendo releases the Nintendo Entertainment System in the United States.
1986 – “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson topped the charts.
1988 – The TV sitcom “Roseanne” began a nine- year showing.
1989 – The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.
1990 – CHART TOPPERS – “Praying for Time” by George Michael, “I Don’t Have the Heart” by James Ingram, “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice and “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks all topped the charts.
1991 – Confirmed Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas swore to uphold the Constitution during an oath-taking ceremony at the White House.
1992 – The visiting Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves in game two of the World Series, 5-to-4, evening the series at one game apiece. The pre-game ceremony was marred by a U.S. Marine Corps color guard that mistakenly presented the Canadian flag upside-down.
1993 – In California two defendants were acquitted of most of the felony charges in the beating of trucker Reginald Denny and other motorists at the start of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
1996 – New findings were published in the journal Science that linked mutations in lung cancer to cigarette smoke. An ingredient in the smoke was found to damage the gene p53, vital to the suppression of runaway growth that leads to tumors.
1997 – A $21.5 million memorial monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.
1997 – The Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 in game one of the World Series.
1998 – A weekend storm in Texas killed at least 14 people after 12 inches of rain fell. The death toll increased to 22 and later 28.
1998 – The new Steve Wynn $1.6 billion, 3,000 room Bellagio Casino opened in Las Vegas. It was built over the site of the old Dunes casino. It was named after the Italian town of Bellagio whose name means place of relaxation.
1999 – The New York Yankees won a record 36th pennant, beating the Boston Red Sox 6-to-1 in Game Five of the American League Championship Series.
2000 – President Clinton honored the 17 sailors killed in a suicide bomb attack against the USS Cole as he attended a ceremony at the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia.
2001 – In New York, four defendants were convicted for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. They were sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay $33 million in restitution to victims.
2001 – It was announced that a New Jersey letter carrier and an employee in the office of CBS news anchorman Dan Rather’s office had tested positive for skin anthrax.
2001 – Two new cases of anthrax were reported in New Jersey. The FBI and Postal Service announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of anthrax mailings.
2002 – Two US Navy planes, F/A-18F Super Hornet jets, collided off the Big Sur coast of California and both pilots and both RIO’s were killed.
2002 – Space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth following an 11-day mission to the International Space Station.
2003 – The Florida Marlins won the first game of the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees 3-2.
2003 – In a new audiotape, a voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden vowed suicide attacks “inside and outside” the United States and threatened nations that were helping the American occupation of Iraq.
2004 – President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry traded biting accusations over the war in Iraq, with Bush saying his Democratic challenger stood for “protest and defeatism” while Kerry accused the president of “arrogant boasting.”
2004 – David Ortiz single-handedly triumphed over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series twice on this day. His first triumph occurred at 1:10 a.m. EST when he hit a two-run walk-off home run. At 10:50 p.m., Ortiz hit a walk-off single into center field.
2004 – The Dover, Pa., school district voted 6-3 to mandate the teaching of “intelligent design” in public schools along with the theory of evolution. A number of parents soon filed suit.
2005 – William Evan Allan, the last surviving Australian First World War veteran, dies aged 106.
2005 – Scientists announced that tracks of a previously unknown swimming dinosaur have been found along the shores of an ancient sea in Wyoming.
2005 – Authorities closed one of two highway tunnels carrying traffic under Baltimore, Maryland’s harbor following a threat to detonate explosive filled vehicles.
2005 – Saddam Hussein’s trial begins.
2006 – Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7.0.
2006 – President Bush signed a new National Space Policy the rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit US flexibility in space.
2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average passed 12,000 for the first time before pulling back to close at 11,992.68.
2007 – Oil prices reach $90 a barrel for the first time due to the low dollar and ongoing tension between Turkey and Iraq.
2008 – NASA launches the Interstellar Boundary Explorer satellite that will study the edge of solar system.
2010 – With increasing uncertainty about the timing of the release of the next batch of classified documents by WikiLeaks, the U.S. military assembles a 120-member team to search its database for clues in preparation for the publication event.
2010 – Bank of America resumes foreclosures in twenty-three states following a temporary halt in foreclosures due to the 2010 Foreclosure crisis.
2011 – Motorola introduces the Droid RAZR, the world’s thinnest smartphone.
2011 – A bill to takeover the capital city of Harrisburg, rather than have it file for Chapter 9, clears the Pennsylvania State Legislature. The Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, is expected to sign it.
2011 – Spaceport America in New Mexico, United States, officially opens as the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.
2011 – About 400,000 illegal immigrants were deported from the United States in the 2011 fiscal year, the most deportations ever in United States history, according to a report released by ICE.
2012 – Newsweek buckled under the pressure afflicting the magazine industry in general and newsweeklies in particular. In a message posted on The Daily Beast, Ms. Tina Brown announced that Newsweek would cease print publication at the end of the year and move to an all-digital format.
1595 – Edward Winslow, Plymouth Colony founder (d. 1655)
1921 – Jesse Helms, U.S. Senator from North Carolina
1926 – Chuck Berry, American singer.
1927 – George C. Scott, American actor.
1934 – Chuck Swindoll, American evangelist
1939 – Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)
1956 – Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovakian-born tennis player.
1960 – Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Haaren, Germany, October 18th, 1944. Entered service at: Prescott, Ariz. Birth: Bethel, N.C. G.O. No.: 47, 18 June 1945. Citation: On 18 October 1944, Company K, 18th Infantry, occupying a position on a hill near Haaren, Germany, was attacked by an enemy infantry battalion supported by tanks. The assault was preceded by an artillery concentration, lasting an hour, which inflicted heavy casualties on the company. While engaged in moving wounded men to cover, Sgt. Thompson observed that the enemy had overrun the positions of the 3d Platoon. He immediately attempted to stem the enemy’s advance single-handedly. He manned an abandoned machinegun and fired on the enemy until a direct hit from a hostile tank destroyed the gun. Shaken and dazed, Sgt. Thompson picked up an automatic rifle and although alone against the enemy force which was pouring into the gap in our lines, he fired burst after burst, halting the leading elements of the attack and dispersing those following. Throwing aside his automatic rifle, which had jammed, he took up a rocket gun, fired on a light tank, setting it on fire. By evening the enemy had been driven from the greater part of the captured position but still held three pillboxes. Sgt. Thompson’s squad was assigned the task of dislodging the enemy from these emplacements. Darkness having fallen and finding that fire of his squad was ineffective from a distance, Sgt. Thompson crawled forward alone to within twenty yards of one of the pillboxes and fired grenades into it. The Germans holding the emplacement concentrated their fire upon him. Though wounded, he held his position fearlessly, continued his grenade fire, and finally forced the enemy to abandon the blockhouse. Sgt. Thompson’s courageous leadership inspired his men and materially contributed to the clearing of the enemy from his last remaining hold on this important hill position.
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Loma Prieta Earthquake
On October 17, 1989, at 5:04:15 p.m. (PDT), a magnitude 6.9 (moment magnitude; surface-wave magnitude, 7.1) earthquake severely shook the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions. The epicenter was located at 37.04° N. latitude, 121.88° W. longitude near Loma Prieta peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains, approximately 9 miles northeast of Santa Cruz and 60 miles south-southeast of San Francisco. The earthquake occurred when the crustal rocks comprising the Pacific and North American Plates abruptly slipped as much as 7 ft along their common boundary in the San Andreas fault system. The rupture initiated at a depth of 11 miles and extended 22 miles along the fault, but it did not break the surface of the Earth. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake ended decades of tranquility in the San Francisco Bay region. It was a wakeup call to prepare for the potentially even more devastating shocks that are inevitable in the future. KXTV Channel 10 Live
The proximity of the San Andreas Fault to San Francisco was well-known for most of the 20th century, but the knowledge did not stop the construction of many un-reinforced brick buildings in the area. Finally, in 1972, revised building codes forced new structures to be built to withstand earthquakes. The new regulations also called for older buildings to be retrofitted to meet the new standards, but the expense involved made these projects a low priority for the community.
On this day the Bay Area was buzzing about baseball. The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, both local teams, had reached the World Series. The first game of the series was scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Just prior to the game, with the cameras on the field the earthquake hit. Though the stadium withstood the shaking, much of the rest of San Francisco was not so fortunate.
The city’s Marina District suffered great damage. Built before 1972, on an area of the city where there was no underlying bedrock, the liquefaction of the ground resulted in the collapse of many homes. Burst gas mains and pipes also sparked fires that burned out of control for nearly two days. Also hard hit by the quake were two area roads, the Nimitz Expressway and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Both roads featured double-decker construction and, on each, the upper level collapsed during the earthquake. Forty-one of the 67 victims of this disaster were motorists on the lower level of the Nimitz, who were killed when the upper level of the road collapsed and crushed them in their cars. Only one person was killed on the Bay Bridge–which had been scheduled for a retrofitting the following week–because there were no cars under the section that collapsed.
Other heavily damaged communities included Watsonville, Daly City and Palo Alto. More than 10 percent of the homes in Watsonville were completely demolished. The residents, most of whom were Hispanic, faced additional hardship because relief workers and the Red Cross did not have enough Spanish-speaking aides or translators to assist them.
The earthquake caused billions of dollars in damages, and contributed in part to the deep recession that California suffered in the early 1990s.
“Just remember – when you think all is lost, the future remains.”
Dr. Robert H. Goddard
disgregate (DIS-gri-gayt) verb tr., intr.
To separate or to scatter.
From Latin disgregare, from dis- (apart) + gregare (to collect), from greg-, stem of grex (flock). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ger- (to gather) which is also the source of such words as aggregate, congregation, egregious, and segregate.]
539 BC – King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration.
1604 – Kepler’s Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes that an exceptionally bright star had suddenly appeared in the constellation. Ophiuchus, which turned out to be the last supernova to have been observed in our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
1777 – British forces under General John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, New York. It was a turning point of the Revolutionary War. He surrenders 7,000 British and Hessian troops to Patriot General Horatio Gates.
1781 – General Charles Cornwallis offers his surrender to the American revolutionaries at Yorktown, Virginia.
1814 - The crew of USRC Eagle, which had been driven ashore near Negros Head, New York in an encounter with the British brig HMS Dispatch, dragged the cutter’s guns up a bluff in an effort to continue the battle.
1814 – Marines and sailors landed on Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, to punish pirates. Pirate leader, Jean Lafitte’s activities threatened to monopolize the city’s import trade.
1855 – Bessemer steelmaking process patented. The principle involved is that of oxidation of the impurities in the iron by the oxygen of air that is blown through the molten iron.
1871 – President Ulysses S. Grant suspended habeas corpus in nine counties in South Carolina and sent federal troops to South Carolina to stop attacks by the Ku Klux Klan against newly emancipated black citizens.
1877 – Brigadier General Alfred Terry met with Sitting Bull in Canada to discuss the Indians’ return to the United States. Sitting Bull and his followers had fled to Canada after the Little Big Horn.
1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie). 1888 – The first issue of “National Geographic Magazine.“
1894 – Ohio National Guard killed five members of a lynch mob while rescuing a black man. The mob had gathered outside the Fayette County court house with the intent to lynch convicted rapist William “Jasper” Dolby.
1917 – World War I: First British bombing of Germany in World War I
1919 – GE caused to be organized under the laws of the State of Delaware the company known as the Radio Corporation of America. In the certificate of incorporation, it was provided that ‘no person shall be eligible for election as a director or officer of the corporation who is not at the time of such election a citizen of the United States’.
1920 – Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play first NFL game, win 7-0.
1922 – LCDR Virgil C. Griffin in Vought VE-7SF makes first takeoff from U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV-1) anchored in York River, Virginia.
1931 – Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
1933 – Albert Einstein, fleeing Nazi Germany, moves to the US. He made his new home in Princeton, N.J.
1933 – “News-Week” appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to “Newsweek.”
1937 – Huey, Dewey and Louie, Donald Duck’s three almost identical nephews, first appear in a newspaper comic strip.
1939 – “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” premiered.
1940 – “Five O’Clock Whistle” recorded by Will Bradley’s orchestra.
1941 – USS Kearney became the first destroyer attacked by a German submarine, when it was torpedoed south of Iceland.
1941 – General Hideki Tojo (1885-1948) became Premier and Minister of War in Japan. When he became most powerful man in Japan, he became prime minister, there no longer was a chance of avoiding war with Britain and the United States. 1943 – The Young Communist League declared itself dissolved at a convention in New York and 400 delegates organize American Youth for Democracy, which only offers membership to non-Communists.
1943 – World War II: The last operational German auxiliary cruiser, Michel, is sunk by the American submarine Tarpon off the Japanese coast. The German raider has sunk 17 ships during its cruise.
1944 – World War II: US Task Group 77.4 (Admiral TF Sprague) continues air strikes on Leyte, Cebu and Mindanao. 1945 – Iva Toguri D’Aquino, a Japanese-American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist “Tokyo Rose,” was arrested by 3 CIC officers in her Tokyo apartment.
1949 – CHART TOPPERS – “You’re Breaking My Heart” by Vic Damone, “Someday” by
Vaughn Monroe, “That Lucky Old Sun” by Frankie Laine and “Slipping Around” by Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely all topped the charts.
1953 – “St. George and the Dragonet” by Stan Freberg topped the charts.
1955 – Lee Merriwether joins the Today Show panel.
1957 – CHART TOPPERS – “Chances Are/The Twelfth of Never” by Johnny Mathis, “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley, “Keep a Knockin’” by Little Richard and “Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers all topped the charts.
1959 – “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin topped the charts.
1960 – “Save the Last Dance for Me” by the Drifters topped the charts.
1960 – Billboard reported that Dion and the Belmonts were breaking up.
1960 – Charles Van Doren, a former contestant on the popular TV game show “Twenty-One,” was arrested along with 13 others, including television producers Dan Enright and Al Freedman, for perjury.
1961 – NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 108,600 feet.
1961 – “HOT ROCKS” Candy was trademark registered.
1964 – “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann topped the charts.
1964 – “She’s Not There,” by the Zombies, was released.
1965 – CHART TOPPERS – “Yesterday” by The Beatles, “Treat Her Right” by Roy Head, “A Lover’s Concerto” by The Toys and “Behind the Tear” by Sonny James all topped the charts
1967 – Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 278,885 feet.
1967 – The play “Hair” is first performed. The show opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater on April 29, 1968. It closed on July 1, 1972 after 1,742 performances.
1968 – Jose Feliciano released his controversial, bluesy rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
1970 – “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5 topped the charts.
1970 – Eric Clapton released “After Midnight.”
1971 – World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs Baltimore Orioles (3)
1973 – CHART TOPPERS – “Half-Breed” by Cher, “Ramblin’ Man” by The Allman Brothers Band, “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder and “Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico” by Johnny Rodriguez all topped the charts.
1973 – Leaders of OPEC decided to suspend oil exports to all nations supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur War. The embargo caused major shortages and gas rationing.
1974 – World Series: Oakland Athletics (4) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
1974 – NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28-game losing streak on the road.
1974 – A meeting of the Boston Massachusetts School Committee is “stink-bombed” by the Weather Underground to protest busing.
1977 – West German commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner on the ground in Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 hostages and killing three of the four hijackers.
1977 – “Street Survivors” was released by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Three days later vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines (Steve’s sister) and road manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed when their plane crashed in Gillsburg, MS. The other four members of the band were seriously injured but survived the crash.
1978 – World Series: New York Yankees (4) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (2) 1978 – President Jimmy Carter signed a bill restoring U.S. citizenship to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1979 – World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs Baltimore Orioles (3) 1979 – Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1981 – CHART TOPPERS – “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross, “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones, “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton and “Party Time” by T.G. Sheppard all topped the charts.
1987 – First World Series game in a covered stadium (Minnesota Metrodome.)
1987 – “Lost in Emotion” by Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam topped the charts
1987 – U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
1989 – CHART TOPPERS – “Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson, “Love Song” by The Cure, “Mixed Emotions” by Rolling Stones and “Killin’ Time” by Clint Black all topped the charts.
1989 – An earthquake (Loma Prieta earthquake) measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage. It was witnessed on live television by millions of people who were watching the third game of the World Series of baseball, being played in San Francisco. This was Game 3 of the Series which was moved to 10-27-89. The Series was completed although there were those that felt it should be cancelled.
1990 – In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State James Baker said Iraqi President Saddam Hussein “must fail if peace is to succeed.”
1992 – Japanese exchange student Yoshi Hattori, 16, was shot and killed by Rodney Peairs in Center, La., after Hattori and his American host mistakenly knocked on Peairs’ door while looking for a Halloween party.
1994 – Taxicab driver Jeremy Levine returned to London, England, from a round-trip journey to Cape Town, South Africa, on this day. Passengers Mark Aylett and Carlos Aresse paid 40,000 pounds, or approximately $65,000, for the 21,691-mile trip, setting a world record for the longest known taxicab ride.
1995 – The Cleveland Indians won the American League pennant by defeating the Seattle Mariners, 4-to-0, in game six of their playoff series.
1996 – The Atlanta Braves won the National League Championship Series, beating the St. Louis Cardinals.
1996 – In Leland, Miss. Aaron White, a black TV repairman received a gunshot wound to the head and was killed. It was claimed that a white police narcotics officer shot Mr. White, while the police claimed that Mr. White shot himself.
1997 – The US Army used a Miracl (medium infra-red advanced chemical laser developed by TRW) laser beam to hit the MISTI-3 satellite in orbit. The laser test was prohibited by Congress in 1985, but the ban expired in 1995. The test failed to be recorded by sensors on the satellite.
1998 – “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies topped the charts.
1998 – The New York Yankees beat the San Diego Padres in the first game of the Baseball World Series 9 to 6.
1999 – The FBI reported that serious crimes reported to police declined for seventh straight year in 1998 and murder and robbery rates reached 30-year lows.
2000 – In New York City, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum opened to the public. 2000 – The New York Yankees followed the Mets into the World Series, beating the Seattle Mariners 9-to-7 and winning the American League championship series four games to two.
2000 – Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) achieved his 448th victory as a goalie in the NHL. Roy passed Terry Sawchuck to become the record holder for career victories.
2001 – The House of Representatives announced plans to close for an anthrax sweep after 31 people at the Capitol tested positive for exposure; New York Gov. George Pataki’s Manhattan office was evacuated after anthrax was detected.
2002 – Ira Einhorn, the ’70s hippie guru who had fled to Europe after being charged with murder, was convicted in Philadelphia of killing his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, and stuffing her corpse in his closet a quarter-century earlier. He was later sentenced to life without parole.
2003 – In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug, known as memantine, to help people with Alzheimer’s symptoms.
2003 – The US House and Senate voted to spend some $87 billion earmarked for securing peace and eliminating terrorist threats in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2003 – In Chicago government workers trapped in a burning downtown office tower frantically dialed 911 as they tried to make their way through smoke-filled staircases and hallways. Thirteen were found unconscious amid the smoke, six of them dead. 2004 – Jordan’s military prosecutor indicted Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, one of the most wanted insurgents in Iraq, and 12 other alleged Muslim militants for an alleged al-Qaida linked plot to attack the U.S. Embassy in Amman and Jordanian government targets.
2005 – The FBI reported that US murders fell to 16,137 in 2004, 391 fewer than in 2003 and that the overall violent crime rate hit a 3-year low.
2005 – General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative agreement that will help the automaker lower its health care costs even as they reported a $1.6 billion loss for the third quarter.
2005 – It was reported that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $15 million for the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, the world’s largest institution dedicated to preserving Information Age artifacts.
2006 – Actor Wesley Snipes was indicted for cheating the US government out of nearly $12 million in false refund claims and not filing for 6 years. On Feb 1, 2008, a federal jury in Florida acquitted Snipes (45) of the most serious charges but convicted him on 3 of 6 lesser charges and said he must pay up to $17 million in back taxes plus penalties and interest.
2006 – The 300 millionth US resident was born at 4:46 am according to a US Census Bureau estimate. The 200 million mark was reached in 1967. The 400 million mark was expected around 2043.
2007 – President Bush attended a ceremony in which the Dalai Lama was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor. China lodged an official protest over the honoring of the Dalai Lama in Washington.
2008 – US drug czar John Walters said that Mexico’s drug cartels are crossing the border to kidnap and kill inside the United States, and promised that an anti-drug aid package to help Mexico to fight the gangs will be ready soon.
2008 – In Philadelphia college student Jocelyn Kirsch (23) was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution. She and her former boyfriend, Edward Anderton, had stolen the identities of friends and neighbors in 2006 and 2007 to net more than $116,000 in goods and services. 2009 – In Oakland, Ca., 3 people died when their car flipped during a sideshow in the early hours. The Nissan in the crash was said to have been in a hyphy train, like a conga line on wheels with cars weaving and speeding in unison.
2009 – Deficit hits $1.4 trillion. The deficit is the largest relative to the size of the economy since 1945.
2010 – GM workers protest a drop in wages, from $58,000/year to $30,000/year, at a new car plant in Michigan that was funded by a $50 billion government bailout and is receiving $770 million in tax incentives.
2010 – Workers in Hilton Hotels in the US cities of Chicago, San Francisco, and Honolulu continue a strike over what they claim are efforts to “lock workers into cheap recession contracts.”
2010 – It was reported that Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was to go on trial Monday for Chandra Levy’s 2001 killing.
2011 – Apple Inc. releases its sales report for the iPhone 4S smartphone, which has reportedly sold over four million units worldwide in under four days, breaking company sales records.
2011 – Occupy Wall Street protests take place in hundreds of cities worldwide.
2012 – The FBI and NYPD have reportedly arrested a man they’d led into a sting operation for allegedly attempting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank building in lower Manhattan today. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested after he attempted to detonate a a van filled with what he thought to be explosives outside the fortress-like structure on Liberty Street.
1880 – Charles Kraft, American food and cheese entrepreneur.
1912 – Pope John Paul I.
1914 – Jerry Siegel, American cartoonist, co-creator of Superman (d. 1996)
1915 – Arthur Miller, American Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning playwright. 1918 – Rita Hayworth, American film actress.
1938 – Montgomery Clift, American film actor.
*DURHAM, HAROLD BASCOM, JR.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Battery C, 6th Battalion, 15th Artillery, 1st Infantry Division . Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, October 17th, 1967. Entered service at: Atlanta, Ga. Born: 12 October 1942, Rocky Mount, N.C. Citation: 2d Lt. Durham, Artillery, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty while assigned to Battery C. 2d Lt. Durham was serving as a forward observer with Company D, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry during a battalion reconnaissance-in-force mission. At approximately 1015 hours contact was made with an enemy force concealed in well-camouflaged positions and fortified bunkers. 2d Lt. Durham immediately moved into an exposed position to adjust the supporting artillery fire onto the insurgents. During a brief lull in the battle he administered emergency first aid to the wounded in spite of heavy enemy sniper fire directed toward him. Moments later, as enemy units assaulted friendly positions, he learned that Company A, bearing the brunt of the attack, had lost its forward observer. While he was moving to replace the wounded observer, the enemy detonated a Claymore mine, severely wounding him in the head and impairing his vision. In spite of the intense pain, he continued to direct the supporting artillery fire and to employ his individual weapon in support of the hard pressed infantrymen. As the enemy pressed their attack, 2d Lt. Durham called for supporting fire to be placed almost directly on his position. Twice the insurgents were driven back, leaving many dead and wounded behind. 2d Lt. Durham was then taken to a secondary defensive position. Even in his extremely weakened condition, he continued to call artillery fire onto the enemy. He refused to seek cover and instead positioned himself in a small clearing which offered a better vantage point from which to adjust the fire. Suddenly, he was severely wounded a second time by enemy machine gun fire. As he lay on the ground near death, he saw two Viet Cong approaching, shooting the defenseless wounded men. With his last effort, 2d Lt. Durham shouted a warning to a nearby soldier who immediately killed the insurgents. 2d Lt. Durham died moments later, still grasping the radio handset. 2d Lt. Durham’s gallant actions in close combat with an enemy force are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Squadron 214. Place and date: Central Solomons area, from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944. Entered service at: Washington. Born: 4 December 1912, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Other Navy award: Navy Cross. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and valiant devotion to duty as commanding officer of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Central Solomons area from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944. Consistently outnumbered throughout successive hazardous flights over heavily defended hostile territory, Maj. Boyington struck at the enemy with daring and courageous persistence, leading his squadron into combat with devastating results to Japanese shipping, shore installations, and aerial forces. Resolute in his efforts to inflict crippling damage on the enemy, Maj. Boyington led a formation of 24 fighters over Kahili on October 17th, and, persistently circling the airdrome where sixty hostile aircraft were grounded, boldly challenged the Japanese to send up planes. Under his brilliant command, our fighters shot down twenty enemy craft in the ensuing action without the loss of a single ship. A superb airman and determined fighter against overwhelming odds, Maj. Boyington personally destroyed twenty-six of the many Japanese planes shot down by his squadron and, by his forceful leadership, developed the combat readiness in his command which was a distinctive factor in the Allied aerial achievements in this vitally strategic area.
Special Note: The squadron he commanded is best known as the Black Sheep of World War II fame. His memoirs also inspired the 1970s television show Baa Baa Black Sheep, which dramatized the squadron’s exploits during the war. I had the opportunity to meet “Pappy” at an airshow in Chino, CA. It was a true honor!!
*VAN NOY, JUNIOR
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Headquarters Company, Shore Battalion, Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment. Place and date: Near Finschafen, New Guinea, October 17th, 1943.Entered service at: Preston, Idaho. Birth: Grace, Idaho. G.O. No.: 17, 26 February 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Finschafen, New Guinea, on 17 October 1943. When wounded late in September, Pvt. Van Noy declined evacuation and continued on duty. On 17 October 1943 he was gunner in charge of a machinegun post only five yards from the water’s edge when the alarm was given that three enemy barges loaded with troops were approaching the beach in the early morning darkness. One landing barge was sunk by Allied fire, but the other two beached ten yards from Pvt. Van Noy’s emplacement. Despite his exposed position, he poured a withering hail of fire into the debarking enemy troops. His loader was wounded by a grenade and evacuated. Pvt. Van Noy, also grievously wounded, remained at his post, ignoring calls of nearby soldiers urging him to withdraw, and continued to fire with deadly accuracy. He expended every round and was found, covered with wounds dead beside his gun. In this action Pvt. Van Noy killed at least half of the thirty-nine enemy troops taking part in the landing. His heroic tenacity at the price of his life not only saved the lives of many of his comrades, but enabled them to annihilate the attacking detachment.
National Ergonomics Month
National Boss’s Day
Facts About You!!
Your brain has the potential to remember everything that you have ever experienced, read, heard or seen. The only problem is that you can’t recall it, but its all in there somewhere.
Your body is constantly replacing cells, so much so if fact that you have a completely different body than you had seven years ago.
The amount of information your brain can hold is believed to be 1 petabyte (1000 terrabytes or 1 billion megabytes). The IBM Super Computer Watson, the one that Jeopardy contestants competed against had only 16 terrabytes of RAM.
Gentlemen, if every sperm in your body could produce a child you could repopulate the earth in six months.en while awake at some point in your life.
In your lifetime you will eat about 50 tons of food.
To exercise your legs as much as your eyes get, you would have to walk 50 miles a day EVERY DAY.
In the next four years you will shed your body weight in dead skin.
Your hair grows about a half an inch a month.
You constantly sweat (about 2 pints a day) If you exercise, it is much more.
When you were a baby you were stronger than an ox.
Your reactions occur at about 170 miles per hour.
Aside from burning, your hair is indestructible.Twenty-five million cells of yo die while you read this sentence but your body made 300 billion more of them today.
You were a one-celled creature for only about 1/2 hour.
You are absolutely unique in at least three different ways: Fingerprints, retina patterns and DNA.
“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
perorate PUR-uh-rayt, intransitive verb:
1. To conclude or sum up a long discourse.
2. To speak or expound at length; to declaim.
Perorate comes from Latin perorare “to speak at length or to the end,” from per-, “through, throughout,” + orare, “to speak.”
1492 – Columbus’ fleet anchored at “Fernandina” (Long Island, Bahamas).
1555 – Protestant martyrs Bishop Hugh Latimer and Bishop Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake for heresy in England.
1701 – The Collegiate School was founded in Killingworth, CT. The school moved to New Haven in 1745 and changed its name to Yale College.
1775 – Portland, Maine burned by the British.
1780 – Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the Revolutionary War.
1781 – George Washington captures Yorktown, Virginia
1793 – Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution.
1829 – Tremont Hotel in Boston opens. It was the first hotel to have indoor plumbing and became the prototype of a modern, first – class American hotel. It had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals.
1846 – Ether was first used in an operation, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
1854 – Abraham Lincoln debated before a large crowd in Peoria, IL the merits of the Kansas-Nebraska Act with Stephen Douglas. Lincoln denounced slavery and its extension and called the practice a violation of the most basic tenets of the Declaration of Independence.
1859 – Abolitionist John Brown led a group in a raid on Harper’s Ferry, intending to seize the arsenal of weapons and retreat to the Appalachian Mountains of Maryland and Virginia, where they would establish an abolitionist republic of liberated slaves and abolitionist whites. John Brown was later hanged in Virginia for treason.
1861 – Civil War: Confederate general issue postage stamps made their first appearance. The Confederacy would issue 13 different major stamps (16 stamps when the different printers are taken into consideration) which would see postal usage.
1867 – Alaska adopts the Gregorian calendar, crosses intl date line.
1868 – America’s first department store “ZCMI” (Zion’s Co-Operative Mercantile Institution) opened in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1869 – The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous hoaxes in American history, was a 10-foot-tall (3 m) “petrified man” uncovered today by workers digging a well behind the barn of William C. “Stub” Newell in Cardiff, New York. Both it and an unauthorized copy made by P.T. Barnum are still on display.
1876 – Construction began on the first cantilever bridge built on the American continent. Preliminary work had already been completed for the 1,125 foot long High Bridge between Jessamine and Mercer counties to carry the Cincinnati Southern Railroad 275 feet high over a deep gorge of the Kentucky River. The bridge currently there is the original one expanded.
1900 – Frank Sprague was granted a patent for a multi-control for electric trains.
1909 – World Series Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs Detroit Tigers (3)
1912 – World Series: Boston Red Sox (4) vs New York Giants (3). First pitch was by New York City Mayor James Gaynor. New York Giants outfielder Fred Snodgrass drops an easy pop-fly in the 10th inning of the tie-breaking eighth game of the World Series against the Red Sox. His error led to a two-run Boston rally and cost the Giants the championship.
1916 – Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in order to eliminate what she thought were “inferior races like Orientals, Jews, and Blacks. She referred to them as “human weeds.” She also opened the first birth control clinic in New York City, NY on this day.
1923 – The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney. Walt Disney contracted with M.J. Winkler to distribute the Alice Comedies. This event is recognized as the start of the Disney Company.
1926 – Patent for the frosted electric light bulb was filed by Marvin Pipkin.
1939 – “The Right to Happiness” debuted on the NBC Blue network. It was an off-shoot of the Guiding Light.
1939 – “The Man Who Came to Dinner” opened on Broadway.
1940 – Benjamin O. Davis, became the U.S. Army’s first African American Brigadier General.
1940 – Registration begins for the draft according to the provisions of the Selective Service Act. The first drafts will be balloted on October 29th. This is the first peacetime draft in US history.
1941 – “Gordo” comic strip (by Gus Arriola) first appears in newspapers.
1941 – “Fry Me Cookie, with a Can of Lard” recorded by the Will Bradley Orchestra.
1941 – World War II: Holocaust: The Nazis advanced to within 60 miles of Moscow. Romanians entered Odessa, USSR, and began exterminating 150,000 Jews.
1942 – World War II: Near Guadalcanal, American aircraft from the carrier USS Hornet raid supply bases on Santa Isabel. On Guadalcanal, the Japanese increase their bombardment of American positions in preparation for a major attack.
1942 – National Boxing Association freezes titles of those serving in armed services.
1943 – Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly officially opened the city’s new subway system.
1944 – World War II: Aachen, Germany (640 km east of Berlin) is surrounded by troops of the US 19th and 8th Corps (elements of US 1st Army.)
1944 – World War II: Land-based aircraft of US 13th and 5th Air Forces attack targets on Mindanao. US Task Group 77.4, with 18 escort carriers, launch air strikes on Leyte, Cebu and Mindanao.
1944 – “The Robe”, by Lloyd Douglas, was published.
1945 – “His Honor, the Barber” debuted on NBC radio.
1946 – At Nuremberg, Germany, ten high-ranking Nazi officials were hung for their war crimes during World War II.
1948 – CHART TOPPERS – “A Tree in the Meadow” by Margaret Whiting, “You Call Everybody Darlin’” by Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent), “Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue” by Gordon MacRae and “Just a Little Lovin’ (Will Go a Long, Long Way)” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.
1951 – Little Richard held his first recording session in Atlanta, GA.
1954 – “Hey There” by Rosemary Clooney topped the charts.
1954 – Elvis Presley made his first radio appearance on the “Louisiana Hayride.”
1955 – Mrs. Jules Lederer replaced Ruth Crowley in newspapers using the name Ann Landers.
1956 – CHART TOPPERS – “Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)” by Bill Doggett, “Just Walking in the Rain” by Johnnie Ray, “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley and “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis Presley all topped the charts.
1956 – The Elvis Presley film “Love Me Tender” premiered. Full Movie
1957 – “You Send Me,” by Sam Cooke, was released by Keen Records.
1958 – Chevrolet introduces the El Camino. The El Camino was a combination sedan-pickup truck built on the Impala body, with the same “cat’s eye” taillights and dramatic rear fins.
1961 – Cork International Airport opened in Ireland.
1962 – The Cuban missile crisis began when President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
1962 – World Series: New York Yankees (4) vs San Francisco Giants (3).
1964 – CHART TOPPERS – “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha & The Vandellas and “I Guess I’m Crazy” by Jim Reeves all topped the charts.
1964 – China detonated its first atomic bomb, at Lop Nor. It became the fifth nuclear power.
1965 – “Yesterday” by the Beatles topped the charts.
1966 – Joan Baez and 123 other anti-draft demonstrators were arrested for blocking the entrance to the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, CA.
1968 – United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked out of the USA’s team for performing a Black Power salute during a medal ceremony.
1968 – Milwaukee Bucks play their first game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls.
1969 – World Series: New York Mets (4) vs Baltimore Orioles (1). The Mets had been a 100-1 shot going into the Series.
1970 – Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt, succeeding the late Gamal Abdel Nasser.
1971 – “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart topped the charts.
1971 – Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft” was released.
1972 – CHART TOPPERS – “Ben” by Michael Jackson, “Use Me” by Bill Withers, “Everybody Plays the Fool” by The Main Ingredient and “Funny Face” by Donna Fargo all topped the charts.
1976 – Stevie Wonder’s album, “Songs in the Key of Life” hits #1 in the US.
1976 – “Disco Duck (Part 1)” by Ricky Dees & His Cast of Idiots topped the charts.
1978 – Sacred College of Cardinals of the Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as the new pope (John Paul II).
1980 – CHART TOPPERS – “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, “Woman in Love” by Barbra Streisand, “Late in the Evening” by Paul Simon and “Loving Up a Storm” by Razzy Bailey all topped the charts.
1982 – Mt Palomar Observatory was the first to detect Halley’s comet on its 13th return.
1982 – “Jack and Diane” by John Cougar topped the charts.
1982 – RCA Records released “H2O” by Daryl Hall and John Oates.
1983 – World Series: Baltimore Orioles (4) vs Philadelphia Phillies (1).
1985 – Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip.
1987 – Jessica McClure, 18 months old, was trapped in an abandoned well in Midland, Texas, but rescued today after 58.5 hours.
1987 – In the Persian Gulf, an Iranian missile hit a re-flagged Kuwaiti ship in the first direct attack on the tanker fleet guarded by the U.S.
1988 – CHART TOPPERS – “Red Red Wine” by UB40, “Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins, “What’s on Your Mind” (Pure Energy) by Information Society and “Streets of Bakersfield” by Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens all topped the charts.
1988 – Orel Hershiser, first to pitch a shutout in playoff and World Series play. The Championship was transformed into a “California Classic” as the Los Angeles Dodgers went up against the neighboring Oakland Athletics.
1989 – President George H.W. Bush signed the Gramm-Rudman budget reduction law that ordered federal programs be cut by $16.1 billion.
1990 – Comedian Steve Martin and his wife Victoria Tennant visited U.S. soldiers in Saudi Arabia.
1991 – Luby’s massacre: George Hennard″Jo Jo” drove his pickup truck into a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, TX , 23 people to death while wounding another 20 and subsequently committing suicide by shooting himself. It was the deadliest shooting rampage in American history until the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.
1995 – The Million Man March took place in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
1997 – Charles M. Schulz and his wife Jeannie announced that they would give $1 million toward the construction of a D-Day memorial to be placed in Virginia.
1999 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake in California’s Mojave Desert derails an Amtrak train, knocks out power to thousands but causes no serious damage or injuries.
1999 – A New York Air National Guard plane rescued Dr. Jerri Nielsen from a South Pole research center after she’d spent five months isolated by the Antarctic winter, which forced her to treat herself for a breast lump.
2000 – It was announced that Chevron Corp. would be buying Texaco Inc. for $35 billion. The combined company was called Chevron Texaco Corp. and became the 4th largest oil company in the world.
2001 – A wing of the US Senate building was closed following confirmation that a letter to Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., carried anthrax. It was later found that the anthrax contained the additive bentonite to enhance suspension in air. 12 Senate offices were closed as hundreds of staffers underwent anthrax tests.
2001 – US Customs at JFK found $140,763 in the luggage of Basam Nahshal who was bound for Yemen. A second man Ali Alfatimi claimed the money was his and was being smuggled to Yemen as part of his travel business.
2001 – Operation Active Endeavour is christened. It operates in the Mediterranean Sea and is designed to prevent the movement of terrorists or weapons of mass destruction as well as to enhance the security of shipping in general.
2002 – The White House announced that North Korea had disclosed it had a nuclear weapons program.
2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq.
2002 – The Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federal investigation of the energy company Enron.
2002 – Seven members of the Dawson family were murdered in Baltimore, Maryland in retribution for opposing local drug activity.
2003 – The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees face off in a historical ALCS game 7 at Yankee Stadium. The game ends in dramatic fashion with an Aaron Boone walk off home run.
2003 – Apple launches its iTunes Music Store, an online download music store, for the Microsoft Windows platform. The iTunes software can be downloaded from apple.com.
2003 – Alan Mulally, CEO of Boeing, announced that production of the Boeing 757 would end in late 2004.
2003 – In Iraq three American soldiers were killed during a clash at a Shiite Muslim cleric’s headquarters in Karbala.
2004 – In Arizona a stolen truck filled with suspected illegal immigrants sped away from deputies and rolled over at a busy intersection near an Army post, causing an 11-car crash that killed six people and seriously injured 15.
2005 – The Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 to win the American League Championship Series in five games, their first pennant since 1959.
2005 – In Wisconsin a bus carrying Chippewa Falls High School students home from a band competition collided with a semi truck, killing five passengers near Osseo.
2005 – Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, addresses the Millions More event in Washington DC and condemns George W. Bush for the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
2006 – Lynne Stewart, a firebrand civil rights lawyer, was sentenced in New York to 28 months in prison for helping an imprisoned terrorist sheik communicate with his followers on the outside.
2006 – In southeast Texas heavy rains and a tornado left 3 people dead.
2007 – President Bush and the Dalai Lama met. On 10/17 the spiritual leader will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. China warned that the events are bad for US-Chinese ties.
2007 – In California a blinding sandstorm north of Los Angeles caused a pileup of some 15 vehicles leaving at least 2 people dead and 16 injured.
2007 – Barbara West Dainton (96), believed to be one of the last two survivors from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died in Camborne, England.
2008 – The US FDA said it would open its first office in China before the end of the year. Over 60 FDA offices would be placed world-wide over the next year.
2008 – The US Environmental Protection Agency sets a new standard, cutting the amount of lead that can be released into the atmosphere by 90 percent.
2008 – The Hubble Space Telescope went into the final stages of recovery after NASA successfully bypassed a faulty computer and resurrected an 18-year-old spare from orbital hibernation.
2009 – President Barack Obama signed a 7.5 billion dollar aid package for Pakistan after the US Congress acted to placate critics in the strife-torn nation who warned it violated Pakistani sovereignty.
2009 – Two US civil and constitutional rights groups called for Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace in Louisiana, to resign for refusing to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple.
2009 – The United States records a budget deficit of $1.42 trillion.
2011 – Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon (9:18) died in a fiery 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when his car flew over another on Lap 13 and smashed into the wall just outside turn 2.
2011 – The Saint Louis Cardinals defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2011 National League Championship Series; the Cardinals now go on to face the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.
2012 – Ford recalls 154,000 Fiestas due to an issue with airbag deployment.
2012 - The CEO of Citigroup, Vikram Pandit, announces his resignation from that post, and is immediately succeeded by Michael Corbat.
2013 – The US Senate reaches a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the 16-day US government shutdown.
1758 – Noah Webster, American lexicographer, patriot, educator, and author.
1854 – Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist.
1886 – David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister.
1888 – Eugene O’Neill, American Nobel Prize (1936) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.
1898 – William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
1925 – Angela Lansbury, English-born actress
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 20 November 1908. Woodruff, Kans. Appointed from: Nebraska. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Squadron Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron 212 in the South Pacific Area during the period 10 May to 14 November 1942. Volunteering to pilot a fighter plane in defense of our positions on Guadalcanal, Lt. Col. Bauer participated in two air battles against enemy bombers and fighters outnumbering our force more than two to one, boldly engaged the enemy and destroyed one Japanese bomber in the engagement of 28 September and shot down four enemy fighter planes in flames on 3 October, leaving a fifth smoking badly. After successfully leading twenty-six planes on an over-water ferry flight of more than 600 miles on October 16th, 1942, Lt. Col. Bauer, while circling to land, sighted a squadron of enemy planes attacking the U.S.S. McFarland. Undaunted by the formidable opposition and with valor above and beyond the call of duty, he engaged the entire squadron and, although alone and his fuel supply nearly exhausted, fought his plane so brilliantly that four of the Japanese planes were destroyed before he was forced down by lack of fuel. His intrepid fighting spirit and distinctive ability as a leader and an airman, exemplified in his splendid record of combat achievement, were vital factors in the successful operations in the South Pacific Area.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company M, 107th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and date: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, October 16th, 1918. Entered service at: Sugar City, Idaho. Born: 17 May 1898, Sharon, Idaho. G.O. No.: 1 18, W .D., 1918. Citation: On the afternoon of 16 October 1918, when the Cote-de-Chatillion had just been gained after bitter fighting and the summit of that strong bulwark in the Kriemhilde Stellung was being organized, Pvt. Neibaur was sent out on patrol with his automatic rifle squad to enfilade enemy machinegun nests. As he gained the ridge he set up his automatic rifle and was directly thereafter wounded in both legs by fire from a hostile machinegun on his flank. The advance wave of the enemy troops, counterattacking, had about gained the ridge, and although practically cut off and surrounded, the remainder of his detachment being killed or wounded, this gallant soldier kept his automatic rifle in operation to such effect that by his own efforts and by fire from the skirmish line of his company, at least 100 yards in his rear, the attack was checked. The enemy wave being halted and Iying prone, four of the enemy attacked Pvt. Neibaur at close quarters. These he killed. He then moved alone among the enemy Iying on the ground about him, in the midst of the fire from his own lines, and by coolness and gallantry captured eleven prisoners at the point of his pistol and, although painfully wounded, brought them back to our lines. The counterattack in full force was arrested to a large extent by the single efforts of this soldier, whose heroic exploits took place against the skyline in full view of his entire battalion.
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 20th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Murfrees Station, Va., October 16th, 1864. Entered service at:——. Birth: Clayton, N.Y. Date of issue: Unknown. Citation: Volunteered to swim Blackwater River to get a large flat used as a ferry on other side; succeeded in getting the boat safely across, making it possible for a detachment to cross the river and take possession of the enemy’s breastworks.
National Construction Toy Month
National Grouch Day
A farmer took his young son on a hike and they tramped through the meadows and woods. They hiked through the pines and up over the hills.
They climbed the steep mountains and finally, high above the timber line, scaled the crags and peaks they saw a giant eagle soaring overhead. They scanned the cliffs and finally located the eagles nest. The boy climbed up the cliff to where the nest was located. He reached into the nest, which rested on a ledge, and pulled out an egg, which he put inside his shirt. Then he climbed carefully back down the cliff.
He and his father returned home, and the boy put the egg in a nest where a hen was brooding over her eggs. By and by, when the eggs were hatched, each delivered a small chick except the one from which a young eaglet was hatched. Months passed and the eaglet matured.
After the eagle was full grown, a naturalist was driving down the highway out in the country. As he drove by the farmer’s yard, he saw the giant eagle. He slammed on his brakes, got out of the car, and went over to the fence. He could hardly believe his eyes. He opened the gate, walked into the yard, and found the farmer. ‘Where did you get that eagle?’ he asked.
The farmer said, ‘It’s a chicken.’ The man responded: ‘I am a naturalist. I know all about these things, and I tell you that is an eagle. Furthermore, I’ll prove it.’ He picked up the eagle, put it on his arm, and said, ‘Thou art an eagle-fly.’ The eagle hopped off his arm and began to scratch in the dirt like the chickens. The farmer said, ‘I told you it was only a chicken.’
The naturalist asked for a ladder. He leaned it against the barn. Then he carried the eagle up on top of the barn. He stood at the peak of the roof on the barn, placed the eagle on his arm, and said, ‘Thou art an eagle-fly.’ The eagle swooped down into the yard below and began scratching in the gravel. The farmer hollered up, ‘I told you it was a chicken.’
The man climbed down off the barn. He made an agreement with the farmer and the next morning, long before sunrise, he picked up the eagle. He carried it through the woods and over the meadows. He continued up into the hills and the pines, onward, upward, above the timberline to the peaks and crags and pinnacles of the mountains. He arrived at the mountaintop just before dawn.
As the first rays of the sun began to streak across the sky, he put the eagle on his arm. The fresh, cool winds came through the valleys and trees below and swept up to the cliff where the naturalist stood. The eagle breathed deeply. The first streaks of sunlight caught his eye. He stretched his giant wings, almost six feet across. The naturalist said, ‘Thou art an eagle-fly.’
The eagle slowly lifted off the naturalist’s arm. It ascended into the sky. It soared higher and higher and further and further.
It saw more in an instant than its companions had in an entire lifetime, and from that time forth it was never again content to be a barnyard fowl.
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“Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.”
concinnity kuhn-SIN-uh-tee, noun:
1. Internal harmony or fitness in the adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other.
2. Studied elegance of design or arrangement — used chiefly of literary style.
3. An instance of concinnity.
Concinnity comes from Latin concinnitas, “elegance; harmony of style,” from concinnus, “well put together; pleasing, on account of harmony and proportion.”
1581 – The first major ballet was staged at the request of Catherine de’ Medici at the palace in Paris.
1582 – Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian Calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.
1789 – First presidential tour-George Washington in New England.
1794 – US moneymakers minted some 2,000 silver dollars of which 1,750 were deemed good enough to go into circulation. The press initially used was designed for a smaller coin and large scale production on a bigger press began a year later.
1815 – Napoleon began his exile on the island of St. Helena, after suffering a final defeat against a force under the Duke of Wellington.
1855 – In San Francisco St. Ignatius opened for classes with three students, including Richard McCabe, at 841 Market St. In the 1880s St. Ignatius College moved to a new campus on Van Ness.
1858 – The seventh and final debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place in Alton, Ill.
1860- Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard. A excerpt of her letter reads “… I have got four brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you will let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you. You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband’s to vote for you and then you would be President.”
1863 – Civil War: The first submarine to sink a ship, and first to sink an enemy warship, the CSS H. L. Hunley sinks during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley and seven crew members.
1864 – Civil War: Confederate troops occupied Glasgow, Missouri.
1874 – A US child labor law took 12 year-olds out of work force.
1878 – Thomas A. Edison founded the Edison Electric Light Co.
1880 – Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
1881 – First American fishing magazine, American Angler published. It cost 10 cents an issue back in 1881, or you could subscribe, for three dollars a year.
1883 – U.S. Supreme Court struck down a significant part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875, saying that only state-imposed discrimination was unlawful.
1892 – The U.S. government convinced the Crow Indians to give up 1.8 million acres of their reservation for 50 cents per acre. On this day, by presidential proclamation, the land in the mountainous area of western Montana was opened to settlers.
1893 – The NY Times declared Coney Island “Sodom-by-the-Sea” for the thrilling rides that let men and women clutch each other.
1894 – Captain Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935), a Jewish army officer in France, was arrested for allegedly betraying military secrets to Germany.
1897 – Aaron and Samuel Bloch carried the 1st US Mail Pouch.
1900 – Boston’s Symphony Hall, one of the world’s most highly regarded concert halls, was inaugurated. It was the first to be built in known conformity with acoustical laws described by Harvard physicist Wallace Sabine.
1905 – President Grover Cleveland wrote an article for “Ladies Home Journal.” He wrote in that article,” “Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. “
1914 – Congress passed the Clayton Anti-Trust Act.
1917 – World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.
1917 – World Series: Chicago White Sox (4) vs New York Giants (2).
1919 – Fourteen horses begin a 300-mile race from from Burlington, Vermont to Camp Devens, Massachusetts for $1000 prize money.
1923 – World Series : New York Yankees (4) vs New York Giants (2)
1924 – Pres Coolidge declared the Statue of Liberty a national monument.
1925 – World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs Washington Senators (3)
1928 – The airship, the Graf Zeppelin completed its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
1931 – “Cat and the Fiddle” opened in New York for the first of 395 performances.
1937 – Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have & Have Not” published.
1938 – Robert Sherwood’s “Abe Lincoln in Illinois,” premiered in New York City.
1939 – The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed La Guardia Airport) is dedicated.
1941 – World War II: Holocaust: The first mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe.
1945 – The former Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval was executed by a firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans.
1946 – World Series: St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs Boston Red Sox (3)
1946 – Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo, poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed.
1947 – CHART TOPPERS – “I Wish I Didn’t Love You So” by Vaughn Monroe, “Feudin’ and Fightin’” by Dorothy Shay, “Near You” by The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm) and “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” by Tex Williams all topped the charts.
1949 – Billy Graham begins his ministry. He gained world attention in 1949 with a tent revival in downtown Los Angeles that was scheduled for three weeks and lasted six.
1949 – “That Lucky Old Sun” by Frankie Laine topped the charts.
1951 – “I Love Lucy” premiered on TV.
1952 – “I Married Joan” with Joan Davis and Jim Backus aired for the first time. The last episode was April 6, 1955.
1953 – “The Teahouse of the August Moon” opened on Broadway.
1954 – Hurricane Hazel struck US and Canada and 348 people died. 81 people were killed in Ontario where damages were estimated at $24 million.
1955 – CHART TOPPERS – “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” by The Four Aces, “Autumn Leaves” by Roger Williams, “Black Denim Trousers” by The Cheers and “The Cattle Call” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.
1955 – Buddy Holly opened a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, TX.
1955 – Richard Martin Theiler (28) was in the front seat of the Lockheed-Martin T-33A that went missing just after takeoff from the Los Angeles International Airport. The plane had just departed in bad weather bound for its base in Yuma, Ariz., but the pilots didn’t make contact after they cleared the clouds. In 2009 aviation archaeologist G. Pat Macha and a group of volunteers found the plane underneath 100 feet of water.
1955 – “Grand Ole Opry” premiered on ABC-TV.
1956 – Pan Am Flight 943, enroute to Hawaii from San Francisco crash landed in the ocean. All 31 aboard were rescued by the Coast Guard cutter Pontchartrain.
1959 – “26 men” premiered. It was an American western television series about the Arizona Rangers, an elite group commissioned in 1901 by the legislature of the Arizona Territory and limited, for financial reasons, to twenty-six active members. The series aired between October 15, 1957 and June 30, 1959, for a total of 78 episodes.
1959 – “Untouchables” premieres. It was based on the memoir of the same name by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley, it dealt with the experiences of Eliot Ness, a United States Justice Department agent, as he fought crime in Chicago in the 1930s.
1960 – “Mr. Custer” by Larry Verne topped the charts.
1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis began. It was on this day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing data discovered Soviet medium-range missle sites in Cuba. On October 22 President John F. Kennedy announced that he had ordered the naval “quarantine” of Cuba. October 14 was when the structures were identified.
1962 – Byron R. White (1917-2002) was appointed to the US Supreme Court by Pres. Kennedy.
1963 – CHART TOPPERS – “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes, “Cry Baby” by Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters and “Talk Back Trembling Lips” by Ernest Ashworth all topped the charts.
1964 – World Series: St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs New York Yankees (3)
1964 – Craig Breedlove sets auto speed record of 526 mph.
1965 – First draft card was burned in protest of the U.S.’s involvement in Vietnam.
1966 – President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation.
1966 – “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops topped the charts.
1966 – US Congress passed the Endangered Species Preservation Act. It was expanded in 1973 as the Endangered Species Act.
1969 – Oriole Earl Weaver becomes first manager ejected in a World Series. Weaver was the third manager to leave early in a World Series, but the first since 1935.
1969 – Peace demonstrators staged activities across the US, including a candlelight march around the White House, as part Vietnam Moratorium Day.
1969 – The $100-million, 52-story Bank of America World Headquarters at 555 California St. in San Francisco, was dedicated.
1970 – World Series: Baltimore Orioles (4) vs Cincinnati Reds (1)
1971 – CHART TOPPERS – “Maggie Mae/Reason to Believe” by Rod Stewart, “Superstar” by Carpenters “Yo-Yo” by The Osmonds and “How Can I Unlove You” by Lynn Anderson all topped the charts.
1971 – “Garden Party” was Ricky Nelson’s biggest hit in years and his last hit.
1973 – “Tomorrow” debuted on NBC-TV.
1974 – President Ford signed legislation limiting campaign spending by political parties. Congress amended the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) of 1971 to set limits on contributions by individuals, political parties and PACs.
1974 – National Guard mobilized to restore order in Boston school busing.
1976 – First televised debate between vice-presidential nominees took place, involving Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole.
1976 – Ike and Tina Turner split their musical act.
1977 – “Slip Slidin’ Away,” by Paul Simon, was released.
1977 – Arkansas’ Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal.
1977 – Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life,” goes #1.
1979 – CHART TOPPERS – “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson, “Rise” by Herb Alpert, “Sail On” by Commodores and “Last Cheater’s Waltz” by T.G. Sheppard all topped the charts.
1979 – New York Knicks retire their 2nd number, # 10, in honor of Walt Frazier.
1981 – Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in the Oakland Athletics-New York Yankees playoff game.
1983 – U.S. Marines killed five snipers who had pinned them down in Beirut International Airport.
1983 – Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football and they will lose next 44 games.
1983 – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler topped the charts.
1984 – The Freedom of Information Act was passed.
1985 – Shelley Taylor makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island. She did it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds.
1986 – Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 & win NL pennant.
1987 – CHART TOPPERS – “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, “Lost in Emotion” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, “Carrie” by Europe and “The Way We Make a Broken Heart” by Rosanne Cash all topped the charts.
1987 – NFL Players Association orders an end to the 24 day strike.
1987 – Frantic efforts continued in Midland, Texas, to save 18-month-old Jessica McClure, who had fallen 22 feet down an abandoned well the day before. Jessica was freed the following evening.
1988 – Dodgers win game one of the World Series behind Kirk Gibson’s HR. Gibson hits a 2-run home run off Dennis Eckersley with two out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win.
1988 – “Red Red Wine” by UB40 topped the charts.
1989 – Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd. His ministry is 40 years old.
1989 – Wayne Gretsky passes Gordie Howes as NHL’s all time top scorer.
1990 – Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1991 – U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-to-48, despite sexual harassment allegations.
1991 – Pizza Hut, Inc. was trademark registered.
1992 – New York City Subway motorman Robert Ray was convicted of manslaughter in death of five riders, when he fell asleep drunk while in control of train on Aug 28, 1991.
1993 – Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
1994 – President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti after three years in exile.
1995 – Saddam Hussein gains 99.96% of votes in Iraq’s presidential elections.
1997 – The US CIA disclosed that its annual budget for spy services totaled $26.6 billion.
1997 – Former Representative Dan Rostenkowski was released from custody for mail fraud.
1999 – The US stock market Dow Jones average dropped 266.9 points, 2.6%, to 10,019.71. It was the largest % drop since Oct 13, 1989.
1999 – Hurricane Irene hit southern Florida and five people were electrocuted by down power lines in Miami.
2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.
2001 – US warplanes carried out their heaviest bombings in 9 days over Afghanistan. The Pentagon called in the slow moving AC-130 Spectre gunships to targets around Kandahar.
2001 – In Texas the last 2 of 5 escaped convicts were captured after one shot another and freed a farm couple that was held hostage.
2001 – Bethlehem Steel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2002 – Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be paid $4.3 million plus expenses for a one-year contract to advise Mexico City’s mayor on reducing crime.
2002 – It was reported that duct tape is effective in removing warts when worn over the wart for a number of days.
2002 – A listeria outbreak blamed for at east 7 deaths in the northeast was traced to a Wampler Foods plant in Franconia, Pa.
2003 – Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube is removed following numerous failed petitions by her parents to prevent such action. It would be reinserted a week later by order of Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
2003 – The Florida Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs 9-6 in game 7 for the National League pennant.
2003 -In New York City a collision between the Staten Island Ferry “Andrew J. Barberi” and a pier at the St. George ferry terminal, has left at least ten people dead, forty-two injured and three who lost limbs. The ferry pilot lost consciousness before the vessel slammed into a pier.
2004 – A federal judge struck down a ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
2004 – A federal bankruptcy judge allowed U.S. Airways to cut union workers’ pay immediately by 21 percent.
2004 – US Marines launched air and ground attacks on the insurgent bastion Fallujah after city representatives suspended peace talks with the government over PM Ayad Allawi’s demand to hand over terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
2005 – Marcia and Ken Powers, a husband-and-wife team, reached the Pacific Ocean on after a 4,900-mile cross-country hike, becoming the first to backpack the transcontinental American Discovery Trail in one continuous trek. They had started Feb. 27 at Cape Henlopen in Delaware.
2005 – In Toledo, Ohio, a riot broke out when protesters confronted members of the National Socialist Movement who had gathered at a city park. More than 100 people were arrested and one officer was seriously injured.
2006 – Three members of Duke University’s lacrosse team appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to deny raping a woman who had been hired to perform as a stripper. Collin Finnerty, Reade Seligmann and David Evans were later exonerated.
2006 – UnitedHealth Group said CEO Dr. William McGuire agreed to leave the company by Dec 1 due to illegal stock option practices. His walk away package was estimated at $1.1 billion.
2006 – A 6.7-magnitude quake hit Hawaii’s Big Island at 7:07 am, followed by aftershocks. It caused blackouts and landslides but no reported fatalities.
2007 – News Corporation’s Fox Business Network launched a new cable channel that will focus on financial markets and global economy news.
2007 – In San Diego, Ca., local and federal agents seized over 5,000 trained birds in the largest cockfighting bust in US history.
2007 – Kathleen Casey-Kirschling became the first baby boomer to make an early filing for Social Security benefits. Kathleen Casey became the first official US baby boomer following her January 1, 1946, birth just after midnight.
2008 – John McCain and Barack Obama held their final televised debate at Hofstra Univ. in Hempstead, NY. It was moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS.
2008 – U.S. Congressman Vito Fossella is convicted of drunken driving.
2008 – In Illinois a medical helicopter crashed just before midnight and killed a desperately ill 1-year-old girl and three crew members when the aircraft clipped a radio structure’s wire and went down in a suburban Chicago field.
2009 – In Colorado the flight of a home-made helium balloon touched off a frantic rescue attempt for the young boy thought to be aboard. It was later determined to have been a publicity-seeking hoax.
2009 – Colleen R. LaRose (46), a self-described “Jihad Jane,” was arrested in Philadelphia. She is an American citizen who pleaded guilty in February 2011 to charges in terrorism-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and providing material support to terrorists.
2009 – Two F-16 planes collided around 8:30 p.m. about 40 miles off Folly Beach, near Charleston, SC. One jet, piloted by Capt. Lee Bryant, landed safely at Charleston Air Force Base. The missing plane was piloted by Capt. Nicholas Giglio.
2010 – A United States Army soldier from 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team is to face a court martial on murder and other charges related to the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan.
2010 – GM workers protest a drop in wages, from $58,000/year to $30,000/year, at a new car plant in Michigan that was funded by a $50 billion government bailout and is receiving $770 million intax incentives.
2010 – Workers in Hilton Hotels in the US cities of Chicago, San Francisco, and Honolulu continue a strike over what they claim are efforts to “lock workers into cheap recession contracts.”
2011 – The United States Department of Commerce reports that U.S. retail sales rose at their fastest rate for seven months in September, having risen by 1.1% over the previous month.
2011 – Occupy Wall Street protests take place in hundreds of cities worldwide.
2011 – The world’s first commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, in New Mexico, opens. The SpaceShipTwo spaceplane is expected to begin commercial flights from the spaceport by 2013.
2012 – South Dakota executed Eric Robert (50), the first person to be executed there since 2007. He killed a prison guard during a failed escape attempt in 2011.
70 B.C.E. – Virgil, Roman poet.
1608 – Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist and mathematician.
1844 – Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher.
1858 – John L. Sullivan, American world heavyweight champion.
1881 – P.G. Wodehouse, English novelist.
1908 – John Kenneth Galbraith, American economist.
1917 – Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., American historian.
1921 – Mario Puzo, American novelist and screenplay writer.
1844 – Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (d. 1900)
1959 – Sarah Ferguson (Fergi), Duchess of York.
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Battery A, 2d Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Infantry Division (Airmobile). Place and date: Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam, October 15th, 1967. Entered service at: Winnsboro, S.C. Born: 15 July 1933, Winnsboro, S.C. Citation: Sfc. Anderson (then S/Sgt.), distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as chief of section in Battery A, against a hostile force. During the early morning hours Battery A’s defensive position was attacked by a determined North Vietnamese Army infantry unit supported by heavy mortar, recoilless rifle, rocket propelled grenade and automatic weapon fire. The initial enemy onslaught breached the battery defensive perimeter. Sfc. Anderson, with complete disregard for his personal safety, mounted the exposed parapet of his howitzer position and became the mainstay of the defense of the battery position. Sfc. Anderson directed devastating direct howitzer fire on the assaulting enemy while providing rifle and grenade defensive fire against enemy soldiers attempting to overrun his gun section position. While protecting his crew and directing their fire against the enemy from his exposed position, two enemy grenades exploded at his feet knocking him down and severely wounding him in the legs. Despite the excruciating pain and though not able to stand, Sfc. Anderson valorously propped himself on the parapet and continued to direct howitzer fire upon the closing enemy and to encourage his men to fight on. Seeing an enemy grenade land within the gun pit near a wounded member of his gun crew, Sfc. Anderson heedless of his own safety, seized the grenade and attempted to throw it over the parapet to save his men. As the grenade was thrown from the position it exploded and Sfc. Anderson was again grievously wounded. Although only partially conscious and severely wounded, Sfc. Anderson refused medical evacuation and continued to encourage his men in the defense of the position. Sfc. Anderson by his inspirational leadership, professionalism, devotion to duty and complete disregard for his welfare was able to maintain the defense of his section position and to defeat a determined attack. Sfc. Anderson’s gallantry and extraordinary heroism at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
*POMEROY, RALPH E.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kumhwa, Korea, October 15th, 1952. Entered service at: Quinwood, W. Va. Born: 26 March 1930, Quinwood, W. Va. G.O. No.: 97, 30 December 1953. Citation: Pfc. Pomeroy, a machine gunner with Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his comrades were consolidating on a key terrain feature, he manned a machine gun at the end of a communication trench on the forward slope to protect the platoon flank and prevent a surprise attack. When the enemy attacked through a ravine leading directly to his firing position, he immediately opened fire on the advancing troops inflicting a heavy toll in casualties and blunting the assault. At this juncture the enemy directed intense concentrations of artillery and mortar fire on his position in an attempt to neutralize his gun. Despite withering fire and bursting shells, he maintained his heroic stand and poured crippling fire into the ranks of the hostile force until a mortar burst severely wounded him and rendered the gun mount inoperable. Quickly removing the hot, heavy weapon, he cradled it in his arms and, moving forward with grim determination, raked the attacking forces with a hail of fire. Although wounded a second time he pursued his relentless course until his ammunition was expended within 10 feet of the foe and then, using the machine gun as a club, he courageously closed with the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until mortally wounded. Pfc. Pomeroy’s consummate valor, inspirational actions and supreme sacrifice enabled the platoon to contain the attack and maintain the integrity of the perimeter, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the noble traditions of the military service .
DONOVAN, WILLIAM JOSEPH
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 165th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and date: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 14-October 15th, 1918. Entered service at: Buffalo, N.Y. Born: 1 January 1883, Buffalo, N.Y. G.O., No.: 56, W.D., 1922. Citation: Lt. Col. Donovan personally led the assaulting wave in an attack upon a very strongly organized position, and when our troops were suffering heavy casualties he encouraged all near him by his example, moving among his men in exposed positions, reorganizing decimated platoons, and accompanying them forward in attacks. When he was wounded in the leg by machine-gun bullets, he refused to be evacuated and continued with his unit until it withdrew to a less exposed position.
*INGRAM, OSMOND K.
Rank and organization: Gunner’s Mate First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 4 August 1887, Alabama. Accredited to. Alabama. Citation: For extraordinary heroism in the presence of the enemy on the occasion of the torpedoing of the Cassin, on October 15th, 1917. While the Cassin was searching for the submarine, Ingram sighted the torpedo coming, and realizing that it might strike the ship aft in the vicinity of the depth charges, ran aft with the intention of releasing the depth charges before the torpedo could reach the Cassin. The torpedo struck the ship before he could accomplish his purpose and Ingram was killed by the explosion. The depth charges exploded immediately afterward. His life was sacrificed in an attempt to save the ship and his shipmates, as the damage to the ship would have been much less if he had been able to release the depth charges.
VILLEPIGUE, JOHN C.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company M, 118th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and date: At Vaux-Andigny, France, October 15th, 1918. Entered service at. Camden, S.C. Born: 29 March 1896, Camden, S.C. G.O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919. Citation: Having been sent out with two other soldiers to scout through the village of Vaux-Andigny, he met with strong resistance from enemy machinegun fire, which killed one of his men and wounded the other. Continuing his advance without aid 500 yards in advance of his platoon and in the face of machinegun and artillery fire he encountered four of the enemy in a dugout, whom he attacked and killed with a handgrenade. Crawling forward to a point 150 yards in advance of his first encounter, he rushed a machinegun nest, killing four and capturing six of the enemy and taking two light machineguns. After being joined by his platoon he was severely wounded in the arm.
BATCHELDER, RICHARD N.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Quartermaster, 2d Corps. Place and date: Between Catlett and Fairfax Stations, Va., 13-October 15th, 1863. Entered service at: Manchester, N.H. Born: 27 July 1832, Meredith, N.H. Date of issue: 20 May 1895. Citation: Being ordered to move his trains by a continuous day-and-night march, and without the usual military escort, armed his teamsters and personally commanded them, successfully fighting against heavy odds and bringing his trains through without the loss of a wagon.