Unerased History – November 30th

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Unerased History – November 29th

Posted by Wayne Church on November 29, 2016 in 11 - November, Blog by month |
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Square Dance Day

National Package Protection Day


super – cali – fragil – istic – expee – alee – doe – shus) is a song and a long word from the movie Mary Poppins (and in the musical version) This is a looooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggg word, but a short song. The song describes using the word as a miraculous way to talk oneself out of difficult situations, and even as a way to change one’s mood.

The song appears in the film’s animated sequence where Mary Poppins is harangued by reporters after winning a horse race and responds to one claiming there are not words to describe her feelings of the moment. Mary disagrees with that and begins the song about one word she can use. Ever since the word is used as an adjective referring to “absolutely stunningly fantastic”.

In the West End and Broadway versions, every one runs out of conversations and Mary and the kids head to Mrs. Corry’s shop, where you can buy them. Jane and Michael pick out some letters and spell a few words. Bert and Mrs. Corry use the letters to make up some words too, which Jane doesn’t think they exist. Mary says you could use some letters more than one time and makes the longest word of all.

The word itself has obscure origins, pertaining as to when it was first used, but the roots are fairly clear, as Richard Lederer wrote in his book Crazy English: super- “above,” cali- “beauty,” fragilistic- “delicate,” expiali- “to atone,” and docious- “educable,” the sum meaning roughly “Atoning for extreme and delicate beauty while still being highly educable.” This is the perfect word for Mary Poppins to use, being that she thinks of herself as incredibly beautiful but also extremely intelligent, which makes up for it.


Scripture of the Day

Proverbs 15: 1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.

Founders Thoughts


The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. – James Madison, Federalist 45, 1788

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. – Tenth Amendment, 1791

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition. – Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, 1791


“When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.”

 ~ Jiminy Cricket

redact\rih-DAKT\, transitive verb:

1. To draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.); to put in writing.

2. To make ready and put in shape for publication; to edit.

Redact derives from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere, to drive back, from re-, red-, “again, back” + agere, “to put in motion, to drive.”


1758 – England’s  John Wesley baptized the first two known Black converts to the Methodism movement.

1775 – Captain John Manley in schooner Lee captures British ordnance ship Nancy with large quantity of munitions.

1775 – The American Congress formed the Committee of Secret Correspondence with the mission of corresponding with friends in Great Britain, Ireland and other parts of the world. It April, 1777, its title was changed to Committee for Foreign Affairs.

1776 – Revolutionary War: The Battle of Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia comes to an end with the arrival of British reinforcements.

1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California.

1780 – After the winter of Valley Forge, Black slaves and free men were welcomed into the American Army. Included in those groups was Lemuel Haynes, Revolutionary War veteran, licensed to preach in the Congregational Church. Black soldiers were in the front lines in most of the big battles of the war. They were at White Plains, Stillwater, Bennington, Bemis Heights, Saratoga, Stony Points, Trenton, Princeton, Eutaw, S.C., and Yorktown. Blacks were critical factors in the battles of Rhode Island, Long Island, Red Bank, Savannah, Monmouth and Fort Griswold.

1781 – The slave ship Zong dumps its 133 African passengers into the sea in order to claim insurance.

1783 – A 5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes New Jersey.

1804 – Lt Presley O’Bannon and seven U.S.Marines landed in Alexandria, Egypt. The group will gather 500 mercenaries and in January 1805 begin an overland march to Tripoli.

1808 – President Jefferson had ordered an embargo against most European imports and exports to protest the harassment of U.S. sailors by warring European powers.

1825 – First Italian opera in US, “Barber of Seville,” premiered in New York City.

1863 – Civil War: The Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, TN., ended in Confederate withdrawal.

1847 –  Whitman Massacre was the murder of Oregon missionaries Dr. Marcus Whitman, his wife Narcissa, and 15 others. They were killed by Cayuse and Umatilla Indians, causing the Cayuse War.

1864 – Civil War: Battle of Spring Hill, TN. (Thomason’s Station). Spring Hill was the prelude to the Battle of Franklin.

1864 – The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.

1872 – Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River.  The war was the result of an attempt by the U.S. 1st Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army to force a band of the Modoc tribe to relocate to the Klamath Reservation.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time.

1881 – Francis Blake was granted a patent for the speaking phone.

1887 – US received rights to Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii.

1890 – In West Point, New York, the United States Naval Academy defeats the United States Military Academy 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game.

1902 – The Pittsburgh Stars defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 11-0, at the Pittsburgh Coliseum, to win the first championship associated with a national professional football league.

1910 – The first U.S. patent for a traffic signal was issued to Ernest E. Sirrine for a “Street Traffic System.” Sign arms were mounted crosswise on a post at a road intersection, rotating to showing “Stop” and “Proceed” signs alternately in each direction.

1915 – Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island in California.

1916 – US declared martial law in Dominican Republic.

1922 – Howard Carter opened the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun to the public.

1927 In California troops battled 1,200 inmates after Folsom prisoners revolted.

1927Genevieve Paddleford arrived as the first woman inmate at the new women’s quarters at San Quentin Prison. She was serving 1 to 10 years for stealing $600 worth of clothing.

1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first American and the first person to fly over the South Pole.

1932 – The Committee on Cost of Medical Care urged socialized medicine in the United States.

1934 – Chicago Bears beat Detroit in first NFL game broadcast nationally. Graham McNamee was the play-by-play announcer.

1935 – The Pan Am China Clipper under Captain Ed Musick landed in Manila Bay in the Philippines. It was Pan Am’s first trans-Pacific flight.

1938 – Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra waxed “Hawaiian War Chant” for Victor Records.

1939 – Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the German-American Bund, is found guilty of grand larceny and forgery.

1941The passenger ship Lurline sent a radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet steaming east across the northern Pacific. This was nine days before Japan’s attack.

1941 – The Japanese government liaison conference decides that the final terms from the United States are unacceptable and that Japan must go to war.

1943 – World War II: Four American destroyers bombard Japanese positions on the south coast of New Britain Island, near Gasmata.

1943 – World War II: US aircraft carrier Hornet was launched.

1944 – CHART TOPPERS – “The Trolley Song” by The Pied Pipers, “Dance with the Dolly” by The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings), “I’ll Walk Alone” by Dinah Shore and “Smoke on the Water” by  Red Foley all topped the charts.

1944 – The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas,  a black assistant who perfected the procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

1944 – World War II: USS Archerfish (SS-311) sinks Japanese carrier Shinano, world’s largest warship sunk by any submarine during World War II.

1944 – World War II: Japanese attacks on Kilay Ridge, on Leyte, continue. American forces successfully counterattack. At sea, the battleship USS Maryland and two destroyers are seriously damaged by Kamikaze attacks.

1945 – A Sikorsky R5 helicopter performed the first rescue from a sinking civilian vessel and the first use of a rescue winch. Caught in a violent storm, an oil barge had grounded on Penfield Reef, off the coast at Fairfield, Connecticut in Long Island Sound.

1947 – The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine.

1948 – The first opera to be televised was broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. “Othello”, by Verdi, was presented over WJZ-TV.

1948 – The popular children’s television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, moved to the NBC Midwest network.

1948 – Ninth Marines went to Shanghai to evacuate U. S. nationals.

1949 – U.S. announced it would conduct atomic tests at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.

1950 – Korean War: North Korean and Chinese troops force United Nations forces to retreat from North Korea.

1951 – The first U.S. underground atom bomb test – designed “Uncle” – was detonated. The low-yield 1.2 kiloton bomb was buried 17-ft sub-surface at Frenchman Flat, a 123-square-mile  dry lake bed at the Nevada Test Site.

1952 – CHART TOPPERS – “You Belong to Me” by Jo Stafford, “Glow Worm” by The Mills Brothers, “Lady of Spain” by Eddie Fisher and “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” by Hank Williams all topped the charts.

1952 – Korean War: U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict.

1952 – John T. Downey (22) and Richard G. Fecteau (25), CIA spies, were shot down over Jilin province and captured by the Chinese. The 2 men spent 20 years in a Chinese prison.

1952 – “Why Don’t You Believe Me” by Joni James topped the charts.

1953 – American Airlines began first regular commercial NY-LA air service.

1956 – The musical “Bells Are Ringing,” starring Judy Holliday, opened at Shubert Theater in New York City for 925 performances.

1958 – “It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty topped the charts.

1960 – CHART TOPPERS – “Are You Lonesome To-night?” by Elvis Presley, “Last Date by Floyd Cramer, “A Thousand Stars” by Kathy Young with The Innocents and “Wings of a Dove” by Ferlin Husky all topped the charts.

1961 – The U.S. spacecraft  Mercury-Atlas 5 is launched with Enos, a chimpanzee, aboard (the spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and splashed-down off the coast of Puerto Rico).

1961 – Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in McComb, Miss., November 29-December 2.

1962 – Baseball decides to revert back to one All Star game per year.

1963 – Beatles release “I Want to Hold Your Hand“.

1963 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1967 – U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation to become president of the World Bank.

1968 – CHART TOPPERS – “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Love Child” by Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Abraham, Martin and John” by Dion and “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette all topped the charts.

1968 – Vietnam: Hanoi Radio broadcasted a National Liberation Front directive calling for a new offensive to “utterly destroy” Allied forces. The broadcast added that the new operation was particularly concerned with eliminating the “Phoenix Organization.”

1969 – Beatles’ “Come Together,” single goes #1.

1971 – Vietnam: The U.S. 23rd Division (Americal) ceases combat operations and begins its withdrawal from South Vietnam.

1972 – Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari) released Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, Calif.

1975 – The name “Micro-soft” (for “microcomputer software”) is first used in a letter from Bill Gates to Paul Allen.

1975 – Earthquake triggers Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.

1975 – “Fly, Robin, Fly” by the Silver Convention topped the charts.

1976 – CHART TOPPERS – “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart,The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot, “The Rubberband Man” by Spinners and “Good Woman Blues” by Mel Tillis all topped the charts.

1976 – Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman “Butch” Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.

1980 – “Lady” by Kenny Rogers topped the charts.

1981 – Actress Natalie Wood drowns during a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, California.

1982 – US submarine Thomas Edison collided with a US Navy destroyer in the South China Sea.

1983 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 1287.20 — a new record.

1984 – CHART TOPPERS – “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!, “I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan, “Out of Touch” by Daryl Hall & John Oates and “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break” by Johnny Lee all topped the charts.

1986 – “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi topped the charts.

1987 – Cuban detainees released 26 hostages that they’d been holding for more than a week at the Federal Detention Center in Oakdale, La.

1987 – Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers completed a NFL record 22 consecutive passes.

1988 – US Senate Democrats elected George Mitchell of Maine to be majority leader, the post vacated by Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

1988 – Six Kansas City firefighters are killed by two powerful explosions  at a construction site. At the scene, only one twisted chassis remained early today as evidence of two fire trucks that arrived with the six firemen before 4 A.M. The wreckage lay near two craters, 30 to 40 feet wide and about seven feet deep.

1988 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not violated when police unintentionally fail to preserve potentially vital evidence.

1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes UN Security Council Resolution 678, authorizing military intervention in Iraq if that nation did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.

1991 – Seventeen people were killed in a 164-vehicle wreck during a dust storm near Coalinga, CA, on Interstate 5. Over 250 vehicles were involved and over 100 were injured.

1992 – Dennis Byrd (New York Jets) was paralyzed after a neck injury in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

1993 – Kathleen Willey sought assistance from Pres. Clinton, who allegedly made a sexual advance upon her. She was requesting a job due to her husband’s financial difficulties. It was later learned that her husband committed suicide that same day.

1996 – Evidence suggesting that water might be present on the Moon was published in “Science” magazine.

1996 – John C. Salvi III, serving a life sentence for fatally shooting two receptionists at an abortion clinic, hanged himself in his Massachusetts prison cell.

1997 – Coleman Young (b. May 24, 1918 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.- d. Nov 29, 1997), former mayor of Detroit (1973-1993), died. The city’s first black mayor held office for an unprecedented five terms.

1998 – In Dalton, Mich., Seth Stephen Privacky (18) and Steven Wallace (18) shot and killed Privacky’s father (50), mother (49), grandfather (78), brother (19) and brother’s girlfriend, April A. Boss (19). Privacky confessed that he committed the murders because his father had threatened to kick him out of the house.

1999 – Pres. Clinton signed the Satellite Television Home Viewers Act which allowed satellite companies to compete with cable TV.

1999 – In Seattle as many as 50,000 protestors gathered to oppose “the march of corporate globalization.”

1999 – Astronomer reported finding 6 planets orbiting sunlike stars as close as 65 light years from Earth (390,000,000,000,000 miles).

2001 – George Harrison (b.1943), lead guitarist for the Beatles, died of cancer in LA. His ashes were scattered in the Ganges Dec 4.

2001 – American warplanes continued to bomb Taliban positions around Kandahar.

2003 – In Norfolk, Virginia, the USS Cole leaves port on the destroyer’s first overseas deployment since it was bombed in 2000 in Yemen’s port at Aden.

2003 – In Iraq US senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jack Reed met with local officials in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk.

2004 – Brett Favre Day announced in Wisconsin, in honor of his record-setting 200th consecutive start as an NFL quarterback.

2004 – “Armored car guard shot, killed. Slayer flees on bike after Ahwatukee robbery.” Robert Keith Palomares, 24, was carrying the weekend deposits out of the AMC Ahwatukee 24 theater. Suspect, Jason Derek Brown, who lay in wait near a ticket booth, approached Palomares and fired numerous rounds. But Palomares had a tight grip on the money bag, and at first, his killer couldn’t get it out of his hands.

2004 – The U.S. Supreme Court hears a landmark case to decide the rights of states to overrule federal restrictions on medical marijuana use. This case has important consequences for redefining the separation and limitation of powers between states and the federal government.

2004 – A US Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Fort Hood, Texas, and seven soldiers were killed.

2005 – Broad areas of the Dakotas remained shut down by the Plains’ first blizzard of the season, with highways closed by blowing, drifting snow and thousands of people without electricity as temperatures hit the low teens. In Colorado eastbound I-70 was closed.

2005 – Ohio carried out the nation’s 999th execution since 1977, putting to death a man who strangled his mother-in-law while high on cocaine and later killed his 5-year-old stepdaughter to cover up the crime.

2006 – United States District Court judge Richard J. Leon orders the Bush administration to resume making payments to thousands of people who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

2006 – Still losing money after job and factory cuts, Ford Motor Co. said 38,000 workers, almost half of its hourly production force, had accepted buyouts or early retirement offers.

2006 – Brandon Mayfield, wrongly arrested after the 11 March, 2004 Madrid attacks settles a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation for $2 million.

2007 – In Richmond County, Georgia, Jeanette Michelle Hawes (22) fatally stabbed her two young children in a Food Mart convenience store bathroom.

2007 – Henry Hyde (b.1924), former Illinois Republican Representative (1975-2007), died. In 1976 he attached an amendment to a spending bill barring the use of federal funds for abortions. In 1998 he led House efforts to impeach Pres. Clinton for allegedly lying about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.

2009 – Andrew Conley (17) of Rising Sun, Indiana, strangled his 10-year-old brother as the two wrestled. The teen told investigators he had had fantasies about killing someone since he was in eighth grade, including cutting somebody’s throat, and felt “just like” the serial killer Dexter on the Showtime television series of the same name.

2009 – In Washington state Maurice Clemmons (37) shot and killed four police officers from the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood as they worked on their laptop computers in a coffee house at the beginning of their shifts in Parkland.

2010 – U.S. scrambles to contain WikiLeaks damage. Clinton and other officials shrug off the undiplomatic assessments revealed in the diplomatic cables, saying they won’t affect long-term ties, even as they promise to tighten security and punish the culprits.

2010 – Twenty-three students and a teacher are released after being taken hostage for five hours by an armed 15-year-old student, who then shot and injured himself, at Marinette High School in the town of Marinette, Wisconsin.

2011 –  American Airlines, the world’s fourth-largest airline, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2011 –  Dr. Conrad Murray is sentenced to four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter in Los Angeles in connection to the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.

2011 – Seven people, including a toddler, are shot while recording a music video in Oakland, California.

2012 – Michigan Republican State Senator Rick Jones proposes dissolving the city of Detroit due to financial problems.

2012 – The new species of darter fish are classified and named as Etheostoma obama after President Barack Obama.  Darters are small, perch-like fish found in freshwater streams in North America.

2014 – Ferguson PD officer Darren Wilson resigns following a grand jury decision not to indict him in the Michael Brown case.


1489 – Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England, queen consort of James IV of Scotland (d. 1541)
1690 – Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (d. 1747)
1752 – Jemima Wilkinson, American preacher (d. 1819) was a charismatic American evangelist who preached total sexual abstinence to her congregation of “Universal Friends.”
1799 – Amos Bronson Alcott, American educator, philosopher of American Transcendentalism, and father of Louisa May Alcott.
1803 – Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist (d. 1853) was an Austrian mathematician and physicist, most famous for the hypothesis of what is now known as the Doppler effect which is the apparent change in frequency and wavelength of a wave that is perceived by an observer moving relative to the source of the waves.
1816 – Morrison Waite, 7th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1888)
1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist (d. 1888)
1876 – Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician (d. 1977) was the first woman to serve as governor of a U.S. state.
1898 – C. S. Lewis, Irish writer (d. 1963) Examples of Lewis’s allegorical fiction include The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy.
1908 – Adam Clayton Powell Jr., American civil rights leader and politician (d. 1972) who represented Harlem, New York in the United States House of Representatives between 1945 and 1971.
1927 – Vin Scully, baseball announcer
1949 – Garry Shandling, American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director
1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian actor, “Deal or No Deal” host.
1973 – Sarah Jones, American playwright, poet and actress






Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 75th Infantry, Americal Division. Place and Date: Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam,  November 29th,  1969. Entered service at: Minneapolis, Minn. Born: 9 September 1949, St. Paul, Minn. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Pruden, Company G, distinguished himself while serving as a reconnaissance team leader during an ambush mission. The 6-man team was inserted by helicopter into enemy controlled territory to establish an ambush position and to obtain information concerning enemy movements. As the team moved into the preplanned area, S/Sgt. Pruden deployed his men into two groups on the opposite sides of a well used trail. As the groups were establishing their defensive positions, 1 member of the team was trapped in the open by the heavy fire from an enemy squad. Realizing that the ambush position had been compromised, S/Sgt. Pruden directed his team to open fire on the enemy force. Immediately, the team came under heavy fire from a second enemy element. S/Sgt. Pruden, with full knowledge of the extreme danger involved, left his concealed position and, firing as he ran, advanced toward the enemy to draw the hostile fire. He was seriously wounded twice but continued his attack until he fell for a third time, in front of the enemy positions. S/Sgt. Pruden’s actions resulted in several enemy casualties and withdrawal of the remaining enemy force. Although grievously wounded, he directed his men into defensive positions and called for evacuation helicopters, which safely withdrew the members of the team. S/Sgt. Pruden’s outstanding courage, selfless concern for the welfare of his men, and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were 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: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Along road from Koto-ri to Hagaru-ri, Korea,  November 29th, 1950. Entered service at: Harrison, Ohio. Born: 7 July 1930, McKinney, Ky. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a member of an antitank assault squad attached to Company G, during a nighttime enemy attack against a motorized column. Acting instantly when a hostile hand grenade landed in his truck as he and his squad prepared to alight and assist in the repulse of an enemy force delivering intense automatic-weapons and grenade fire from deeply entrenched and well-concealed roadside positions, Pfc. Baugh quickly shouted a warning to the other men in the vehicle and, unmindful of his personal safety, hurled himself upon the deadly missile, thereby saving his comrades from serious injury or possible death. Sustaining severe wounds from which he died a short time afterward, Pfc. Baugh, by his superb courage and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.



Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Marine Corps, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, (Rein.). Place and date: Near Hagaru-ri, Korea,  November 29th,  1950. Entered service at: Boise, Idaho. Born: 26 November 1919, Boise, Idaho. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as executive officer of the 3d Battalion, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Assuming command of a composite unit of Army and Marine service and headquarters elements totaling approximately 250 men, during a critical stage in the vital defense of the strategically important military base at Hagaru-ri, Maj. Myers immediately initiated a determined and aggressive counterattack against a well-entrenched and cleverly concealed enemy force numbering an estimated 4,000. Severely handicapped by a lack of trained personnel and experienced leaders in his valiant efforts to regain maximum ground prior to daylight, he persisted in constantly exposing himself to intense, accurate, and sustained hostile fire in order to direct and supervise the employment of his men and to encourage and spur them on in pressing the attack. Inexorably moving forward up the steep, snow-covered slope with his depleted group in the face of apparently insurmountable odds, he concurrently directed artillery and mortar fire with superb skill and although losing 170 of his men during fourteen hours of raging combat in subzero temperatures, continued to reorganize his unit and spearhead the attack which resulted in 600 enemy killed and 500 wounded. By his exceptional and valorous leadership throughout, Maj. Myers contributed directly to the success of his unit in restoring the perimeter. His resolute spirit of self-sacrifice and unfaltering devotion to duty enhance and sustain the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service .



Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Hagaru-ri, Korea,  November 29th  and 30th November 1950. Entered service at: Pueblo, Colo. Born: 2 December 1921, Syracuse, Mo. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Ordered to break through enemy-infested territory to reinforce his battalion the morning of 29 November, Capt. Sitter continuously exposed himself to enemy fire as he led his company forward and, despite 25 percent casualties suffered m the furious action, succeeded in driving through to his objective. Assuming the responsibility of attempting to seize and occupy a strategic area occupied by a hostile force of regiment strength deeply entrenched on a snow-covered hill commanding the entire valley southeast of the town, as well as the line of march of friendly troops withdrawing to the south, he reorganized his depleted units the following morning and boldly led them up the steep, frozen hillside under blistering fire, encouraging and redeploying his troops as casualties occurred and directing forward platoons as they continued the drive to the top of the ridge. During the night when a vastly outnumbering enemy launched a sudden, vicious counterattack, setting the hill ablaze with mortar, machine gun, and automatic-weapons fire and taking a heavy toll in troops, Capt. Sitter visited each foxhole and gun position, coolly deploying and integrating reinforcing units consisting of service personnel unfamiliar with infantry tactics into a coordinated combat team and instilling in every man the will and determination to hold his position at all costs. With the enemy penetrating his lines in repeated counterattacks which often required hand-to-hand combat, and, on one occasion infiltrating to the command post with handgrenades, he fought gallantly with his men in repulsing and killing the fanatic attackers in each encounter. Painfully wounded in the face, arms, and chest by bursting grenades, he staunchly refused to be evacuated and continued to fight on until a successful defense of the area was assured with a loss to the enemy of more than 50 percent dead, wounded, and captured. His valiant leadership, superb tactics, and great personal valor throughout 36 hours of bitter combat reflect the highest credit upon Capt. Sitter and the U.S. Naval Service.






Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) Entered service at: Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Born: July 13, 1916, Honolulu, Hawaii Citation: Private Mikio  Hasemoto distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on  November 29th,  1943, in the vicinity of Cerasuolo, Italy. A force of approximately forty enemy soldiers, armed with machine guns, machine pistols, rifles, and grenades, attacked the left flank of his platoon. Two enemy soldiers with machine guns advanced forward, firing their weapons. Private Hasemoto, an automatic rifleman, challenged these two machine gunners. After firing four magazines at the approaching enemy, his weapon was shot and damaged. Unhesitatingly, he ran ten yards to the rear, secured another automatic rifle and continued to fire until his weapon jammed. At this point, Private Hasemoto and his squad leader had killed approximately twenty enemy soldiers. Again, Private Hasemoto ran through a barrage of enemy machine gun fire to pick up an M-1 rifle. Continuing their fire, Private Hasemoto and his squad leader killed ten more enemy soldiers. With only three enemy soldiers left, he and his squad leader charged courageously forward, killing one, wounding one, and capturing another. The following day, Private Hasemoto continued to repel enemy attacks until he was killed by enemy fire. Private Hasemoto’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:Private, U.S. Army, Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)/ Entered service at:Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Born:November 28, 1917, Waiakea, Hawaii. Place and date:Cerasuolo, Italy,  November 29th,  1943. Private Shizuya Hayashi distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 November 1943, near Cerasuolo, Italy. During a flank assault on high ground held by the enemy, Private Hayashi rose alone in the face of grenade, rifle, and machine gun fire. Firing his automatic rifle from the hip, he charged and overtook an enemy machine gun position, killing seven men in the nest and two more as they fled. After his platoon advanced 200 yards from this point, an enemy antiaircraft gun opened fire on the men. Private Hayashi returned fire at the hostile position, killing nine of the enemy, taking four prisoners, and forcing the remainder of the force to withdraw from the hill. Private Hayashi’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: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 377th Infantry, 95th Infantry Division. Place and date: From Woippy, France, through Metz to Kerprich Hemmersdorf, Germany,  November 16th- November 29th, 1944. Entered service at: Two Rivers, Wis. Birth: Manitowoc, Wis. G.O. No.: 74, 1 September 1945. Citation: For performing a series of heroic deeds from 16 to 29 November 1944, during his company’s relentless drive from Woippy, France, through Metz to Kerprich Hemmersdorf, Germany. As he led a rifle squad on 16 November at Woippy, a crossfire from enemy machineguns pinned down his unit. Ordering his men to remain under cover, he went forward alone, entered a building housing one of the guns and forced five Germans to surrender at bayonet point. He then took the second gun single-handedly by hurling grenades into the enemy position, killing two, wounding three more, and taking two additional prisoners. At the outskirts of Metz the next day, when his platoon, confused by heavy explosions and the withdrawal of friendly tanks, retired, he fearlessly remained behind armed with an automatic rifle and exchanged bursts with a German machinegun until he silenced the enemy weapon. His quick action in covering his comrades gave the platoon time to regroup and carry on the fight. On 19 November S/Sgt. Miller led an attack on large enemy barracks. Covered by his squad, he crawled to a barracks window, climbed in and captured six riflemen occupying the room. His men, and then the entire company, followed through the window, scoured the building, and took seventy-five prisoners. S/Sgt. Miller volunteered, with three comrades, to capture Gestapo officers who were preventing the surrender of German troops in another building. He ran a gauntlet of machinegun fire and was lifted through a window. Inside, he found himself covered by a machine pistol, but he persuaded the four Gestapo agents confronting him to surrender. Early the next morning, when strong hostile forces punished his company with heavy fire, S/Sgt. Miller assumed the task of destroying a well-placed machinegun. He was knocked down by a rifle grenade as he climbed an open stairway in a house, but pressed on with a bazooka to find an advantageous spot from which to launch his rocket. He discovered that he could fire only from the roof, a position where he would draw tremendous enemy fire. Facing the risk, he moved into the open, coolly took aim and scored a direct hit on the hostile emplacement, wreaking such havoc that the enemy troops became completely demoralized and began surrendering by the score. The following day, in Metz, he captured twelve more prisoners and silenced an enemy machinegun after volunteering for a hazardous mission in advance of his company’s position. On 29 November, as Company G climbed a hill overlooking Kerprich Hemmersdorf, enemy fire pinned the unit to the ground. S/Sgt. Miller, on his own initiative, pressed ahead with his squad past the company’s leading element to meet the surprise resistance. His men stood up and advanced deliberately, firing as they went. Inspired by S/Sgt. Miller’s leadership, the platoon followed, and then another platoon arose and grimly closed with the Germans. The enemy action was smothered, but at the cost of S/Sgt. Miller’s life. His tenacious devotion to the attack, his gallant choice to expose himself to enemy action rather than endanger his men, his limitless bravery, assured the success of Company G.



Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 2 August 1887, Broadwell, Ill. Accredited to: Illinois. G.O. No.: 289, 27 April 1917. Other Navy award: Navy Cross. Citation: In action against hostile forces at San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic,  November 29th,  1916. With only a dozen men available, 1st Lt. Williams rushed the gate of the fortress. With eight of his party wounded by rifle fire of the defenders, he pressed on with the four remaining men, threw himself against the door just as it was being closed by the Dominicans and forced an entry. Despite a narrow escape from death at the hands of a rifleman, he and his men disposed of the guards and within a few minutes had gained control of the fort and the hundred prisoners confined there.




Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company K, 79th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Fort Sanders, Knoxville, TN.,  November 29th,  1863. Entered service at: ——. Birth: England. Date of issue: 2 November 1870. Citation: The color bearer of the 51st Georgia Infantry. (C.S.A.), having planted his flag upon the side of the work, Sgt. Judge leaped from his position of safety, sprang upon the parapet, and in the face of a concentrated fire seized the flag and returned with it in safety to the fort.



Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company A, 29th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Fort Sanders, Knoxville, TN.,  November 29th,  1863. Entered service at. Fall River, Mass. Birth: ——. Date of issue: 1 December 1864. Citation: Capture of flag of 17th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.).




Rank and organization: Private, Company K, 29th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date. At Fort Sanders, Knoxville, TN.,  November 29th,  1863. Entered service at:——. Birth: Ipswich, Mass. Date of issue: 1 December 1864. Citation: Capture of flag of 16th Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.).



Rank and organization: Major and Aide-de-Camp, U.S. Volunteers. Place and date: At Spring Hill, TN.,  November 29th,  1864. Entered service at: Ohio. Birth: Vermont. Date of issue: 28 September 1897. Citation: During a night attack of the enemy upon the wagon and ammunition train of this officer’s corps, he gathered up a force of stragglers and others, assumed command of it, though himself a staff officer, and attacked and dispersed the enemy’s forces, thus saving the train.



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Unerased History – November 28th

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Covered Bridges

A covered wooden bridge is a bridge made of timber whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides. Covered wooden bridges are popular in art and folklore, but they are also important in engineering history. Few engineering structures have captivated the American imagination like a covered wooden bridge Wooden bridges tended to deteriorate rapidly from exposure to the elements, having a useful lifespan of only nine years. Covering them protected their structural members, thus extending their life to 80 years or more..

The Hillsgrove Covered Bridge (above) is a Burr arch truss covered bridge over Loyalsock Creek in Hillsgrove Township, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. It was built circa 1850 and is 186 feet  long. In 1973, it became the first covered bridge in the county to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The bridge is named for the township and nearby unincorporated village of Hillsgrove, and is also known as Rinkers Covered Bridge for an adjoining farm. Pennsylvania had the first covered bridge in the United States, and has had the most such bridges since the 19th century.

While there is little or no evidence of covered bridges in the ancient world, there are sketches of covered bridges going back to the 13th century. The first covered wooden bridge in the United States is credited to Timothy Palmer of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and spanned the Schuylkill River of Philadelphia in 1800.


The Cornish bridge is 449’5″ long and consists of two spans of 204’0″ and 203’0″. It has an overall width of 24’0″., a roadway width of 19’6″, and a maximum vertical clearance of 12’9″. It is posted for ten tons.

Parke County, Indiana has the largest concentration of covered bridges, 35, in the United States and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has 29 covered bridges, the most in a Pennsylvania County.

There are approximately 800 covered wood bridges in the United States.



Scripture of the Day

Hebrews 2:7-10 New International Version (NIV)

You made them a little lower than the angels;
    you crowned them with glory and honor
    and put everything under their feet.”

In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present, we do not see everything subject to them.But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.


Founders Thoughts

Individual Liberty

Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood. – John Adams, 1765

Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness. – James Wilson, Of the Study of the Law in the United States, 1790

In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example . . . of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness. – James Madison, Essays for the National Gazette, 1792


Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”   

~Christopher Reeve


ig-ZAS-ur-bayt, transitive verb:
To render more severe, violent, or bitter; to irritate; to aggravate; to make worse.

is from Latin exacerbare, “to irritate, to provoke, to aggravate very much,” from ex-, intensive prefix + acerbare, “to make bitter, to aggravate,” from acerbus, “bitter.”



1493 – Christopher Columbus arrived in La Navidad, Hispaniola. He found the fort burned and his men from the first voyage dead.

1520 – After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

1582 – In Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a £40 bond for their marriage licence.

1729 – Natchez Indians massacre 138 Frenchmen, 35 French women, and 56 children at Fort Rosalie, near the site of modern-day Natchez.

1745 – French troops attacked Indians at Saratoga, NY. The Saratoga of 1745 was on the site of the present Schuylerville, NY, on the west bank of the Hudson River about eleven miles east of the present Saratoga Springs NY.

1775 – The Second Continental Congress adopts first rules for regulation of the “Navy of the United Colonies.”

1775 – Samuel Nicholas is commissioned as Captain of Marines.

1776 – Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River.

1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the US Representative Benjamin Hawkins and the Cherokee Indians. The treaty laid out a Western boundary of settlement for the Colonials. The treaty gave rise to the sardonic Cherokee phrase of Talking Leaves, since they claimed that when the treaties no longer suited the Americans, they would “blow away like talking leaves.”

1795 – US paid $800,000 and a frigate as tribute to Algiers and Tunis.

1843 – Ka Lahui: Hawaiian Independence Day – The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.

1861 – The Confederate Congress admitted Missouri to the Confederacy, although Missouri had not yet seceded from the Union.

1862 – Civil War: In the Battle of Cane Hill, Union troops under General John Blunt defeat General John Marmaduke’s Confederates.

1864 – Civil War:  Battles at Waynesboro and Jones’s Plantation, Georgia (3rd day).

1864 – Civil War:  Battle of New Creek, WV, (Rosser’s Raid, Ft. Kelly).

1872 – The Modoc War of 1872-73 began in Siskiyou County, northern California when fighting broke out between Modoc Chief Captain Jack and a cavalry detail led by Captain James Jackson.

1895 – The first American automobile race takes place over the 54 miles from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea wins in approximately ten hours. The average speed was seven mph. Eighty cars entered the race, six started and two finished.

1905 – ARM & HAMMER baking soda was trademark registered .

1906 – Philadelphia Jack O’Brien and Tommy Burns fought to no decision in a twenty-round draw in a world heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles.

1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.

1908 –   A coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa  killed 154 men.

1914 – World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opens for bond trading.

1916 – World War I: First (German) air attack on London.

1917 – Fred and Adele Astaire debut on Broadway in the Sigmund Romberg revue “Over the Top”.

1919 – American-born Lady Astor is elected to be the first female to sit in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.She was not the first to be elected.That was Countess Markievicz. The Lady Astor and Winston Churchill literally hated one another.

1920 – “The Mark of Zorro”, starring Douglas Fairbanks opens  in New York at the Capitol Theater.

1922 – First skywriting over US-“Hello USA – Call Vanderbilt 7200 ” -by Captain Turner, RAF.

1925 – Country-variety show “WSM Barn Dance” makes its radio debut on station WSM. The program would be renamed “Grand Ole Opry” in 1927.

1929 – Adm Richard E Byrd makes first South Pole flight.

1929 – Chicago Cardinals fullback Ernie Nevers, scored every one of his team’s points (six touchdowns and four extra point conversions) in a 40-6 rout of the Chicago Bears. Record still stands.

1932 – Groucho Marx performed on radio for the first time. The original title was “Beagle, Shyster and Beagle – Attorneys at Law.”

1936 – “Pennies From Heaven” hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Bing Crosby.

1941 – World War II: The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise departed Pearl Harbor to deliver F4F Wildcat fighters to Wake Island. This mission saved the carrier from destruction when the Japanese attacked.

1942 – A huge fire occurred at the Cocoanut Grove Night Club in Boston. 492 people perished in total. The Cocoanut Grove was originally a speakeasy—an illegal bar during alcohol Prohibition—and some of its doors were bricked up or bolted shut. The main entrance to the club was only a revolving door.

1942 – Coffee rationing began in the United States, lasting through the end of World War II.

1942 – World War II: The first production Ford bomber, the B-24 Liberator, rolled off the assembly line at Ford’s huge Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

1943 – World War II: Tehran Conference – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin meet in Tehran to discuss war strategy.

1944 – “Meet Me in St. Louis,” starring Judy Garland, opened in New York.

1948 – The first instant camera, Polaroid Model 95, and film (40 series roll film) were sold to the public at the Jordan Marsh department store (now Macy’s) in Boston, Massachusetts.

1948 – “Hopalong Cassidy” TV western premiered on NBC television.

1950 – Lieutenant General Walton Walker announced that the Eighth Army offensive was at an end. In Tokyo, General Douglas MacArthur announced an “entirely new war.”

1951 – CHART TOPPERS – “Sin (It’s No)” by Eddy Howard, “Because of You” by Tony Bennett, “And So to Sleep Again” by Patti Page and “Slow Poke” by Pee Wee King all topped the charts.

1953 – “Rags to Riches” by Tony Bennett topped the charts.

1953 – New York City began eleven days without newspapers due to a strike of photoengravers.

1958 – The US reported the first full-range firing of an ICBM.

1959 – CHART TOPPERS – “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin, “Mr. Blue” by The Fleetwoods, “Deck of Cards” by Wink Martindale and “Country Girl” by Faron Young all topped the charts.

1960 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley topped the charts.

1961 – Ernie Davis became the first Black to win the Heisman Trophy.

1963 – First million copy record prior to release “I Want to Hold Your Hand.

1963 – Cape Canaveral, Florida, was renamed Cape Kennedy. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents.

1963 – Willie Nelson made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

1964 – Mariner program: NASA launches the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars.

1964 – “Leader of the Pack” by Shangri-Las topped the charts.

1964 – Vietnam War: National Security Council members agree to recommend that US President Lyndon B. Johnson adopt a plan for a two-stage escalation of bombing in North Vietnam.

1965 – Vietnam War: In response to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s call for “more flags” in Vietnam, Philippines President Elect Ferdinand Marcos announces he will send troops to help fight in South Vietnam.

1966 – Several groups earned gold records. The Righteous Brothers received one for their album “Soul and Inspiration“,” The Monkees for “I’m a Believer,” and  The New Vaudeville Band for “Winchester Cathedral“.

1967 – “Nature” carries the announcement of the discovery of pulsars (pulsating radio sources). The first pulsar was discovered by a graduate student, Jocelyn Bell, then working under the direction of Prof. A. Hewish.

1967 – CHART TOPPERS – “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock,The Rain, the Park & Other Things” by The Cowsills, “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees and “It’s the Little Things” by Sonny James all topped the charts.

1970 – “I Think I Love You” by the Partridge Family topped the charts.

1970 – George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” was released.

1974 – John Lennon performs onstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City with Elton John, as a result of losing a wager that his song “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” (which Elton also played and sang on) would hit #1 on the pop chart (on November 11). This would also be Lennon’s final concert appearance.

1974 – Bowie Kuhn suspends George Steinbrenner for two years as a result of Steinbrenner’s conviction for illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon and others.

1975 – CHART TOPPERS – “That’s the Way (I like It)” by KC & The Sunshine Band, Fly, Robin, Fly” by Silver Convention, “The Way I Want to Touch You” by Captain & Tennille and “Rocky” by Dickey Lee all topped the charts.

1975 – President Gerald Ford nominated Federal Judge John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by William O. Douglas.

1975 – “As the World Turns”  and “The Edge of Night”, the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

1977 – “The Honeymooners Christmas,” (25:58) directed by Jackie Gleason, aired on

1979 – Billy Smith becomes the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal in a game.

1979 – “Young Maverick”, a TV Western Drama, made its debut on CBS.

1981 – Alabama football coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant won his 315th victory.

1981 – “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John topped the charts.

1981 – “Open All Night” (TV Comedy) debut on ABC.

1983 – CHART TOPPERS – “All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie, “Say Say Say by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson, “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel and “Holding Her and Loving You” by Earl Thomas Conley all topped the charts.

1983 – The space shuttle Columbia blasted into orbit, carrying six astronauts who conducted experiments using the $1 billion Spacelab in the shuttle’s cargo bay.

1984 – Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn are made honorary citizens of the United States.

1985 – Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis celebrated Thanksgiving with a dinner of irradiated turkey and freeze-dried vegetables, and launched a satellite from the cargo bay.

1987 – “The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes topped the charts.

1990 – Margaret Thatcher formally tenders her resignation to The Queen and leaves Downing Street for the last time. John Major is elected her successor.

1991 – CHART TOPPERS – “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn, “That’s What Love is For” by Amy Grant and “Shameless” by Garth Brooks all topped the charts.

1992 – “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston hit #1 on the pop singles chart.

1994 – John Magoch and his armored car disappeared from outside Dillard’s at Arrowhead Towne Center, in Glendale, AZ. Hours later, Magoch was found dead in the parked van, its engine running, in a Sun City, AZ church parking lot. He had a bullet hole in his head.

1995 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signs a highway bill that ends the federal 55 mph speed limit.

1996 – A stuck hatch on the space shuttle Columbia prevented two astronauts from going on a spacewalk. A second planned spacewalk also had to be canceled; engineers later discovered a loose screw had jammed the hatch mechanism.

1999 – Hsing-Hsing, the popular giant panda who arrived in America in 1972 as a symbol of US-China detente, was euthanized at age 28. Officials at Washington’s National Zoo decided to end the panda’s life because of his deteriorating health.

2000 – George W. Bush’s lawyers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to bring “legal finality” to the presidential election by ending any further ballot recounts; Al Gore’s team countered that the nation’s highest court should not interfere in Florida’s recount dispute.

2001 – Officials recovered the body of CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann from a prison compound in Mazar-e-Sharif after northern alliance rebels backed by U.S. airstrikes and special forces quelled an uprising by Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners.

2003 – In Ohio authorities said for the first time they had linked the Nov. 25 death of Gail Knisley to at least one of 10 other reports of shots fired at vehicles along I-270.

2003 – The US suspended $49 million in aid payments to Nicaragua’s judiciary, a day after the court told America to stay out of its business.

2003 – It was reported that the New Zealand mud snail had invaded trout streams in Northern California. They were capable of stripping entire river systems of algae and had already infested trout streams in Montana.

2004 – A private jet crashed while taking off in Montrose, CO, killing two crewmen and Edward Ebersol (14), the son of NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, who escaped with his other son Charles.

2005 – A new phenomenon called “Cyber Monday” took effect as millions of Americans returned to work after the Thanksgiving and used office computers to shop for Christmas presents.

2005 – Randy “Duke” Cunningham (63), a Republican US congressman, resigned after pleading guilty in San Diego, Ca., to taking 2.4 million dollars in bribes in return from a military contractor to influence the award of defense deals.

2006 – A US federal judge said the government discriminates against blind people by printing money in bills that all feel the same, and ordered the Treasury Dept. to fix the problem.

2006-In San Francisco Genevieve Paez (53) was shot execution style outside her home in Visitacion Valley. She worked as a customer service supervisor for the US Postal Service.

2007 – In Minnesota a fire at a pipeline from Canada that feeds oil to the US killed two people.

2007 – O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers. Simpson and a co-defendant were convicted in October, 2008.

2007 – An Oakland, Ca., city auditor’s report said employees were allowed to cash out unused vacation time and received millions of dollars in perks, much of it not subject to scrutiny.

2007 – Nazi documents stored in a vast warehouse in Germany were unsealed, opening a rich resource for Holocaust historians and for survivors to delve into their own tormented past. Inquiries were handled by the archive’s 400 staff members in the German spa town of Bad Arolsen (WSW of Berlin).

2008 – This day was marked as Native American Heritage Day. US federal legislation set aside the day after Thanksgiving — for this year only — to honor the contributions American Indians have made to the US.

2008 – Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven departed the international space station, ending a 12-day visit.

2008 – In New York Jdimytai Damour (34), a Long Island Wal-Mart worker, was killed after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at the suburban Valley Stream store and knocked him down.

2010 – Wikileaks releases 250,000 messages sent by U.S. embassies, including messages discussing corruption, criticisms of the UK, Guantánamo Bay prison camp, a Chinese cyber attack, the relationship between Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi, and a possible unified Korea.

2012 –  Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar died after a battle with pneumonia, in Plano, Texas. “Though his time on earth has ended, he is speaking with Jesus now in his heavenly home.” “The angels in heaven are rejoicing and his family is celebrating a life well lived.”

2012 –  The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City was lit. This year’s tree arrived at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Once the tree is in place, it will be decorated with more than 30,000 multi-colored, energy-efficient LED lights, and crowned by a Swarovski star.

2012 – Seven students and a teacher are injured as the result of a small explosion in an eighth-grade science classroom in Wilson Middle School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania Two of the students were flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

2013 –  In the United States the holidays of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah occur on the same day. The event, dubbed Thanksgivukkah, last happened in 1888, and will not occur again for another 70,000+ years.

2015 – A slow moving wintry storm system is responsible for more than a dozen deaths in the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

1489 – Margaret Tudor, wife of James IV of Scotland (d. 1541)
1628 – John Bunyan, English cleric and author (d. 1688)
1837 – John Wesley Hyatt, American inventor of celluloid (d. 1920)
1853 – Helen Magill White, first American woman to earn a Ph.D. (d. 1944)
1866 – Henry Bacon, American architect (d. 1924) is best remembered for his severe Greek Doric Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (built 1915–1922), which was his final project.
1936 – Gary Hart, American politician
1949 – Alexander Godunov, Russian composer and ballet dancer (d. 1995)
1949 – Paul Schaffer, Canadian-born musician and composer, bandleader on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
1962 – Jon Stewart, American comedian, actor, and television host






Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea,  November 28th,  1950. Entered service at: Dover, N.J. Born: 4 November 1929, New York, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company F, in action against enemy aggressor forces. When all the other members of his fire team became casualties, creating a gap in the lines, during the initial phase of a vicious attack launched by a fanatical enemy of regimental strength against his company’s hill position, Pvt. Cafferata waged a lone battle with grenades and rifle fire as the attack gained momentum and the enemy threatened penetration through the gap and endangered the integrity of the entire defensive perimeter. Making a target of himself under the devastating fire from automatic weapons, rifles, grenades, and mortars, he maneuvered up and down the line and delivered accurate and effective fire against the onrushing force, killing fifteen, wounding many more, and forcing the others to withdraw so that reinforcements could move up and consolidate the position. Again fighting desperately against a renewed onslaught later that same morning when a hostile grenade landed in a shallow entrenchment occupied by wounded Marines, Pvt. Cafferata rushed into the gully under heavy fire, seized the deadly missile in his right hand and hurled it free of his comrades before it detonated, severing part of one finger and seriously wounding him in the right hand and arm. Courageously ignoring the intense pain, he staunchly fought on until he was struck by a sniper’s bullet and forced to submit to evacuation for medical treatment. Stouthearted and indomitable, Pvt. Cafferata, by his fortitude, great personal valor, and dauntless perseverance in the face of almost certain death, saved the lives of several of his fellow Marines and contributed essentially to the success achieved by his company in maintaining its defensive position against tremendous odds. His extraordinary heroism throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.



Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division ( Rein ). Place and date: North of Yudam-ni, Korea, November 27th and November 28th,  1950. Entered service at: Greenville, S.C. Born: 21 June 1920, Greenville, S.C. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as leader of a machine gun section in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. With the company’s defensive perimeter overrun by a numerically superior hostile force during a savage night attack north of Yudam-ni and his platoon commander seriously wounded, S/Sgt. Kennemore unhesitatingly assumed command, quickly reorganized the unit and directed the men in consolidating the position. When an enemy grenade landed in the midst of a machine gun squad, he bravely placed his foot on the missile and, in the face of almost certain death, personally absorbed the full force of the explosion to prevent injury to his fellow Marines. By his indomitable courage, outstanding leadership and selfless efforts in behalf of his comrades, S/Sgt. Kennemore was greatly instrumental in driving the enemy from the area and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.



Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1839, Boston, Mass. Accredited to. Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864. Citation: Served as coxswain on board the U.S. Sloop John Adams, Sullvan’s Island Channel, November 28th, 1864. Taking part in the boarding of the blockade runner Beatrice while under heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie, O’Brien, who was in charge of one of the boarding launches, carried out his duties with prompt and energetic conduct. This action resulted in the firing of the Beatrice and the capture of a quantity of supplies from her.

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Unerased History – November 27th

Posted by Wayne Church on November 27, 2016 in 11 - November, Blog by month |
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National Day of Listening

  Pins and Needles Day


The Art of Listening

“Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your ears!” This is the first line of the funeral oration by Marc Antony from William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” When this is said it can be said in many ways from sounding like a sportscaster to someone who has lost a dear friend. The ability and need to communicate touches every area of our lives. Everything we do in life requires communication with others. In this case, it is how people hear this to determine its communication effect.

As a long-term member of Toastmasters International  it has long been a goal to effectively communicate to my audience.Much of communication theory focuses on how to speak to others and how to convey your message. But, communication is really a two-way process. It is an activity, not a one-time event. The listener’s role is as central to the communication process as the speaker’s role.

In the Toastmasters model positions such as ah-counter, evaluator and individual evaluators all are designed to train people in listening skills as well as speaking skills. For example, the ah-counter position is to listen for speaking fillers such as ah, um, er, ya-know, give a sound and then report at the end of the meeting. This helps not just speakers but audiences to learn how to listen. Since listening is as important as speaking in the communication process, if you wanted to improve your listening skills, where would you begin? Here are a few ideas and suggestions you can use:

Exercise active listening skills.. Try nodding your head to show interest. Try making eye contact with the speaker. Even though you are sitting and listening quietly, this may be enough for the speaker to feel that they are being understood.

Important in listening is how and what makes you tick. We are the product of how we were brought up and where, of our culture, of our experiences, of our education and anything and everything that makes us unique. Our uniqueness can sometimes be an obstacle to being an effective listener. As you listen, try to remain open to what you are hearing and withhold evaluation or judgment. Become aware of what your triggers are in the communication process and what shuts your listening down.

Observe your own and other people’s listening habits. Ask yourself what it feels like when someone really listens to you and when they don’t. Make a list of any behaviors that you find irritating in the listening habits of other people and then examine your own listening behavior. See if you just might exhibit any of the behaviors you find annoying.

Create a checklist of habits you want to change. Also, acknowledge yourself for listening habits you have that do work for you. This type of thorough self-exploration is another way to learn about your filters and your barrier or triggers as a listener. Once you identify and reduce what gets in the way of your ability to hear, you’ll increase your effectiveness as a listener.

Listen without formulating a response to the speaker. As listeners we think about 500 words per minute while the normal speaking rate is about 125 to 150 words per minute. That creates a lot of room for creative thought and for your mind to wander! Try to hear everything that is being said, listen to the entire message and then respond. The temptation is to fill the extra space with your own thoughts and/or responses to what is being said will take you out of the current conversation. And, you may miss valuable information because you’ve moved on to a new topic – without the speaker.

Listen with empathy. Empathy is an imaginative process. Empathy is emptying the mind and listening with the whole being. Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. True empathy is the ability to fully understand and accept another.  Learn to listen for: What’s not being said? What’s in the way? What’s missing? What’s needed right now? What’s most important to the speaker?

Become aware of the speaker’s non-verbal communication. One estimate has it that 75% of all communication is non-verbal. Beyond the words is a host of clues as to what the speaker is communicating. Is the speaker’s posture rigid or relaxed? Does the speaker maintain eye contact?  Does the speaker’s vocal tone and intonation match the words they are using? Do the speaker’s movements match with the message the words are conveying? Is the verbal and non-verbal communication consistent?

Create an environment for the listening to occur. Remove distractions. Limit side conversations

We all need to feel that we are being heard and understood. It is a basic human need that is as primary a need as having enough water, food or air to survive. So, try out any of these suggestions and you will experience more of a connection to those around you.

And, if all else fails just remember these words by Epictetus, an ancient Greek philosopher and you are guaranteed to improve your listening skills: “Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.”

Scripture of the Day

Isaiah 14:27 New International Version (NIV)

27 For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
    His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Founders Thoughts

Not everyone was destined to be a scholar. Not everyone aspired to the professions of law, theology, or medicine. A thriving society needed farmers and tradesmen, clerks and accountants. Why should these children spend precious years trying to master languages they would soon forget? Why teach them Latin when what they needed in life were skills in English grammar and composition?

This anonymous author cited the English empiricist John Locke, who ridiculed the folly of wasting time teaching Latin to students who would never use it.

Over the ensuing 70 or 80 years, these arguments found renewed expression among some of America’s most articulate statesmen and reformers. Future scholars, they allowed, could continue to devote their childhood to mastery of Greek and Latin, but a young, ambitious, expansive republic on the rise needed to train its citizens in plain and vigorous English and in modern foreign languages for the sake of commerce in goods and ideas.

The nation needed to equip them for a vocation; to provide them with a utilitarian education for the sake of tangible “advantages” in life; to lay the groundwork for progress in science and the discovery of new knowledge; to offer a “universal” education (one open to common people, not just the elite); and to promote a distinctly American, even nationalist, education free from the dead hand of Europe’s antiquated ways of teaching and learning.


Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Svelte (svelt)   adjective:

1.Slender; lithe.
2.Graceful; suave.
•From French svelte (slender), from Italian svelto (slender), past participle of svellere (to pull out or stretch), from Latin exvellere, from ex- (out) vellere (to pull). First recorded use: 1817.


43 B.C.E. – Octavian, Antony, and Lepidus formed the triumvirate of Rome.

1095Pope Urban II called for the first crusade to free the Holy land from Islamic occupation.

1582 – William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.

1703 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.

1779 – The College of Philadelphia, considered a Royalist institution, was converted into the University of the State of Pennsylvania, thus creating both America’s first state school and first official university. In 1791, the school became a privately endowed institution and took the name of the University of Pennsylvania.

1804 – Pres. Jefferson issued a nationwide proclamation to military and public officials warning of a conspiracy to attack Spanish territory in Texas. He had opened negotiations with Spain to purchase Texas territory west of New Orleans. Jefferson had heard rumors that Aaron Burr had begun plotting an invasion of Texas.

1817 – US soldiers attacked a Florida Indian village and began the Seminole War.

1826 – Jebediah Smith and his expedition reached San Diego, becoming the first Americans to cross the southwestern part of the U.S.

1839 – In Boston, Massachusetts, the American Statistical Association is founded.

1841 – The liberators of the ship Amistad set sail for Africa aboard the “Gentleman.”

1852 – Ada Lovelace (b.1815), Lord Byron’s daughter and the inventor of computer language, was bled to death by physicians at age 36. She had helped Charles Babbage develop his “Analytical Engine,” that performed mathematical calculations through the use of punched cards.

1863 – Civil War: Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and several of his men escape the Ohio state prison and return safely to the South.

1863 – Civil War: Battle of Payne’s Farm, Va. Payne’s Farm and New Hope Church were the first and heaviest clashes of the Mine Run Campaign.

1864 – Civil War: Battles at Waynesboro, Georgia. (2nd Day)

1864 – Civil War: An explosion and fire destroyed General Butler’s headquarters steamer Greyhound, on the James River, Virginia, and narrowly missed killing Butler, Major General Schenck, and Rear Admiral Porter.

1868 – Indian Wars: Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer’s 7th Cavalry killed Chief Black Kettle (b.1801) and 103 Cheyenne (mostly women and children) on the Washita River near present day Cheyenne, Oklahoma.

1870 – New York Times dubs baseball “The National Game.”

1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in Columbia, SC.

1879 – Virgil Earp became a Deputy U.S. Marshal.

1887 – U.S. Deputy Marshal Frank Dalton, brother of the three famous outlaws, was killed in the line of duty near Fort Smith, Ark.

1889 – First permit issued to drive a car through Central Park (Curtis Brady).

1894 – Mildred Lord was granted a patent for a washing machine.

1895 – At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies.

1896 – Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (Thus Spake Zarathustra) debuted in Frankfurt. It was later (1968) used as a theme in “2001- A Space Odyssey.”

1898 – The SS Portland, under Capt. Hollis H. Blanchard, sank overnight in the Portland Gale off New England and all 192 people aboard were killed.

1901 – The Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.

1909 – U.S. troops land in Bluefields, Nicaragua, to protect American interests there.

1910 – New York’s Penn Station opens as world’s largest railway terminal. The 28-acre train and transportation facility is still the busiest Amtrak rail station in the U.S.

1911 – Audience threw over-ripe vegetables at actors for the first recorded time in US. The act involved The Cherry Sisters. They were so awful it was described to be like a car wreck.

1924 – In New York City the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.

1926 – Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong recorded “You Made  Me Love You“.

1928 – Patent for a permanent wave machine which could wave the hair of both white and Black people. U.S. Patent 1,693,515 Marjorie Joyner was employed by the Madame C.J. Walker Cosmetic Company and assigned her patent rights to that company.

1930 – “The First Nighter” first appeared on the Blue Network. It continued with some interruptions until 1953.

1934 – Bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out called  “The Battle of Barrington”with the FBI.

1935 – “Eeny Meeny Miney Mo” was recorded by Ginger Rogers and Johnny Mercer.

1939 – The play “Key Largo,” by Maxwell Anderson, opened in New York.

1941 – The State of Jefferson seceded from Oregon and California. Jefferson was the winning name for a new state made of California’s northern Siskiyou, Del Norte and Trinity counties along with Oregon’s southern Curray County.

1942 – World War II: The French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of the Nazis.

1944 – World War II: The second B-29 Superfortress bombing raid on Tokyo targets the Musashi aircraft engine plant.

1944 – World War II: The battleship USS Colorado and 2 light cruisers are damaged in Kamikaze attacks.

1945 – C.A.R.E. (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere) was founded by Wallace Campbell to provide relief to survivors of World War II. The relief came in “CARE Packages”, which were U.S. Army surplus 10-in-1 food parcels left over from the planned U.S. invasion of Japan.

1947 – Joe DiMaggio wins his 3rd MVP, beating Ted Williams by one vote.

1950 – CHART TOPPERS – “Harbor Lights” by The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo), “Nevertheless” by Jack Denny, “All My Love” by Patti Page and “I’m Moving On” by Hank Snow all topped the charts.

1950 – Korean War: Eighth Army’s 2nd, 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions began withdrawing to the south of the Chongchon River in the face of the Chinese offensive.

1950 – Korean War: East of the Chosin River, Chinese forces annihilated an American task force. Col. Barber (d.2002 at 82) and 220 soldiers in Fox Company withstood a 5-day assault to protect an escape pass.

1951 – Korean War: Cease-fire and demarcation zone accord was signed in Panmunjom, Korea.

1951 – At White Sands, NM a Nike Ajax missile intercepted an aircraft flying at 15 miles range, 33,000 feet altitude, and 300 miles per hour, marking the first successful kill of an aerial target by a U.S. guided missile.

1951 – Hosea Richardson became the first Black horse racing jockey to be licensed in Florida.

1954 – Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury.

1954 – “I Need You Now” by Eddie Fisher topped the charts.

1957 – Army withdrew from Little Rock, Ark., after the Central High School integration.

1957 – Dorothy Height, YMCA official, elected president of the National Council of Negro Women.

1958 – CHART TOPPERS – “It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty, “To Know Him, is to Love Him” by The Teddy Bears, “One Night” by Elvis Presley and “City Lights” by Ray Price all topped the charts.

1960 Gordie Howe becomes first NHLer to score 1,000 points .

1960 – CBS radio cancelled “Have Gun Will Travel.”

1961 – Navy reports first use of its cyclotron at Harvard University to treat a human brain tumor. After three treatments, the tumor of the 2-year old patient shrank by eighty percent.

1961 – Gordie Howe becomes first to play in 1,000 NHL games and he scores his 600th goal.

1963 – President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress.

1965 – Vietnam War: The Pentagon tells U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations were to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam has to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.

1965 – “I Hear a Symphony” by the Supremes topped the charts.

1966 – CHART TOPPERS – “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by The Supremes, “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys, “Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly” by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and “Somebody Like Me” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.

1966 – In highest-scoring NFL game, Washington Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41.

1967 – Beatles release “Magical Mystery Tour“.

1967 – The Association earned a gold record for the hit “Never My Love“. The group also earned worldwide fame for other hits including “Windy“, “Cherish” and “Along Comes Mary“.

1970 – Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was attacked at the Manila airport by a Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.

1971 –  “Theme From Shaft” by Isaac Hayes topped the charts.

1973 – The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States Senate votes 92 to 3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States (on December 6, the House confirmed him 387 to 35).

1973 – Neil Simon’s “Good Doctor,” premiered in New York City.

1974 – CHART TOPPERS – “I Can Help” by Billy Swan, “Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied)” by B.T. Express, “Longfellow Serenade” by Neil Diamond and “Trouble in Paradise” by Loretta Lynn all topped the charts.

1976 – “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart topped the charts.

1978 – San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.

1980 – Dave Williams (Chicago Bears) became the first player in NFL history to return a kick for touchdown in overtime.

1982 – CHART TOPPERS -“Truly” by Lionel Richie, “Gloria” by Laura Branigan, “Mickey” by Toni Basil and “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy” by Janie Fricke  all topped the charts.

1988 – The United States was hit by a flood of worldwide criticism for its refusal a day earlier to allow PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to address the United Nations.

1990 – CHART TOPPERS – “Love Takes Time” by Mariah Carey, “More Than Words Can Say” by Alias, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston and “Come Next Monday” by K.T. Oslin all topped the charts.

1990 – The Conservative Party chose John Major to succeed former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher as party leader.

1991 – Both houses of the U.S. Congress approved legislation authorizing $70 billion in borrowing authority for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) because of the savings and loan failures.

1992 – President-elect Clinton met for more than an hour with former President Reagan in Los Angeles.

1996 – Evan C. Hunziker, an American jailed by North Korea on spy charges, was set free, ending a three-month ordeal.

1996 – A federal judge blocked enforcement of a California initiative to dismantle affirmative action, saying civil rights groups had a “strong probability” of proving it unconstitutional.

1997 – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was marred when a wind gust knocked part of a lamppost onto a 34-year-old woman, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for almost a month.

1997 – In Denver five skinheads beat up a 26-year-old black woman who was shopping at a 7-Eleven. All 5 were captured and arraigned in court.

1997 – Gold closed below $300 for the first time since 1985 to $296.

1998 – Shoppers on Black Friday crowded shopping centers and the new Furby toys, a furry talking toy, was creating a mania. Black Friday was used to describe the big shopping day following Thanksgiving that put stores into the black.

1998 – In Texas, Martin E. Gurule became the first inmate to escape from Death Row at Huntsville.

2001 – A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on a planet outside our solar system.

2002 – President Bush gave the go-ahead to open U.S. highways to Mexican trucks.

2003 – Pres. Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security to spend Thanksgiving with US troops.

2003 – Researchers in Cleveland reported on a gene that causes heart attacks.

2004 – U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins was released from a military jail after serving 25 days for abandoning his squadron and crossing the border into North Korea in 1965. Thirty-nine years living in North Korea was considered part of time-served.

2005 – The first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France. Isabelle Dinoire received the lips, nose and chin of a brain-dead woman in a 15-hour operation.

2005 – In Santa Maria, Ca., a Greyhound bus overturned, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.

2006 – An early morning fire at a group home for the mentally disabled in southwest Missouri killed ten residents and a caretaker and sent at least a dozen more to a hospital.

2007 – A Somali immigrant, Nuradin Abdi, was sentenced to ten years in prison for plotting to blow up an Ohio shopping mall.

2007 – In Florida Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor died after he was shot in his home by an apparent intruder, leaving the Washington Redskins in mourning for a teammate who seemed to have reordered his life since becoming a father.

2007 – Cessna said it will turn over complete production of its new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher to a Chinese partner, Shenyang Aircraft Corporation.

2008 – Macy’s held its 82nd Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

2008 – An SUV plunged off an overpass in northern Colorado and hit a concrete embankment in a fiery crash, killing all seven people inside it, including two young children.

2009 – Tiger Woods ran his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his Florida home. This took place just days after the National Enquirer claimed he had an affair with Rachel Uchitel, the 33-year-old golf champ.

2009 – Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts completing STS-129 returned to Earth with a smooth touchdown at Cape Canaveral, Fla., to end an “amazing” flight that resupplied the International Space Station.

2010 – TERRORISM: Somali-born teenager Mohamed Osman Mohamud is arrested in Portland, Oregon, for allegedly plotting a bombing attack on a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

2012 – The remains of Yasser Arafat are exhumed as part of an investigation into how the Palestinian leader died in November 2004.

2013 – OBAMACARE: The small business exchange is delayed another year.

2013 – U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Sean Lane, who is overseeing the case of the bankruptcy reorganization of American Airlines, gives his required approval to the American Airlines–US Airways merger.

2013 – In Tucson, AZ, three girls that had been held hostage by their knife-wielding stepfather were rescued. They had been held captive for several months or more in extremely dirty conditions (possibly up to two years), subjected to long barrages of loud music or static, fed only once a day and having gone up to four months without a bath.

2015 – An active shooter inside a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, shoots at least four members of the Colorado Springs Police Department. One officer later dies. Two civilians were also killed, and six injured. The shooter later surrendered.

2016 – One person is killed, and nine others wounded in a mass shooting in the French Quarter section of New Orleans, following the Bayou Classic football game. Police arrest two men, one of whom was injured during the shooting.


1701 – Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer and thermometer inventor.
1843 – Cornelius Vanderbilt, American businessman.
1853 – Bat Masterson, American Wild West gambler, saloonkeeper, lawman, and editor.
1909 – James Agee, American Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
1912 – David Merrick, American Broadway producer.
1917 – Buffalo Bob (Smith), American TV host.
1940 – Bruce Lee (Liu Yuen Kam), Chinese-born American actor, martial arts expert.
1942 – Jimi Hendrix, American guitarist and singer.
1957 – Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, daughter of President John F.Kennedy.




Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, commanding officer, Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Ipsok, Korea,  November 27th, 1950. Entered service at: Gilroy, Calif. Born: 12 September 1918, Clairton, Pa. G.O. No.: 58, 2 August 1951. Citation: Capt. Desiderio distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the repeated risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. His company was given the mission of defending the command post of a task force against an enemy breakthrough. After personal reconnaissance during darkness and under intense enemy fire, he placed his men in defensive positions to repel an attack. Early in the action he was wounded, but refused evacuation and despite enemy fire continued to move among his men checking their positions and making sure that each element was prepared to receive the next attack. Again wounded, he continued to direct his men. By his inspiring leadership he encouraged them to hold their position. In the subsequent fighting when the fanatical enemy succeeded in penetrating the position, he personally charged them with carbine, rifle, and grenades, inflicting many casualties until he himself was mortally wounded. His men, spurred on by his intrepid example, repelled this final attack. Capt. Desiderio’s heroic leadership, courageous and loyal devotion to duty, and his complete disregard for personal safety reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.




Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 22d Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Grosshau, Germany, November 27th,1944. Entered service at: Sugarland, Tex. Born: 20 January 1920, Villa de Castano, Mexico. G.O. No.: 74, 1 September 1945. Citation: While an acting squad leader of Company B, 22d Infantry, on 27 November 1944, near Grosshau, Germany, he single-handedly assaulted two enemy machinegun emplacements. Attacking prepared positions on a wooded hill, which could be approached only through meager cover, his company was pinned down by intense machinegun fire and subjected to a concentrated artillery and mortar barrage. Although painfully wounded, he refused to be evacuated and on his own initiative crawled forward alone until he reached a position near an enemy emplacement. Hurling grenades, he boldly assaulted the position, destroyed the gun, and with his rifle killed three of the enemy who attempted to escape. When he rejoined his company, a second machinegun opened fire and again the intrepid soldier went forward, utterly disregarding his own safety. He stormed the position and destroyed the gun, killed three more Germans, and captured four prisoners. He fought on with his unit until the objective was taken and only then did he permit himself to be removed for medical care. S/Sgt. (then private) Garcia’s conspicuous heroism, his inspiring, courageous conduct, and his complete disregard for his personal safety wiped out two enemy emplacements and enabled his company to advance and secure its objective.




Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 149th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Ringgold, Ga., November 27th, 1863. Entered service at: Syracuse, N.Y. Birth: Syracuse, N.Y. Date of issue: 28 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag and battery guidon.





Rank and organization: Private, Company E, 5th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Raccoon Ford, Va., November 27th, 1863. Entered service at. Cuba, N.Y. Birth. Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Date of issue. 20 August 1894. Citation. After his command had retreated, this soldier, voluntarily and alone, returned to the assistance of a comrade and rescued him from the hands of three armed Confederates.





Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Mine Run, Va., November 27th,1863. Entered service at: Berks County, Pa. Born: 13 October 1840, Russia. Date of issue: 23 June 1896. Citation: Voluntarily extinguished the burning fuse of a shell which had been thrown into the lines of the regiment by the enemy.


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Unerased History – November 26th

Posted by Wayne Church on November 26, 2016 in 11 - November, Blog by month |
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National Cake Day 




Needs No Batteries- Yeah Right!!!!

Electricity has fascinated human kind since our ancestors first witnessed lightning. In ancient Greece, Thales observed that an electric charge could be generated by rubbing amber, for which the Greek word is electron.

In 1938 a jar was found just outside Baghdad, Iraq (that may be, could be or is believed to be) the first battery. The jar is about 2000 years old from the Parthian period. The jar is composed of a clay jar with a stopper made of asphalt. Sticking through the asphalt is an iron rod surrounded by a copper cylinder. When filled with vinegar – or any other electrolytic solution – the jar produces about 1.1 volts. But, such ancient knowledge in the history of electricity bears no known continuous relationship to the development of modern batteries. Its form, though, is nearly identical to the principles that are in use today.
Beginning his work in 1794, Volta observed the electrical interaction between two different metals submerged near each other in an acidic solution. Based on this principle, his first battery consisted of a series of alternating copper and zinc rings in an acid solution known as an electrolyte. His device for generating a consistent flow of electricity was invented in 1800. He called his invention a column battery, although it came to be commonly known as the Volta battery, Voltaic cell or Voltaic pile.

Volta’s discovery of a means of converting chemical energy into electrical energy formed the basis for nearly all modern batteries. Volta researched the effects which different metals produced when exposed to salt water. In 1801, Volta demonstrated the Voltaic cell to Napoleon Bonaparte (who later ennobled him, Count, for his discoveries).

Scripture of the DayI Samuel 12:22

22 For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.

Founders Thoughts

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

“Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together.”

 ~ Earl Nightingale


proclivity pro-KLIV-uh-tee, noun:
A natural inclination; predisposition.

Proclivity comes from Latin proclivitas, from proclivis, “inclined,” from pro-, “forward” + clivus, “a slope.”


1716 – A lion was first exhibited in the U.S., in Boston.

1774 – A congress of colonial leaders criticized British influence in the colonies and affirmed their right to “Life, liberty and property.”

1778 – Captain Cook discovered Maui in the Sandwich Islands, later named Hawaii.

1789 – A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress.

1783 – The city of Annapolis, Maryland, was the first peacetime U.S. capital.

1789 – President Washington set aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.

1789 – George Washington proclaimed this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution. He made it clear that the day should be one of prayer and giving thanks to God, to be celebrated by all the religious denominations. This date was later used to set the date for Thanksgiving.

1825 – The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was started at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

1832 – First streetcar railway in America starts operating (New York City) (12cent fare).

1842 – The University of Notre Dame is founded.

1846 – Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the influential Godey’s Lady’s Book, began a tireless campaign to establish a national Thanksgiving holiday in November. She was the editor and founder of the Ladies’ Magazine in Boston. It was because of her editorials and letters to President Lincoln that he made his proclamation on October 3, 1863, which designated the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.

1860 – A newspaper print of newly elected President Abraham Lincoln clearly showed the beginnings of a beard. He started to grow it when a supporter said he would look better with one.

1861 – West Virginia was created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virginia.

1862 – Charles Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) sends the handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Underground to 10-year-old Alice Liddell. (see 1865)

1863 – The first of our modern annual Thanksgivings was held as President Lincoln  proclaimed on October 3, 1863 .

1863 – Civil War: Mine Run – Union forces under General George Meade position against troops led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. This followed months of inaction after Gettysburg.

1864 – Civil War: Skirmish at Sylvan Brutal and Waynesboro, Georgia.

1864 – Colonel Kit Carson led the attack in the First Battle of Adobe Walls, NM. He led a column of 335 officers and men of the First New Mexico Volunteer Cavalry and they surprised an encampment of Kiowa Indians. He was leter forced to retreat when counter-attacked by hundreds of Comanches.

1865 – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll was published in US.

1867 – The refrigerated railroad car was patented by J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan.

1895 – Russell Penniman received a patent for transparent photographic film.

1896 – A.A. Stagg of the University of Chicago creates the football huddle.

1896 – The University of Chicago defeated the University of Michigan, 7-6, at the Chicago Coliseum. It was the first major college football game played indoors.

1917 – The National Hockey League is formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams.

1922 – British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first to enter King Tutankhamen’s tomb in over 3000 years.

1922 – “Toll of the Sea  (54:34) debuts as the first general release film to use two-tone Technicolor (The Gulf Between was the first film to do so but it was not widely distributed).

1933 – Fifteen thousand people in San Jose, California, storm the jail where Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes are being held as suspects in the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart, the 22-year-old son of a local storeowner. The mob of angry citizens proceeded to lynch and strip the accused men and then pose them for pictures.

1933 – A judge in New York ruled the James Joyce book “Ulysses” was not obscene and could therefore be published in the United States.

1940 – Xavier Cugat and his orchestra recorded “Orchids in the Moonlight” on the Columbia label.

1940 – World War II (Europe): The half-million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a walled ghetto. For perspective on the conditions, New York City, America’s most populous city, there are 26,401 people per square mile. In this ghetto there were 384,615 per square mile. The ghetto was fifteen times as populous as New York. Conditions were horrible beyond imagination.

1941 – President Franklin Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1789, President George Washington proclaimed Nov. 26 to be Thanksgiving Day. It was the first U.S. holiday by presidential proclamation. Abraham Lincoln changed it to the last Thursday in November and then Roosevelt moved it to the fourth Thursday in November.

1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor – A fleet of six aircraft carriers commanded by Japanese Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo leaves Hitokapu Bay for Pearl Harbor under strict radio silence.

1941 – World War II: The Hull Note Ultimatum is delivered to Japan by the United States. It was an edict that “the government of Japan will withdraw all military, naval, air and police forces from China and Indochina.”

1942 – World War II: Holocaust: 572 Norwegian Jews were deported to Auschwitz on the cargo vessel Donau. This was the first step on the journey to the death camp Auschwitz. Altogether the total number of Jews deported from Norway was 767. Twenty-five of the deported survived.

1942 – World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt ordered gas rationing to begin on December 1st.

1942 – The film “Casablanca” with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart was made. It had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City just as Allied Expeditionary Forces landed in North Africa.

1943 – World War II: The HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 American troops.

1943 – World War II: Edward H “Butch” O’Hare, US Navy pilot, Lt Commander (Chicago Airport named for him) and the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. died in battle. Butch O’Hare’s final action took place on the night of November 26, 1943, while he was leading the U.S. Navy’s first-ever nighttime fighter attack launched from an aircraft carrier. During this encounter with a group of Japanese torpedo bombers, O’Hare’s F6F Hellcat was shot down; his aircraft was never found.

1944 – World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth’s shop on New Cross High Street, United Kingdom, killing 168 shoppers.

1944 – World War II: The US 8th Air Force attacks Hanover (Misburg oil plant), Hamm (the marshalling yards) and Bielefeld (the railway viaduct). The Americans destroyed 138 German fighters for the loss of 36 bombers and 7 fighters.

1945 – “Bride and Groom” debuted on the NBC Blue network.

1949 – “Twenty Questions” had its TV premiere.

1949 – CHART TOPPERS – “Don’t Cry, Joe” by The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer), “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” by The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard), “A Dreamer’s Holiday” by Perry Como and  “Slipping Around” by Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely  all topped the charts.

1950 – Korean War: Troops from the People’s Republic of China move into North Korea and launch a massive counterattack against South Korean and American forces (Battle of Chosin Reservoir), ending any hopes of a quick end to the conflict. It results in the UN troops being pushed completely out of North Korea.

1952 – The first modern 3-D film “Bwana Devil” starred Robert Stack premiered. It was made in 3-D by cameraman Lothrop Worth (d.2000 at 96) and inspired a series of 1950s 3-D movies also including “The House of Wax” and “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” To watch this or the full movie you will need “3D glasses” from the 50’s. Newer ones don’t work.

1955 – “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford topped the charts.

1956 – “The Price is Right” (29:29) premiered on TV
1956 – Bandleader Tommy Dorsey died in Greenwich, Conn., a week after his 51st birthday.

1957 – CHART TOPPERS – “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley, “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke, “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms and “Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers all topped the charts.

1960 – “Stay” by Maurice Williams topped the charts.

1961 – Professional Baseball Rules Committee voted 8-1 against legalizing the spitball.

1962 – The Beatles recorded “Please Please Me” during their first recording session.

1962 – Arlo Guthrie (17) was arrested in Stockbridge, Mass., for dumping some trash following a Thanksgiving feast at a restaurant run by Alice Brock. He wrote a song about the event that became a folk classic and was turned into a movie in 1969. Alice’s Restaurant (23 minutes)

1965 – CHART TOPPERS – “I Hear a Symphony” by The Supremes, “1-2-3” by Len Barry, “Rescue Me” by Fontella Bass and “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” by “Little” Jimmy Dickens all topped the charts.

1965 – France successfully launched the Diamant-A rocket into space, becoming the world’s third space power after the Soviet Union and the United States.

1968 – Vietnam War: United States Air Force helicopter pilot James P. Fleming rescues an Army Special Forces unit pinned down by Viet Cong fire and is later awarded the Medal of Honor. (See citation below in Medal of Honor Recipients.)

1969 – Lottery for Selective Service draftees executive order #11497 was signed by President Nixon.

1969 – The Heisman Trophy was awarded to Steve Owens of Oklahoma as the nation’s outstanding college football player. Owens scored more touchdowns and gained more yardage than any previous player in collegiate history.

1970 – In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches  of rain fell in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record.

1973 – CHART TOPPERS – “Photograph” by Ringo Starr, “Top of the World” by Carpenters, “Space Race” by Billy Preston and  “Paper Roses” by Marie Osmond all topped the charts.

1973 – President Nixon’s personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she’d accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

1975 – Lynette Alice Fromme, also known as “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, was found guilty of attempting to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford.

1975 – Fred Lynn becomes the first rookie to win MVP honors, taking the American League award.

1976 – Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy.

1977 – “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone topped the charts.

1981 – CHART TOPPERS – “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John, “Waiting for a Girl like You” by Foreigner, “Here I Am (Just When I Thought I was Over You)” by Air Supply and “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” by Hank Williams, Jr. all topped the charts.

1983 – Brinks Mat robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are taken from the Brinks Mat vault at Heathrow Airport.

1983 – “All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie topped the charts.

1983 – Angela Bugay of Antioch, Ca., 5-years-old, was found in a shallow grave in Concord, Ca. She had been kidnapped a week earlier. Larry Graham, who dated Angela’s mother, was later arrested as a suspect and prosecutors in 1995 received a court order to draw his blood for DNA evidence. In 1996 police matched the DNA of Graham, with samples recovered from the girl’s body and arrested him on charges of murder. Use of the DNA evidence was cleared in 1998. Graham was convicted Aug 20, 2002, and sentenced to death Oct 22.  He was found dead in his cell at San Quentin State Prison , an apparent suicide, on June 16, 2009.

1985 – Space shuttle Atlantis makes second flight and carries seven astronauts.

1985 – The rights to Ronald Reagan’s autobiography were acquired by Random House for $3,000,000.

1986 – US President Ronald Reagan announces the members of what will become known as the Tower Commission. It’s mission, to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.

1987 – Cuban detainees concerned about the possibility of being sent back to Cuba continued to hold hostages at a prison in Atlanta and a detention center in Oakdale, La.

1988 – The U.S. denied an entry visa to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who was seeking permission to travel to New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.

1988 – “Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi topped the charts.

1989 – CHART TOPPERS – “Blame It on the Rain” by Milli Vanilli, “Love Shack” by The B-52’s, “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me” by Paula Abdul and “Yellow Roses” by Dolly Parton all topped the charts.

1990 – The Delta II rocket makes its maiden flight.

1991 – The Custer Battlefield was renamed Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

1991 – The Stars and Stripes were lowered for the last time at Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Philippines, as the United States abandoned one of its oldest and largest overseas installations, which was damaged by Mount Pinatubo’s eruption.

1991 – School administration handed out condoms to thousands of New York City high school students.

1992 – Queen Elizabeth II announced she would start paying taxes on her personal income and take her children off the national payroll.

1994 – Margaret Garrish, a 72-year-old Detroit woman, committed suicide in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

1995 – Two men set fire to a subway token booth in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The clerk inside was fatally burned. On December 14th 18-year-old James Irons was arrested for the attack. He was charged with second-degree murder. The victim of the attack, Harry P. Kaufman, a 50-year-old clerk who suffered second- and third-degree burns from his head to his knees, died Sunday.

1996 – The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas was blown up to make room for the new 6,000 room Venetian resort.

1997 – In the Aleutian Islands 800 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, the freighter, Kuroshima, ran aground off Dutch Harbor in heavy winds. Two crewmen were reported dead and 10,000 gallons of oil was reported to have leaked.

1998 – Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000.

1999 – In New Jersey a small plane crashed in Newark. Pilot Itzhak Jacoby (56), his wife Gail and daughter Atira (13) were killed. 22 people were injured on the ground.

2000 – Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified Gov. George W. Bush as winner in the state’s presidential election, 2,912,790 to 2,912,253, a 537-vote margin. Ralph Nader received 97,488 votes.

2001 – President Bush appealed to Congress to outlaw human cloning after scientists in Worcester, Mass., reported they had created the first cloned human embryo.

2001 – In Pensacola, Fla., Terry Lee King was murdered and his house set afire. His two sons, Derek (14) and Alex (13) confessed to the murder.

2001 – Iraq: After nine days of heavy fighting and American aerial bombardment, Taliban fighters surrendered to Northern Alliance forces. The Taliban surrendered the border town of Spin Buldak as US Marines directed air attacks on a column of enemy vehicles.

2002 – President George W. Bush signed into law a bill that created the Department of Homeland Security, the largest reorganization of the federal government in fifty years.

2002WorldCom and the government settled a civil lawsuit over the company’s $9 billion accounting scandal.

2003 – Concorde makes its last ever flight. Concorde featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years until 2003.

2003 – Human rights activist Gao Zhan pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va., to illegally selling American high-tech items with potential military uses to China. She had been recently freed from a Chinese prison after the US government interceded on her behalf. Strange way to say thanks!!

2004 – A Cyprus-registered tanker spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife.

2004 – In New York City a man jumped to his death from the 86th-floor observation deck at the Empire State Building.

2005 – A U.S. Marine died when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near Camp Taqaddum, 45 miles west of Baghdad. Iraqi police arrested eight Sunni Arabs in the northern city of Kirkuk for allegedly plotting to assassinate the investigating judge who prepared the case against Saddam Hussein.

2005 – The US military said four US soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels, but they will not be charged with crimes because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns.

2007 – A new report said the US District of Columbia has the highest rate of AIDS of any city in the country.

2007 – Roger Lee Dillon (22), his girlfriend, Nicole N. Boyd (24), and Dillon’s mother, Sharon Lee Gregory (48), stole $7.4 million in cash and checks from an Ohio AT armored car company. They were arrested Dec 1 in West Virginia.

2007 – Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced his retirement after a 35-year career in Congress.

2007 – Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was mortally wounded when he was shot during a botched armed robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. Taylor died the next day.

2008 – Edna Parker (115), the world’s oldest person, died in Shelbyville, Indiana.

2009 – In Jupiter, Florida, three women and a child, Makayla Sitton, in bed were shot to death during a family Thanksgiving gathering.

2009 – The Univ. of Michigan announced that football player Charles Woodson is donating $2 million to its new Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital.

2010 – Country music singer Willie Nelson is charged with marijuana possession.

2011 – NASA launches the robotic Mars Science Laboratory, the largest rover yet sent to Mars, with the aim of finding evidence for past or present life on Mars.

2011 –  NBA team owners and players reach an agreement to end the 149-day NBA lockout and to begin the current NBA season on Christmas Day.

2012 –  NASA and Roscosmos announce that veteran spaceflyers Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko will carry out the first year-long mission to the International Space Station in 2015.

2012 -The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX is requiring students to wear a card with has a microchip in it that can be tracked throughout the school. Starting this fall, all students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School are required to carry them  and they are tracked by the dozens of electronic readers installed in the schools’ ceiling panels.

2013 – A nurse is dead and four other people are wounded after an attack at the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, TX. The suspect, identified as Kyron Rayshaun Templeton, 22, of Longview was taken into custody a short while later on Sixth Street in Longview. He is now charged with murder and four counts of aggravated assault. He is being held on $2.6 million bond.


1607 – John Harvard, English clergyman and scholar, whose bequest permitted the establishment of Harvard College.
1731 – William Cowper, English poet.
1827 – Ellen Gould White, American, founder of the Seventh Day Adventists.
1832 – Mary Edwards Walker, American physician, women’s right leader.
1876 – Willis Haviland Carrier, American, inventor of the first air conditioning system.
1909 – Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-born French playwright, often called the “Father of the Absurd,”
1922 – Charles Schulz, American cartoonist, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip.






Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force, 20th Special Operations Squadron. Place and date: Near Duc Co, Republic of Vietnam,  November 26th, 1968. Entered service at: Pullman, Wash. Born: 12 March 1943, Sedalia, Mo. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Fleming (then 1st Lt.) distinguished himself as the Aircraft Commander of a UH-1F transport Helicopter. Capt. Fleming went to the aid of a six-man special forces long range reconnaissance patrol that was in danger of being overrun by a large, heavily armed hostile force. Despite the knowledge that one helicopter had been downed by intense hostile fire, Capt. Fleming descended, and balanced his helicopter on a river bank with the tail boom hanging over open water. The patrol could not penetrate to the landing site and he was forced to withdraw. Dangerously low on fuel, Capt. Fleming repeated his original landing maneuver. Disregarding his own safety, he remained in this exposed position. Hostile fire crashed through his windscreen as the patrol boarded his helicopter. Capt. Fleming made a successful takeoff through a barrage of hostile fire and recovered safely at a forward base. Capt. Fleming’s profound concern for his fellowmen, and at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.





Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Near Hansan-ni, Korea, November 26th, 1950. Entered service at: Roaring Springs, Tex. Born: 18 August 1921, Indian Gap, Tex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as leader of a rifle platoon of Company A, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Leading his platoon in point position during a patrol by his company through a thickly wooded and snow-covered area in the vicinity of Hansan-ni, 1st Lt. Mitchell acted immediately when the enemy suddenly opened fire at pointblank range, pinning down his forward elements and inflicting numerous casualties in his ranks. Boldly dashing to the front under blistering fire from automatic weapons and small arms, he seized an automatic rifle from one of the wounded men and effectively trained it against the attackers and, when his ammunition was expended, picked up and hurled grenades with deadly accuracy, at the same time directing and encouraging his men in driving the outnumbering enemy from his position. Maneuvering to set up a defense when the enemy furiously counterattacked to the front and left flank, 1st Lt. Mitchell, despite wounds sustained early in the action, reorganized his platoon under the devastating fire, and spearheaded a fierce hand-to-hand struggle to repulse the onslaught. Asking for volunteers to assist in searching for and evacuating the wounded, he personally led a party of litter bearers through the hostile lines in growing darkness and, although suffering intense pain from multiple wounds, stormed ahead and waged a single-handed battle against the enemy, successfully covering the withdrawal of his men before he was fatally struck down by a burst of small-arms fire. Stouthearted and indomitable in the face of tremendous odds, 1st Lt. Mitchell, by his fortitude, great personal valor and extraordinary heroism, saved the lives of several marines and inflicted heavy casualties among the aggressors. His unyielding courage throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.






Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kujangdong, Korea, November 26th,1950. Entered service at: Carrolton, Miss. Born: 15 October 1928, Carrolton, Miss. G.O. No.: 39, 4 June 1951. Citation: Sgt. Pittman, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He volunteered to lead his squad in a counterattack to regain commanding terrain lost in an earlier engagement. Moving aggressively forward in the face of intense artillery, mortar, and small-arms fire he was wounded by mortar fragments. Disregarding his wounds he continued to lead and direct his men in a bold advance against the hostile standpoint. During this daring action, an enemy grenade was thrown in the midst of his squad endangering the lives of his comrades. Without hesitation, Sgt. Pittman threw himself on the grenade and absorbed its burst with his body. When a medical aid man reached him, his first request was to be informed as to how many of his men were hurt. This intrepid and selfless act saved several of his men from death or serious injury and was an inspiration to the entire command. Sgt. Pittman’s extraordinary heroism reflects the highest credit upon himself and is in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.




 Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company K, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Place and date: Frenzenberg Castle, Weisweiler, Germany, November 26th,1944. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Birth: Baltimore, Md. G.O. No.: 43, 30 May 1445. Citation: Attached to the 2d Battalion of the 47th Infantry on 26 November 1944, for the attack on Frenzenberg Castle, in the vicinity of Weisweiler, Germany, Company K, after an advance of 1,000 yards through a shattering barrage of enemy artillery and mortar fire, had captured two buildings in the courtyard of the castle but was left with an effective fighting strength of only thirty-five men. During the advance, Pfc. Sheridan, acting as a bazooka gunner, had braved the enemy fire to stop and procure the additional rockets carried by his ammunition bearer who was wounded. Upon rejoining his company in the captured buildings, he found it in a furious fight with approximately seventy enemy paratroopers occupying the castle gate house. This was a solidly built stone structure surrounded by a deep water-filled moat twenty feet wide. The only approach to the heavily defended position was across the courtyard and over a drawbridge leading to a barricaded oaken door. Pfc. Sheridan, realizing that his bazooka was the only available weapon with sufficient power to penetrate the heavy oak planking, with complete disregard for his own safety left the protection of the buildings and in the face of heavy and intense small-arms and grenade fire, crossed the courtyard to the drawbridge entrance where he could bring direct fire to bear against the door. Although handicapped by the lack of an assistant, and a constant target for the enemy fire that burst around him, he skillfully and effectively handled his awkward weapon to place two well-aimed rockets into the structure. Observing that the door was only weakened, and realizing that a gap must be made for a successful assault, he loaded his last rocket, took careful aim, and blasted a hole through the heavy planks. Turning to his company he shouted, “Come on, let’s get them!” With his .45 pistol blazing, he charged into the gaping entrance and was killed by the withering fire that met him. The final assault on Frezenberg Castle was made through the gap which Pfc. Sheridan gave his life to create.




Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, 19th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Passi, Island of Panay, Philippine Islands, November 26th, 1899. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: New South Wales. Date of issue: 26 June 1900. Citation: While crossing a river in face of the enemy, this officer plunged in and at the imminent risk of his own life saved from drowning an enlisted man of his regiment.





Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company L, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: Arizona, November 26th, 1869. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Baltimore, Md. Date of issue: 3 March 1870. Citation: Gallantry in action.




Rank and organization: Major, 2d West Virginia Cavalry. Place and date: At Sinking Creek Valley, Va., November 26th, 1862. Entered service at: Ironton, Ohio. Birth: England. Date of issue: 22 July 1890. Citation: Distinguished services in raid, where with twenty men, he charged and captured the enemy’s camp, five-hundred strong, without the loss of man or gun.

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Unerased History – November 25th

Posted by Wayne Church on November 25, 2016 in 11 - November, Blog by month |
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International Aura Awareness Day
D.B. Cooper Day 

D.B. Cooper

D. B. Cooper, aka “Dan Cooper”, is a pseudonym given to a notorious aircraft hijacker who on November 24, 1971, after receiving a ransom payout of $200,000, leapt from the back of a Boeing 727 as it was flying over the Pacific Northwest. No conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper’s whereabouts, and several theories offer competing explanations of what happened after his famed jump. The only clues to have turned up in the case are ambiguous: around $6,000 that washed up on the banks of the Columbia River, and part of a sign believed to be from the rear stairway of the plane from which Cooper jumped. The nature of Cooper’s escape and the uncertainty of his fate continue to intrigue people. Today, the Cooper case remains the world’s only unsolved hijacking.

This gets even more fascinating. Click here to read “Skullduggery by Parachute.”

Scripture of the Day

Ephesians 4: 25 – 32 King James.

25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths/


Founders Thoughts

In Congress, July 4, 1776, a declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absoluteDespotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absoluteTyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore,acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establishCommerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock


Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton


John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry


Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery


Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott


William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris


Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark


Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross


Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean


Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton


George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton


William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn


Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton


Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton


The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

~ Eden Phillpotts

suhb-OL-tuhrn; SUHB-uhl-tuhrn, adjective:

1. Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior.
2. (Chiefly British) Ranking as a junior officer; being below the rank of captain.
3. (Logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.
4. A person holding a subordinate position.
5. (Chiefly British) A commissioned military officer below the rank of captain.
6. (Logic) A subaltern proposition.

Subaltern derives from Late Latin subalternus, “subordinate,” from Latin sub-, “under” + Latin alternus, “alternate,” from alter, “other.”


2348 BC – Biblical scholars have long asserted this to be the day of the Great Deluge, or Flood.

1602 – Explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno gave Santa Catalina Island its present name.

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the British Isles, reaches its peak intensity and maintains it through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people perish in the mighty gale.

1715 – Thomas Masters, who became the first American to be granted an English patent, was the first to master the fine art of cleaning and curing Indian corn.

1758 – The British captured Fort Duquesne in the French and Indian War.

1783 – The British evacuated New York City, their last military position of the Revolutionary War. General George Washington entered the city in triumph. The British had captured the city in 1776 and held it for seven years.

1792 – The Farmer’s Almanac was first published.

1817 – First sword swallower in US performs (New York City). His name was Sena Sama and he was from Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.

1834 – The first printed American bill of fare is issued by New York’s 5-year-old Delmonico’s Restaurant at 494 Pearl Street and lists as one of its most expensive dishes “hamburger steak.” The bill of fare (the word menu will not be coined until next year) offers a “regular dinner” at 12 cents and lists hamburger steak at 10 cents.

1837 – William Crompton of Taunton, MA patented the silk, power loom.

1841 The rebel slaves who seized a Spanish slave ship, the Amistad, two years earlier were freed by the US Supreme Court despite Spanish demands for extradition.

1863 – Civil War: Battle of Missionary Ridge – At Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant break the Siege of Chattanooga by routing Confederate troops under General Braxton Bragg.

1864 – Civil War: A Confederate plot to burn New York City failed. The fires began. And before the night was over almost every hotel in New York City had been set ablaze. The leader of the “fire brigade” was a Confederate by the name of Robert Kennedy.

1864 – Confederate Cavalry under “Fighting Joe” Wheeler retreated at Sandersville, Georgia.

1867 – Alfred Nobel invents dynamite.

1867 – US Congress commission looked into impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

1874 – The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873. The Panic of 1873 was a serious downturn in the economy of the United States that was precipitated by the bankruptcy on September 18, 1873 of the Philadelphia banking firm Jay Cooke and Company.

1876 – Indian Wars: In retaliation for the American defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, United States Army troops the leadership of General Ranald Mackenzie sack Chief Dull Knife’s sleeping Cheyenne village at the headwaters of the Powder River.

1884 – The first U.S. patent for the process of evaporated milk was issued to John Meyenberg, a Swiss immigrant, of St Louis, Missouri.

1897 – Spain granted Puerto Rico autonomy.

1903 – In San Francisco Alexander Garnett shot and killed Major J.W. McClung at the Palace Hotel apartment of Mrs. Lillian Hitchcock Coit. Coit soon left the city and spent the next 6 years in Paris.

1908 – The first issue of The Christian Science Monitor was published.

1920 – The first radio play-by-play broadcast of a collegiate football game occurred when Texas University met Mechanical College of Texas. It was broadcast by WTAW of College Station, TX.

1920 – The first Thanksgiving Parade was held in Philadelphia.

1922 – Archaeologist Howard Carter entered King Tut’s tomb.

1923 – Transatlantic broadcasting from England to America for the first time.

1926 – The worst, deadliest tornado outbreak in U.S. November history strikes on Thanksgiving day. Twenty-seven twisters of great strength reported in the midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an F4, that devastates Heber Springs, Arkansas. Fifty-one deaths in Arkansas alone, seventy-six deaths and over 400 injuries in all.

1940 – U of Michigan retires Tom Harmon’s #98. Harmon played college football at the University of Michigan from 1938-1940 and won the Heisman Trophy his senior season.

1940 –  World War II: First flight of the deHavilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder.

1940 – Woody Woodpecker first appears, in the film Knock Knock”.

1941 – World War II: The US Navy begins to establish compulsory convoying for merchant ships in the Pacific.

1941 – World War II: German Jews in Netherlands were declared stateless.

1943 – World War II: German submarine U-600 sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

1943 – World War II: Battle of Cape St. George, 5 destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 23 (Captain Arleigh Burke) intercept five Japanese destroyers and sink three and damage one without suffering any damage.

1943 – World War II: Bombers of the US 14th Air Force, based in China, raid the Japanes held island of Formosa for the first time. An estimated 42 Japanese aircraft are destroyed on the ground at Shinchiku airfield.

1944 – CBS radio presented “The FBI in Peace and War” (28.06) for the first time. It was inspired by Frederick Lewis’ Collins’ book of the same name.

1944 – World War II: Bombers of the US 8th Air Force raid the oil plant at Leuna and the Bingen railroad marshalling yards.

1944 – World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth’s store in Deptford, UK, killing 160 shoppers.

1944 – World War II: Two Japanese planes struck the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier in kamikaze attacks that left 69 dead and 35 injured.

1945 – “The Brooklyn Pinafore” airs on radio. It was a spoof of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, “H.M.S. Pinafore” and was broadcast on radio on “The Fred Allen Show”.

1946 – Supreme Court granted Oregon Indians land payment rights from the U.S. government.

1947 – Red Scare: The “Hollywood Ten” are blacklisted by Hollywood movie studios. The first systematic Hollywood blacklist was instituted  the day after ten writers and directors were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to give testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

1948 – Cable television was invented by Leroy “Ed” Parsons, (1907-89), who sold electronics and ran a radio station in Astoria, Oregon.

1948 – CHART TOPPERS –  “Buttons and Bows” by Dinah Shore, “On a Slow Boat to China” by The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood), “Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue” by Gordon MacRae and “One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)” by Jimmy Wakely all topped the charts.

1949 – “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” hits the charts. It was originally an advertising jingle for a Montgomery Ward promotional children’s book.

1950 – Korean War: The Chinese released 57 U.S. prisoners in a propaganda move.

1950 – “Harbor Lights” by Sammy Kaye topped the charts.

1950 – The “Storm of the Century”, a violent snowstorm, paralyzes the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia records 57 inches of snow. 323 people die due to the storm.

1951 – Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears.

1952 – Agatha Christie’s play “The Mousetrap” opened at London’s Ambassadors Theatre — starting the longest continuous run of any theatrical show in the world. It is still playing (2013) and it completed its 25,000th showing on November 18th, 2012.

1952 – George Meany was appointed chairman of the  American Federation of Labor (AFL.)

1952 – Korean War: After 42 days of fighting, the Battle of Triangle Hill ends as American and South Korean units abandon their attempt to capture the “Iron Triangle”.

1953 – “Guys & Dolls” closed at 46th St Theater NYC after 1200 performances.

1955 – Interstate Commerce Commission banned segregation in buses and waiting rooms involved in interstate travel.

1956 – CHART TOPPERS – “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley, “Cindy, Oh Cindy” by Eddie Fisher, “Hey! Jealous Lover” by Frank Sinatra and “Singing the Blues” by Marty Robbins all topped the charts.

1956 – Fidel Castro and his 81 rebel exiles departed Mexico to liberate Cuba from the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencia Batista. Che Guevara had recently joined Fidel and his band of Cuban rebel exiles as their doctor.

1957 – President Eisenhower suffered a minor stroke.

1960 – “Amos ‘n’ Andy” (Anatomy of a Controversy 48:20) made its last broadcast on CBS radio.

1960 – CBS ended last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs. Burton).

1960 – The first atomic reactor for research and development began operation at Richland, WA. The plant was built to determine the suitability of plutonium as a reactor fuel.

1961 – Commissioning of USS Enterprise (CVA(N)-65), the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, at Newport News, VA.

1961 – NBA’s Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points.

1961 – “Big Bad John” by Jimmy Dean topped the charts.

1963 – Assassinated President John F. Kennedy was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. During the funeral procession “Little John” saluted his father. His grave is host to an eternal flame originally lit by Jacqueline Kennedy.

1964 – CHART TOPPERS – “Baby Love” by The Supremes, “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay & The Americans, “Ringo” by Lorne Greene and “I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me)” by Buck Owens all topped the charts.

1967 – “Incense and Peppermints” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock topped the charts.

1969 – Pres. Nixon announced an unconditional renunciation of biological weapons.

1970 – , Walter Hickel (1919-2010), former governor of Alaska and US Secretary of the Interior, was fired by Pres. Nixon after sending Nixon a letter critical of how the president handled student protests following the National Guard shootings at Kent State.

1972 – CHART TOPPERS – “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash, “I’d Love You to Want Me” by Lobo, “Summer Breeze” by Seals & Crofts and “She’s Too Good to Be True” by Charley Pride all topped the charts.

1973 – Maximum speed limits in the United States were cut to 55 mph by an act of Congress.

1973 – In response to the 1973 oil crisis, President Richard M. Nixon called for a Sunday ban on the sale of gasoline to consumers.

1973 – Albert DeSalvo, Boston strangler, was stabbed to death in prison.

1974 – The British government outlawed the IRA in all of Great Britain, including Northern Ireland, after IRA bombs hurt and killed many in Birmingham, England.

1975 – Robert S. Ledley was granted a patent for “diagnostic X-ray systems” known as CAT-Scans.

1976 – OJ Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit.

1978 – “MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer topped the charts.

1980 – CHART TOPPERS – “Woman in Love” by Barbra Streisand, “The Wanderer” by Donna Summer, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen and “Lady” by Kenny Rogers all topped the charts.

1980 – No Más Fight: Sugar Ray Leonard regains the WBC world welterweight boxing title in a bout against Roberto Duran. Roberto Duran abruptly quit in the eighth round at the Louisiana Superdome.

1984 – William Schroeder of Jasper, Ind., became the 2nd man to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, at Humana Hospital Audubon in Kentucky. He lived 620 days on the device.

1986 – President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese divulged that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels, revealing the Iran-Contra Affair.

1987 – Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago (1983-1987), died at age 65 after suffering a heart attack in his City Hall office.

1988 – “CHART TOPPERS -“Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi, “Desire” by U2, “Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)” by Will To Power and “I’ll Leave This World Loving You” by Ricky Van Shelton all topped the charts.

1989 – “Blame It on the Rain” by Milli Vanilli topped the charts.

1995 – “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston topped the charts.

1996 – Testifying for a second day at a civil trial, O.J. Simpson again denied killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but couldn’t explain how blood believed to be the victims’ got into his Bronco, or how he suffered hand cuts.

1996 –  An ice storm strikes the central U.S. killing 26 people. A powerful windstorm affects Florida and winds gust over 90 mph, toppling trees and flipping trailers.

1997 In Russia Richard Bliss (29), an employee of Qualcomm Comm., was arrested for spying while performing land surveys using satellite receivers in Rostov-on-Don.

1997In the SF Bay Area police began searching for Thomas Franklin Wheelock (20), who was suspected of murdering his Armored Transport partner, Rodrigo Cortez(30), and escaping with $300,000. Most of the money was found in a Sacramento motel.

1998In Michigan a prosecutor brought charges of first-degree murder against Dr. Jack Kevorkian  for administering a lethal injection last Sept. to a terminally ill man who wished to die.

1999 – Six-year-old Cuban refugee Elián González was rescued by two fishermen off the coast of Florida.

2000 – Hundreds of military veterans and retirees, angered by the rejection of overseas absentee ballots in Florida, held a noisy demonstration in Pensacola, one of several rallies Republicans and Democrats staged across Florida.

2001 – US landed near Kandahar marking the first major use of US ground troops in Afghanistan.

2001 – Scientists at Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, Mass., said they created the world’s first cloned human embryo, which they let grow for just a few hours.

2002 – Pres. Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security and named Tom Ridge as head of the Cabinet-level office.

2002 – US federal investigators reported that they had uncovered the largest identity theft ring ever seen. They alleged that 3 men had victimized over 30,000 people and caused the loss of millions.

2002 – Space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the international space station, delivering one American and two Russians, and another girder for the orbiting outpost.

2003 – Annualized Q3 growth rate in the US gross domestic product exceeds 8%, the highest rate of growth since the Reagan administration.

2003 – Officials in Yemen arrested Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal, a top al-Qaida member suspected of masterminding the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker off Yemen’s coast.

2003 – The US Senate gave final congressional approval to historic Medicare legislation combining a new prescription drug benefit with measures to control costs before the baby boom generation reaches retirement age.

2003 – Gail Knisley (62) was shot and killed while riding in a car on a highway in Columbus, Ohio. It was the only fatality in a series of shootings that terrified area drivers. A suspect, Charles A. McCoy Jr., was arrested March 17, 2004.

2005 – It was reported that thieves in Baltimore had stolen some 130 aluminum light poles over a period of a  few weeks.

2005 – Massachusetts’ attorney general said it is opening an investigation into several supermarkets that opened on Thanksgiving in defiance of the state’s Puritan-era blue laws.

2006 – In New York City Sean Bell (23) and two other unarmed men in a car were killed hours before Bell was to have married the mother of his two children. The confrontation with police stemmed from an undercover operation by seven officers investigating the Kalua Cabaret in Queens.

2006 – BYU’s football program beat Utah 33-31 on a game-winning touchdown catch by wide receiver Johnny Harline.

2007 – A wildfire in Malibu, California, destroys 51 structures, including 49 homes. The fire has also burned 4,720 acres and caused the evacuation of 10,000 people. It is currently 40% contained, being fueled by Santa Ana winds that gusted up to 60 mph  on November 24.

2008 – President-elect Barack Obama has decided to keep Robert Gates as the United States Secretary of Defense and tap Marine General James L. Jones as National Security Advisor.

2009 – US federal prosecutors said a young woman from Mexico was smuggled over the border and forced to work as a prostitute for years in Brooklyn, and the remains of an infant were found in concrete at the home where she was held prisoner.

2009 – Toyota said it would fix accelerator pedals on 4.26 million vehicles to prevent them from becoming stuck and leading to unintentional acceleration.

2010 –  Del Monte Foods is purchased in a US$5 billion leveraged buyout led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.

2010 – The US Government sets aside an area in Alaska more than twice the size of Michigan as a “critical habitat” for polar bears.

2012 – A man in Lithonia, GA, dies after Walmart employees tackle him to the ground for suspected shoplifting of two DVDs on Black Friday.

2013 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire becomes the biggest North American November film release, grossing $161 million in the U.S. and Canada over its first weekend.

2013 – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announces that four Steubenville, Ohio, City Schools employees, including Superintendent Michael McVey, have been indicted on felony and/or misdemeanor charges (obstruction, making false statements, etc.) relating to the 2012 Steubenville rape case.

2013 – A Parsons, Kansas manhunt begins in the U.S. for David Cornell Bennett, Jr. who is alleged to have stalked and killed a mother and her three young children.

2014 – The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson braces for another night of violence following the decision by a grand jury not to indict a police officer in relation to the shooting of Michael Brown.

2015 – A group of Muslims who attempted to establish the first Islamic Sharia court inside the United States in the town of Irving, Texas just received a devastating blow thanks to the town’s mayor standing strong and not backing down. Mayor Beth Van Duyne made a public Facebook post stating that she backs the new Texas law which prohibits any kind of foreign law from being practiced in the state of Texas.

2015 – Former world cruiserweight boxing champion O’Neil Bell is shot to death in a robbery in Atlanta, GA.

2015 – The family of NFL star Frank Gifford, who died last August at age 84, announces that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease linked to head injuries commonly found in American football.

2016 – Fidel Castro, founder of the Communist Party of Cuba, former Prime Minister and former President of Cuba, dies at the age of 90.


1778 – Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, (d. 1856) She was a British Christian writer in the anti-slavery movement. Her family considered her a “mischief-maker”, with Francis Galton saying that she “broke off eleven marriages”.
1835 – Andrew Carnegie, American industrialist, philanthropist.
1844 – Carl Benz, German engineer and car manufacturer.
1846 – Carry Nation, American temperance advocate.
1874 – Joe Gans, American boxer (d. 1910)
1914 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball Hall-of-Famer.
1941 – Percy Sledge, American musician
1960 – Amy Grant, American singer
1960 – John F. Kennedy, Jr., attorney, cofounder of “George” magazine, son of President John F. Kennedy.




 FORSYTH, THOMAS H.State of Connecticut
INTERIM 1871 – 1898


Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company M, 4th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Powder River, Wyo., November 25th, 1876. Entered service at:——. Birth: Hartford, Conn. Date of issue: 14 July 1891. Citation: Though dangerously wounded, he maintained his ground with a small party against a largely superior force after his commanding officer had been shot down during a sudden attack and rescued that officer and a comrade from the enemy.





Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 15th Indiana Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Allen County, Ind. Birth: ——. Date of issue: 28 September 1897. Citation: As color bearer, led his regiment in the assault, and, though wounded, carried the flag forward to the enemy’s works, where he was again wounded. In a brigade of eight regiments, this flag was the first planted on the parapet.





Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company H, 11th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Troy, Ohio. Birth: ——. Date of issue: Unknown. Citation: Though severely wounded, was first of his regiment on the summit of the ridge, planted his colors inside the enemy’s works, and did not leave the field until after he had been wounded five times.





Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, 35th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Ohio. Born: 22 July 1835, West Stockbridge, Mass. Date of issue: 15 November 1893. Citation: Led his regiment in the face of a severe fire of the enemy; was severely wounded.





Rank and organization: Captain, Company K, 100th Indiana Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Indianapolis, Ind. Birth:——. Date of issue: 16 May 1899. Citation: To encourage his men whom he had ordered to lie down while under severe fire, and who were partially protected by slight earthworks, himself refused to lie down, but walked along the top of the works until he fell severely wounded.





Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 15th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Zanesville. Born: 2 October 1844, New Concord, Ohio. Date of issue: 27 March 1890. Citation: Upon reaching the ridge through concentrated fire, he approached the color bearer of the 9th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.), demanded his surrender with threatening gesture and took him prisoner with his regimental flag.






Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 80th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at:——. Birth: Newcomerstown, Ohio. Date of issue: 30 March 1898. Citation: This soldier, while his regiment was falling back, seeing the two color bearers shot down, under a severe fire and at imminent peril recovered both the flags and saved them from capture.






Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, Company G, 15th Indiana Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Westville, LaPorte County, Ind. Birth: ——. Date of issue: 15 February 1897. Citation: Seized the colors from the color bearer, who had been wounded, and, exposed to a terrible fire, carried them forward, planting them on the enemy’s breastworks.





Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 11th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at:——. Born: 1840, England. Date of issue: 12 January 1892. Citation: Scaled the enemy’s works and in a hand-to-hand fight helped capture the flag of the 18th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.).



Rank and organization:. Private, Company H, 11th Ohio Infantry Place and date. At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Ohio. Born. 17 February 1843, Urbana, Ohio. Date of issue: 29 July 1892. Citation: Scaled the enemy’s works and in a hand-to-hand fight helped capture the flag of the 18th Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.).






Rank and organization: Major, 100th Indiana Infantry. Place and date: At Chattanooga, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Goshen Ind. Birth: ——. Date of issue: 24 August 1896. Citation: While in command of the regiment bravely exposed himself to the fire of the enemy, encouraging and cheering his men.






Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, Company C, 13th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Amboy, Ill. Born: 14 January 1842, Buffalo, N.Y. Date of issue: 4 April 1898. Citation: While commanding his company, deployed as skirmishers, came upon a large body of the enemy, taking a number of them prisoner. Lt. Josselyn himself shot their color bearer, seized the colors and brought them back to his regiment.





Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company A, 36th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Rutland, Ill. Birth: Schenectady, N.Y. Date of issue: 4 April 1900. Citation: Sprang over the works just captured from the enemy, and calling upon his comrades to follow, rushed forward in the face of a deadly fire and was among the first over the works on the summit, where he compelled the surrender of a Confederate officer and received his sword.






Rank and organization: Musician, Company G, 37th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Maumee, Ohio. Birth: Maumee, Ohio. Date of issue: 13 August 1895. Citation: Seized a musket and joined in the charge in which he was severely wounded.






Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, and Adjutant, 24th Wisconsin Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Milwaukee, Wis. Birth: Springfield, Mass. Date of issue: 30 June 1890. Citation: Seized the colors of his regiment at a critical moment and planted them on the captured works on the crest of Missionary Ridge.






Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company K, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Chickamauga, Ga., 19 September 1863; At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Glencoe, Minn. Birth: Maine. Date of issue: 2 April 1898. Citation: While in arrest at Chickamauga, Ga., left his place in the rear and voluntarily went to the line of battle, secured a rifle, and fought gallantly during the two-day battle; was released from arrest in recognition of his bravery. At Missionary Ridge commanded his company and gallantly led it, being among the first to enter the enemy’s works; was severely wounded, losing an arm, but declined a discharge and remained in active service to the end of the war.






Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 37th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Maumee, Ohio. Birth: Tiffin, Ohio. Date of issue: 9 November 1895. Citation:  Rescued a wounded comrade under terrific fire.







and organization: Private, Company K, 31st Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25th, 1863. Entered service at: Springfield, Ohio. Birth: Clark County, Ohio. Date of issue: 25 November 1895. Citation: After two color bearers had fallen, seized the flag and carried it forward, assisting in the capture of a battery. Shortly thereafter he captured the flag of the 41st Alabama and the color bearer.


Capturing the Flag


Receiving a Medal of Honor for any activity is simply ordinary people doing extremely extraordinary things. We tend to look at things such as capturing a flag as fairly simple events when that is far from the truth. First, the flags captured in these contexts are powerful symbols of the organization displaying it. During the CIVIL WAR it was an extreme honor to capture the enemy’s flag and a disgrace to lose your own. To take your enemy’s flag was also a very important mark of success.


Second, in addition to the emotional aspects, having your flag stolen would be tantamount to losing a very important communication device. To the soldiers in the battle it said, “Here are your leaders and they are still standing.” It gave a focal point or a rallying point to those in battle but away from their leaders.


Finally it was a sense of pride that transcended the battle and the war and all of the following history. There is still (2010) contention between states over these banners, guidons and flags from the CIVIL WAR. This demonstrates the military and emotional importance of these pieces of cloth.


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Unerased History – November 24th

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OH MY!!! Only 30 shopping days to Christmas

Bob Hope Military Monday



The point of Thanksgiving is to remember the things we have to be grateful for. It’s our special time to give thanks… not just for the obvious, like food, but for the thousands of fortunate moments, the multitude of blessings that we receive each year.Think of all the good things that happened because something bad happened first. For example, “If that slow driver hadn’t pulled in front of me, I would have gotten a speeding ticket.” “If I hadn’t tripped on the playground, I would never have met such a nice person.” “If I hadn’t experienced unemployment, I would never have acquired the skills that got me a more fulfilling job.”

On a vacation trip through Vicksburg, MS, we passed an elderly woman whose car apparently had just broke down on the side of the freeway. My son, 4, said, “Dad we should go back and help her.” We went to the next exit, up and over the bridge and back down on to the freeway. When we got back to the Vicksburg exit we repeated that so we could get back to the same spot. We did but she and the car were gone. We had lost almost an hour but it completely dissipated when Mark said, ” Don’t worry Dad we probably missed a bad accident or something.” Oh what a blessing that was!!!

Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have. For example: “I’m so fortunate to have a warm place to sleep in the winter.” “I’m so fortunate to live in a safe neighborhood where I can take walks.” “I’m so fortunate to be able to see the beauty around me.” “I am so fortunate to have my family and especially my wife or my husband.”

Think about people you’ve known that have made you thankful for their existence. They can be family, friends or simply people that you’ve read about or seen on television, that you know by Facebook or other social media. Imagine how many other people there are who might be equally as wonderful. You just haven’t met them yet. You know that a stranger is a friend that you have not met.

Think about people who have made life hard for you. Now think about the things you accomplished because of them. Did you finish something because they said that you couldn’t? Did you get better at something because they made fun of you when you did it badly? Did their cruel actions make you vow never to treat others that way? Even the negative forces in your life can be hidden blessings, worthy of your gratitude.

Think about the animals that have given you joy: Dogs that love you with every inch of their hearts, cats that think your lap is the best place to nap in the whole world, birds whose songs uplift your spirit, squirrels whose antics put a grin on your face.

Think about the places that make you smile: A favorite hangout, a wooded trail, an exciting city, a great spot from which to view the sky, a hill that you once rolled down. Give thanks for all these things.

Give thanks to the Lord who has given you all these things by giving you the one thing that you needed to experience them all and that  is LIFE!!!

Now pass it on. True gratitude involves action. Lend a hand. Pitch in. Make a gift. Give your time. Listen. Give back as often as you can. Even a friendly greeting can make all the difference in the world. SMILE!!!!!


Scripture of the Day

Ephesians 5:20
Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Founders Thoughts


North CarolinaNorth Carolina claims several contentious superlatives: first in flight (disputed by Ohio since Orville and Wilbur Wright lived in Dayton, Ohio), the first state university (disputed by Georgia since its university was chartered first, though North Carolina’s opened first), and the first declaration of independence, though most historians dispute the veracity of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Even with its questionable credentials, the date of the “Meck-Dec” still adorns North Carolina’s state flag. The other date on the flag, April 12, 1776, however, honors a first that no other state can claim, the “Halifax Resolves.” Though it was not an outright declaration of independence from Great Britain, this resolution, which was unanimously passed at the fourth Provincial Congress meeting in Halifax, North Carolina, was the first official action in which a colony authorized its delegates to the Continental Congress to vote for independence.

Just eight months earlier, North Carolina’s official attitude toward independence was a bit more ambivalent. Facing increasing uncertainties and dealing with the divided loyalties of its populace, the third Provincial Congress issued an “Address to the Inhabitants of the British Empire.” This statement, which sought to justify congress’s actions (such as stockpiling weapons, raising units of soldiers, and preparing for self-government), denied that the colony desired to separate from Great Britain. It claimed allegiance to the crown, asserted that Parliament was at fault for passing undesirable legislation, and reiterated the colony’s desire to return to the relationship that existed between Great Britain and the American colonies in the years prior to the French and Indian War.

From August 1775 to April 1776, the deteriorating situation in North Carolina and other colonies changed how many North Carolinians and their delegates to the provincial congress viewed their relationship with Great Britain. Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, King George III declared the colonies to be in a state of rebellion and withdrew his protection from the colonists. In January 1776, royal governor Josiah Martin issued a call for loyalist troops to assemble and rendezvous with a contingent of the British army that was sailing for North Carolina’s coast. Though patriot militia and Continental Line soldiers intercepted the loyalists and routed them on February 27, 1776, at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, the skirmish still sent shock waves through the province. In addition, British agents continually worked to incite Native Americans, including the Cherokee, along the colony’s frontier, while along the coast, the British navy maintained several warships. These events and several others forced North Carolina’s patriot leaders to the conclusion that reconciliation on amiable terms was no longer possible.

After the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, the fourth Provincial Congress convened in Halifax on April 4, 1776. Over the first few days, the congress organized itself and formed committees to oversee aspects of the province’s government and military preparations. On April 8, 1776, it created a select committee to consider the “Usurpations and Violences attempted and committed by the King and Parliament of Britain against America, and the further Measures to be taken for frustrating the same, and for the better Defence of this Province.” Four days later, on April 12, the group, which consisted of Thomas Burke, Cornelius Harnett (chairman), Allen Jones, Thomas Jones, John Kinchen, Abner Nash, and Thomas Person, presented a report detailing British atrocities and American responses. The committee believed that further attempts at compromise and reunion would fail, and they offered the following resolution:

That the Delegates for this Colony in the Continental Congress be impowered to concur with the Delegates of the other Colonies in declaring Independency, and forming foreign Alliances, reserving to this Colony the sole and exclusive Right of forming a Constitution and Laws for this Colony, and of appointing Delegates from Time to Time, (under the Direction of a general Representation thereof) to meet the Delegates of the other Colonies, for such Purposes as shall hereafter be pointed out.

The full congress took the recommendations into consideration and unanimously approved of them. The resolution was immediately copied and sent to Philadelphia, where Joseph Hewes, a member of North Carolina’s delegation, shared it with other American representatives. Soon thereafter, other colonies followed North Carolina’s lead, and the foundation was laid for the summer of 1776.


” Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement — and we will make the goal. “

~ Jerome P. Fleishman

TREN-chuhr-muhn, noun:

A hearty eater.

Trencherman is from trencher, “a wooden board or platter on which food is served or carved” (from Medieval French trencheoir, from Old French trenchier, “to cut,” from Latin truncare, “to lop off, to shorten by cutting”) + man. It is related to trench, “a hole cut into the ground.”

1248 –  In the middle of the night a mass on the north side of Mont Granier suddenly collapsed, in one of the largest historical avalanches known in Europe.

1639 – Jeremiah Horrocks observes the transit of Venus (November 24 in the Julian calendar, or December 4 in the Gregorian calendar).

1642 – Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen’s Land which he named after his captain; later it was renamed Tasmania.

1703 – First Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia.

1832 – South Carolina passed an Ordinance of Nullification. The US government had enacted a tariff. South Carolina nullified it and threatened to secede. The doctrine of nullification involved an argument concerning the nature of the union as defined by the writers of the Constitution and addressed the question: “Was the US a compact of sovereign states, each retaining ultimate authority, or was the US one nation formed by the people through the writing of the Constitution?”

1835 – Texas Rangers, a mounted police force, was authorized by the Texas Provisional Government. Rangers served primarily as volunteers since government offers of payment rarely materialized. The affairs of this group provided the basis for “The Lone Ranger.”

1859 – British naturalist Charles Darwin published “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” which explained his groundbreaking theory of evolution.

1861 – Civil War: Landing party from U.S.S. Flag, Commander J. Rodgers, U.S.S. Augusta, Pocahontas, Seneca, and Savan­nah, took possession of the Tybee Island, Savannah Harbor.

1862 – Civil War: U.S.S. Monticello, Lieutenant Commander Braine, destroyed two Confederate salt works near Little River Inlet, North Carolina.

1863 – Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain – Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant capture Lookout Mountain and begin to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg. The battle for Lookout Mountain was fought in a layer of fog whose lower level began at the Cravens House, used as Rebel headquarters.

1863 – Civil War: Union Army troops commenced sinking piles as obstructions in the Stono River above Legareville, South Carolina.

1864 – Kit Carson and his 1st Cavalry, New Mexico Volunteers, attacked a camp of Kiowa Indians in the First Battle of Adobe Walls.

1871 – The National Rifle Association was incorporated in New York City, and its first president was  Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. Another founder was Union General Willam Church.

1874 – Robert B. Elliott, Black American, elected Speaker of the lower house of the South Carolina legislature.

1896 – Vermont passed the first statute extending the privilege of absentee voting to both civilians and military personnel. Most legislation pertaining to absentee voting has been introduced during wartime, when large numbers of eligible voters have been serving their country in the Armed Forces.

1903 – Clyde Coleman of New York City patents the automobile electric starter.

1906 – A 13-6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the “Ohio League” Championship, leads to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football.

1904 – The first successful caterpillar track is made.

1918 – Frank O. King premiered his comic strip “Gasoline Alley” in the Chicago Tribune. He aged his characters over time.

1927 – In California troops battled 1,200 inmates after Folsom prisoners revolted. On Thanksgiving Day there was a prison break at Folsom. One prisoner was shot in the ensuing uprising and five others were later hung.

1930 – Ruth Nichols becomes the first woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight.

1932 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.

1938 – Clifford Odets’ “Rocket to the Moon,” premiered in New York City.

1938 – Mexico seized oil land adjacent to Texas.

1939 – In Czechoslovakia, the Gestapo executed 120 students who were accused of anti-Nazi plotting.

1940 – World War II: Nazis closed off the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. Over the next three years the population dropped from 350,000 to 70,000 due to starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps.

1941 – World War II: Holocaust:  “Life Certificates” were issued to some Jews of Vilna. The rest were exterminated.

1943 – World War II: Japanese forces mount a small attack on the American divisions on Bougainville. The US Marines hold.

1943 – World War II: The USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed near Tarawa and sinks, killing 650 men.

1944 – World War II: Bombing of Tokyo – The first bombing raid since Capt. Jimmy Doolittle’s raid in 1942 against the Japanese capital from the east and by land was made by 111 American aircraft.

1944 – World War II: The US 3rd Army captures crossings over the Saar River, about 25 miles north of Saarbrucken.

1944 – World War II: Heinrich Himmler ordered the destruction of the Auschwitz and Birkenau crematoriums.

1947 – After refusing to co-operate with the House Un-American Activities Committee concerning allegations of Communist influence in the movie industry, the United States House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt of Congress against the so-called “Hollywood 10”.

1947 – John Steinbeck’s novel “The Pearl” published.

1947 – CHART TOPPERS – “You Do” by Dinah Shore, “Near You” by The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm), “The Whiffinpoof Song” by Bing Crosby and “I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.

1950 – The musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls”, opened on Broadway.

1950 – The “Storm of the Century”, a violent snowstorm, takes shape on this date before paralyzing the northeastern United States and the Appalachians the next day, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia, records 57 inches of snow. 353 people would die as a result of the storm.

1951 – The Broadway play Gigi opens with little-known actress Audrey Hepburn in the title role.

1951 – “Sin (It’s No Sin)” by Eddy Howard topped the charts.

1953 – Walter O’Malley named Walston Alston to replace Charlie Dressen, who wanted a multi-year contract, a Dodger taboo. Alston served under 23 consecutive one-year contracts.

1954 – First US Presidential airplane christened. The presidential call sign, Air Force One, was established for security purposes during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1955 – CHART TOPPERS – “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Autumn Leaves by Roger Williams, “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra and “Love, Love, Love” by Webb Pierce all topped the charts.

1956 – “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley topped the charts.

1956 – “Pajama Game” closed at St James Theater New York City after 1063 performances.

1958 – Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Teardrops” was released.

1958 – Richie Valens released “Donna” and “La Bamba“.

1958 – “It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty topped the charts.

1959 – The new TV show Twilight Zone ran “The Time Element” (51:57)about a bartender returning to Pearl Harbor Dec 6, 1941.

1960 – Wilt Chamberlain pulls down 55 rebounds in a game (NBA record).

1962 – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by the Four Seasons topped the charts.

1963 – CHART TOPPERS – “I’m Leaving It Up to You” by Dale & Grace, “Washington Square” by The Village Stompers, “She’s a Fool” by Lesley Gore and “Love’s Gonna Live Here” by Buck Owens all topped the charts.

1963 – Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in the Dallas police station in a scene captured on live television. (In 1979, the House Assassination’s Committee concludes that Kennedy likely was killed as part of a larger conspiracy. It may even have included members of organized crime.) The whole event was broadcast on television.

1963 – Vietnam War: Newly sworn-in US President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam both militarily and economically.

1964 – USS Princeton (LPH-5) completes seven-days of humanitarian relief to South Vietnam which suffered damage from typhoon and floods.

1964 – Residents of Wash DC were permitted to vote for the first time since 1800.

1966 – Four-hundred die of respiratory failure & heart attack in killer New York City smog. It was caused by a temperature inversion trapping the urban air pollution for three days.

1968 – Three Latins hijacked a US B-707 jet, from New York’s Kennedy Int’l. to Cuba. Pena Soltren, a US citizen, and two accomplices used weapons hidden in a diaper bag to hijack Pan Am Flight 281.

1969 – Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the Moon, successfully returned to Earth.

1969 – U.S. Army officials announce 1st Lt. William Calley will be court-martialed for the premeditated murder of 109 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai.

1970 – Stanford’s QB Jim Plunkett wins Heisman Trophy.

1971 – CHART TOPPERS – “Theme from Shaft” by Isaac Hayes, “Baby I’m-A Want You by Bread, “Have You Seen Her” by Chi-Lites and “Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)” by Merle Haggard all topped the charts.

1971 – Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom. He was never found. In 2011 evidence was presented that Lynn Doyle Cooper (d.1999) of Oregon, a Korean war veteran, was the hijacker.

1971 – A prison rebellion took place at Rahway State Prison, NJ.

1972 – A Friday night show that would compete head-to-head with NBC’s “Midnight Special” premiered. “In Concert” featured Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Blood Sweat and Tears, Seals and Crofts and Poco.

1973 – “Photograph” by Ringo Starr topped the charts.

1976 – NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak.

1977 – Greece announced the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

1979 – The United States government admitted that thousands of troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange.

1979 – CHART TOPPERS – “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” by Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer, “Babe” by Styx, “Please Don’t Go” by K.C. & The Sunshine Band and “Come with Me” by Waylon Jennings all topped the charts.

1982 – FCC dropped limits on the duration and frequency of TV ads.

1984 – “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! topped the charts.

1986 – CHART TOPPERS – “Mony Mony “Live” by Billy Idol, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by  Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, “Heaven is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle and “I Won’t Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)” by Randy Travis all topped the charts.

1986 – First day issue of the American Eagle silver dollar. It sold out on its first day.

1987 – The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles.

1990 – “Love Takes Time” by Mariah Carey topped the charts.

1991 – The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral with six astronauts and a military satellite.

1992 – Marines lowered the flag at Subic Bay, U.S. Naval Facility, Republic of the Philippines, for the last time during ceremonies to turn over the facility to the government of the Philippines. The withdrawal ended almost a century of U.S. presence in that nation.

1993 – The “Brady Bill” was passed by the U.S. Congress. The battle over the bill had been long and loud since its introduction in 1987.

1996 – Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions) set an NFL record when he recorded his eighth straight 1,000-yard season.

1997 – Space-walking astronauts from the shuttle Columbia grabbed a spinning satellite with their hands, enabling the cockpit crew to use the shuttle’s robot arm to return it to the cargo bay.

1998 – America Online announced that it would buy Netscape Communications for $10 billion.

1998 – Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., donated $20 million to the Seattle Public Library system.

1999 – It was reported that US married couples with children comprised 26% of the population as opposed to 45% in 1972.

2000 – The PlayStation 2 is released in Europe, for around €449/£299.

2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the bitter, overtime struggle for the White House, agreeing to consider George W. Bush’s appeal whether the extended Florida ballot counting violates federal law.

2001 – Heavy storms hit the US and at least 12 people were killed in the lower Mississippi valley.

2002 – Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off on mission STS-113, the final successful shuttle flight before the ill-fated STS-107 Columbia mission.

2003 – A jury in Virginia Beach, Virginia, sentenced John Allen Muhammad to death for the series of Washington-area sniper shootings.

2003 – A new US FCC regulation allowed cell phone users to transfer their numbers to a different carrier beginning today.

2003 – Warren Spahn (82), the Hall of Fame pitcher who won more games than any other left-hander in history, died in Broken Arrow, Ok.

2004 – The US military ended a nine-year peacekeeping role in Bosnia but kept on a small contingent to hunt down top war crimes suspects Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.

2004 – In Fallujah the US military uncovered the largest arms cache yet inside the mosque of an insurgent leader.

2005 – A giant balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York snagged a street light and caused part of it to fall, injuring a woman and a child.

2006 – In Chicago a gunman who took his neighbor hostage for 23 hours over Thanksgiving ended the standoff by killing the woman and himself.

2007 – In southern California a fast-moving wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes and spread through the canyons and hills above Malibu, forcing dozens of residents to flee ahead of the flames. Fifty-three homes were destroyed with seven square miles scorched.

2008 – The US government won a terrorism conviction against Texas-based Holy Land, what had been the nation’s largest Muslim charity, and five of its leaders for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

2010 – The US Federal Transit Administration sent an invoice to New Jersey for some $271 million for work done on the cancelled $8.7 billion Hudson River rail tunnel connecting the state with NY.

2010 – Former US House of Representatives Majority Leader and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Tom DeLay is convicted of money laundering and conspiracy in relation to Republican fundraising for the 2002 Texas state elections.

2010 –   In Virginia 5 Somali men, accused of attacking the USS Nicholas on April 1, were convicted on federal piracy charges. On March 14, 2011, the 5 men were sentenced to life in prison.

2012 – Retail analysis says more Americans went out to shop (as opposed to shopping online) on Black Friday, 23 November. However, total sales decreased 1.8% from the previous Black Friday.

2012 – The NHL cancels all games through 14 December, plus the 2013 NHL All-Star Game scheduled for 27 January in Columbus, Ohio, due to the 2012 NHL lockout.

2012 – In a Springfield, Massachusetts a natural gas explosion leveled two buildings and many more buildings are damaged. At least 18 people are injured.

2014 – A grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri decides not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in relation to the shooting of Michael Brown in the suburb of Ferguson. Protests turn violent following the announcement despite a request by President Obama and Brown’s family for any protests to be peaceful.

2016 – After Trump’s victory, the stock market closes above 19,000 for the first
time ever. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index also rose by 0.2 percent, hitting a record high of 2202.94 points.


1784 – Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States of America (1849-50).
1806 – William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby (d. 1872)
1853 – Bat Masterson, American gunfighter (d. 1921)
1868 – Scott Joplin, American ragtime music composer and pianist.
1877 – Alben W. Barkley, Vice President of the United States (d. 1956)
1888 – Dale Carnegie, American lecturer and author.
1897 – Lucky Luciano, American gangster (d. 1962)
1925 – William F. Buckley, conservative commentator who founded National Review in 1955.
1942 – Marlin Fitzwater, White House Press Secretary





Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kowang-San, Korea, November 23rd and  November 24th, 1951. Entered service at: Jefferson, S.C. Born: 27 October 1929, Chesterfield County, S.C. G.O. No.: 2, 7 January 1953. Citation: Pfc. Knight, a member of Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He occupied a key position in the defense perimeter when waves of enemy troops passed through their own artillery and mortar concentrations and charged the company position. Two direct hits from an enemy emplacement demolished his bunker and wounded him. Disregarding personal safety, he moved to a shallow depression for a better firing vantage. Unable to deliver effective fire from his defilade position, he left his shelter, moved through heavy fire in full view of the enemy and, firing into the ranks of the relentless assailants, inflicted numerous casualties, momentarily stemming the attack. Later during another vicious onslaught, he observed an enemy squad infiltrating the position and, counterattacking, killed or wounded the entire group. Expending the last of his ammunition, he discovered three enemy soldiers entering the friendly position with demolition charges. Realizing the explosives would enable the enemy to exploit the breach, he fearlessly rushed forward and disabled two assailants with the butt of his rifle when the third exploded a demolition charge killing the three enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Pfc. Knight. Pfc. Knight’s supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.



INTERIM 1871-1898



Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1825, Malta. Citation: For courage and fidelity displayed in the loss of the U.S.S. Huron, November 24th,  1877.  While on a scientific trip to Cuba, Huron ran aground off Nags Head, North Carolina in heavy weather, and was wrecked shortly after 1 a.m. next morning. For a time, her crew worked in relatively little danger, attempting to free their ship, but she soon heeled over, carrying 98 officers and men to their deaths.






Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 149th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Lookout Mountain, Tenn., November 24th,  1863. Entered service at: Syracuse, N.Y. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 28 June 1865. Citation: Capture of Confederate flag (Bragg’s army).




Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company D, 149th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Lookout Mountain, Tenn., November 24th,  1863. Entered service at: Syracuse, N.Y. Birth: Syracuse, N.Y. Date of issue: 12 January 1892. Citation: Waved the colors to save the lives of the men who were being fired upon by their own batteries, and thereby drew upon himself a concentrated fire from the enemy.




Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company E, 149th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Lookout Mountain, Tenn., November 24th, 1863. Entered service at: Pompey, N.Y. Birth: Pompey, N.Y. Date of issue: 24 June 1865. Citation: Capture of flag (Bragg’s army).


Receiving a Medal of Honor for any activity is simply ordinary people doing extremely extraordinary things. We tend to look at things such as capturing a flag as fairly simple events when that is far from the truth. First, the flags captured in these contexts are powerful symbols of the organization displaying it. During the CIVIL WAR it was an extreme honor to capture the enemy’s flag and a disgrace to lose your own. To take your enemy’s flag was also a very important mark of success.

Second, in addition to the emotional aspects, having your flag stolen would be tantamount to losing a very important communication device. To the soldiers in the battle it said, “Here are your leaders and they are still standing.” It gave a focal point or a rallying point to those in battle but away from their leaders.

Finally it was a sense of pride that transcended the battle and the war and all of the following history. There is still (2010) contention between states over these banners, guidons and flags from the CIVIL WAR. This demonstrates the military and emotional importance of these pieces of cloth.


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Unerased History – November 22nd

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ANNIVERSARY – John F. Kennedy Assassination



On this most Americans can agree: President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.


President Kennedy’s motorcade route through Dallas was planned to give him maximal exposure to Dallas crowds before his arrival, along with the vice president and the governor, at a luncheon with civic and business leaders in that city. The White House staff informed the secret service that the president would arrive in Dallas via a short (13 minutes in the air) flight, from Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, to Dallas Love Field. The Dallas Trade Mart had been selected for the luncheon, and the final decision of the Trade Mart as the end of the motorcade journey was selected by Kennedy’s friend and appointments secretary Kenneth O’Donnell, who would accompany him on the trip.

Leaving from Love Field, 45 minutes had been allotted for the motorcade to reach the Dallas Trade Mart at a planned arrival time of 12:15 PM. The actual route was chosen to be a meandering 10-mile route which could be driven slowly in the allotted time. Special Agent Winston G. Lawson, a member of the White House detail and Secret Service agent Forrest V. Sorrels, SAC of the Dallas office, were most active in planning the actual route.

On November 14, Lawson and Sorrels attended a meeting at Love Field and drove over the route which Sorrels believed best suited for the motorcade. From Love Field, the route passed through a portion of suburban Dallas, through the downtown area along Main Street, and finally to the Trade Mart including a short segment of the Stemmons Freeway. For the President’s return to Love Field, for a fund-raising dinner in Austin later in the day would be a more direct and shorter route. The planned route to the Trade Mart was widely reported in Dallas newspapers several days before the event, for the benefit of people who wished to view the motorcade.

To pass through downtown Dallas, a route west along Dallas’ Main Street, rather than Elm Street was chosen. This was the traditional parade route, and provided the maximal building and crowd views. It also had an exit  accessible only from Elm Street. The planned motorcade route thus included a short one-block turn at the end of the downtown segment of Main Street, onto Houston Street for one block northward, before turning again west onto Elm. The motorcade would proceed through Dealey Plaza before exiting Elm onto the Stemmons Freeway. The Texas School Book Depository was situated at this corner of Houston and Elm.

After a breakfast speech in Fort Worth, where Kennedy had stayed overnight after arriving from San Antonio the day previously, the President boarded Air Force One which departed at 11:10 and arrived at Love Field 15 minutes later. At about 11:40, the presidential motorcade left Love Field for the trip through Dallas, which was running on a schedule about 10 minutes longer than the planned 45 minutes, due to enthusiastic crowds and an unplanned stop directed by the president. By the time the motorcade reached Dealy Plaza, however, they were only 5 minutes away from their planned destination.

At 12:30 p.m. CST, as Kennedy’s uncovered limousine entered Dealey Plaza, Nellie Connally, then the First Lady of Texas, turned around to Kennedy, who was sitting behind her, and commented, “Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,” which President Kennedy acknowledged. From Houston Street, the presidential limousine made the planned left turn to put it on Elm Street to allow it to pass to the Stemmons Freeway exit. As it turned on Elm, the motorcade passed the Texas School Book Depository. As it continued down Elm Street, shots were fired at

Kennedy; a clear majority of witnesses recalled hearing three shots. A minority of the witnesses did recognize the first gunshot blast they heard as a weapon blast, but there was hardly any reaction from a majority in the crowd or riding in the motorcade itself to the first shot, with many later saying they heard what they first thought to be a firecracker or the exhaust backfire of a vehicle just after the president started waving.

Within one second of each other, President Kennedy, Governor Connally, and Mrs. Kennedy, all turned abruptly from looking to their left to looking to their right, between Zapruder film frames 155 and 169. Governor Connally, like the President, a WWII military veteran, testified that he immediately recognized the sound of a high-powered rifle, then he turned his head and torso rightward attempting to see President Kennedy behind him. Connally testified he could not see the president, so he then started to turn forward again (turning from his right, to his left). Connally testified that when his head was facing about twenty-degrees left of center he was hit in his upper right back by a bullet. He testified he did not hear the muzzle blast. After Connally was hit he then shouted, “Oh, no, no, no. My God. They’re going to kill us all!”

Mrs. Connally testified that right after hearing a first loud, frightening noise that came from somewhere behind her and to her right, she immediately turned towards President Kennedy and saw him with his arms and elbows already raised high with his hands already close to his throat. She then heard another gunshot and her husband started yelling. Mrs. Connally then turned away from President Kennedy towards her husband, then another gunshot sounded.  She and the limousine’s rear interior were now covered with fragments of skull, blood, and brain matter.

According to the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations, as President Kennedy waved to the crowds on his right with his right arm upraised on the side of the limo, a shot entered his upper back, penetrated his neck, slightly damaged a spinal vertebra and the top of his right lung, exited his throat nearly centerline just beneath his larynx, then nicked the left side of his suit tie knot. He then raised his elbows and clenched his fists in front of his face and neck, then leaned forward and towards his left. Mrs. Kennedy then put her arms around him in concern.

Governor Connally also reacted after the same bullet penetrated his back just below his right armpit, creating an oval entry wound, impacted and destroyed four inches of his right, fifth rib bone, exited his chest just below his right nipple creating a two-and-a-half inch oval sucking-air chest wound, then entered just above his right wrist, impacted and cleanly shattered his right radius bone, exited just below the wrist at the inner side of his right palm, and entered his left inner thigh.

A  second shot struck at Zapruder film frame 313 when the Presidential limousine was passing in front of the John Neely Bryan north pergola concrete structure. Both the Commission and the House Select Committee each concluded that this shot entered the rear of President Kennedy’s head then exploded out a roughly oval-shaped hole from his head’s rear and right side. Head matter, brain, blood, and skull fragments, originating from Kennedy, covered the interior of the car, the inner and outer surfaces of the front glass windshield and raised sun visors, the front engine hood, the rear trunk lid, the followup Secret Service car and its driver’s left arm, and motorcycle officers riding on both sides of the president behind him. Mrs. Kennedy then reached out onto the rear trunk lid. After she crawled back into her limousine seat, both Governor Connally and Mrs. Connally heard her say more than once, “They have killed my husband,” and “I have his brains in my hand.”

Clint Hill was riding on the left front running board of the followup car, immediately behind the Presidential limousine. Hill testified he heard one shot, then, he jumped off into Elm Street and ran forward to try and get on the limousine and protect the president. Hill testified to the Warren Commission that after he jumped into Elm Street, he heard two more shots.  After the president had been shot in the head, Mrs. Kennedy began to climb out onto the back of the limousine, though she later had no recollection of doing so. Hill believed she was reaching for something, perhaps a piece of the president’s skull. He jumped onto the back of the limousine while at the same time Mrs. Kennedy returned to her seat, and he clung to the car as it exited Dealey Plaza and accelerated, speeding to Parkland Memorial Hospital.

 I (Wayne Church) was a sophomore at Aurora High School in Aurora, Ohio on this day. My friends and I were on the far north side of the cafeteria up against the windows looking over the football field. We were in 8th period study hall and the next stop was the bus to go home. Mr. Richard Golnick walked toward our table. I remember him as a hard-nosed teacher from Brooklyn, NY. He was our gym teacher. As he walked across the room I remember that the noise level was dropping. He was wearing his blue gym suit with white striping and he had a day-old beard.

I remember all of this fifty years later (2013) because of what he said next. He said, “President Kennedy has been shot and killed in Dallas.” Nothing before or since has hit me harder than that short sentence. If you were old enough to remember, where were you???


Scripture of the Day

Hosea 4: 6

 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.


Founders Thoughts

American RevolutionTimeline – 1778

France and America become allies
France and America formed an alliance, negotiated by Benjamin Franklin, stating that each would consider the other a “most favored nation” for trade and friendship; France would be obligated to fight for American independence  and America would be obligated to stand by France if war should occur between France and Great Britain. Within four months, France and Great Britain were at war.
The British attempt to make peace
Threatened by the alliance between France and America, Parliament proposed the repeal of the Tea Act (1773) and Coercive Acts (1774), pledged not to tax the colonies, and sent peace commissioners to America. However, most Americans were interested only in British recognition of American independence. When a British commissioner tried to bribe congressmen Joseph Reed, Robert Morris, and Francis Dana, Americans became even less interested in reconciliation. Competing for support from the American people, both Congress and the desperate commissioners appealed directly to them with broadsides, but the British commissioners soon returned to Great Britain, their mission a failure.
John Paul Jones wins victories
Although Esek Hopkins was never very successful with the American navy, Captain John Paul Jones won several victories against the British with his ship, the “Ranger.”
The Battle of Monmouth
When the British headed for New York, Washington left Valley Forge to follow. At the Battle of Monmouth, American General Charles Lee gave several confused orders and then ordered a sudden retreat. Washington’s arrival on the scene saved the battle, although the British escaped to New York during the night. Lee was later court-martialed.


“Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”

 ~ Marianne Williamson


(sub-JAY-suhnt) adjective

Lying under or below something.

[From Latin subjacent- (stem of subjacens), present participle of subjacere
(to underlie), from sub- (under) + jacere (to lie). Ultimately from the
Indo-European root ye- (to throw), that is also the source of jettison,
eject, project, reject, object, subject, adjective, joist, and ejaculate.]


1247 – Robin Hood died according to the 1400 ballad “A Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode.”

1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a route to India.

1542 – New laws were passed in Spain giving protection against the enslavement of Indians in America.

1718 – Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as “Blackbeard”) is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard.

1809 – Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen.

1812 –  War of 1812: Seventeen Indiana Rangers are killed at the Battle of Wild Cat Creek.

1842 – Mt Saint Helens erupts. In late fall or early winter of 1842, nearby settlers and missionaries were witness to the so-called “Great Eruption”. This small-volume outburst created large ash clouds, and mild explosions followed for 15 years. It was then fairly quiet for 123 years.

1847 – Astor Place Opera House, New York City’s first operatic theater, was opened.

1858 –  Denver, Colorado is founded.

1862 – Civil War: Joint Army–Navy expedition to vicinity of Mathews Court House, Virginia.

1864 – Civil War: Confederate General John Bell Hood invades Tennessee in an unsuccessful attempt to draw Union General William T. Sherman from Georgia.

1864 – Civil War: Union General O. Howard at Gettysburg,  ordered plunderers shot to death. Howard University is named for this General.

1864 – Civil War: Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia, ended after 650 casualties.

1869 –  In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched – one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving today.

1880 – Vaudeville actress Lillian Russell makes her debut at Tony Pastor’s Theatre in New York City.

1898 – In Lake City, S.C. a Black postmaster was lynched and his three daughters were shot and maimed for life.

1899 – The Marconi Wireless Company of America was incorporated under laws of the State of New Jersey.

1904 – Design Patent for the Congressional Medal of Honor was granted to George Gillespie.

1906 – The “SOS” distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention.

1910 – Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs. The metal shaft was not approved by the US Golf Association until 1925. ;Approval by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrew’s wasn’t until 1929.

1915 – Germany offers £1,000 each of American passengers lost in “Lusitania”. Offer refused by America.

1917 – NHL created. The founding teams were the Canadiens, Wanderers, Senators and the newly-created Toronto Arenas.

1922 – Howard Carter, assisted by Lord Carnarvon, opens the tomb of Tutankhamen.

1923 – Pres. Coolidge pardoned WW I German spy Lothar Witzke, who was sentenced to death. Witzke, a member of a “fifth column” organization run from Mexico. He was suspected in the “Black Tom” explosion that damaged the Statue of Liberty in 1916.

1927 – The first U.S. patent for a snowmobile was issued to Carl J.E. Eliason of Saynor, Wisconsin. His “motor toboggan” had ski-like front runners and a rear drive track.

1927 – George Gershwin’s “Funny Face,” premiered in New York City.

1928 –  “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel, first performed publicly, in Paris. The composition was a great success when it was premiered with choreography by Bronislava Nijinska and designs by Benois.

1930 – Elijah Muhammad formed the Nation of Islam in Detroit.

1932 – A pump was patented that computed quantity and price delivered.

1934 – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” was first heard on Eddie Cantor’s show.

1935 – Pan Am’s China Clipper, a flying boat, takes off from Alameda, California in an attempt to deliver the first airmail cargo across the Pacific Ocean (the airplane later reached its destination, Manila, and delivered over 110,000 pieces of mail).

1938 – The first coelacanth, a prehistoric fish thought extinct, was caught off the South African coast.

1938 – Bunny Berigan and his orchestra waxed “Jelly Roll Blues” on Victor Records.

1942 – World War II:  General Friedrich von Paulus sends Adolf Hitler a telegram saying that the German 6th army is surrounded.

1943 – World War II:President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met to discuss strategies for defeating Japan.

1945 – CHART TOPPERS – “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” by The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen), “Till the End of Time” by Perry Como, “I’ll Buy that Dream” by The Pied Pipers and “Sioux City Sue” by Dick Thomas all topped the charts.

1945 – Jim Benton, Cleveland end, gains 303 yards (NFL record).

1946 – Biro ball point pens went on sale, invented by Hungarian journalist László Biro.

1950 – Lowest NBA score, Ft Wayne Pistons (19), Minneapolis Lakers (18).

1952 – “It’s in the Book” by Johnny Standley topped the charts.

1952 – Korean War – Captain Cecil G. Foster of the 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing became the 23rd ace of the Korean War.

1953 – CHART TOPPERS – “Ebb Tide” by The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra, “Rags to Riches” by Tony Bennett, “Ricochet” by Teresa Brewer and “There Stands the Glass” by Webb Pierce all topped the charts.

1954 – The Humane Society of the United States is founded.

1957 – Mickey Mantle beats Ted Williams by one vote for MVP.

1958 – “Tom Dooley” by The Kingston Trio topped the charts.

1961 – CHART TOPPERS – “Runaround Sue” by Dion, “Fool #1” by Brenda Lee,Goodbye Cruel World” by James Darren and “Big Bad John” by Jimmy Dean all topped the charts.

1963 – The original pilot OF “Gilligans Island” was filmed. The original pilot only included four of the seven cast members and were referred to as “and the rest” in the song.

1963 – In Dallas, Texas, US President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded. Later the same day, US Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President of the United States.

1963 – Two amateur films recorded the assassination of Pres. Kennedy. A 24 ½ sec. video by Orville Nix Sr. and Abraham Zapruder, a dress manufacturer, captured the assassination on video tape.

1963 – Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit was slain by Oswald 45 minutes after Kennedy was shot when he called Oswald over for questioning.

1964 – 40,000 paid tribute to John F Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery on the first anniversary of his death.

1965 – The production of “Man of La Mancha” opened in NYC for the first of 2,328 performances.

1967 – Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” was released.  Best Sound     Live Version

1968 – The Beatles release the double album The Beatles, commonly known as The White Album.

1969 – CHART TOPPERS – “Wedding Bell Blues” by The 5th Dimension, “Take a Letter Maria” by R.B. Greaves, “Smile a Little Smile for Me” by The Flying Machine and “Okie from Muskogee” by Merle Haggard all topped the charts.

1969 – In American football, the University of Michigan upset Ohio State University, 24-12, in Bo Schembechler’s first season as Michigan’s head coach. The win set off the 10 Year War between Schembechler and Ohio State’s Woody Hayes.

1972 – Vietnam War: The United States loses its first B-52 Stratofortress of the war.

1972 – Pittsburgh Penguins set NHL record for scoring fastest 5 goals (2m7s).

1975 – “Dr. Zhivago” appeared on TV for the first time.

1975 – “That’s the Way (I Like It)” by K. C. & the Sunshine Band topped the charts.

1976 – Comic strip “Cathy,” by Cathy Guisewhite, made its debut.

1977 – CHART TOPPERS – “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” by Crystal Gayle, “Baby, What a Big Surprise” by Chicago and “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get over You)” by Waylon Jennings all topped the charts.

1977 – Passenger service between New York and Europe on the British Airways supersonic Concorde began.

1980 – “Lady” by Kenny Rogers topped the charts.

1981 – San Diego Charger Dan Fouts passes for 6 touchdowns vs Oakland (55-21).

1984 – Fred Rogers (1928-2003) of PBS’ “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” presented his sweater to  the Smithsonian Institution.

1985 – CHART TOPPERS – “We Built this City” by Starship, “You Belong to the City” by Glenn Frey, “Separate Lives” by Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin and “Hang on to Your Heart” by Exile all topped the charts.

1985 – The largest swearing-in ceremony took place as 38,648 immigrants became citizens of the United States after six days of rallies around the country.

1985 – Anne Henderson-Pollard was taken into custody a day after her husband Jonathon Jay Pollard was arrested for spying for Israel.

1986 – The U.S. Justice Department found a memo in Lt. Col. Oliver North’s office on the transfer of $12 million to Contras of Nicaragua from Iranian arms sale.

1986 – Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round, becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion at the age of 20 years and 4 months.

1987 –  Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.

1988 – The Northrop B-2 “stealth” bomber is shown publicly for the first time at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.

1988 – Americans honored President Kennedy on the 25th anniversary of his assassination, with 2,500 people turning out in Dallas, and visitors stopping by his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.

1989 – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

1989 – Conjunction of Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn & the Moon.

1990 – Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister in British history, resigned after 11 years.

1990 – President H.W. Bush, his wife, Barbara, and other congressional leaders shared Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.

1994 – Inside the District of Columbia’s police headquarters a gunman opened fire. Two FBI agents, a city detective and the gunman were killed in the gun battle.

1995 – Toy Story  is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.  Full Movie  (1:20:01)

1996 – The 86-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa underwent heart surgery in Calcutta, India.

1996 – O.J. Simpson took the stand as a hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it was “absolutely not true” that he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

1998 – Denver Broncos QB John Elway passed the 50,000-yard career-passing mark.

1998 – CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired a tape of Jack Kevorkian giving lethal drugs in an assisted suicide of a terminally ill patient. Kevorkian was later sentenced to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder.

1999 – In Japan a T-33 jet crashed and killed two crewmen. The crash severed a 275,000-volt power line.

2000 – Gov. George Bush called on the US Supreme Court to stop the vote counting in Florida.

2000 – Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney was hospitalized with what doctors called a very slight heart attack.

2000 – Yemen identified the bombers of the USS Cole as two Saudi Arabian citizens with Yemeni family roots.

2001 – Mary Kay Ash (b.1918), founder of the Mary Kay cosmetics firm, died in Dallas. By 2001 her 1963 sales force of 11 had grown to over 750,000 in 37 countries.

2003 – The Heritage Classic, the first outdoor hockey game in the history of the NHL, is played in Edmonton, Alberta.

2005 – A federal jury in Virginia found Ahmed Omar Abu Ali (24), a US citizen, guilty of numerous charges to commit acts of terrorism. In 2009 he was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to kill President George W. Bush.

2005 – Massachusetts signed an agreement with Venezuela to obtain discounted home heating oil. Democrat Representative William Delahunt helped broker the deal.

2005 – Ted Koppel hosted his final edition of ABC News’ “Nightline.”

2006 – Two explosions at a chemical plant in Danvers, Mass., wrecked 25 homes and left nearly 400 people homeless.

2006 – The U.S. Copyright Office said cell phone owners can now break locks to use their handsets with competing carriers, while film professors have the right to copy snippets from DVDs for educational compilations.

2010 –  FBI raided three hedge funds in New York City as part of a sweeping investigation into insider trading.

2010 –  A Washington D.C. jury convicts Ingmar Guandique of the murder of Chandra Levy.

2010 – Brad Childress is sacked as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings National Football League team.

2012 – Up to 120 people are injured and 2 killed near Beaumont, Texas in a 100-vehicle pileup in dense fog that forced the closure of both directions of Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas.

2013 – OBAMACARE: In an end run around the broken Obamacare website, the administration says people can enroll directly with insurance companies and still qualify for subsidies, which the law wasn’t supposed to allow.

2013 – The United States commemorates the 50th anniversary of the day when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

2014 – A 3.3 earthquake is felt at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) at 9:15 p.m. The epicenter was 3 miles ENE of Irving, TX. There as no serious damage.

2015 – Sixteen  people are wounded in a gunfight between two groups that erupted in a New Orleans park’s Bunny Friend playground where hundreds of people gathered for a block party and filming of a music video. No fatalities were reported. The fighters ran from the park immediately after the shooting.

2015 –  Kyle Busch wins the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to become the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

2016 – President-Elect Trump’s aide Kellyanne Conway announces that the president-elect will not seek new charges against Hillary Clinton for possible crimes related to her email server.

2016 – The identity of the Las Vegas team that will become the NHL’s 31st franchise in the 2017–18 season is unveiled as the Vegas Golden Knights.


1643 – René-Robert La Salle, French explorer of North America.
1744 – Abigail Smith Adams, wife of John Adams, second President of the United States.
1808 – Thomas Cook, English travel package pioneer.
1889 – Wiley Post, American airman, first to fly solo around the world (1933).
1890 – Charles de Gaulle, President of France (d. 1970)
1899 – Hoagy Carmichael, American songwriter, pianist, singer.
1918 – Claiborne Pell, American politician
1921 – Rodney Dangerfield, born Jacob Cohen, American comedian and actor.
1932 – Robert Vaughn (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Magnificent Seven, The Towering Inferno, Delta Force, Superman 3)
1943 – Billie Jean King, American tennis player.
1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis, American film actress.
1967 – Boris Becker, German-born professional tennis player.
1983 – Tyler Hilton, American singer and actor
1985 – DeVon Walker, American football player




Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Air Force, 80th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing. Place and date: Near Sniper Ridge, North Korea, November 22nd, 1952. Entered service at: Portland, Maine. Born: 2 October 1918, Portland, Maine. Citation: Maj. Loring distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading a night of four F-80 type aircraft on a close support mission, Maj. Loring was briefed by a controller to dive-bomb enemy gun positions which were harassing friendly ground troops. After verifying the location of the target, Maj. Loring rolled into his dive bomb run. Throughout the run, extremely accurate ground fire was directed on his aircraft. Disregarding the accuracy and intensity of the ground fire, Maj. Loring aggressively continued to press the attack until his aircraft was hit. At approximately 4,000 feet, he deliberately altered his course and aimed his diving aircraft at active gun emplacements concentrated on a ridge northwest of the briefed target, turned his aircraft forty-five degrees to the left, pulled up in a deliberate, controlled maneuver, and elected to sacrifice his life by diving his aircraft directly into the midst of the enemy emplacements. His selfless and heroic action completely destroyed the enemy gun emplacement and eliminated a dangerous threat to United Nations ground forces. Maj. Loring’s noble spirit, superlative courage, and conspicuous self-sacrifice in inflicting maximum damage on the enemy exemplified valor of the highest degree and his actions were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Air Force.





Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company E 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, November 21 st  and November 22nd, 1951. Entered service at: Houston Tex. Born: 27 December 1922, Pine Bluff, Ark. G.O. No.: 82, 20 October 1953. Citation: 1st Lt. Stone, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon, holding a vital outpost position, was attacked by overwhelming Chinese forces, 1st Lt. Stone stood erect and exposed to the terrific enemy fire calmly directed his men in the defense. A defensive flame-thrower failing to function, he personally moved to its location, further exposing himself, and personally repaired the weapon. Throughout a second attack, 1st Lt. Stone; though painfully wounded, personally carried the only remaining light machine gun from place to place in the position in order to bring fire upon the Chinese advancing from two directions. Throughout he continued to encourage and direct his depleted platoon in its hopeless defense. Although again wounded, he continued the fight with his carbine, still exposing himself as an example to his men. When this final overwhelming assault swept over the platoon’s position his voice could still be heard faintly urging his men to carry on, until he lost consciousness. Only because of this officer’s driving spirit and heroic action was the platoon emboldened to make its brave but hopeless last ditch stand.





Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Born: 2 May 1910, Atlanta, Ga. Accredited to: New Mexico. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Executive Officer of the 2d Battalion Shore Party, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division, during the assault against enemy Japanese-held Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, November 20th -November 22nd, 1943. Acting on his own initiative when assault troops were pinned down at the far end of Betio Pier by the overwhelming fire of Japanese shore batteries, 1st Lt. Bonnyman repeatedly defied the blasting fury of the enemy bombardment to organize and lead the besieged men over the long, open pier to the beach and then, voluntarily obtaining flame throwers and demolitions, organized his pioneer shore party into assault demolitionists and directed the blowing of several hostile installations before the close of D-day. Determined to effect an opening in the enemy’s strongly organized defense line the following day, he voluntarily crawled approximately forty- yards forward of our lines and placed demolitions in the entrance of a large Japanese emplacement as the initial move in his planned attack against the heavily garrisoned, bombproof installation which was stubbornly resisting despite the destruction early in the action of a large number of Japanese who had been inflicting heavy casualties on our forces and holding up our advance. Withdrawing only to replenish his ammunition, he led his men in a renewed assault, fearlessly exposing himself to the merciless slash of hostile fire as he stormed the formidable bastion, directed the placement of demolition charges in both entrances and seized the top of the bombproof position, flushing more than one-hundred of the enemy who were instantly cut down, and effecting the annihilation of approximately 150 troops inside the emplacement. Assailed by additional Japanese after he had gained his objective, he made a heroic stand on the edge of the structure, defending his strategic position with indomitable determination in the face of the desperate charge and killing three of the enemy before he fell, mortally wounded. By his dauntless fighting spirit, unrelenting aggressiveness and forceful leadership throughout three days of unremitting, violent battle, 1st Lt. Bonnyman had inspired his men to heroic effort, enabling them to beat off the counterattack and break the back of hostile resistance in that sector for an immediate gain of 400 yards with no further casualties to our forces in this zone. He gallantly gave his life for his country.




Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, commanding officer of all Marine Corps troops on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, and Gilbert Islands, from November 20th -November 22nd, 1943. Entered service at: Indiana. Born: 30 December 1904, Tippecanoe, Ind. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of all Marine Corps troops in action against enemy Japanese forces on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, from 20 to 22 November 1943. Although severely shocked by an exploding enemy shell soon after landing at the pier and suffering from a serious, painful leg wound which had become infected, Col. Shoup fearlessly exposed himself to the terrific and relentless artillery, machinegun, and rifle fire from hostile shore emplacements. Rallying his hesitant troops by his own inspiring heroism, he gallantly led them across the fringing reefs to charge the heavily fortified island and reinforce our hard-pressed, thinly held lines. Upon arrival on shore, he assumed command of all landed troops and, working without rest under constant, withering enemy fire during the next 2 days, conducted smashing attacks against unbelievably strong and fanatically defended Japanese positions despite innumerable obstacles and heavy casualties. By his brilliant leadership daring tactics, and selfless devotion to duty, Col. Shoup was largely responsible for the final decisive defeat of the enemy, and his indomitable fighting spirit reflects great credit upon the U.S. Naval Service .


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Unerased History – November 21st

Posted by Wayne Church on November 21, 2016 in 11 - November, Blog by month |
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 Directions for Making Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Yield: It really depends on the size of the pumpkin and the size of your pie plate. If you use a 6″ pie pumpkin and a full deep dish 9″ pie plate, then it should fill that pie to the brim and maybe have enough extra for either a small (4 inch) shallow pie (or a crustless pie – see step  11). 

Some people manage to make 2 full pies, especially if they use shallow pie plates and/or 8 inch pie plates.

Ingredients and Equipment


A sharp, large serrated knife

an ice cream scoop
a large microwaveable bowl or large pot
1 large (10 inch) deep-dish pie plate and pie crust they will open in a new window) – or two small pie plates (9 inch) and crusts


A pie pumpkin (see step 1; you can use different types of pumpkin or even a butternut squash)

1 cup sugar (see step 10 for alternatives)
1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
4 large eggs – to reduce fat and cholesterol, you may use egg whites (like “Egg Beaters) instead, and vegans may want to use  Ener-G .
3 cups pumpkin glop (ok… “sieved, cooked pumpkin”)
1.5 cans (12oz each) of evaporated milk (can use the nonfat version) for best results.
If you can’t get canned evaporated milk, make your own from nonfat dried milk and make it twice as concentrated as the directions on the box call for!
If you can’t get nonfat dried milk, just use milk.
If you are lactose-intolerant, use lactose-free milk or soy milk.
Try fresh whipping cream (unwhipped) to make a “wonderful” pie”
If you are allergic to dairy try using coconut milk,.

Note: if you do not have cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger, you can substitute 3 teaspoons of “pumpkin pie spice”.  It’s not exactly the same, but it will do.

Recipe and Directions

Yield: One 9-inch deep dish pie or two 8-inch shallow pies

Step 1 – Get your pie pumpkin

“Pie pumpkins” are smaller, sweeter, less grainy textured pumpkins than the usual jack-o-lantern types.  Grocery stores usually carry them in late September through December in the U.S. In some parts of the country, they are also called sugar pumpkins or even “cheese pumpkins”.  To give you an idea of the size of a typical pie pumpkin look for one .  They’re only about 6 to 8 inches in diameter (about 20 to 24 inches in circumference). TIP: If you’re in a pinch and can’t find a pie pumpkin, use a butternut squash, it tastes almost the same!  If you need to use a regular Jack O’ Lantern type pumpkin, you may need to add about 25% more sugar and run the cooked pumpkin through a blender or food processor to help smooth it out.

Just like selecting any squash, look for one that is firm, no bruises or soft spots, and a good orange color. One 6″ pie pumpkin usually makes one 10 inch deep dish pie and a bit extra; or two 9 inch shallow pies! If you have extra goop, you can always pour it into greased baking pans and make a crustless mini pie with the excess (and the cooked pies do freeze well!)

Step 2 – Prepare the pumpkin for cooking

Wash the exterior of the pumpkin in cool or warm water, no soap.

Cut the pumpkin in half.  A serrated knife and a sawing motion works best – a smooth knife is more likely to slip and hurt you!

Step 3 – Scoop out the seeds…

And scrape the insides.  You want to get out that stringy, dangly stuff that coats the inside surface.  I find a heavy ice cream scoop works great for this.

Note: SAVE THE SEEDS: The seeds can be used either to plant pumpkins next year, or roasted to eat this year! Place them in a bowl of water and rub them between your hands, then pick out the orange buts (throw that away) and drain off the water. Spread them out on a clean towel or paper towel to dry and they’re ready to save for next year’s planting or roast.

Step 4 – Cooking the pumpkin

There are several ways to cook the pumpkin; just choose use your preferred method.

Method 1 – Put it in a microwaveable bowl

Remove the stem, and put the pumpkin into a microwaveable bowl. You may need to cut the pumpkin further to make it fit.  The fewer the number of pieces, the easier it will to scoop out the cooked pumpkin afterwards.

Put a couple of inches of water in the bowl, cover it, and put in the microwave.  Cook it on high until it is soft.  That may take 20 minutes or more, so like anything else, try 15 minutes, see how much it is softened, then do 5 minute increments until it is soft

 Method 2 – Steam on the stovetop

You can also cook it on the stovetop; it takes about the same length of time in a steamer (20 to 30 minutes).  Use a double pot steamer or you could use an ordinary large pot with a steamer basket.

Method 3 – Bake in the oven

You can also bake the prepared pumpkin in the oven, just like a butternut squash.  This method takes the longest. Basically, you cut and scoop out the pumpkin as for the other methods, place it cut side down into a covered oven container. Cover the ovenproof container (with a lid), and pop it in a 3500 F oven. It normally takes about 45 minutes to 90 minutes (it can vary a lot!); just test it periodically by sticking it with a fork to see if it is soft!

Step 6 – Scoop out the cooked pumpkin

Whether you cook the pumpkin on the stove, microwave, or even the oven, once it is cooked until it is soft, it is easy to scoop out the guts with a broad, smooth spoon, (such as a tablespoon).  Use the spoon to gently lift and scoop the cooked pumpkin out of the skin.  It should separate easily an in fairly large chucks, if the pumpkin is cooked enough.

Many times the skin or rind will simply lift off with your fingers. The result is pumpkin “glop.”

If your pumpkin “glop” has standing, free water, you may want to let it sit for 30 minutes and then pour off any free water.  This will help prevent the pie from being too watery! Don’t be TOO concerned about it! The recipe accounts for the fact that fresh pumpkin is more watery than canned!

Step 7 – Puree the pumpkin

To get a nice, smooth consistency use a hand blender.  By blending it, you give the pie a smooth, satiny texture; rather than the rough graininess that is typical of cooked squashes. A regular blender works as well or a food processor.With the hand blender, it just takes 2 or 3 minutes!


Step 8 – Done with the pumpkin!

The pumpkin is now cooked and ready for the pie recipe.  Note: You may freeze the puree or pie filling to use it later! Just use a freezer bag or other container to exclude as much air as possible.  It should last a year or more in a deep freezer On the other hand, you may NOT “can” it:  Pumpkin and winter squash are low-acid foods (pH > 4.6) capable of supporting the growth of Clostridium botulinumbacteria which can cause the very serious illness, botulism, under the right storage conditions. If the bacteria are present and survive processing, and the product has a high enough water activity, they can thrive and produce toxin in the product.


Step 9 – Make the pie crust

A flaky crust is easy to make! It is also time to start preheating the oven.  Turn it on and set it to 425 F (210 C, for those in Europe)

Directions for Making a Flakey Pie Crust – Easily!

Yield: makes 1 deep dish 10″ pie shell.  If you are making a double crust pie (a pie with dough on the top, too), simply double it.


1.5 cups flour (about 6 ounces by weight) – plain flour, not self-rising

2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/6 cup (1 ounce by weight) COLD vegetable shortening like Crisco.
 Here’s a useful conversion: 1/6 cup = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
1/3 cup COLD butter
1/4 cup cold water



Food processor (is very helpful, but you can blend by hand)

Recipe and Directions

Step 1 – Mix the ingredients

Mix the flour, sugar and shortening first. About 15 seconds in a food processor is by far the best way, since it is fast and the ingredients don’t warm up much.  Don’t make it too smooth or uniform.  Little pea sized granules makes a flaky crust.

Note:  Use shortening and butter together  because they will melt at different temperatures.  It makes a a lighter, flakier crust.  Another key is to keep all the ingredients, especially the butter, shortening and water are very cold.

Another way is to substitute coconut oil for the Cisco vegetable shortening. 

Step 2 – Mix and add water as needed

Sprinkle the water, just enough water to make it hold together; a good dough consistency. A pastry blender works very well to mix, but some people prefer a few seconds in a food processor instead. Just mix it enough to make it into pieces that hold together about the size of a pea.  Do not overmix it!

If you have time, put the dough (wrapped in plastic wrap or a ziploc bag) into the fridge to rest and chill for a half hour or more. If you don’t have time, don’t worry, just move on to step 3. 

Step 3 – Roll out the dough

Use a pie crust bag (a circular plastic bag that zips up around the edge. If unavailable, use two pieces of waxed paper). A couple of tablespoons of flour shaken in the bag will help to keep the dough from sticking to the bag. Roll it out to an even thickness, and just an inch or two wider than your pie pan.  The crust should be about 1/8 inch thick.

Step 4 – Put in the pie pan and shape!

Place the dough into the pie pan.  Don’t worry if it breaks.  You can easily fix that. 

Press the dough into the pan, seal any broken areas, and shape the top edge in any pattern you like; just for appearance’s sake. It’s now ready to add the pie ingredients and pop in the oven!

Step 10 – Mix the pie contents

All the hard work is behind you! Here’s where it gets really easy. If you start with a fresh 8″ pie pumpkin, you will get about 3 cups of cooked, mashed pumpkin. The right amount of ingredients for this is as follows:

1 cup sugar – or 1 cup Splenda, or 3/4 cup honey
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
one half teaspoon ground ginger
one half teaspoon salt (optional, I don’t use any)
4 large eggs
3 cups pumpkin glop
1-1/2  cans (12oz each) of evaporated milk (regular or nonfat )
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional) For different flavors try rum or brandy extracts.

Mix well using a hand blender or mixer.

Note:  This pie is light and fluffy. If you want a heavy, more dense pie, use 3 eggs instead of 4 and 1 can of evaporated milk instead of 1 ½ cans.

Step 11 – Pour into the pie crust

Fill it right up to about one quarter to one half inch from the very top.

Don’t be surprised if the mixture is very runny!  It may start as a soupy liquid, but it will firm up nicely in the oven!  Accident prevention! If you put the empty pie crust on the oven rack, with the rack slid partially out, you can fill it there and avoid making a mess while carrying the pie to the oven!


TIP: What do you do if you end up with more filling than will fit in your pie crust(s)?  Easy!  Of course, you can make another, smaller pie crust and fill a small pie pan… or just grease any baking dish, of a size that the extra filling will fill to a depth of about 2 inches (see the photo at right), and pour the extra filling in.. then bake it.  It will be a crustless pumpkin pie that kids especially love! You can also use it in making pumpkin muffins or pumpkin bread!

TIP:  Cover the exposed edges of the crust with strips of aluminum foil will prevent them from burning. Make your own crust cover by cutting the rim off of a disposable aluminum pie pan!

Step 12 – Bake the pie

Bake at 425 F (210 C ) for the first 15 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350 F  ( 175 C ) and bake another 45 to 60 minutes, until a clean knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

 Step 13 – Cool the pie

And enjoy! Warm or chilled, with whipped cream , ice cream or nothing at all – it’s great!

 Scripture of the Day

Ecclesiastes 9: 1-2

For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.

All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.


Founders Thoughts

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson was a Republican, which at that time was the party of the common man. He envisioned a nation built on agriculture, not industry. The formal name for the “Republican” Party of Jefferson was the Democratic-Republican Party from which our present day Democratic party evolved. (The Republican party of today was created in 1854 by the joining of anti-slavery Democrats, the Free Soil Party and factions of the Whig Party.) The formal name of the opposing party (led by Alexander Hamilton) was the Federalist Party.

Jefferson was renowned for being a terrible public speaker due to a speech impediment, although he is certainly regarded as one of the most facile writers ever to hold the office of the presidency. He alone wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.

He doubled the land size of the United States when he made the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon. Napoleon needed cash to conquer Europe; Jefferson wanted the land to safeguard against a future French invasion and to encourage his vision of American being a land of small independent (yeoman) farmers. The selling price: $15 million.

After his two terms as president, Jefferson retired to his Virginia estate, Monticello. He spent much of his time pursuing his dream of establishing a university. That dream was realized when he founded the University of Virginia.


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest 
appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

 ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

monomania mon-uh-MAY-nee-uh; -nyuh, noun:1. Pathological obsession with a single subject or idea.
2. Excessive concentration of interest upon one particular subject or idea.


Monomania is derived from the Greek elements mono-, “one, single, alone” + mania, “madness, frenzy, enthusiasm.”

164 BC – Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. Events commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

1620 – Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact (11 November, Old Style calendar), 10 days after arrival.

1783 – François de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandres made the first human flight in a hot-air balloon, in Paris, in a balloon built by the Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier.

1789 – North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the twelfth U.S. state.

1791 – The first student entered Georgetown College. He was William Gaston, the son of a widow from New Bern, North Carolina. Mrs. Gaston agreed to an annual tuition of six pounds ten shillings, payable in six-month installments, with room and board adding  27pounds 10s. to the total bill.

1794 – Honolulu Harbor was discovered.

1836 – Marines and Soldiers took action against the Seminole Indians at Wahoo Swamp, Florida.

1847Steamer “Phoenix” was lost on Lake Michigan. 200 people were killed.

1848 – The John C. Fremont expedition, in search of a railroad route across the Rocky Mountains, reached Pueblo, Colorado.

1854 – Issac Von Bunschoten patented a rosin-oil lamp.

1855 – Franklin Colman, a pro-slavery Missourian, gunned down Charles Dow, a Free Stater from Ohio, near Lawrence, Kansas.

1861 – Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis appoints Judah Benjamin Secretary of War.

1864 – Civil War : Confederate General John Bell Hood launched the Franklin-Nashville Campaign into Tennessee from Georgia.

1865 – Shaw University was founded.Shaw University is a private liberal arts institution and historically black university specializing in social research and the liberal arts, located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1871 – The first U.S. patent for a cigar lighter was issued to Moses F. Gale of New York City as an “Improvement in Cigar-Lighters.”

1871 – The first human cannonball, Emilio Onra, was fired from a cannon.

1877 – Thomas Edison announced his invention of his “talking machine” – the tin-foil cylinder recorder that preceded the phonograph.

1899 – Vice President Garret A. Hobart, serving under President McKinley, died in Paterson, N.J., at age 55.

1902 – First night football game, Philadelphia Athletics beats Kanaweola AC, 39-0.

1905 – Albert Einstein’s paper, “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, is published in the journal “Annalen der Physik”. This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the famous equation e=mc².

1906 – In San Juan, President Theodore Roosevelt pledged citizenship for Puerto Rican people.

1907 – The Cunard liner Mauritania set a new speed record for steamship travel, 624 nautical miles in a one day run.

1918 – World War I: The German High Seas Fleet surrendered to the Allies.

1918 – The last German troops left Alsace-Lorraine, France.

1921 – The first mid-air refueling was done by hand over Long Beach on a Curtiss JN-4.

1922 – Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. She only got to serve one-day though.

1925 – Three-time All-American Harold “Red” Grange played his last football game for the University of Illinois and joined the Chicago Bears less than a week later on Thanksgiving Day.

1927 – Columbine Mine Massacre: Striking coal miners were allegedly attacked with machine guns by a detachment of state police dressed in civilian clothes in Serene, CO. Six strikers were killed, and dozens were injured.

1929 – Surrealist painter Salvador Dali had his first exhibit.

1933 – S.H. Love patents improved vending machine – Patent No.1936515

1934 – New York Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco Seals.

1934 – The Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes,” starring Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney, premiered at New York’s Alvin Theatre.

1934 – Ella Fitzgerald makes her singing debut at age 16 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

1938 – World War II: Nazi forces occupied western Czechoslovakia and declared its people German citizens.This annexation of Sudetenland was the first major belligerent action by Hitler.

1938 – WBOE in Cleveland, OH became the first school-operated radio station (owned by a municipality) to receive a license from the FCC.

1941 – The radio program King Biscuit Time is broadcast for the first time (it would later become the longest running daily radio broadcast in history and the most famous live blues radio program).

1942 – Tweety Bird, cartoon character, was born.

1942 – The Alcan Highway, an overland military supply route to the U.S. territory of Alaska, linking Canada and Alaska, was opened. It is now called the Alaska Highway. Passing through the Yukon, the more than 1,500-mile roadway connected Dawson Creek, British Columbia with Fairbanks, Alaska.

1943 – World War II: On Tarawa Atoll, more American troops (of the 2nd Marine Divison) land on Betio Island.

1944 – World War II: On Leyte, the US 32nd Division, advancing from the north coast, is held in the Ormoc Valley by Japanese forces.

1944 – World War II: Northeast of Formosa, the US submarine Sealion sinks the Japanese battleship Kongo and a destroyer.

1944 – :World War II: US 1st and 9th Armies meet firm resistance from German forces west of the Roer River.The US 3rd Army continues the siege of Metz while other elements gain ground near Saarebourg.

1944 – “The Roy Rogers Show” was first heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System. “Happy trails to you, until we meet again….”

1944 – “I’m Beginning to See the Light“, recorded by Harry James and his orchestra.

1944 – CHART TOPPERS – “The Trolley Song” by Judy Garland, “I’ll Walk Alone” by Dinah Shore, “Together” by Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes and “Smoke on the Water” by Red Foley all topped the charts.

1945 – The last residents of the US Japanese-American internment left their camps.

1945 – General Motors workers went on strike.Within days of the end of World War II, the United Auto Workers demanded a 30% increase in wages. When denied their demands, the UAW went on strike for 113 days. They did not strike for increased wages but more for reduced profits by GM.

1946 – Harry Truman becomes first US President to travel in a submerged submarine. Mr. Truman had something to show for his temerity: a membership in the Royal Order of Deep Dunkers.

1950 – Korean War: The 17th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division reached the Yalu River near its source at Hyesanjin, “Ghost City of Broken Bridges.”

1950 – The battleship USS New Jersey was recommissioned and re-entered active service under the command of Captain David M. Tyree.

1952 – First US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced.

1952 – CHART TOPPERS – “You Belong to Me” by Jo Stafford, “Glow Worm” by The Mills Brothers, “Because You’re Mine” by Mario Lanza and “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” by Hank Williams all topped the charts.

1953 – “Rags to Riches” by Tony Bennett topped the charts.

1953 – Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce that the “Piltdown Man” skull, held to be one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, was a hoax.

1955 – The first lady of the American stage, Helen Hayes, was honored for her many remarkable years in show business.

1959 – Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet.

1959 – “Mr. Blue” by The Fleetwoods topped the charts.

1960 – CHART TOPPERS – “Stay” by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs, “Are You Lonesome To-night?” by Elvis Presley, “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer, “Wings of a Dove” by Ferlin Husky all topped the charts.

1960 – Mercury-Redstone 1 (MR-1) was launched from Launch Complex 5 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was to be an unmanned suborbital flight. This was the first launch attempt for the Mercury-Redstone combination. The Redstone’s engine cut out about 1 second after lift-off.

1960 – American rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, went off-course and a piece of debris fell in Cuba, killing a cow. The Cuban government gave the cow an official funeral as the victim of “imperialist aggression.” Date only known as November 1960.

1963 – President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning a two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.

1963 – The Elvis Presley film “Fun in Acapulco” premiered.

1964 – New York’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened. World’s longest suspension bridge.

1964 – “Baby Love” by the Supremes topped the charts.

1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the air quality act, which allotted money to fight air pollution.

1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: “I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.”

1967 – According to Guiness, “The single kite record is 22,500ft (min) – 28,000 ft. (max) by Prof. Phillip R. Kunz and Jay P. Kunz at Laramie, Wyoming.

1968 – Supremes & Temptations release “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me“.

1968 – CHART TOPPERS – “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Those Were the Days” by Mary Hopkin, “Love Child” by Diana Ross & The Supremes and “I Walk Alone” by Marty Robbins all topped the charts.

1969 – The Senate (Democrat Majority) voted down the nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth to the Supreme Court, the first time since 1930 that a candidate for the nation’s highest court was rejected.

1970 – Vietnam War: Operation Ivory Coast – A joint Air Force and Army team raids the Son Tay prison camp in an attempt to free American POWs thought to be held there. It would be later learned that the POWs had been relocated to Dong Hoi, on July 14.

1970 – Vietnam War: Two 378-foot cutters, US Coast Guard Cutters Sherman and Rush combined with USS Endurance to sink a North Vietnamese trawler attempting to smuggle arms into South Vietnam.

1970 – “I Think I Love You” by the Partridge Family topped the charts.

1972 – It’s easy, and it’s good for everyone. What could possibly be so wonderful? World Hello Day, that’s what. This friendly annual event began on this day and has grown enormously since. Here’s what you do to participate: you just say “hello” to ten people on this day. Greet them warmly and with a smile. And you can say “hello” in any language.

1973 – The 18.5-minute gap in one of Richard Nixon’s White House tape recordings related to Watergate was revealed by Nixon’s lawyer, J. Fred Buzhardt .

1974 – George W. Bush is honourably discharged from the US Air Force Reserve.

1974 – U.S. Congress (Democrat Majority) passed the Freedom of Information Act over President Gerald Ford’s veto.

1976 – CHART TOPPERS – “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart,The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot, “Love So Right” by Bee Gees and “Somebody Somewhere (Don’t Know What He’s Missin’ Tonight)” by Loretta Lynn all topped the charts.

1979 – The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set on fire killing four, two of which were American.

1980 – A deadly fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada (now Bally’s Las Vegas). Eighty-seven people are killed and more than 650 are injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.

1980 – Lake Peigneur, Louisiana drained into an underlying salt deposit. A misplaced Texaco oil probe drilled into the Diamond crystal salt mine; water flowing down into the mine eroded the edges of the hole. The whirlpool created sucked the drilling platform, several barges, houses and trees thousands of feet, to the bottom of the dissolving salt deposit.

1980 – Who Shot JR? – The Dallas Episode “Who Done It?” aired on US television. It was one of the highest-rated episodes (53.3)  of a TV show ever aired. Kristin, played by Mary Crosby, was the character that fired the gun.

1981 – Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical,” single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks.

1984 – CHART TOPPERS – “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!, “Purple Rain”  by Prince & The Revolution, “I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan and “Give Me One More Chance” by Exile all topped the charts.

1985 – United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard is arrested for spying (he was caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations and was eventually sentenced to life in prison).

1986 – Iran-Contra Affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, start to shred documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

1987 – “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol topped the charts.

1987 – An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, as Cuban detainees seized the facility and took hostages after news that they were going to be returned to Cuba.

1988 – “The Delicate Sound Of Thunder” by Pink Floyd was released.

1989 – A law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by President Bush.

1990 – Leaders of NATO and Warsaw Pact member states signed the Charter of Paris and a treaty on conventional forces in Europe, bringing an end to the Cold War.

1991 – President George H.W. Bush signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991, making it easier for workers to sue in job discrimination cases.

1992 – Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he’d made unwelcome sexual advances toward ten women over the years.

1993 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state, 277-153.

1995 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 5000 (5023.55) mark for the first time.

1995 – Israel granted jailed US spy Jason Pollard, citizenship.

1995 – “Toy Story” is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.

1996 – Thirty-three people were killed, and more than 100 injured, when an explosion blamed on leaking gas ripped through a six-story building in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1997 – “The Food and Drug Administration Act of 1997″ was signed into law by President Clinton. The new law was designed to enhance the product development and review process; streamline the way the Agency regulates medical devices and simplify enforcement procedures.

2000 – Pres. Clinton agreed not to punish China for exporting missile components to Iran and Pakistan after China promised to end future technological cooperations with countries seeking to develop missile weaponry.

2000 – In a setback for George W. Bush, the Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore’s request to keep the presidential recounts going; Democrats were jubilant, Republicans bitter and angry.

2001 – Tiger Woods won his 4th consecutive PGA Grand Slam with a win at Poipu Bay in Hawaii.

2002 -” It’s A Very Muppet Christmas Movie” first airs on NBC. Baby Jordan Elliott was born.

2002 – Intensive cleaning began aboard the cruise ship Disney Magic after over 100 passengers fell sick from an unknown stomach virus.

2002 – NATO invited the seven former communist countries into its membership.

2003 – Health officials said a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A at a Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant in suburban Pittsburgh was probably caused by green onions from Mexico.

2003 – Phil Spector was charged with the murder of Lana Clarkson at his home the previos February. Spector pled innocent.

2003 – The Air Force conducted a second test of the “Mother of All Bombs,” officially the Massive Ordnance Air Blast, in Florida. It was first tested Mar 11.

2004 – Donald Trump’s casino empire filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2004 – Kurt Busch clinches the first NASCAR Nextel Cup championship trophy.

2004 – Fred Hale Sr., believed to have been the oldest man on Earth, died less than a month before his 114th birthday at a DeWitt, N.Y., nursing home.  He was born the same year as basketball was invented and the Swiss Army knife was developed.

2004 – A trespassing deer hunter in northern Wisconsin opened fire on other hunters when they asked him to leave, killing  five and wounding three. In 2005 Vang (36) was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to six life terms.

2004 – Scientists began releasing water from Glen Canyon Dam to flood the Grand Canyon in a five-day effort to restore the Colorado river ecosystem.

2004 – The Nintendo DS was released in North America.

2005 –  Camden, NJ, was named the most dangerous city in the USA for the 2nd year in a row by the Morgan Quitno, a Kansas-based publishing and research company.

2005 – In New Mexico, police arrested Monsignor Dale Fushek (53), former vicar general  of the Phoenix Roman Catholic Diocese, on sex charges involving boys and young men.

2005 – General Motors Corp. said it will eliminate 30,000 jobs and close nine North American assembly, stamping and powertrain plants by 2008.

2006 – In Atlanta, Ga., Kathryn Johnston (92) was shot to death by police after she fired at narcotics investigators as they stormed her house in a no-knock raid.

2007 – University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists reported they had reprogrammed human skin cells to behave as embryonic stem cells. The procedure by-passes the ethical or political controversy caused by destroying embryos or cloning for stem cell research.

2007 – Senator Barack Obama makes the case for an Obama Presidency by saying he is uniquely qualified to bring stability to America’s relationships in the Muslim world because he lived in an Islamic country during his youth and his half-sister is Muslim.

2007 –  New Hampshire set its presidential primary to Jan 8, claiming its traditional spot as the nation’s first primary.

2007 –  Officials in the US announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children’s jewelry contaminated with lead.

2008 –  The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 494.13 to close at 8,046.42 following news that President-elect Obama would likely pick Timothy Geithner, chief of the New York Federal Reserve, as the next Treasury secretary.

2008 – The U.S. National Intelligence Council predicts a major decline in U.S. economic, military, and political dominance over the next two decades.

2009 –  Th US Senate voted 60-39 to open debate on the health care bill. The vote was hailed a victory for President Obama, but final passage of the legislation was far from certain.

2009 – President Barack Obama’s job approval rating slips below 50 percent in a daily tracking survey by Gallup poll and reported by Rueters.

2010 – Iran delays the trial of two American citizens detained while hiking until 6 February 2011.

2010 – US stock car racer Jimmie Johnson wins his fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, the first driver to do so.

2011 – The United States, United Kingdom, and Canada impose further sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program.

2011 – A Congressional panel fails to agree on proposals to cut the United States’ national budget deficit by $1.2 trillion, leading to automatic budget cuts.

2012 – Will Rogers World Airport in  Oklahoma is shut down over the discovery of a painted golden object with a hole in the bottom in the luggage of musician Wayne Coyne. The object is mistaken for a live grenade by frightened staff.

2012 – Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D) resigns from U.S. Congress due to health problems and federal criminal investigation of his activities.|

2013 – The US Senate approved the most fundamental alteration of its rules in more than a generation, ending the minority party’s ability to filibuster most presidential nominees in response to the partisan gridlock that has plagued Congress for much of the Obama administration. By a vote of 52 to 48, with only three Democrats defecting, led by Reid, changed the rules to prevent filibusters of virtually all presidential nominees except Supreme Court justices.

2016 – Liberals burn American Flag at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. School responds by removing American flags.


694 – Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French philosopher, historian, poet, dramatist and novelist.
1787 – Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born shipping magnate (d. 1865)
1903 – Tom Horn  was an American Old West lawman, scout, soldier, hired gunman, detective, outlaw and assassin during his lifetime. He was hanged for a murder he probably did not commit the day before his 43rd birthday, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
1907 – Jim Bishop (newspaper columnist, author: The Day Christ Died, The Days of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Day Kennedy Was Shot; died July 26, 1987)
1916 – Sid Luckman (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears quarterback: 4 NFL Championships, MVP [1943]; shares NFL individual record for touchdowns thrown in a game [7, Nov. 14, 1943]; died July 5, 1998)
1920 – Stan Musial, American baseball Hall-of-Famer.
1937 – Marlo Thomas, American actress
1945 – Goldie Hawn, American Academy Award-winning actress.
1949 – Barbara Jo Rubin (horse-racing jockey: first U.S. woman to win a flat race against male jockeys [1969]; first woman to ride in NY & NJ)
1962 – Steven Curtis Chapman, American musician
1966 – Troy Aikman (football: Dallas Cowboys quarterback: Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII; holds record for longest pass completion w/receiver Alvin Harper in a playoff game [94 yards, 1/8/95]) 1969 – Ken (George Kenneth) Griffey Jr. (baseball: Seattle Mariners left-handed outfielder)



State of South CarolinaUnited States MarinesCARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE 



Rank: Lance Corporal Organization: U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion Division: 9th Marines Born: 17 October, 1989, Flowood, MS Entered Service At: Columbia, SC Date of Issue: 06/19/2014 Accredited To: South Carolina  Place / Date: November 21st, 2010, Marjah District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan  Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.




Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 19 .April 1914, Fort Scott, Kans. Appointed from: El Paso, Tex. Citation: For valorous and gallant conduct above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of a Scout Sniper Platoon attached to the Assault Regiment in action against Japanese-held Tarawa in the Gilbert Island, 20 and November 21st, 1943. The first to disembark from the jeep lighter, 1st Lt. Hawkins unhesitatingly moved forward under heavy enemy fire at the end of the Betio Pier, neutralizing emplacements in coverage of troops assaulting the main beach positions. Fearlessly leading his men on to join the forces fighting desperately to gain a beachhead, he repeatedly risked his life throughout the day and night to direct and lead attacks on pillboxes and installations with grenades and demolitions. At dawn on the following day, 1st Lt. Hawkins resumed the dangerous mission of clearing the limited beachhead of Japanese resistance, personally initiating an assault on a hostile position fortified by S enemy machineguns, and, crawling forward in the face of withering fire, boldly fired pointblank into the loopholes and completed the destruction with grenades. Refusing to withdraw after being seriously wounded in the chest during this skirmish, 1st Lt. Hawkins steadfastly carried the fight to the enemy, destroying three more pillboxes before he was caught in a burst of Japanese shellfire and mortally wounded. His relentless fighting spirit in the face of formidable opposition and his exceptionally daring tactics served as an inspiration to his comrades during the most crucial phase of the battle and reflect the highest credit upon the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.




Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company I, 121st Infantry, 8th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Hurtgen, Germany, November 21st, 1944. Entered service at: Carlisle, Pa. Birth: Wall, Pa. Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, in action involving actual conflict with the enemy on 21 November 1944, near Hurtgen, Germany. S/Sgt. Minick’s battalion was halted in its advance by extensive minefields, exposing troops to heavy concentrations of enemy artillery and mortar fire. Further delay in the advance would result in numerous casualties and a movement through the minefield was essential. Voluntarily, S/Sgt. Minick led four men through hazardous barbed wire and debris, finally making his way through the minefield for a distance of three-hundred yards. When an enemy machinegun opened fire, he signaled his men to take covered positions, edged his way alone toward the flank of the weapon and opened fire, killing two members of the guncrew and capturing three others. Moving forward again, he encountered and engaged single-handedly an entire company killing twenty Germans and capturing twenty, and enabling his platoon to capture the remainder of the hostile group. Again moving ahead and spearheading his battalion’s advance, he again encountered machinegun fire. Crawling forward toward the weapon, he reached a point from which he knocked the weapon out of action. Still another minefield had to be crossed. Undeterred, S/Sgt. Minick advanced forward alone through constant enemy fire and while thus moving, detonated a mine and was instantly killed.


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Rank and organization: Seaman Apprentice, Second Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 1866, France. Accredited to: New York. (Letter, Capt. N. Judlow, U.S. Navy, No. 8326B; 21 November 1885.) Citation: On board the U.S.S. Quinnebaug, Alexandria, Egypt, on the morning of November 21st, 1885. Jumping overboard from that vessel, Chandron, with the aid of Hugh Miller, boatswain’s mate, rescued William Evans, ordinary seaman, from drowning.


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Rank and organization: Boatswain’s Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1859 Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. (Letter Capt. N. Judlow U.S. Navy, No. 8326/B; 21 November 1885.) Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Quinnebaug, at Alexandria, Egypt, on the morning of November 21st,1885 and assisting in saving a shipmate from drowning.

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