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7 years ago

Two Presidents died on the same day, but years apart (Very Strange!)

U.S.A. President Theodore Roosevelt
6th January, 1919: President Theodore Roosevelt passed away. He died in his estate home in Long Island, New York. He had took over office at age 43 after President McKinley was assassinated. He was the youngest president ever to take on the office of President of the United States.

1933 U.S.A. Calvin Coolidge
6th January, 1933 : Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States had died peacefully while in his home called “The Beeches”. The cause of his death was a sudden heart attack. He was 60 years old when he had passed away.

1974 U.S.A. Daylight Saving Time
6th January, 1974 : Daylight Saving Time commences nearly four months early to help in a bid to save energy during the 1973 energy crisis by reducing the requirements for residential lighting, which consumes about 3.5% of electricity in the U.S. and Canada.

1995 Philippines Project Bojinka
6th January, 1995 : A chemical fire caused during bomb making testing in the Doña Josefa Apartments complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack to blow up eleven airliners and their approximately 4000 passengers.

2011 Romania Witches Curse Romania Government

6th January, 2011 :  The Romanian government reformed their tax code to include such occupations as fortune teller, astrologer, and witch into the category of self-employed, forcing those who identify as such to pay taxes for the first time. This action prompted some self-identifying witches to threaten to curse the government for their actions, while others praised the government for the official recognition of their crafts.   

7 years ago

What an absolutely fabulous story, Cheryl. Seventy years of separation and they recognized each other with a simple "Hello". What are the chances, indeed! Thanks so much for posting this from Christian, sis.

Love ya!!

7 years ago

I enjoyed that video so much, Lynn! I love the song and the pictures were great. I love seeing little kids holding on to their daddy or mommy soldiers who they haven't seen for awhile. I never fail to cry when I see that on t.v. or in a book -- or like in this video. THANK YOU!

I read a wonderful article (story) that Christian posted about two soldiers in their early 90's meeting again after 70 years. They went to school together, they went to war together, they were together in a POW camp, now they reunite - by chance - in a retirement home. It's really worth looking at and I hope commenting on.

In Remembrance
7 years ago

The Soldiers Video with Robin Gibb

7 years ago

11-11-11-11 We Remember. Remembrance Day. Poppies. Royal British Legion. (Sounds like the voice of Sir Winston Churchill as you look into the faces of men who were on the battlefields).

7 years ago

Adding to the above:

"A tribute done by Global Edmonton for Remembrance Day. I have permission to broadcast as long as they are credited."

                ~LEST WE FORGET~

November 11, 2011
7 years ago

1918 Germany Armistice Agreement

Nov 11th, 1918: Germany facing invasion from the allies and with poor supplies of food and weapons signs armistice agreement with the allies bringing to and end World War I.


1921 U.S.A. Tomb of the Unknowns

Nov 11th, 1921: President Warren G. Harding dedicates the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier a white marble sarcophagus in Arlington National Cemetery with the inscription "HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD".


1940 U.S.A. Armistice Day Storm

Nov 11th, 1940: An early season blizzard beginning on Armistice Day and the next day creates havoc when it drops up to 27 inches of snow and with winds up to 80 MPH causing massive snowdrifts across the Midwest states including Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Because it was so early in the season many areas and people were not prepared and with communications and Transportation failing the death toll was a staggering 154 making it one of the most deadly storms recorded.


1954 U.S.A. Veteran’s Day

Nov 11th, 1954: This is the first time ever that the Veteran’s Day was declared a national celebration.


The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Remembrance Day Soldier Cries (Soldiers Cry)

7 years ago

1921 U.S.A. Metric System

27th October, 1921 : A senate committee is advising that the United States changes to the metric system of weights and measures as it is now used by 37 countries against the Imperial weights and measure system used in just 12 countries . Currently the only major international country to have not adopted the metric system is the United States who still use Gallons, pints, pounds, ounces, etc.

(My note: I grew up (in Canada) with the Imperial measure and when they changed it to Metric I HATED IT, and still do!! My son and I speak foreign languages to each other when it comes to the weather, how fast we're going in the car, how tall someone is, how heavy something is, how long something is... feet and inches don't exist in metric!)    I know change comes into everyone's life, but this is one change that aint gonna change me!

October 15
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1990 Russia Nobel Peace Prize

15th October, 1990 : Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in helping to end the bitter Cold War between the Soviet Union and Western Powers that had been in place for nearly 50 years. Due to the tensions easing many important changes occurred including the 2 major superpowers agreeing to limit Nuclear proliferation making the world a safer place.

South Africa
1993 South Africa Nobel Peace Prize

15th October, 1993 : Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk win the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.

The following are from the October 11:

1921 U.S.A. Sleeping Sickness

11th October, 1921 : A plague that medical science can not explain is taking more and more lives each year. The Plague is sleeping sickness which affects young and old , rich and poor. Last year in Ohio the toll was 200 and this year it will exceed that number and many are hoping that medical science will find the cause of this terrible disease.

1968 U.S.A. Apollo 7

11th October, 1968: Apollo 7, NASA's first three-man space mission, is launched from Cape Canaveral .

1982 England The Mary Rose Raised

11th October, 1982 : The Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII, has been raised to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent. The ship's remains of mud-caked timber were successfully re-floated and experts will now begin the long process of restoring the Mary Rose in a dry dock in Portsmouth. The Mary Rose now forms part the maritime museum at Portsmouth and together with HMS Victory attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.


7 years ago

Shelley said all those things about animals? Awesome! That's exactly what I feel when I see red meat! Very interesting!


Aug. 4
7 years ago

Thank you so much, Lynn. I didn't visit this thread today (a few days I think).

It is a day we should NEVER forget. I learned a few things from that article that I didn't know before. THEY WERE SO CLOSE TO BEING LIBERATED! Can you imagine what that must have been like living there for two years in fear? I haven't read the book but this is a reminder for me to do just that. I wonder what the person who gave them away got as a reward. We know what the eventual punishment must have been. "As you sow, so shall you reap."










Happy Birthday Percy Shelley
7 years ago

Percy Shelly, vegetarianGreat Minds Think Alike - Happy Birthday Percy Shelley 

Percy Shelley (August 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822) was a Romantic poet, critically regarded as among the finest lyric poets in the English language. Shelley was part of a famous circle including John Keats and Lord Byron, and novelist Mary Shelley was his second wife.

In Prometheus Unbound, Shelley wrote: "I wish no living thing to suffer pain." In Queen Mab he said: "It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust." Shelley wrote several essays about vegetarianism including "A Vindication of Natural Diet" and "On the Vegetable System of Diet." He was a great friend to animals (though unfortunately not equally kind to some of the people in his life) and a great advocate, especially for animals used in the production of food.

The Diary of Anne Frank
7 years ago

The Diary of Anne Frank has served as a literary testament to the nearly six million Jews, including Anne herself, who were silenced in the Holocaust.

The Frank family's hideaway at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam opened as a museum in 1960. A new English translation of Anne's diary in 1995 restored material that had been edited out of the original version, making the work nearly a third longer.

Anne Frank Captured - August 4, 1944
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Acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captures 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. The Franks had taken shelter there in 1942 out of fear of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. They occupied the small space with another Jewish family and a single Jewish man, and were aided by Christian friends, who brought them food and supplies. Anne spent much of her time in the "secret annex" working on her diary. The diary survived the war, overlooked by the Gestapo that discovered the hiding place, but Anne and nearly all of the others perished in the Nazi death camps.

Annelies Marie Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on June 12, 1929. She was the second daughter of Otto Frank and Edith Frank-Hollander, both of Jewish families that had lived in Germany for centuries. With the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1933, Otto moved his family to Amsterdam to escape the escalating Nazi persecution of Jews. In Holland, he ran a successful spice and jam business. Anne attended a Montessori school with other middle-class Dutch children, but with the German invasion of the Netherlands in 1940 she was forced to transfer to a Jewish school. In 1942, Otto began arranging a hiding place in an annex of his warehouse on the Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam.

On her 13th birthday in 1942, Anne began a diary relating her everyday experiences, her relationship with her family and friends, and observations about the increasingly dangerous world around her. Less than a month later, Anne's older sister, Margot, received a call-up notice to report to a Nazi "work camp." Fearing deportation to a Nazi concentration camp, the Frank family took shelter in the secret annex the next day. One week later, they were joined by Otto Frank's business partner and his family. In November, a Jewish dentist—the eighth occupant of the hiding place—joined the group.

For two years, Anne kept a diary about her life in hiding that is marked with poignancy, humor, and insight. The entrance to the secret annex was hidden by a hinged bookcase, and former employees of Otto and other Dutch friends delivered them food and supplies procured at high risk. Anne and the others lived in rooms with blacked-out windows, and never flushed the toilet during the day out of fear that their presence would be detected. In June 1944, Anne's spirits were raised by the Allied landing at Normandy, and she was hopeful that the long-awaited liberation of Holland would soon begin.

On August 1, 1944, Anne made her last entry in her diary. Three days later, 25 months of seclusion ended with the arrival of the Nazi Gestapo. Anne and the others had been given away by an unknown informer, and they were arrested along with two of the Christians who had helped shelter them. They were sent to a concentration camp in Holland, and in September Anne and most of the others were shipped to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. In the fall of 1944, with the Soviet liberation of Poland underway, Anne was moved with her sister Margot to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Suffering under the deplorable conditions of the camp, the two sisters caught typhus and died in early March 1945. The camp was liberated by the British less than two months later.

Otto Frank was the only one of the 10 to survive the Nazi death camps. After the war, he returned to Amsterdam via Russia, and was reunited with Miep Gies, one of his former employees who had helped shelter him. She handed him Anne's diary, which she had found undisturbed after the Nazi raid. In 1947, Anne's diary was published by Otto in its original Dutch as Diary of a Young Girl. An instant best-seller and eventually translated into more than 50 languages, The Diary of Anne

August 1
7 years ago



1968 UK Apple Records

1st August, 1968 : The Beatles finish recording their first record "Hey Jude" for Apple Records part of Apple Corps Ltd which they had created earlier in the year, it is released on 26th August with the B side "Revolution". The "Hey Jude" single went to number 1 on September 28th and stayed #1 for 9 weeks.



1914 Germany Declaration Of War

1st August 1914 : Germany sent a declaration of war to the Russian minister of foreign affairs as the German army began mobilizing for war



1929 U.S.A. Thomas Edison

1st Aug. 1929 : A state-wide contest held in West Orange County, New Jersey held by Thomas Edison to determine who his next 49 proteges would be. The tough exam questions included knowledge about science, geography, history, chemistry, and personal ethics. One query asked if “… a lie (is) permissible and … if they would choose to become successful at the loss of happiness, comfort, reputation, pride, honor, health, money, or love.” Among the extensive and penetrating questions asked was this one – “What new discovery or invention do you believe would be the greatest benefit to mankind?”

"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."
– Thomas Alva Edison, Harper's Monthly (September 1932)
1966 U.S.A. University Of Texas Shootings

1st August 1966 : Ex Marine Charles Whitman with a stockpile of guns and ammunition on the observatory platform at a 300 foot tower at the University of Texas proceeds to shoot 46 people, killing 14 people and wounding 31. He had killed both his wife and mother the night before.

Charles J Whitman’s name will go on in infamy after he went on a rampage killing 14 people, in Austin Texas. One of the Catholic priests that took his funeral service insisted that for 25 years Whitman had lived a quiet, good, and honest life, before the killer started shooting victims from the university tower.

July 30
7 years ago

1935 Great Britain First Penguin Paperback

30th July 1935 : The first Penguin paperback book costing 6d is published in England and started the paperback revolution, many believed it would not be profitable but following the purchase of 63,000 books by Woolworth within 12 months one million Penguin books are sold.



1943 Germany Adolf Hitler

30th July 1943 : Adolf Hitler is informed that Italy is planning to negotiate surrender terms with the Allies in light of Mussolini's fall from power.




1953 U.S.A. Communist Leaders Arrested

30th July 1953 : The FBI has seized 6 communist leaders from the city of Philadelphia on charges of teaching and advocating the overthrow of the government, this brings the total of those arrested for similar offences around the nation to 87.



1954 U.S.A. Elvis Presley

30th July 1954 : Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," made his first professional performance at the Overton Park Shell Concert in Memphis singing That's Alright Mama and Blue Moon of Kentucky as the opening act for Slim Whitman and Billy Walker.







1956 U.S.A. "In God We Trust" added

30th July 1956 : President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also required that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency.



1973 UK Thalidomide

30th July 1973 : Eleven years after the start of parents fight for compensation for children born with birth defects caused through the use of the thalidomide drug ( 1958 - 1961 ) to ease morning sickness during pregnancy, The Distillers drugs company who marketed thalidomide have agreed to pay more than £20 million in compensation.



This Week In History Week 31

August 1st to August 8th
1892 The parents of Lizzie Borden found murdered
1914 Germany and France Declare war
1926 Gertrude "Trudy" Ederle Swims English Channel
1930 Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents
1934 Adolf Hitler becomes Germany's Fuhrer
1934 Dust Bowl Drought Continues In Mid West
1936 Berlin Olympics Opens
1940 Cost of a gallon of Gas 11 cents
1941 Nazi Troops Within 50 miles of Kiev
1943 PT-109 Commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy Sunk
1944 Anne Frank Captured
1945 Nuclear bomb Hiroshima
1947 Kon-Tiki Expedition Completes Trip across the Pacific Ocean
1950 Cost of a gallon of Gas 18 cents




July 29th
7 years ago


1932 U.S.A. Bonus Protesters

29th July 1932 : World War I Vets who are starving like many others due to the great depression march on Washington demanding that the bonus payment they are due to receive in 1945 is paid out early. Legislators refuse their requests so 20,000 vets set up camp in Washington trying to put further pressure on the government. President Herbert Hoover ordered the eviction and two veterans were killed, he then called on the army to disperse the remaining Bonus protesters and the Bonus Army headed home on July 29, 1932.





1976 UK Southend Pier (the longest pier in the world) Destroyed By Fire

29th July 1976 : The end of Southend Pier on Britain's south coast is destroyed by Fire, the pier was the longest pier in the world at close to 1 1/2 miles long. The original pier made of wood dates back to 1830 and in the 1880's the pier was rebuilt of iron.

- In 1950 a gallon of gas was 18 cents and by 1959 was 25 cents.

- In 1950 the average cost of new car was $1,510.00 and by 1959 was 


- In 1950 the average income per year was $3,210.00 and by 1959 was $5,010.00.

- Rib Roast 29 cents per pound.

- Ritz Crackers 32 cents.





July 24th in History
7 years ago
1959 Soviet Union Moscow Meeting

24th July 1959 : Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev engage in a heated debate about capitalism and communism in the middle of a model kitchen set up for the American National Exhibition in Moscow.

This is quite funny and very animated on part of Khrushchev!


1969 U.S.A. Apollo 11 Safely Returns To Earth

24th July 1969 : Apollo 11, the U.S. spacecraft that had taken the first astronauts to the surface of the moon, safely returns to Earth, this fulfilled the dream of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 when he said "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth."




1979 U.S.A. Ted Bundy Found Guilty

24th July 1979 : Ted Bundy was found guilty of murdering two sorority sisters. Although his exact number of victims is unknown, Bundy confessed to more than 30 murders. He was executed in the electric chair on January 24, 1989.

da (You're looking at pure evil!)


1978 Lesley Brown gave birth to the world's first test tube baby ( in-vitro fertilization ) delivered by caesarean section in Oldham, England.

1981 Prince Charles marries Lady Diana at a royal ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral.






See more of the happenings of the world on the day July 24th and check out what happened on your birthday if it is today:



This post was modified from its original form on 24 Jul, 15:49
7 years ago

It is fun looking at what was happening in the "olden" days. That $962,000 is really something, eh?! How did we get in debt trouble up to our necks? When I found out what some members of parliament earn - there's one answer. And severance pay can run about $200,000 - just to get rid of someone! Where did it all go so wrong?   I think greed found it's way in there, for one thing.

Yeah, 40 miles an hour! That's soooo hard to imagine.

7 years ago

In 1964, $962,000 was a lot of money. Yet looking at that amount in today's times, it's a pittance compared to the trillions that this country is spending, borrowing from China and, in essence pounding us into the ground with. Will it ever end?


Wow! Orville Wright flew over an hour in a plane at 40 miles an hour?  That's slow compared to the speed we go in our cars. We've come so far!


Elvis, dear loved. He'll always be the King of Rock 'n Roll. So cute (until he fed himself to blubbiness. Wait, is that a word? Nah, I just made it up).


I love this thread, Cheryl. It's so informative and at the same time it's fun looking back at the "olden" days.

7 years ago



1945 France Vichy Leader Goes On Trial For Treason

23rd July 1945 : Marshal Henri Petain, who had headed the Vichy government during World War II and had signed as head of state an armistice with Germany that gave Nazi Germany control over the north and west of the country, this left part of the country not under Nazi control including the resort town of Vichy which is where the administrative centre was ( Hence the name Vichy Government ). Marshal Henri Petain is put on trial for treason.

1964 U.S.A. War On Poverty

23rd July 1964 : President Lyndon B. Johnson began pushing for a War on Poverty requesting $962,000 from Congress for improving literacy, drug rehabilitation and employment programs.

(I emphasized the amount... compared to expenditure amounts of today!!)


1909 The world's airplane record for two men, was broken in a flight of one hour, twelve minutes and forty seconds over fifty miles and at a speed averaging about forty miles an hour by Orville Wright and Lieutenant Frank P. Lahm, of the army signal corps, as passenger.

1956 Elvis Presley scores his second No. 1 hit with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You."

el  thump thump thump thump


7 years ago

Good morning, Lynn. Wow, you sure had a lot on your plate when you went back to work and had TWO jobs. Yes... the word processer! That was an enormous jump and I felt like we were just the most modern people around. I LOVED using it, and the fax.. I forgot about the fax machine. That was a whole new world, too. Then the electric typewriter WITH white tape to cover  mistakes (except it didn't work for carbon copies) but then I think they had phased out by then with the new copiers coming out! Hey, when you really look at it, we advanced pretty fast in 'those' days, but not as fast as it's been in the last 15 or so years especially.


You MADE a Nehru jacket?! Wow, that takes talent, for sure. And no, you're not 100 years older than I am!


I just noticed you spelled "treadle" right. I find that I can't spell as well as I used to... maybe because I don't have to use as many as before! Some words, I'm sure, are forever gone from my vocabulary. Is that right..."vocabulary, or is it vocabelery?


I'll go see what's new in history today and be right back.



7 years ago

It's amazing that we both worked for lawyers and used to work with carbon paper in Wills. I had that job when I was single. After I got my divorce and was living in Florida all through my marriage, I went back to work after not working for 30 years. I was a stay at home mom. Anyway, I went to work in a real estate management office that rented space to young professionals. After my regular working hours each day, I would work for one of the lawyers who rented space in our office. So, back to working for a lawyer but now it was so much easier.  Electric typewriter, computer with word processer, copy machine, fax machine and laser printer....the easy life. lol


We didn't use sewing machines in school. Maybe because I'm 100 years older than you?  We had to sew everything by hand. I even made my graduation dress by hand. All those sewing classes (called Home Ec) came in handy because as my kids were growing up I made their clothes, mine and I even made a Nehru jacket (remember those?) for my husband. Came out awesome, if I say so myself! 


Years ago, my son bought an old sewing maching, with treadle, at an auction or something. He still has it. When he bought it, he asked me to try it and it worked!!  It was made in 1927..a real antique.  My sewing machine was a Singer, but it was electric. Well, kiddo I'm going to bed now. It's 1:10 a.m. and this beauty needs her sleep. lol


We'll talk tomorrow, dear friend.


Love ya!

7 years ago

I am having so much fun with you tonight. Gee, that's sure a coincidence that we both worked for lawyers. I was doing the same thing with the Wills, having to put little pieces of paper in between all the copies, and sometimes having to start the whole damn thing over again because of one lousy little mistake that wouldn't erase and/or smudged! Can you imagine a salesman walking in to show the staff one of the computers we have today? And those treddle (sp?) sewing machines in school that we had to use... I feel so ancient all of a sudden! I actually didn't mind using the ole' treddle, though. 


This is much like the one my Mom had when I was growing up. She didn't like me to use it because it was "fragile" so she must have had it for a long time.


7 years ago

You forgot to mention that Underwood and Remington were "manual" electric for us!  I worked for lawyers in New York many eons ago and when I had to type a Will, it was on "onion skin" paper (remember that?) with carbon paper 3 deep and boy, you had to pound the keys to get it to go through all the pages. If a mistake was made, and who didn't make mistakes, you had to carefully erase all 4 copies and this was for each page of the Will. The young people of today don't know how easy they have it. If you tell them, they say "yeah, blah, blah, blah" because they really don't realize how much things have changed and how difficult it was for us.

7 years ago

It will be interesting to check every day and find out what happened decades - centuries ago because our world is on such a fast track! I don't think many kids today would even know what an Underwood typewriter looked like - let alone know how to use it - for instance, or imagine what it would be like to have to type six copies of something with carbon paper!   

7 years ago

What a wonderful idea for a thread, Cheryl.  Fantastic!!

This Day In History...
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July 22: 1950 U.S.A. Save The Buffalo Bison Campaign

22nd July 1950 : The American Buffalo / Bison which roamed the plains and numbered over 50 million are now down to a mere 4000 animals and concerns over extinction means more work and money is to be spent to save this important part of the American Heritage. It is estimated that there are now only four free roaming and genetically pure herds of American Bison / Buffalo on public lands in North America,
Yellowstone National Park, ( 4,000 Bison )
Henry Mountains in Utah, ( 500 Bison )
Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota ( 1,500 Bison )
Elk Island in Alberta, Canada. ( 500 Bison )


Taken From Our This Day In History From
July 16th to July 22nd

1923 Insulin Introduced.

1925 The medium wage for women working in Alabama was approximately $8.80 per week. with most employed in manufacturing, clerical, domestic, or agricultural jobs.

(See above link for more about this day in history)





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