Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26, 1865: John Wilkes Booth killed


April 1865 was a very consequential month is US history.

First, The Civil War ended;

Second, President Lincoln was assassinated; and,

Third, John Wilkes Boothe died on this day.  It was quite a month!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

1719: Robinson Crusoe was published



It was 1719 and a wonderful new book by Daniel Defoe was published in England.   

It was about a shipwrecked sailor who spent years on a deserted island.   It was apparently based on the experiences of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor lost off the coast of South America in the early 1700's.




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We remember Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)


The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on this day in 1917.   She is known to many as "The First Lady of Song", a well deserved title in my opinion.

Ella had lots of problems as a young woman.  She was an orphan by 15 and had trouble with the law.    Eventually, she left that and became a very successful performer.



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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April 21, 1904: Ty Cobb made his professional debut!

Image result for ty cobb imagesApril 21, 1904 and a young Ty Cobb made his professional debut. Cobb played for Augusta (South Atlantic League), hit a double and HR in an 8-7 loss to Columbus.  

He broke with Detroit in 1905 and his career numbers still leave you in total shock:  .366 batting average, 4,189 hits, 724 doubles, 295 triples, 892 stolen bases and 117 "dead ball era" HR.    He did it all in 3,035 games!     

He averaged 1.38 hits per game.   I don't believe that there is another player who comes close to that or the aforementioned .366 average.     

What an amazing hitter!

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1993: The Bee Gees & Blue Island


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Back in 1993, The Bee Gees released "Size isn't everything".

Time flies and it's hard to believe that so many years have flown by.

"Blue Island" is a beautiful song recorded in an acoustic style.  We understand that the song was dedicated to the children of Yugoslavia.  By the way, I love The Bee Gees when they do their acoustic medleys.

Click for the song;


"Living in a world that dies within You are they who try and touch the wind
You could be the blessed one that Makes me love you
And doing what you've never done before
Taking every wave that hits the shore
You could be a silver star that shines
On my blue island See you on a blue island
Take you to a blue island You can see the rain
You can feel the pain That no part of me is going through
Everybody say, we can find a way
Do you know the place you're going to
You're going to a blue island
This is what the lonely heart must know
This is what it takes to make it grow You could be a child alone
But you may save the world
Maybe it's the words that mean goodbye
There but for the grace of God go I
I can see an open door that leads to my blue island
Gonna be a blue island See you on a blue island
Take you to a blue island Blue island...."


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

1861: We remember Robert E Lee

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We remember Robert E Lee today:
“Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the United States army two days after he was offered command of the Union army and three days after his native state, Virginia, seceded from the Union.”
Lee went home to his native Virginia and lead Confederate troops during the Civil War.  
The war ended in 1865 and Lee died in 1870.    He is remembered as one of the greatest military figures in US history. 

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Monday, April 19, 2010

1775: The American revolution begins

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Here is a little history lesson from 1775:
"At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town's common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment's hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. 
Suddenly, the "shot heard around the world" was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. 
When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolutionhad begun."   
A year later, they met in Philadelphia and signed the Declaration of Independence.




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Sunday, April 18, 2010

1923: Babe Ruth hits 3-run homer in first game at Yankee Stadium


We are now in the 3rd edition of Yankee Stadium.     

The first one opened on this day in 1923 and was shut down after the 1974 season for renovations.    The Yankees actually played at Shea Stadium in 1975.

The second one closed after the 2008 season.   

The third one opened in 2009.

The Yankees have a World Series flag in each of the 3 parks.

We remember today that the Stadium opened in 1923 and Babe Ruth hit a 3-run homer.    Who else?

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We remember Rep. Henry Hyde (1924-2007)


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We remember former Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, who was born on this day in 1924.

He was one of my favorite members of Congress.

Most people remember Rep. Hyde because of the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Yet, I recall his work against abortion and wonderful command of the English language.

We miss Rep. Hyde!






Saturday, April 17, 2010

1961: The Bay of Pigs


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My life changed on April 17, 1961.  It was the Bay of Pigs invasion. Without question, this invasion was the biggest political event of my childhood.

Over the years, both sides have argued about the invasion. The Kennedy apologists blame the CIA. Cuban-Americans blame Kennedy.

On this one, Kennedy let us down. He inspired us during the 1960 election. It was Kennedy who delivered the tough anti-Castro speeches during the debates and the election.     In fact:
"By the time Kennedy took office in January 1961, he had already made serious commitments to the Cuban exiles, promising to oppose communism at every opportunity, and supporting the overthrow of Castro. 
During the campaign, Kennedy had repeatedly accused Eisenhower of not doing enough about Castro.
The Bay of Pigs made the October 1962 missile crisis possible. It projected the image that Kennedy was weak and indecisive. It probably forced Kennedy to overreact in Vietnam.

Many brave Cubans died at the Bay of Pigs. Castro put thousands in prison because they supported the invasion. Many were executed or spent years in some of the world's worst political prisons.

Let's remember the heroes of Brigade 2506. They were Cubans determined to fight for their country.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 15, 1947 (the day that Jackie Robinson & Dodgers changed baseball)


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Baseball changed many years ago when Jackie Robinson opened the 1947 season playing first base with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  

He was one of the key players in those Dodgers' teams that won the NL pennant in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956.  The Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the 1955 World Series.

Jackie had a huge impact in the civil rights movement.  He is truly one of the great Americans of the 20th century.




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Happy Tax Day


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It's April 15th and we get to celebrate another "Tax Day" in the US.   Our return was in a month ago so I won't be rushing to the post office today.

Happy Tax Day, specially to all of those who voted for Obama because Romney was a rich guy who didn't pay enough taxes.    Mr & Mrs BO paid 18%!  Don't expect anyone in the media to ask him about it.

Click to hear "Taxman" by The Beatles:


 "Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

Don't ask me what I want it for
If you don't want to pay some more
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
And you're working for no one but me."

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Monday, April 12, 2010

April 12, 1961: Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space

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On this day in 1961, the USSR put the first man in space:    
During the flight, the 27-year-old test pilot and industrial technician also became the first man to orbit the planet, a feat accomplished by his space capsule in 89 minutes. 
Vostok 1 orbited Earth at a maximum altitude of 187 miles and was guided entirely by an automatic control system. 
The only statement attributed to Gagarin during his one hour and 48 minutes in space was, “Flight is proceeding normally; I am well.”
The US eventually caught up and got to the moon in July 1969.    Nevertheless, Gagarin's flight was a shock!



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April 12th was a big day in history


April 12 is one of those days full of history, or important events.

In 1861, the US Civil War began when Confederate troops hit Ft Sumter in South Carolina.  It happened about a week after Lincoln became president.  The war lasted four years!

In 1945, President Roosevelt suffered a stroke and died.  Later in the day, VP Truman became president and inherited a war in Europe and Pacific.   The war in Europe ended in weeks and the US dropped two atomic bombs later in the summer to force Japan to surrender.

On a lighter note, "Rock around the clock" by Bill Haley & The Comets was recorded in 1954.  It became the first hit of the rock era the following year.

To say the least, a very consequential day!

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April 12, 1945: FDR died and Truman became president

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in his home at Warm Springs, Georgia, on this day in 1945.   A bit later, VP Truman became the 33rd president of the US.

By April 1945, the European War was going well.   Unfortunately, the Pacific War was entering its most savage period.    President Truman eventually dropped the two atomic bombs in August 1945.





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April 1965: "Ticket to ride" released by The Beatles





Are we getting old or do we love The Beatles?

The answer is yes and yes!

"Ticket to ride" was released in April 1965 or years ago this month.  Like every other song, it reached #1 in the US and just about everywhere else!

This is one of the best Beatles' songs ever.

It was also featured in the movie "Help"!   Remember the ski scene when the guys are going up and down the snow?

John and Paul do the vocals. It was one of their best efforts! And George does some great guitar work!

The B-side was "Yes it is"!  We have not heard this a lot in recent years. However, it is another great duo by John & Paul.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

1951: Truman and McArthur


By 1951, President Truman was not very popular at all.  He barely won reelection in 1948 and had to deal with Korea and the post-war economic adjustments. 

Then he had to fire General MacArthur, an extremely popular military leader on this day in 1951:
"In perhaps the most famous civilian-military confrontation in the history of the United States, President Harry S. Truman relieves General Douglas MacArthur of command of the U.S. forces in Korea. The firing of MacArthur set off a brief uproar among the American public, but Truman remained committed to keeping the conflict in Korea a "limited war.""
In the end, President Truman had no choice and acted correctly.  You can not have any kind of insubordination against the commander in chief.

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Happy # 54 Bret Saberhagen

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We remember Bret Saberhagen who was born in Chicago on this day in 1964.

Bret broke with the AL West champion Royals in 1984:   10-11 with a 3.48 ERA.    

In 1985, Bret won 20 with a 2.87 ERA.   He won the AL Cy Young and was the World Series MVP.

In 1989, Bret won another AL Cy Young:   23-6 with a 2.16 ERA.

Bret retired after 1999:   167-117 and a 3.34 ERA.    He pitched in 2 World Series with the Royals, 3 ALCS with Boston and a NLDS with the Rockies.







Friday, April 09, 2010

Happy # 72 Nate Colbert



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We say happy birthday to Nate Colbert who was born in St Louis, MO, on this day in 1946.    

Colbert came up with the Astros but got a chance to play with the 1969 expansion San Diego Padres.   He became one of the NL's top power hitters:   163 HR over 6 seasons with San Diego.    

In 1975, he was traded to Detroit but his career was over at age 30.    He retired with 173 HR & 520 RBI:






Thursday, April 08, 2010

We remember Elizabeth Bacon Custer (1843-1933)

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We remember General Custer, her famous husband.     

Elizabeth Bacon was born in Michigan on this day in 1843.     Her contemporaries  remember her as talented, intelligent, and beautiful.   Elizabeth graduated as valedictorian from the Young Ladies’ Seminary and Collegiate Institute in Monroe, Michigan. 

Shortly after, she met George Custer and the couple was married in 1864.    

After her husband's dramatic death in 1876, Elizabeth set out to write about him and the West.   At first, she was treated as an apologist for her controversial husband but eventually her works earned her respect:






1974: Aaron hit # 715

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On this day in 1974, Aaron hit # 715 off the Dodgers’ Al Downing.  

He hit # 714, or tied Ruth, off of the Reds’ Jack Billingham days before.   

It was a great night for those who grew up following Aaron:





We remember Gary Carter (1954-2012)

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We remember Gary Carter who was born in California on this day in 1954.   

Gary was one of the best catchers of his generation:   324 HR & 1,225 RBI.   

Carter went into the HOF in 2003:





Tuesday, April 06, 2010

ABBA's "Waterloo" wins top song at Eurovision 1974

Back in 1974, ABBA won a European prize and it launched the group:
"ABBA's win at the annual Eurovision Song Contest on this day in 1974 launched the group on its monumental international career, marking the first and still only time that the Eurovision Song Contest crowned a previously unknown winner destined for legitimate superstardom."
It took a couple of years for ABBA to click in the US.  However, they did in 1976 and the rest is history.

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

We remember Hugh Masekela (1939-2018)



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We remember Hugh Masekela who was born in South Africa on this day in 1939.

Years ago, I bought a 45 by Hugh Masakela called "Grazing in the grass".   It was a great arrangement.  

We learned in January 2018 that Hugh Maeakela passed away
Great sound and super talent:


1949: Another anniversary for NATO


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NATO has been in the news lately.  

You may have heard about Article 5 of the NATO agreement, or the mutual defense clause.  

Or maybe you've heard that most countries are not paying their way.  

Unfortunately, NATO is not much of an alliance anymore.   

To say the least, this is not what the US and President Truman had in mind when NATO was created in 1949:
"The United States and 11 other nations establish the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a mutual defense pact aimed at containing possible Soviet aggression against Western Europe. NATO stood as the main U.S.-led military alliance against the Soviet Union throughout the duration of the Cold War."
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Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Marshall Plan 1948


We remember The Marshall Plan, signed into law on this day in 1948:

"On April 3, 1948, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs into law the Foreign Assistance Act, commonly known as the Marshall Plan. 

Named after U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the program channeled more than $13 billion in aid to Europe between 1948 and 1951. 


Meant to spark economic recovery in European countries devastated byWorld War II, the plan also saved the United States from a postwar recession by providing a broader market for American goods. 


However, because the USSR prevented countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia from participating, the plan also contributed to the raising of the "Iron Curtain" between Eastern and Western Europe."


It was one of President Truman's finest hours!

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Happy # 90-something to Doris Day

Another day and another sign that time indeed flies by. 

I just learned that Doris Day, one of the most successful movie and recording stars of the 20th century, just turned a year older.   

Yes, I said 90-something because they are not sure:
"I've never been a fan of celebrating my own birthdays," she explained. "[And] helping animals has been a lifelong passion. They give us unconditional love and ask very little in return.""
Yes, she gave us a lot of fun over the years, specially some of those silly but fun movies that she made with Rock Hudson and "The man who knew too much" with Jimmy Stewart.     
And who can forget "Que sera, sera", her signature song:


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Friday, April 02, 2010

1979: "Tragedy" by The Bee Gees was # 1 this week


The Gibb brothers, known to most of us as The Bee Gees, had the # 1 song ("Tragedy") this week in 1979.   It was their 5th consecutive # 1 song and the first track from the "Spirits having flown" LP.   The B-side "Until" was a rather good song that got lost in the Bee Gees wave of million sellers.



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