Thomas Alva Edison demonstrated his incandescent light for the first time in public.
I want to thank each of you for your interest in my JFK+50 Blog.
I want to thank each of you for your interest in my JFK+50 Blog.
December 30, 2010
Final Score: NC 30 UT 27.
It was a great game!
On December 29, 1890, the Battle of Wounded Knee at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota resulted in the deaths of 146 Sioux men, women & children.
The “last battle of the Indian wars” was a consequence of the “Ghost Dance Movement” in which the Sioux hoped to restore their traditional way of life.
The 7th Cavalry surrounded a band of warriors under Chief Big Foot whose corpse was left in the frozen snow.
Chief Big Foot
Wounded Knee, South Dakota
On December 29, 1808, President Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Johnson was Governor of Tennessee (1853-1857) & US Senator (1857-1864) before becoming Lincoln’s Vice-President.
Andrew Johnson became the 1st President to be impeached although he was found not guilty by the US Senate in 1868.
Andrew Johnson died in 1875 & was buried in Greeneville, Tennessee.
On December 29, 1845,
TEXAS became the 28th State.
On December 29, 1940, the German air force bombed the city of LONDON.
The air raid resulted in 3600 British deaths as well as destruction of many historic buildings.
On December 28, 1963 the British TV satirical program “That Was The Week That Was” made its’ final broadcast.
The show aired in 1962 & 1963 to large audiences but for 1964 the BBC canceled the program to avoid controversy in an election year.
The show’s “most acclaimed” production was telecast on November 23, 1963.
This was a shortened 20 minute non-satirical tribute to JFK & included Millicent Martin singing “In the Summer of His Years”.
The tune was later recorded by Connie Francis. The tribute itself was also produced as a record.
On December 28, 1856, Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia.
Wilson graduated from Princeton in 1879, was a law student at the University of Virginia & earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins.
Wilson entered politics & was elected Governor of New Jersey in 1910 & President of the United States in 1912.
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
On December 28, 1927, the actor Martin Milner was born in Detroit. Milner later moved to Seattle & made his film debut in 1947.
He appeared on television’s “Lone Ranger” & “Dragnet” shows.
One of his most famous roles was in the 1960-1964 TV series: “Route 66”.
Martin Milner & George McHarris
JFK SAILS ON “HONEY FITZ”
On December 26, “BOXING DAY” is celebrated in Australia, Austria, Canada, & New Zealand.
The origin of the celebration comes from the tradition of tradesmen collecting their boxes/gifts in return for good service throughout the year.
The day is also celebrated as “St. Stephen’s Day”. Saint Stephen was the first Christian to be martyred for his faith.
FIVE INCHES OF SNOW IN KNOXVILLE
We woke up this morning to a “Winter Wonderland” with five inches of snow on the ground.
There is more snow on the way for the day & folks up in the Northeast U.S. can expect a foot or more.
Here is a view out our window.
THE CANADA ACT (1791)
On December 26, 1791, The Constitution Act was passed by the British Parliament under PM William Pitt.
Also known as the “Canada Act”, it divided QUEBEC along the Ottawa River into Upper & Lower Quebec.
CHURCHILL ADDRESSES US CONGRESS
On December 26, 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British Prime Minister to address the Congress of the United States.
He urged the support of FDR’s “Arsenal for Democracy” program.
The U.S. had just entered WWII after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7.
HARRY S TRUMAN DIES
On December 26, 1972, President Harry S Truman died in Independence, Missouri.
Truman served from 1945 to 1953 as the 33rd US President.
He made the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan to bring WWII to an end.
He also established the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after the war.
During the 1960 primary campaign, Truman suggested JFK step down as a candidate for President because of his youth & inexperience. JFK, of course, did not follow Truman’s advice.
JFK commented later on Truman’s legendary use of bad language. At a dinner in New York the 1960 Democratic nominee & only the 2nd Catholic candidate for President said:
“I have noted with interest where (President Truman) has suggested those who vote for my opponent should go. While I understand and sympathize with his deep motivation, I think it is important for our side to refrain from raising the religious issue.”
In the morning, opposing troops crossed “No Man’s Land” not to kill each other but to exchange handshakes, cigarettes & food.
It is known as the “Christmas Truce”.
On December 24, 1961, President Kennedy met with Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina. They also had lunch together. The meeting took place at JFK’s Dad’s residence in Palm Beach, Florida.
Earlier in August, Mr. Frondizi had initiated negotiations between JFK & Che Guevara of Cuba. This was at the Inter-American Economic and Social Council summit in Montevideo. This “secret” meeting took place at the presidential residence.
President Fondizi asked Guevara to act as an intermediary between JFK & Cuban Premier Fidel Castro. This proposed meeting, however, never came about.
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On December 22, 1775, the Congress created the Continental Navy. Among the 1st 5 lieutenants was John Paul Jones.
A new Admiral appointed by General George Washington, JOHN BURROWS HOPKINS of Rhode Island, flew a yellow flag with a coiled snake & the motto “Don’t Tread On Me.”
On December 22, 1864, General William T. Sherman’s troops occupied Savannah, Georgia. This was one of the last port cities open to the Confederacy.
Sherman wired President Lincoln the following message:
“I beg to present to you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.”
On December 22, 1968, David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, married Julie Nixon, the daughter of former Vice-President Richard M. Nixon.
Nixon had lost to JFK in 1960 but came back to win the Presidency in November 1968.
The couple had met at the Republican National Convention of 1956 when they were both 8.
They are still married, have 3 children, & live in Pennsylvania.
They have just written a book on General IKE.