Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday! History, Remembrance, Quotes, and More!

On This Date In 1619 The Battle of Sablat, during the Bohemian period of the Thirty Years' War, was fought between the Roman Catholic army of Karel Bonaventura Buquoy (who was victorious) and the Protestant army of Ernst von Mansfeld.
On This Date In 1692 In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials, was hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft.
On This Date In 1752 Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm and collected a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite was struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning.
On This Date In 1775 John Adams proposed to Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, that the men laying siege to Boston should be considered a Continental Army led by a general.
On This Date In 1780 The Battle of Mobley’s Meeting House was an engagement that occurred during the American Revolutionary War in the Mobley Settlement, Fairfield County, South Carolina during the Southern Campaign of Lord Cornwallis.
On This Date In 1794 The Law of 22 Prairial, also known as the loi de la Grande Terreur, the law of the Reign of Terror, was enacted. One of the ordinances passed during this stage of the French Revolution, it extended the reach of the Revolutionary Tribunal, and limited the ability of the accused to defend themselves.
On This Date In 1861 The Battle of Big Bethel, also known as the Battle of Bethel Church or Great Bethel, was an American Civil War battle that took place in Hampton and York County, Virginia, (near the present-day unincorporated community of Tabb). Big Bethel was the first Civil War land battle in present-day Virginia, and arguably the first land battle of the entire war.
On This Date In 1864 The Battle of Brice's Crossroads was fought near Baldwyn in Lee County, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. It pitted a 4,787-man contingent led by Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest against an 8,100-strong Union force led by Brigadier General Samuel D. Sturgis. The battle ended in a rout of the Union forces and cemented Forrest's reputation as one of the great cavalrymen.
On This Date In 1898 U.S. Marines landed at Guantánamo Bay. For the next month, American troops fought a land war in Cuba that resulted in the end of Spanish colonial rule in the Western Hemisphere. On July 17, just five weeks after the landing at Guantánamo Bay, the Spanish forces under Admiral Pascual Cervera surrendered at Santiago.
On This Date In 1915 Saul Bellow (June 10, 1915 - April 5, 2005) was born. He was a Canadian-born American writer. For his literary contributions, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to have won the National Book Award three times, and the only writer to have been nominated for it six times.
On This Date In 1917 Italian troops launched a renewed assault on Austro-Hungarian positions in the mountains of the Trentino region in northern Italy, on the border with Austria.
On This Date In 1922 Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969) was born. An American actress and singer with a career that spanned 45 of her 47 years, Garland attained international stardom as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage.
On This Date In 1933 John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (June 22, 1903 - July 22, 1934) was an American gangster and bank-robber in the Depression-era United States. The first bank he ever robbed was The National Bank in New Carlisle, Ohio of $10,600 on June 10, 1933.
On This Date In 1934 The 1934 FIFA World Cup, or the World's Cup as it was known then, was the second football World Cup staged, and hosted by Italy from May 27 May to June 10. Italy became the second World Cup champions, beating Czechoslovakia in the final, 2–1.
On This Date In 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded. A seemingly unplanned meeting in Akron, Ohio in 1935 between two men, both of whom were termed "hopeless" alcoholics, began a program of recovery that has helped millions find sobriety and serenity.
On This Date In 1940 The Gestapo took control of Theresienstadt Fortress, located in what is now the Czech Republic, and converted it to a Concentration Camp.
On This Date In 1940 After two months of desperate resistance, the last surviving Norwegian and British defenders of Norway were overwhelmed by the Germans, and the country was forced to capitulate to the Nazis.
On This Date In 1940 After withholding formal allegiance to either side in the battle between Germany and the Allies, Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy, declared war on France and Great Britain.
On This Date In 1944 The Distomo massacre took place, a Nazi war crime perpetrated by members of the Waffen-SS in the village of Distomo, Greece, during the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II.
On This Date In 1944 The Oradour-sur-Glane attack was carried out by soldiers of the Der Führer Regiment of the 2nd Waffen-SS Panzer Division Das Reich. On that day they killed a total of 642 men, women and children without giving any reasons for their actions.
On This Date In 1944 After the Normandy Invasion, the RAF Second Tactical Air Force successfully knocked out the German Panzer Group West's La Caine Headquarters.
On This Date In 1945 Australian Forces began 'Operation Oboe Six' to retake Brunei and Labuan from Japan in hostilities that continued until the end of the war.
On This Date In 1963 President John F. Kennedy announced the U.S. may cease atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons. Before the day was out, he had also signed a bill prohibiting wage discrimination toward women and sent a telegram to Governor George Wallace of Alabama asking him not to prevent black students from registering at the University of Alabama.
On This Date In 1968 At a Saigon news conference on the day he was to turn over command of U.S. forces in Vietnam to Gen. Creighton Abrams, Gen. William Westmoreland offered his assessment of past and current trends in the war.
On This Date In 1975 “Love and Death”, a 1975 comedy film and satirical take on Russian epic novels, was released. This Woody Allen film starred director Allen and Diane Keaton.
On This Date In 1977 Al Geiberger became the first PGA tour player in history to score a 59.
On This Date In 1979 Paul Newman, the blue-eyed movie star-turned-race car driver, accomplished the greatest feat of his racing career, roaring into second place in the 47th 24 Hours of Le Mans, the famous endurance race held annually in Le Mans, France.
On This Date In 1982 American author Stephen King published “The Gunslinger”, the first volume in the Dark Tower series, which King considers to be his magnum opus.
On This Date In 1991 At Clark Air Base in the Philippines, 14,500 personnel were evacuated in anticipation of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. Over the next several days, the eruptions killed hundreds of people and sent tons of ash and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere.
On This Date In 1991 The Chicago Bulls defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals.
On This Date In 2002 John Gotti died of throat cancer at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, where he had been transferred once the cancer was diagnosed.
On This Date In 2004 Ray Charles died of liver cancer at his home in Beverly Hills, California, surrounded by family and friends. His body was interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.
On This Date In 2005 “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, a 2005 romantic action comedy film, directed by Doug Liman and written by Simon Kinberg, was released. The original music score was composed by John Powell, and starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
On This Date In 2007 Almost 400 people died from sunstroke and dehydration in a month-long heat wave sweeping India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as South Asia endured one of its hottest summers on record. Temperatures hit 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in some parts…
On This Date In 2007 The Rolling Stones performed their first gig at a festival in 30 years, at the Isle of Wight Festival, to a crowd of 65,000.
On This Date In 2009 Chrysler completed its alliance with Fiat, largely ending its quick trip through bankruptcy.
On This Date In 2009 Search teams continued to hunt for bodies and wreckage of Air France Flight 447, as a French nuclear submarine scoured the search area for the aircraft’s black boxes, listening for the data and voice recorders' pings before they fade away.
On This Date In 2009 Gunman James Von Brunn, an 88 year old white supremacist, entered the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and opened fire, killing security guard Stephen Johns.
On This Date In 2009 The remote Pacific island nation of Palau agreed to accept Chinese Muslim detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The United States struck the deal to avoid repatriating the inmates to China, where it was feared they could be persecuted or executed.
On This Date In 2010 BP agreed to expedite claims for compensation from businesses damaged by the oil spill.
On This Date In 2010 Rod Blagojevich's former chief of staff testifies Patti Blagojevich got paid for doing no work. One of the ways fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko got the state's first family money was to hire Patti Blagojevich…

Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak (1928), Luciana Paluzzi (1937), Jurgen Prochnow (1941), Jeff Greenfield (1943), Steve King (1949), Kevin Corcoran (1949), John Edwards (1953), Jay Sekulow (1956), Eliot Spitzer (1959), Tim Van Patten (1959), Gina Gershon (1962), Elizabeth Hurley (1965), Jane Hill (1969), Faith Evans (1973), Shane West (1978), and Tara Lipinski (1982).

RIP Saul Bellow (1915 – 2005), William Rosenberg (1916 – 2002), Barry Morse (1918 – 2008), Judy Garland (1922 – 1969), June Haver (1926 – 2005), and Lionel Jeffries (1926 – 2010).


When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it. W. Clement Stone

Unspontaneity is of their essence. In these rites I discover that something is approaching me here that I did not produce myself, that I am entering into something greater than myself, which ultimately derives from divine revelation. This is why the Christian East calls the liturgy the "Divine Liturgy", expressing thereby the liturgy's independence from human control. Pope Benedict XVI

We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were. Ronald Reagan

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage. Ralph Waldo Emerson

1. Optimize potential. 2. Facilitate empowerment. 3. Implement visioning. 4. Strategize priorities. 5. Augment core structures. Connie Willis

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. Bob Moawad

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