Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday! History, Jerry Lewis/MDA, Music, Cinema, Sports, Quotes, More!

On This Date In 31 B.C. At the Battle of Actium, off the western coast of Greece, Roman leader Octavian won a decisive victory against the forces of Roman Mark Antony and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. Before their forces suffered final defeat, Antony and Cleopatra broke though the enemy lines and fled to Egypt, where they would commit suicide the following year.
On This Date In 1666 The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London, from Sunday, September 2 to Wednesday, September 5, 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman City Wall.
On This Date In 1789 The Department of the Treasury was established by an Act of Congress in 1789 to manage government revenue. The Department is administered by the Secretary of the Treasury, who is a member of the Cabinet.
On This Date In 1861 The Battle of Dry Wood Creek was fought in Vernon County, Missouri during the American Civil War. The Confederate troops were successful in their campaign to force the Union army to abandon southwestern Missouri and to concentrate on holding the Missouri Valley.
On This Date In 1864 Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman invaded Georgia from the vicinity of Chattanooga, Tennessee, beginning in May 1864, opposed by the Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston. In July, the Confederate president replaced Johnston with the more aggressive John Bell Hood, who began challenging the Union Army in a series of damaging frontal assaults. Hood’s army was eventually besieged in Atlanta and the city fell on September 2, hastening the end of the war.
On This Date In 1885 A mob of white coal miners attacked their Chinese co-workers (both groups were employed by the Union Pacific Coal Company) in Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, over a dispute on who had the right to work in a particularly lucrative area of the mine. The violence occurred after Chinese workers refused to participate in a strike for higher wages planned by the American miners. Twenty-eight Chinese were killed and fifteen were wounded; and seventy-nine homes were set ablaze.
On This Date In 1912 Arthur Rose Eldred was awarded Eagle Scout on Labor Day, September 2, 1912, becoming the first to earn Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, just two years after the founding of the BSA itself.
On This Date In 1917 Militarist conservatives within Germany formally launched a new political party, the Vaterlandspartei or Fatherland Party, a move that reflected the growing hold of the army over all aspects of German society during the First World War.
On This Date In 1923 Aftershocks and out-of-control fires continued to rock Tokyo, Japan, and the surrounding area following a massive earthquake. In total, 143,000 people died in the disaster, which is known both as the Great Kwanto Earthquake and the Great Tokyo Fire, as the fire caused by the earthquake was more deadly and destructive than the earthquake itself.
On This Date In 1935 George Gershwin signed his name to the completed orchestral score of the opera, “Porgy and Bess”. The composer called the 700-page score his masterpiece and never ceased to marvel that he had created it. Many critics consider Porgy and Bess to be the first and finest American opera.
On This Date In 1939 Germans established the Stutthof camp in a wooded area west of Stutthof (Sztutowo), a town about 22 miles east of Danzig (Gdansk). Stutthof was the first concentration camp built by the Nazi Germany regime outside of Germany, and was the last camp liberated by the Allies, on May 9, 1945. More than 85,000 victims died in the camp out of as many as 110,000 people deported there.
On This Date In 1944 Future President George Herbert Walker Bush was serving as a torpedo bomber pilot in the Pacific theater of World War II when his squadron was attacked by Japanese anti-aircraft guns. Bush was forced to bail out of the plane over the ocean. According to the Navy’s records, Bush’s squadron was conducting a bombing mission on a Japanese installation on the island of Chi Chi Jima in the Pacific when they encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire. The engine on Bush’s plane was set ablaze, yet Bush managed to release his bombs and head back toward the aircraft carrier San Jacinto before bailing out over the water. Three other crew members perished in the attack. After floating on a raft for four hours, a submarine crew fished a safe but exhausted Bush out of the water. His bravery in action earned him a Distinguished Flying Cross.
On This Date In 1945 The formal surrender of Japan in Tokyo Bay aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri took place. Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day, also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, effectively ending World War II.
On This Date In 1945 Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the independent Democratic Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh square. The first lines of his speech repeated verbatim the famous second paragraph of America’s 1776 Declaration of Independence.
On This Date In 1946 “The Iceman Cometh”, h ailed by many critics as Eugene O’Neill’s finest work, opened at the Martin Beck Theater. The play, about desperate tavern bums clinging to illusion as a remedy for despair, was the last O’Neill play to be produced on Broadway before the author’s death in 1953.
On This Date In 1959 At a news conference broadcast to viewers in 21 cities on closed-circuit television, Henry Ford II introduced his company’s newest car: the 90-horsepower, 30 miles-per-gallon Falcon.
On This Date In 1969 President Ho Chi Minh (May 19, 1890 - September 2, 1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam died of a heart attack in Hanoi. North Vietnamese officials announced his death the next day.
On This Date In 1969 America’s first automatic teller machine (ATM) made its public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York.
On This Date In 1972 Phuc Yen, 10 miles north of Hanoi, and one of the largest air bases in North Vietnam, was smashed by U.S. fighter-bombers. During the attack, a MiG was shot down, bringing the total to 47 enemy aircraft shot down since the beginning of the North Vietnamese offensive. At this point in the war, 18 U.S. planes had been shot down by MiGs.
On This Date In 1973 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (January 3, 1892 - September 2, 1973) died at the age of 82. He was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.
On This Date In 1978 “Dawn of the Dead” (also known as Zombi internationally), a horror film written and directed by George A. Romero, was released. It was the second film made in Romero’s Living Dead series, but contains no characters or settings from its predecessor, and shows in larger scale the apocalyptic effects a zombie epidemic would have on society.
On This Date In 1987 The trial of Mathias Rust, the 19-year-old pilot who flew his Cessna plane into Red Square in May 1987, began in Moscow. Rust had become an international celebrity following his daring intrusion into Soviet airspace and landing in the center of Moscow, but the Soviet government condemned his actions.
On This Date In 1988 “Eight Men Out”, an American dramatic sports film based on 8 Men Out, published in 1963, by Eliot Asinof, and written and directed by John Sayles, was released. It is a dramatization of Major League Baseball’s 1919 Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the World Series.
On This Date In 1991 Tennis star Jimmy Connors celebrated his 39th birthday with a fourth round win over Aaron Krickstein, 24, at the U.S. Open. The match was finally decided in a fifth-set tiebreak after a marathon four hours and 49 minutes of play.
On This Date In 1991 “Tin Machine II”, an album by Tin Machine (famous for being fronted by singer David Bowie), was released by Victory Music.
On This Date In 1993 “Chaos A.D.”, the fifth studio album by Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, was released through Roadrunner Records. This was the record that helped the group transcend their previous thrash metal style, deepening their forays into hardcore punk, industrial music and Brazilian-styled percussion. It would become one of the founding pillars of the groove metal subgenre. It won silver and gold certifications throughout Europe and the USA.
On This Date In 1996 Michael Jackson set a record that has since been surpassed only by one other performer, Mariah Carey: Jackson earned his 12th #1 hit as a solo artist when the R&B ballad “You Are Not Alone” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On This Date In 1998 A United Nations court found Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide, marking the first time that the 1948 law banning genocide is enforced.
On This Date In 1998 Swissair Flight 111, a Swissair McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on a scheduled airline flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, United States to Cointrin International Airport in Geneva, Switzerland, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax International Airport at the entrance to St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board died. It was the highest-ever death toll of any aviation accident involving a McDonnell Douglas MD-11.
On This Date In 2001 “Adult Swim”, an adult-oriented cable television network and a “spin-off” programming block of Cartoon Network, premiered with the airing of the Director’s Cut episode of Home Movies.
On This Date In 2004 Hurricane Ivan was the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. The cyclone was also the sixth hurricane and the fourth major hurricane of the active 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Ivan formed as a Cape Verde-type hurricane in early September and became the ninth named storm, the sixth hurricane, and the fourth major hurricane of the year. It had reached Category 5 strength on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, the strongest possible category. At its peak in the Gulf of Mexico, Ivan was the size of the state of Texas. It also spawned 117 tornadoes across the eastern United States.
On This Date In 2004 United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559, a resolution adopted by the UNSC, called upon Lebanon to establish its sovereignty over all of its land, and called upon “foreign forces” (generally interpreted as referring but not limited to Syria) to withdraw from Lebanon and to cease intervening in the internal politics of Lebanon. The resolution also called on all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias to disband and declared support for a “free and fair electoral process”.
On This Date In 2005 Sanofi-aventis announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved AMBIEN CR™ (zolpidem tartrate extended-release tablets) CIV, a new extended-release formulation of the number one prescription sleep aid, AMBIEN® (zolpidem tartrate) CIV, for the treatment of insomnia.
On This Date In 2009 Chris Brown sat down with Larry King in his first interview since his February 8 arrest for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.
On This Date In 2009 Emory University sequestered students with flu-like symptoms in an attempt to avoid a Swine Flu Outbreak.
On This Date In 2009 After serving just over seven years in federal prison for charges that included obstruction of justice, tax evasion and bribery, Former Rep. James Traficant was released from federal prison.

Happy Birthday Daniel arap Moi (1924), Michael Dante (1931), Andrew Grove (1936), Peter Ueberroth (1937), China Lee (1942), Lynn Samuels (1942), Terry Bradshaw (1948), Mark Harmon (1951), Jimmy Connors (1952), Vance DeGeneres (1954), Tony Alva (1957), Eric Dickerson (1960), Keanu Reeves (1964), Hitomi Kobayashi (1965), Salma Hayek (1966), Camille Grammer (1968), Kristen Cloke (1968), Syleena Johnson (1976), Tommy Maddox (1971), Brian Westbrook (1979), and Allison Miller (1985).

RIP Henry George (1839 – 1897), A. G. Spalding (1850 – 1915), Hiram Johnson (1866 – 1945), Edith Wilson (1872 – 1961), Frederick Soddy (1877 – 1956), and Christa McAuliffe (1948 – 1986).


We should so live and labor in our times that what came to us as seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and what came to us as blossom may go to them as fruit. This expresses the true spirit in the love of mankind. Henry Ward Beecher

The world that we must seek is a world in which the creative spirit is alive, in which life is an adventure full of joy and hope, based rather upon the impulse to construct than upon the desire to retain what we possess or to seize what is possessed by others. Bertrand Russell

Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built upon the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. Albert Einstein

Labour was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. Adam Smith

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor. Ulysses S. Grant

A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity. Thomas Jefferson

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. Theodore Roosevelt

A man’s labor is not only his capital but his life. When it passes it returns never more. To utilize it, to prevent its wasteful squandering, to enable the poor man to bank it up for use hereafter, this surely is one of the most urgent tasks before civilization. William Booth

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living. John D. Rockefeller

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Had to share – LOVE Chess!

Fide World Chess Cup 2011 R 2 Game 1
The 2011 FIDE World Cup is a 128-player knock-out taking place August 27-September 20 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. The tournament delivers three participants for the next Candidates tournament/matches, as part of the new World Championship cycle. Except for the final, all rounds have 2-game matches at the FIDE time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment from the first move. In case of a 1-1 tie, on the third day of the round there's a tie-break with rapid games and if necessary blitz games and an Armageddon.

In honor of an institution in America, Jerry Lewis:

According to recent news, Jerry Lewis will no longer be associated with the Muscular Dystropy Association (MDA) Labor Day telethon and will no longer be the chairman of MDA. This video is dedicated to Jerry as an effort to honor him for his untiring efforts in fighting muscular dystrophy and to thank him for raising almost two and one half BILLION dollars to help MDA win that fight. Thanks Jerry.

According to recent news, Jerry Lewis will no longer be associated with the Muscular Dystropy Association (MDA) Labor Day telethon and will no longer be the chairman of MDA. This video is dedicated to Jerry as an effort to honor him for his untiring efforts in fighting muscular dystrophy and to thank him for raising almost two and one half BILLION dollars to help MDA win that fight. "What a Clown" was written by Jesse Goldberg and Bill Flowerree and sung by Jesse Goldberg. Visit

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NOTE: This was the last MDA Telethon W/ JERRY LEWIS! He will not appear anymore in the show.

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend. Doug Larson

God Bless All! May yours be a productive and enjoyable weekend!

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