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8/8/2012 - DB Metzger

The daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is organized. Alvin York makes a name for himself on the battlefield and the Graf Zeppelin begins its round the world flight. It did not end well. Remember the great Train Robbery in Britain and the opening of the Bonneville dam.  The Soviets begin to pull out of Afghanistan after a 9 year campaign. In birthdays Viva Zapata, Marjorie Rawlins, Sara Teasdale.and swimming actress Esther Williams.


1890 The daughters of the American Revolution organize themselves. They’re  still  here. Here’s more from Wikipedia


 1918 Remember Alvin York? Well today, he became famous. Sgt. York would have died destitute if it wasn’t for an act of congress in the early 60’s.  


 1929 the Graf Zeppelin airship begins its round the world flight. http://www.airships.net/lz127-graf-zeppelin


 1937 Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power


 1942 6 Nazi “saboteurs” were executed for spying after being convicted at a military tribunal. Substitute “terrorist” and we’re up to date. 


As World War II is about to officially end,  Political post war positioning begins.


1945 Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter

1945 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II (the A bomb follows)

1945 USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea


1950: Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel from France to England in 13 hours and 20 minutes, breaking Gertrude Ederle's previous record; in 1951 she became the first woman to swim the Channel from England to France (16:22)


 1963 Remember the Great Train robbery in Britain? They hauled off  2.6 million 


 1963 The Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie," radio stations label it obscene


 1966 South African Broadcasting bans Beatles records after John Lennon's remark (back on March 4th)  that the Beatles were more popular then Jesus.


 1970  Janis Joplin bought a tombstone for blues singerBessie Smith. Two months later Joplin was dead of  a drug overdose.


 1973 Spiro Agnew stated that the charges of taking kickbacks were “damned Lies” and he would never resign. Several months later he did resign. Here’s more quotesfrom Spiro


1974 A year later Nixon announces his resignation avoiding being  impeached by Congress.


 1983 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwomanChristine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)


1988 Temperature hits high of 88 on 8/8/88 in NYC.


1988 Russian troops begin to pull out of Afghanistan after  a 9 year war



Notable Birthdays


 1810: Mary Grove Nichols born (health reformer)


1814: Esther McQuigg Slack Morris born (suffragist, public official)


1847: Alice Gulick born (missionary, educator, founder of the International Institute for Girls in Spain)


1863: Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey born (scientist, writer)


1879 -1919 Mexican  revolutionary  Emiliano Zapata If you were a Brando fan you might want to rent  Viva Zapata although many liberties were taken with history.  


1882Olga Samaroff born (pianist, educator)


1884: Sara Teasdale born ( poet)


1896Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (writer)


Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985) designer of the first topless swimsuit was also the designer of the “no bra” bra


 1923 Speaking of  swimming today is the birthday of actress, swimmer, dancer Esther Williams.


1948: Svetlana Savitskaya born (second woman in space)


Quote for Today

Spend all you have for loveliness, 
Buy it and never count the cost; 
For one white singing hour of peace 
Count many a year of strife well lost, 
And for a breath of ecstacy 
Give all you have been, or could be. -- Sara Teasdale



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