Archive for May 2019

On Climbing Mt. Everest

Mount Everest death toll rises to 11 amid overcrowding concerns   There are those few who never rest Until they climb Mt. Everest. For courage some hurray for them; But common sense says ‘pray for them’.

Today in History: May 21

1881: To help the victims of war, disaster, loss, Clara Barton* founded The American Red Cross. *”The Angel of the Battlefield” Clara Barton who once said if she couldn’t be a soldier, she could help soldiers. And wondrously she did, carrying supplies to the Union troops and medicine to the wounded. From the very beginning... Read more »

Today in History: May 20

    1498: Da Gama* lands in India; he Is the first European To reach it by sea. *Portuguese navigator and explorer Vasco da Gama took off from Lisbon on July 8, 1497 with 4 ships and 170 men. He returned on July 10. 1499. The round trip turned out to be the longest ocean... Read more »

Today in History: May 19

    1828: The Tariff of Abominations was signed by Adams.* It was hated by Southern gentlemen And by their madams.** *John Quincy Adams. **The tariff was much higher than previous tariffs which were meant to protect the manufacturing interests of most of the North from the influx of cheaper goods made in Great Britain. ... Read more »

Today in History: May 18

  1830: To better cut grass overgrown, Budding* licensed his invention: A machine for the mown. *Edwin Budding who got the idea for a lawn mower from the way woolen cloth was cross-cut.  May 18, 1830, was actually the day Budding signed an agreement to manufacture his mower with a local engineer, John Ferrabee. They... Read more »

Today in History: May 17

  1620: At a Turkish fair The first merry-go-round* Spun in open air.   *English traveler, Peter Munday, visited a Turkish fair in what is now Bulgaria and saw a man-powered ride for children consisting of a spinning wheel with eight seats on the outer edges. Horseback it wasn’t but it must have been fun... Read more »

Today in History: May 16     1703: Died Charles Perrault, Wrote fairy tales* Our children would know. *Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, and Tom Thumb.  These and other tales were French folktales that were passed down from generation to generation.  Perrault was the first to give them written form.  What would Disney... Read more »

Today in History: May 15

  1928: In”Plane Crazy” Mickey Mouse Makes his first public appearance, And nearly kills his spouse.*   *When Mickey loses control of his plane, Minnie resourcefully uses her bloomers to parachute to safety.  The cartoon runs for six minutes and even recognizes  the celebrity of aviator Charles Lindbergh.  

Today in History: May 14 1804: From Camp Dubois* did embark The expedition Of Lewis and Clark. *Near Wood River, Illinois. President Jefferson had bought the Louisiana Territory, 827,000 square miles in all, from Napoleon for $15 million. Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis, his personal secretary and William Clark who had served with Lewis in the army.  The object of... Read more »

Today in History: May 13

Image: Cardinal Richelieu (Courtesy Philippe de Champaigne)     1637: A common utensil in our life We owe to a churchman,* The table knife. *Cardinal Richelieu of France (1585-1642).  Richelieu was the Chief Minister of King Louis XIII.  He was largely responsible for centralizing the power of the throne by weakening that of the nobility.... Read more »