I like October. I like the crisp cool days – even the chilly nights. I am a cooler rather than warmer kind of woman. At least when it comes to temperatures. Heat drags me down. Cool revives and invigorates me. Cold is a different matter, brrr… But cool, yeah I’m cool with that.
October has things other than Halloween to recommend it. In History lots of things happened in October. Lots of things happened in other months too but that’s an idea for another post. 💡
100 years ago on October 15 In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte, the deposed Emperor of the French, arrived on the British-ruled South Atlantic island of St. Helena, where he spent the last 5 1/2 years of his life in exile. Bet you didn’t know that. Actually I didn’t either it popped up when I was looking for something else.
Many Most of my greatest discoveries happen like that.
On this date in 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris. In 1945, the former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, was executed for treason. I didn’t know that either. Didn’t/don’t much care either. It does show the French to be a more bloodthirsty bunch than I thought.
By pressing a button in Rome, Senator Guglielmo Marconi illuminated the giant statue of Christ the King surmounting the summit of Corcovado, the mountain overlooking the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 15, 1931. Which means that on this date Senator Guglielmo Marconi perfected the first “remote” and turned us all into people too lazy to get up and change a channel on our televisions. With that he also invented channels surfing although I doubt he ever knew that.
On this date in 1939 Germany invaded Poland and we were on the road to World War Two.
On October 15, 1940, Charles Chaplin’s first all-talking comedy, “The Great Dictator,” a lampoon of Adolf Hitler, opened in New York.
In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering (GEH’-reeng) fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. In the end a man who was part of a death machine hadn’t the courage to accept the punishment for his crimes.
On October 15, 1954 – Hurricane Hazel devastates Carolina coast. High tides, whipped in by Hurricane Hazel, shattered boats and buildings in Swansboro, North Carolina. Back then this was just a terrible hurricane. That’s because the Liberals hadn’t invented “Global Warming” yet and this was still blamed on Mother Nature.
People still suffered from the weather but back in 1954 media didn’t pound that suffering and the storm into our heads hour after hour. Maybe that was because there were fewer channels and because they didn’t have a need to fill 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with noise.
On October 15,1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill which authorized a $576 million health service program. That would be considered a cheap bill today. The bill was part of Johnson’s “great society” and was supposed to eradicate poverty. It resulted in trillions of dollars being thrown at the problem of poverty with the results we see today. Poverty is still with us only now the “impoverished” expect us to support them. In fact, many of them demand it. Not unexpected when you give the Democrats the keys to the treasury.💸 Massive fail Lyndon.
On October 15,1990, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev was named the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. On October 15, 1993 Nelson Mandela and South Africa President F W de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On October 9, 2009 Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for getting elected.
In 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, 52-48. Back then I really thought Clarence Thomas was guilty. Today, not so much. Today I look at the totality of Justice Clarence Thomas’s life and I see no pattern of this kind of behavior. It seems out of character in the totality of the man’s life. Now it seems to me that Justice Thomas had a trial by media and was found guilty in public opinion. That is not, IMO, justice.
On October 09,1888 – The Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills, opened to the public.
On October 15, 1989 Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd. Nothing against the Reverend Graham but that never set right with me. Hollywood and religion just don’t mesh well IMO.
On October 15, 1977 Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life,” goes #1 and stays #1 for 10 weeks.
On October 15,1962 Byron R White appointed to Supreme Court. Anyone ever hear of him? I didn’t remember him so I went to Wikipedia and this is what I found:
Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White (June 8, 1917 – April 15, 2002) won fame both as an American football halfback and as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.[Born and raised in Colorado, White played in the National Football League for three seasons and practiced law for 15 years before his Supreme Court appointment. White was the Colorado state chair of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign.
White was appointed to the Supreme Court by Kennedy in 1962 and served until his retirement in 1993. He died in Denver at the age of 84. He was the first Supreme Court Justice from the state of Colorado.
Imagine that, a Supreme Court Justice that retired before he was carried out. Amazing. And imagine a Supreme Court Justice nickname “Whizzer”.
I think I will end with the fact that on October 15, 1951 “I Love Lucy” debuted on CBS TV. I suspect Lucille Ball will be remembered longer and with more harmony and love than anyone on the Supreme Court.
Have a great weekend!
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