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A child may have too much of his mother's blessing.
-- Scottish proverb

Today's quotation...
"Genius is eternal patience."
-- Michelangelo
(The truth of this statement occurs daily to the Old Kunnel who patiently awaits his system boot up.)

Liquid Soap Day

On this date in 1865, William Sheppard received a United States patent for making liquid soap consisting of a mixture of ordinary soap and ammonia.

 Happy Birthday ......
    In 1862, Claude Debussy, composer.
    In 1893, author, poet, critic and wit Dorothy Parker was born in West Bend, N.J.
    In 1902, Nazi-era filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl ("Triumph of the Will").

    In 1920, Science Fiction/Fantasy author Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois. A popular and very prolific writer of science fiction, Bradbury skillfully combines social and technological criticism with delightful fantasy. His best-known work is probably The Martian Chronicles (1950), the tale of the ruin of Martian civilization by greedy and corrupt earthlings, which was made into a film (1966) and a TV miniseries (1980). His short-story collections include The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953), The Last Circus and the Executioner (1980), The Toynbee Convector (1988), Quicker than the Eye (1996), and Driving Blind (1997); among his novels are Fahrenheit 451 (1953, film 1966), Dandelion Wine (1957), Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962, film 1983), The Halloween Tree (1972), and A Graveyard for Lunatics (1990). Bradbury has also written scripts for plays and films, a detective novel, children's stories, and poetry.
Ray Bradbury: The Martian Chronicles
11:09 8/22/2009

    In 1934, Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He graduated from West Point (1956) and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, where he was twice wounded and decorated with three Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, and the Distinguished Service Medal. In 1983, he was deputy commander of the U.S. invasion of Grenada. In 1991, Schwartzkopf commanded the successful allied invasion of Iraq in the Persian Gulf War. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1992 as a four-star general.

    In 1939, Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.
    In 1940, Valerie Harper, actress who will always be remembered for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-74). Harper began her career as a teenager, dancing in the corps de ballet at Radio City Music Hall. After being a chorus girl in numerous Broadway productions, Harper was cast as Rhoda. With virtually no television experience, Harper delighted audiences every week playing Mary’s outspoken friend from the Bronx. Harper’s character was so popular that she was given her own sitcom, "Rhoda" (1974-78), and earned four Emmy Awards for the role. After her 8-year stint playing Rhoda, Harper started work on her own sitcom, aptly titled "Valerie," and starred in TV movies including "Strange Voices" (1987), "Death of a Cheerleader" (1994), "The Great Mom Swap" (1995) and "Dancing at the Harvest Moon" (2002).
    In 1942, Singer Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters).

 On this day...
    In 1485, the War of the Roses ended with the death of England's King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry VII. "Now is the winter of our discontent."
    In 1642, civil war in England begins.
    In 1654, Jacob Barsimson becomes first man of Jewish extraction to set foot in America.
    In 1692, eight "witches" executed in Salem, MA.
    In 1787, John Fitch's steamboat completes it's tests, years before Fulton builds his steamboat.
    In 1788, British settlement in Sierra Leona founded as asylum for slaves.
    In 1791, 100,000 slaves revolt in Haiti.
    In 1816, damaging floods from New England to North Carolina.
    In 1831, believing himself to be a prophet of God sent to lead his people from bondage, Nat Turner and seven followers lead a bloody slave insurrection in Southampton County, Virginia, which eventually leaves 60 white people dead. Though Turner planned to rally hundreds of slaves in the Virginia countryside, his plan quickly fell apart, and he was soon caught and hanged. In the aftermath of the rebellion, scores of African Americans were lynched by mobs, though most of them had not participated in the revolt.
    In 1846, U.S. annexes New Mexico.
    In 1851, the yacht "America" built by a group of members of the New York Yacht Club, was entered in a race against 14 yachts belonging to the Royal Yacht Squadron. The winning of the race by the N.Y. Yacht Club established the America's Cup sailing challenge.
    In 1862, [Civil War] Lincoln replies to Horace Greeley
    President Abraham Lincoln writes a carefully worded letter in response to an abolitionist editorial by Horace Greeley, the editor of the influential New York Tribune, and hints at a change in his policy concerning slavery.
    From the outset of the Civil War, Lincoln proclaimed the war’s goal to be the reunion of the nation. He said little about slavery for fear of alienating key constituencies such as the border states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and, to a lesser extent, Delaware. Each of these states allowed slavery but had not seceded from the Union. Lincoln was also concerned about Northern Democrats, who generally opposed fighting the war to free the slaves but whose support Lincoln needed.
    Tugging him in the other direction were abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Horace Greeley. In his editorial, “The Prayer of Twenty Millions,” Greeley assailed Lincoln for his soft treatment of slaveholders and for his unwillingness to enforce the Confiscation Acts, which called for the property, including slaves, of Confederates to be taken when their homes were captured by Union forces. Abolitionists saw the acts as a wedge to drive into the institution of slavery.
    Lincoln had been toying with the idea of emancipation for some time. He discussed it with his cabinet but decided that some military success was needed to give the measure credibility. In his response to Greeley’s editorial, Lincoln hinted at a change. In a rare public response to criticism, he articulated his policy by stating, “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.” Although this sounded noncommittal, Lincoln closed by stating, “I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.”
    By hinting that ending slavery might become a goal of the war, Lincoln was preparing the public for the change in policy that would come one month later with the Emancipation Proclamation.

    In 1865, William Sheppard received a United States patent for making liquid soap.
    In 1881, American humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons founded the National Red Cross.
    In 1901, Cadillac car company founded in Detroit; named after 18th C. explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.
    In 1902,
Teddy The Adventurist

Of all the fellows who have resided in the White House through the years, Teddy Roosevelt always seemed the most adventurous. (Except for forays of a sexual nature, at which he was bested by several randy presidents who followed him to office.)

One has this feeling about T.R. as a kind of swashbuckling guy in boots on safari or off to fight some war or throw himself with abandon into some other manly, dangerous undertaking or another.

He certainly proved his mettle on this date in 1902. Showing a grit beyond comprehension at the time, he was the first chief executive to ride in a car. It happened in Hartford, Connecticut.

Come to think of it, isn't that "the insurance capitol" ... hmm?

- c d kaplan -- The Culture Maven,

    In 1906, the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey, began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit sold for $200.
    In 1910, Korea formally annexed by Japan.
    In 1911, it was announced in Paris that Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before; it turned up two years later, in Italy.
    In 1936, the British Broadcasting Corp. conducted its first experimental television broadcast.
    In 1936, BBC television begins first regular transmissions in England.
    In 1938, the Civil Aeronautics Act goes into effect. The Civil Aeronautics Authority will now coordinate all nonmilitary aviation.
World At War
World War II, which had begun in Europe on September 1, 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, ended six years later to the day, September 1, 1945. The final concluding ceremony came the following day, September 2, 1945, with the signing of surrender papers by representatives of Japan, Nazi Germany's Axis partner in the Far East.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *     Sadly, many of our young Americans don't know the first thing about World War II or our proud veterans. But our veterans would tell them - if only someone would give them the chance. That someone is the World War II Veterans Committee * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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    In 1939, Aerosol can for dispensing liquids under pressure patented by inventor Julian Kahn.
    In 1941, Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.
    In 1942, Rio de Janeiro: After the sinking of several Brazilian ships, Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
    In 1943, USSR: German troops evacuate Kharkov.
    Andrei A. Gromyko replaces Maxim Litvinoff as Soviet Ambassador to the U.S.
    In 1944, Headline: Romania captured by the Soviet Union
    Soviet forces break through to Jassy, in northeastern Romania, convincing Romania’s king to sign an armistice with the Allies and concede control of his country to the USSR.
    As early as 1937, Romania had come under control of a fascist government that bore great resemblance to that of Germany’s, including similar anti-Jewish laws. Romania’s king, Carol II, dissolved the government a year later, but was unable to suppress the fascist Iron Guard paramilitary organization. In June 1940, the Soviet Union co-opted two Romanian provinces, and the king searched for an ally to help protect it and appease the far right within its own borders. So on July 5, 1940, Romania allied itself with Nazi Germany. Later that year, it would be invaded by its “ally” as part of Hitler’s strategy to create one huge eastern front against the Soviet Union.
    King Carol would abdicate in September 1940, leaving the country in the control of fascist Prime Minister Ion Antonescu and the Iron Guard. While Romania would recapture the territory lost to the Soviet Union when the Germans invaded Russia, it would also have to endure the Germans’ raping of its resources as part of the Nazi war effort.
    As the war turned against Germany, and the Soviet Union began to run roughshod over Eastern Europe, Antonescu started looking west for allies to save it from Soviet occupation. At this stage, King Michael, son of the late King Carol, emerged from the shadows and had the pro-German Antonescu arrested, imploring Romanians, and loyal military men, to fight with, not against, the invading Soviets. The king would finally sign an armistice with the Allies and declare war against an already-dying Germany in 1944.
    King Michael would, ironically, be forced to abdicate by the Soviets, who would maintain a puppet communist government in Romania until the end of the Cold War. The king had virtually destroyed his nation in order to save it.
    In 1945, Japan puts A-bomb death toll at 190,000.
    In 1950, Althea Gibson became the first African American tennis player to be accepted in a national competition.
    In 1956, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.
     Filming begins on Elvis Presley's movie debut, "The Reno Brothers." The movie is later re-titled "Love Me Tender."
    In 1963, NASA pilot Joe Walker achieves an unofficial world altitude record of 354,200 feet in the X-15.
    In 1968, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America.
    In 1978, President Jomo Kenyatta, a leading figure in Kenya's struggle for independence, died; Vice President Daniel Arap Moi was sworn in as acting president.
    In 1980, Department of Defense reveals existence of stealth technology that "enables the United States to build manned and unmanned aircraft that cannot be successfuly intercepted with existing air defense systems."
    In 1985, $41,000,000 NY State Lottery won by 21 workers at a Mount Vernon printing plant.
    In 1988, 5,000 plus dead as Hutus battle Tutsis in Burundi.
    In 1989, Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif.; Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
    In 1990, angry smokers blocked a street in Moscow to protest the summer-long cigarette shortage.
    In 1992, in Rostock, Germany, neo-Nazi violence broke out against foreigners.
    In 1994, Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico's ruling party declared his victory as president, a day after his leading opponents charged the election was unfair.
    In 1995, Representative Mel Reynolds, Democrat-Illinois, was convicted of having sex with an underage girl, leading to his resignation later in the year.
    In 1996, President Clinton signed legislation that ended quaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from recipients.
    In 1997, Federal officials ordered a new election for president of the Teamsters Union after determining that the campaign of winner Ron Carey had received illegal contributions.
    In 1998, President Clinton, in his Saturday radio address, announced he had signed an executive order putting Osama bin Laden's Islamic Army on a list of terrorist groups.
     "The Howard Stern Radio Show" premiered on CBS to about 70% of the U.S. [The Ol'Kunnel was among the 30% who didn't care to watch.]
    In 1999, Hurricane "Bret" rumbled ashore on the Texas Gulf Coast with winds over 100 miles-an-hour.
    A China Airlines jet burst into flames at Hong Kong's new airport, killing three people and injuring more than 200.
    In 2000, it was announced that all 118 crewmembers aboard the Kursk submarine were dead. The Russian vessel had sunk on August 4.
    In 2001, the Bush administration projected that the federal surplus, not including Social Security, would be $600 million, a far cry from the $122 billion projected in July.
    In 2003, a senior U.S. official said Iraqi security guards were suspected of helping the suicide bomber that hit the Baghdad U.N. compound earlier in the week, killing 22 and injuring about 100 others.
    In 2004, Israel Radio reported that the opening of a nuclear reactor being built at Bushehr, Iran, with the assistance of Russia, has been delayed until 2006.
    In 2007, the Texas Rangers became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.

 Thought for the day...

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