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On this day

In 1968, just before 6:00 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr., walked onto the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel, outside Room 306. Two hundred yards away a sniper was lining up from a camouflage of bushes. Solomon Jones, Dr. King’s driver, said it was cold for April and thought Dr. King should bring a coat, just after that, a shot resounded and Dr. King was down. The bullet entered his chin and severed his spinal cord between the lower cervical and upper thoracic vertebrae. The wound was fatal almost instantly. James Earl Ray spent the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., but there is some question as to if he was actually the shooter, or if he was, did he act alone? It is a question that will probably never be answered.

Dr. King had a dream that someday all people would be judged by the ‘content of their character,’ not the color of their skin. Or their gender or their country of origin etc. That is something we can all hope for.


On this day

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory fire, a tragedy in Lower Manhattan that claimed the lives of 146 people, all but 23 of whom were young women. One of the landmark disasters in American history, it eventually inspired important shifts in the nation’s laws, particularly those protecting the rights of workers and the safety of buildings.

The Triangle shirtwaist factory fire, as it is commonly recorded in history books, was one of the nation’s landmark disasters, a tragedy that enveloped the city in grief and remorse but eventually inspired important shifts in the nation’s laws, particularly those protecting the rights of workers and the safety of buildings.

The tragedy galvanized Americans, who were shaken by the stories of Jewish and Italian strivers who had been toiling long hours inside an overcrowded factory only to find themselves trapped in a firestorm inside a building’s top floors where exit doors may have been locked. At least 50 workers concluded that the better option was simply to jump.

For more information: The New York Times.

Also: TRIANGLE — The Fire That Changed America By David Von Drehle

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>On July 14, 1789, During the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside.

On July 14, 1798, Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government.

On July 14, 1834, James McNeillWhistler, the famed American-born painter and designer, was born.

On July 14, 1881, Outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias Billy the Kid, was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M.

On July 14, 1913, Gerald R. Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Neb. (His mother’s second husband later adopted and renamed him.)

On July 14, 1921, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Mass., of killing a shoe company paymaster and his guard. (They were executed in 1927.)

On July 14, 1933, All German political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed.

On July 14, 1965, the American space probe Mariner 4 flew by Mars, sending back photographs of the planet.

On July 14, 1966, Eight women were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory for student nurses. (Speck was convicted and died in prison in 1991.)

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>On June 29, 1995, the shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

On June 29, 1868, George ElleryHale, the American astronomer, was born.

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1776: The Virginia state constitution was adopted.

1946: British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to stamp out alleged terrorism.

1951: Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was ordained as a priest.

1967: Actress Jayne Mansfield, 34, and two male companions died when their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans.

1972: The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.”

~The New York Times~


>You may have noticed that even though I am doing the “~ On This Day ~” feature still, it looks a little different. The reason for that is I used to get an e-mail from the New York Times with headlines and the “~ On This Day ~” snippet with a link. For some reason, I’m not getting that anymore. Also I can’t find the link to in on NY Times home page. I tried going on the website and resubscribing to the e-mail, but I can’t find where to do that either. So, since I don’t have time to go looking up interesting headlines to include, until I get this resolved, I am just going to do the “~ On This Day ~” with no other headlines and the link will not always be there, although I will try to include it.

Thanks for your patience every body.

>On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.”

On June 23, 1892, The Democratic convention in Chicago nominated former President Grover Cleveland on the first ballot.

On June 23, 1894, Edward VIII, the British monarch who abdicated in 1936 in order to marry American Wallis Simpson, was born.

On June 23, 1923, Choreographer-director Bob Fosse was born in Chicago.

On June 23, 1931, Aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.

On June 23, 1947, the Senate joined the House in overriding President Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.

On June 23, 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.

On June 23, 1967, The Senate voted to censure Democrat Thomas J. Dodd of Connecticut for using campaign money for personal uses.

On June 23, 1969, Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI’s Watergate investigation.

On June 23, 1985, All 329 people aboard an Air-India Boeing 747 were killed when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Ireland, apparently because of a bomb.

On June 23, 1995, Dr. Jonas Salk, the medical pioneer who developed the first vaccine against polio, died at age 80.

On June 23, 2005, Former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1964 Mississippi slayings of three civil rights workers.

~The New York Times~

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>On June 22, 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.

On June 22, 1898, Erich MariaRemarque, the German-born author of “All Quiet on the Western Front”, was born.

On June 22, 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.

On June 22, 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time.

On June 22, 1868, Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.

On June 22, 1870, Congress created the Department of Justice.

On June 22, 1911, Britain’s King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

On June 22, 1938, Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling of Germany in the first round of their rematch in New York City’s Yankee Stadium.

On June 22, 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II.

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>On June 18, 1948, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights.

On June 18, 1884, Edouard Daladier,the French politician who was a signer of the Munich Pact of 1938, was born.

On June 18, 1812, The United States declared war against Britain.

On June 18, 1815, British and Prussian troops defeated the French under Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo in Belgium.

On June 18, 1873, Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

>Update on Butterscotch

>Em didn’t make an appointment to take Butterscotch to the vet. With the kids careful and attention and doctoring the bleeding stopped, has not started again. Hopefully we will not have another blood bath. She is still planning on taking him to the vet, his ears need to be cleaned, and he might have an infection, but later after she gets the money together.

So he is enjoying the increased attention. The hallway up the stairs still needs cleaning. The boys then I scrubbed until our arms were ready to fall off. It is really hard to get rid of blood.

Tomorrow is work and Friday is the FRAY! I will leave you with this ~ On This Day ~

On June 17, 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman. She flew from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.

On June 17, 1882, Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, was born.

Read more at ~The New York Times~

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>On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police.

~The New York Times~