November 2nd, 2007 friday
November 2nd, 2007
QUIZ: What is the origin of the British slang term " Bob's yer uncle."?
Answer to yesterday's quiz below...
History for 11/2/2007
Birthdays: Daniel Boone, Pres. James Knox Polk, Jean Chardin, Luchino Visconti, Giusseppi Sinopoli, Burt Lancaster, Ray Walston, Pat Buchanan, Steve Ditko, Ray Walston, Stephanie Powers, k.d.lang, David Schwimmer
this is Dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. It derives from the Aztecs, who believed the life you are living now is a dream, when you die you awake to your real life.
1483- OFF WITH HIS HEAD! Whether you believe Shakespeares’ portrayal of King Richard III as a hunchback usurper or modern revisionist scholars who call him a maligned monarch, this day Richard III shows his friend the Duke of Buckingham how much he appreciated his help in becoming king by cutting his head off.
1541- Archbishop Thomas Cranmer handed King Henry VIII a spy’s report that his hot young wife Queen Catherine Howard was getting-it-on with at least three other men.
1783- The American Revolution now over, General George Washington published his final orders to his disbanding army, congratulating them for their courage and allowing them all to go home now to their farms.
1889- North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted into the Union. They argued for twenty years the position of a joint state capitol until finally deciding to go separately.
1904- London newspaper The Daily Mirror first published.
1920- Radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh began the nation’s first broadcasting with news of election results.
1921- On the fourth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration a huge crowd of Palestinian Arabs attacked the Jewish quarter of Old Jerusalem. After the Great War sporadic violence had been happening since Arab nationalism had arisen as well as increased Jewish immigration from Europe. But for the first time the Palestinians were fought off in a pitched battle by a new Jewish militia called the Hagannah. This force was formed by Av Avram and made up of World War One veterans. The leader of the militant Palestinians Al Husseini would be later elected the Grand Mufti of Palestine. This was the first major clash of Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem, and sadly, it would not be the last.
1930- Ras Tafari crowned Halie Selassie Ist, Ethiopian Emperor. The Jamaican movement Rastafarians are named for him.
1932- Young star Katherine Hepburn first shines in the film A Bill of Divorcement, co- starring with John Barrymore.
1937- Laguardia Airport opened. New York City’s first municipal airport.
1944- RAOUL WALLENBURG- The Jewish population of Budapest was driven off to Nazi concentration camps, but not after Swedish envoy Raoul Wallenberg saved over a thousand by granting Swedish (neutral) passports to them. Wallenberg once walked alongside an SS officer ordered to execute 25 people and pleaded for each person as they were shot. The SS officer finally tired of Wallenburgs pleas and spared the last two. When Wallenburg’s aide asked him “What good did all that begging do?” He replied: “What Good? We just saved two human lives!” When Hungary was conquered by the Red Army Raul Wallenburg was arrested and died in one of Stalin's gulag prison camps. Russia didn’t officially admit this until 1991.
1947- Howard Hughes pilots his monster wooden airplane, the "Spruce Goose" for it's only test flight, one minute over Long Beach Harbor. Two hundred tons, Eight engines, a wingspan longer than a football field, it was conceived as an aid to win World War Two but was completed two years after it ended.
1950- Writer George Bernard Shaw died at 94. His last words were:" Oh well, it will be a new experience anyway."
1983- Yielding to nationwide lobbying from the African American community President Ronald Reagan created the Martin Luther King holiday in January.