The Friday Post (a post of 2 halves)

This week I thought we could do something different again.

We’ll firstly take a look over our shoulders and find out a few things which happened on this day (June the 23rd) in History.

And then …  we’ll have a bit of fun.  😉

So put on your seat belts, grab your coffee, we’ll be taking off  and travelling backwards in time to 1868  – where we’ll begin our trip of: …

On this Day in History

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes  receives a patent for Type-Writer.  

Christopher Latham Sholes (February 14, 1819 – February 17, 1890) was an American inventor who invented the first practical typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard still in use today.

From their invention before 1870 through much of the 20th century, typewriters were indispensable tools for many professional writers and in business offices. By the end of the 1980s, word processor applications on personal computers had largely replaced the tasks previously accomplished with typewriters. Typewriters, however, remain popular in the developing world and among some niche markets, and for some office tasks.

1888 – Frederick Douglass is the first African-American nominated for U.S. president

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, (born circa 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American abolitionist, women’s suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. Called “The Sage of Anacostia” and “The Lion of Anacostia”, Douglass is one of the most prominent figures in African-American and United States history.

1894 – The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

1917 – In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retires 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.

1940 – World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler surveys newly defeated Paris in now occupied France.

1942 – World War II: The first selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz take place on a train load of Jews from Paris.

1942 – World War II: Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.

1943 – World War II: The British destroyers Eclipse and Laforey sink the Italian submarine Ascianghi in the Mediterranean after she torpedoes the cruiser HMS Newfoundland.

1972 – Watergate Scandal:

U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.

1960 –  Eddie Cochran was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Three Steps To Heaven’.  The American singer had been killed 3 months earlier in a car crash while touring the UK.

1966 The Beatles had their tenth consecutive UK No.1 single with ‘Paperback Writer’ / ‘Rain.’ The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.

1970 – Chubby Checker was arrested in Niagara Falls after police discovered marijuana and other drugs in his car.

1993 – ‘Teflon Don’  jailed for life. New York crime boss, John Gotti was sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole.

The head of the city’s largest Mafia family was convicted on 2 April for racketeering and five counts of murder – including the former head of the Gambino clan, Paul Castellano.

Gotti’s deputy, Frank Locascio, was also sentenced to life after being found guilty of similar charges. Both men were fined $250,000 (£134,500).

Several hundred Gotti-supporters had gathered outside the Brooklyn courtroom and an angry mob attempted to storm the building when the decision was announced.

Judge Leo Glasser’s sentencing brought to a close the long quest to convict the man nicknamed the “Teflon Don”.

Gotti, 51, had escaped repeated attempts by federal prosecutors throughout the 1980s to get charges to stick to him.

But police finally persuaded Salvatore Gravano – his former ally and right hand man – to testify against his boss in return for leniency.

John Gotti died of throat cancer in prison on 10th June 2002.  He was 61.

The Telfon Don’s son, John Gotti Jnr, took over the running of the Gambino family but was jailed in 1999 for bribery, extortion, gambling and fraud, and remains behind bars.

2016 – The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union, by 52% to 48%.

And,  as they say in the best Monty Python episodes:~ 

please click to watch and hear, it’s only 16 seconds long.

The following are actual questions from lawyers,  in a courtroom

And with some of those questions are the answers.  (some of these might need a moment of thinking about before the penny drops!).

Was that the same nose you broke as a child?

Now, doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, in most cases he just passes quietly away and doesn’t know anything about it until the next morning?

Q: What happened then?
A: He told me, he says, ‘I have to kill you because you can identify me.’
Q: And did he kill you?

Was it you or your brother that was killed in the war?

The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

Were you alone or by yourself?

Do you have any children or anything of that kind?

Q:  I show you exhibit 3 and ask you if you recognize that picture?
A:  That’s me.
Q:  Were you present when that picture was taken?

Were you present in court this morning when you were sworn in?

Q:  Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?
A:  By death.
Q:  And by whose death was it terminated?

Q:  Do you know how far pregnant you are now?
A:  I’ll be three months on November 8.
Q:  Apparently, then, the date of conception was August 8?
A:  Yes.
Q:  What were you doing at that time?

Q:  Mrs. Jones, do you believe you are emotionally stable?
A:  I used to be.
Q:  How many times have you committed suicide?

So you were gone until you returned?

Q:  She had three children, right?
A:  Yes.
Q:  How many were boys?
A:  None.
Q:  Were there girls?

You don’t know what it was,  and you didn’t know what it looked like,  but can you describe it?

Q:  You say that the stairs went down to the basement?
A:  Yes.
Q:  And these stairs, did they go up also?

Q:  Have you lived in this town all your life?
A:  Not yet.

Q:  Do you recall approximately the time that you examined the body
A:  It was in the evening. The autopsy started about 8:30 pm.
Q:  And Mr. Edington was dead at the time, is that correct?
A:  No, you stupid ***,  he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy!

You couldn’t make it up could you?  And you know what’s even more fearful?  …  They walk among us!

Well… it’s Friday again.  They seem to come around quicker than ever.  I’ve been a day behind all week.  Tuesday was Monday.  Wednesday I was convinced was Tuesday … and so it went on all through the week.  Tsk.  It’s me.  Apparently I’m getting old, but I know I’m not because I’ve not increased in age since the age of 27, when I taught my two little girls who were so innocent and willing to listen to me back then,  that if anyone asked them how old their mommy was they were to say …  “My mummy’s ONLY 27!”.  And I continued to feed that delightful fact into their little heads until I was sure that they wouldn’t ever forget it.  And so,  as each year passed,  I remained, to my girls at least “Oooonly 27”.

I now get a birthday card from daughter No.2 every year which wishes me “Happy 27th Birthday Mom”.   Ahh,  I love her sooooo much.  😀

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Anyhoo…  I’ve sat here talking all this time and you’re wanting to drink up the last of your coffee in peace.  So, I shall stop yacking and let you go about your daily life.

Remember … today is Friday.  It’s permissible to smile BIG TIME on a Friday.  So please share your smile with the world,  for you are sooo gorgeous when you smile … SEE.THERE IT IS!!!  That smile lights up your whole face!  THE WHOLE ROOM IN FACT!!   Yeah … smile lots today because it really suits you.

Have a truly blessed day my beautiful, fabulous blogging friend.

Love and hugs ~

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25 thoughts on “The Friday Post (a post of 2 halves)

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  2. oh my word!! Those lawyer questions (and answers) were a hoot! And yes it is scary that they walk among us!
    How do you come up with all those facts Cobs? I am always amazed at the variety of facts you teach us! It is also so much fun to pass my newfound knowledge on to those more ignorant LOL.

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    • LOL … Well… some of them come from memory – surprisingly (at least to me!) – from a time when I was an Admin on a forum that a friend and I built for a bundle of people who’d got to know each other on an internet word game. The original game was closed by the owners because it made no money but cost them a bit to run, so ‘finances’ was the reason there. But it left the people with no where to ‘play’ with each other and stay friends. So my friend and I, having a little technical knowledge, built a forum and filled it with games they could play and things to interest them, along with beautiful threads which had uplifting quotes, chat, advice on anything they were finding challenging in life. ANd . .. it also had a ‘On This Day In History’ thread, which was something I did. For each day, for a whole year, I built a post every single day of what had happened on that day in history. (Hence some of the information in this particular post here).

      Sadly one by one, real life got in the way of playing on the internet, and for some of them Facebook took over as a way to chat to folks, so the forum became ghost town, where it was once a busy little place of wonderful people.
      There were just three of us visiting in the end – my friend and I – who were the administrators of the forum – and one elderly lady. So we all agreed that it was rather a lot of work for us two to keep up, so we locked down some threads, and hid some which held any personal information so that it couldn’t be accessed by anyone but admin – this was so any private information would be kept just that. Private and not seen by anyone else. We, as Admin, are the gate-keepers, so to speak, so that if anyone should go to the forum, they wouldn’t be able to see anything the former members would prefer remained private.

      The forum is still there, but no one but me visits it now – and I only go to check things are fine and dandy … and to pick any bits of things up which might make folks smile here on my blog, or might interest them.

      But…building the forum and keeping it taught me such a lot of things, and I gathered in so much informaion for my little brain cell to remember. So … I try to put that to use on these Friday post.
      Of course … that’s when my brain cell works! lol

      I’m so happy that you get some enjoyment from these posts Chicken. Knowing that people come to read, and are actually liking them tells me that I’m doing ok by the fabulous folks who visit the blog here.
      ;
      So thank you SO much for letting me know via a comment, that you enjoy a ‘coffee moment’. It genuinely means the world to me to know this.
      God bless you.

      Sending oodles of squidges ~ Cobs. x ❤

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  3. Oh I you find the most interesting facts! I so look forward to all of your posts! I should be busy making cards, but I seem to have hit a block…a big one! Yikes! I hope to get some made this weekend! Have a great weekend! Oh to be 27 again! LOL! I’ve been holding at 29 for more years than I care to admit. However, there is an age fast approaching that I guess I will have to admit to when it is reached…one that says I can stay home and create to my hearts content! Of course, home will not be here, but someplace warm all year long! 🙂

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    • Hello Nancee.
      D’you know . . . you’ve suprised the heck out of me, for if asked, I would have guessed that you were mid twenties. Yes, Seriously.

      You come over (via your written words) as around 25 years old. How brilliant is that, and how amazing is your youthful heart!!!

      Your missing mojo … do what I do…. I look at handmade cards on Pinterest or on Google images, until I feel my mojo getting revved up, then I get out the card and papers and let my fingers do the work & my imagination be the designer.

      Thrilled to pieces that you like the posts Nancee. Thank you so much for letting me know. I worry that one day I’m going to let everyone down and they’ll think it’s all a bore! eeek!
      I’m SO grateful to you for your lovely comment and for letting me know that you enjoyed the read.

      Bless you.
      L ❤ ve and squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Your fun facts made me laugh so much Mr C woke up so I had to tell him one or two. I always find the ‘ on this day’ facts highly entertaining too, I once had a Simpsons calendar that has that kind of thing on and I always shared the knowledge at work. (Much to the dismay of my colleagues some days-the Simpsons didn’t exactly provide high calibre info!) Have a lovely weekend x x

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    • Ohhhh you can share Simpson facts with me any day! Indeedly doodly Mrs. Craft! 😉

      Mr. Craft … apologies for Mrs.Crafs giggling waking you up eeeek! LOL

      Instead of Simpsons,you can now share some ‘real life’ facts – which might impress them. lol.
      Sending big weekend squidges (weekend ones are like rainbows! imagine that … rainbow coloured hugs! Whooo!)
      l ❤ ve ~ Cobs. x

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    • You feel around 29 to me … but I’m VERY aware that you, like me, are continually in touch with your inner child and let him out to play regularly (in fact … anytime he likes I would guess.)

      So glad you like the post Tom. Thank you, my lovely friend.
      Will be over on your site in a few. I saw on my reader that you’ve made a couple of posts that I haven’t managed to get to yet, so I’ll be meandering over there within the next fifteen minutes.

      I simply can’t miss your posts now…. you have a way of making me sit here with a stupid grin on my face.
      Bless your beautiful heart.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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      • I’ll settle for 29. That works. Yes.
        I allow all of my Inner Aspects a little playtime every now and then, Cobs, usually on the blog – gives me a little break whilst still blogging, you see! I think you encourage my Inner Child though – not that he complains!
        I’m really pleased you like my posts. I only post for fun, and to spread a few little ‘Feel Good’ vibes around (a lot of my posts make no snese whatsoever, but I have fun with them, and love playing with words. ‘Snese’, see? Sense! Hehehe!
        (That was Fingers, by the way, my Inner Typist…)

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        • You just have to let your inner child out to play, often!! Otherwise they can become miserable and it makes life a bit heavy then.

          ‘Snese’ … hmmm, do you know, I think I like it. I think it should be a word.
          When something doesn’t make sense it’s a Snese. Pronounced ‘sness’ (I think)

          That sentence is sness.
          I am sness.
          The whole thing is sness.

          It works!
          Give that Inner Typist a chocolate biscuit. She’s found a good one! 😀

          Ooodles of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  5. Another super or maybe ever superior post. How did I miss that particular British record? I have always congratulated myself on the fact that I could possibly be the #1 American fan in existence. Now I have been exposed as a fraud. Well…John was not my favorite anyway. I did not want to two time Paul. Of course, I was a mere child when the Beatles came to the U.S. Don’s forget that! A friend’s mother took us to the Beatles in concert in Dallas. I think that I was 11 or 12 although 9 or 10 sounds better. We stood on our chairs the entire time and screamed like idiots. We sobbed when the concert was over. It was wonderful. I too am way young. My children in my last class (just a year ago!) voted among themselves and decided that I was 28 and 1/2 years old. They also decided that I was born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico! I don’t know how I incited those children to be so…well…outlandish!

    Love you lots from Kindergarten!

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    • You gave them wings so that their imagination could take flight. That’s what great teachers do for their ‘charges’.

      Loved sharing your memories. I know that you must have been a mere baby when you went to those concerts. I mean to say … you’re only 28.5 years old now! 😉

      Sending love from here in my corner, to you in yours ~ Cobs x

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