The Friday Post!

21st July.

On this Day in History:

1865   –   In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots Dave Tutt dead in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.

Wild Bill Hickok, was a legendary figure in the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his fame, although some of his exploits are fictionalized.  Hickok’s horse was called Black Nell, and he owned two Colt 1851 Navy Revolvers.

Hickok arrived in the West as a stagecoach driver, then became a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska.  He fought in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, and professional gambler. Between his law-enforcement duties and gambling, which easily overlapped, Hickok was involved in several notable shootouts, and was ultimately killed while playing poker in a Dakota Territory saloon.

1897  –  London’s Tate Gallery, built on the site of the Millbank Prison, was opened, with 67 paintings

1925  –  Scopes Trial:  In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100.

1960  –  English yachtsman Francis Chichester docked in New York in his boat Gypsy Moth II – setting a new record of 40 days for a solo crossing of the Atlantic.

1962  –  British group The Rolling Stones made their first public appearance at the Marquee Club in London.

1969    Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.

1972  –  Bloody Friday bombing by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) around Belfast, Northern Ireland – 22 bomb explosions, 9 people killed and 130 people seriously injured.

Bloody Friday is the name given to the bombings by the Provisional Irish Republican Army’s (IRA) Belfast Brigade in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 21, 1972, which killed nine people including two soldiers, and injured 130 civilians.

The bombings were part of a concerted bombing campaign carried out by the IRA against economic, military and political targets in Northern Ireland. The group carried out a total of 1,300 bombings in 1972. Following the failure of secret talks in London between the British government and the IRA in 1972, Gerry Adams allegedly played a central role in planning the Bloody Friday bomb blitz

1974  –  The Police National Computer (PNC) began operating, in the UK.

1983  –  The world’s lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at −89.2°C (−129°F).

1994  –  Tony Blair is declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way to him becoming Prime Minister in 1997.

1997  –  The fully restored USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.

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USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”)

USS Constitution, known as “Old Ironsides,” is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named after the United States Constitution, she is the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world. The Constitution was one of the six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and was launched in 1797. Joshua Humphreys designed them to be the Navy’s capital ships and so Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed than the standard frigates of the period. 

The modern-day role of “Old Ironsides” is that of “ship of state”. The crew of 55 sailors participates in ceremonies, educational programs and special events (including sail drill) while keeping the ship open to visitors year-round and providing free tours. The crew are all active-duty sailors in the Navy and the assignment is considered a special duty. Traditionally, the duty of captain of the vessel is assigned to an active duty Navy commander.

2004  –  The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country’s armed forces. The 2003 Defence White Paper, entitled Delivering Security in a Changing World sets out the future of the British military, and builds on the 1998 Strategic Defence Review (SDR) and the 2002 SDR New Chapter which responded to the challenges raised by the War on Terror.

2005  –  London’s underground network was plunged into chaos after explosions on two trains and a bus – exactly a fortnight after four suicide bomb blasted the capital.   BBC news report & video film of a section of that days happenings

Born on this Day
1899  –  Ernest Hemingway, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1961)
1946  –  Barry Whitwam, British musician (Herman’s Hermits)
1948  –  Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, English singer
1951  –  Robin Williams, American comedian/actor

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And now …. for something completely different:  (as Monty Python would say) . . .

“Lexophile” is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish” or   “to write with a broken pencil is pointless.”  A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location.

below …  are a selection from Lexophiles, some of which should cause you to smile:

…. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

…. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

…. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles UCLA.

…. The batteries were given out free of charge.

…. A dentist and a manicurist married.  They fought tooth and nail.

…. A will is a dead giveaway.

… With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

…. A boiled egg is hard to beat.

…. When you’ve seen one shopping centre you’ve seen a mall.

…. Police were called to a day care centre where a three-year-old was
resisting a rest.

…. Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off?  He’s all right now.

…. A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

…. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

…. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

…. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

… When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she’d dye.

…. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.

And the cream of the wretched crop:

…. Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.

Well … that’s me done and dusted.  🙂

I hope you found something to smile about here, and maybe something to share in order to spread the smiles around.

Wishing you a truly fabulous Friday, and a truly great Weekend.

Have some fun.  Smile a little.  Enjoy life.  For that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do.  Enjoy life.

Sending buckets of love and bowls filled with squidges ~

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37 thoughts on “The Friday Post!

  1. I liked the story about the Wild Bill Hickok shoot-out in Springfield, Missouri! We vacation at Table Rock Lake located outside of Branson, Missouri at least a couple of times a year. Springfield is about 45 minutes away…a very nice small city! Table Rock is in the Ozark Mountains and really beautiful! At least, Wild Bill Hickok appreciated nature!

    Another great post, Cobs! Hope your Friday is fun and more fun!

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    • Hello Kindergarten, lovely to see you! 🤗

      So happy to read that you liked the story about the Wild Bill Hickock shootout. You’ll have to keep that little bit of information stored inside your memory , and then next time you take your holiday at Table Rock, you’ll be able to impress everyone there with you, with the information and impress them all with this little tidbit of fact(s).

      Thrilled you enjoyed the post. I too hope your Friday is filled with fun and more fun ….
      Sending love ~ Cobs. x

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    • I Googled it and …. CRUMBS!!! You weren’t joking. It really is, literally, a BIG thing there! What a great feeling that it must have. The blurb on Google said that the Neshoba County Fair, was also known as Mississippi’s Giant House Party. I think I would have named it the GIANT Family Party, for everyone seems to get stuck in and just enjoy themselves as they re-connect with people they’ve met before there, or meet new people and get along with them.

      It must have the best atmosphere. How lovely, Beverly.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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      • It is a big deal and those fortunate enough to have a cabin there spend the whole week …(one big party which can get out of hand at times) It is only in recent history that they could air-condition the cabins and talk about hot. The cabins now are out of sight price wise especially in the older area.

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    • Hello ScrappyE. 🙂
      Like you, I love those Lexophiles too.
      I have a friend who’s very much a player with words – and it’s mind blowingly funny sometimes.

      Ahhh, your poetry in numbers is to be admired, for you are a deeper thinker and have a mind which never switches off from being maths aware – which is something I love. You are a great asset to the world.
      Sending 31 squidges in 15 buckets, and only dropping 4 out of each bucket as I walk along carrying them on a milk maids yoke with long arms, onto which fit all of the buckets. (I think I’m losing squidges because the yoke isn’t evenly balanced! eeek)
      lol ~ Cobs. x

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    • Yes … my heart still hurts from him not being in the world I’m living in anymore. He was such a massively talented man and I adored his sense of fun. I miss his presence continually. He was a true gift to the world. A beautiful man.

      So glad that you smiled at the Lexophiles and plays on words.

      Great to see you Anna. You’re always such a wonderful presence yourself. Another gift to the world.
      Bless your beautiful heart ~ Cobs. xxx

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  2. I loved the puns. Our grandsons join us in rounds of puns. A lot of it sounds like practice, but once in a while one of us gets off a good one. Thanks for all the amusement for a Friday morning. Buckets of love to you, too.

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  3. Loved this post Cobs. I have been to Deadwood and in the saloon #10 where Wild Bill was killed and also to where he is buried in Mount Moriah cemetery. (Chicken Grandad is a wild west buff).
    Loved the lexiphiles! Of course, you knew I would!!!
    You have a great weekend Cobs! Love and prayers your way.
    Chicken Grandma

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  4. Oh I so look forward to getting that smile on my face on Friday! I sometimes read it to start my Friday and sometimes use it to end my Friday! Love all the tidbits of information. I have visited the USS Constitution. My husband and I took a tour of the boat a long time ago when we were in the Boston area visiting my brother and his wife. What a great tour! I highly recommend it! Well, time to get some shut eye! It’s the weekend! Yeah! 🙂

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  5. I used to go to the Marquee Club, saw Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry and Julie Driscoll when they were Blues group “the Steam Packet”. Must finish reading the rest of your post now. X

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    • Aww Love it when one of these posts gets someone on a memory retrieval mission. You kind of remember things you didn’t know you’d forgotten about … because you hadn’t actually forgotten them, but you just didn’t think about them anymore …until… something switches a light on and WHOOPS .. there you go on a ride of back to ‘it’ !

      Thank you for sharing Barbara. I’m over-joyed that you did. Bless you. ~ Cobs. xx

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  6. Interesting facts, Cobs… as usual! 🙂
    At work ages ago, a colleague told me to look back at my birthday over the years, and I was sure to come across a tragedy of some kind that occurred that day. A bit dark, I know… but I checked… and I did.
    I love those one-liners!

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