Good Morning, and a very Happy Friday to one and all. We are, today, 75 days into 2018 – which means that there’s 283 till Christmas. Now don’t you feel better now you’ve had an early warning about this special date rushing towards us? You’ll be able to miss the crush of shoppers in December, simply because you have a lovely blogging friend who gives you these early warnings!
You’re welcome. 😀
Anyhoo . . . you’ve come for a little Edumacation Cobwebs Style, so … shall we get on with it?
16th March 2018
On this Day in History
1689 – The 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers is founded.
1802 – The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.
1815 – Prince Willem proclaims himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands.
1830 – London’s re-organised police force (Scotland Yard) forms. New Scotland Yard (NSY) is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for law enforcement within Greater London, excluding the City district, which is covered by the City of London Police.
1867 – First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.
1870 – The first version of the overture fantasy Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky receives its premiere performance.
1872 – The Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1-0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.
1918 – Geoffrey O’Hara’s “K-K-K-Katy” song was published. “K-K-K-Katy” was a popular World War I-era song written by Canadian American composer Geoffrey O’Hara in 1917 and published in 1918. The sheet music advertised it as “The Sensational Stammering Song Success Sung by the Soldiers and Sailors”.
The lyrics tell of a brave but awkward soldier called Jimmy who is lovesick over the beautiful Katy. He buys a wedding ring before going to fight in France. It was a top 20 song from May 1918 to January 1919 and was number 1 from July to September.
1926 – History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fuelled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts, it travels 184′ (56 meters).
1935 – Adolf Hitler orders Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.
1939 – From Prague Castle, Hitler proclaims Bohemia and Moravia a German protectorate.
1940 – First person killed (James Isbister) in a German bombing raid on the UK in World War II during a raid on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands.
1958 – The Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company’s founding.
1962 – A Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation (a propeller-driven, four-engined airliner) disappears in the western Pacific Ocean, with all 107 aboard missing and presumed dead.
1964 – Capitol released the Beatles record “Can’t Buy Me Love” backed with “You Can’t Do That”.
1968 – General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
1972 – John & Yoko are served with deportation papers. The Nixon Administration tried to have Lennon deported from the U.S., as Richard Nixon believed that Lennon’s proactive antiwar activities and support for George McGovern could cost him re-election. Republican Senator Strom Thurmond suggested, in a February 1972 memo, that “deportation would be a strategic counter-measure” against Lennon. The next month the Immigration and Naturalisation Service began deportation proceedings against Lennon, arguing that his 1968 misdemeanour conviction for cannabis possession in London had made him ineligible for admission to the U.S. Lennon spent the next four years in deportation hearings.
1976 – UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigned. Harold Wilson, Labour leader for 13 years and prime minister for almost eight, stunned the political world by announcing his resignation. Mr Wilson, who had turned 60 five days previously, made his bombshell announcement to his Cabinet that morning.
BBC News story on the Day complete with video footage.
1978 – Supertanker Amoco Cadiz splits in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany, resulting in the 5th largest oil spill in history.
1985 – Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991.
1988 – Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
1988 – American off-road racing legend Mickey Thompson, and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway. Thompson, known as the “Speed King,” set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first person to travel more than 400 mph on land.
On March 16, 1988 Mickey Thompson and his wife were killed by two gunmen at their home in Bradbury, California in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
An intense police investigation led nowhere until thirteen years after their deaths when former business partner Michael Frank Goodwin was charged in Orange County, California with the murders. However, that case was overturned on jurisdictional grounds by the California District Court of Appeal. On June 8, 2004, Goodwin was formally charged in Pasadena in Los Angeles County. In October 2006, a Pasadena Superior Court judge ordered Goodwin to stand trial for the murders.
On January 4, 2007 a jury found Michael Goodwin guilty of two counts of murder in the death of Mickey Thompson and his wife. Goodwin was sentenced to two consecutive life-without-parole terms for the murders of Thompson and his wife. The judge also denied Goodwin’s motion for a new trial.
1994 – Tonya Harding plead guilty in Portland, OR, to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She was fined $100,000. She was also banned from amateur figure skating.
1995 – Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.
2001 – A series of bomb blasts that took place in the city of Shijiazhuang, China killed 108 people and injured 38 others, was the biggest mass murder in China in decades.
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Born on this Day
1789 – Georg Simon Ohm, German physicist (d. 1854) (discovered Ohm’s Law)
1839 – John Butler Yeats, Irish painter (d. 1922)
1856 – Napoléon Eugène, Prince Imperial, only child of Emperor Napoleon III of France (d. 1879)
1920 – Leo McKern, Australian-English actor (d. 2002)
1926 – Jerry Lewis, American comedian (d. 2017)
1948 – Michael Bruce, American musician (Alice Cooper)
1949 – Erik Estrada, Puerto Rican actor
1954 – Jimmy Nail, British actor and singer
1959 – Flavor Flav, American rapper, and reality tv star
1959 – Greg Dyer, Australian cricketer
1960 – Jenny Eclair, English comedian, actress and screenwriter
1961 – Todd McFarlane, Canadian comic book artist, writer and media entrepreneur, founded McFarlane Toys
1963 – Jerome Flynn, English actor and singer
1984 – Aisling Bea, Irish comedienne and actress
Died on this Day and remembered here
1970 – Tammi Terrell, American singer (b. 1945)
1975 – T-Bone Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1910)
1983 – Arthur Godfrey, American actor and television host (b. 1903)
1998 – Derek Barton, English-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
2003 – Rachel Corrie, American activist (b. 1979)
2003 – Ronald Ferguson, English captain, polo player, and manager (b. 1931) (father of Sarah Ferguson)
2013 – Frank Thornton, English actor (b. 1921) (perhaps known best for playing Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served?)
2014 – Steve Moore, English author and illustrator (b. 1949)
2016 – Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and actor (b. 1944) ( son of singer and actor Frank Sinatra)
PLAYTIME BELL RINGS .. ~ .. TIME FOR FUN!
These are the jokes folks ….
Conjunctivitis.com – that’s a site for sore eyes
Police arrested two kids yesterday. One was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.
I usually meet my friend at 12:59 – because I like that one-to-one time.
Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy? I hear you ask.
As a child I was made to walk the plank. We couldn’t afford a dog.
Whenever I see a man with a beard, moustache and glasses, I think, ‘There’s a man who has taken every precaution to avoid people doodling on photographs of him’
I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
And now it’s coffee and contemplation time . . .
Thought for the Day
If our eyes saw only souls instead of bodies, how differently do you think you’d actually see people? Would you be able, I wonder, to see the struggles that they’ve been through, or are going through? Would you be able to see that their outer persona of being ‘non-approachable’ was actually just a self-protection thing, because of the amount of hurt and pain that person had suffered at the hands of others, and that in reality he/she was a soft gentle person with a heart which is able to love the world twice over?
If you saw only the soul of a person – would you still see the moody, aggressive teenager, or would you see the child they still were, and the bullying which they were experiencing at the hands of someone else?
If her soul presented itself to you next time you saw your mother – would you see her as a nag who was constantly telling you how you need to __________ [fill in the blank space]. Or would you see how her love and concern for you is as strong today as it was the moment you were born, and what she’s actually doing now is simply trying to guide and protect you, because her love for you is all-encompassing?
This wonderful gift of seeing someone’s soul rather than seeing their ‘over-coat’ or body – is something we all need to put into action. We need to use it as the tool which was actually given to us all at birth – but we’ve all forgotten how to do it.
So I’m here to gently push you into seeing the souls of people, instead of their ‘over-coat’. It’s an easy enough thing to do. Just remind yourself all the time to see the soul not the body – until eventually you won’t need to remind yourself for it will come naturally to you – just as breathing in and out does!
You’ll learn so much more, and you’ll treat people with more kindness, love, and understanding, by seeing their soul, rather than their body.
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Well schools out and we’ve finished out Edumacation for this week. I hope you’ve learned something that you can take out into the world and share with someone else. People are going to think you’re oh SO clever!
This week has been a busy one here in Cobweb Towers. phew! Between Doctors appointments, hospital appointments, garage (car) visits, Little Cobs visiting, (which is always a joy, but cooo, he’s a Grammy Exhaustion Factory in one small boy!) – and then, just to make sure that the cake had a cherry on the top: the dishwasher turned its toes up and died.
Mr.Cobs says he doesn’t think we need to buy a new one because, he says, he really rather likes washing the dishes. I’m not sure if I passed out at this point but I do feel that several hours are missing from that point. We shall see if he changes his mind, and in the meantime I’ll do a bit of looking around the internet to see what’s on offer – just in case.
Well … that’s me done and dusted. I shall hang my school teachers cap and gown up for another week and become the child I really am for the rest of the time. 😀
May your Friday be joyful, may your weekend be filled with warm smiles. And may you find contentment nestling in your heart.
Sending squidges …