In Texas

By | Mar 30, 2012

Texas was the next to last state to reenter the union of the United States of American after the end of the War Between the States or the Civil War. That occurred on March 30, 1870. The last was Georgia a few months later on July 15, 1870. Over its history Texas has been part […]

John Jacob Astor

By | Mar 29, 2012

The first John Jacob Astor was an early 19th century businessman who when he died on March 29, 1848 was considered the richest man in America. Astor was born in Waldorf, Germany and moved to London when he was 16. Astor fortune was due to the business of buying and selling furs. He heard that […]

A Silent Star and His Fall

By | Mar 24, 2012

Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle was born on March 24, 1887 in Smith Center, Kansas, to Mollie and William Goodrich Arbuckle. His mother died in 1899 and his father abandoned him shortly afterward. Arbuckle survived by doing odd jobs at a hotel in San Jose, California. He entered an amateur night contest where he caught the attention […]

First Bond Girl

By | Mar 19, 2012

It wasn’t her first film appearance, but when when she emerged from the sea in a white bikini in the 1962 James Bond Film “Dr. No”, Ursula Andress became the first and perhaps the most unforgettable Bond Girl. Ursula Andress was born on March 19, 1936 in Switzerland. It must have been for her beauty […]

Sgt. Stubby

By | Mar 16, 2012

America was just entering the 1st World War when 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division was doing combat training at Yale University in 1917. A short tail dog of an unknown breed, possibly a mix Boston Terrier and Pit Bull or even a pure American Pit Bull terrier was found by Private John Robert Conroy. He […]

The State of Maine

By | Mar 15, 2012

On March 15, 1820 the State of Maine was admitted to the union of the United States as its 23rd State. The first European settlement in Maine was in 1604 by a French party that included Samuel de Champlain. The first English settlement in Maine was established by the Plymouth Company at Popham in 1607. […]

Millard Kaufman

By | Mar 12, 2012

Two days after his 92nd birthday, Millard Kaufman died. Kaufman was a screen writer beginning in the late 1940s and into 1970s. He was the co-creator of Mr. Magoo. Born March 12, 1917, in Baltimore, Kaufman spent two years as a merchant seaman after high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Johns […]

Free To Be

By | Mar 8, 2012

The late 1940s and into the late 1950s was a time when free speech was not considered appropriate if one wanted to speak for Communism. This was a period that now has the been called McCarthyism. A period that saw people suffering with loss of employment, destruction of their careers, and even imprisonment. McCarthyism takes […]

The Boston Massacre

By | Mar 5, 2012

It was a snowy day on March 5, 1770 when British Troops, which had been dispatched to Boston to keep order, had a deadly confrontation with local patriots. Private Hugh Montgomery was struck down onto the ground by a thrown club. He fired his musket into the air and — as he later admitted to […]

Mysterious Disappearances

By | Mar 4, 2012

Since people have been keeping records there have been reports of mysterious vanishings. While some may never been fully explained many of them could have simple explanations. Here is the story of six unexplained vanishings. In 1587 a small company made up of 90 men, 17 women and 9 children colonized the island of Roanoke […]

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