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Duct Tape Brings Down a President. Richard Nixon boarding Army One upon his departure from the White House after resigning the office of President of the United States following the Watergate Scandal in 1974. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On June 17, 1972, five burglars hired by men at the Republican Committee to Re-Elect the President [Nixon], CRP, called, derisively, CReeP, broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate hotel in Washington, DC to steal papers on the party’s strategy for the upcoming Presidential election. The burglary was discovered by Frank Wills,... (Read More ...)

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, of New Zealand, (1919 – 2008) was the first man to climb Mount Everest, on May 29, 1953. Tenzing and Hillary. Photo from the collection of John Henderson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) He summited days before Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation on June 2, 1953, and was knighted for the accomplishment. Though Hillary claimed that he and his Nepalese Indian Sherpa mountaineer companion, Tenzing Norgay (1914 – 1986), climbed to the summit together, Tenzing said that Hillary took the first step onto the Everest mountaintop. Tenzing had participated in three British... (Read More ...)

How many of these things do you recognize? Lightsaber. List of Star Wars air, aquatic, and ground vehicles (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Jedi. The Force. Darth Vader. Obi-wan Kenobi. R2-D2. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. Princess Leia. C-3PO. Luke Skywalker. Yoda. Death Star. Jabba the Hut. Chewbacca. Han Solo. All of them, right? Because Star Wars, released May 25, 1977, is in our culture. If you’re a real fan, you’ll know which order the films were released in, relative to the time they portrayed. Star Wars actually represents episode IV: A New Hope (1977) The Empire Strikes... (Read More ...)

Are You Ready for some Ping-Pong? The U. S, table tennis team first set foot in China on April 10, 1971 in an act that came to be known as Ping Pong Diplomacy. President Nixon meets with China’s Communist Party Leader, Mao Tse-Tung, 02/29/1972 after Ping Pong Diplomacy Set the Stage in 1971 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How had that come to be the way we opened ourselves up to China, a country we had not recognized since it fell to the Communists in 1949? Apparently, the President of the International Table Tennis Federation, H. Roy Evans, suggested to China that they try to initiate relations... (Read More ...)

Argentine on Argentine Living through the coup on March 24, 1976 in Argentina was interesting. Argentine Air Force A-4AR Fightinghawk during Air Fest 2010 show at Moron Air Base, Buenos Aires Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The violence you associate with a coup happened largely in Western provinces, not in the capital city of Buenos Aires, where we lived. We had been told even before we moved to Argentina that the reason my husband and the team of contractors he joined were hired was because Americans were being kidnapped for ransom. Large American companies were thought to be easy targets... (Read More ...)

What Do You Say to a Police Captain? A friend had given my husband a handgun. Tango show in Buenos Aires (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The friend had bought it for protection, but was leaving the country and didn’t want to carry it with him. Though he had a license for the gun, the serial number had been filed off. My husband threw it in the closet and forgot about it. Until the coup. We were living in Argentina. It was March 24, 1976. The Army had tried to hold a coup in December, three months before. But, the other services got together and talked them out of it. “You remember what it was like... (Read More ...)

New York City Police cruiser is parked in Jamaica, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Why Was the Nation Outraged? On this day, March 13, in 1964, the newspapers reported the shocking story of a pretty young woman being attacked and left to die in front of dozens of witnesses in New York City. It was reported as the iconic representation of New York City’s cold, apathetic, faceless citizens who couldn’t even stir themselves to help a young woman being attacked. Over the years, researchers determined strategies for breaking through such a wall of silence and apathy if you found yourself in... (Read More ...)

When Did Grandma Stop Eating Cat Food? In the 1960s, it was common to read that Seniors were sometimes found to be reduced to eating cat food. Social Security Poster: old man (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It seemed nutritious, cheap and didn’t require cooking. We were, of course, appalled. Was this a country where our Seniors were so poor they were reduced to eating cat food? I mentioned this to someone recently because you never read these stories now. She said, “Yes, the reduction of Senior poverty in our lifetime is a major accomplishment.” “Now, however, they have to choose between food... (Read More ...)

You Shot Kennedy! President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was assassinated later in the day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I lived about 20 minutes away, in Richardson, Texas. I was a Junior in high school. Many of my friends had gone to the parade to see him. They had just gotten back to school. Buzzing in the halls led to everyone being ordered, in the middle of the school day, to our homerooms. The first Public Address announcement came minutes later. “The... (Read More ...)

Berlin Wall Comes Down. We are approaching the anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall came down, November 9, 1989. The Berlin Wall Comes Down, 1989. The photo shows a part of a public photo documentation wall at Former Check Point Charlie, Berlin. The photo documentation is permanently placed in the public. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In August, 1967, I spent five days in Berlin, Germany. At the time, it was divided into East Berlin and West Berlin, with limited movement across the line. I spent most of my time in West Berlin, but took a one-day bus tour into East Berlin. Before we crossed the border... (Read More ...)