Monthly Archives: May 2014

Today in History….May 31

1433 – Sigismund was crowned emperor of Rome.

1854 – The Kansas-Nebraska Act passed by the U.S. Congress.

1859 – The Philadelphia Athletics were formally organized to play the game of Town Ball.

1859 – In London, Big Ben went into operation.

1870 – E.J. DeSemdt patented asphalt.

1879 – New York’s Madison Square Garden opened.

1880 – The first U.S. national bicycle society was formed in Newport, RI. It was known as the League of American Wheelman.

1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal.”

1889 – In Johnstown, PA, more than 2,200 people died after the South Fork Dam collapsed.

1900 – U.S. troops arrived in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.

1902 – The Boer War ended between the Boers of South Africa and Great Britain with the Treaty of Vereeniging.

1907 – The first taxis arrived in New York City. They were the first in the United States.

1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.

1910 – The Union of South Africa was founded.

1913 – The 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of U.S. senators.

1915 – A German zeppelin made an air raid on London.

1927 – Ford Motor Company produced the last “Tin Lizzie” in order to begin production of the Model A.

1929 – In Beverly, MA, the first U.S. born reindeer were born.

1941 – The first issue of “Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper” went on sale.

1943 – “Archie” was aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System for the first time.

1947 – Communists seized control of Hungary.

1955 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that all states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”

1961 – South Africa became an independent republic.

1962 – Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel. Eichmann was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in the Nazi Holocaust.

1970 – An earthquake in Peru killed tens of thousands of people.

1974 – Israel and Syria signed an agreement on the Golan Heights.

1977 – The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was finished after 3 years of construction.

1979 – Zimbabwe proclaimed its independence.

1994 – The U.S. announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.

1995 – Bob Dole singled out Time Warner for “the marketing of evil” in movies and music. Dole later admitted that he had not seen or heard much of what he had been criticizing.

2003 – In North Carolina, Eric Robert Rudolph was captured. He had been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for five years for several bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing.


Today in History…. May 30

1416 – Jerome of Prague was burned as a heretic by the Church.

1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19.

1527 – The University of Marburg was founded in Germany.

1539 – Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed in Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold.

1783 – The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called “The Pennsylvania Evening Post”

1814 – The First Treaty of Paris was declared, which returned France to its 1792 borders.

1848 – W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer.

1854 – The U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

1868 – Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.

1879 – William Vanderbilt renamed New York City’s Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden.

1883 – Twelve people were trampled to death in New York City in a stampede when a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing occurred.

1896 – The first automobile accident occurred in New York City.

1903 – In Riverdale, NY, the first American motorcycle hill climb was held.

1911 – Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis Sweepstakes. The 500-mile auto race later became known as the Indianapolis 500. Harroun’s average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.

1912 – The U.S. Marines were sent to Nicaragua to protect American interests.

1913 – The First Balkan War ended.

1921 – The U.S. Navy transferred the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior.

1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

1933 – Sally Rand introduced her exotic and erotic fan dance to audiences at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.

1943 – American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.

1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

1967 – Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, CA.

1967 – The state of Biafra seceded from Nigeria and Civil war erupted.

1971 – Mariner 9, the American deep space probe blasted off on a journey to Mars.

1981 – In Chittagong, Bangladesh, President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated.

1982 – Spain became the 16th NATO member. Spain was the first country to enter the Western alliance since West Germany in 1955.

1983 – Peru’s President Fernando Belaunde Terry declared a state of emergency and suspended civil rights after bombings by leftist rebels.

1989 – The “Goddess of Democracy” statue (33 feet height) was erected in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.

1996 – Britain’s Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.

1997 – Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, NJ, of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired “Megan’s Law,” requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.

1998 – A powerful earthquake hit northern Afghanistan killing up to 5,000.

2003 – Peter Jennings was sworn in as a U.S. citizen.

Today in History….May 29

1453 – Constantinople fell to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, ending the Byzantine Empire.

1660 – Charles II was restored to the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth.

1721 – South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.

1765 – Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia’s House of Burgesses.

1790 – Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1827 – The first nautical school opened in Nantucket, MA, under the name Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin’s Lancasterian School.

1848 – WIsconsin became the 30th state to join the United States.

1849 – A patent for lifting vessels was granted to Abraham Lincoln.

1910 – An airplane raced a train from Albany, NY, to New York City. The airplane pilot Glenn Curtiss won the $10,000 prize.

1912 – Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA, for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job.

1916 – The official flag of the president of the United States was adopted.

1916 – U.S. forces invaded Dominican Republic and remained until 1924.

1922 – Ecuador became independent.

1922 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was a sport, not subject to antitrust laws.

1932 – World War I veterans began arriving in Washington, DC. to demand cash bonuses they were not scheduled to receive for another 13 years.

1951 – C.F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in single engine plane.

1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.

1962 – Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in major league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.

1965 – Ralph Boston set a world record in the broad jump at 27-feet, 4-3/4 inches, at a meet held in Modesto, CA.

1973 – Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.

1974 – U.S. President Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.

1978 – In the U.S., postage stamps were raised from 13 cents to 15 cents.

1981 – The U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.

1985 – Thirty-nine people were killed and 400 were injured in a riot at a European Cup soccer match in Brussels, Belgium.

1986 – Colonel Oliver North told National Security Advisor William McFarlane that profits from weapons sold to Iran were being diverted to the Contras.

1988 – U.S. President Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union in Moscow.

1988 – NBC aired “To Heal A Nation,” the story of Jan Scruggs’ effort to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

1990 – Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the Russian parliament.

1997 – The ruling party in Indonesia, Golkar, won the Parliament election by a record margin. There was a boycott movement and rioting that killed 200 people.

1999 – Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.

2000 – Fiji’s military took control of the nation and declared martial law following a coup attempt by indigenous Fijians in mid-May.

2001 – In New York, four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a global conspiracy to murder Americans. The crimes included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.

2001 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.

This Time, They Really Are Our Girls: Bring Them Back!

by John Hinderaker

“If Barry Obama were not the limpest, most pathetic excuse for a president in American history, he would come down on the two-bit government of Sudan like a ton of bricks. Remember when Michelle Obama posed with a #BringBackOurGirls sign? While I sympathize with the 200-300 young women threatened with slavery in Nigeria as much as anyone, they are not in fact “our girls.” They are Nigerians. Meriam Ibrahim and her husband and children are actually our people. Their persecution, pursuant to Islamic law, is not just an outrage, but an insult to all Americans.

The most outrageous story in world news these days is the persecution of Meriam Ibrahim and her family. Ibrahim is a 27-year-old Sudanese woman who is described in some news accounts as a doctor, although I am not sure this is correct. Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, who lives in New Hampshire and has been an American citizen since 2005. News stories describe him as a biochemist. Meriam Ibrahim applied for American citizenship three years ago. It would have been routinely granted by now, but for bureaucratic slowness.

Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani

Last September, in Khartoum, Meriam was arrested and charged with adultery and apostasy. In other words, she is a Christian, and she married a Christian. She says that she was raised as a Christian by her mother and has never been a Muslim. But the Islamic court in Khartoum, applying Koranic law, found that since her father (who abandoned the family when Meriam was a small child) was a Muslim, Meriam was a Muslim whether she knew it or not. Since she professes Christianity, she is an apostate: hence the death sentence, as required by the Koran. As for the adultery, that is another way of saying that she married a Christian, a marriage that cannot be recognized under Islamic law. So the court in Sudan has sentenced Ibrahim to 100 lashes for adultery, to be followed by death by hanging.


Martin Wani, American citizen chained to a prison wall

Meriam and her husband have a 20-month-old son named Martin. He has been designated a Muslim by the court in Khartoum, so his father has been denied access to him. Instead, he is chained to a wall in the prison where his mother awaits execution. Meriam gave birth to a second child yesterday, a girl. She was a few weeks pregnant when first charged in the Islamic court. Her hanging has been postponed until the girl is weaned.


I have not seen a technical discussion of this issue in news accounts, but it appears highly probable that one or both of Ibrahim’s children are American citizens. Under current law, this depends on whether Daniel Wani had spent five years or more in the U.S. prior to their births. Given that he first emigrated to America in 1998, it seems more than likely that both children are citizens. Conceivably the younger child could be a citizen, but not the 20-month-old boy.

So Sudan’s outrageous treatment of Meriam Ibrahim and her two children directly implicates American interests. Her husband, the children’s father, is a citizen. Both children are probably Americans. And Meriam herself would be an American citizen by now, if the federal government had acted timely on her application.

One might expect the full might of our government to be brought to bear to save this family from Koran-dictated destruction. Unfortunately, that is not what has happened:

[W]hen the case grew more serious Daniel went to the American Embassy in Khartoum for help.

“I thought this would be the one place which would help me, but they told me they didn’t have time to do anything,” Daniel said. “I was upset because now that I am American citizen I thought they would help me.

“I was threatened. They said ‘well your wife isn’t American, so we can’t help’. I felt disgusted. My home is in America and still they won’t help. It’s getting uglier and it’s not going in the right direction.”

Mr Wani said the State Department asked him to provide DNA evidence proving that Martin was his biological son. He added: “I have provided wedding documents and the baby’s birth certificate, but this is clearly not enough. It’s very upsetting that they don’t believe me.

“They want me to take a DNA sample in Khartoum, then send it to the US for testing. It’s as if they don’t believe a word I say.”

It is hard to see how Daniel could possibly get a DNA sample from his son at this point. Nor is there any apparent reason why the Obama administration should doubt that Meriam’s children are her husband’s.

If Barry Obama were not the limpest, most pathetic excuse for a president in American history, he would come down on the two-bit government of Sudan like a ton of bricks. Remember when Michelle Obama posed with a #BringBackOurGirls sign? While I sympathize with the 200-300 young women threatened with slavery in Nigeria as much as anyone, they are not in fact “our girls.” They are Nigerians. Meriam Ibrahim and her husband and children are actually our people. Their persecution, pursuant to Islamic law, is not just an outrage, but an insult to all Americans. So, President Obama: it is time to man up. Put aside your weird relationship with Islam, and do what it takes to bring these Americans home.

One more thing: the Islamic authorities in Khartoum told Meriam Ibrahim that she can avoid hanging if she will simply abandon Christianity and become a Muslim. Ibrahim replied that she has been a Christian all her life, and she will not renounce her faith. One might think that American Christians would take some interest in her story. “It is neither right nor safe to go against one’s conscience,” Martin Luther said, when interrogated at the Diet of Worms. “Here I stand, I can do nothing else.” But to my knowledge, no mainstream Christian denomination has taken up Meriam’s cause. Certainly not my own, which claims descent from Luther and, I believe, has more African adherents than any other Christian denomination.

Today in History….May 28

585 BC – Thales Miletus predicted a solar eclipse.

585BC – The Persian-Lydian battle ended.

1533 – England’s Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.

1774 – The First Continental Congress convened in Virginia.

1805 – Napoleon was crowned in Milan, Italy.

1863 – The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the U.S. Civil War.

1892 – The Sierra club was organized in San Francisco, CA.

1900 – Britain annexed the Orange Free State.

1918 – Azerbaijan declared independence.

1928 – Chrysler Corporation merged with Dodge Brothers, Inc.

1929 – Warner Brothers debuted “On With The Show” in New York City. It was the first all-color-talking picture.

1934 – The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy.

1937 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.

1940 – During World War II, Belgium surrendered to Germany.

1953 – The Walt Disney film “Melody” premiered in the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. The picture was the first 3-D cartoon.
Disney movies, music and books

1957 – National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and that the New York Giants could move to San Francisco.

1961 – Amnesty International, a human rights organization, was founded.

1976 – The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion – regardless of its purpose – to a yield of 150 kilotons.

1977 – Fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, KY. 165 people were killed.

1985 – David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers. He was freed 17 months later.

1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow’s Red Square after evading Soviet air defenses. He was released August 3, 1988.

1995 – An earthquake in the Russian town Neftegorsk killed at least 2000 people. It had a magnitude of 7.5.

1996 – U.S. President Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.

1998 – Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts. The U.S., Japan and other nations imposed economic sanctions. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said “Today, we have settled the score with India.”

1998 – Dr. Susan Terebey discovered a planet outside of our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

1999 – In Milan, Italy, Leonardo de Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was put back on display after more than 20 years of restoration work.

2002 – Russia became a limited partner in NATO with the creation of the NATO-Russia Council.

Today in History….May 27

1647 – Achsah Young, a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a “witch.” It was the first recorded American execution of a “witch.”

1668 – Three colonists were expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.

1813 – Americans captured Fort George, Canada.

1896 – 255 people were killed in St. Louis, MO, when a tornado struck.

1901 – The Edison Storage Battery Company was organized.

1907 – The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.

1919 – A U.S. Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.

1926 – Bronze figures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were erected in Hannibal, MO.

1929 – Colonel Charles Lindbergh and Anne Spencer Murrow were married.

1931 – Piccard and Knipfer made the first flight into the stratosphere, by balloon.

1933 – Walt Disney’s “Three Little Pigs” was first released.
Disney movies, music and books

1933 – In the U.S., the Federal Securities Act was signed. The act required the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.

1935 – The U.S. Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt’s National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.

1937 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.

1941 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited national emergency” amid rising world tensions.

1941 – The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.

1942 – German General Erwin Rommel began a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.

1944 – U.S. General MacArthur landed on Biak Island in New Guinea.

1960 – A military coup overthrew the democratic government of Turkey.

1964 – Indian Prime Minister Jawaharla Nehru died.

1968 – After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.

1969 – Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.

1977 – George H. Willig was fined for scaling the World Trade Center in New York on May 26. He was fined $1.10.

1982 – Japan announced the elimination of tariffs on 96 industrial goods.

1985 – In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.

1986 – Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha. The ship sank in the 17th century.

1988 – The U.S. Senate ratified the INF treaty. The INF pact was the first arms-control agreement since the 1972 Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) to receive Senate approval.

1994 – Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia. He had been in exile for two decades.

1995 – In Charlottesville, VA, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event.

1996 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the leader of the rebels.

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones could continue while President Clinton was in office.

1998 – Charlie Sheen was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles for a drug overdose.

1998 – Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for not warning anyone about the plot to bomb an Oklahoma City federal building.

1999 – In The Hague, Netherlands, a war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for atrocities in Kosovo. It was the first time that a sitting head of state had been charged with such a crime.

2010 – Universal Studios reopened its backlot. The area had been destroyed by a fire two years before.

Memorial Day 2014

A wonderful photo from our past.
This amazing photo was taken in 1918. It is a photo of 18,000 men preparing for war at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, Iowa…
A gift from our grandfathers:

Thank you – to all who have served this great nation.
Thank you for your sacrifice and your service.
May God continue to Bless America.