Sunday, April 7, 2013

April 7th A thought and a bit of history

Welcome to the Sunday edition of The Reading Frenzy
First a thought for the day

“If you’re sad, then cry.
 After you cry, you still have to live life”
~ Moon,  a character in Jet Li’s Fearless

[Jet Li Fearless]Yueci, a village girl that took care of Huo Yuanjia when he was in a state of depression. She is called Moon in the U.S. release.  Source

And a little history thanks to Wikipedia

451  Attila the Hun sacks the town of Metz and attacks other cities in Gaul.
529 – First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
1724 – Premiere performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion BWV 245 at St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig.
1788  American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrive at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory, and opening the westward expansion of the new country.
1798 – The Mississippi Territory is organized from disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain. It is expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.
1805  Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.
1827  John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year.
1829  Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, commences translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.
1868  Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and the only one of a federal politician.
1906  Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
1927 – First distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
1933  Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment.
1939  World War II: Italy invades Albania.
1940  Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
1943  Holocaust: In Terebovlia, Ukraine, Germans order 1,100 Jews to undress to their underwear and march through the city of Terebovlia to the nearby village of Plebanivka where they are shot dead and buried in ditches.
1943 – Ioannis Rallis becomes collaborationist Prime Minister of Greece during the Axis Occupation.
1945 – World War II: The Japanese battleship Yamato, the largest battleship ever constructed, is sunk by American planes 200 miles north of Okinawawhile en route to a suicide mission in Operation Ten-Go.
1948 – The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations.
1948 – A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead.
1954  President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference.
1955  Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.
1964  IBM announces the System/360.
1967 – Film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times.
1969 – The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
1971 – President Richard Nixon announces his decision to increase the rate of American troop withdrawals from Vietnam.
1976 – Former British Cabinet Minister John Stonehouse resigns from the Labour Party.
1977  German Federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
1978 – Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter.
1983 – During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first space shuttle spacewalk.
1985 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declares a moratorium on the deployment of middle-range missiles in Europe.
1990  Iran Contra Affair: John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal).
1990 – A fire breaks out on the passenger ferry M/S Scandinavian Star, killing 158 people.
1994  Rwandan Genocide: Massacres of Tutsis begin in Kigali, Rwanda.
1994 – Auburn Calloway attempts to hijack FedEx Express Flight 705 and crash it to insure his family with his life insurance policy. The crew subdues him and lands the aircraft safely.
1995  First Chechen War: Russian paramilitary troops begin a massacre of civilians in Samashki, Chechnya.
2001  Mars Odyssey is launched.
2003 – U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.
2009 – Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
2009 – Mass protests begin across Moldova under the belief that results from the parliamentary election are fraudulent.


  1. hey Deb nice blog looking forward to event

    1. Hi Stephanie so glad you'll be joining in. I'll be posting Lisa's short interview and more info on my blog on Friday. :)
      It's great to have you here. How have you been? How's the family?