After he said stuff like “War is hell” and introduced the bed-head hairstyle, General William Tecumseh Sherman appears to have become a lover, not a fighter. According to an 1886 magazine, the retired general’s “specialty is in kissing young women, of which he has probably done more than any living American.” Another account has him telling President Ulysses S. Grant, “You may drive your fast horses and I will kiss all the pretty girls! Ha! ha! that shall be my fad.” For more on American historical figures kissing unsuspecting victims, see here.
Letter Of Note of the Day: A slightly singed letter to Santa stashed inside a chimney by siblings a century ago was discovered by the Dublin man who currently lives in their former home.
“I want a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee,” reads the letter penned in 1911 by brother and sister Alfred and Hannah Howard.
Homeowner John Byrne says he found the letter in 1992 on a shelf inside the fireplace, and has held onto it ever since.
The Irish Times reports that census records list three children as living in that house in 1911: 7-year-old Alfred (Fred), 10-year-old Hannah, and 13-year-old Lily. They were born in England to a plumber named Fred Hamer Howard and his wife, Mary Elizabeth.
Occupy Wall Street camps are today’s Hoovervilles:
The Occupy sites that sprouted up in recent months in response to the poor economy resemble the Great Depression’s so-called Hoovervilles, shanty villages inhabited by a newly created class of poor people.
Named for Republican President Herbert Hoover, who was thrown out of office after one term because of his failed policies in dealing with the Depression, the Hoovervilles ultimately helped shape the New Deal and the vision of a liberal state that would provide an economic safety net.
Photo: A bread line in New York’s Times Square in 1930, early in the Great Depression. Credit: Associated Press
Jan. 17, 1994: The collapse of the second and third stories onto the first story at Northridge Meadows apartments in the Northridge quake killed 16 people and crushed cars.
Photo credit: Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times
From John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s nomination acceptance address, now commonly referred to as “the New Frontier speech,” delivered at the Democratic National Convention, July 15, 1960, in Los Angeles:
“We are not here to curse the darkness; we are here to light a candle. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.”
On the 48th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, here, an exclusive look at unpublished, never-seen photos of our 35th president.
Today marks 60 years since the television debut of ‘I Love Lucy.’
Oh Lucy, where would we be without you?
Flashback to fun in season 1:
Determined to land a job at the club, Lucy visits “Madame Lemonde” (played by Mary Wickes), who struggles to get her into proper position. (Actually, Ball had quite a bit of dance experience, having starred in several films and musicals before I Love Lucy.)
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Day Of Infamy of the Day: 70 years ago today, 2,402 Americans lost their lives and over 1,200 were wounded defending the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii against a sneak attack by Imperial Japanese forces.
December 7th, 1941, as then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt put it, is “a date which will live in infamy.”
But the now-iconic line almost went unuttered according to the first draft of what would come to be known as Roosevelt’s “Infamy Speech.” Indeed, as the document clearly shows, the words “world history” were crossed out in favor of the far more poignant “infamy.”
The Smoking Gun has collected a number of interesting and insightful documents pertaining to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Over on CNN’s website, a number of survivors recall that infamous day on a day of similar sadness, as the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association announces its dissolution due to the failing health of its remaining members.
Now more than ever, we must never forget.
The Evolution of the Enterprise
Today is the 50th anniversary of the USS Enterprise CVN-65, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier. Her first crucial role was in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade, as part of the 2nd Fleet, in October 1962.