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"Just as we won the Cold War, in part, by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of radical Islam."
DONALD J. TRUMP, in a speech laying out his plan for fighting terrorism

Today's quotation...
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.
-- William Blake [1757-1827]

Klondike Gold Rush

This date in 1896, great excitement followed the discovery of gold in the Klondike at Bonanza Creek, Alaska, and the gold rush was on.

 Happy Birthday ......
    In 1884, Hugo Gernsback, responsible for science fiction becoming an independent literary form.
    In 1892, Harold Foster, cartoonist, created "Prince Valiant", known for it's fine drawing and historical detail.
    In 1915, Singer Al Hibbler.
    In 1923, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
    In 1925, Actor Fess Parker, "Davey Crockett."
    In 1928, Actress Ann Blyth.
    In 1930, Actor Robert Culp, "Twilight Zone."
    Sportscaster Frank Gifford.
    In 1935, Actress Julie Newmar.
    In 1946, Actress Lesley Ann Warren.
    In 1953, Kathie Lee Gifford, talk show hostess who said goodbye to her fans, and Regis Philbin, after 15 years of co-hosting the New York morning show that became a national sensation -- "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."
    In 1954, James Cameron, director, editor, producer and screenwriter who made cinematic history with his moving, 1997 epic Titanic. Cameron is nothing less than a perfectionist on his film sets, which is probably why he gets Academy Award-winning results. Going to great lengths to make movie magic, Cameron made 12 dives into the murky Atlantic waters to get the shots he needed of Titanic’s resting place, and sketched the nude portrait of leading lady, Kate Winslet, himself. Cameron was inspired to become a director after seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey, and finally was motivated to tell his own tales after a screening of Star Wars. Today, Cameron is one of the most prolific talents in Hollywood, and has directed films including The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989) and True Lies,(1994), and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003.
    In 1958, Madonna, (Madonna Louise Ciccone) musician who began her career as a "boy toy," but has consistently reinvented herself to keep her public guessing. (Note: the OK is not one of her public.) She is the top female pop artist of the 1980s with seven No. 1 hits, the biggest of which is ``Like a Virgin,'' a million selling record that tops Billboard's Hot 100 for six weeks.
On her 47th birthday, Madonna got into a serious horseback riding accident at her 1,354-acre English country estate, sustaining three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand.
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    Angela Bassett, actress who was inspired to enter the acting profession after seeing the legendary James Earl Jones in a stage production of "Of Mice and Men." Bassett went on to study fine arts at Yale, and was soon cast in a Broadway production of "Joe Turner’s Come and Gone." In 1986, Bassett made her big screen debut in the film F/X, and by 1992, she was playing both the mother of the Jackson family in "The Jacksons: An American Dream," and Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X. Her breakthrough performance came one year later, when she lit up the screen playing Tina Turner in "What’s Love Got to Do With It." Bassett garnered an Oscar nod for her performance, and has since been a leading lady in films including Waiting to Exhale (1995), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), and The Score (2001). There have been other since 2001, but they elude the Ol'Kunnel.

 On this day...
    In 1743, Champion boxer Jack Broughton formulates first code of rules in Britain.
    In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Bennington took place. The victory of the American forces was an important role.
    In 1780, the British defeat Americans at first Battle of Camden, South Carolina. 2,000 dead. Revolutionary War.
    In 1812, British forces foiled plans for a U.S. invasion of Canada by capturing the city of Detroit.
    In 1825, Republic of Bolivia proclaimed.
    In 1829, the Siamese Twins Chang and Eng arrive in Boston, Mass.
    In 1858, the first cable message sent across the Atlantic from Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan.
    In 1861, [Civil War] President Lincoln prohibted the Union states from trading with the states of the Confederacy.
    In 1864, Confederate General John Chambliss is killed
    Confederate General John Chambliss is killed during a cavalry charge at Deep Bottom, Virginia, one of the sieges of Petersburg.
    Union General Ulysses S. Grant had bottled the army of Confederate General Robert E. Lee behind a perimeter that stretched from Petersburg to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, 20 miles north. By June 1864, the armies had settled into trench warfare, with little movement of the lines. In August, Grant sought to break the stalemate by attacking the Southern defenses near Richmond.
    In an attempt to regain control of a section of trenches breached by the Yankees, the Confederates counter-attacked, and Chambliss was killed. His body was recovered by a former West Point classmate, Union General David Gregg, who made a surprising discovery: a detailed map of the Richmond defenses. Gregg gave the plan to Union topographical engineers, who then looked for a way to copy and distribute the map through the army’s command structure. Using a new photographic technique known as Margedant’s Quick Method, which did not require a camera, the engineers traced Chambliss’s map and laid it over a sheet of photographic paper. The paper was then exposed to the sun’s rays, which darkened the paper except under the traced lines.
    The result was a mass-produced negative of the map, which was distributed to all Union officers in the area within 48 hours. It may not have helped the Union capture Richmond–that would take another seven months–but it may have reduced casualties by preventing foolhardy attacks on well-defended positions.     In 1896, great excitement followed the discovery of gold in the Klondike at Bonanza Creek, Alaska.

    In 1920, the only fatality to occur in a major league baseball game happened. Ray Chapman (Cleveland Indians) was hit in the head with a fastball from Carl Mays of the New York Yankees.
    In 1923, Carnegie Steel Corporation put into place the eight-hour workday for its employees.
    In 1925, Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" opens in N.Y.
    In 1937, Harvard University became the first school to have graduate courses in traffic engineering and administration.
World At War
World War II, which had begun in Europe on September 1, 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, ended six years later to the day, September 1, 1945. The final concluding ceremony came the following day, September 2, 1945, with the signing of surrender papers by representatives of Japan, Nazi Germany's Axis partner in the Far East.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *     Sadly, many of our young Americans don't know the first thing about World War II or our proud veterans. But our veterans would tell them - if only someone would give them the chance. That someone is the World War II Veterans Committee * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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    In 1941, Stalin agrees to Moscow talks with U.S. and Britain.
    Rockland, Maine: FDR declares U.S. is not nearing entrance to war.
    In 1944, France: American paratroopers take St. Tropez.
    In 1945, ... Headline: Senior U.S. POW is released
    Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, (captured by the Japanese on the island of Corregidor, in the Philippines), is freed by Russian forces from a POW camp in Manchuria, China.
    When President Franklin Roosevelt transferred Gen. Douglas MacArthur from his command in the Philippines to Australia in March 1942, Maj. Gen. Wainwright, until then under MacArthur’s command, was promoted to temporary lieutenant general and given command of all Philippine forces. His first major strategic decision was to move his troops to the fortified garrison at Corregidor. When Bataan was taken by the Japanese, and the infamous Bataan “Death March” of captured Allies was underway, Corredigor became the next battle ground. Wainwright and his 13,000 troops held out for a month despite heavy artillery fire. Finally, Wainwright and his troops, already exhausted, surrendered on May 6.
    The irony of Wainwright’s promotion was that as commander of all Allied forces in the Philippines, his surrender meant the surrender of troops still holding out against the Japanese in other parts of the Philippines. Wainwright was taken prisoner, spending the next three and a half years as a POW in Luzon, Philippines, Formosa (now Taiwan), and Manchuria, China. Upon Japan’s surrender, Russian forces in Manchuria liberated the POW camp in which Wainwright was being held.
    The years of captivity took its toll on the general. The man who had been nicknamed “Skinny” was now emaciated. His hair had turned white, and his skin was cracked and fragile. He was also depressed, believing he would be blamed for the loss of the Philippines to the Japanese.
    When Wainwright arrived in Yokohama, Japan, to attend the formal surrender ceremony, Gen. MacArthur, his former commander, was stunned at his appearance-literally unable to eat and sleep for a day.
     Wainwright was given a hero’s welcome upon returning to America, promoted to full general, and awarded the Medal of Honor.
    Moscow: Russia and Poland sign pact fixing their borders.
    In 1948, Herman "Babe" Ruth, the New York Yankees most famous hitter, died. He was 53. A pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1915-1919) and outfielder for the New York Yankees (1920-1935), he hit 714 home runs, played in 10 World Series, and held 54 major-league records. Known as “the Sultan of Swat,” he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
    In 1954, Sports Illustrated was published for the first time. It was claimed that 250,000 subscriptions had been sold before the first issue came off of the presses.
    In 1956, Bela Lugosi died. He was 72. Hungarian-born American actor known for portraying monsters in a number of films, including Dracula (1931) and The Wolf Man (1941).
    In 1960, the free-fall record was set by Joseph Kittinger. He fell more than 16 miles (about 84,000 feet) before opening his parachute over New Mexico. (Captain Kittinger was seeking medical data relating to stress on the human body falling at huge heights.)
    In 1962, The Beatles fired their original drummer, Pete Best, replacing him with Ringo Starr.
    In 1966, the Monkees' first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," is released. It sells more than 1 million copies and reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.
    In 1968, first "Minuteman III" successfully launched.
    In 1969, Woodstock festival begins in New York.
    In 1977, Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42. Found unconscious in his bathroom he is pronounced dead of heart failure.
    In 1983, Paul Simon and actress Carrie Fisher marry in the singer's duplex overlooking New York's Central Park. The couple had been together for five years but split up less than a year after the marriage. They divorce in 1985.
    In 1985, Madonna marries Sean Penn.
    In 1987, Northwest Airlines jet crashes in Detroit killing 153; One 4 year-old girl, Cecelia Cichan, survives.
    In 1987, worldwide Harmonic Convergence.
    In 1989, a rare "prime time" lunar eclipse occurred over most of the U.S., although clouds spoiled the view for many.
    In 1990, U.S. naval forces were ordered to prevent ships from reaching or leaving the ports of Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait.
    In 1991, Pope John Paul II began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.
    In 1993, Harvey Winstein was rescued from a 14-foot-deep pit by New York Police. He had been there for nearly two weeks while being held for ransom.
    In 1994, President Clinton and other top Democrats were scouring the House of Representatives for converts in hopes of reviving a stalled anti-crime bill.
    In 1995, voters in Bermuda rejected independence from Great Britain.
    In 1998, a day before President Clinton was to face a criminal grand jury about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, his lawyer said, "The truth is the truth, and that's how the president will testify."
    In 1999, in Russia, Vladimir V. Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament.
    In 2003, Idi Amin, whose eight year reign of terror in Uganda encompassed widescale killing, torture and dispossession of multitudes and left the country pauperized, died today at a hospital here. He was believed to be 80.
    Power was being restored in the eight mostly northeastern states hit by the massive blackout but reports from Canada said electricity may not be fully restored throughout Ontario for several more days.
    In 2004, as many as seven helicopters were pressed into service to rescue hundreds of flood victims stranded on roof and car tops near Cornwall, England. Rescue workers called the situation horrendous.
    In 2005, one-hundred twenty-one people were killed with Helios Airways Flight 522 mysteriously crashed outside Athens. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.
    Hundreds of defiant Jewish residents hunkered down in advance of a midnight deadline to leave Gaza.

 Thought for the day...

[This is the 08/16/2018 bulletin.]