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Today's quotation...
"St. George he was for England,
And before he killed the dragon
He drank a pint of English ale
Out of an English flagon."
---The Englishman by Lord Chesterton [1874-1936]

Saint George's Feast Day

Saint George, patron saint of England, became a martyr on April 23, 303, when he was beheaded for complaining to the emperor about his severe and bloody edicts. He was the hero of the saint George and Dragon legend. The dragon demanded daily live sacrifices to satisfy its appetite. When the king's daughter became its next intended victim, Saint George's faith enabled him to slay the vicious creature. In 1334 at the Feast of Saint George, the Noble Order of Saint George was created.

 Happy Birthday ......
    In 1564, William Shakespeare, English playwright and poet who is recognized in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists. The publication of his two erotic narrative poems "Venus and Adonis" in 1593 and "The Rape of Lucrece" in 1594, as well as his "Sonnets" in 1609, established his reputation as a gifted and popular poet of the Renaissance. Shakespeare's modern reputation, however, is based primarily on his achievements as a playwright. His most well known works include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare died in 1616.
    In 1791, James Buchanan, 15th President (1857-1861) in Cove Gap near Mercersburg, Pennslyvania. The only president that never married. Died: June 1, 1868 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
    In 1813, Stephen Douglas, the "Little Giant", debated Lincoln.
    In 1891, Sergei Prokofiev, composer.
    In 1928,

Shirley Temple Black, one of the most successful child stars in the history of motion pictures, she became a celebrity in 1934 when she starred in four films: Now and Forever, Little Miss Marker, Baby Take a Bow, and Bright Eyes. At the height of her popularity, from 1935 to 1938, she starred in the films The Little Colonel, Curly Top, The Littlest Rebel, Poor Little Rich Girl, Dimples, Stowaway, Wee Willie Winkie, Heidi, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Little Miss Broadway and The Little Princess. Although she made a number of films as a teenager, her appeal had begun to fade and in 1949 she retired from acting. In 1969 she embarked on a political career as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. In 1976, Shirley became the first woman in U.S. history to serve as chief of protocol. From 1989-1992, she served as ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the administration of President George Bush. Her autobiography, Child Star, was published in 1988. Miss Temple died in 2014.

    In 1936, Rock 'n' roll pioneer Roy Orbison, famed for such hits as "Only the Lonely" and "Oh, Pretty Woman," born in Texas. He died of a sudden heart attack in 1988 just as he was mounting a comeback.
    In 1939, Actor Lee Majors, who is best known for his role as Colonel Steve Austin on the television series "The Six Million Dollar Man." Lee also played his signature role in numerous TV movies, shows and feature films such as >Solid Gold Kidnapping, Wine, Women and War, The Secret of Bigfoot, Sharks, and of course, The Bionic Woman. Majors made his acting debut in 1965 as Heath Barkley on the television series "The Big Valley." He also starred on the short-lived shows "The Virginian" and "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law." In 1984, he found success once again playing the role of stuntman/bounty hunter on the action series "The Fall Guy." Feature films for Major include Will Penny, Killer Fish, Steel, The Last Chase, Scrooged and The Protector.
    In 1942, Actress Sandra Dee. Model turned actress who moved into TV commercials before breaking into teenybopper films in the 1950s. Her most popular films were the beach movies Gidget (1959) and A Summer Place (1959). [The theme to "A Summer Place" can be found in the Ol'Kunnel's Jukebox. Click Here!] In 1960, Sandra married pop idol Bobby Darin. They both starred in the film Come September followed by If a Man Answers and That Funny Feeling. By 1967, her marriage to Darin ended and so did her film career. In the 70's, Dee made a few appearances in made for TV movies, but it was the popular song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" from the 1978 film Grease that made her famous to a new generation. In 1983, Sandra starred in her last feature film Lost and in 1993 she made a guest appearance on the TV sitcom "Frasier."
    In 1960, Actress Valerie Bertinelli, who made her debut in 1975 when she was cast in the role of Barbara Cooper on the television series "One Day at a Time." She was also the star of two other situation comedies, "Sydney" and "Cafe Americain," both of which were cancelled after short runs. Feature films for Bertinelli include, CHOMPS, Ordinary Heroes and Number One with a Bullet. Valerie has appeared in made for TV movies almost annually since 1979, and in 1984, she starred as the protagonist of the miniseries based on a novel by Judith Krantz, "I'll Take Manhattan." She starred in the TV series Touched by an Angel from 2001 to 2003. Bertinelli married rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen in 1981 and the two have a son, Wolfgang.

 On this day...
    In 1616, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish novelist who wrote "Don Quixote," died in Madrid.
nbsp;   In 1635, the first naval battle fought by caucasians in America at Wicomoco River, E. Maryland.
    The first public school in America, the Boston Latin School, opened.
    In 1789, President George Washington moved into Franklin House, New York. It was the first executive mansion.
    In 1850, William Wordsworth, English poet, died aged 80.
    In 1856, pro-slavery sheriff Samuel Jones was shot in the back by Free Stater J.N. Mace in Westport, Kansas.
    In 1860, Explorer John Stuart reaches center of Australia.
    In 1865, [Civil War] "Panic has seized the country," writes Davis    Confederate President Jefferson Davis writes to his wife, Varina, of the desperate situating facing the Confederates.
    “Panic has seized the country,”he wrote to his wife in Georgia. Davis was in Charlotte, North Carolina, on his flight away from Yankee troops. It was three weeks since Davis had fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, as Union troops were overrunning the trenches nearby. Davis and his government headed west to Danville, Virginia, in hopes of reestablishing offices there. When Confederate General Robert E. Lee was forced to surrender his army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, Davis and his officials traveled south in hopes of connecting with the last major Confederate army, the force of General Joseph Johnston. Johnston, then in North Carolina, was himself in dire straits, as General William T. Sherman’s massive force was bearing down.
    Davis continued to his wife, “The issue is one which it is very painful for me to meet. On one hand is the long night of oppression which will follow the return of our people to the ‘Union'; on the other, the suffering of the women and children, and carnage among the few brave patriots who would still oppose the invader.” The Davis’ were reunited a few days later as the president continued to flee and continue the fight. Two weeks later, Union troops finally captured the Confederate president in northern Georgia. Davis was charged with treason, but never tried. In 1889, he died at age 81.

    In 1867, William E. Lincoln of Providence patents first machine to show animated pictures, the Zoetrope.
    In 1872, Charlotte E. Ray becomes first Black woman lawyer admitted to Supreme Court (District of Columbia)
    In 1896, the first public film show at New York.
    In 1898, the first movie theater opened at Koster and Bials Music Hall in New York City.
    The U.S. government asked for 125,000 volunteers to fight against Spain in Cuba.
    In 1904, U.S. acquires property of French Panama Canal Company.
    In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
    In 1932, Shakespeare memorial theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon.
    In 1934, while escaping an FBI raid at the Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters, Wis., notorious gangster Lester Joseph Gillis—going under the pseudonym George "Baby Face" Nelson—kills an FBI agent, while declaring, "I know you bastards wear bullet-proof vests, so I'll give it to you high and low." In November, Gillis, an associate of John Dillinger, would suffer a mortal wound during a shoot out with FBI agents in Barrington, Ill. Two FBI agents also were killed.
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.

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    In 1941, at an America First rally in New York City, aviator Charles Lindbergh said, "It is obvious that England is losing the war." Lindbergh opposed U.S. entry into World War II.
    In 1942, Headline: Germans begin “Baedeker Raids” on England
    In retaliation for the British raid on Lubeck, German bombers strike Exeter and later Bath, Norwick, York, and other “medieval-city centres.” Almost 1,000 English civilians are killed in the bombing attacks nicknamed “Baedeker Raids.”
    On March 28 of the same year, 234 British bombers struck the German port of Lubeck, an industrial town of only “moderate importance.” The attack was ordered (according to Sir Arthur Harris, head of British Bomber Command) as more of a morale booster for British flyers than anything else, but the destruction wreaked on Lubeck was significant: Two thousand buildings were totaled, 312 German civilians were killed, and 15,000 Germans were left homeless.
    As an act of reprisal, the Germans attacked cathedral cities of great historical significance. The 15th-century Guildhall, in York, as an example, was destroyed. The Germans called their air attacks “Baedeker Raids,” named for the German publishing company famous for guidebooks popular with tourists. The Luftwaffe vowed to bomb every building in Britain that the Baedeker guide had awarded “three stars.”
    In 1945, flying Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateers, Navy crews from VPB-109 launch two Bat missiles against Japanese ships in Balikpapan Harbor, Borneo. This is the first known use of automatic homing missiles during World War II.
    Toronto Maple Leafs take Stanley cup in hockey.
    Germany: Red Army plunges into heart of Berlin.
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    In 1950, Chaing evacuated Hainan, leaving mainland China to Mao and the communists.
    In 1954, Hank Aaron hit first major league home run.
    In 1959, GAM-77 "Hound Dog" strategic missile launched for first time from a B-52.
    In 1962, first US satellite to reach moon launched from Cape Canaveral
    In 1963, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues. [The Old Kunnel saw him do it. "Charlie Hustle" was noted for losing his cap on just about every move. (grin)]
    In 1965, more than 200 U.S. planes struck North Vietnam in one of the heaviest raids of the Vietnam War.
    In 1967, Soyuz 1 launched, Vladimir Komarov becomes first inflight casualty.
    In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death in gas chamber for murder of Robert F. Kennedy. Later commuted to life in prison.
    In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford effectively ends the Vietnam War, declaring an end to American involvement in the long, bloody conflict. Ford's declaration occurred as North Vietnamese forces closed in around Saigon in South Vietnam.
    In 1983, Buster Crabbe, film actor famous for his portrayals of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, died. Mr. Crabbe, born February 7, 1908 was an American athlete turned actor, who starred in a number of popular serials in the 1930s and 1940s.

As a child I was an avid fan of the radio program featuring Buck Rogers. The program began with a drum roll, and a dramatic exclamation, "Buck Rogers in The Twenty First Century".

Buck flitted around the galaxy rescuing his girl friend Wilma. He flew in a space ship made of Impervium a metal that could withstand the meanest disintegrator ray. Now this metal protected Buck from the worst that the villain "Ming The Merciless" could devise, but presented a problem with visibility. So Doctor Huer, Buck's staunch friend and master scientist came up with Metallo Glass, which had the same properties as Impervium, but was transparent. So his spaceship had a cockpit window of Metallo glass.

Buck always defeated the villain Ming, and defended Wilma's honor, usually, just in time, but Ming always came back on the next program menacing the world, and Wilma's honor again. (grin)

Remmel aka the Storyteller [1924-2013]
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    In 1984, federal researchers announce they have identified virus that causes AIDS. Approximately 4,000 Americans were infected with "homosexual cancer."
    In 1985, Coca-Cola Company announces decision to get rid of 99 year-old recipe in favor of a sweeter version. (And, 'coke' ain't been the same since. The Ol'Kunnel switched to Pepsi Cola.)
    In 1986, Otto Preminger, Austrian-born film director, died; his films included "Laura," "Carmen Jones" and "Exodus."
    In 1987, an apartment building under construction in Bridgeport, Conn., collapsed, killing 28 construction workers.
    In 1988, smoking banned on domestic U.S. flights of less than two hours. Northwest Airlines bans smoking on all flights all flights. (Does anyone know if Northwest is still in business?)
    In 1990, Paulette Goddard, U.S. film actress and former wife of Charlie Chaplin, died. She appeared with him in "Modern Times" and "The Great Dictator."
    The West German government bowed to East German demands and agreed to a 1-1 exchange rate between East and West marks, clearing the path to a planned currency union.
    In 1991, Air Force Secretary Donald B. Rice announces that the Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics F-22 and the Pratt and Whitney F119 engine are the winners in the ATF competition.
    Virgilio Pablo Paz Romero was arrested for the 1976 car-bomb murder of Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier in Washington, D.C.
    In 1992, former Washington Mayor Marion Barry was released from prison after serving a six-month term for cocaine possession.
    McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in Beijing.
    In 1993, United Farm Workers founder Caesar Chavez died at age 66 of apparent natural causes.
    In 1994, mourners left red roses, burning candles and cards at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California, in memory of the 37th president of the U.S., who had died the day before at age 81.
    In 1995, the nation observed a national day of mourning for the victims of the Oklahoma City blast. Sportcaster Howard Cosell died in New York at age 77. Former Senator John C. Stennis (Dem-Mississippi) died in Jackson at age 93.
    In 1996, Michael Pittman, Hanover, Pa., joined the Colonel's BBS.
    A New York civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey. Cabey was paralyzed when he was shot in subway car in 1984.
    In 1998, James Earl Ray, the ex-convict who confessed to assassinating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and then insisted he was framed, died at a Nashville hospital at age 70.
    In 1999, on the first day of a 50th anniversary NATO summit in Washington, Western leaders pledged to intensify military strikes on Yugoslavia. (The same-o same-o now for over five years. --REC)
    In 2002, Pope John Paul II met at the Vatican with U.S. cardinals to discuss the sexual abuse scandal that had rocked the Roman Catholic clergy. He expressed an apology to victims of abuse, saying what had happened to them was a crime and an appalling act in the eyes of God.
    In 2003, President Bush signed legislation that authorized the design change of the 5-cent coin (nickel) for release in 2004. It was the first change to the coin in 65 years. The change, to commemorate the 200th annivesary of the Louisiana Purchase, was planned to run for only two years before returning to the previous design.
    After a 10-day stalemate, Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat reached asgreement on a new cabinet with his choice for prime minister, Mahmoud Aggas.
    In 2005, U.S. Marines killed about 30 insurgents in a fierce two-day firefight that began on this date outside Fallujah, Iraq.
    the website YouTube uploaded its firs video, titled "Me at the Zoo," consisting of 18 seconds of co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo.

 Thought for the day...

[This is the 04/23/2019 bulletin.]