Saturday, March 16, 2013

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
Oscar Wilde

You have made it 75 days into 2013!

Today is Everything You Do is Right Day. Today is just the opposite of yesterday — Everything you Think is Wrong Day. Sure, there is more than subtle differences in interpretation and meaning of the two days. But, you get the picture. Today is going to be your day… a good, errr make that great day!

March 16th is the birth date of James Madison, the 4th President of the United States of America. He is recognized as the “Father of the Constitution”, and the chief author of the “Bill of Rights”. Freedom of information and individual rights was very important to James Madison. That is why March 16th was chosen for Freedom of Information day, a day to celebrate and recognize a valuable concept in American rights. The Freedom of Information Act was passed into law in 1966. It opened up a wealth of information to American citizens. While the word “National” is not included in the title of this day, it is definitely a national day. It is widely recognized and documented in U.S. Government websites and in other written materials.

Since today is the third Saturday of the month, it is National Quilting Day. Today is a day to recognize and appreciate the quilt makers, the skill and the warm and the results. If you are a quilt maker, spend a minute to recognize and appreciate that you have truly been blessed with a special skill. If you are not a quilt maker, wrap yourself into a quilt and enjoy the warmth. The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in 1991.

Today is Lips Appreciation Day. Buy yourself some new lip balm or chap stick and let your lips do some kissing to celebrate.

Some of the writers born on March 16th include:

Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (1581), Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero (1585), René Le Bossu (1631), Alaric Alexander Watts (1797), Peter Ernst von Lasaulx (1805), René François Armand Sully-Prudhomme (1839), Charles Harding Firth (1857), F. A. Forbes (1869), Ethel Anderson (1883), César Vallejo (1892), Alberto Gainza Paz (1899), Francisco Ayala (1906), René Daumal (1908), Robert Rossen (1908), Samael Aun Weor (1917), Frederick Reines (1918), Sid Fleischman (1920), Harding Lemay (1922), Jerry Lewis (1926), Fred Neil (1936), Ursula Goodenough (1943), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Richard Desjardins (1948), Margaret Weis (1948), Elliott Murphy (1949), Alice Hoffman (1952), Scott Simon (1952), Richard Stallman (1953), Kate Worley (1958), Jenny Eclair (1960), Todd McFarlane (1961), Patty Griffin (1964), Richard Daniel Roman (1965), Paul Oscar (1970), Reynolds Wolf (1970), and Blu Cantrell (1976).

Jurgis Bielinis was born March 16, 1846. He was one of the main organizers of illegal booksmuggling at the time of the Lithuanian press ban. He was also a publicist and contributor to Lithuanian newspapers Aušra and Varpas. Bielinis used pseudonyms Bieliakas, Jakulis, and is informally referred to as King of Knygnešiai. It is estimated, that during 31 years when he was active, Bielinis and his organizations illegally brought about half of all Lithuanian books from the East Prussia (Lithuania Minor) into the Lithuanian mainland during the entire press ban (1864–1904).

Henry “Henny” Youngman was born March 16, 1906. He was a British-American comedian and violinist famous for “one-liners”, short, simple jokes usually delivered rapid-fire. His best known one-liner was “Take my wife—please.”In a time when many comedians told elaborate anecdotes, Youngman’s comedy routine consisted of telling simple one-liner jokes, occasionally with interludes of violin playing. These gags depicted simple, cartoon-like situations, eliminating lengthy build-ups and going straight to the punch line. He was known as the King of the One Liners, a title bestowed upon him by columnist Walter Winchell. A typical stage performance by Youngman lasted only fifteen to twenty minutes, but contained dozens of jokes, delivered in rapid-fire fashion. Youngman developed pneumonia and died on February 24, 1998, at the age of 91. He is interred in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, New York, next to his wife, Sadie.

The game show host Chuck Woolery celebrates his seventy-second birthday today. He has had long-running tenures hosting several different game shows. He was the original host of Wheel of Fortune from 1975 to 1981, the original incarnation of Love Connection from 1983 to 1994, and Scrabble from 1984 to 1990 (and during a brief revival in 1993). He also hosted Lingo on Game Show Network (GSN) from 2002-2007, and most recently hosted Think Like a Cat, which premiered on GSN on November 15, 2008. Woolery’s performing career began in singing, and he has occasionally dabbled in other entertainment roles including acting and talk show hosting.

Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines on March 16, 1521.

Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony on this day in 1621. He greated them with “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.”

The Long Parliament of England was dissolved so as to prepare for the new Convention Parliament on March 16, 1660.

The 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers was founded on March 16, 1689. The Royal Welch Fusiliers was an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales’ Division. It was founded to oppose James II and the imminent war with France.

As part of the American Revolutionary War, on March 16, 1782, Spanish troops captured the British-held island of Roatán.

The Army Corps of Engineers was established March 16, 1802 to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The Battle of Badajoz was found March 16 through April 6 in 1812. In this battle British and Portuguese forces besieged and defeated French garrison during the Peninsular War.

Prince Willem proclaimed himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands on this day in 1815. He was the first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands.

On March 16, 1861, Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who had been evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy.

During the American Civil War, the Battle of Averasborough began on March 16, 1865 as Conferate forces suffered irreplaceable casualties in the final months of the war.

On March 16, 1872, the Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1-0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.

Sir Arthur Evans purchased the land around the ruins of Knossos on March 16, 1900. This is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete.

A hundred and one years ago today, Lawrence Oates, an ill member of Robert Falcon Scott’s South Pole expedition, left the tent to die, saying: “I am just going outside and may be some time.”

The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing Crossed the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa on March 16, 1916.

In accordance with the Treaty of Rome, Fiume became annexed as part of Italy on this day in 1924.

Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket on March 16, 1926 at Auburn, Massachusetts.

On this day in 1935 Adolf Hitler ordered Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Conscription was reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.

Warmer-than-normal temperatures rapidly melted snow and ice on the upper Allegheny and Monongahela rivers and led to a major flood in Pittsburgh on March 16, 1936.

Hitler proclaimed Bhemia and Moravia a German protectorate on March 16, 1939 from Prague Castle.

James Isbister became the first person to be killed in a German bombing raid on the UK in World War II during a raid on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands on this day in 1940.

The first V-2 rocket test launch occurred March 16, 1942. It exploded at lift-off.

The World War II Battle of Iwo Jima ended March 16, 1945, but small pockets of Japanese resistance persisted. That same day ninety percent of Würzburg, Germany was destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers. Five thousand people were killed.

Communist Czechoslovakia’s ministry of foreign affairs asked Nuncios of Vatican to leave the country on March 16, 1950.

The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile on March 16, 1958. The automobile was the Thunderbird. The company has averaged almost a million cars a year since the company’s founding. Ten years later to the day General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.

On this day in 1962 a Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation disappeared in the western Pacific Ocean, with all 107 aboard missing and presumed dead.

Launch of Gemini 8, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena Target Vehicle occurred March 16, 1966.

In the Vietnam War, the My Lai massacre occurred 45 years ago today. Between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers (men, women, and children) were killed by American troops.

The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigned on March 16, 1976, citing personal reasons.

Thirty-five years ago today the Supertanker Amoco Cadiz split in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany, resulting in the 5th-largest oil spill in history.

Thirty years ago the demolition of the radio tower Ismaning took place. This was the last wooden radio tower in Germany.

On March 16, 1984, William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, was kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and later died in captivity.

Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson was taken hostage in Beirus on March 16, 1985. He was released on December 4, 1991.

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter were indicted March 16, 1988 on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States as part of the Iran-Contra Affair.

The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq was attacked on March 16, 1988 with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein, killing 5000 people and injuring about 10000 people.

Ulster loyalist militant Michael Stone attacked a Provisional IRA funeral in Belfast with pistols and grenades on March 19, 1988. Three people were killed and more than 60 were wounded. The attack was filmed by news crews. This was part of the ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland known most commonly as The Troubles. At various times The Troubles spilled over into the Republic of Ireland, England and mainland Europe. The key issues at stake in The Troubles were the constitutional status of Northern Ireland and the relationship between its mainly Protestant unionist community and its mainly Catholic nationalist community.

Mississippi did not formally ratify the Thirteenth Amendment until March 16, 1995, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.

On this day in 2005 Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.

unknown lineman

Today we bring you The Unknown Lineman/the lighter side of the NFL by Al Barry.  We have New copies of this hardcover in stock. Amazon gives the following description of this book:

This book takes you back to the 1950s and allows you to relive the beginning of the modern era of the NFL through the eyes of an unknown lineman Al Barry. Join me to learn what it was like to live in The Big Apple, practice and play in Yankee Stadium in the late ’50s with many of the best football players and coaches of all time. Personalities like Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Frank Gifford, Rosy Grier, Sam Huff, Emlen Tunnell, Pat Summerall, Don Maynard, Charley Conerly, Andy Robustelli, Don Chandler, Kyle Rote, and Jack Kemp to name a few of our 1958 New York Giants football team. In December 1993, former president, Richard Nixon, was eating dinner at Club 21 in New York City. This was also the site of the 35th year reunion of the players and coaches of the NFL Championship Game of 1958 (New York Giants vs. Baltimore Colts). As we were entering the restaurant, Jack Kemp, a backup quarterback on the 1958 Giants, heard from the maitre de that Nixon was dining there. Kemp, who was to become Republican nominee for vice president on the Dole- Kemp ticket in 1996, stopped off to pay his regards and asked Nixon if he would like to come up after dinner and talk to the players. Nixon was a big football fan and he remembered the 1958 game in great detail and said he would be pleased to come up and visit with us. President Nixon was very gracious. He shook each player’s hand and introduced himself to the spouses and then talked for about 15 minutes. He ended his remarks by telling us that, in his opinion, the real unsung heroes of pro football are the offensive linemen. Although Rosy Grier, from the defensive line, vehemently disagreed, the offensive centers, guards, and tackles all cheered. This experience started me thinking about writing a book about the unsung heroes, the infantry of the football wars, the players who almost never score a touchdown or catch a pass, but have, personal wars with the players in front of them every play of the game.

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Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia and Amazon.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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