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