|The panoramic view from our Hotel balcony|
|The night time view|
|The ferry from Seattle, disgorging a few tourists|
|The puppies seem to like the kids|
|I hope she doesn't drop me on my head!!|
Great Historical Events
Continuing with the 1600's with some facts about Henry Hudson's last voyage and other things.
"1610. Hudson sailed on his last voyage, and before he had been a month at sea he discovered mutiny among his crew, which, with great difficulty, he suppressed. After sailing two months he entered the great bay which has since been called by his name, and which he supposed was the long-sought passage to the Pacific. Here he soon found himself hemmed in, and discovering the fact too late to return to the Atlantic, he saw he must winter in that desolate region, with little provision and a mutinous crew.
He remained there eight months before the ice broke up around his ship so that he could leave. Utterly forlorn, and apprehending the worst results, he prepared for them as best he could. He gave each of his men a certificate of his services and a statement of wages due him, and divided the remaining provisions equally among the crew. During these preparations he was often affected to tears. The leader of the mutiny was a man named Henry Green, a protégé of Hudson, who owed all he had to the captain's bounty, and whose life he had saved. This man instigated a majority of the crew to aid him in seizing Hudson and his friends, and the son of Hudson, a mere boy; and thrusting them in a boat, they threw in some ammunition, a fowling-piece, an iron pot, and a bag of meal. They then cast off the rope, made sail, and left them to their fate. Nothing more was ever heard from them, and they must have miserably perished in a few days, as it was too early for birds to be seen in that frozen region.
Green and his chief abettor were, a few days after, killed in a fight with some Indians, and another died from hunger, and the miserable remnant, emaciated to the last degree, reached England in September, where two of their number revealed what had been done.
1612. The nefarious lottery scheme was enacted and put into practice in the Virginia colony, bringing 29,000 pounds into the treasury of the London Company.
Pocahontas was taken prisoner by Capt. Argyl.
1613-1755. During this period, Nova Scotia was three times nearly depopulated, through the effect of war between England and France.
1613. April. - Pocahontas was married to John Rolfe.
1614. New York settled by the Dutch on Manhattan Island (now New York city)
Two English vessels under command of Capt. John Smith and Thos. Hunt prospected the shores of New England from Cape Cod to Penobscot. They drew a map of the coast and presented it to Prince Charles, who gave the country the name New England.
Capt. Argyl makes a raid upon the settlement of New York and demands their surrender to English authority. The colony being unable to resist was for one year tribute to the colony of Virginia."
We'll continue this with my next post.
Miscellaneous Letters from Eminent Persons
(The letter which follows is from Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women and Little Men.)
"My Dear Little Men:
I was very much pleased to get such a fine batch of letters, and much surprised at the curious coincidences of my imaginary and your real school. I am glad you like my boys, for you are the best judges of the truth of the pictures I drew of them. If I had known of your school before I wrote the book, I should have been tempted to ask Mr. Beck to let me come and study you a little, and put you into the story. I wrote it in Rome, and had not a boy anywhere to refresh myself with, so I recalled many of my own early scrapes, and got some artists and gentlemen to tell me theirs, and just popped the pranks into my book.
With best wishes to you, every one, and regards to Mr. and Mrs. Beck, I am, my dear lads, very sincerely your friend,
L. M. Alcott"
And, finally.... The Birthday Thing
I am now moving along to 1958. The two songs below were Number on the US Billboard and the UK Charts the week of Nov 10.
US Billboard Charts
It's Only Make Believe by Conway Twitty. Conway Twitty lived from 1933 - 1993. He was born in Helena, Arkansas. He had success in country, rock and roll, R&B and the pop genre. It's Only Make Believe was his first Number 1, but he continued to have hits into the 90's. It's Only Make Believe was written by Twitty and Jim Nance. You can click on the title to hear the song.
It's All in the Game by Tommy Edwards. Tommy Edwards was an American R&B and jazz singer from Richmond, Virginia. He lived from 1922 - 1969. It's All in the Game was originally released in 1951 and reached only #18 in the US charts. A new version was released in 1958 and reached # 1 in the US and UK charts. The original song was co-written in 1911 by the Vice President of Calvin Coolidge, Charles D. Dawes, and remains the only #1 song to have been written by a US Vice-President and Nobel Prize Laureate. In 1958, Edwards had one session left on his MGM contract. It was decided to record a stereophonic Rock and roll version of the song, It hit #1 in the UK and helped revive Edwards' career for another two years.
New York Times Fiction Best Seller, week of 10 November, 1958
Pulitzer Prize Winner - 1958
Nobel Prize Laureate - 1958
Hugo Award Winner - 1958
Edgar Award Winner - 1958
So there you go, 1959 will follow.