I'm currently ensconced on the couch in the family room with little Clyde curled up beside me. He's very peaceful when he's sleeping.. ;)
I've caught up on a couple of books and have been enjoying my Saturday footie. Crystal Palace have just scored to tie their game with Leicester. Now to check on another channel to see how Everton are holding on in their game. Oops! 1-1 versus Burnley. Love my Saturday footie!!
I've been a bit slower than usual with my reading. I'm enjoying my books but we've been busy getting the house organised for new carpets and flooring. Besides I do find myself these days wasting lots of time keeping track of the US news, more so than I ever did the past few years.
Anyway, these are the books I'm currently enjoying.
12 + 4 Challenge. (This is my new challenge, a selection of books written between 1900 - 1950 and those specifically that I've had the longest without trying.)
Mystery Series Challenge (The Sleuths)
Tender Death was written in 1990 and is the 2nd Smith and Wetzon mystery. It involves murder, Russian gangsters and scamming elderly rich folks. I love her flowing style and entertaining characters.
Mystery Series Challenge (The Cops)
The Classics (Pre-1900)
A Bit of History and Other Things
Great Historical Events (I continue exploring the 1600's, starting today at 1615)
"1615. Champlain explores the country of the Hurons
The Dutch erect a fort on Long Island.
The cultivation of tobacco first introduced into Virginia. (Ed. Note - It's good for you, they said!)
Baffin's Bay discovered by Baffin.
1617. Pocahontas died in England, leaving a son who was educated there.
1618. Lord Delaware died on his passage to Virginia.
1619. June 19. First Colonial Assembly in Virginia.
1620. The Mayflower anchored in Cape Cod harbor. The first white child born of English parentage in New England and named Peregrine White. (Ed Note - a girl or boy??)
Landing of the Pilgrims
December. - Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass.
England transported 100 felons to the Virginia colony to be used as servants.
August. - A cargo of Negroes brought from the coast of Guiana by the Dutch and sold to the Virginia planters.
Girls Sold as Wives.
1621.Cargo of girls sent to the Virginia colony and sold as wives.
Many of the first settlers who came to Virginia were adventurers, and single men, and came to these distant shores expecting to amass enough wealth in a few years to return to their country and live at ease; but finding that if fortunes were made, they must be developed by cultivating the soil; therefore, in order to successfully establish themselves and build up homes they must procure the 'home keepers,' and as there were none here, they must be 'imported' and to pay the expense of their passage, they were sold.
Ninety young and respectable women were brought over in the first company, and were quickly disposed of, (Ed note - How romantic!) and the enterprise proved so successful that a second company were ordered, and sixty more came over.
The price of a wife was at first estimated at 120 pounds of tobacco, which sold for three shillings per pound, and afterward they brought 150 pounds. This was considered a very honorable transaction, and the wives were received with so much fondness, and were so comfortably established, that the proceeding added much happiness and dignity to the colony.
May 12. - First marriage at Plymouth, Mass.
The W.I. Company build New Amsterdam (New York) and found Albany.
School for Indians established in Virginia."
And on that note, I'll stop for now. I have to say, I find some of this very interesting. Now onto a letter of affection. This letter was written by the wife of Abraham Lincoln in 1867.
"Mrs. Lincoln on the Receipt of a Medal in Memory of her husband, Abraham Lincoln.
Chicago, January 3d, 1867
I have received the medal you have sent me. I cannot express the emotion with which this proof of the sentiments of so many thousands of your countrymen fills me. So marked a testimony to the memory of my husband, given in honor of his services in the cause of liberty, by those who in another land work for the same great end, touches me profoundly, and I beg you to accept, for yourselves and those whom you represent, my most grateful thanks.
I am, with profoundest respect, your most obedient servant,
The Birth Day Fun Thing - Moving on to songs and books that were popular in 1960, where applicable on the date I celebrate my birthday, November 10th.
US Billboard #1 Song on November 10, 1960
Save the Last Dance for Me by The Drifters. The Drifters were an American doo-wop and R&B group that formed in 1953 as backing singers for Clyde McPhatter. Save the Last Dance was their first US #1 hit. Ben E. King was on lead vocals for this song, which was first recorded by The Drifters.
UK #1 Song on November 10, 1960
It's Now or Never by Elvis Presley. This is one of 2 UK #1's that Elvis had in 1960. He had 3 in the US; Stuck On You, It's Now or Never and Are You Lonesome Tonight. Stuck on You only reached #3 in the UK... (Only, he says) ;0) It was written by Wally Gold, Aaron Schroeder and Eduardo di Capua.
New York Times #1 Fiction Best Seller, 10 November 1960
Pulitzer Prize Winner - 1960
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury. I won't say any more about this book. I highlighted it previously as the 1959 NY Times #1 best seller on 10 Nov 1959. (check out yesterday's post)
Nobel Laureate - 1960
Hugo Award Winner - 1960
Edgar Award Winner - 1960
So there you go, my latest year updated. Next in line will be 1961. Can't wait, eh?