Sunday, 16 April 2017
Happy Easter and the Normal Stuff
This excerpt starts in 1622.
"1622. The Indian massacre at Jamestown; 347 of the colonists killed in open day by the savages.
1623. Maine and New Hampshire settled by the English.
1623. New Jersey settled by the Swedes and Dutch and Fort Nassau built on the Delaware River.
First white children born of Dutch parentage at New Amsterdam.
1624. King James dissolved the Virginia Company, and assumed control of the colonies in Virginia.
1625. House of Representatives in Virginia discontinued by King James and a new form of government adopted.
Death of King James.
March. - Charles I. ascends the throne of England and appoints Sir George Yeardley over the colonies at the head of a council of 12 men."
The next excerpt will commence with the purchase of Manhattan Island.
Letters of Affection
The letter below is from the King of Siam to Gen'l U. S. Grant.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok, April 11, 1879.
I have very great pleasure in welcoming you to Siam. It is, I am informed, your pleasure that your reception should be a private one; but you must permit me to show, as far as I can, the high esteem in which I hold the most eminent citizen of that great nation which has been so friendly to Siam, and so kind and just in all its intercourse with nations of the East."
(Ed. Note - wouldn't be nice if the current 'part-time' resident of the White House (unless you include the Southern White House too, as he calls it) was held in as high esteem for the respectful intercourse he had with other nations and even other Americans.... ah well.)
The Birth Day Thing - 1961
US Billboard #1 Single 10 November, 1961.
Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean. Jimmy Dean was an American country singer who lived from 1928 - 2010. Big Bad John was his first US #1 single. It was written by Dean in collaboration with Roy Acuff.
UK #1 Single 10 November, 1961.
For the 2nd year in a row, the UK #1 on my birthday was a song by Elvis Presley.
Little Sister by Elvis Presley. Little Sister was co-written by Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus. It was a double A-side with (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame.
New York Times Best Seller November 10, 1961
Maybe someday I'll give it a try. We'll see.
Pulitzer Prize Winner - 1961
Nobel Prize Laureate - 1961
Hugo Award Winner - 1961
Edgar Award Winner - 1961
So there you go. Enjoy what remains of your Easter weekend and enjoy a good book!