History Highlights

History Notes provides insight into events which have happened today in history. The History Department at the A.R. Johnson College contributes to this column. 

Video Commemorating 100 years of IBM, a matter of Personal Privilege

After spending 35 years in Information Technology, I am pleased to call for a moment of Personal Privilege and endorse this video commemorating 100 years of IBM.

 

 

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Does book burning bother you? - May 10, 1933 Book Burnings in Germany

On May 10 in 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany. There is nothing more disturbing for those of us who love books, than stories of book burnings. Actually it is almost impossible to believe if we didn’t have it recorded in photos and videos. 

 

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Today is not a history highlight for any of us

 

This isn’t a highlight of history. Lord, forgive us for the things we have done and the positions we have been put in to do them. Let us always believe there is another way. 

 

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American Bandstand - My MTV

August 5, 1957"American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, made its network TV debut on ABC.

 

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Can we honor the astronauts enough?

Today, let's honor all of our astronauts by remembering the 1969 Moon landing. I originally posted this last year, but I have added some extra's. I still remember the day, how about you?

 

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Where Paul and John met today in 1957

AP Highlight in History: 

On July 6, 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time as teenagers at a church in their native Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon's band, the Quarrymen.

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Anything can happen here

AP Highlight in History: 

On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major party ticket.

 

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Ich bin ein Berliner June 26, 1963

In 1963, President Kennedy connected with his Berlin audience by saying “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

 

It still sends shivers through me and inspires me to join with all people of the world who seek freedom.

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The cost of independence

Jun 7, 1776 Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.

 

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May 4, 1970 and Kent State

May 4 has significance for me. I wrote about it last year.

What Kent State meant to me.

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Remembering Oklahoma City

In 1995, I learned life can’t be taken for granted.

 

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Colorado was organized in 1861

The following was posted in the AP’s Today in history, 

1861

The Territory of Colorado was organized.

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What are you doing for your country?

Fifty-one years ago John F. Kennedy asked those powerful words,

"Ask not what your country can do for you, rather ask what can you do for your country."

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Pearl Harbor Day and 9-11

For those who wonder if our descendants will understand how we were effected by 9-11, we should just think about what Pearl Harbor still means to all of us.

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There was always next year...

‘All those times we sang ‘and its goodbye to A&M’

                    we really didn’t mean it. At least, I don’t think we did...

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Don’t you love this country?

In 2000 on November 8th, Florida began the statewide recount of the 2000 presidential election. We learned ‘chad’ wasn’t just a guy’s name. And we waited patiently for a month to learn who would be our next president. It was all so, well, civilized.

 

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What a great day in history for women! Nov 9, 2011

 1893  Passage of a referendum made Colorado the first state to grant women the right to vote. 

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The first transcontinental telegraph

On October 24, 1861 the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent from California to President Abraham Lincoln. 

 

And yet, greater things are still to be done. 

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President Kennedy announced on October 22, 1962 an air and naval blockade of Cuba.

I  was in fifth grade, not quite 11. My brother was a first grader. It was a time when I knew all the words the adults were saying, yet sensed I was missing something. 

 

 

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Light changes everything

AP Highlight in History: 

On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.

 

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