December 7: Pearl Harbor, Tom Edison, & Wall Street
I would not be doing my parent’s memory any favors if I did not remember the day in history that Pearl Harbor was attacked. My father ran off at fifteen to join up to go fight the ‘Japs’, as did his father and his brother (who was killed in the Pacific) and my mother’s first husband was wounded and so he divorced her (his idea) and then she met my father while he was on leave on a boat on the Mississippi…in his sailor’s suite..and that’s why I’m here. My father’s rubbery legs were just too hard to resist.
Anyway, I couldn’t resist finding out what else had happened on the infamous day, so here’s a few of the events that interested me, with some really nebulous Nobody thoughts:
43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated.
(We honored him with a salad dressing, and a city in IL, which contains a big prison. .)
1787 – Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
(And now, one of the first to ratify gay marriage)
1808 – James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President
(Any relation to Bill? And if so..what happened to the gene pool?)
1868 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1
(Who was shot by Jesse just for fun, but to this day it’s denied)
1877 – Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
(OMG–imagine…no recording of ANYTHING? I simply can’t. Because of Tom Edison, we got to see video pictures of Pearl Harbor being bombed.)
1937 – Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams
(Who now lies frozen without his head. Or his head lies frozen wo his body..which is it?)
1934 – Wiley Post discovers jet stream
(COME ON…I think they knew about that LONG before Wiley.)
1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)
(Even if we wanted to forget it, the Japanese would never let us.)
1945 – Microwave oven patented
(Mr. Tortino will forever be grateful)
62 – Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
(Uh..WHY did we let the Brits test THEIR bombs on OUR soil? Didn’t we win the war? Couldn’t they have tested in on one of their many empires? What? )
1968 – M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923.
(It was probably a book about Cicero. I wouldn’t have returned it either)
1973 – Wings release “Band on the Run”
(Nobody could figure out why Paul McCartney was running…unless it was from drug charges. He should move to Colorado with his new wife, and do a new version of Rocky Mountain High…Colorado…)
1987 – Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
(For those of you who do not read history…newsflash…this will never stop. )
1988 – Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC
LOL! A communist cheered by Wall Street! Proof that Wall Street LOVES a good communists because a free market President would have never bailed them out!
1990 – Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement
(And they lived happily ever after until he found a woman with bigger boobs.)
And so, today, something might happen.
Let’s just hope it not a repeat of Pearl Harbor.
To all the vets from all the wars
We love you all.