Did You Know…?


On April 12 in 1861, The Civil War began. 
I can’t imagine what it would be like not to know what was happening. Now we can turn on TV, check Facebook, Twitter, you name it and we have pretty much direct access to what’s happening in the military. 

In 1872, Jesse James and his gang rob a bank in Columbia, KY for $1500 and one person died.
I wonder how much that was to people back then. Sad thing, people kill for just a pack of gum today. I don’t see Jesse James doing that. 


In 1945, Franklin Roosevelt died.
According to Arsenic and Old Lace, he yelled “Bully” before going downstairs. And he blew a horn. Is that true? Or was that Teddy? I think it was Teddy.

In 1954, Bill Haley and the Comets recorded Rock Around the Clock. 
I myself enjoy rocking…around…clocks, carts, cabinets, cars…you know anything goes!

In 1988, Sonny Bono was elected Mayor of Palm Springs. 
His victory song? I Got You, Babe. Because really, what else did he have going for him? RIP, Sonny.

In 1990, James Brown moved to a work release center after serving 15 months.
It’s rumored on his way out, he did a spin and hollered, “Wow! I feel good. nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh.”

I leave you with Bill Haley and the Comets, because it’s a good song to sum up what we’ve done here today. Rocked right around the clock. Don’t you feel smarter? 

What are you doing to make history? 

4 thoughts on “Did You Know…?

  1. Love this round-up, Jess! You know I love the Civil War. 🙂 And, since most of my old, old relatives have crazy eyes in photographs, I'm pretty sure Jesse James must be related to me somehow.

    Happy Friday!

  2. I love it when you do historical round-ups, Jess. 🙂 And also, the Arsenic and Old Lace shout-out, Roosevelt yelling bully…LOLed for real…like I'm not just typing that…I almost spit out my coffee…and I feel like I say that all the time on your blog…because it's true…you're hilarious, my friend…

    Also, somehow ellipses have become common punctuation to me…

  3. Loved this post — but the best part was the question "What are you doing to make history?"
    You got me thinking …

  4. Whew. I'm always afraid of "history" posts because they contain too many dates I was around for. Make a girl feel old. At least half yours pre-date me. Thanks.


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