This Month in History

By Del Meyer on 08/07/2018 8:51 AM

On August 1st, 1137, King Louis VI dies and is succeeded by his son Louis VII, who will launch the Second Crusade. On August 1st, 1291, The Republic of Switzerland was founded. (Swiss Independence Day.) On August 1st, 1291, the communities of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden form an alliance known as the Swiss Confederation to […]

By Del Meyer on 07/07/2018 7:54 AM

July is the watchword for independence and freedom from Canada, the United States, Peru and other points south. The echoes of “libertè, egaliltè, fraternitè” chimed through France, Belgium, and then other African coastal nation of Algeria. In July 321 AD, Sunday was proclaimed by Roman emperor Constantine as a day of Freedom from work and […]

By Del Meyer on 06/30/2018 2:10 AM

What does June 15th mean to you? It’s the feast day of St. Vitus in Germany, the patron saint of comedians, dancers and Sicilians. King John of England begrudgingly signed the Magna Cara on this day in 1215. Margaret Jones became the first person executed in Massachusetts for witch craft in 1648. Benjamin Franklin tied […]

May

By Del Meyer on 05/30/2018 2:14 AM

On May 1, 1786, Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro premieres in Vienna. On May 1, 1883, Legendary American hunter/showman/cowboy Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) stages his first Wild West show. On May 1, 1921, The U. S. Lighthouse Service begins guiding ships into New York harbor with a system of […]

By Del Meyer on 05/10/2018 2:25 AM

On April 2, 1963, my first-born daughter, Melanie Ann Meyer, was born. On April 13, 1929, my oldest brother, Eldor William Meyer, was born. On April 24, 1894, my father, Heinrich Dietrich Wilhelm Meyer, was born. On April 30, 1931, my sister Nelda Arlene Meyer Schoennauer was born. 

By Del Meyer on 04/09/2018 12:29 PM

September is the time when we traditionally conclude the rites of summer with the long Labor Day weekend. Intended to be a salute to working people, Labor Day has become a celebration of the end of the vacation season, signaling that it’s time to go back to work. But it is also a warning to […]

By Del Meyer on 04/09/2018 12:04 PM

In some parts of this country, the days of August have a special name: the dog days of summer. Not meant to demean the canine species, this designation is an apt description of the Sweltering month. . . It’s not uncommon to hear people barking about the heat and the humidity, nipping at comments as […]

By Del Meyer on 03/09/2018 2:42 PM

On March 1, 1360, the young English author Geoffrey Chaucer, who later wrote The Canterbury Tales, is ransomed during the Hundred Years’ War by King Edward III, who paid £16 for his release. On March 1, 1546, Protestant reformer George Wishart is burned at the stake on orders of David Beaton, the Roman Catholic archbishop […]

By Del Meyer on 02/09/2018 2:15 PM

On February 1, 1587, Queen Elizabeth I of England signs the warrant of execution for Mary, Queen of Scots. On February 1, 1789, Vietnamese forces drive Chinese troops from the Vietnamese capital of Thang Long.             

By Del Meyer on 12/09/2017 1:22 PM

Christmas comes but once a year, and unluckily the Christmas shopping season lasts longer than that. There was a time when Christmas advertising didn’t appear in newspapers, magazines, or on television until the first week in December. Slowly, but surely, the kickoff date was moved to the day after Thanksgiving. It was then forwarded to […]