This Month in History

By admin on 01/03/2019 3:50 AM

Jan 11, 49 BC: Caesar crossed the Rubicon River in January. Jan 2, 1900: Queen Victoria admitted she wasn’t amused. Jan 3, 1882: Oscar Wilde to customs officials: “I have nothing to declare but my genius.” On Jan, 1920, The U. S. government declared a war on the “demon alcohol” by passing the Eighteenth Amendment. 

By admin on 12/04/2018 4:10 AM

Christmas comes but once a year, but the shopping season lasts much longer. There was a time when the advertising didn’t start before December. Slowly but surely the kickoff date was moved to November, the day after Thanksgiving. Then it was moved to October, even prior to Halloween. At this rate, in another century, we’ll […]

By Del Meyer on 11/26/2018 4:06 AM

November is when the north winds begin to blow and herald the coming of winter. This month is also a time of migration: gray whales swim south to the warm waters of Mexico, ducks, geese, cranes, and even monarch butterflies fly south to escape the ice and snow; and many people now fly south to […]

By Del Meyer on 10/14/2018 1:51 PM

Right between the lazy days of summer and the chilly days of autumn, there’s a time when the days are sunny and warm, the nights are crisp and cool. It’s called Indian Summer. The green leaves of summer begin to change their hue to yellow, orange, and burnt red; pumpkins and maize ripen in the […]

By Del Meyer on 09/14/2018 12:49 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 or for children to hit the books […]

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.