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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

Israel-PLO accord, Lincoln on fools

This week in history


Which is real and which isn’t?...

Sept. 4: 2012 BC—Babylonian parents become concerned with the amount of time their children spend playing stone tablet games. 1781—In California, El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) is founded; it is later renamed Los Angeles. 1957—Arkansas governor Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to prevent African-American students from enrolling in Central High School. 1998—Two Stanford students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, found Google. Died: Albert Schweitzer (1965). Newspaper Carriers Day. Today’s Word: Gudgeons—hinge slots that hold the pin in place.

Sept. 5: 651—Math calculations become faster with the introduction of “Abacus Chrome.” 1774—The first Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia. 1939—FDR declares the U.S. is neutral at the beginning of World War II. Born: Freddie Mercury (1946). Died: Mother Teresa (1997). Be Late For Something Day. Today’s Word: Omphaloskepsis—introspective self-analysis, the habit of mentally considering everything but ignoring the real world; navel gazing.

Sept. 6: 1909—Robert Peary reports he reached the North Pole five months earlier. 1941 –All Jews over six years old in German-occupied areas are ordered to wear the Star of David on their clothing. Born: Jeff Foxworthy (1958). Died: Luciano Pavarotti (2007). Save the Koala Month. Today’s Word: Googol—the numeral one followed by 100 zeros.

Sept. 7: 1936—The last known Tasmanian tiger dies. For many this is the first time they ever heard of the Tasmanian tiger. Born: David Packard of Hewlett-Packard (1912). Died: Inventor of the microwave oven, Percy Le Baron Spencer (1970). Today’s Word: Rendling—the setting or curdling of cheese.

Sept. 8: 1858—Lincoln tells a crowd when and how often you can fool people. 1966—Star Trek begins its three-year run on NBC-TV only to go where all shows have gone before. 2013—Historians discover Rome was built by Romulus, Remus, and a third brother, Shemp. Born: Sid Caesar (1922). Died: Samuel J. “Zero” Mostel (1977). National Date Nut Bread Day. Today’s Word: Ninnyhammer—a simpleton or fool.

Sept. 9: 11993—Israeli and PLO leaders agree to officially recognize each other in order to work on a peace accord. Born: KFC’s Harlan Sanders (1890). Died: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1901). Today’s Word: Empleomania—mania to hold public office. See incumbent.

Sept. 10: 1858—In a baseball game between New York and Brooklyn teams, John Holden hits the first recorded home run. 1953—Swanson sells its first “TV dinner.” This aluminum foil-coated taste treat consisted of turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas, and sweet potatoes. It was called a TV dinner not because it was to be eaten while watching TV but because the tray resembled the front panels of a 1950s television set. Born: Isaac Kauffman Funk of Funk & Wagnall (1839). Died: Yves Montand (1991). Fall Hat Month. Today’s Word: Makari—old Scottish term for poet.


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