On this day in history...A place to post little historical facts & other important events that might have changed the world!

 History has always been an interesting topic to me & with all the changes going on in the world, coming at such a fast rate, the ordinary person can be overweldom by it. We forget how we got to this point in history, so as the philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist, George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." , we now find ourselves heading into fuzzy future, with many questions about where we will all will be in 10 years, but if we take the time to look back to what our ancestors did facing similar situtations, we can find some answers to our present problems!

 So here's a place to post and discuss these different events and how they effected your part of the world.

Here's a site that has a US slant to history (but it's a start) http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do or this one (for you who like to read & this one is more universal)


Did you know today in 64 AD, Rome burned or in 1872Britain introduces secret ballot voting?

What would have happened if FDR had have follow the US presidental tradition of not running for a third term?

Would the US have done the same deal with the UK & Winston Churchill (lend/lease) without FDR?



In less than 2 days one of the most important events in human history happened, man's walk on the moon, NASA has just released a cleaned up version of it, it was a little grainie, but they had a little trouble getting it together...it seems the original tape was lost or erased (by NASA)...???

(and the Gov't wants to controll the American publics personal health records...???"  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090717/ap_on_sc/us_sci_moon_video )

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Did man land on the moon...or is Whoopie right (oh gawd , please no...)

I wouldn't believe it, but she actually is questioning it on national tv....what'll be next, I wonder what she thinks about the Kennedy assassination???

Posted by TWIST420 on 09/23/2009 9:42AM [ Reply ]

i'm baaaaaaack ..... :o)


Did you know.....

July 25, 1978

World's first "test tube baby" born

On this day in 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world's first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) is born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England, to parents Lesley and Peter Brown. The healthy baby was delivered shortly before midnight by caesarean section and weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces.


Before giving birth to Louise, Lesley Brown had suffered years of infertility due to blocked fallopian tubes. In November 1977, she underwent the then-experimental IVF procedure. A mature egg was removed from one of her ovaries and combined in a laboratory dish with her husband’s sperm to form an embryo. The embryo then was implanted into her uterus a few days later. Her IVF doctors, British gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe and scientist Robert Edwards, had begun their pioneering collaboration a decade earlier. Once the media learned of the pregnancy, the Browns faced intense public scrutiny. Louise’s birth made headlines around the world and raised various legal and ethical questions.


The Browns had a second daughter, Natalie, several years later, also through IVF. In May 1999, Natalie became the first IVF baby to give birth to a child of her own. The child’s conception was natural, easing some concerns that female IVF babies would be unable to get pregnant naturally. In December 2006, Louise Brown, the original "test tube baby," gave birth to a boy, Cameron John Mullinder, who also was conceived naturally.


Today, IVF is considered a mainstream medical treatment for infertility. Hundreds of thousands of children around the world have been conceived through the procedure, in some cases with donor eggs and sperm.


The reason I posted this event is because my family was effected by this discovery....My sister had been trying to have children since she got married in 1990. After seeing a fertility specialist she was told the same thing, that her tubes were blocked & they could try this procedure.

 Well after having about a dozen eggs removed, fertilized...then they tried to implant them (3 times) but no luck!!! They were down to the last 3 eggs & my sister put things on hold for a bit while she was here helping me with our mother (who at the time was in the final stages of Alzheimer's).

 After mom passed my sister went back to Australia (where she & her husband are research scientists @ the University of Melbourne)  & she underwent the last try, well this time they took & now I have 2 lovely nieces (Clara & Rachel). 

 The sad part is that mom never got to see them while see was here with us, but I know she's watching all of us from that place that was saved for her!!!Innocent



While these didn't happen on this date...here's a history lesson for some of those old sayings we use, but have no idea where they came from....

At one time they used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery.

If you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor."

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot. They "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the


The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies.

By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.

It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became

slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.

Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.

Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.

Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.

As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.

Hence, "a thresh hold."

Getting quite an education, aren't you?

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.

Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot.

They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.

Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status.

Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night - "the graveyard shift" to listen for the bell; thus,someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered "a dead ringer."


It's been a while, but this date is extra special to me, 1) My wife & I got together on this day in '95

                                                                                                2) A good friend was born on this day in '65 

                                                                                                3) John Lennon was assassinated on this day in front of the Dakota  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon#December_1980:_Murder


 I was sitting at my desk working on a project & listening to the MNF when it was announced. I ended up all night  & when I got to school the next day, Louie, Mark,  I decided we would see about heading to NYC. I was only 15 so we couldn't get across the boarder, so we ended up going to the memorial @ Nathan Philips Square in TO.

 I had to fight with my parents to get out that night (I just said here's where I'll be & walked out the door, they continued the argument after I left Innocent)...

 So to end this off, Happy Anniversary honey! Happy B'day BQ!

John, WE MISS YOU!!!