Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Few Things That Happened on This Day In History

1912 - The poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer is published in the San Francisco Examiner.  "Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville - mighty Casey has struck out."


1937 – The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson. He had abdicated the throne to his brother, George VI, on December 11, 1936 so that he might marry “the woman I love.”

1940 – World War II: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris and the evacuation of Dunkirk ends with a German victory. However, over British/Allied 300,000 troops were rescued and were given the chance to fight another day.

(Comment from Tony Grant: "There is a boat moored on the Thames at Kingston with a small brass plaque on it. (See photo at left.)  It commemorates its voyage across the channel amongst all the other small craft to help rescue the BEF off the beaches of Dunkirk. Yes a disaster and a retreat but the evacuation gave the British an army which they could develop and rebuild. The RAF kept the Germans at bay until that could be achieved.")


1956 – British Railways renames ‘Third Class’ passenger facilities as ‘Second Class’ (Second Class facilities had been abolished in 1875, leaving just First Class and Third Class). (I found this amusing.)

1979 – A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons) of oil to be spilled into the waters. Until the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon off the Louisiana coast, it was the worst oil spill to date and, hopefully, the last.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Mary,
    There is a boat moored on the Thames at Kingston with a small brass plaque on it. It commemorates it's voyage across the channel amongst all the other small craft to help rescue the BEF off the beaches of Dunkirk.

    Yes a disaster and a retreat but the evacuation gave the British an army which they could develop and rebuild.

    The RAF kept the Germans at bay until that could be achieved.

    I'll send you a picture of the small baot. You won't believe it's size.

    All the best,
    Tony

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  2. I can't wait for Colin's the King's Speech to come out. Want to know more about the abdication.

    Really Angelic

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