It Should Be a Holiday

Charles Lindbergh was born on this date in 1902. He died in 1974.

Byron Nelson, the golfer who once won 11 PGA events in a row, 18 in one year and 52 overall including five majors, was born on this date in 1912. He retired in 1946 at age 34 and died 60 years later.

Miss Rosa Parks — the Soul of the Civil Rights movement — was born on this date in 1913. Miss Parks died in 2005.

Betty Friedan was born on this date in 1921; she died on her birthday in 2006. Friedan was a leading figure in the women’s movement in the United States and author of the 1963 book The Feminine Mystique.

Lawrence Taylor, the NFL hall-of-famer, is 58 today. NewMexiKen was at RFK the night Lawrence Taylor ended Joe Theismann’s career by smashing his leg. There were great linebackers before Taylor, but he was the first of the new breed.

George Washington was elected first President of the United States on this date in 1789 when all 69 electors voting cast their ballot for him. John Adams was second with 34, becoming Vice President. Ten other candidates received votes. (Each elector had two votes.)

The Yalta Conference began on this date in 1945. President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain, and Premier Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union met to plan the final defeat and occupation of Nazi Germany.

3 thoughts on “It Should Be a Holiday”

  1. Not trying to be a ‘well actually’ type, but Rosa Parks was married. The reason I know is from an interesting story I heard and sometimes share.

    She got involved in her local party back in the day because some good citizen (unknown) had invited her HUSBAND, and she came along out of interest. She got into the causes and if I’m remembering right, became the group’s secretary. If I am also remembering right, she didn’t just randomly decide to sit in the front of the bus one day, it was a well considered plan that matched in with other actions going on at the time.

    The point I make to people is that it is always good to encourage even your casual acquaintances to get involved with real life stuff, because you never know where the ripple effect will lead.

    Oh, and if you are looking for a good book to read, Hidden Figures is excellent. We liked the movie, but the book is AMAZING.

    1. She was born Rosa Louise McCauley; married Raymond Parks.

      I borrow the Miss from the Neville Brothers song:

      Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
      You started our freedom movement
      Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

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