On This Day In History

I haven't done one of these posts in a while so I thought I'd share some interesting things I dug up.

1921 - West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax, to which I say BOO, HISS.

 1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind". Well deserved, in my opinion.

1469 - Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian politician/writer (Prince) was born.

1926 - Napoleon Victor Bonaparte, Prince, died at the age of 63.

 1971 - National Public Radio broadcast for the first time.

1991 - 356th & final episode of CBS 2nd longest running series Dallas, 2nd only to Gunsmoke

And in honor of the Kentucky Derby coming up on Saturday...

On May 3, 1986, 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker, aboard 18/1 shot Ferdinand, becomes the oldest jockey ever to win the Kentucky Derby. The victory was just one of Shoemaker’s 8,833 wins, a record that stood until 1999, when it was broken by Laffit Pincay.

I hope you've enjoyed this stroll down memory lane. Until next time, happy writing!


Rogue Mutt said...

The Napoleon one confuses me. Is it supposed to be 1826 or is it a different Napoleon?

But sales tax while a regressive tax that's more of a burden to the poor does help pay for all sorts of government services people use every day.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Lisa,

Fun post. I always love anything to do with history....

I sent you my pick for the derby.... HOW exciting!

Old Kitty said...

Did I read somewhere that Dallas is gonna be a film or someone is going to revive it or something? Maybe I dreamt it all! LOL!! Take care

Lisa Potts said...

RM, you are SO right! It was Prince Victor, not the short guy, although the original died on May 5th. Picture has been corrected now. Thanks!

Michael, I hope your horse wins!

Kitty, I think I heard something along those lines too.

erica and christy said...

that WAS a fun stroll! great post. loved it. christy

Michelle Merrill said...

It was a pleasant stroll :) Gotta love Gone with the Wind!

J.L. Campbell said...

I say boo, hiss to taxes too, even though I know they help keep things in order.

First time I've seen that picture of Bonaparte.

Kari Marie said...

I love learning about history as long as there isn't a quiz later. Fun facts!

Danette said...

I haven't seen who Michael picked for the Derby today but I assume your busy, busy busy, with festivities!!! hope your having a great time! I'm working but trying to keep up a bit on the computer! Just a little over 2 hours to go!!!

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