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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!

9 comments:

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
x

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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