1. Jefferson’s Birthday -- celebrating per a proclamation of President Franklin Roosevelt issued on March 21, 1938 the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, on this day in 1743.
2. Scrabble Day—commemorating a board game loved by children and adults that was invented in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts who was born on this day in 1899.
3. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1965 on a two week run I’m Telling You Now by Freddie and the Dreamers, an English rock band that debuted in 1963 and noted for their on stage antics. Here is a music video of the Freddie and the Dreamers performing I’m Telling You Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8zCEkI7mdU
4. National Peach Cobbler Cheese Day—great desert especially when served with some ice cream.
5. Top of the Morning Nobel Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1939 of Seamus Heaney, a noted Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.
On this day in
a. 1861 Fort Sumter after being bombarded continually since April 12. 1861 surrendered.
b. 1919 noted socialist Eugene V, Debs was imprisoned in a federal penitentiary in Atlanta for two years for speaking out against the draft in World War I.
c. 1943 the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
d. 1953 CIA Director Allen Dulles, in an if you think the NSA eavesdropping program was bad look at this moment, launched the covert mind control program MKULTRA. MKULTRA used numerous methodologies to manipulate people's mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse and well as torture until it was ended in 1973.
e. 1974 Western Union in cooperation with Hughes Aircraft and NASA) launched Westar 1 the first geosynchronous communications satellite.
Lessons on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday that a partisan and dysfunctional Washington, D.C. should learn: “Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson hated each other so much. But that hate that they had for each other did not come before the love of their country.” David Scott, African American Democratic Representative from Georgia
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