1. Good Friday—commemorating the crucifix of Christ.
2.Weed Out Hate Day—hard to find a better way to honor Christ than by removing the weeds of others based on their creed, race, gender or ethnicity; in the same way that weeding a garden enables it to prosper so too does the weeding of hate from a person enables the soul and spirit to flourish.
3. 2001 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 20010, as part of a one week run, Butterfly by Crazy Town, an American rap metal band formed in 1995. Here is a video link to Crazy Town performing Butterfly, which was the band’s most notable hit from a very short list of hits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKzX5zRdsq0
4. National Chocolate Mousse Jelly Day—celebrating a true desert classic.
5. I Could Have Been a Champ—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1924 of one of the greatest champions in acting—Marlin Brando.
On this day in
a. 1860 the Pony Express commenced operations from St. Joseph, Missouri delivering mail to Sacramento, CA in the unheard of time of 10 days. The Pony Express operated for 18 months and was put out of business by the transcontinental telegraph.
b. 1948 President Harry Truman signed legislation creating the Marshall Plan which provided $5 billion ($49 billion in today’s dollars) of aid to 16 countries which aid was credited in preventing Western Europe from falling to the Communists.
c. 1973 Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first hand held mobile phone call to Joel Engels of Bell labs; it would take 10 more years before the DynaTAC 8000X became the first mobile phone to be commercially released with a price tag of $3995, 30 minutes of talk time and the ability to store up to 30 numbers. Amazing how far cell phone technology has advanced since the DynaTAC 8000X was introduced.
d. 1981 the Osborne 1 the first successful portable computer was introduced at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco. It weighed 23.5 pounds with 64 Kbs of memory and was priced at $1795 ($4884 in today’s dollars).
e. 2010 Apple, Inc. released the iPad, a tablet with computing power that makes the Osborne 1 look like someone computing with a hammer and chisel.
Reflections on the Marshall Plan: “If he had listened to some of his advisors and had tried to make the Marshall Plan a political dumping ground for unqualified politicians, it couldn't have been a success.” Paul Hoffman, noted automobile executive who was a director of the Economic Cooperation Administration which administered the Marshall Plan.
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