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USO Canteen FReeper Style ~ Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Public Law ~ December 7 2002
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MOUNT UP, GIRLS! Bring lots of sunscreen. It looks like a glorious day.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:35:01 AM PST
Map of the Japanese Empire at its height in 1942.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:35:30 AM PST
61ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK: On this Dec. 7, sailors' feat not doubted
Discovery of Japanese sub proved St. Paul crew of the USS Ward hit target
BY BILL GARDNER
On this morning 61 years ago, a group of Navy reservists from St. Paul fired the first American shots of World War II, sinking a Japanese two-man submarine trying to sneak into Pearl Harbor a little more than an hour before the attack.
Yes, the men on the USS Ward not only fired the shots. They sank the sub.
They've been saying that for 61 years, but not everyone believed the Ward actually sank the sub. There was no proof. No one could find the sub on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.
Even Robert Ballard, who found the Titanic in 1985 and John F. Kennedy's PT-109 earlier this year, couldn't find the sub.
Decades passed, and the men from the Ward got older and older. Most have died. Only about 20 of the 82 men are alive. About a half-dozen live in St. Paul.
A little more than three months ago, on Aug. 28, researchers from the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory sent two exploratory subs down 1,200 feet to look at an object that showed up on sonar. They hoped it was the missing Japanese submarine.
"All of a sudden it appeared out of the murky depths just sitting on the sand," said John Wiltshire, associate director of the University of Hawaii laboratory.
News accounts quickly flashed around the world, and the men from the Ward excitedly called one another.
Willett Lehner, who lives in Stevens Point, Wis., recalls getting a call from a former shipmate now living in Florida.
"They found it! They found it! See, we knew we sank it," Lehner recalled hearing over the phone.
Lehner, 82, never had any doubts. The Ward was patrolling the entrance to Pearl Harbor the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when the destroyer's crew spotted the sub, one of five headed toward the harbor shortly before the attack by Japanese planes that left 2,390 people dead and 1,178 wounded.
The Japanese sub was at the surface when the Ward fired two shots, the first missing but the second striking the sub's conning tower. "I saw it when it got hit, and I saw it when it was going down, and I was sure we had sunk it," Lehner said.
After the war ended, the men from the reserve unit formed the First Shot Naval Vets club in St. Paul in 1947 and have met regularly over the years. They helped get the gun from the Ward brought to St. Paul in 1958, where it now sits on the state Capitol grounds next to the Veterans Service Building.
Every year, the men gather at the gun on Dec. 7, and they'll do so again at a ceremony this morning.
Proud of firing the first shots, the men also wanted credit for sinking the sub. They were delighted when it was found. The sub has shell damage in its conning tower and still has both of its torpedoes.
"We'd been telling them that for 60 years, and now they know it," said Orville Ethier of St. Paul, president of the First Shot Naval Vets.
Lehner traveled to Hawaii two years ago to help Ballard find the sub. Ballard searched for two weeks, and Lehner was on the ship every day.
"The thing is, he didn't want to take anyone else's advice," Lehner said of the legendary shipwreck finder. "I thought we were out too far. I kept telling him we need to move over toward the entrance to the channel. And he'd say, 'Oh, no, I know where it is.' "
Over the years, Lehner had encountered many doubters. "Yeah, yeah, yeah, you think you sunk it,'' Lehner said people would say. "I said, 'I know we sunk it.' "
It didn't help that Ballard couldn't find it. "I think Ballard thought that when he didn't find it that we didn't sink it," Lehner said.
Wiltshire said the Japanese sub is the most important modern marine archaeological treasure ever found in the Pacific Ocean and, overall, second only to the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean.
The precise location of the sub has not been released, and there are no plans to raise it, Wiltshire said. The U.S. government has indicated it would like to have the site become a marine sanctuary.
"The federal government wants to protect it where it is," Wiltshire said.
Inside the sub are likely the first casualties of Pearl Harbor.
The Discovery Channel is working on a documentary about the sub and took Lehner down to look at it in October in one of the research laboratory subs.
"I think this is very, very significant for the crew of the Ward because this validates the very accurate information they transmitted to headquarters an hour before the attack began," Wiltshire said. "It's unfortunate that the Ward's report was not heeded.''
More than one hour before the 8 a.m. attack on Pearl Harbor, the commander of the Ward sent this message to headquarters in Honolulu:
"We have attacked, fired upon and dropped depth charges upon submarine operating in defensive sea area."
It was a warning that could have changed history.
"They were absolutely right," Wiltshire said. "They sounded the warning and no one listened."
Bill Gardner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (651) 228-5461.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:43:17 AM PST
To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; everyone
Good morning, hope you have a wonderful day
posted on 12/07/2002 8:44:49 AM PST
On This Day In History
Birthdates which occurred on December 07:
0967 Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair Persian mystic
1542 Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (1560-1587)
1557 Girolamo Trombeti composer
1598 Giovanni Bernini Italy, baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy)
1604 Ambrosius Reiner composer
1637 Barnardo Pasquini composer
1648 Giovanni Maria Capelli composer
1731 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron French interpreter
1751 Jurrian F de Frederici Governorernor-General (Suriname)
1754 Jack Jouett American patriot
1761 Madame [Marie Grosholtz] Tussaud created wax museum
1772 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz composer
1801 Johann Nepomuk Nestroy Austrian actor (Judith und Holofernes)
1808 Hugh McCulloch US Secretary of Treasury
1810 Theodor Schwann German co-originator of cell theory
1823 Leopold Kronecker German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker)
1830 Luigi Cremona Italian mathematician/minister of Education
1835 Dom Joseph Pothier French monk/musicologist
1839 Redvers H Buller English general/large landowner: Natal
1840 Hermann Goetz composer
1842 Otto Ammon German anthropologist/sociologist (schedelmetingen)
1847 James Deacon White Canton NY, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi)
1847 Solomon Schechter US Talmudic scholar/Jewish leader
1857 Nicola van Westerhout composer
1862 Paul Adam French writer (La Bataille d'Uhde)
1863 John Ebenezer West composer
1863 Pietro Mascagni Italian composer/fascist (Cavalleria Rusticana)
1863 Svetolik Rankovic Serbian writer (Forest King)
1872 Johan Huizinga Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens)
1873 Willa Cather US, author (My Antonia)
1876 Ludwig Schiedermair German musicologist (Beethoven-Archiv)
1878 Akiko Yosano Japan, poet (Tangled Hair)
1879 Rudolf Friml Czechoslovakian/US composer (Bohemian suite)
1882 Warren Bardsley cricketer (great New South Wales & Aussie opening bat 1909-26)
1887 Ernst Toch Vienna Austria, composer (Melodie Lehre)
1888 Joyce Cary Anglo-Irish (male) writer (House of Children)
1888 Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun 1st president of American Newspaper Guild
1888 Hamilton Fish US congress leader/isolationist
1889 Heathcote Dicken Statham composer
1889 Honoré-Gabriel Marcel French philosopher/playwright
1891 Fay Bainter Los Angeles CA, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair)
1892 Nora Nicholson Leamington England, actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow)
1894 Stuart Davis US painter
1895 Jack Pennick Portland OR, actor (Lady From Louisiana)
1896 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater composer
19-- Reed St Mark rock drummer (Mind Funk-Sugar Ain't So Swedenet, Fire)
1901 A F [Tony] Pugsley British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944))
1902 J G Navle cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper)
1905 Gerard Kuiper Dutch/US astronomer (discovered moons of Uranus, Neptune)
1906 George Richard James saxophonist
1908 Jacques Gans Dutch author/journalist
1908 John H Doeg tennis champion (US Open-1930)
1909 Jacob Kainen artist/curator
1910 Edmundo Ros English orchestra leader
1910 Richard Franko Goldman composer
1910 Rod Cameron Calgary Alberta, actor (City Detective, State Trooper)
1912 Louis Prima New Orleans LA, singer (That Old Black Magic)
1912 Rod Cameron Calgary Alberta, actor (Kansas, Evel Knievel, Oh Susanna, Stampede)
1912 Daniel Jones composer
1914 Winston Place cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948)
1915 Eli Wallach Brooklyn NY, actor (Magnificent 7, Misfits, People Next Door)
1915 Brackett Hamilton Leigh [Douglass] US, sci-fi author (Ginger Star)
1917 Helen Gurley Brown editor-in-chief (Cosmopolitan)
1918 Jorunn Vidar composer
1919 Ellen Stewart actress/founder (La Mama Theatre Group)
1921 Arne Dorumsgaard composer
1923 Ted Knight Terryville CT, (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort)
1924 Mário Soares (Socialist), premier of Portugal (1976-78, 1983- )
1926 Victor Kermit Kiam II CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)
1926 Wolfgang Ludewig composer
1927 Vlastimir Pericic composer
1928 Noam Chomsky linguist (founded transformational grammar)
1928 Raymond Henry Charles Warren composer
1930 Richard Felciano composer
1932 Ellen Burstyn Detroit MI, actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here)
1932 Geoff Lawson Australian cricket player
1932 Gerard van den Berg Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son)
1935 Jean-Claude Casadesus composer
1936 Martha Layne Collins Baghdad KY, (Governor-D-KY)
1937 Thad Cochran (Senator-R-MS)
1940 Mike Minor San Francisco CA, actor (Steve-Petticoat Junction, All My Children)
1940 Kumar Shahani writer/director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan)
1942 Harry Chapin New York NY, folk/rock singer/songwriter (Taxi, Cat's in the Craddle)
1942 Jonathan D Kramer composer
1947 Johnny Bench baseball catcher (Reds)
1947 Vincent Baggetta Paterson NJ, actor (Lou-Chicago Story)
1947 Mino Reitano Italian entertainer
1947 Peter de Jong Dutch actor (Maxi-Mini & Maxi)
1948 Yoko Morishita prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki)
1948 Gary Morris Fort Worth TX, singer/actor (Les Misèrables, Colbys)
1949 Tom Waits California, rocker/song writer (Blue Valentine)
1951 Henk Temming Dutch vocalist/keyboardist (Good Cause)
1953 Bertin Osborne Italian entertainer
1954 Gianfranco Jannuzzo Italian entertainer
1954 Julie Halston actress (Juror, Drunks, Addams Family Values)
1954 Mike Nolan rocker
1955 Priscilla Barnes Fort Dix NJ, actress (License to Kill, Three's Company)
1956 Larry Bird hoop star (Boston Celtics)
1957 Geoff "Henry" Lawson cricketer (Australian fast bowler 1980-89)
1957 Rohan Jayasekera cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1982)
1958 Edd Hall TV announcer (Jay Leno's Tonight Show)
1959 Salim Yousuf cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
1961 Mary Beth Evans Pasadena CA, actress (Katherine Ashton-General Hospital)
1962 Grecia Colmenares Italian entertainer
1963 Barbara Weathers vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
1963 Kristi Albers El Paso TX, LPGA golfer (1993 Sprint Classic)
1964 Duncan Miller rocker (Blue Mercedes-Rich & Famous)
1964 Mike Nolan rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
1964 Peter Laviolette Norwood MA, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)
1965 Peter Draisaitl Karvina Czechoslovakia, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
1966 C Thomas Howell Los Angeles CA, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man)
1967 Tino Martinez Tampa FL, 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, New York Yankees)
1967 Vaclav Chalupa Czechoslovakia, rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989)
1968 Cammy Myler Plattsburgh NY, luger (Olympics-1994)
1968 Keith Goganious NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1968 Melissa Iverson Anoka MN, rower (Olympics-96)
1968 Ricky Ervins NFL running back (San Francisco 49ers)
1968 Tom Myslinski NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers)
1969 Sabine Hack West Germany, tennis star
1970 Courtney Browne cricketer (West Indies Test wicket-keeper 1995)
1970 Ed Robinson WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1970 Rob Olson Victoria British Columbia, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Newlands Open)
1971 Ben Atkins New York NY, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
1971 Mauricio Hadad Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)
1972 Bobby Schoonens soccer player (RKC)
1972 Clay Shiver corner (Dallas Cowboys)
1972 Jordi Buritlo Spain, tennis star
1972 Kevin Dogins corner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1972 Sunny [Tamara Fytch] WWF model
1973 Mark Hartsell WLAF QB (Scotland Claymores)
1973 Rea Marie Bavilla Miss USA-Alaska (1997)
1973 Terrell Owens wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
1974 Alex Radutescu Romania, tennis star
1974 Annette Salmeen 200 meter butterfly/800 meter freestyle relay (Olympics-96)
1975 Nikola Wapzarow writer
1977 Fernando Vargas Oxnard CA, welterweight boxer (Olympics-96)
1977 Francesca Lubiani Bologna Italy, tennis star (Futures-Amadora-POR)
Deaths which occurred on December 07:
0983 Otto II the Red German king/emperor (973-83), dies at about 28
1254 Innocent IV [Sinibaldo dei Fieschi] Pope (1243-54), dies
1383 Wenceslaus duke of Brabant, dies
1811 Ignaz Spangler composer, dies at 54
1815 Michel Ney French marshal (Waterloo), murdered at 46
1817 William Bligh British naval officer of "Bounty" fame dies in London at 63
1823 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke composer, dies at 79
1826 John Flaxman English sculptor (tombs at St Paul's Cathedral), dies at 71
1829 Johann Christoph Kienlen composer, dies at 45
1834 Ludwig Schuncke composer, dies at 23
1839 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek composer, dies at 69
1841 Johann Daniel Ferstenberg composer, dies at 83
1860 Constantine S Aksakov Russian historian/poet, dies at 43
1862 Sylvester Churchill US Union Brigadier-General, dies
1867 Rudolf Viole composer, dies at 42
1881 Julius FA Bahnsen German philosopher (Tragic as Weltgesetz), dies at 51
1894 Ferdinand de Lesseps French engineer/diplomat/earl, dies at 89
1899 Antoni Katski composer, dies at 82
1902 Thomas Nast political cartoonist, dies
1912 George Darwin theorized Moon was pulled out of Pacific Ocean, dies
1917 Leon Minkus composer, dies at 91
1938 Harry Moses cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies
1941 Cecil Forsyth composer, dies at 71
1941 Iida Japanese pilot/lieutenant, dies in battle at 28
1943 John Bouber [Blom] actor/author (Bluejackets), dies at 22
1948 Godfrey Turner composer, dies at 35
1962 Kirsten Flagstead Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
1967 House Peters silent film actor (Kansas Territory), dies at 87
1969 Eric Portman actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
1969 Hugh Williams actor (Human Monster), dies after surgery at 65
1970 Rube Goldberg US cartoonist (Mike & Ike, Pulitzer 1948), dies at 87
1971 Milton Rosmer director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90
1972 Adrian J Zoetmulder author (God's Hour), dies at 91
1975 Hardie Albright actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), dies at 71
1975 Thornton N Wilder US writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78
1977 Paul Gibb cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
1979 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin 1st woman full professor at Harvard University, dies
1979 Prince Chahryar Shafik Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
1979 Mari Andriessen sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
1979 Nicolas Born writer, dies at 41
1980 Darby Crash rocker, dies at 22
1982 Charlie Brooks Jr convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville TX
1983 Edgar Graham member of Northern Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
1984 Jeanne Cagney actress (Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), dies at 65
1985 Potter Stewart 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in New Hampshire at 70
1985 Robert Graves English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
1988 Andrei P Ershov Russian computer pioneer, dies
1988 Christopher Connelly actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
1988 Peter Langan Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
1990 Delecta "Dee" Clark US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52
1990 Horst Bienek writer, dies at 60
1990 Joan Bennett US actress (House Across the Bay), dies at 80
1992 Maurice Coutinho writer/translator (Silent Struggle), dies at 79
1992 Ruth Corbett Thom dies after long illness at 78
1992 Vincent Gardenia actor (Moonstruck, LA Law), dies at 71
1993 Félix Houphouet-Boigny President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88
1993 Janet Margolin actress (David & Lisa), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
1994 Elga Andersen German/French model/actress (Global Affair), dies at 58
1995 Larry Bartlett photographer, dies at 42
1995 Tom Burns editor, dies at 89
1996 Eugene Izzi mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
1996 Jose Donoso writer, dies at 72
On this day...
0036 -BC- Earliest known Mayan inscription, Stela 2 at Chiapa de Corzo
0043 -BC- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman writer, gets his head & right hand chopped off by Mark Antony's soldiers
0185 Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52?)
0283 St Eutychian ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1354 Margaretha van Bavarian's son earl Willem V signs peace treaty
1646 Princess Louise Henriette (19) marries monarch Frederik Henry
1741 Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia
1783 Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London
1783 William Pitt Jr (24) becomes British premier
1787 Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
1808 James Madison elected US President,George Clinton Vice-President
1835 German railway Neurenberg-Fürth opens
1836 Martin Van Buren elected 8th President
1842 New York Philharmonic's 1st concert
1862 Battle of Hartsville TN
1862 Battle of Prairie Grove AR
1864 Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia
1868 Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin MO, kills 1
1872 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½-year world oceanographic cruise
1875 Natives Sons of the West organized
1876 New York Mutuals & Philadelphia A's expelled from National League for not completing schedule
1877 Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
1885 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
1889 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London
1891 52nd Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session
1895 Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies
1907 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
1909 Leo Baekeland, Yonkers NY, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
1911 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in New York NY
1911 National Hockey Association forms with New Westminister, Vancouver & Victoria
1912 Bust of Queen Nefertete found in El-Amarna, Egypt
1916 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H H Asquith as British PM
1916 British government of David Lloyd George forms
1917 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
1920 New South Wales make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81
1920 USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany
1921 KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions
1924 German election (Social Democrats win/Nazis & Communists lose)
1925 Biltmore Theater opens at 261 W 47th St NYC
1925 Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue" premieres in New York NY
1926 Gas refrigerator patented
1929 Bradman scores 124 for Woodfull's XI against Ryder's XI 166 minutes
1929 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament
1930 13th PGA Championship: Tommy Armour at Fresh Meadows CC Flushing
1931 Bradman scores 219 New South Wales vs South Africa, 234 minutes, 15 fours
1932 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross the Atlantic arrives in New York
1934 Wiley Post discovers the jet stream
1935 CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Ham Tigers, 18-12 at Hamilton
1937 Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work
1937 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams
1937 Russian chess player Aljechin recaptures world title from Max Euwe
1938 W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of the St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio
1938 Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns" premieres in New York NY
1939 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1939 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland
1940 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
1940 North Africa: British counter offensive under General O'Connor
1941 Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)
1941 1st Japanese submarine sunk by a US ship (USS Ward)
1941 Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
1941 Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu
1941 German siege of Tobruk after 8 months ends
1941 Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
1943 Cairo: President Roosevelt travels back to the US
1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago
1944 General Radescu forms Romanian government
1945 Microwave oven patented
1946 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
1949 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
1949 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan
1952 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Springs-Pueblo CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
1953 Israel's PM Ben-Gureon retires
1953 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte NC (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 Japanese government of Joshida resigns
1954 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1955 Clement Attlee resigns as chairman of England's Labour Party
1956 Helen O'Connell joins the Today Show panel
1957 Tony Kubek of the Yankees selected as American League Rookie of the Year
1958 Rómulo Bétancourt elected President of Venezuela
1959 "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
1960 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
1962 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
1964 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs
1965 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of the 2 churches in 1054
1967 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 performances
1967 Otis Rescue records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
1968 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2 launched into Earth orbit
1968 Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather borrowed in 1823 to the University of Cincinatti; the $22,646 fine went unpaid
1968 M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923
1970 Taizan Maezumi Roshi, head of Los Angeles Zen Center, receives dharma
1970 West Germany & Poland normalize relations
1971 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
1971 "Wild & Wonderful" opens/closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
1972 Philippine 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant
1972 Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission (last of Apollo Moon series), launched
1973 Wings release "Band on the Run"
1973 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
1973 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers
1975 10th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 3-0 vs Sabres
1975 Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
1975 Indonesian army occupies East Timor
1975 Pat Bradley wins Colgate-Far East Ladies Tournament Golf Tournament
1976 UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for 2nd 5 year term
1977 Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0
1978 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick
1981 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
1982 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
1983 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
1983 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (vs West Indies Adelaide)
1985 Atlantis returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
1985 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
1986 Juli Inkster/Tom Purtzer win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1986 President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haïti
1987 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)
1987 Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in the US for a summit meeting
1987 Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
1988 Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
1988 Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall Street crowds upon arrival in NYC
1988 New York Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach
1988 Yasser Arafat recognizes existence of Israel
1988 Earthquake in Armenia - 6.9 on the Richter scale (>100,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)
1988 Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract
1989 C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in New York NY
1990 Iraqi parliament endorses Saddam's decision to free hostages
1990 Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement
1991 A J Kitt, US, wins World Skiing Cup
1992 Galileo spacecraft passes North Pole of Moon (Peary Crater)
1993 South African transitional executive council set up
1993 Henri Konan Bédié names himself President of Ivory coast
1993 Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery
1994 5th Billboard Music Awards
1994 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide
1995 NBA settles strike of referees, referees to return on December 12
1995 US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter
1996 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands
1997 Amy Fruhwirth & Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic
Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"
Cuba : Day of National Mourning
Delaware : Ratification Day (1787)
Ivory Coast : National Day (1960)
US : Pearl Harbor Day (1941)
Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran : Memorial of St Ambrose, governor/bishop of Milan
Roman Catholic : Commemoration of St Mary Josepha Rossello, foundress
0374 Early Church Father, Ambrose, 34, was consecrated Bishop of Milan, Italy. His influential works on theology and ethics made Ambrose (along with Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great) one of the "four doctors" of the Western (Latin) Church.
0430 At the Synod of Rome, Cyril of Alexandria, 54, formally condemned the doctrine of the Antiochene monk Nestorius, who had claimed that there were two separate Persons in the Incarnate Christ (one Divine, the other Human).
1661 Under pressure from the British Parliament, the American Colony of Massachusetts suspended its Corporal Punishment Act of 1656, which had imposed harsh penalties on Quakers and other religious Nonconformists.
1965 The Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches formally reconciled themselves by reversing a mutual excommunication of each other, dating back (over 900 years!) to July 1054.
1973 In Atlanta, the Presbyterian Church in America formally instituted its missionary organization, PCA Mission to the World. It was an outgrowth of the newly established denomination.
Thought for the day :
" Whatever advice you give, be brief. "
posted on 12/07/2002 8:49:43 AM PST
A trio of recruits run the rugged obstacle course at Camp Lejeune while training to become fighting Leathernecks in the U.S. Marine Corps.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:01:22 AM PST
To: Kathy in Alaska
Good picture. Thanks for all you do all the USO Canteen Kathy.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:03:01 AM PST
We have taken a moment or two for prayer here. Thanks for the reminder.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:04:30 AM PST
To: tomkow6; All
Good morning tomkow6. What no humor today or did I miss it? I'm off to work got to go show a house. Back later.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:06:40 AM PST
Dousing the flames on the USS West Virginia which survived and was rebuilt.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:14:48 AM PST
opps! Thought I forgot something..........Thanks for the reminder!
posted on 12/07/2002 9:17:00 AM PST
To: LindaSOG; radu; Radix; bentfeather; LaDivaLoca; Kathy in Alaska; WVNan; SassyMom; kneezles; ...
Today's FEEBLE attempt at humor:
A priest and pastor from the local parishes
are standing by the side of the road holding
up a sign that reads, "The End is Near! Turn
yourself around now before it's too late!"
They planned to hold up the sign to each
"Leave us alone you religious nuts!" yelled
the first driver as he sped by.
From around the curve they heard screeching
tires and a big splash.
"Do you think," said one clergy to the other,
"we should just put up a sign that says
'Bridge Out' instead?"
posted on 12/07/2002 9:18:44 AM PST
To: LindaSOG; radu; Radix; bentfeather; LaDivaLoca; Kathy in Alaska; WVNan; SassyMom; kneezles; ...
Norfolk, Va. (Dec. 5, 2002) -- Friends and families wave farewell to their Sailors and Marines as the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs its homeport on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Danny Ewing Jr.
Aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 5, 2002 -- Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Heather Barcus bids farewell to friends and family of Sailors and Marines beginning their deployment aboard Harry S. Truman. The Truman is on her second scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.
Aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 5, 2002 -- The Harry S. Truman Color Guard posts the colors as the Navys newest aircraft carrier pulls away from her homeport at Naval Station, Norfolk on her regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Andrea Decanini.
Aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 5, 2002 -- A lone Sailor mans the rails of the Navys newest aircraft carrier as she pulls away to begin her scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Harry S. Truman is scheduled to relieve USS George Washington (CVN 73), whose return date has not yet been determined. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Carl E. Gibson.
Norfolk, Va., (Dec. 5, 2002) -- Friends and families give a farewell to their Sailors and Marines aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) as she gets underway with the Harry S. Truman Battle Group on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg
posted on 12/07/2002 9:19:37 AM PST
A group of American soldiers check on antique English guns on sale during a bazaar Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The antique guns being sold by the Afghans in the first ever bazaar inside the base sells for US $150. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
Two U.S. soldiers bargain for the price of an antique English gun on sale during a bazaar Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan
A girl dressed in new clothes rides a little corrousel in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, during the second day of Eid celebration. Eid marks the end of Ramadan holy month and is celebrated for three days with praying and games in the streets. (AP Photo/Tomas Munita)
.S. Army Major Mark Cipiel, left, of Saratoga, New York listens to Afghans thru an interpreter, right, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 in Hayan Garan village in Afghanistan as he tours villages assessing their status. Afghans have been returning to their homes with a feeling of security as the U.S . miltary stepped up its humanitarian aid and reconstruction projects in an effort which officials deny is 'nation building' but rather, designed to give ligitimacy to the Afghan government. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
U.S. Army Capt. Steven Janko from Honolulu, Hawaii distributes notebooks and other school supplies to Afghan kids Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 in Hayan Garan village in Afghanistan
U.S. Army soldiers stand outside the Salang tunnel as they make an assessment of its condition Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 in Salang, Afghanistan
posted on 12/07/2002 9:43:33 AM PST
Sgt. Ruben Herrera, 28, from Pomona, Calif., left, stands in line with other U.S. Army soldiers for dinner at Camp New York in the Kuwaiti desert Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002. Army and Marines have been conducting military excercises in preparation for possible military action in Iraq.(AP Photo/John Moore)
Two U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicles take battle positions between dunes of the desert during live-fire excercises18 miles, 30 kilometers from the Iraqi border at Udeira Range, Kuwait, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002.(AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari)
A U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicle and a M1A1 Abrams tank drive through the desert during live-fire excercises 18 miles, 30 kilometers from the Iraqi border at Udeira Range, Kuwait, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002.(AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari)
U.S. Army Abrams tanks attached to a combat engineer company line up to test their weapons December 7, 2002 in the northern Kuwait desert. There are some 12,000 U.S. troops in Kuwait for training, many within just 5 kilometres of the Iraqi border. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
A U.S. Army combat engineer keeps watch from an armoured vehicle as his company takes part in a minefield clearing exercise, December 7, 2002 in the northern Kuwait desert. There are some 12,000 U.S. troops in Kuwait for training, many within just 5 kilometres of the Iraqi border. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
The crew of a U.S. Army Abrams tank attached to a combat engineer company watches a live fire exercise, December 7, 2002 in the northern Kuwait desert.
An Abrams tank attached to U.S. Army combat engineers appears in the rear view mirror of a Humvee all terrain vehicle December 7, 2002 in the northern Kuwait desert.
U.S. Army combat engineer Specialist Travis Sutton, of North Carolina, monitors radio traffic as his company takes part in a minefield clearing exercise December 7, 2002 in the northern Kuwait desert
U.S. Army Specialist Anthony Rivera of Washington, D.C. shaves on his Bradley armoured vehicle before heading to a minefield clearing exercise December 7, 2002 in the northern Kuwait desert.
U.S. Army combat engineers take part in a minefield clearing exercise December 7, 2002 in the northern Kuwait desert.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:44:04 AM PST
US Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrol near a hospital as villagers line up for treatment in the village of Manda Base on the Kenyan Coast, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 where Marines and Keyans troops are holding the military exercise called Operation Edged Mallet Friday, Dec. 6, 2002. The US Marines are also going around villages giving medical treatment. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
A U.S. Marine helicopter flies off the deck of the USS Austin on Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, which is circling in the Indian Ocean while supporting Marines taking part in Operation Edged Mallet an annual U.S.-Kenyan joint excercise that is being held on Kenya's coast. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
US Marine, Capt. Michael Rainwater, from Atlanta Georgia, of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, shakes hands with a Kenyan baby in a village in Manda Base on the Kenyan coast where Marines and Keyans are holding the military exercise called Operation Edged Mallet Friday, Dec. 6, 2002
US Marine, Capt. Michael Rainwater, from Atlanta Georgia, of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, shakes hands with a Kenyan baby in a village in Manda Base on the Kenyan coast where Marines and Keyans are holding the military exercise called Operation Edged Mallet Friday, Dec. 6, 2002.
A US Marine of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, sits of a military vehicle as he patrols near a hospital as villagers line up for treatment in the village of Manda Base on the Kenyan Coast, where Marines and Keyans are holding the military exercise called Operation Edged Mallet Friday, Dec. 6, 2002.
US Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrol an area as villagers make their way to hospital for treatment in the village of Manda Base on the Kenyan coast, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002. The troops and units of the Kenyan Department of Defense commenced Operation Edged Mallet in the coastal regions of Kenya
posted on 12/07/2002 9:44:26 AM PST
To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; larryjohnson; bentfeather; SpookBrat; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet; redhead; ...
Good Morning Troops, families, veterans, and Canadian and Israeli allies (and everybody else). Thank you for taking such good care of the USA.
Today in Anchorage, Alaska:
Actual yesterday in Anchorage:
State Hi 50F Port Alsworth
State Lo -18F Nuiqsut
Last California weather report: Cloudy, mid 60s
To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; bentfeather; redhead; WVNan; southerngrit; BeforeISleep; TEXOKIE; ...
Bless This House,
hummed along with this morning, twice because I love this song for our USO Canteen, and Prayer of Protection
said for all who enter the USO Canteen Freeper Style, including our troops, our veterans, their families and our allies. Welcome to all who come to honor our troops, for whom this USO Canteen was created.
A PRAYER OF PROTECTION
The light of God surround you
The love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you
Wherever you are, God is,
And all is well.
Wherever you are, God is, And all is well.
Medal of Honor
AUSTIN, OSCAR P. *
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, (Rein), FMF
Place and date: West of Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam. 23 February 1969
Entered service at: Phoenix, Arizona
Born: 15 January 1948, Nacogdoches, Texas
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant machine gunner with Company E, in connection with operations against enemy forces. During the early morning hours Pfc. Austin's observation post was subjected to a fierce ground attack by a large North Vietnamese Army force supported by a heavy volume of hand grenades, satchel charges, and small arms fire. Observing that 1 of his wounded companions had fallen unconscious in a position dangerously exposed to the hostile fire, Pfc. Austin unhesitatingly left the relative security of his fighting hole and, with complete disregard for his safety, raced across the fire-swept terrain to assist the marine to a covered location. As he neared the casualty, he observed an enemy grenade land nearby and, reacting instantly, leaped between the injured marine and the lethal object, absorbing the effects of its detonation. As he ignored his painful injuries and turned to examine the wounded man, he saw a North Vietnamese Army soldier aiming a weapon at his unconscious companion. With full knowledge of the probable consequences and thinking only to protect the marine, Pfc. Austin resolutely threw himself between the casualty and the hostile soldier, and, in doing, was mortally wounded. Pfc. Austin's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:56:13 AM PST
"December 7th, 1941 ~~ September 11, 2001
Two dates that link two American Centuries."
Thank you, leadpenny, for the Remembrance Bump.
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