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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Monday, May 23, 2016

MORE Chronicled on This Day...

Today's History Lesson continues...

This Day in History: May 23

Revisiting this day in 1788 took us back to our poignant states' history when South Carolina became the 8th state to ratify the US Constitution. Ready for a snack presented foodie fun in celebration of National Taffy Day featuring The Candy You 'Pull', this was followed by 'Heads up' for Lucky Penny Day. Then, a look into the legendary Outlawed Duo, Bonnie & Clyde, reflected on a life of crime and passion that ended violently.

And, those are not all of the events chronicled on this day...
1785 Bifocals are invented.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_BordenOn May 23, Borden pitched a two-hit 8–0 shutout victory against the Cincinnati Reds. Various historians claim that this performance was, instead, the first no-hitter thrown in the NL, thus the first in major league history.

1900 First African-American received the U.S. Medal of Honor. Sergeant William Carney of New Bedford, MA, became the first African American awarded the Medal of Honor for "most distinguished gallantry in action" during the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863. After being shot in the thigh, Carney crawled uphill on his knees, bearing the Union flag and urging his troops to follow.

1924 Rayon

http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2014/02/nylonsooh-la-la.html1934 Nylon In 1935, DuPont patented the new fiber known as nylon. Know as the miracle fiber, nylon was introduced to the world in 1938. Without the invention of the polymer, nylon, the nylon stockings worn today would be non-existent. Leggings, stockings and socks from the middle ages would be the leg coverings of the day. Legs, showing their shapeliness, would be totally unheard of. Nylons...ooh la la!

1985 Mother Teresa Mother Teresa received her last major award when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by United States President Ronald Reagan, who described Mother Teresa as; "a heroine of our times". Despite the fact that this award was traditionally given to US citizens, President Reagan explained that "the goodness in some hearts transcends all national boundaries". As for Frank Sinatra, no references are found as to why he received the medal, apart from the fact of his being a Hollywood friend of Ronald Reagan. It is known, however, besides being an entertainment legend and icon, Sinatra was a wonderful humanitarian.
“I've been thinking about why you have to get famous to get an award for helping other people...If your name is John Doe, and you work night and day doing things for your helpless neighbors, what you get for your effort is tired. So, Mr. and Mrs. Doe, and all of you who give of yourselves, to those who carry too big a burden to make it on their own, I want you to reach out and take your share of this...Because if I have earned it, so too have you.” Frank Sinatra, while accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal, bestowed by an act of U.S. Congress—the highest civilian award of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."