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A year ago today was “Bloody Friday” when we saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices…what a difference 365 days can make!  Ok, not that much of a difference, we’re still in the crapper!!  But really, one day out of one year can make a difference.

It got me to thinking!  Danger Will Robinson!!

I thought I’d check the day out throughout history and see what else happend on this day.

Stick with me here, there’s a point!

In 1628, the Siege of La Rochelle, which had lasted for 14 months, (if you have seen the Three Musketeers movie, the battle was one of the scenes) ended when the Huguenots surrendered.  This was a blow for religious freedom in Europe.

Harvard was founded in 1636 making it the oldest college in the United States.  It started as a religiously based school…hmmmmm.

President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in 1886, you know, back when the French at least “pretended” to like us.

From the “here we go again” category, Black Monday on Wall Street, the crash of 1929 and the beginning of the Great Depression.

1936, FDR rededicates the Statue of Liberty, just in case you missed it the first time, and BTW, the French were still friendly.  They didn’t get mad at us until we saved thier butts back in the big WWII thing.

In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khruschev announced that they were removing the missile bases from Cuba.  And we believed him!

In 1968, President Nixon and other US officials denied any involvement in the bombing of North Vietnam, and we believed them!

Oh yes, Michael Jackson’ new movie comes out today….wait a minute…isn’t he dead?

Speaking of the dead, in 1917, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, one of Queen Victoria’s sons-in-law, died.  I’m guessing it was while trying to fill out the “full name required” box at the emergency room.

The world was blessed with Edith Head, one of the greatest costume designers of all time, in 1891.  We would be with out the role model for the nasty-ugly lady assistant to Dr. Evil in all those Austin Powers movies – and we wouldn’t have the super hero costume designer in  The Incredibles, a movie all guys secretly love, had she not been born.  And we’d be missing some really great costumes!

Bill Gates, who would bring us Microsoft, came along in 1955 and Jamie Gertz of “Still Standing”, a hilarious TV sitcom,  came along in 1965.  And where would we be with out Justin Guarini who was born in 1978?  I’m guessin’  far more musically advanced than we are now!

This date marks the refusal of Greece to submit to Italy and the Axis Powers in 1940.  They call it Ohi Day, which is loosely translated as “Buzz off you Bunch of Bullies”, or some such thing.

The Peruvians celebrate The Lord of Miracles today, and the Catholic Church has several saints honored this day; St. Easdin, St. Fidelis of Como (Perry’s grandfather?), St. Faro (the patron Saint of Vegas?), St. Godwin, St. Job of Pochayiv, St. Jude, who must have had a “rap sheet” since he as two aliases – St. Thaddaues or St. James.  What was he doin’ fencing the bread and wine?  And then there’s the feast of St. Simon the Zealot, or Simon Zealotes as the Bible calls him.

So, all in all, it’s a pretty interesting day, just like most days are in history if you dig deep enough. 

Oh, yes, and one more thing…Charles Marvin Brads was born on this day in 1921…

Dad on his Grandmother Brads' Lap

Happy Birthday, Dad, thanks for making a difference in my life, I love you!

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