a Motto

Ama Nesciri

Love to be unknown, and to be valued as nothing. This will be more beneficial and useful than to be praised by other people.

-Thomas à Kempis.

 

57Weeks pOdcast – Episode #004 – Retirement (which for me is TODAY), Book Review, AND Giving what is not asked for.

Main topic: Thoughts on “Retirement” on the very day I retired as a High School History Teacher. Also a book review of Eichmann Before Jerusalem; and a short discussion of the day Jesus’ apostles gave a man the healing he needed rather than the money he asked for.

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Historical Events for 1st July 2022

1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies 1816 – French frigate Medusa wrecked; basis of Géricault’s painting “Raft of the Medusa” 1850 – At least 626 ships lie at anchor around San Francisco Bay 1916 – First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its … Continue reading “Historical Events for 1st July 2022”

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Last Ford Thunderbird produced

The last Thunderbird, Ford Motor Company’s iconic sports car, emerges from a Ford factory in Wixom, Michigan on July 1, 2005. Ford began its development of the Thunderbird in the years following World War II, during which American servicemen had the opportunity to observe sleek European sports cars. General Motors built the first American sports … Continue reading “Last Ford Thunderbird produced”

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The Battle of Gettysburg begins

One of the largest military conflicts in North American history begins on July 1, 1863, when Union and Confederate forces collide at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The epic battle lasted three days and resulted in a retreat to Virginia by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Two months prior to Gettysburg, Lee had dealt a stunning … Continue reading “The Battle of Gettysburg begins”

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“Mr. X” article on Soviet Union appears in Foreign Affairs

State Department official George Kennan, using the pseudonym “Mr. X,” publishes an article entitled “The Sources of Soviet Conduct” in the July edition of Foreign Affairs. The article focused on Kennan’s call for a policy of containment toward the Soviet Union and established the foundation for much of America’s early Cold War foreign policy. In … Continue reading ““Mr. X” article on Soviet Union appears in Foreign Affairs”

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Kobe Bryant accuser goes to police

A female employee at a Colorado resort goes to police to file sexual misconduct charges against basketball star Kobe Bryant on July 1, 2003. A few days later, an arrest warrant was issued for Bryant, and the ensuing case generated a media frenzy. On the night of June 30, 2003, Bryant checked into the Lodge … Continue reading “Kobe Bryant accuser goes to police”

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PG-13 rating debuts

On July 1, 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which oversees the voluntary rating system for movies, introduces a new rating, PG-13. The initial rating categories were G (appropriate for all ages), M (for mature audiences, but all ages admitted), R (persons under 16 not admitted without an accompanying adult) and X (no … Continue reading “PG-13 rating debuts”

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The first Sony Walkman goes on sale

The transistor radio was a technological marvel that put music literally into consumers’ hands in the mid-1950s. It was cheap, it was reliable and it was portable, but it could never even approximate the sound quality of a record being played on a home stereo. It was, however, the only technology available to on-the-go music … Continue reading “The first Sony Walkman goes on sale”

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Hong Kong returned to China

At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. A few thousand Hong Kongers protested the turnover, which was otherwise celebratory and peaceful. In 1839, Britain … Continue reading “Hong Kong returned to China”

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Canada Day

The autonomous Dominion of Canada, a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec, is officially recognized by Great Britain with the passage of the British North America Act. July 1 will later become known as Canada Day. During the 19th century, colonial dependence gave way to increasing autonomy … Continue reading “Canada Day”

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The Battle of San Juan Hill

As part of their campaign to capture Spanish-held Santiago de Cuba on the southern coast of Cuba, the U.S. Army Fifth Corps engages Spanish forces at El Caney and San Juan Hill. In May 1898, one month after the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, a Spanish fleet docked in the Santiago de Cuba harbor after … Continue reading “The Battle of San Juan Hill”

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