On This Day…

On This Day…


Welcome to your weekend. We are glad you are here.
After a week that can sometimes feel long and stressful, we like to start Saturday with a lighter approach. It’s a “scroll down memory lane.” A way to simply look back at events that have happened on this day in history before you head out on this new day to make history of your own.

So, grab your favorite mornin’ sippin drink and let’s scroll!

Today is Saturday, April 9th, the 99th day of the year.  There are 266 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered, ending the Civil War.  Lee was facing certain defeat with supplies running low and desertions rampant.  By the time he surrendered his 28-thousand troops, Union soldiers led by Ulysses S. Grant had the confederates surrounded. 

In 1881 famed outlaw Billy the Kid was convicted of murder for the killing of a New Mexico sheriff.  The trial lasted one day and Kid was sentenced to hang.  Kid managed to escape, but was shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett a short time later.

In 1940 Germany invaded Norway.  The attack was a surprise to the neutral country and its British defenders.  The invasion put several key strategic points under Nazi control.

In 1942 the largest contingency of U.S. soldiers ever to surrender were taken captive by the Japanese.  About 66-thousand Americans and 12-thousand Filipinos became prisoners of war.  They were led on a 55-mile walk that would become known as the Bataan Death March.  Thousands died of starvation, illness or at the hands of their captors.

In 1947 the town of Woodward, Oklahoma was nearly wiped off the map by a massive tornado.  More than 100 people died in that town alone. 

In 1959, America’s first astronauts were introduced to the American people.  The seven men were military test pilots chosen by NASA to take part in the agency’s first manned space flights. 

In 1981 the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS George Washington accidentally collided with the Japanese cargo ship Nissho Maru, sinking it.

In 2005 Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles.  The wedding came eight years after the death of Princess Diana.

In 2017, a United Airlines flight in Chicago was overbooked and a passenger was forcibly removed.  The footage of the event went viral on Twitter.

And that brings us here to this day.
So whatever plans you have today, here’s hoping there are moments along the way of your 4.9.2022 to record in your own personal history books.

Thanks for stopping by!


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