Friday, October 23, 2015

A Day of GREAT Historic Significance

Just fooling around on the Web and decided to check "On This Date" lists. On This Day led it off with what would be, if real, the single most important date in World History...

4004 BC - Creation of the world begins according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher
Ussher can be laughed at, but in his day it took a great deal of scholarship and research in many areas to be able to do what he did. That doesn't mean it's for real. Many of the "young earth creationists" may cite his work to prove their stance, but it goes against all science to see it the way Ussher did.

In a bit of historic irony, also on this date:
1977 - Paleontologist Elso Barghoorn announces that 34-billion-year-old one-celled fossils, the earliest life forms, had been discovered
Had to smile at that!

In the history of more recent events, I would be remiss if I didn't mention this one. This IS an historic date in American professional sports, and for many of us, something akin to a day of religious significance:
1921 - Green Bay Packers play 1st NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis
Then there are those of us who lived through Watergate and the shenanigans of our then President, Richard Nixon. If Ussher and the Packers' events are beginnings, this was the beginning of the end:
1973 - Nixon agrees to turn over White House tape recordings to Judge Sirica
One of the great works of the musical stage started on this date:
1991 - "Les Miserables" opens at Mogador Theatre, Paris

And in other news of the past:
1956 - Hungarian citizens began an uprising against Soviet occupation. On November 4, 1956 Soviet forces enter Hungary and eventually suppress the uprising.

1956 - NBC broadcasted the first videotape recording. The tape of Jonathan Winters was seen coast to coast in the U.S.

1958 - Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He was forced to refuse the honor due to negative Soviet reaction. Pasternak won the award for writing "Dr. Zhivago".
This post is a public service for the historic and 
educational growth of all my readers.

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