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November 28th, 2008 fri.
November 28th, 2008

Happy day after Thanksgiving.

Question: Who was Haddon Sundblom and why was he important to Christmas?

Yesterday’s Question answered below: Were the Puritans and Pilgrims the same?
History for 11/28/2008
Birthdays: Jean Baptiste Lully, William Blake, Frederich Engels, Stefan Zweig, Ernst Roehm, Brooks Atkinson, Berry Gordy the founder of Motown Records, Randy Newman, Anton Rubinstein, Gary Hart, Vern Den Herder, Paul Warfield, Hope Lange, Ed Harris is 58, Paul Schaefer, Laura Antonelli, Joe Dante, Michael Ritchie, Anna Nicole-Smith, Judd Nelson, John Stewart is 46

885 A.D. Viking Ragnar Lothbrocks, or Ragnar Hairy-Legs, raided Paris. The Parisians under Duke Bernard put up a stout resistance from the city walls until French King Charles the Fat sent help.

1493- Christopher Columbus returned to San Salvador to discover his first colony La Natividad wiped out and burned.

1520- Having recovered and refitted from navigating the Straights of Magellan around the tip of South America, Fernan Magellan began his trip across the Pacific.

1812- THE CROSSING OF THE BEREZINA RIVER- Napoleon' army on it's frozen Retreat from Moscow had to get across two rickety spans over an ice swollen river while Russian troops fire down on them from all sides. Napoleon said to his chief of staff Berthier” Well, how do we get out of this?” The bridges broke down frequently and the span of a wooden board was the difference between life and death.

1815- After Waterloo and a prisoner on the island of St. Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte for the first time put away his uniform and appeared in civilian clothes. It was his tacit admission that after more than twenty-five years at war his career was now indeed over.

1870- Painter Jean Bazille was shot and killed while serving in the French Army fighting the Prussians. He was only 29. He had been one of the leaders of the new Impressionists painters. Had he lived he might have produced many masterpieces and would’ve been as famous as Degas, Monet or Cezanne.

1905- The Sinn Fein political party founded in Dublin by Arthur Griffiths. Sinn Fein –pronounced “shinn-fain”is gaelic for “We ourselves alone”. Griffiths signed the Anglo-Irish treaty with Michael Collins the IRA chief. The subsequent outcry over giving up the six counties of Ulster hounded him into an early grave, Griffiths died of a heart attack and Collins was assassinated.

1911- The Chevrolet Automobile Company founded by the brothers Chevrolet.

1919- Lady Astor became the first woman elected to the British Parliament. She was the political as well as verbal nemesis of Winston Churchill who said "Mr. Churchill, if I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee!" To which Churchill replied:" Madame if I were your husband I would drink it !"

1922- The first Skywriting display. Former RAF pilot Cyril Turner wrote HELLO USA , CALL VANDERBILT 7-200 in the skies above New York City. 47,000 immediately telephoned the number.

1925- First radio broadcast from the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville.

1947- Disney's cartoon "Chip and Dale".

1948- Hopalong Cassidy premiered on television.

1953- Frank Olson, a US government employee, jumped out a window of the New York Statler Hotel. In 1975 it was revealed Olson was given LSD by Dr Sidney Gottleib given as part of a government “mind-control” experiment. It was thought that LSD was a means to expand brain capacity.

1953- Cartoonist writer Milt Gross died.

1981 - Moviestar Natalie Wood drunkenly toppled off her yacht near Catalina Island and drowned. Her husband Robert Wagner friend Christopher Walken, were onboard having an argument and unaware of her predicament.

1994 –At the Columbia Penitentiary in Portage Wisconsin, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was beaten to death with a broomstick by inmate Christopher Scarver while cleaning the prison bathroom. Scarver told prosecutors God told him to.
Yesterday’s Question answered below: Were the Puritans and Pilgrims the same?

Answer: Despite all the black hats and silver buckle shoes, they were different Protestant sects. The Pilgrims were a separatist congregation that’s leaders were executed when they refused to conform to Church of England’s Act of Uniformity. They left Britain to live in Holland, then sailed to the New World in 1620. They founded Plymouth, Mass.

The Puritan movement in England was a much larger, older congregationalist movement that demanded the Reformed English Church be more in line with the main Calvinist movements in Europe. A group of them sailed to New England in 1630 and founded Boston. But many more stayed in England and fought the English Civil War. In 1691 The Crown ordered both Pilgrim and Puritan colonies consolidated into one under Royal authority.

The Puritans were famous for outlawing theater, makeup, music and other "frivolities". America is still struggling with it's Puritan past, that waters our beer and makes a story like Janet Jackson's exposed breast bigger news than war or economic collapse.

Mark Twain defined a Puritan as " Someone who cannot rest, because he has the nagging suspicion that somewhere, someone is having a good time..."
H.L. Mencken described a Puritan as " living in a house with six Bibles and no corkscrew."