Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot poster.jpgOn Valentines Day in 1929 a horrific gangland massacre happened in Chicago. This infamous act on a cold morning would go down in history as The St. Valentines Day Massacre. The victims of the massacre were members of Bugs Moran’s Irish north side gang. The men who killed them were members of Al Capone’s Italian south side gang. All of this was presented in the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot. When two traveling musicians accidentally find themselves witnessing the massacre they make a run for it in an all girls band. Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe this is one classic that is a must see.

In the beginning of the movie we are introduced to Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon). The two of them have careers as traveling musicians throughout Chicago. One night when they stumble upon one of the most infamous massacres in gangland history they make a run for it. After hearing about an all girls band looking for two women who play the same instruments they do, they decide to join. Dressing up in drag they are able to fool the band’s leader Sweet Sue and the lead singer Sugar Kane (Monroe). Going with the names Josephine and Daphne, they find themselves in Florida where there is a millionaire who takes a liking to Daphne, who is really Jerry, by taking her out on a date. While Joe is with Sugar on his yacht. All of their plan starts to unravel when the gangsters who Joe and Jerry witnessed kill the members of the gang show up at the hotel. Doing their best to hide from them, their disguises are quickly recognized. Knowing that they have to flee they take advantage of the millionaire who has a thing for Daphne/Jerry. But, will Joe be able to leave Sugar behind?

Some Like It Hot is quite the comedy. Using cutaway gags and a story line that still makes us laugh, this classic is one to stay. Some Like It Hot is a 1959 classic that is sure to keep generations laughing for generations to come.

Four Chaplains Day

I didn’t know about this holiday until today. Four Chaplains Day honors the day of four brave men who gave their lives aboard the S.S. Dorchester in World War II when it was sunk by a German U-boat. On February 3, 1943: Reverend George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Catholic Priest John P. Washington, and Reverend Clark V. Poling all gave their lives for the men who they served alongside on the Dorchester. Each man gave their life jacket when the jackets ran out, each one said a prayer as they realized their fate was sealed on February 3, 1943. They stood in prayer and song as they died together.

The Day the Music Died


Many of us have hear the phrase “the day the music died” from the popular song “American Pie” by Don McLean. February 3, 1959 is the day that is known the music died because of a plane crash in Iowa. Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and J.P “The Big Bopper” Richardson all had their lives cut short when the plane went down. Many people have heard their music through songs that have inspired many musical artists today. Their music is still heard by many people today who are unaware that the artist they are listening to lost their life in a horrific crash. February 3, 1959 is forever known as “The Day the Music Died.”

The Challenger Disaster

Front row from left are Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, and Ronald E. McNair. Back row from left are Ellison Onizuka, school teacher Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik

Thirty years ago today the space shuttle called the Challenger exploded. Many people had tuned into watch the ship take off due to Christa McAuliffe being the first teacher and civilian in space. Seventy three seconds after take off there was an explosion causing the space shuttle to be destroyed causing all seven crew members to be killed. All seven of the crew left behind family and friends who asked themselves what went wrong. Lives cut short hoping to lead the world into the future of science with what they hoped to discover.

Four Freedoms

Famous "Four Freedoms" poster by Norman Rockwell that was widely circulated during World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a memorable speech on this day. In 1941, he reminded everyone about the four freedoms everyone should be allowed to have. All of them are freedoms that are taken for granted on a daily basis. Several countries do not have these freedoms because of the laws of their countries. Freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear, and freedom of speech are the freedoms that he heavily expresses in his speech.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President and was in office March 4, 1933-April 12, 1945.: Everyone has a right to let their voice be heard. Everyone has the right to worship the way they want regardless of creed. No one deserves to live in fear or suffer from want. Franklin D. Roosevelt reminded us of those four freedoms that Americans are lucky to have today. Yet, even seventy-five years later several people around the world do not have the four freedoms due to their countries law.

The Christmas Truce of 1914

Soldiers from both sides exchange cheerful conversationWhoever said miracles don’t happen on Christmas needs to hear this story. During the cold winter in France during World War I there was a ceasefire between German and British forces. Soldiers from each side came out and spread the cheer of Christmas with food, drink, and even traded prisoners of war. This was quite remarkable to me. Imagine fighting a war and putting everything aside to celebrate with the enemy. The Christmas truce of 1914 is remembered for two sides celebrating the holiday season.

Santa’s Reindeer

Christmas sky.: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen are the names of Santa’s original reindeer. The animals who pull Santa’s sleigh from house to house across the world delivering presents. The names were given to them by Clement Clarke Moore in his poem a “Visit from St. Nicholas.” Today this poem is known as “The Night Before Christmas.” This is the way it was from the time the poem was published in the year 1823 to 1939 when Rudolph made his debut.

Vintage Greeting Card Christmas Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer RLM Snowman 1950s: Robert L. May wrote Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in a verse for the Montgomery Ward department store chain. Sold as a book to children, Rudolph became a Christmas classic for all to enjoy across America. We all know what the story is about. An ostracized reindeer due to his red nose leads to him saving the day when a terrible fog affects Santa’s site for delivering presents. Rudolph leads Santa’s sleigh saving Christmas for all to enjoy.

1883 St Nicholas Magazine When I was a small child in the early sixties, we used to have "St. Nicholas Day". All it was was that our parents would leave one toy on our living room mantel and say that St. Nicholas stopped by. I think it was in early December.Ah, memories.: Santa’s reindeer came from poems. Although, a century apart, the reindeer have made their mark on Christmas. Clement Clarke Moore and Robert L. May created popular Christmas characters for all to enjoy. The legend of the reindeer lives on all do the words children enjoy.


Santa Claus

Vintage Greeting Card Christmas Santa Claus Sleigh Cheerio! v197: Right now children around the world are preparing for the annual visit from Santa Claus. The jolly elf who dresses in a red suit and deliver presents to children on Christmas Eve. There are many different origins from where Santa Claus came from. Such as Germanic paganism with the god Odin. Today many people believe the origin of Santa Claus to be Saint Nicholas. The man who is believed to have partaken in secret gift giving. Commonly, called Saint Nick due to the poem “The Night Before Christmas,” the tradition of Santa Clause started long ago.

Do you know the names of Santa around the World? Before he was checking his list twice deciding who was good and bad. Santa Claus made his debut on Christmas Eve in the poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas.” Written by a pastor who was ashamed of what would people would think of the poem, Clement Clarke Moore published it anonymous. Little did he know that this poem would go on to be a hit with the children.

Soon children every where started preparing for a visit from Saint Nicholas. Children already had an image in their mind of what Saint Nicholas looked like because of an illustration that went along with the poem. Clement Moore’s poem would become known as “The Night Before Christams.”As time went on the name St. Nicholas went out and Santa Claus came in taking the name from the Dutch character.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Postcard: There was Santa Claus around in many different religions and practices before Clement Moore’s poem became published. But, what made him popular for Christmas Eve was a poem. Santa Claus is a legend that will live on for future generations to enjoy.

The Battle of the Bulge

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Today 70 years ago the Battle of the Bulge took place. This is a battle that is well known. However, some people do not know the significance of this historic battle. After the Allies, had invaded Europe, Adolf Hitler launched a major offensive against them. The Americans were moving close to Berlin with impressive speed and Hitler need to stop them.

In the forest of the Ardennes forest of Belgium, this battle began. The Allies were pushed back with many casualties. This battle was a sneak attack because the Germans were able to sneak in undetected. Dressed in Allied army uniforms, some German soldiers were able to obtain information beforehand. This gave the Germans valuable information. During the battle some of them were caught, admitting their goal was to kill the generals. This lead to their being mistrust among the soldiers. This battle would rage on until General Patten came with his troops to stop the Nazis.

The Battle of the Bulge would last longer than a month. Hitler’s Nazis were able to pull of the surprise of the war. The Allies were able to pursue and accomplish winning the war. The Battle of the Bulge cost the lives of 89.500 Americans and 1,408 Britons.