BEFIT014's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BEFIT014 BEFIT014's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Beach Bound Vacation!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741897 Well, I am packed up & ready to go! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339059028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> EXCEPT, I have to work til 2 <em>39</em> . But, with a little luck, we'll be on the road by 4pm. <BR> <BR> I have a 10 day vacation! <BR> <BR> We're heading for 6 days of <em>67</em> <em>298</em> ! <BR> We are going to the <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2037025284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:33:29 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735562 Jul 9, 1877: <BR> Wimbledon Tournament Begins <BR> <BR> ~~"On July 9, 1877, the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club begins its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon, then an outer-suburb of London. Twenty-one amateurs showed up to compete in the Gentlemen's Singles tournament, the only event at the first Wimbledon. The winner was to take home a 25-guinea trophy. <BR> <BR> Tennis has its origins in a 13th-century French handball game called jeu de paume, or "game of the palm," from... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:52:56 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734792 Jul 8, 1776: <BR> Liberty Bell Tolls To Announce Declaration of Independence <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1776, a 2,000-pound copper-and-tin bell now known as the “Liberty Bell” rings out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Four days earlier, the historic document had been adopted by delegates to the Continental Congress, but the bell did not ring to announce... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:20:44 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733562 Jul 7, 1930: <BR> Building of Hoover Dam Begins <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world. <BR> <BR> Although the dam would take only five years to build, its construction was nearly 30 years in the making. Arthur Powell Davis, an engineer from the Bureau of Reclamation, orig... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:16:08 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732925 Jul 6, 1957: <BR> Althea Gibson Is First African American To Win Wimbledon <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1957, Althea Gibson claims the women's singles tennis title at Wimbledon and becomes the first African American to win a championship at London's All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. <BR> <BR> Gibson was born on August 25, 1927, in Silver, South Carolina, and raised in the Harlem section of New York City. She began playing tennis as a teenager and went on to win the national black wo... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:26:50 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732642 Jul 5, 1946: <BR> Bikini Introduced <BR> <BR> ~~"On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Reard dubbed "bikini," inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week. <BR> <BR> European women first began wearing two-piece bathing suits that consisted of a halt... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:44:26 EST The History Of Independence Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731707 Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and tw... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 04:56:03 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731488 Jul 3, 1863: <BR> Battle of Gettysburg Ends <BR> <BR> ~~"On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's last attempt at breaking the Union line ends in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive battle of the American Civil War to an end. <BR> <BR> In June 1863, following his masterful victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Lee launched his second invasion of the Union in less than a year. He led his 75,000-man Army of Northern Virginia ac... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:48:58 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730834 Jul 2, 1964: <BR> Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House. <BR> <BR> In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African-American civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 20:04:05 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730062 Jul 1, 1997: <BR> Hong Kong Returned to China <BR> <BR> ~~"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. <BR> <BR> In 1839, Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its interference in the country's econom... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 19:44:46 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728819 Jun 30, 1981: <BR> A First-Time Offender Ends Up On The FBI's Ten Most Wanted List <BR> <BR> ~~"Glen Godwin, a young business owner, is convicted of murder in Riverside County, California, and sentenced to 26-years-to-life in prison. According to his roommate's testimony, Godwin stomped on, choked, and then stabbed Kim LeValley, an acquaintance and local drug dealer, 28 times before using homemade explosives to blow up his body in the desert near Palm Springs. Godwin, who had no previous re... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:20:47 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728187 Jun 29, 1995: <BR> U.S. Space Shuttle Docks with Russian Space Station <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. <BR> <BR> This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs was also the 100th human space mission in American history. At the time, Daniel Goldin, chief of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), called it t... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:42:12 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727552 Jun 28, 1953: <BR> Workers Assemble First Corvette In Flint, Michigan <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year. <BR> <BR> The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors' pioneering designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developi... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:20:30 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727251 Jun 27, 1950: <BR> Truman Orders U.S. Forces to Korea <BR> <BR> ~~"On June 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea. The United States was undertaking the major military operation, he explained, to enforce a United Nations resolution calling for an end to hostilities, and to stem the spread of communism in Asia. In addition to ordering U.S. forces ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:44:56 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726116 Jun 26, 1948: <BR> U.S. Begins Berlin Airlift <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1948, U.S. and British pilots begin delivering food and supplies by airplane to Berlin after the city is isolated by a Soviet Union blockade. <BR> <BR> When World War II ended in 1945, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though located within the Soviet zone of occupation, was also split into four sectors, with the Allies taking the western p... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:01:06 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725418 Jun 25, 1876: <BR> Battle of Little Bighorn <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana's Little Bighorn River. <BR> <BR> Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations. In 1875, aft... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:55:23 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724730 Jun 24, 1997: <BR> U.S. Air Force Reports On Roswell <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1997, U.S. Air Force officials release a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier. <BR> <BR> Public interest in Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, began to flourish in the 1940s, when developments in space travel and the dawn of the atomic age caused many Americans to turn their attention to the skies. The town of Ro... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:17:47 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724351 Jun 23, 1992: <BR> Teflon Don Sentenced To Life <BR> <BR> ~~"Mafia boss John Gotti, who was nicknamed the "Teflon Don" after escaping unscathed from several trials during the 1980s, is sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty on 14 accounts of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering. Moments after his sentence was read in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, hundreds of Gotti's supporters stormed the building and overturned and smashed cars before being forced back by police r... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:28:04 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723702 Jun 22, 1944: <BR> FDR Signs G.I. Bill <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill, an unprecedented act of legislation designed to compensate returning members of the armed services--known as G.I.s--for their efforts in World War II. <BR> <BR> As the last of its sweeping New Deal reforms, Roosevelt's administration created the G.I. Bill--officially the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944--hoping to avoid a relapse into the Great Depression ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:30:13 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722643 Jun 21, 1788: <BR> U.S. Constitution Ratified <BR> <BR> ~~"New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land. <BR> <BR> By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention con... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:18:17 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722290 Jun 20, 1975: <BR> Jaws Released <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1975, Jaws, a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977's Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editin... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:17:15 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721544 Jun 19, 1953: <BR> Rosenbergs Executed <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviets, are executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. Both refused to admit any wrongdoing and proclaimed their innocence right up to the time of their deaths, by the electric chair. The Rosenbergs were the first U.S. citizens to be convicted and executed for espionage during peacetime and their case remains contr... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:11:44 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720869 Jun 18, 1923: <BR> Checker Cab Produces First Taxi at Kalamazoo Factory <BR> <BR> ~~"On June 18, 1923, the first Checker Cab rolls off the line at the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. <BR> <BR> Morris Markin, founder of Checker Cab, was born in Smolensk, Russia, and began working when he was only 12 years old. At 19, he immigrated to the United States and moved to Chicago, where two uncles lived. After opening his own tailor's shop, Markin also began running a fle... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:01:15 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720047 Jun 17, 1885: <BR> Statue of Liberty Arrives <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1885, the dismantled State of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The copper and iron statue, which was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland, became known around the world as a... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:05:56 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719401 Jun 16, 1884: <BR> First Roller Coaster In America Opens <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country. <BR> <BR> Coney Island, a name believed to... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:35:59 EST History Of Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718241 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l605287112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States. <BR> <BR> The “Mother’s Day” we celebrate today has its origins in the peace-and-reconciliation campaigns of the post-Civil War era. During the 1... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:38:36 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717893 Jun 14, 1777: <BR> Congress Adopts The Stars and Stripes <BR> <BR> ~~"During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that "the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white" and that "the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." The national flag, which became known as the "Stars and Stripes," was based on the "Grand Union" flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:37:12 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717418 Jun 13, 1966: <BR> The Miranda Rights Are Established <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation. Now considered standard police procedure, "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:00:35 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716742 Jun 12, 1987: <BR> Reagan Challenges Gorbachev <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1987, in one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany. <BR> <BR> In 1945, following Germany's defeat in World War II, the nation's capital, Berlin, was divided into four sections, with the Americans, British and French controlling the western region and the Sov... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:26:16 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715954 Jun 11, 1979: <BR> John Wayne Dies <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1979, John Wayne, an iconic American film actor famous for starring in countless westerns, dies at age 72 after battling cancer for more than a decade. <BR> <BR> The actor was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, and moved as a child to Glendale, California. A football star at Glendale High School, he attended the University of Southern California on a scholarship but dropped out after two years. After find... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:50:31 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715184 Jun 10, 1752: <BR> Franklin Flies Kite During Thunderstorm <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite is struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a number of terms used today,... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:38:15 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714435 Jun 9, 1973: <BR> Secretariat Wins Triple Crown <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1973, Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner since Citation in 1948. Secretariat ran the mile-and-a-half race in 2:24, a world record that many believe will never be broken. <BR> <BR> <BR> Secretariat, the son of Bold Ruler and Somethingroyal, was raised in Doswell, Virginia, at Meadow Stable by owner Penny Tweedy. He won seven of nine races started as a two-year-old and was th... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:08:22 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713257 <em>383</em> 8 June, 2001 <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> Today is my daughter's birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMBER! She is now OFFICIALLY a teeny-bopper <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> &#9834;&#9835;•*¨HAPPY*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸BIRTHDAY TO YOU!.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; &#9829; &#9829; &#9829; &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; &#9834;&#9835;•¸¸&#9829; *•&#9835... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:25:44 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712530 Jun 7, 1913: <BR> First Successful Ascent of Mt. McKinley <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, leads the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet. <BR> <BR> Stuck, an accomplished amateur mountaineer, was born in London in 1863. After moving to the United States, in 1905 he became archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Yukon, Alaska, where he was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alas... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 06:57:34 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712382 Jun 6, 1944: <BR> D-Day <BR> <BR> ~~"Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:13:13 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711041 Jun 5, 1968: <BR> Bobby Kennedy Is Assassinated <BR> <BR> ~~"Senator Robert Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Immediately after he announced to his cheering supporters that the country was ready to end its fractious divisions, Kennedy was shot several times by the 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. He died a day later. <BR> <BR> The summer of 1968 was a tempestuous time in American history. Both the Vietnam War and... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:42:23 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710837 Jun 4, 1942: <BR> Battle of Midway Begins <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway--one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during World War II--begins. During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own, the Yorktown, to the previously invincible Japanese navy. <BR> <BR> In six months of offensives prior to Midway, the Japanese had triumphed in lands... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:53:31 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709857 Jun 3, 1989: <BR> Crackdown At Tiananmen Begins <BR> <BR> ~~"With protests for democratic reforms entering their seventh week, the Chinese government authorizes its soldiers and tanks to reclaim Beijing's Tiananmen Square at all costs. By nightfall on June 4, Chinese troops had forcibly cleared the square, killing hundreds and arresting thousands of demonstrators and suspected dissidents. <BR> <BR> On April 15, the death of Hu Yaobang, a former Communist Party head who supported democratic... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:39:15 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709172 Jun 2, 1935: <BR> Babe Ruth retires <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ends his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. The following year, Ruth, a larger-than-life figure whose name became synonymous with baseball, was one of the first five players inducted into the sport's hall of fame. <BR> <BR> George Herman Ruth was born February 6, 1895, into a poor family in Baltimore. As a chil... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:12:35 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708291 Jun 1, 1980: <BR> CNN Launches <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world's first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN's launch, TV news was dominated by three major ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:51:06 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707285 May 31, 1859: <BR> Big Ben Goes Into Operation In London <BR> <BR> ~~"The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen's Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time on this day in 1859. <BR> <BR> After a fire destroyed much of the Palace of Westminster--the headquarters of the British Parliament--in October 1834, a standout feature of the design for the new palace was a large clock atop a tower. The r... Sat, 31 May 2014 07:31:19 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706543 May 30, 1431: <BR> Joan of Arc Martyred <BR> <BR> ~~"At Rouen in English-controlled Normandy, Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who became the savior of France, is burned at the stake for heresy. <BR> <BR> Joan was born in 1412, the daughter of a tenant farmer at Domremy, on the borders of the duchies of Bar and Lorraine. In 1415, the Hundred Years War between England and France entered a crucial phase when the young King Henry V of England invaded France and won a series of decisive victories... Fri, 30 May 2014 06:43:47 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706270 May 29, 1953: <BR> Hillary and Tenzing Reach Everest Summit <BR> <BR> ~~"At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth. The two, part of a British expedition, made their final assault on the summit after spending a fitful night at 27,900 feet. News of their achievement broke around the world on June 2, the d... Thu, 29 May 2014 19:47:10 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704927 May 28, 1937: <BR> Volkswagen is Founded <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1937, the government of Germany--then under the control of Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party--forms a new state-owned automobile company, then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later that year, it was renamed simply Volkswagenwerk, or "The People's Car Company." <BR> <BR> Originally operated by the German Labor Front, a Nazi organization, Volkswagen was headquartered i... Wed, 28 May 2014 06:35:28 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704505 May 27, 1941: <BR> Bismarck Sunk By Royal Navy <BR> <BR> ~~"On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000. <BR> <BR> On February 14, 1939, the 823-foot Bismarck was launched at Hamburg. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler hoped that the state-of-the-art battleship would herald the rebirth of the German surface battle fleet. However, after the outbreak of war, Britain closely guarded ocean routes from... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:45:15 EST Home Of The Free BECAUSE Of The Brave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703931 MEMORIAL DAY <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2143380991.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in pa... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:47:55 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702942 May 25, 1994: <BR> Pennsylvania Man Buried With His Beloved Corvette <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1994, the ashes of 71-year-old George Swanson are buried (according to Swanson's request) in the driver's seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Hempfield County, Pennsylvania. <BR> <BR> Swanson, a beer distributor and former U.S. Army sergeant during World War II, died the previous March 31 at the age of 71. He had reportedly been planning his automobile burial for some time, buying 12 burial plo... Sun, 25 May 2014 17:47:20 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702322 May 24, 1883: <BR> Brooklyn Bridge Opens <BR> <BR> ~~"After 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Br... Sat, 24 May 2014 19:24:40 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701361 May 23, 1934: <BR> Police Kill Famous Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde <BR> <BR> ~~"On this day in 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana. <BR> <BR> Bonnie Parker met the charismatic Clyde Barrow in Texas when she was 19 years old and her husband (she married when she was 16) was serving time in jail for murder. Shortly after they met, Barrow was imprisoned for robbery. Parker ... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:48:25 EST On This Day In History... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701110 May 22, 1843: <BR> Great Emigration Departs For Oregon <BR> <BR> ~~"A massive wagon train, made up of 1,000 settlers and 1,000 head of cattle, sets off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri. Known as the "Great Emigration," the expedition came two years after the first modest party of settlers made the long, overland journey to Oregon. <BR> <BR> After leaving Independence, the giant wagon train followed the Sante Fe Trail for some 40 miles and then turned northwest to the Platt... Thu, 22 May 2014 23:04:11 EST