“Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts. . .”
~~Sgt. Joe Friday (you think that’s a coincidence? )
It turns out that January 27 is a very interesting and event-filled day in world history. I came across a few of these facts, which are quite fabulous, all things considered! Enjoy!
A tragedy that I remember well occurred this day in 1967 at Cape Kennedy, Florida – an event known as “The failure of imagination.” Three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 ( Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee ) die while still on the launch pad as they are practicing for a two-week mission in space. The following is a clip from the miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” which gives a dramatic telling of the events of that awful day in history.
Coincidentally, on that very same day, another space-related event took place: The Outer Space Treaty which banned the placing of nuclear weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction in orbit of Earth is signed by 60 countries of the world including the two most important superpowers at the time The Soviet Union and The United States Of America who both had large Space Exploration programs and Large Nuclear programs. This was an important treaty because if any country was to place Nuclear Weapons or other Weapons of Mass Destruction in Orbit no country in the world would be safe.
On this day in 1984, some of you might remember hearing of this news: Michael Jackson receives serious burns to his head after his hair caught fire while singing his hit “Billie Jean” for a Pepsi Cola commercial in Los Angeles when the special effects went wrong. ”Went wrong” is an understatement, don’t you think?
All of my British Gentle Readers can claim boasting rights, or can hang their heads in shame – depending on your disposition toward television: John Logie Baird, gives the first public demonstration of a television system in London. The BBC started the first public broadcasts in London in 1936. Regular television broadcasts began in the United States in 1939. (Us Yanks like to say that we were waiting to see if it was just a fad.)
This day in 1944 marked the end of one of the most horrific periods of World War II: After 872 days of the siege of Leningrad by German forces allowing no food or medical supplies to enter which caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Russian lives, The Siege was finally broken.
One year to the day after the end of The Siege, in 1945: The Red Army liberates the Nazi’s biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland. During the concentration camps existence it is believed up to 1 million Jews were murdered ,75,000 Poles, 21,000 Gypsies, and 15,000 Soviet POWs.
January 27, 1951 changed the history of the world forever: The US government detonates the first of a series of nuclear bombs at its new Nevada test site. The end of the beginning, and the beginning of our end?
I will close today’s list of facts with less of a “downer.” Today would have been the 70th birthday of folk singer Kate Wolf. Born this day in 1942, she died on December 20, 1986, just short of her 45th birthday, after a long battle with leukemia. Another great singer gone too soon. Enjoy this YouTube video of her singing one of her great songs: ”Eyes of a Painter”
Kate Wolf was one of the generation of late 60′s Folk Singers who made not only an impact on the Folk Singing scene in the seventies and early eighties but has influenced many singers since. Some of her other songs are “Back Roads,” “Lines on the Paper,” “Safe at Anchor,” “Close to You,” and “Poets Heart.”
Have a wonderful day and a great weekend, my Gentle Readers. I wish you all enough. . .