Thursday, September 23, 2010

Today is Thursday September 23 2010
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Checkers Day

Checkers Day, also known as Dogs in Politics Day, may not be what you think. If you're a history buff you may know its origins otherwise you will likely learn something new.
On September 23, 1952, Richard Nixon--then candidate for Vice President--gave a speech to address speculation that he was using campaign contributions for personal use. He assured the public that he did not use any of the funds for personal use then went on to say that his daughters received a dog as a gift. They named the dog "Checkers" and the speech became known as the "Checkers" speech. 
In honor of this day, challenge a friend to a game of checkers. Happy Checkers Day!
Today is also Bisexuality Day & Sukkot
September is National Piano Month & National Organic Harvest Month
This week is National Singles Week

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On this day in History:

1779 - John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying "I have not yet begun to fight!"

1845 - The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America.

1952 - The first Pay Television sporting event took place. The Marciano-Walcott fight was seen in 49 theaters in 31 cities.

1962 - New York's Philharmonic Hall opened. It was the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The hall was later renamed the Avery Fisher Hall.

1962 - "The Jetsons" premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color.

1969 - It was reported by "The London Daily Mirror" that Paul McCartney was dead. It was the first time the rumor was printed.

Quote of the Day:
"Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one's own way to the highest, to one's own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one's ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication."

--Algernon Black

1 comment:

  1. Checkers day. WOW! I didn't know about the Nixon speech.