Tuesday, April 12, 2011

FDR couldn't even walk 3 steps

April 12
Many things happened on this day that I think were of note. For starters, FDR died in 1945. Interestingly enough he died while on vacation with his mistress. Some say he died while having sex. Yeah buddy! He beat Hitler to the grave, but he certainly died a happier man! I'm not the biggest FDR fan, the whole marrying your cousin thing, having Huey Long killed (look him up if you don't know who he is), and putting our country into its current financial debt, are all reasons I don't worship this guy. Oh, but he pulled us out of the depression, some might say. FTS. WWII pulled us out of the depression. He created the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped build dams (great for fish and surrounding ecosystems!), and trails. Mixed results there. As much as Hoover was the right guy, wrong time, I feel FDR was just in the right place and the right time. He let Stalin push him around at Yalta, thus drawing the "iron curtain" over Europe.
Next we have the first man in space in 1961 when Russian Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth for 89 mins and returned safely. Now this was a brave man. Somehow, despite shotty Soviet engineering he was able to board a rocket, enter orbit and return safely. Hard to believe we as humans were to walk on the moon only 8 years later. Or did we?
In 1633 Galileo was convicted of heresy by Pope Urban VIII. He argued that the Earth was not the center of the universe. For this he was put under house arrest for the remainder of his life and was banned from teaching his theories. It took the Catholic church 300 years to reverse their decision and say the Earth is not the center of the universe. Did you know the Pope can talk to god?

On this day in 1954 Bill Haley and the Comets recorded "Rock around the Clock". Many believe this to be the first Rock and Roll song. More saxamaphone! This song got a revival in the 70's as the theme for "Happy Days".

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