Remembering D-Day

My son and I were blessed to have visited Pointe du Hoc about six years ago. One just doesn’t realize the difficulties the soldiers faced that day with weather and terrain working against them. Amazing seeing this even decades after the actual event.

William Frederick Cody – Rest In Peace!

January 10, 2017 presented us with an interesting anniversary – William Frederick Cody died on that date in Denver, Colorado one hundred years ago. Oh, by the way William Frederick Cody was better known as Buffalo Bill.

During his active life, Buffalo Bill had been the Chief of Scouts of the Seventh Kansas Cavalry, served as a guide for both the army and the Pacific Railroad and was legendary for his buffalo hunting in the prairies of the American West. It is easy to understand how he eventually came to be known as Buffalo Bill. More people probably know him for his Wild West Show which traveled all over the world.

Today, we can visit both his tomb and a museum named after him and said to be one of the most viewed museums in the United States. When we say he traveled the world, he ventured far from his country’s shores to Europe on many occasions. Buffalo and his group would travel by train to reach their destinations and set up his shows in huge, open places where he could reenact famous battles like the Battle of Little Big Horn. The Wild West Show camped in some open fields in Rome in March 3, 1890 situated in close proximity to the Vatican. Wild Bill was not a Catholic but did send a request to Pope Leo XIII for an audience which was rejected as his group was just too large Later, however, accommodations were made and Buffalo Bill and some of his companions were permitted to be there from the Pope’s entrance into the Sistine Chapel. To this day, you can see some of the memorabilia in the Denver Museum given to Buffalo Bill by the Pope.

Many years later, on January 9, 19l7, Buffalo Bill was near death and even though he had been a Mason all his life, he asked to be baptized a Catholic. His request was honored and he died the very next day.

Now that leads one to wonder if his brief meeting with Pope Leo XIII was a turning point for Buffalo Bill spiritually or did God, as usual, work in mysterious ways.

October 27th – Who Was Where Then?

History that happen on October 27th long before the year 2015! I always like to see where we have been in comparison to where we are today. Only a few of the many events that happened over the years on this day. Everyone has their interests and these are a few that caught my attention. Personally, I hate to think about what the world a century from now will think about all the events that happened this October, 2015.

1553 – Michael Servetus, who discovered the pulmonary circulation of the blood, is burned for heresy in Switzerland.
1775 – King George III speaks to parliament on American rebellion
1791 – President George Washington sends Congress the results of the first United States census, exclusive of South Carolina which had not yet submitted its findings.
1806 – Emperor Napoleon enters Berlin.
1864 – Battle of Hatcher’s Run (Civil War)
1873 – Joseph Glidden applies for a patent on his barbed wire design
1891 – D. B. Downing, inventor, is awarded a patent for the street mail box.
1904 – New York City subway opens
1927 – Fox Movie-tone news, the first sound news film, is released.
1940 – De Gaulle sets up the Empire Defense Council
1940 – Mafia boss, John Gotti born.
1941 – In a broadcast to the nation, President Franklin Roosevelt declares: “America has been attacked, the shooting has started.” He does not ask for full-scale war at that point.
1962 – The United States and Soviet Union step back from the brink of Nuclear war.
1970 – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber release Jesus Christ Superstar
1994 – United State Prison population exceeds one million.
2004 – Red Sox win first championship since 1918

What Happened Today?