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This Day in History – July 27th – Hijinx, Humor, and Insight

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NewsWhistle is pleased to feature Gary Jenneke’s “This Day In History” column.

You can read the original at Gary’s THIS DAY IN HISTORY blog — or scroll down to enjoy Gary’s unique look at life’s comings and goings.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY… JULY 27

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1816 – Battle of Negro Fort.

This little known event took place in Spanish Florida, just across the state line from Georgia. Escaped slaves and Native Americans had combined to form a thriving community of about a thousand inhabitants. They were co-led by an escaped slave, Garcon, and an unnamed Choctaw chief. The mere existence of this agriculture community made the politicians in Washington nervous, especially since they were well armed. The arms had been left over by the British during the War of 1812. This haven for escaped slaves was a threat to the then-American way of life, despite it being on foreign soil. Future president Gen. Andrew Jackson was one who viewed it with alarm. He declared it should be destroyed and the stolen Negroes returned to their rightful owners.

At the time, struggles for independence were going on throughout Latin America. There had been a successful slave rebellion in Haiti, and Mexico and the Caribbean were following Simon Bolivar’s example in South America. Instead of being supportive, these struggles caused political anxiety in America. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams said, “Ours was a War of freemen, for political Independence—This is a War of Slaves against their masters—It has all the horrors and all the atrocities of a servile War.”

Instead of leading an invading army into a foreign land, Jackson used the pretense of mapping a supply route, and then self defense, claiming the fort fired on them. Over in minutes, it wasn’t much of a battle. A lucky cannon shot struck the magazine inside the fort causing a tremendous explosion killing one third of its inhabitants. The rest were either brutally murdered or returned to slavery.

I wonder if those inside the fort were yelling “Go back where you came from,” and “clean up your own corrupt government.”

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1953 – Korean Armistice signed.

The agreement ended military action between the forces of the United Nations and the forces of North Korea and China. It is not a peace treaty and the Korean War has never officially ended. The armistice document was signed only by military personnel; no nations were signees. Signing for the U.N. was U.S. Lt. General William Harrison, Jr. and for North Korea and China, North Korean General Nam II. An uneasy military truce has existed for the past sixty-six years.

Half-baked as they might be, I usually have a solution for just about everything. Not this one, however.

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1986 – 73rd Tour de France won by American Greg LeMond. – Magnifique

2003 – 90th Tour de France won by American Lance Armstrong. Later disqualified. – Tricheur

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Birthdays:

1898 – Queen Mother Moore.

Audrey Moore was an African-American long-time civil rights activist. Her grandmother was born a slave and her grandfather was lynched. Born in Louisiana, Moore moved to Harlem and became involved in Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association. Friends with black leaders from the time of Marcus Garvey to that of Jesse Jackson, Moore spent her life fighting for civil rights. She was honored with the title “Queen Mother” in 1972 in Ghana while attending the funeral of President Nkrumah. In 1995, two years before her death at age 98, Moore made her last public appearance at the Million Man March in Washington. 

Moore was an early proponent of reparations for the descendants of slaves. From the African American Intellectual History Society: “Key to Moore’s vision was that repayment should come in the form of wholesale economic advancement for African Americans rather than the US government doling out ‘a few thousand dollars for one group’ to control. She argued that calls for freedom and justice were ’empty slogans’ without forcing America to reckon with its racist past through reparations.”

It’s hard to reckon with our racist past when we’re still dealing with current racism, and if certain leaders hold sway, a racist future.

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1922 – Norman Lear.

Writer, producer and political activist. He wrote and produced many successful TV sitcoms, the best known being “All In The Family” and “Sanford and Son.” The characters of Archie and Edith of the former series were loosely based on his own parents, except he made them white Protestants instead of Jewish.

Lear served in the Army Air Force during WWII and survived fifty-two bombing missions over Europe in a B-17 Flying Fortress. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles where he was a door-to-door salesman before  managing to sell some comedy sketches to Martin and Lewis for the Colgate Comedy Hour. From that point on, his career flourished until he became one of the more successful producers on television. Lear was also active politically, founding People For the American Way, which opposed religion in politics. He must have been somewhat successful for he made Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List” and conservative evangelist, Jerry Falwell named him “Number one enemy of the American family.” He also started a nonprofit organization that encouraged and assisted 18 to 29 year olds to register and vote. In 2017 Lear was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor. Along with the other honorees he was invited to a White House reception and then, as custom, the president was to be seated with the honorees at the ceremony. It promised to be an interesting evening, because Lear is an outspoken critic of the president. However, Lear turned down the reception invitation and Trump did not attend the ceremony.

I admire Norman Lear; however, I was never a fan of “All In The Family.” Too much yelling.

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1944 – Bobbie Gentry.

Singer, songwriter and producer. Gentry had a massive hit in the late 60s with “Ode to Billie Joe.” As a performer, she remained active in the music business until 1981 when she retired. She then completely retired from the scene. Gentry lives in a gated community outside Memphis and has not done an interview in over thirty years.

Two schools of thought. One, take the money and run. Why not? Or, if you have a gift, how can you suppress that creativity?

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ABOUT GARY JENNEKE

At various junctures of his life, Gary has been an indifferent grade school student, poor high school student, good Navy radioman, one-time hippie, passable college student, inveterate traveler, dedicated writer, miscast accountant (except for one interesting stint at a Communist café), part-time screenwriting teacher, semi-proud veteran, unsuccessful retiree and new blogger.

You can reach him at gary@newswhistle.com.

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CREDITS

The above information was sourced from the following sites and newspapers.

Sources:

OnThisDay.com

DODLive.mil

SplinterNews.com

BlackPast.org

AAIHS.org

Wikipedia.org

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We’d also like to thank the following photographers and videographers for the use of their images:

* Lead-In Image (“All In The Family” Admission Ticket) – Bart Sherkow / Shutterstock.com – “LOS ANGELES – September 21, 1971: Ticket to “All in the Family” TV taping.”

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* Queen Mother Moore (video) – AfroMarxist / YouTube.com

* Norman Lear (video) – TED / YouTube.com

* Bobbie Gentry (video) – bensisko16 / YouTube.com

* Outro (Man-In-Museum Cartoon) – SkyPics Studio / Shutterstock.com

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OTHER DAYS IN HISTORY …

December 2

* December 5

* December 9

December 11

December 12

* December 15

December 16

December 18 

December 22

December 23

December 24

December 28

* December 30

* January 3

January 4

January 6

January 7

January 10

* January 11

* January 14

January 15

January 16

January 19

January 21

January 22

January 24

January 25

January 29

January 30

February 1

February 3 

February 5

February 6

* February 9

* February 10

* February 11

February 14

February 15

February 18

February 20

February 21

February 24

February 25

February 28

March 2

March 3

March 6

March 9

March 10

March 12

* March 14

March 16

March 17

March 19

March 20

March 21

March 23

March 26

March 27

March 29

March 31

April 2

April 3

April 6

April 7

April 11

* April 12

April 13

April 18

April 19

April 22

April 23

April 25

April 28

April 29

May 2

May 3

* May 4

May 6

May 8

May 9

May 10

May 13

* May 17

May 18

May 19

May 23

* May 24

May 26

* May 28

May 29

June 1

June 2

June 3

June 8

June 9

June 10

June 15

June 17

June 18

June 19

June 21

June 23

June 24

June 28

June 29

June 30

July 2

* July 3

July 6

July 12

July 13

July 15

July 18

July 19

July 22

July 23

* July 25

July 30

July 31

* August 3

August 7

August 10

August 11

August 16

August 17

August 21

August 24

August 25

* August 28

August 31

September 2

September 5

September 6

September 8

September 11

September 12

September 15

September 16 

September 17

September 21

September 23

September 24

September 25

September 28

September 30

October 1

October 3

October 7

October 10

October 12

October 14

* October 16

October 18

October 24

October 25

October 27

October 28

October 30

November 3

* November 4

November 5

November 8

November 9

November 10

November 13

November 14

November 16

* November 17

November 19

November 20

November 23

November 28

November 30

* Stay tuned for more!

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