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This Day in History – September 11th

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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… SEPTEMBER 11

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Today, I’ve decided to focus on some lesser known events rather than one of the most horrendous days in American history.

For those who wish to read a 9/11 memorial piece by NewsWhistle, feel free to visit here.

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1850 – Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, gives first U.S. concert.

From LostMuseum.CUNY.edu: “In September 1850, P. T. Barnum embarked on a nationwide tour with a Swedish opera singer that would bring him a vast fortune and create a new cultural phenomenon: the celebrity. Barnum succeeded in building such great public anticipation about the “Swedish Nightingale” that 40,000 people showed up to greet the arrival of her ship in New York harbor.” In addition to the concerts Barnum also promoted Jenny Lind brands of clothes, furniture, and pianos. The Jenny Lind phenomenon made him a lot of money.

“Mad Men” couldn’t hold a candle to P.T. Barnum. He was marketing genius. I mean, 40,000 for an opera singer? And whoever came up with the moniker “Swedish Nightingale” gets some major marketing points also.

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1919 – U.S. troops sent to Honduras.

According to the very left-leaning PeoplesWorld.org: “U.S. troops invaded in 1903, 1907, 1911, 1912, 1919, 1924, and 1925, usually at times of political turmoil. They were ‘protecting U.S. interests’ like banana plantations, banks, and railroads.” The welfare of the poverty stricken workers of Honduras was not a consideration. The only consideration, it seems, was money. The July 30th edition of This Day in History featured Smedley Butler, a Marine Corps general who participated in some of these invasions. Later in life he bemoaned being a pawn for corporate America and in the setting up of the so-called Banana Republics Central America.

The economic model created was that of a few very wealthy families owning much of the land and an impoverished population, with no middle class, subservient to them. Which is why the increased wealth and power of the top 1% and the shrinking middle class in America should be alarming.

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1961 – Hurricane Carla hits Texas.

A category 5 storm, stronger even than Harvey, it caused hundreds of millions in damages and took 43 lives. Unlike Harvey, however, it already began to weaken by the next day, whereas Harvey stalled in place and continued to drop record amounts of rain causing immense flooding.

There is more cement and pavement in the world now than there was in 1961 (I can attest to that) with less ground, swamps and wetlands to soak up water, so this naturally leads to more flooding. I think for the good of America, we should all individually produce more dirt.

Another hurricane, Irma, is raging as I write these words.

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Birthdays:

1862 – William Sydney Porter, aka O. Henry.

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Prolific writer of short stories, including such gems as “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief.” North Carolina was his home state but as a young man he moved to Texas for health reasons. Henry was a gifted musician and artist and worked many jobs including pharmacist, sheepherder, journalist, draftsman, and banker. The last got him in trouble and he was charged with embezzlement. Released on bail, he fled to Honduras. It was then that he started writing. O. Henry returned to Texas to be with his wife, who was dying of tuberculosis. Jailed, he spent five years in a prison in Ohio. In 1902, after his release, he moved to New York City and his writing career flourished. At one point, for a period of over a year, he wrote a short story a week for a New York magazine. Unfortunately he was a heavy drinker, and he died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 48.

Seems like a man I would have liked to have had a beer with. But, given his eventual fate, that’s probably not altogether appropriate.

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1885 – D.H. Lawrence. British writer.

His most famous, or infamous, book is “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” The book was banned in the U.S. until 1959 and in Britain until 1960. Sexual mores were changing at the time, as evidenced by the lifting of the ban. Or as poet Philip Larkin wrote in one of his poems: “Sexual intercourse began/In 1963/Between the end of the ‘Chatterley’ ban/And the Beatles’ first LP.”

I was in high school when the first copy of the banned book surfaced in our sophomoric ranks. Certain passages of the book certainly opened new avenues of sexual fantasy for me.

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1899 – Jimmie Davis. Popular singer/songwriter and twice governor of Louisiana.

“You Are My Sunshine” is his most popular song. Davis, as governor, combated the corrupt policies of Huey Long. He was known as “A man of the people.” That is if the people were white, for he was an avowed segregationist. George Wallace had considered him for Vice President when he made his independent presidential run.

An enduring song, and with racism gaining new traction now, an enduring legacy.

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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:

Jenny Lind – LostMuseum.Cuny.Edu

PeoplesWorld.org

Weather.gov

AmericanLiterature.com

Biography.com

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 – Everett Historical / Shutterstock.com – “Jenny Lind (1820-1887), pursued a successful European opera career until 1849. After her United States tour, she left opera behind, performing solo concerts and oratorios. 1847 portrait.”

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* Jenny Lind (video) – Classical Nerd/ Youtube.com

* The Year Was 1919 (video) – Aaron1912 / YouTube.com

* Hurricane Carla (video) – Mrk Cntrmn / YouTube.com

* O. Henry Plaque (photo) – NewsWhistle

* Anthony Burgess on D.H. Lawrence (video) – HerAeolianHarp / YouTube.com

* “You Are My Sunshine” (video) – hamerboy1 / 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 27

July 30

* July 31

August 3

August 4

August 7

August 10

August 11

August 14

August 16

August 17

* August 18

August 21

August 22

August 24

August 25

August 27

* August 28

August 31

* September 1

September 2

September 5

September 6

September 7

September 8

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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