Handle with kid gloves means to handle a situation, or a person or an object, delicately and gingerly. The phrase comes from the 1730’s when kid gloves were made from the skin of a young goat. They were not intended for use when you were working and wearing kid gloves usually indicated that the wearer […]
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Today ‘A Bigger Bang for your Buck’ means that you get more for your money. However, most sources credit US Defense Secretary Charles Wilson as the source of the expression ‘a bigger bang for your buck’ in reference to a new policy of using nuclear weapons in any conflict bigger than what they called ‘a brush-fire […]
He was one of the richest men in Europe when he was herded into a dirty cellar and shot. Do you know who he was?
In 1917, after the death of 3.3 million of his people, this leader’s armies revolted and refused to fight. A few minutes before midnight on March 14, 1917, a committee of generals met with him in the drawing-room of a private train and told him he would have to renounce his power and give up […]
(Have you ever heard of Igor Sikorsky? He has a strong connection to the U. S. presidential office?) Most people have never heard his name but his helicopters have flown the President of the United States since 1957 and his Black Hawk helicopters are known around the world. Few people know much about the man […]
On June 30, 1930 newspaper throughout the world blazed with similar headlines, HUNTER BROS PASS 453 HOURS IN THE AIR! Prior to this day the Hunter brothers were simply two farmers who “turned from the plough to the plane.” 1 On June 30, 1930, they set a new world endurance record in the air. There […]
Did you know that one vote from a postmaster in Oregon actually changed the course of a presidential election and history?
This is unbelievable but true! One vote changed the course of this presidential election and American history. The Disputed Election of 1876 The presidential election held on November 7, 1876, between Democrat Samuel J. Tilden and Union war hero, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes probably ranks as one of the closest. President Rutherford B. Hayes (1877 Library […]
Another great story from Author, Christie Seiler Boeke! Depression Days by Christie Seiler Boeke My mother and aunts often talked about their darkest years in the 1930s and the many hardships they endured. They told of soup lines and men on street corners with stacks of carefully polished apples for sale, hobo jungles and Hoovervilles […]
Bing Crosby’s brothers, Ted and Larry Crosby wrote a book about their famous brother in 1937 and O. O. McIntyre of The Sunday Morning Star included an interesting excerpt in his column on May 16, 1937 which tells about Bing Crosby’s early life. Bing Crosby It is an affectionate and rather touching little volume that […]
Income Tax Day was once on March 15 in 1930 Though there had been income taxes collected for various reasons such as War before in the United States, the first official date for filing a federal income tax was March 1, 1913 and was changed to March 15, 1918. This date remained until 1955 when […]
This was filmed amazingly only four days before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Take a trip down Market Street on April 14th, 1906. Talk about a traffic nightmare. Cars were such a new invention there were no lanes or traffic signals. See more of the aftermath of the earthquake Historical books by Donna R. Causey Three […]