On April 2…

“Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore prove ultimately futile. War is a defeat for humanity.”
~Pope John Paul II



1865 – Following an overwhelming Union victory at the Third Battle of Petersburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee notified Confederate President Jefferson Davis that his army would be forced to abandon Richmond and Petersburg.
Confederate General A.P. Hill was killed during the battle. Not knowing Lee’s lines had been broken, Hill rode into a party of Union soldiers. They called upon Hill to surrender. The Confederate hero of the Battle of Antietam refused their demands and was shot through the chest.
Davis and most of his cabinet immediately began preparations for the Confederate government and all the gold in the Confederate treasury to leave Richmond on a railroad train headed for Danville, VA.
The story continues tomorrow….

1917 – After a series of German submarine attacks on American commercial ships, president Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, arguing that Germany was engaged in “nothing less than war against the government and people of the United States.”
He requested a military draft to raise the army, increased taxes to pay for military expenses, loans to Allied governments, and increased industrial and agricultural production.
“We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion… no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and freedom of the nations can make them.”

1932 – One month after his 20-month old son had been kidnapped, Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for the child’s return.
The ransom was packaged in a wooden box that was custom-made in the hope that it could later be identified. The ransom money included a number of gold certificates which were about to be withdrawn from circulation.
It was hoped this would draw attention to anyone who was spending them. The bills were not marked but their serial numbers were recorded.
Six weeks later, the young child’s body was found.

1956 – As The World Turns premiered on CBS.
Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, the soap opera ran for 54 seasons before ending on September 17, 2010.

1956 – Johnny Cash recorded I Walk The Line at Sun Studio in Memphis.
It was released on May 1 and spent six weeks at the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Sounds chart and also crossed over and reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song as the #1 country song of all time in 2014, they said, “Cash’s transcendent baritone (‘A voice from the middle of the Earth,’ recalled Bob Dylan) and the Tennessee Two’s austere rhythms, made this song the defining moment for country music’s most iconic figure.”
Hum Factoid: I Walk The Line featured a key change between each of the five verses, and Cash hummed the new root note before singing each verse.
The final verse, a reprise of the first, was sung a full octave lower than the first verse.

1968 – Three weeks after nearly defeating president Lyndon Johnson in the New Hampshire Democratic primary – and just two days after Johnson shocked the nation by announcing that he would not seek re-election – Sen. Eugene McCarthy (MN) defeated the president by a 56-35 percent margin in the Wisconsin primary.

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered at the Uptown Theatre in Washington, DC.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey earned four Academy Award nominations (winning for Best Visual Effects).
HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) who controlled the systems of the spacecraft and interacted with the ship’s astronaut crew – (“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”) was listed as the 13th-greatest film villain in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains.

1974 – At the 46th Academy Awards, The Sting won 7 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Roy Hill.
Jack Lemmon won Best Actor (Save The Tiger) and Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class) won Best Actress.
The Exorcist, nominated for ten awards, won only two; Best Screenplay and Best Sound. The film’s producers can take consolation in the fact that a movie produced for $12 million earned over $450 million.

1975 – High rigger Paul Mitchell secured the final piece of antenna, topping off the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario at 1,815 feet in height, becoming – at the time – the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
The tower, which opened to the public on June 26, 1976, held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa (in Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and was the world’s tallest tower until 2011 when it was surpassed by Tokyo Skytree.
It is now the ninth tallest free-standing structure in the world and remains the tallest free-standing structure on land in the Western Hemisphere.
On August 1, 2011, the CN Tower opened the EdgeWalk, the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk at 1,168 feet. Visitors are tethered to an overhead rail system and walk around the edge of the CN Tower’s main pod above the 360 Restaurant.

1978 – Dallas premiered as a five-part miniseries on CBS.
Producers initially had no plans for expansion; however, due to the show’s popularity, it was subsequently turned into a regular series and ran for 13 full seasons.

1987 – Buddy Rich, considered one of the most influential drummers of all time, died of respiratory and cardiac failure after treatment for a malignant brain tumor. He was 69.
Often cited as the greatest jazz drummer of all time – a statement that few, including Rich himself would argue with – he held a low opinion of both country and rock music; During medical therapy before his death, a nurse asked Rich whether he was allergic to anything, to which he replied, “Yes, country and western music.”

1992 – Mafia boss John Gotti was found guilty of 5 murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), plus conspiracy to murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion.
On June 23, 1992, Gotti was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. He was incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois.
He died of cancer on June 10, 2002. He was 61.

2003 – Singer Edwin Starr died of a heart attack at the age of 61.
Starr’s songs 25 Miles (#6) and Stop the War Now (#26) were major successes but he is best remembered for War, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.

2005 – Pope John Paul II died from heart failure at the age of 84. Serving over 26 years as head of the Catholic Church, he was the second longest serving pope in modern history.
The Requiem Mass held six days later set world records both for attendance and number of heads of state present at a funeral.
Four kings, five queens, at least 70 presidents and prime ministers, and 15 leaders of other religions attended.
It was the largest single pilgrimage of Christianity in history.

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Comments (8)

  1. Mary Helen

    Thank you for these posts with lessons and music… another way to maintain sanity when sequestered during these chaotic times. Especially helpful for those that live alone!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Mary Helen. 🙂
      If it helps people get through the day, I’m happy to do it.
      These are certainly chaotic times. I’m not sure how long it will be before we are all “normal” again, if indeed that ever becomes possible.
      STAY SAFE!

  2. Donna

    War…sometimes it is a necessary evil…all the people who would have died, or remained in chains. But having said that there are wars that are futile and so costly on many levels.
    The anguish of having your child disappear at the hands of evil humans I can’t imagine.
    I was never a fan of Johnny Cash but I do recognize his talent.
    And now look we are all talking to “Hal”.
    I have always said Academy Award don’t always go to the most popular movies, The Exorcist is a case in point.
    Not sure I would want to do the EdgeWalk, I would be thinking…how many people has this tether held already and when was the last time they replaced it. And since the Twin Towers I am not sure I would even want to be up that high. Although I am hoping to eat at the Space Needle again.
    Dallas…evening soap opera that sucked almost everyone in.
    Funny, I was actually humming (in my head) War when I read and remarked about the first of today’s highlights.
    Pope John Paul II world’s most well known Pope. His funeral was profound.
    Thank you, Ray for today’s history lesson. They are always eye opening and informative and reminds of where we have been. Stay safe.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Donna. 🙂
      I wasn’t the biggest Johnny Cash fan but I do enjoy many of his songs. I Walk The Line has a deep connection for me, as it play a part in the Heather & Ray Show whenever we played the song on the air.
      I enjoyed The Sting but I will never believe it was a better film than The Exorcist.
      I would go to the restaurant just below the Edge Walk but there is no way I would walk out on that narrow path, and there is definitely no way I’d ever think about “hanging over the edge.”
      I never watched a single episode of Dallas.
      I was a very big admirer of Pope John Paul II.
      STAY SAFE!

  3. Wendyl

    LOVE the intro quote!; They’re leavin’ on a railroad train, we’ll know more come the next day 🙂 ; War…what is it good for? You know the answer; They had some clever ideas to capture the kidnapper(s)/murderer(s) 🙁 ; Love that old soapy intro 😉 ; I did not know about that Hum Factoid! I will never hear this song the same again, in a good way!; I’m surprised he received any votes at all considering he dropped out though I get it; I don’t believe I’ve seen that spacetastic movie (added); I’ve never seen The Sting but I certainly remember The Exorcist! Yikes!; Speaking of Yikes!…I love crazy rides but there’s no way I could do that!; Dallas certainly was popular back in the day. Had I been old enough, I don’t know if I would have watched it or not; He had a Rich sense of humor right until the end; Ahh, the life and loss of liberty of a mobster; Ok, wow…I take notes as I read along and find it funny that I already referenced this same song above!; A funeral fit for a saint, very moving!; Love all the clips and lessons learned! (But I love you even more!) XOXOXOXO XOXOXOXO (extra for the cabin fever)

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Wendyl. 🙂
      I am humming I Walk The Line while I’m typing. 🙂
      I’m surprised there is a risky attraction you wouldn’t try (but I think you’re right about skipping Edge Walk). 😉
      Nice doubling up on War…
      John Paul was an extraordinary man.
      Thanks for the cabin fever morale booster (and I’ll pay you back at the bottom!)

  4. Barbara

    Yesterday’s lesson … a bit late in reading but none the less always interesting. Pope John Paul II and Edwin Starr were both right when sharing their value of war ….. the added video with Starr’s song added reality as we “watched” what it’s like to be there …. horrible doesn’t begin to describe it. no wonder so many veterans have issues with PTSD when they return home ….

    Loved the video on As The World Turns — including the commercials. Never watched “soaps” but know millions did …. a nice flash from the past.

    Cannot imagine life after losing a child — as I’ve mentioned before. And how do you reconcile any child being taken …. yes I do believe in the death penalty….

    A wealth of information as always Ray. Hope you Rocked the Day …. looking forward to warm (sunny) weather …

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Barbara.
      I thought using the War video with battle scenes was more effective than showing him sing it live in a studio.
      The weather looks to be much nicer this weekend. Sadly, all any of us can do with that is go outside in the yard because there is nowhere else we are supposed to go.
      Stay Safe … and Rock The Day!


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