Browsing: August 21

A Brief History On August 21, 1982, elements of the 860 man French contingent of the Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF) arrived in Beirut.  A few days later United States Marines followed adding another 850 troops, and the next day 575 Italian troops arrived.  The MNF was a US brokered peace keeping force with the intention of saving lives among Lebanese in the wake of the June 1982 invasion of Lebanon by Israel in pursuit of Palestine Liberation Organization fighters.  The MNF was assigned the mission of evacuating PLO fighters and Syrian troops from Lebanon so that the Israeli forces…

A Brief History On August 21, 1968, the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery and courage in battle that can be earned by an American fighting person, was awarded posthumously to James Anderson, Jr., the first African American US Marine to earn the Medal of Honor. Digging Deeper Anderson was born Los Angeles in 1947 when the US military was still segregated.  (The US military became desegregated per Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948 under President Truman.)  A high school graduate, James went on to study at junior college for a year and a half before…

A Brief History On August 21, 2017, we look back on this past week, a week that has been incredible for the news cycle, most of the news bad!  War, maybe nuclear war with North Korea?  Gone from the news!  (For now?)  Replaced with stories about hatred and violence in the US and in Europe.  President Trump’s message condemning violence became a liability instead of a political asset for him, and we learned his Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, had been fired.  Here we list some of the people who either inspired us or made us sick this past week.  Who…

A Brief History On August 21, 1961, Motown Records of Detroit, Michigan released what became their first #1 hit song, “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes. The marvelettes -please mr. postman-1961 by LostPirate77 Founded by record making genius Berry Gordy, Jr., Motown was an African-American oriented enterprise with a cross-racial appeal that helped bridge the musical gap between Black and White Americans in the turbulent 1960’s. Digging Deeper A relatively small company, Motown was now on its way to major success, owning the crossover soul to pop market.  The 1960’s saw 79 Motown hits make the top 10 of the…

A Brief History On August 21, 1911, Vincenzo Perrugia, an employee of the Louvre in Paris, stole perhaps the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  The theft created an international stir, and when the thief was caught two years later as he attempted to sell the painting to an Italian museum, he was treated as a national hero in Italy.  He only served six months in jail.  Every once in a while a famous or important object is stolen, or the circumstances of a theft make the crime notable.  Here 10 of the most notorious thefts are listed.  In your opinion,…

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