Browsing: January 19

A Brief History On January 19, 2018, Texans celebrate Confederate Heroes Day, while in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi Robert E. Lee Day is celebrated.  In 2017 the United States was torn by protests and counter protests, notably leading to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the subject of removing Confederate statues and monuments from public areas.  Previously, campaigns to remove Confederate flags from public places resulted in South Carolina becoming the last state to stop flying the “Stars and Bars” over its capital (2015).  Americans seem torn between honoring their ancestors and erasing every trace of what is deemed…

A Brief History On January 19, 2017, there will undoubtedly be fans of American novelist and short story writer Edgar Allan Poe carefully watching his original grave (the cenotaph marking the site) to catch a glimpse of the person that has come to be known as “The Poe Toaster.”  Every year since some time in the 1930’s, an unknown shadowy person dressed all in black save for a white scarf and wearing a large brimmed black hat visits the grave of Poe on Poe’s birthdate (January 19), performing the same ritual each year.  In 2010, for the first time in…

A Brief History On January 19, 2014, one year ago today, Serena Williams, the reigning Number 1 female tennis player in the world, , was upset in the fourth round of the Australian Open.  Along with her sister Venus, the Williams girls are the two most successful sibling tennis players ever.  History is full of brothers and sisters who have achieved greatness either in the same endeavor or in separate careers.  Here we list 10 such relatives from a variety of professions.  Who would you add to the list? (History and Headlines Note: If Jeb Bush is elected President of the United States in…

A Brief History On January 19, 1913, the Holly Hotel in Holly, Michigan burned for the first time!  Called “the most haunted historic building in Michigan” on the hotel’s own website, the Holly Hotel burned again 65 years later to the day and hour! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find many more reasons for the “haunted” reputation of the Holly Hotel. The haunting has been confirmed by numerous investigators such as Professor Norman Gauthier.  Photographic evidence and the sheer volume of persons reporting ghostly phenomena are hard to casually disregard. Many people unfamiliar with the history of the hotel or the previous reports…