Browsing: June 27

A Brief History On June 27, 1985, US Route 66, known as “The Main Street of America,” was officially taken off the list of US highways. Established in 1926, it was the main road from Chicago to Los Angeles (Santa Monica). Spawning a hit song (by Nat “King” Cole) and a hit television series, this route was the American highway, at least until superseded by the Interstate Highway System. It survives (barely) today in pieces as “State Route 66” in some states and as stretches of a “National Scenic Byway.” We previously discussed “10 Iconic American Things You Do Not…

A Brief History On June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), was shot to death by a mob with blackened faces in a Carthage, Illinois jail while awaiting trial for treason. Digging Deeper Smith, who founded the Mormon Church on the basis of the Book of Mormon that had (he claimed) been given to him by the angel Moroni in the form of engraved metal plates in 1823, and interpreted by Smith and written down in 1828.  In between being “given” the plates (which he promised to, but never showed anyone) and…

A Brief History On June 27, 1980, President Jimmy Carter authorized Helen Keller Day to commemorate her 100th birthday.  Famous for her strong will to overcome adversity (blindness and deafness) she has been an inspiration to millions of people all over the world.  There is, however, more to the story and this we will share with you. Digging Deeper Born in Alabama in 1880 and died in 1968, Helen led a long life with her disabilities.  Among her ancestors was Robert E. Lee, a cousin of her grandmother. Able to see and hear just fine at birth, she contracted an illness (possibly…

A Brief History On June 27, 1985, US Route 66, known as “The Main Street of America,” was officially taken off the list of US highways.  Established in 1926, it was the main road from Chicago to Los Angeles (Santa Monica).  Spawning a hit song (by Nat “King” Cole) and a hit television series, this route was the American highway, at least until superseded by the Interstate Highway System.  It survives (barely) today in pieces as “State Route 66” in some states and as stretches of a “National Scenic Byway.”  Many other symbols of America have also come and gone, and here…