Browsing: March 4

A Brief History On March 4, 2018, we eagerly await the 8 pm EST opening of the 90th Academy Awards show tonight in which the Oscars honoring the best films and performances on film of 2017 will be awarded. Hosted by late night host Jimmy Kimmel, the show will come from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Kimmel is the first host to host the show in back to back years since 1997-1998 (Billy Crystal). As you know by our frequent reviews of motion pictures, we are movie enthusiasts. Today we list our favorite films of 2017, showing of course our…

A Brief History On March 4, 1990, the sporting world was shocked when Hank Gathers, age 23, died during an NCAA Division I basketball game between Loyola Marymount University (his team) and the University of Portland. Digging Deeper Gathers was a blue chip basketball player, and in the 1988-1989 season had become only the second player in NCAA history  (Xavier McDaniel and Kurt Thomas being the only other 2 players to have achieved the feat) to lead the nation in both scoring (32.7 points per game) and rebounding (13.7 rebounds per game).  Originally enrolled at the University of Southern California,…

A Brief History On March 4, 1918, the USS Cyclops kept a date with destiny! Digging Deeper Cyclops, a US Navy coal carrier (collier) heading to Baltimore with a load of manganese ore. The Cyclops had left from Rio De Janeiro on February 16, 1918 and was supposed to arrive in Baltimore on March 13, 1918.  Mysteriously, she disappeared without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle and nothing of her or her crew has ever been found. Chalk it up to the Bermuda Triangle?  Or was she sunk by a U-Boat?  Well, no U-Boat ever reported such a sinking and…

A Brief History On March 4, 1917, the U.S. Congress welcomed its first female U.S. Representative (congresswoman) when Jeanette Rankin of Montana joined the exclusive group.  Rankin went on to serve 2 terms in Congress, both terms being during the world wars.   She had been one of only 50 to oppose U.S. entry into the First World War in 1917 and was the only representative who voted against American involvement in the Second World War in 1941. Digging Deeper Not surprisingly, Rankin, who was a Republican, was a pacifist and campaigned against U.S. involvement in any war.  She had been an advocate for women’s suffrage and…