Browsing: March 6

A Brief History On March 6, 632, founder of the Islamic religion and Prophet, Muhammad, made his Farewell Sermon from Mount Arafat in what is now Saudi Arabia during his final Hajj. About 3 months later Muhammad was dead, risen to Heaven, giving this particular sermon and place of delivery special meaning to Muslims. Today we list 10 occasions when a person delivered their farewell speech, or what was supposed to be their farewell speech, or because of unexpected death, their last speech. What final speeches would you include in this list? (Note: These speeches are famous, not necessarily “great.”…

A Brief History On March 6, 1899, the German chemical and pharmaceutical firm, Bayer AG, (the people that brought us “Heroin”) trademarked perhaps their greatest product, and perhaps the greatest medicine ever invented, Aspirin. Digging Deeper Founded by Friedrich Bayer and Johann Weskott in 1863, the big breakthrough for the company was the production of acetylsalicylic acid, the refinement of an age old remedy made from the bark of willow trees.  Salicylic acid and various salicylate compounds from willow and other plants had been used for millennia to treat fever and other illnesses.  Frenchman Charles Gerhardt had invented aspirin in…

A Brief History On March 6, 1836, the most celebrated defeat in American history ended in a massacre! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we remember the Alamo as an epic battle fought by American heroes like John Wayne (as Davy Crocket) depicted in the 1960 movie The Alamo. (Another major motion picture by the same name was made in 2004.) Texans especially revere the men martyred at the San Antonio landmark, Davy Crocket, Jim Bowie, William Travis and others.  The cracked part of the history is why the battle was fought. Texas at that time was part of Mexico, and Mexican…

A Brief History On March 6, 1975, entranced Americans were glued to their television sets to watch the first mass public showing of the infamous “Zapruder Film” that depicted the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The 8mm film is by far the most complete and definitive of the photographic records of the assassination, and it is in color!  Obviously, the Secret Service was eager to get their hands on any film of the event and did so, having 3 prints made,  returning one to Abraham Zapruder, a Russian-born Jewish tailor who had filmed the murder on his personal…