Browsing: March 8

A Brief History On March 8, 1862, during the American Civil War, perhaps the most important naval battle of the war began, a battle that would see the first clash of ironclad/armored warships. The ironclad Confederate States Ship, CSS Virginia set about to break the Union blockade of the Chesapeake Bay anchorage of Norfolk, Virginia by successfully attacking the wooden US Navy ships on blockade duty, with the Union ironclad USS Monitor responding to face the Virginia the next day. Digging Deeper Union strategy for winning the Civil War centered on a blockade of the South, the Anaconda Plan put…

A Brief History John Carroll University students who are drama thriller film fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Thoroughbreds on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio!  For your chance to get a pass, log on to FocusFeaturesScreenings.com and enter code MZTB72901.  Passes are limited and seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed.  Please arrive early to increase chance of entry. Digging Deeper   In Thoroughbreds, childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart.  Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with…

A Brief History On March 8, 1957, both houses of Georgia’s state legislature passed and Governor Marvin Griffin approved a shameful resolution known as the Georgia Memorial to Congress. Digging Deeper As part of the ongoing effort by Georgia lawmakers and politicians to fight the rising tide of the Civil Rights Movement, this resolution asked the US Congress to repeal the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, all part of an effort in the “continuing battle for segregation.” The gist of the 14th Amendment (1868) is that all citizens enjoy equal protection under the law, including equality in education. …

A Brief History On March 8, 1949, the long and convoluted journey of Mildred Gillars temporarily came to an end. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find Gillars, born Mildred Sisk in Maine changing her name at age 11 when her mother remarried. Moving to Conneaut, Ohio in 1916, she then attended Ohio Wesleyan University to study acting in 1918, but dropped out prior to graduation.  Her cracked journey continued as she moved to New York to further her acting career, but the big break did not come.  Moving to Paris in 1929 she worked as a model and ended up…

A Brief History On March 8, 1910, the Aero-Club of France issued pilot license #36 to Raymonde de Laroche, making her the first licensed female pilot in the world.  Although sometimes referred to as the first woman to fly an airplane, it is likely that 2 other women had flown before her.  Note: A female aviator is also called an “aviatrix.” Digging Deeper Laroche had been born Elise Raymonde Deroche in France in 1882.  Despite the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers, the fervor over the new aeronautical industry was in Europe, not North America, and Laroche took her keen interest in the new sport to…