Category Archives: History

My Memorable Meeting with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor Priscilla Quoa, a student of Vivian Fowler Memorial College, Lagos, Nigeria, won the 2003 Commonwealth Essay Competition. Stuart Mole, former Director-General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, thought very highly of Priscilla’s achievement, and decided that Priscilla, … Continue reading

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A Poem for Hiroshima Day

August 6, 1945, World War II – The U.S. B-29 Enola Gay dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. 70,000 people died instantly, thousands died from burns, and more died over the following years from radiation. The date … Continue reading

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The Summer of 1969 and the Moon Landing

Today is National Moon Day – because on this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Since then, millions of people have been born for whom this is just another … Continue reading

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TCS: D-Day and the “Good War”

  Good Morning ____________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment.____________________________ “Four years ago our … Continue reading

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A Poem for Hanukkah

Emma Lazarus  (1849-1887) is now remembered for her poem The New Colossus, enshrined in the base of the Statue of Liberty, which contains the lines, so often quoted when immigration is talked about in America: “Give me your tired, your poor/ … Continue reading

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TCS: To Honor Seneca Falls, Words That Could Only Be Written By Women

Good Morning! ______________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ______________________________ For I conclude that … Continue reading

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June 30, 1966 – National Organization for Women Day

June 30, 1966 – National Organization for Women Day: the largest U.S feminist organization is launched, and begins organizing immediately. Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Pauli Murray, and Gloria Steinem were among its first leaders. They were attending the Third National Conference … Continue reading

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A Poem for National Watch Day

June 19th is National Watch Day. It was launched in 2017 as part of a celebration of the history and art of watchmaking at Nordstrom department stores. German inventor Peter Heinlein invented the mainspring, and by 1524 he was producing … Continue reading

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June 6, 1944 – The Sea Was White-Crested and Angry

June 6, 1944: D-Day Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, Operation Overlord, the biggest seaborne invasion in history, marking the start of the liberation of France, and beginning the final phase of WWII in Europe. Around 150,000 troops … Continue reading

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TCS: Dawn Was Theirs and Sunset – In Memoriam

   Good Morning ______________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ______________________________ War does not … Continue reading

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