The Sixth of April

6 Apr

That is what the date stamp at the left of this post says. What it does not say is that it is also my dad’s birthday. To celebrate, my brother, my nephew, our friend Larry and I spent yesterday with him at the University of Tennessee. We watched football practice and got a  behind-the-scenes tour of the football facilities. That may not seem like fun to a lot of people, but, for crazy fans like us, it was a great day.

To celebrate on this blog, I thought it would be interesting to see what historic events have happened on April 6.April

In 1862, the Battle of Shiloh began.

In 1970, Sam Sheppard passed away. For those who do not know, his story became the fictional story of The Fugitive.

In 1917, the United States officially entered World War I.

In 1841, John Tyler was sworn in as president. It is hard to believe that he has grandchildren who are still living.

In 1808, John Jacob Astor created the American Fur Company. Eventually, he would become America’s first millionaire.

In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.

In 1929, the Louisiana House of Representatives impeached Governor Huey P. Long.

In 1973, the designated hitter was introduced into the American League.

In 1938, my dad was born.

 

 

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5 Responses to “The Sixth of April”

  1. Andrew Petcher April 6, 2014 at 17:44 #

    And in 1199 Richard the Lion Heart died of his wounds!

    • Rick April 6, 2014 at 20:28 #

      I read that while looking stuff up and forgot to mention it.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong April 6, 2014 at 17:58 #

    Tomorrow is Garry’s birthday. Your dad is just 4 years and one day older than Garry. If one must be born, this is a fine time to do it :-)

    • Rick April 6, 2014 at 20:29 #

      Must certainly. How are you feeling?

      • Marilyn Armstrong April 6, 2014 at 21:34 #

        Like something left for dead, but better than yesterday.

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