August 5th in History

 Today, in history:
  •  1100 – Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1305 William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
  • 1641 – John Hathorne,  the American magistrate associated with the Salem With Trials is born.
  •  1583 – Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • 1620 – The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.
  •  1861 – The United States Army abolishes flogging.
  • 1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
  • 1862 – Joseph Merrick, English sideshow performer or “Elephant Man” is born.
  • 1876 – Mary Ritter Beard, American historian  and woman’s rights advocate and author is born. 
  • 1923 Henry Sullivan is the 1st American to swim the English Channel
  • 1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.
  • 1939 – Princess Irene of the Netherlands, nature activist is born.
  • 1944 – World War II: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners. 
  • 1955 – Carmen Miranda, Portuguese actress and singer dies.
  • 1957 – American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomers” by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.
  • 1959 – Pat Smear, guitarist for Nirvana & Foo Fighters is born.
  •  1962 – Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
  • 1962 – Marilyn Monroe, American actress, dies from unknown causes.
  •  1971 – The first Pacific Islands Forum (then known as the “South Pacific Forum”) is held in Wellington, New Zealand, with the aim of enhancing cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1980 – I was born.
  • 2012 – I had the honor of supporting breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week and International Friendship Day by being named as a friend to an accomplished lactivist, blogger, author and artist whom I admire very much. My mom took the kids for the afternoon. It was cloudy, so I took a nap with the baby, then had toast with my grandmother’s homemade plum jam and sipped Mother’s Milk tea while reading 50+ birthday wishes on my Fb wall. My boyfriend painted me a beautiful picture… all while I stayed in my sweats.
Yup, today was awesome. 
As Marylin Monroe is in many of my favorite movies and still making headlines, even years after her death, my next Wordless Wednesday will be of my favorite Marylin selections! Here’s a little preview:

May her spirit rest in peace

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* Timeline Source: Wikipedia. Except for that last bit. Duh.

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