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Posted: Sep 5, 2013 - 5:54am

1882: The first Labor Day parade in the country is held in New York City
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Posted: Sep 5, 2013 - 5:53am

1836: Sam Houston is elected first President of the Republic of Texas
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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 12:36pm

 black321 wrote:

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I know, what a killjoy, right? The cool thing is, sometimes reality is even weirder than legend/myth.

Mark Twain said, "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."

Think about how unusual it was that this free black woman, born in New Haven, CT prior to the civil war, had the gumption to go work for a man who lived in the deep South, where slavery existed. I don't think I would have had the guts to do that if I were an African-American. She ends up being captured, not by bounty hunters seeking to pass her off as a fugitive slave, but by a Mexican General.


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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 11:20am

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The song was definitely copyrighted in 1858, and a houskeeper named Emily was captured by Santa Ana's army. Beyond that, this seems to be pure mythmaking.  Emily D. West was not a slave, but a hired housekeeper. It's highly unlikely she even knew where Sam Houston was in order to be able to send someone to alert him. There's no real evidence that the mulatto Rose of the song was based on Emily West.

Makes for a nice story, though.

 
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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 11:13am

 black321 wrote:
On this day in 1858, a man in New York City was granted a copyright on a song. While there was nothing unusual about a New York man writing a song, this case was a bit different. Most folks think this guy didn't write the song (it had probably been sung for ten years or more). Secondly, it seemed to refer to a non-existent flower. The name of the song was…."The Yellow Rose of Texas" and there was no yellow rose native to Texas. That's because the song was about a girl (er...a woman) not a flower.

The song was about a beautiful young slave named Emily Morgan. She was, in the words of those times, a mixed-race with rather fair complexion, a combination which in those pre-Civil War days was called a high yellow.

When General Santa Ana set out to crush Sam Houston and the Texas rebellion, he overran the plantation of James Morgan. He noticed Emily's stunning beauty and carried the young slave off with him to be his "companion" for the campaign. Santa Ana fancied himself a great lover and set up an opulent "love tent" each evening.

When Santa Ana was preparing for what he hoped would be the decisive battle, Emily sent another slave to warn Sam Houston. Then she kept Santa Ana busy through the evening and through much of the next morning. That gave Houston enough time to launch a surprise attack and decimate the Mexican Army in less than 20 minutes. Santa Ana was so surprised he ran from his tent wearing only his underwear.

For the next decade, the Yellow Rose of Texas became celebrated in song.

 
The song was definitely copyrighted in 1858, and a houskeeper named Emily was captured by Santa Anna's army. Beyond that, this seems to be pure mythmaking.  Emily D. West was not a slave, but a hired housekeeper. It's highly unlikely she even knew where Sam Houston was in order to be able to send someone to alert him. There's no real evidence that the mulatto Rose of the song was based on Emily West.

Makes for a nice story, though.


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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 7:55am

On this day in 1858, a man in New York City was granted a copyright on a song. While there was nothing unusual about a New York man writing a song, this case was a bit different. Most folks think this guy didn't write the song (it had probably been sung for ten years or more). Secondly, it seemed to refer to a non-existent flower. The name of the song was…."The Yellow Rose of Texas" and there was no yellow rose native to Texas. That's because the song was about a girl (er...a woman) not a flower.

The song was about a beautiful young slave named Emily Morgan. She was, in the words of those times, a mixed-race with rather fair complexion, a combination which in those pre-Civil War days was called a high yellow.

When General Santa Ana set out to crush Sam Houston and the Texas rebellion, he overran the plantation of James Morgan. He noticed Emily's stunning beauty and carried the young slave off with him to be his "companion" for the campaign. Santa Ana fancied himself a great lover and set up an opulent "love tent" each evening.

When Santa Ana was preparing for what he hoped would be the decisive battle, Emily sent another slave to warn Sam Houston. Then she kept Santa Ana busy through the evening and through much of the next morning. That gave Houston enough time to launch a surprise attack and decimate the Mexican Army in less than 20 minutes. Santa Ana was so surprised he ran from his tent wearing only his underwear.

For the next decade, the Yellow Rose of Texas became celebrated in song.
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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 7:08am

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1957: Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.

 
Ford announced the end of the Edsel program on Thursday, November 19, 1959.
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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 6:17am

1998: Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.
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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 6:16am

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1888: George Eastman registers the trademark "Kodak" and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film.

 
Two hours later he was arrested for trying to get "dirty" pictures of his wife developed at the drug store.
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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 6:15am

1972: Mark Spitz becomes the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games.
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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 6:14am

1957: Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.
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Posted: Sep 4, 2013 - 6:12am

1888: George Eastman registers the trademark "Kodak" and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film.
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Posted: Sep 3, 2013 - 6:22am

301: San Marino is founded
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Posted: Aug 31, 2013 - 10:31am

The downing of Flight 007: 30 years later, a Cold War tragedy still seems surreal


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Posted: Aug 30, 2013 - 5:56am

1984: The space shuttle Discovery is launched on its maiden voyage
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Posted: Aug 30, 2013 - 5:55am

1967: Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice
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Posted: Aug 29, 2013 - 7:03am

 buzz wrote:

who the f**k knows. there's progress and its getting close, but its one delay after another. we picked out 2 pieces of marble for the threshold of the shower and the window sill. the shower piece broke on a fault line yesterday. a very necessary part for the handheld sprayer is not included with the sprayer, but the company doesnt tell you that until you open the box and read the instructions. sh*t like that for 3 weeks. holiday weekend coming up and then i go back to work on tues. im hoping it will be done for christmas.

 
Sounds like quite the cluster f*uck...Not only the delays but to have people going in and out of your space for such a long time...Sorry it has been such a comedy of errors, hope they get it finished soon.{#Good-vibes}
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Posted: Aug 29, 2013 - 6:56am

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What is the estimated day of completion, EDC, now?

 
who the f**k knows. there's progress and its getting close, but its one delay after another. we picked out 2 pieces of marble for the threshold of the shower and the window sill. the shower piece broke on a fault line yesterday. a very necessary part for the handheld sprayer is not included with the sprayer, but the company doesnt tell you that until you open the box and read the instructions. sh*t like that for 3 weeks. holiday weekend coming up and then i go back to work on tues. im hoping it will be done for christmas.
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Posted: Aug 29, 2013 - 6:42am

 buzz wrote:
It was 3 weeks ago today that our f**king bathroom remodel began.
 
 
you know, the one that was supposed to take 2 weeks{#Rolleyes}

 
What is the estimated day of completion, EDC, now?
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Posted: Aug 29, 2013 - 6:33am

It was 3 weeks ago today that our f**king bathroom remodel began.
 
 
you know, the one that was supposed to take 2 weeks{#Rolleyes}
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