Our first member inducted into Dye Scouts.......
First a few words from Anna:
I hadn't even noticed there was a show such as "Touched By An Angel" running (as in Germany, it's pretty well hidden on a small channel), when somebody told me that one of my favourite actors would be guest-starring in the show. No, it wasn't John Dye
Anna has earned the History badge with the following work:
Famous people with John or Andrew in their name:
1. Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States (from 1865 to 1869), who was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1808 and died in Carter Station, Tennessee, in 1875. From 1853 to 1857, he was governor of Tennessee, and in 1861 he was the only "southern" senator who stood by the Union. In 1864, he was elected as the Vice President, and after Abraham Lincoln had been murdered, he became the President of the United States.
2. And here's yet another President named Johnson, his full name Lyndon Baines Johnson. He was # 36, from 1963 to 1969, born 1908 in Stonewall, Texas, and died in San Antonio, Texas, in 1973. He started as a teacher. From 1949 to 1961, he was Senator of Texas, from 1961 to 1963 Vice President, and after the assassination of John F. Kennedy he took over his place as the President. Wow, two Johnson's who became Presidents because someone else was murdered. Strange luck???
3. Okay, enough of presidents. Here's Samuel Johnson, a British writer who lived from 1709 to1784. He wrote critical satires and also started writing an English dictionary, but his financial backer left him alone with his work. After nine years, Johnson managed to finish his "Dictionary of the English Language", which was exemplary until the Oxford Dictionary came up. Johnson wasn't only the creator of a brilliant work but also was an example for writers who were independent of noblemen as investors.
4. These were three guys with the name "John" in them , one of them even with "Andrew", but I think we still need someone named "Andrews", what do you mean? Oh wait, what about John Andrews
(And did you know that "andros" means "man", and that "andro" or "andr" is used in compositions meaning "human" or "male"? I know this doesn't have to do with history, but I liked it.)
Historical events that took place on Jan. 31st:
Let's start with the birthdays, we have Franz Schubert, born on January 31st, 1797. He was a famous composer from Austria, his most famous work is the "Unfinished Symphony". Jackie Robinson, born in 1919, was the first black player in the major league of baseball, he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-1956. Ah, and for all those music fans among you, let's not forget Mr. Phil Collins! The drummer, singer and actor was born in 1951, and boy, Genesis certainly is one of my favourite bands. :o) - Next, we have the historical events. There's one anniversary John Dye can be proud of: In 1865, exactly 98 years before he was born, the U.S. House passed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. In 1958, the first U.S. satellite named "Explorer" was launched and orbited successfully. In 1968, Apollo 14 which was to be the third U.S. space ship landing on the moon, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. The astronauts on board were Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell, and Stuart A. Roosa.
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