Looking At the Huge Events That Happened In The Previous Year

So, it is the first month of 2018 going into the second. In a way, it is still kind of the New Year, right? Well, it is close enough to the previous year to think about the biggest events of 2017 that made the news. To be honest, even if it wasn’t so close to 2017, the events of 2017 would still be pretty notable to talk about.


Some of America’s biggest hurricanes were seen in 2017. These storms devastated Florida, Texas, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The names of these hurricanes were Harvey, Irma and Maria. Hurricane Harvey topped Hurricane Katrina as being the most damaging storm to ever hit the United States of America. Hurricane Irma did more damage than hurricane Andrew. Hurricane Maria did more damage than Hurricane Sandy.

Hollywood Sexual Assaults Being Publicized

Well, Hollywood has long been known as a scene for degeneracy. There has always been this secret-but-not-so-secret-and-totally-known-by-everyone knowledge of dirty relations in show business. However, 2017 was the year when the biggest degenerates of Hollywood were openly named to the public.

Political Marches

The year 2017 was rife with marches and political passion as people with various views took to the streets and spoke. The day after President Trump’s inauguration, the “Women’s March” happened in Washington. This march was pro-choice and about women’s rights, though it also had a very partisan thing to it that was pro-Democrat. The antithesis to this march and its values was the protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the Charlottesville march, a bunch of people were protesting the fact that more liberal types wanted to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee in a park. Some people were there to legitimately protest the removal of the statue, because there are a lot of people down South—Black and White—who feel that Confederate monuments are a part of their regional heritage. Some of the people there felt that it was an anti-White thing to take it down, and some felt that it was un-American or unnecessary. Different types of people showed up—everyone from people with radical White-supremacist backgrounds, to people who felt that Whites were being discriminated against, to people who just wanted to preserve the statue. The media painted this as a “White supremacist” event.

A Lot of American History In January of 2018

The first month of 2018 has been filled with an amazing amount of American history.

On January 1st, California completely legalized weed for recreational use. Yes, they legalized weed! This unbelievable turn of events was a great push forward for the country. Around that time, there were plenty of click-bait articles online of how it could be bad for people.

On January 10th, a federal court went against Trump’s choice to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections. Trump was not happy about this.

On January 11th, Ecuador gave citizenship to Julian Assange, the man who founded Wikileaks.

Also, on January 11th, Trump referred to third world places such as Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries,” stirring up controversy.

On January 19th, Trump becomes the first president to ever address the March for Life—an anti-abortion rally.

On January 20th, the government shuts down.

On January 22nd, there was a deal to reopen the government until February 8th.

I have a lot of opinions about these events. First off, I think that President Trump was spot on when he called these places “shithole countries.” People leave impoverished places to come to America because those countries really are s-holes! That is the reason why a lot of people have immigrated to America over the past hundreds of years—their countries were total s-holes!

I am glad that weed was made completely legal someplace in America, because I think that it is a human rights issue. Weed cures many ailments, and forcing people to buy from shady sources leads to the funding of a shady underworld.

A lot of news pertains to Trump saying silly or attention-getting things. Who cares what this man says! Would you rather have some guy saying very frank sounding things, or would you rather have some guy blatantly lying in your face and being extremely condescending. Which is really better?

NBA Players Honor MLK Day in Unique Way

Martin Luther King’s impact is felt across the country, every day. In communities where the majority of people are African-American, including the NBA, King’s influence is perhaps even greater.

To honor Dr. King on Monday, NBA players took to the court wearing special-edition warm-up shirts, and some wore unique sneakers.

The shirts were made by Nike and feature the iconic words “I have a dream” on the front of them. On the back, there is a longer quote from a speech King made on August 28, 1963. Fans can purchase the shirts at the NBA store, and all proceeds will go to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Shoes sported by the players included those from the Nike Equality line. The Equality line includes an all-black shoe with gold letters that spell “Equality.” It also includes Jordan sneakers and those that sport the colors of the Pan-African flag: red, green, and black.

Many players in the league have traditionally been outspoken about using their apparel and footwear to support their beliefs on social issues.

The league, itself, has significantly relaxed rules regarding what can and cannot be worn on the court. Decades ago, shoes had to be predominantly black or white with only some accents in team colors to showcase team unity. The rules have loosened to allow players to wear shoes of their choice, as long as there is some sort of team unity.

For special events, including MLK day, there are very few rules about what one can wear in terms of shoes. On these “theme nights,” special-edition sneakers are shown off. On Monday and over the weekend, there was astonishing variety in how players honored Dr. King. Since millions of young people look up to these players, their way of marking MLK day was sure to be noticed.

A Posthumous Grammy Award And Cinematic History in The USA

The ScreenRant website recently reported that the late Carrie Fisher received a posthumous 2018 Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Award yesterday. Although she passed away in December, 2016 at the age of 60 following a heart attack, the actress and writer enjoyed a distinguished career in the film and entertainment industry. Some of her film roles will likely remain significant in American cinematic history.

The Star Wars Franchise

Possibly Carrie Fisher’s best known role occurred within the series of science fiction adventure and action films created by George Lucas. She portrayed Princess Leia, the sister of hero Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Leia became the romantic interest of smuggler-turned-rebel Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

The first Star Wars film appeared in 1977. A box office success, it launched one of the most robust franchises in Hollywood. Playing the role of a courageous Princess determined to thwart the malevolent Darth Vader catapulted Carried Fisher (already well known in the United States) into international celebrity during the late 1970s.

Women in U.S. Cinema

Ironically perhaps, Carrie Fisher’s final appearance as Leia occurred in a film released after her death. She played the Princess as a General in Star Wars: The Last Jedi(2017). During the interim, Carrie Fisher accepted numerous roles in television and movie productions, and she also wrote scripts and books.

The transformation in Leia’s status between 1977 and 2017 to some extent reflects the changing role of women in society during the pivotal four decades between the end of the Vietnam War and the present. During this epoch, young American women became subject to register for military conscription just like men. Carrie Fisher depicted the transformation of Leia from a beautiful and privileged princess into an indomitable general determined to spawn rebellion at any cost.

The Evolution Of The Pledge Of Allegiance

The pledge of allegiance that we are all familiar with has evolved greatly over the years. It was first established back in 1892. This was to celebrate the 400th anniversary since the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus.

When the pledge of allegiance was first founded, people saluted the flag. This was the practice until 1942. Saluting the flag with your arm eventually became viewed as being so similar to Adolf Hitler’s Nazi salute, that the government decided to change the salute to the flag. Instead of saluting the flag, people put their hands over their heart while saying the pledge of allegiance.

Another interesting evolution of the pledge of allegiance is that the first pledge did not mention the United States of America. The pledge was addressed to the flag and not the country. This changed in the 20th century. During this time period, the United States experienced a massive immigration influx. The pledge to the United States of America was added to promote and prove loyalty to the country and not the foreign nations that the immigrants had come from.

A further change came in 1954 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the addition of one nation under god to the pledge of allegiance. A religious minister was the first person credited with adding under god to the pledge, however. The addition of god to the pledge of allegiance was made to help distinguish the United States from the Soviet Union. There has always been a rich religious history and tolerance in the United States said Dwight Eisenhower that the Soviet Union had lacked and prohibited.

An interesting fact about the pledge of allegiance is that it is not mandatory. The United States Supreme Court has decided that someone cannot be forced to recite it. Still, the pledge of allegiance is ingrained into American education. Students get up and recite the pledge at the start of a school day. The pledge is also said during many town meetings across the nation.

A Missouri Woman Made History Re-Creating the Cookbook

An American woman desperate to fight off the misery of death and financial ruin decided to meet her predicament head-on with bold action – and she managed to revolutionize the cookbook publishing industry forever while saving her own bacon.

Her name was Irma S. Rombauer, a St. Louis, Missouri, high-society woman who had scarcely cooked a meal in her life. But that was before the Great Depression swooped down to destroy her family fortune. Just months after the stock market crash of 1929, Irma’s husband Edgar Rombauer committed suicide upon realizing he was wiped out financially.

Edgar had been a successful attorney and rising political figure when the American economy collapsed. Until then, he had provided his wife with a high-society lifestyle. Irma Rombauer had no need for kitchen skills because she had cooks and kitchen maids to handle it all for her.

But the widowed Mrs. Rombauer quickly realized that she needed to take action or lose what little she had left, including her very home. To everyone’s surprise, she decided to write a cookbook, self-publish it and go selling it door to door. It seemed like a desperate scheme.

The name of her publication was “The Joy of Cooking.” It remains today one of the most successful cookbook titles in history. In fact, The Joy of Cooking was so innovative and different, it powerfully influenced the way all cookbooks would be published from that time forward.

Mrs. Rombauer broke the mold by making her cookbook lighthearted and fun – she truly endeavored to put the “joy” into cooking. Until then, few women considered kitchen work “joyful.” Most cookbooks reflected that sense of scullery drudgery. Cookbooks then read more like grim field manuals than collections of beloved recipes that were fun to make and exciting to serve.

Mrs. Rombauer used her last pennies to print 3,000 copies. Fortunately, they sold so well, The Joy of Cooking was picked up by a major publisher and the rest is history.

Memphis Removes Bedford and Davis from City Parks

Memphis Tennessee has written a new page into the U.S. history books this week by finding and successfully carrying out a legal way to remove two prominent confederate statues from two separate city parks after being denied by state government on every previous attempt. Back in October the Tennessee Historical Commission turned down the city’s application to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forest from Health Sciences Park, despite that two years prior (amidst the wide-spread confederate flag fiasco in the U.S.) the city council voted to have the graves (of Bedford and his wife) moved back to their original locations (Elmwood Cemetery). Bedford was not only a powerful Confederate General during the American Civil War but also acted as a slave trader and later on ended up becoming the very first Grand Wizard of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan).
The Second statue that was removed wednesday the 20th was none other than that of Jefferson Davis (The one and only Confederate President). An additional smaller statue was attempted to be removed along with the Davis piece from the easement on Fourth Bluff Park. Cranes were brought in a couple of hours after sundown and the statues were rather quickly taken down and loaded onto the backs of trucks to be stored somewhere nearby until further deliberations on what should be done with them takes place.
How did the city find a way to make this all legal and possible? In the end it was pretty simple; after being blocked by miles of red tape from the Tennessee state government the proposition arose to sell the two parks to a non-government third party, a non-profit organization by the name of Greenspace Inc., for the extremely low price of one thousand dollars per property. Once the city council approved, and the Mayor signed off on the paperwork, the deal was done and the actions were made 100% legal.

Miss. Museum Shows Focuses on Civil Rights Movement to Open People’s Eyes

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum has recently opened in Jackson, Mississippi.

This year happens to the 200th anniversary of the state of Mississippi. The Museum of Mississippi History also reopened this year in the same building as the civil rights museum. The Mississippi Museum of Art opened a new exhibit that has many pictures of Mississippi from 1817 to 2017 to highlights what makes Mississippi special for the anniversary.

This human right museum for blacks concentrates on the 3 decades between World War II and the 1970s. It is a repository of all the information that could be about the civil rights movement.

Within this repository, a person will find tight, dim-lit enclosed spaces that have many, many photos, texts, films and recordings. It is hard to cover all this material in two hours.

This repository starts with the slave traffic done by Europeans which brought blacks to theviu Mississippi in the 16th century. The civil rights movement was created three hundred years later to finally give these ex-slaves the rights that they deserved like voting.

This repository will not linger on major events like the War Between the States, Reconstruction and the demise of Jim Crow. It then concentrates on what happens when black troops come home from WWII. These troops had more freedom as soldiers and it was hard for them to go back home where they had less freedom. They tried to fight the racism, However, the whites violently stopped them.

After World War II, the violence done to blacks was recorded and put in this museum. This repository has within its walls tall, billboard size plaques that list blacks who died due to lynching. A lynching is when a person kills another by hanging them from a tree. White people used this method of killing often on black people.

This repository will concentrate on a 14 year -old teenager named Emmett Till. White people tortured and killed him in 1955. Why did they do this? He whistled at a white woman. His battered body was depicted in a picture that appeared in the black-focused magazine called Jet magazine. An individual would find this photo highly memorable.

The approach of the Mississippi human right repository to have a realistic approach to what was happening in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Some people would find this approach to be interesting, thought-provoking and cinematic.

Historians Praise Ronald Chernow’s Recent Biography On Ulysses S. Grant

One of the best-selling books on American history in 2017 is Ronald Chernow’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant. Entitled Grant, Chernow’s biography is receiving rave reviews online and is currently at the top of the Amazon Book Charts.

Critics enjoy Chernow’s lengthy exploration of the 18th US president’s childhood, especially his relationship with his father Jesse. According to Chernow’s biography, Grant had the exact opposite disposition to his father in terms of disposition. While Jesse was a boisterous self-promoter, Ulysses was a quiet, humble, and even a bit mysterious. Readers say they learned a great deal from Chernow’s analysis of Jesse’s psychological effect on the young Ulysses.

The second major influence in Ulysses S. Grant’s life, Chernow says, was his wife Julia Dett. We learn how Ulysses met Julia while stationed in St. Louis and how his wife helped Grant though some of his most difficult periods.

Interestingly, Chernow treats Grant’s infamous alcoholism using modern diagnostic standards. In Chernow’s opinion, Grant was a “problem drinker” who literally couldn’t stop drinking spirits until he was drunk. While a few other historians have explored this theory in the past, Chernow is the first to explicitly use it as his main thesis for Grant’s addiction to “demon rum.”

During the Civil War years, Chernow analyzes the fact and fiction surrounding all the rumors that were spread of Grant’s drinking habits. According to Chernow, more often than not the sensationalist press concocted these stories only to sell newspapers.

Chernow admits Grant typically only drank in excess when he was alone. Before battle, however, Grant never took a drop of liquor.

Chernow’s biography is most praised, however, for its treatment of Grant in office. Chernow portrays President Grant in a favorable light as a follower of Lincoln’s vision for Southern Reconstruction.

Overall, Chernow’s Grant follows a trend in recent historical scholarship that has a more forgiving view of Grant as both a general and a president. Without a doubt, Chernow’s popular text will change how historians see this iconic figure of Civil War and Reconstruction America.

Ronald Chernow graduated from Yale University and Pembroke College, Cambridge with degrees in English literature. In addition to Ulysses S. Grant, Chernow has written biographies on George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John D. Rockefeller.

Pearl Harbor Ceremonies Help People to Remember this Day in Infamy

Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the famous “Infamy Speech” on December 8, 1941. This speech was made in response to the bombings which took place at the Pearl Harbor naval base. The Japanese bombed the Americans and this event caused the United States to enter World War II. As of 2017, it has been 76 years since this event took place. It was a defining moment in American history. This event also helped to change the course of the world.

Throughout the years, many military, historical and civilian organizations have ceremonies to honor the fallen American heroes of Pearl Harbor. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., makes it a point to remember Pearl Harbor and the events that have taken place on that important day. A wreath laying ceremony typically takes place at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue NW on December 7.

A color guard is present at the event and they salute the former sailors of Pearl Harbor. A huge wreath is laid atop the Navy Memorial’s granite sea map. There were also speakers such as the 96-year-old Capt. Kaufman who witnessed the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. He was just 24–years–old at the time.

The events of Pearl Harbor cannot be forgotten and many former sailors from the past will not let this day fade away. This event was extremely important at the time. This event helped America to realize that they could no longer stay out of military conflicts that took place around the world.

The Pearl Harbor naval base also has its own Pearl Harbor ceremonies that take place every year. Like Captain Kaufman, there still are some people from this era who witnessed this event. Pearl Harbor will live in on as a date in infamy, but it will always be remembered by faithful and patriotic Americans. You can find out more about this story in the Washington Times.