This Month in History
- In 1863, Samuel Clemens adopted the pen name Mark Twain and began his mark as a famous American storyteller.
- In 1895, William George Morgan, invented mintonette – later to be known as volleyball.
- The Teddy Bear was born. It was in tribute to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who, during a hunting trip – refused to kill a bear that was tied to a tree. Morris and Rose Michtom created the toy in 1903.
- U.S. President, Harry S. Truman, publicly supported civil rights in America. In 1948, he sought support from Congress and when that failed issued executive orders. His directives desegregated the military and Federal employees.
- In 1960, British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan – rattled South Africa with his wind of change speech against apartheid.
- In 1979, Curtis Sliwa brought his community together and formed The Guardian Angels. Today, their safety patrol efforts span worldwide.
- South Africa’s President, F.W. de Klerk – legalized various political organizations opposing apartheid. In 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison and became the country’s president (four years later).
- In 2005, Ellen MacArthur broke records as she sailed solo around the world in 71 days.
A son watched his mother. Lovingly, he looked as she moved around. Her feet so steady and quick, but… he wanted to keep her fit. He asked her to join him for a run.
And she did. Around the track for 400-meters…
She was 93.
She enjoyed it so much she began competing in races. Winning gold at the age of 101.
…What an inspiration!..
No matter where we are in our journey.
It’s never too late…
▒ To Try
▒ To Begin
▒ To Dream
Embrace life with all its possibilities.