I don’t think we wake up thinking we’re going to do something phenomenal or that we’re going to effect change. For the most part, we’re just thankful to wake up. But once we wipe the sleep from our eyes, take a shower and grab a cup of liquid energy, our plans may change. That thought had me thinking. (Bad idea!)
Since I love history and research, I decided to dig a bit. I found a few interesting historical events that happened today, November 16. Then I started to wonder. (Another bad idea)
What is it that keeps us–as an individual–from making history and finding a place in the annuals of history?
The answer? Absolutely Nothing.
I thought I share some of my findings. Perhaps you can recall a few. (The notes in blue are my random thoughts and outbursts.)
2006 – Representative Nancy Pelosi is chosen to be the Speaker of the House
2001 – The first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, opens in cinemas
1993 – Russian President Yeltsin shuts Lenin museum
1989 – “Gypsy” opens at St. James Theater New York City for 477 performances
1988 – Jose Canseco is 1st unanimous AL MVP since Reggie Jackson
1988 – Benazir Bhutto is elected in a democratic election to be Prime Minister of Pakistan
1988 -Robin Givens sues Mike Tyson for $125 million for libel (hey, history comes in all forms)
1982 -Space Shuttle Columbia completes its 1st operational flight
1981- Luke marries Laura on soap opera General Hospital (16 million watch) (I had to include this one! What a day that was!)
1980 -Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Doug Williams throws for 486 yards
1975 – Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Jacksonville Ladies Golf Open
1974 – First intentional interstellar radio message sent, Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away
1974 – John Lennon’s only solo #1 “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”
1966 – Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente is named NL MVP
1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA San Francisco Warriors scores 73 points vs New York Knicks
1959 – “Sound of Music” opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City for 1443 performances
1957 – Celtic Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds beat Philadelphia 111-89 (does it show I’m a basketball fan?!)
1955 – First speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (322 kph) (D M Campbell)
1955 – Johnny Cash made his 1st chart appearance with “Cry Cry Cry” (one of the coolest men ever)
1939 – Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail
1920 – 1st postage stamp meter is set in Stamford Connecticut
1914 – Pope Benedict XV calls for peace
1908 – Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting New York’s Metropolitan Opera
1875 – Battle at Gundet: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
1875 – William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities
1856 – Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens
1841 – Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (New York City)
1835 -Charles Darwin’s voyage published in Cambridge Philosophical Society
1824 – New York City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business (Yes! Shopping!)
1801 – 1st edition of New York Evening Post
1700 – Monarch of Brandenburg becomes king of Prussia
1676 – 1st colonial prison organized, Nantucket Mass
1532 – Pizarro captures Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca
1380 – French King Charles VI declares no taxes for ever (What a guy!)
I’m sure the accomplishments/events of many listed here were a surprise. Okay, maybe Robin Givens knew she was suing Iron Mike for all that cash. Or Al Capone knew he was being sprung from jail. But, Wilt Chamberlain probably didn’t think he’d score 73 points against the Knicks. But he probably played with the intent on winning.
The same applies for us mere mortals.
Every day, we’re able to draw another breath; we should set our minds and our hearts to doing the best we can. History can jump in at anytime because the actions we take may have a profound reaction on someone or something. As you go through your day and evening, keep that in the back of your mind, and feel free to use this prompt to get started.
On this day, November 16 (INSERT YOUR NAME) did a damn good job!
If you don’t do anything monumental today, there’s always tomorrow. Change the date and keep on moving.
TGIF! Enjoy your weekend. See you Monday.