Good Morning America! – and the rest of this wonderful world sharing this interesting small blue-marble planet, called Earth by those who live on it, the third planet from the Sun, a star that is at the center of our particular galaxy, fifth largest planet among eight planets in our part of the universe called the Solar System.
Today is November 28th in the year of our Lord, 1949. That’s one thousand nine hundred and forty-nine years after the death of a carpenter’s son who died because he was an advocate of reformation, had new ideas and rebelled against the establishment of the Jewish hierarchy.
As for me, that makes me 60 years old, which is a grain of sand on a beach compared to our planet’s age of 4.54 billion years.
Time is a matter of perspective, I guess.
I remember a time when I thought 30 was an old age. My, how time flies.
From our birth day, until we die, Is but the winking of an eye. William Butler Yeats
Sitting here typing this, I don’t feel sixty years old, but reality will set in once I stand in front of the bathroom mirror.
Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened. Cora Harvey Armstrong
I guess age, like time itself is relevant. Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. French Proverb
However, in reflection …
When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not. Mark Twain
At 30 years of age, I experienced more things, seen more things and had more adventures than most folks people do not experience in a lifetime. But my adventures didn’t stop at 30 or 35 …
At 42 I was involved in the Persian Gulf War (shortened now as the Gulf War
) in 1991. I dispelled what Voltaire
What most persons consider virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
Before that from the middle of the 1980s to 1990, I had the opportunity to work at NATO LSE Headquarters
in Izmir, Turkey, an ancient place of civilization once known as Smyrna by the ancient Greeks – where I shot many photos with my 35mm camera, when cameras still used film to produce images, and wrote a manuscript entitled American in Turkey
, published locally and was followed by Volume 2. Previously I had written/published History of the 4th US Cavalry: The Quarterhorse – and lifetime member of the 4th Cavalry Association
. I, like generations today, didn’t just experience history
– I lived it.
People of historical note born on November 28th [partial list] …
of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, 1700-1770: Queen of Denmark and Norway.
, American film director and producer, 1946-
For History Buffs – on November 28th:
: Pope Urban II
appoints Bishop Adhemar of Le Puy
and Count Raymound IV of Toulouse
, to lead the First Crusade
to the Holy Land
1520: Three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean after navigating around the Horn in South America and became the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
1582: William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway are married at Stratford-upon-Avon, their marriage license costing £40.
1660: Twelve men at Gresham College, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray, found what later became known as the Royal Society.
1785: The Treaty of Hopewell is signed.
: The Times
in London, for the first time, is printed by an automatic, steam-powered press built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig
and Andreas Friedrich Bauer
1821: Panama Independence Day
– celebration of separation of Panama from Spain.
: Ka Lahui
– Hawaiian Independence Day.
1893: In New Zealand, women vote for the first time.
First American automobile race takes place on a 54-mile course from Jackson Park, Chicago to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea
won, taking about 10 hours to complete the race.
Irish nationalist, Arthur Griffith
, founds the Sinn Féin
as a political party with an agenda to establish a dual monarchy in Ireland
First American movie theater opens in Haverhill, Massachusetts, owned by scrap-metal dealer, Louis B. Mayer
1919: Lady Astor
is elected as a Member of the Parliament in the United Kingdom and first woman to sit as a British MP, but not the first elected.
1958: Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gábon become republics within the French community.
1960: Mauritania becomes independent from France.
launches Mariner 4 probe to Mars.
Representatives from 88 countries gather in Geneva
to discuss world trade and ways to achieve a free trade system.
1989: Czechoslovakia Free Elections – Communist Party gives up power for free elections.
As this day passes and time continues for me, I will try to remember what T.S. Eliot
The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
Statistics, so they say, show that many people die on or around their birth date.
I’m still here, considering the dangerous events, including two combat tours and a 15-year career as a professional soldier, that’s surprising. My life is quite mundane today in comparison.
Thanks, readers, for sharing this birthday with me. I intend to be around for several more years enjoying the cyberspace experience. Today is International Buy Nothing Day
– enjoy it.
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine. Frank Sinatra
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau
Old age is fifteen years older than I am. Oliver Wendell Holmes
With 60 staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs. James Thurber
You’re only old when dreams are replaced with memories of what used to be.
Keith Allen Lehman
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by