Have You Heard, one of the greatest speeches in American history was made 52 years ago today (8/28/1963), when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from in front of the Lincoln Memorial, told the world that he “had a dream.”
Some historians call it the greatest American speech of the 20th century. Later that year (1963) “Time” magazine named Dr. King its “Man of the Year” and King became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize the following year (1964).
Another “speech” that concerned civil rights, and which also has historical value, began 58 years ago today. Sen. Strom Thurmond (D-SC) began a filibuster to oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Thurmond spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes to try to kill the bill. That remains the longest filibuster by a lone senator. However, it did not kill the bill. President Eisenhower signed it into law two weeks later.
Today is also Cherry Turnover Day and it’s national Bow Tie Day!
Pepsi-Cola was introduced by that name 117 years ago today by a pharmacist in New Bern, North Carolina.
After 15 years of marriage, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced 19 years ago today. She was dead a little more than a year later.
And the best-selling female artist in country music history has a big birthday today. Shania Twain, the first non-U.S. citizen to win the CMA “Entertainer of the Year” award (1999) is 50.
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