"HISTORY SPEAKS" BLOG

Titanic Sinks!

By Rick Chromey | April 14, 2021 |

The sinking of the Titanic was a huge blow to industrial science and the promise of machines making life faster and better.

The Titanic was the fastest and best. It was reputed to be unsinkable, but it still sunk. For the oldest members of the Transportation and Telephone (TNT) Generation–born 1900 to 1920–this tragedy was a generational moment.

And it all happened on this fateful day.

Abraham Lincoln Assassinated

By Rick Chromey | April 14, 2021 |

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was an unexpected first for America.

Four sitting presidents have been killed: Abraham Lincoln (1865), James A. Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1901), and John F. Kennedy (1963). Additionally, two presidents have been injured in attempted assassinations: Theodore Roosevelt (1912; former president at the time) and Ronald Reagan (1981).

Every assassination (and even attempted assassination) have been tattooed upon the generation that experienced it in its “coming of age” years (adolescence and young adulthood).

“Houston, We Have A Problem”

By Rick Chromey | April 13, 2021 |

It’s scripted like Hollywood but this tale from space produced some genuine heroes. The innovation to solve “the problem” and bring three US astronauts back to earth remains a story for the ages.

The fated mission was commanded by Jim Lovell with Jack Swigert as command module (CM) pilot and Fred Haise as Apollo Lunar Module (LM) pilot. Swigert was a late replacement for Ken Mattingly, who was grounded after exposure to rubella.

Hallelujah! Handel’s Messiah Arrives

By Rick Chromey | April 13, 2021 |

On this date in 1742, Handel’s “Messiah” debuted. Today, it’s one of the world’s most renown, loved and most performed musical works. Fast fact: The entire score was completed in 24 days…a minor miracle in its own right!

Westward Ho! The Pony Express!

By Rick Chromey | April 13, 2021 |

Did you know the fabled Pony Express was actually a massive failure? It’s true. It lasted only 18 months as a mail service. The innovations of the telegraph and railroad proved better means for transporting America’s letters to the West.

Tik Tok: Young Americans are Clocking It

By Rick Chromey | April 13, 2021 |

According to 2021 Pew Research Center, nearly half (48%) of U.S. young adults use the social media app Tik Tok.

A Russian in Space

By Rick Chromey | April 12, 2021 |

The Russians were the first to send a rocket into space, the first into space with a man and a woman (Valentina Tereshkova, 1963) and the first to do a space walk outside their capsule.

But America got the big prize. We landed on the moon and planted our flag. The only nation (so far) to do it.

Roosevelt Dies, Truman New President

By Rick Chromey | April 12, 2021 |

The last president to die of natural causes while in office was Franklin D. Roosevelt on this day in 1945. His VP Harry Truman was the new President.

The Civil War Starts

By Rick Chromey | April 12, 2021 |

A century and three score years ago today the bloodiest war on American soil started. It was a war between Americans. We were geographically divided (North v. South). We were politically divided (Republicans v. Democrats). We were commercially divided (slave v. free). It was America at its worst and four years of bloodshed would nearly wipe out an entire American generation of young men.

Forget Cable: YouTube is Tops Among U.S. Young Adults

By Rick Chromey | April 12, 2021 |

According to 2021 Pew Research Center, 81% of U.S. adults watch YouTube. In fact, YouTube was one of only two social media sites to experience growth in the past two years.