I’m old enough to have once been a fan Walter Cronkite, whose calm and mostly objective delivery of the evening news earned him the title of “most trusted man in America.” Today, I grab my news from my email provider and supplement it with Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” which is often great fun but technically neither objective nor news. I know this but I consider it my news source anyway.
Has life gotten better since the days of Walter? Or worse? In the spirit of Cronkite, let’s take a look at today, April 9th.
In 1241 the Mongols defeated the Polish and German Armies. Seriously. On April 9. After that it appears that there was a whole lot of fighting by a whole lot of people, although on this date in 1454 the city-states of northern Italian signed a truce that lasted for almost 50 years. Go Italy. And on April 9, 1865 Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant and ended the civil war.
It was 74 years ago when the Daughters of the American Revolution decided that Marian Anderson’s ancestry made her unfit to sing at Constitution Hall. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR as a result, and on April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson sang instead on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a live audience of seventy-five thousand and a national radio audience of millions more. Click on the image to see the video.
Today we had stabbing attack on a campus of Lone Star Community College, easily within twenty miles of my home. Fourteen people have been injured, several very seriously, and as of last report no one has any idea of why. I sit on my front porch blogging and waiting for more news to make it on to the internet.
And that’s the way it is, on April 9, 2013.