Frozen in Time
A look back at the week that was…
By P.M. Fadden
Monday, May 8th – The world celebrates VE (Victory Europe) day as WWII conflict in Europe is finally surrendered, 1945.
Tuesday, May 9th – Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World, 1502.
Wednesday, May 10th – Nelson Mandela is sworn in as South Africa’s first black president, 1994.
Thursday, May 11th – The 1967 Siege of Khe Sanh ends with the base is still in American hands.
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visited personally with I Corps relief forces from El Toro Marine Air Station, saying “This is a decisive time in Vietnam; the eyes of the nation, the entire world and the eyes of all of history itself, are on that little brave band of defenders who hold the pass at Khe Sanh….”
Friday, May 12th – Alaskan Proud: the seed of United States Forestry Service was planted in Alaska soil when, in 1898, Dr. Charles C. Georgeson arrived to Sitka, beginning the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s experiment station program in the Last Frontier. He picked Baranov’s Castle hill as site for the administrative building.
Saturday, May 13th – English colonists land near the James River in Virginia, 1607.
Sunday, May 14th – The nation’s inaugural Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel, 1948.
These dates in history are happily brought to you by the Glacier City Gazette in the hopes that the current week is just as noteworthy. Cheers.