Robert Henri (1865-1929), American painter
Mary Agnes by Robert Henri
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Robert Henri (1865)
Henri was an American painter and teacher and a leading figure in the Ashcan school, a realist movement in American art best known for its scenes of ordinary city life. He studied in Paris and taught and worked in Philadelphia and New York. He rebelled against academic art and impressionism and encouraged his students to shun the formalization of style and view art as a medium through which to express life and humanity.
This full-throttle event is held on the Snake River at Burley, Idaho. Burley's population of 9,000 is doubled for the regatta, which is a qualifying race for the American Power Boat Association Western Divisional Championship. A hundred speedboats in 11 inboard limited classes compete for a share of $35,000 in cash prizes—and a mink coat. The regatta has been held since the 1970s, and boats are entered from throughout the country. They include seven-liter, hydroplanes, super-stock, pro-stock, KRR flat-bottoms, Comp Jets, and stock hydros.
Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc on Palm Plantations Across the GlobeOne of the biggest threats to global agriculture these days is a tiny, bright red weevil. These little crimson devils eviscerate coconut, date and oil palms, and are native to South Asia.
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1580 - The Book of Concord was first published. The book is a collection of doctrinal standards of the Lutheran Church.
1867 - Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire.
1876 - Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana. The event is known as "Custer's Last Stand."
1894 - Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, known as Annie Londonderry, began a round-the-world bicycle trip. She became the first woman to travel around the globe by bicycle.
1921 - Samuel Gompers was elected head of the AFL for the 40th time.
1951 - In New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The public did not own color TV's at the time.
1968 - Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit a grand-slam home run in his first game with the Giants. He was the first player to debut with a grand-slam.
1993 - Kim Campbell took office as Canada's first woman prime minister. She assumed power upon the resignation of Brian Mulroney.
2000 - U.S. and British researchers announced that they had completed a rough draft of a map of the genetic makeup of human beings. The project was 10 years old at the time of the announcement.
--On May 30, 1935: Babe Ruth, one of baseball's most famous players, played in his last game. Ruth was best known for his home run hitting ability. During his career, Babe Ruth would hit 714 home runs -- a record which lasted until 1974.
Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895 under the name George Herman Ruth Jr. In 1902, his parents sent him to the St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys due to behavioral issues. While at St. Mary's, a monk named Brother Matthias coached Ruth in baseball, and Ruth would learn to play several different positions. Jack Dunn watched Ruth play baseball while he was at St. Mary's and signed him to a contract in 1914 with the minor league Baltimore Orioles. Ruth was allegedly given the nickname "Babe" by his teammates. The Orioles sold his contract to the Boston Red Sox in July 1914, and he played a couple of games for the Red Sox before being sent to their minor league team, the Providence Grays. In 1915, Ruth again played for the major league Red Sox as a pitcher where he became known for his batting ability. Since he was a pitcher, Ruth had limited playing opportunities. He requested to change positions so that he could play in more games, and in 1917, Ruth's request was granted. Afterward, Ruth regularly played as an outfielder although he sometimes still pitched. During the 1919 season, Ruth began a hitting streak and finished the season with 29 home runs. His contract was sold to the New York Yankees on Dec. 26, 1919.
During his career with the Yankees, Ruth primarily played in the outfield and rarely pitched. The New York Yankees became a dominant team with Ruth playing alongside Lou Gehrig and others. Ruth continued to have amazing performances batting with the Yankees. One of the biggest baseball legends about Ruth has it that during the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Ruth "called his shot" on a 3-2 pitch by pointing to center field. On the next pitch, the Great Bambino hammered a deep home run.
Ruth was traded to the Boston Braves on Feb. 26, 1935. On May 25, 1935, Ruth went four for four and hit three home runs -- his last home runs while playing major league baseball. He played his last major league baseball game on May 30 and retired on June 2. Ruth passed away due to cancer on Aug. 16, 1948, at the age of 53. The Yankees created a granite monument in his honor and have retired his uniform No. 3. During his career, he would play on seven World Series champion teams (1915, 1916, 1918, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932), three with the Red Sox and four with the Yankees. Ruth was named to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball All-Century Team.
--On June 2, 1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the building of the first swimming pool at the White House. Private American citizens raised money for the indoor swimming pool, and President Roosevelt used the pool for physical therapy. Presidents Truman and Kennedy also used the pool frequently during their terms in office. In 1962, President Kennedy's father commissioned Bernard Lamotte to paint a mural on the swimming pool walls.
The swimming pool was converted into the White House press briefing room during President Richard Nixon's term in office in order to provide additional space for reporters. President Nixon ordered that the pool was not to be damaged during the construction. He wanted to make sure that it could be converted back into a pool in the future, and he also had the murals painted for President Kennedy preserved. Construction was temporarily delayed by the discovery of underground rooms from President Jefferson's time in office. On April 2, 1970, the new press room was opened. In 1975, President Ford decided to install an outdoor swimming pool at the White House rather than move the press from its location above the indoor swimming pool.
Since that time, the press briefing room has been remodeled a couple of times, and was renamed the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to honor President Reagan's press secretary who was shot during the attempted assassination of President Reagan. The swimming pool still exists under the press briefing room and is still believed capable of being converted back into a pool. It is currently being used as a computer server room. Interestingly, the press secretary's podium is located above the deep end in the pool.
--On June 2, 1953: Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey. Coronation Day was filled with historical and religious ceremonies, which lasted almost three hours and included the queen taking an oath, being anointed with holy oil, being crowned, receiving physical symbols of her authority -- including the royal ring -- and receiving allegiance from other British royals. An estimated eight thousand guests and dignitaries attended the event at the Abbey, and approximately three million people lined the streets for the queen's procession in the Gold State Coach. Millions of people saw television coverage of the event worldwide, and millions more listened to radio broadcasts. It was the first time that a British monarch's coronation ceremony was televised.
Queen Elizabeth II inherited the throne upon the death of her father King George VI, on Feb. 6, 1952, who passed away at the age of 56. She learned of her father's death while in Kenya. Her father, King George VI had become king after his brother King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 in order to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American socialite in the process of obtaining her second divorce. Edward and Wallis married in 1937 after her divorce was finalized. King George VI helped stabilize the monarchy following the abdication crisis.
Queen Elizabeth II became the queen immediately after her father's death, but the coronation did not take place until much later due to the mourning period following the king's death and the planning required for the event. Queen Elizabeth's coronation gown was designed by Norman Hartnell and was a white gown that included symbols from the Commonwealth countries of the United Kingdom. She was crowned with the Imperial State Crown. Queen Elizabeth II is Great Britain's longest serving monarch, overtaking her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria's, record in 2015.
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The Dome of the Rock is an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. One of the oldest extant works of Islamic architecture, the Dome of the Rock was initially completed in 691 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik. After the original dome collapsed in 1015, it was rebuilt in 1022–23, patterned after nearby Byzantine churches and palaces. The site has great significance for Muslims owing to traditions connecting it to the creation of the world and to the belief that the Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey to heaven started from the rock at the center of the structure.
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Old-Fashioned Birthday Cake
1 c. Butter
2 c. Sugar, extra fine or fruit sugar - not powdered
1 c. Milk
2 t. White vanilla3 c. Flour (if using a gluten free blend, mix in 1/4 t. Xanthan gum and 1 t. Unflavored gelatin)
1 T. Baking powder
1/2 t. Salt
For a whiter cake, put the cake into the oven while cold with a pie pan half full of water on the bottom rack. Bake at 325 degrees.
For cherry cake, add 1 cup of chopped Maraschino cherries, 2 T. Of the juice, and 1/2 t. Almond extract.
For coconut cake, add 1 c. Of unsweetened coconut.
For butter pecan cake (my grandson, Koen's, favourite), use brown sugar and add 3/4 cup of crushed pecans.
For summer fruit cake, mix in 1/2 cup each of chopped dried fruit, blanched almonds, and coconut.
For blueberry scones, add 1 cup of blueberries at the end, and bake in a prepared jelly roll pan for about 20 minutes. Serve with butter.
Old-Fashioned Bakery Icing
4 T. Butter, soft
4 T. Shortening
1/8 t. Salt
3 c. Powdered sugar
2-4 T. Cream
2 t. White Vanilla
Any leftovers can be spread onto plain round cookies or graham crackers for a treat (as if).
For chocolate frosting, add 3 oz. Of melted bittersweet chocolate to the butter and shortening, and replace 1 t. Vanilla with rum or almond extract.
For coffee icing, dissolve 1 t. Instant coffee in the cream.
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