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This Week in Her and History


This Week in History, Dec 1 - Dec 7

Dec 01, 1955
Rosa Parks lights a spark. In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city's racial segregation laws. The successful Montgomery Bus Boycott, organized by a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King, Jr., followed Park's historic act of civil disobedience.
"The mother of the civil rights movement," as Rosa Parks is known, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1913. She worked as a seamstress and in 1943 joined the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. According to a Montgomery city ordinance in 1955, African Americans were required to sit at the back of public buses and were also obligated to give up those seats to white riders if the front of the bus filled up. Parks was in the first row of the black section when the white driver demanded that she give up her seat to a white man. Parks' refusal was spontaneous but was not merely brought on by her tired feet, as is the popular legend. In fact, local civil rights leaders had been planning a challenge to Montgomery's racist bus laws for several months, and Parks had been privy to this discussion.

Dec 02, 2001
Enron files for bankruptcy. On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history. An energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, Enron was formed in 1985 as the merger of two gas companies, Houston Natural Gas and Internorth. Under chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay, Enron rose as high as number seven on Fortune magazine's list of the top 500 U.S. companies. In 2000, the company employed 21,000 people and posted revenue of $111 billion. Over the next year, however, Enron's stock price began a dramatic slide, dropping from $90.75 in August 2000 to $0.26 by closing on November 30, 2001.

Dec 03, 1947
A Streetcar Named Desire opens on Broadway. On this day in 1947, Marlon Brando's famous cry of "STELLA!" first booms across a Broadway stage, electrifying the audience at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre during the first-ever performance of Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire. The 23-year-old Brando played the rough, working-class Polish-American Stanley Kowalski, whose violent clash with Blanche DuBois (played on Broadway by Jessica Tandy), a Southern belle with a dark past, is at the center of Williams' famous drama. Blanche comes to stay with her sister Stella (Kim Hunter), Stanley's wife, at their home in the French Quarter of New Orleans; she and Stanley immediately despise each other. In the climactic scene, Stanley rapes Blanche, causing her to lose her fragile grip on sanity; the play ends with her being led away in a straightjacket.

Dec 04, 1991
Hostage Terry Anderson freed in Lebanon. On this day in 1991, Islamic militants in Lebanon release kidnapped American journalist Terry Anderson after 2,454 days in captivity. As chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, Anderson covered the long-running civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990). On March 16, 1985, he was kidnapped on a west Beirut street while leaving a tennis court. His captors took him to the southern suburbs of the city, where he was held prisoner in an underground dungeon for the next six-and-a-half years. Anderson was one of 92 foreigners (including 17 Americans) abducted during Lebanon's bitter civil war. The kidnappings were linked to Hezbollah, or the Party of God, a militant Shiite Muslim organization formed in 1982 in reaction to Israel's military presence in Lebanon. They seized several Americans, including Anderson, soon after Kuwaiti courts jailed 17 Shiites found guilty of bombing the American and French embassies there in 1983. Hezbollah in Lebanon received financial and spiritual support from Iran, where prominent leaders praised the bombers and kidnappers for performing their duty to Islam.

Dec 05, 1945
Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle. At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned. Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

Dec 06, 1884
Washington Monument completed. On this day in 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction of an impressive monument to the city's namesake and the nation's first president, George Washington. As early as 1783, the infant U.S. Congress decided that a statue of George Washington, the great Revolutionary War general, should be placed near the site of the new Congressional building, wherever it might be. After then-President Washington asked him to lay out a new federal capital on the Potomac River in 1791, architect Pierre L'Enfant left a place for the statue at the western end of the sweeping National Mall (near the monument's present location).

Dec 07, 1941
Pearl Harbor bombed. At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II. With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.



City Island Images has learned that Tutor Perini Corporation and NYC Department of Transportation are looking into the possibility of making a change to the proposed design of The City Island Bridge.

DOT is working with Tutor Perini Corporation to develop changes on the design, which may be more in keeping with the esthetic wishes of City Island residents.

Meanwhile, City Island Images has been working diligently and is now in final negotiations and completing preparations to place another live camera at no cost to taxpayers, which will be streaming video 24/7 of The City Island Bridge, including the long anticipated construction project for everyone's viewing pleasure.

Unlike others who for years have promised to install cameras all over City Island, City Island Images is the only group which has actually made good on this promise and for free.



Who was that NYPD officer protecting, defending and serving when he committed homicide in NYC?

NYC Medical Examiner has classified the death of Eric Garner as a homicide, ruling the 43-year-old Staten Island man was killed when a police officer put him in a choke-hold.

Since then, Garner’s July 17 death has sparked widespread outrage after video of the incident was posted online. Meanwhile, U.S. Justice Department officials are closely monitoring the investigation into Garner’s homicide.

Staten Island Man Died From Chokehold During Arrest, Autopsy Finds



What is going on, folks? Why are our role models accused of raping, stealing and unethical activity?
How can large corporations attack helpless individuals and for the most part, get away with abuses?

CNN: Bill Cosby's 'public moralist' stance backfired, led to document release

Tom Selleck accused of stealing water for California ranch

Time Warner Cable owes $229,500 to woman it would not stop calling via @Reuters



The Cold town, winter in New York City, where temperatures may struggle to get much past the freezing mark next weekend.

Freezing temperatures will moderate from west to east during the second week of January.

The moisture will spread northeast toward the region. Clouds will increase overnight, and light precipitation is expected to move into the area from the southwest during the morning hours Monday.

City Island Tours


City Island Images is proud to announce walking tours of City Island and surrounding areas.

Our small tour groups will meet @ the last stop on the #6 SUBWAY, Pelham Bay Station. We will then take the #29 Bus to City Island, where we will begin our journey. Depending on the tour and dates, our stops will include Pelham Cemetery, City Island Historical Society/Museum, The Old Schoolhouse, PS 175, Yacht Clubs, Restaurants, Galleries, Shoppes, Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. We will finish at the end of City Island Avenue and return to Pelham Bay Station #6 SUBWAY.



Forecasters are expecting a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow will affect the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Friday, gradually changing to rain through the day. Flooding potential is high for the Northeast this weekend.




9/11 * NEVER FORGET * 9/11


National September 11, 2001 Memorial Museum, which will lead visitors on an unsettling journey through those terrible terror attacks is dedicated today before it opens to the general public on May 21, 2014.

"The first thing that struck me were the voices" -

9/11 Museum documentary stirs controversy | National News - WCVB Home via @WCVB

9/11 Museum to be Dedicated, Opened to Family of Victims via @fox8news

Blood moon tomorrow morning


If you live somewhere in the western portion of the US, you will have the best view of a lunar eclipse that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange for about an hour. This natural light show creates the second blood moon in relatively short succession. The full eclipse will start at 6:25A. ET, NASA says, and last until 7:24A ET.

TONIGHT: Lunar Eclipse! It all starts after 4am ET 'til sunrise. We'll answer your questions: