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The Maundy Monday Newsletter - This Week in History September 18- 24.
Happy Maundy Monday Morning, Okay History friends! We are back at it.
I love the internet machine. It is what connects us here. Whether you have been a subscriber since the beginning or recently came across one of my essays, the international web brings okay history lessons right to you.
Anonymous and I met on the internet machine after I spent many years on the internet machine going on hundreds of dates with all types of women. I wonder if people still separate the terms online dating vs. dating. I wouldn’t know because I’m married. Have been. For a year.
Thank goodness for the Internet Machine! Where would we be without it? I don’t even want to think about it.
How did we coordinate everything? Funny that you ask because on September 18, 1998, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was founded.
ICANN is a nonprofit organization that manages the database systems that house all the names and numbers associated with websites. Okay History is actually a list of numbers since it’s based on the telephone system. ICANN ensures that when you type okayhistory.com, you end up here and not on some other well-produced, well-researched history site.
You found Okay History on the internet machine. If you aren’t a subscriber… consider becoming a free or paid one.
So thank you, Internet Machine, for the beautiful gifts you have given me. My wife tops the list, and this site is at least in the top five.
Okay, let's highlight what else happened this week. Here's what I got:
1. Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a battle of the sexes tennis match on September 20, 1973. Riggs was a former number one men's player in the world in the 1940s and retired from tennis in 1951. In 1973, he ran his mouth about the inferior play of the women’s game and claimed at 55, he still had it. He faced the 29-year number one women’s player in King and found out - losing in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
2. The 1938 New England Hurricane made land on September 21, 1938. The Category 4 Hurricane is the deadliest natural disaster in New England, killing over 600 people and causing an estimated $400 million in damages. This was before we began giving hurricanes names, so people up there referred to it as the Wicked Terrible Hurricane From Back in the Day.
3. George Raymond Richard Martin was born on September 20, 1948. The American novelist and screenwriter is known for penning A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted into the HBO miniseries Game of Thrones. I neither read this book nor watched the TV show. I feel my life is pretty good despite that.
Anniversary weekend was fantastic. We went to where we had our reception and started a bunch of fun traditions, which Anonymous came up with because she is so smart. Now that the first one is behind us, we know what we are doing regarding this marriage thing. If we have any questions, we have the internet machine to help us find answers.
I’ll be back ranking amendments this Friday. We are getting close to number 1! I will ask that you begin formulating ideas about which one you think ends up number 1. No one guessed the correct state last year. Can we keep the streak alive?
I’ll see you on Friday.
Have a great week!