BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks
I turned 28 years old this week. Although my day of birth happened to land on a Monday of all days, it was not bad at all. Mondays in the Express office are press days (or “paper day”). I also had a city council meeting Monday night. That’s right. I am so dedicated I thought, “Why go out for my birthday when I can cover a local government meeting?” And that’s exactly what I did!
Turing 28 doesn’t feel any different than turning 26 or 27 really. Turning 25 felt like a milestone, or as some people say, a quarter of a century.
Working in the newspaper industry with the title “editor” at the age of 28 is a bit of an accomplishment, though. It takes reporters years to work their way up the ladder for this title. I was just lucky to land the job when I did.
I was born on Oct. 15. While that dates does not mean more than that, I did some research into other events in our history that also took place on Oct. 15.
On Oct. 15, 1641, Montreal, Canada, was claimed by Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve. (Good luck pronouncing his name!)
Our nation’s first president, George Washington, took his first tour in New England on Oct. 15, 1789.
On Oct. 15, 1878, the Edison Electric Light Company started.
“American Angler,” the first fishing magazine, was published on Oct. 15, 1881.
On Oct. 15, 1883, the U.S. Supreme Court opposed Civil Rights by a narrow margin. This would forbid racial discrimination.
Gunner’s Mate Osmond Kelly Ingram became the first American sailor killed in WWI when he tried to save his submarine, the USS Cassin, from a German torpedo. Ingram was later awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.
On Oct. 15, 1944, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party took over power in Hungary.
Something to be proud of as a woman and Army Brat: On Oct. 15, 1948, the first women officers were sworn into duty in the U.S. Navy, under the Women’s Service Integration Act of June 1948. I am proud to say my mom served in the Army right out of high school, serving her country.
Who doesn’t love “I Love Lucy?” The show premiered on television on Oct. 15, 1951.
Two years later, TV was certainly advancing, as the first televised weather report aired on Oct. 15, 1953.
On Oct. 15, 1965, as the Vietnam War was beginning, the National Coordinating Committee to End the War performed the first burning of a draft card as a sign of protest.
A year later in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill, creating the Department of Transportation. Think of where we would NOT be without their efforts today.
Oct. 15, 1979, was the first Monday Night Football game, the New York Jets vs. the Minnesota Vikings at Shea Stadium. The Jets won, 14-7.
On Oct. 15, 1985, the space shuttle Columbia carried the Spacelab into orbit.
Something closer to the 21st Century, Oct. 15, 2009: the balloon boy, as he was referred to, was seen flying around in a makeshift hot air balloon. The national media was all over this incident, blaming the boy’s parents.
Also on this date, Finland became the first country to address Internet broadband as a legal right.