Today in history

This day has been filled with tragedy, hope and roadtrips

By Mikera Walker
On November 11, 2016

Today is Nov. 11, 2016, Veterans Day. On this day in history many events occurred that remain important.

Mary Edwards Walker, the first female US Army surgeon, was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1865. Walker, 33 at the time, began her career after graduating from Syracuse Medical College.

She was awarded the Medal of Honor after her service as an assistant surgeon during the Civil War.

Walker is most known for her service during the Civil War. However, she is also known as an outspoken women’s rights activist.

1919 was the first year after The Great War, now known as World War I.

This day, 97 years ago, Armistice Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson. After World War II, Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower replaced Armistice with Veterans to honor all American Veterans.

Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day proclamation which said: "in order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee."

Route 66, a 2,448 mile two lane road connected Los Angeles and Chicago.

Route 66 was considered an essential pathway throughout the United States after the number of registered vehicles soared from 500,000 to almost 10 million in 10 years.

Cyrus Avery is considered the Father of Route 66 for his dedicated advocacy for the road to be built. Initially named Route 60, 62 and finally 66, this iconic Route 66 was deemed obsolete in the mid-80’s. Even as this iconic route becomes a distant memory, it is kept alive by references in movies such as "Cars."

1938, the Night of Broken Glass was the event that led to the increasingly worse conditions for the German Jews. Night of Broken Glass, known as Kristallnacht, began with the torching of synagogues and vandalization of Jewish homes, schools and businesses and ended with the death of almost 100 Jews.

Furthermore, 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps in the aftermath of the Night of Broken Glass."\

On this day in 1974, Irmelin and George DiCaprio welcomed their only child, Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, into the world.

DiCaprio began landing roles in the early 90’s with guest apperences on "The New Lassie," "Roseanne" and "Parenthood."

DiCaprio caught his big break after he was cast semi-regularly in "Growing Pains."

His film debut "Critters 3," in 1991 opened up the possibilities for bigger roles DiCaprio was cast in "This Boy’s Life," followed by "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape" and "Titanic."


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