Wayback Wednesdays

Wayback Wednesday: SS Central America & Historical Trivia Bits

Posted on Updated on

SS Central America Image
Photo Credit: coinweek.com

In 1857, caught in a Category 2 Hurricane, the SS Central America sank 160 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning 420+, including Captain of the Ship Commander William Lewis Herndon. Nicknamed The Ship of Gold, 30,000 pounds of gold from the California Gold Rush went down with her, exacerbating The Panic of 1857.

It wasn’t until very recently that the lost gold was recovered and only two years ago that the salvage award of 100% was awarded.

Funky Library Unsplash Image
Photo Credit: Jonathan Francisca on Unsplash

In other September 12 trivia bits, as we wait for Hurricane Florence 2018 to show up, this appears to be a rather bad day for hurricanes. Did you know that there have been six Atlantic Hurricanes named Florence? She gets around. ~Victoria

1609 Henry Hudson sailed up his river namesake and into what is now known as New York Harbor aboard his ship Halve Maen…”Half Moon”.

1755 Giacomo Casanova was sentenced to five years in prison without a trial for “an affront to common decency and religion”.

1910 Alice Stebbins Wells was hired as the first LAPD Policewoman.

1919 Adolph Hitler joined the German Workers Party

1928 The Okeechobee Hurricane, a Category 4 storm, struck Guadeloupe, killing 1,200.

1940 Prehistoric wall paintings were discovered in the Lascaux Caves in France.

1942 The *second* RMS Laconia, launched April 9, 1921, was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of West Africa.

1952 The Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods was sighted in West Virginia, sickening witnesses and becoming a bizarre cultural reference.

1953 John Fitzgerald Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at Saint Mary’s Church in New Port, Rhode Island.

1962 President John F. Kennedy delivered his “We choose to go to the moon…” speech at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.

1977 Activist Bantu Stephen ‘Steve’ Biko was killed in police custody.

1979 Hurricane Frederic, a Category 4 storm, slammed into Dauphin Island, Alabama, destroying the bridge to the mainland and killing five.

1988 Hurricane Gilbert, the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record until 2005, devastated Jamaica, produced a 19 foot storm surge and killed 49.

1990 The German Treaty was signed allowing Germany’s reunification.

1992 Space Shuttle Endeavor embarked on NASA’s 50th shuttle mission.

2011 The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opens to the public ten years and one day after the attack.

Michael Jackson: August 29, 1958

Posted on Updated on

Michael Jackson Art Image
Photo Credit: pinterest.com

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children, to Joseph Walter “Joe” and Katherine Ester (née’ Scruse). [Note: In birth order, he was eighth of ten children as his older brother Marlon’s twin, Brandon, died at birth.]

He was a member of The Jackson Five and began a solo career in 1971. Until just recently, his album Thriller was the best-selling of all time.

Nearly a decade has passed since his death. He was an incredible performer and had a stunning voice. He was a humanitarian and was recognized for his work with an award from President Ronald Reagan on May 14, 1984. He co-wrote We Are The World with Lionel Richie that won grammys in 1985 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

He had a hard time as a child and it affected his adult life. He was plagued with scandal after scandal, his marriages were short and his last few years were tangled with financial troubles. On June 25, 2009, Michael passed away at the age of 50 from a drug overdose. The whole world mourned his loss. He would have been 60, today.


I was 16 when Thriller came out. I was 12 when Off The Wall came out. His music is a large part of the tapestry of my younger years. He definitely was the King of Pop. Happy Birthday, Michael. ~Victoria

Young Michael Image
Photo Credit: media.tumblr.com