Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dear Diary: July 16



2012
Sandra, Monday, Houston, Texas. Heart of the Tunnel Walk with gentleman from Princeton, NJ, and local mom with her teenage daughter and her daughter’s friend. No more tours until Thursday at the earliest. Time to finish filing projects. No rain so far, but it sure is humid!

FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV
Heavy clashes hit Syrian capital for second day
Military mentor to North Korean leader dismissed

1999
Friday. John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard.

1969
Wednesday. Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.



1960
Sandra, Saturday, Fishers Island, New York. Swim at Hay Harbor Country Club. Sarah [12 years old] gave exhibition in synchronized swimming. . . . Elle F. came for the night. John came til 1 while the Sxxs, David, and Malcolm were at the Big Club.

Translation: While the adults were away at the big club[Fishers Island Club], the nannies, governesses, lifeguards, and tennis pros gathered on the beach. There were hot dogs, probably beer, sodas, and snacks. We hung out in the dark and shared stories about the families we worked for and with until it was time to sneak back into our respective homes. I was the governess for the Sxx family of New York City. Other families on the island that summers were the Tom Watsons (IBM), who lived across the street from the Sxxs; the DuPonts; and the Laurence Rockefellers. Young Larry was 16, a year older than Malcolm. I picked him up every morning and drove him with the Sxx kids to the Hay Harbor Club. Malcolm was in the middle of the front seat, Larry had the window seat. I always picked him up at the servants’entrance. Don’t remember ever seeing the front of the house. Upstairs/Downstairs was still alive and well.

Jacqueline Kennedy welcomes John F. Kennedy home following his trip to Los Angeles to accept the Democratic Party's nomination for president.

In a radio broadcast, Premier Patrice Lumumba declares that the Republic of Congo is at war with Belgium. Premier Khrushchev warns the West to keep hands off the Congo, repeating the charge that the faltering new nation is a target of imperialist aggression. The Premier declared the Soviet Union would take resolute countermeasures if this continues
 
Twenty thousand Russians jam into Lenin Sports Palace in Moscow to see American pianist Van Cliburn. More than a thousand teenage Russian girls stampeded down the aisles when he finished his first piece.

1954
Sandra, Friday, Swissvale, Pennsylvania. This morning I rose at 6:30 with Grandpa and went across the street [to my home] for breakfast. I was bathed, dressed, and full when I called Judy at 7:45 and then she called at 8. She missed my streetcar and I had to get a transfer and get off at the next stop. We finally got to Pittsburgh. The line wasn’t too long and soon we got our seats to see Gone with the Wind. [The] movie was marvelous. When we got home, I finished packing, had dinner, then got ready to go to Johnston’s. David pushed me on the swings and was it fun. Then I told him if he’d water our grass, I’d give him 75 cents a week. But Grandpa wouldn’t put the sprinkler out when we locked up. When we finally found Mr. W’s [Johnston’s father] apartment, I said goodbye and off we went. It was a very enjoyable ride. Now I’m getting ready for bed at Johnston’s. We arrived at 10:45 and it’s now 12:00. Good Nite.

Construction began on Disneyland.
There was a lunar eclipse.
The Betty White Show was on NBC-TV just before the news.

1933
Mommie, Sunday, Regent Square, Pennsylvania. Sat around waiting for a tel call I didn’t get. Got a free sundae in the evening. I left at 10 and Harry came to see Rhoda after that.

Grand Coulee Dam. A crowd of 3,000 watched the driving of the first stake at the low dam site in what would become the
Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State. It was constructed between 1933 and 1942, originally with two power plants. A third power station was completed in 1974 to increase its energy production. It is the largest electric power-producing facility in the United States and one of the largest concrete structures in the world.

Franklin Roosevelt. “Don’t ask me what I have done on matters of business. . . . The only person I am going to see within the next 36 hours is Jesse Jones.”

Inmates in Dachau were lined up in a photograph that ran on the cover of the July 16, 1933 edition of the Munchen Illustierte Press

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