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Today in History

Sunday, August 09, 2020

1898 - Rudolf Diesel of Germany obtains a patent for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine.

1902 - Edward VII of Great Britain crowned having succeeded his mother Victoria.

1910 - Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine.

1930 - 113°F (45°C) at Perryville, Tennessee (state record)

1941 - Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for talks with FDR.

1946 - 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night.

It was interesting to read about some of the history that took place on August 9 over the years. I was curious because August 9, 1944 was an important date in the history of my family. That is the day that Samuel Winfield (T____) took Dorothy Marguerite (K_____) as his wife. It was a nice day and unlike weddings today, it took place on a Wednesday.

The second picture is with my mother's grandparents. The pictures were taken on the front lawn of Mom's parents' home. I am curious about whether or not there was a meal. Dad and Mom are gone as are most of their wedding guests. My uncle who will be 92 on August 19, was only 16 in 1944. He has a good memory. My sister and I often turn to him for help in identifying people in pictures we find. (Why oh why do we not write names on pictures?)

Dad was working for the DOT back then and Mom was a teacher. I know Dad worked in Happy Valley, Goose Bay during the war. He was a radio operator but I don't know much more than than. How I wish I had paid more attention to stories that were shared.

We had a family gathering in a restaurant in 1984 to help celebrate their 40th anniversary. Fifty was not to be reached. Dad died at age 67 in 1988. Mom continued on alone. I remember her saying that evenings were the worst. She had a couple friends who were also widows and they spent many evening together playing scrabble or just watching tv. Mom was the first to leave at age 86 in 2005. The last lady of their trio died this spring just before her 91st birthday.

And now you know why August 9 is special to me.

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