The President began his day with his daily security briefing. That was followed by a an economic briefing and a meeting with the President's senior advisors.
The President then met with stake-holders in the health industry. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a strategy to save money in health care The group was able to outline plans to save $2 trillion. After the meeting the President delivered remarks on health care. Remarks
The President then received the University of North Carolina's men's basketball team
According to popular belief, 12-12-12 is a lucky date that will bring good fortune. Many engaged couples plan to hold their weddings on December 12, 2012, while some expectant parents hope to deliver their baby on that date.
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Historical Events on May 19
- George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles Philip van Bourgondie installed as bishop of Utrecht Public unveiling of Titian's masterpiece "Assumption of the Virgin" a painted altarpiece in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
Execution of Anne Boleyn
1536 Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason
Event of Interest
- Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founds Manilla in the Philippines Spain confiscates English ships Matthias von Habsburgs army reaches Lieben, at Prague France's First Minister, Cardinal Richelieu declares war on Spain (Franco-Spanish War 1635–59) Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Rump Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years
1749 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley
- About midday, near-total darkness descends on New England, now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada Russian army enters Poland Netherlands captures French island of St Maarten (held until 1795) Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds French Order of Legion d'Honneur forms
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1828 U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828/Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North
- Senator Charles Sumner of Massachesetts speaks out against slavery Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patent the electric fire alarm Siege of Vicksburg, investment of city complete Battle of Port Walthall Junction, Virginia (Bermuda Hundred) Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania Skirmish at Cassville, Georgia Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by President Garfield William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody opened Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in Omaha, Nebraska Ringling Brothers circus premieres 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)
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1885 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland
- Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres at St. James Hall, London, with the composer conducting Rice Institute, which became Rice University in Houston, Texas, is chartered Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded Heavy rain washes "quick clay" into a deep valley killing 111 in Norway
Event of Interest
1896 1st auto (Karl Benz) arrives in Netherlands
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1897 Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol
- US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labelled "Private Mailing Cards" until 1901, known as "souvenir cards" World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) linking Italy and Switzerland opens Great Britain and Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier
Boxing Title Fight
1909 In his first title defence Jack Johnson fights "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien to a no decision in 6 rounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to retain his world heavyweight crown
1911 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, France
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1912 AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball
- Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill passes, forbidding Japanese from owning land Wash 1st Sunday game, Senators beat Cleveland 1-0 in 18 innings Kelud volcano on Java, erupts killing 5,160
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1919 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Black Sea coast, beginning the Turkish War of Independence
- Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system 49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande wins aboard Zev for his first Derby success KPD (communist revolts) in German Ruhr cities occupied by Allies French air force bombs Damascus Syria 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather coal mine, Pennsylvania, killing 195 of 273 miners 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, California) Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, crushes 2 people to death
Declaration of War
1929 Chinese warlord Feng Yuxiang declares war on Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist government
- White women win voting rights in South Africa Cruiser Deutschland launched in Kiel Military coup by Colonel Damian Veltsjev in Bulgaria Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in "Sat Review of Lit" Males who solved puzzle became members of Baker Street Irregulars NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
1935 English Cardinal John Fisher and statesman Thomas More, executed by Henry VIII, canonized as saints by Pope Pius XI
- John Murray and Allen Boretz's "Room Service" premieres in NYC Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time)
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1940 French counter attack at Pronne under General Charles de Gaulle
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1944 240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork, Netherlands
- German defense line in Italy collapses Start of the 1st Victory Test Cricket between England & Aust Services Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain
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1951 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4
- Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah) Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project Atkinson & Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI v Australia 81st Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4 Pirate Dale Long hits 9th-inning HR, 1st HR in 8 straight games Adone Zoli forms Italian government
1958 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London
- "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands The USS Triton, the first submarine with two nuclear reactors, is completed
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1962 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431
- US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric) US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy Patricia R. Harris named 1st US black female ambassador (Luxembourg) West Ham United of England win 5th European Cup Winner's Cup against 1860 München of West Germany 2-0 in London USSR ratifies treaty with Britain & US banning nuclear weapons in space 20th Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", "Mission Impossible" & Barbara Bain win Frank Howard fails to homer, after hitting 10 in 6 consecutive games Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 27th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win
- Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona, India Gold ownership legalized in Australia Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 Film "Smokey & the Bandit" starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason premieres in NYC
- "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3 104th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances
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1980 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash
- Pirate Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to Brave Terry Harper, then retires next 27 batters 5 British Army soldiers are killed when their armoured vehicle is ripped apart by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb near Bessbrook, County Armagh
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1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples, Italy for tax evasion
Event of Interest
1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.
- 36th Cannes Film Festival: "Narayama Bushiko" directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d'Or "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62
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1984 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic
Event of Interest
1984 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Wayne Gretzky scores twice as Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 5-2 for a 4-1 series win Oilers first SC title
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1984 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game
- Anti-apartheid activist Hélène Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa 39th Cannes Film Festival: "The Mission" directed by Roland Joffe wins the Palme d'Or
Event of Interest
- 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or Red Sox retire Bobby Doerr's #1 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1 Sue Ellen's (Linda Gray) last appearance on TV show "Dallas"
1989 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
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1990 115th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6
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1990 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC
1992 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)
- Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03) Final Episode of TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run Egyptian actor Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center
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1995 Emmy 22nd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 15th time
- World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
1997 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US
1999 "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson, is released in cinemas
- Lazio of Italy win 39th European Cup Winner's Cup against Mallorca of Spain 2-1 in Birmingham Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term 126th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 1:55.40 Manchester United lose 3-1 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane but win English Premier League title for the 3rd consecutive season
2007 "Sicko" a documentary on the US health care system, directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film festival.
2007 "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time
- Coen brothers film "No Country for Old Men", based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Best Picture 2008) NHL Eastern Conference Final: Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 1 In an all South African final the Bulls (Pretoria) edge the home team Sharks, 20-19 in Durban for their first Super 14 Rugby title Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard boots 2 penalties & 2 conversions English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.) Didier Drogba scores 116' winner for Blues' 4th title NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2 Sri Lanka announces victory in its 25-year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Event of Interest
2011 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, project to search for dark matter, led by Samuel C. C. Ting, installed on the International Space Station
- 137th Preakness: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 1:55.94 UEFA Champions League Final, Munich: Chelsea beats Bayern Munich, 4-3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time Blues' first title Sweden defeats Switzerland to win the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship
2013 21st Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Red win
- Decorated Dutch coach Louis van Gaal confirmed as manager of Manchester United Ryan Giggs named assistant, confirms retirement as a player at age 40 after 963 games and English record 22 major trophies
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2015 Historic first handshake between Prince Charles and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway
- UK inflation is recorded as a negative for the first time since 1960 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo
Event of Interest
2018 American actress Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry at a ceremony in Windsor Castle, making her a member of the British royal family
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2018 Queen Elizabeth II grants the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their marriage
Biden’s One Hundred Days of Hubris
President Joe Biden / Getty Images Matthew Continetti • April 28, 2021 11:06 pm
President Biden's address to a joint session of Congress underscored this administration's left turn. The speech was a laundry list of progressive priorities in domestic, foreign, and social policy with a price tag, when you add in the American Rescue Plan, of some $6 trillion. Biden's delivery, heavy with improvisation, only slightly enlivened a prosaic and unoriginal text. Biden repeated lines from both Bill "the power of our example" Clinton and Barack "the arc of the moral universe" Obama. But it wasn't just the words themselves that made me think of Biden's most recent Democratic predecessors. The scope of his plans, increasing government's role in just about every aspect of American life, also brought to mind the Democrats who tried to govern as liberals after campaigning as moderates.
I’m old enough to recall the last president who vanquished Reaganism. Obama spoke of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America," and came to Washington in 2009 with the aim of changing the trajectory of the country just as Ronald Reagan had done three decades earlier. Shortly before his one hundredth day in office, he delivered a speech at Georgetown University where he promised to lay a "new foundation" for the country. His friends in the media hailed him as the second coming of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Barack Obama is bringing back the era of big government," historian Matthew Dallek and journalist Samuel Loewenberg announced in the New York Daily News.
We know how that turned out. The GOP captured the House in 2010. By the time Obama left office, Republicans had full control of Washington and were dominant in the states. Reaganism survived. And now, 12 years later, the cycle is repeating. This time it’s President Biden who is likened to FDR. It’s Biden who is said to have interred the idea of limited government. It’s Biden who is marking his first 100 days in office with plans to spend trillions on infrastructure, green energy, health care, and elder and child care. The political setbacks of the Obama years didn’t temper Biden’s ambitions. They intensified his desire to leverage narrow congressional majorities into sweeping expansions of the welfare state.
Why does Biden think he can avoid Obama’s fate? Like a good lawyer, he has a theory of the case. It goes like this: Neither Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama spent enough money to ensure a strong economic recovery. They didn't emphasize jobs above all else. Their caution was responsible for Democratic losses in the midterm elections. And all it takes is GOP control of one chamber of Congress to spoil a liberal revival. By opening the floodgates of federal spending, Biden hopes to deepen and extend the post-coronavirus economic boom. Growth and full employment will prevent a Republican takeover. And a second Progressive Era will begin.
The problem with this theory is its selective misreading of history. It wasn’t just the economy that sank the Democrats in 1994 and 2010. It was independent voters who turned against presidents who campaigned as moderates but governed as liberals. Nor did rising unemployment stop Republicans from picking up seats in 2002. And an economic boom didn’t save the House GOP in 2018. In every case, assessments of the president—among independent voters in particular—mattered more than dollars and cents. By committing himself to the idea that massive spending will safeguard the Democratic Congress, Biden may be inadvertently guaranteeing the partisan overreach that has doomed past majorities.
Biden doesn’t give enough credit to the record of his Democratic predecessors. The unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in January 1993 when Bill Clinton was inaugurated. By November 1994, it had fallen to 5.6 percent. Meanwhile, the economy grew by 4 percent in the third quarter of 1994. Nevertheless, the Republicans won control of the House for the first time in 40 years and the Senate for the first time in 8 years. Why? Because Republicans won independents 56 percent to 44 percent. Voters who had backed Ross Perot in 1992 swung to the GOP. Voters’ top priority in the exit poll wasn’t jobs. It was crime . And the failure of Clinton’s unpopular health plan didn’t help.
The 2010 midterm had similar results. The economy, while nothing to brag about, was nonetheless improving. Unemployment had been falling since October 2009 . Growth, though anemic, had also returned . Republicans gained 63 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate because independents rejected President Obama’s governance. They backed Republicans 56 percent to 37 percent—an 8-point swing against a president they had supported in 2008. Why? Part of the reason was the economy. But the Affordable Care Act was also significant. Health care was voters’ second priority in the exit poll. A 48 percent plurality called for Obamacare’s repeal.
Biden’s theory also omits the contrary examples of recent Republican presidents. In November 2002 the unemployment rate was higher , and growth lower , than in November 2000. But the GOP had a good year anyway thanks to President Bush’s high post-9/11 approval ratings and a tough but effective campaign on national security.
The 2018 midterm is further proof that campaign results are not a direct function of economic performance. Democrats won control of the House despite full employment and sustained growth. Independents, who had narrowly backed President Trump in 2016, turned against him and voted for Democratic candidates by a 12-point margin . No mystery why: A 38-percent plurality of voters said they were voting to oppose Trump, whose strong disapproval rating was at an incredible 46 percent in the exit poll. Health care ranked as the top issue, with voters recoiling at the prospect of an Obamacare replacement that failed to cover preexisting conditions.
Not only do the data show that the economy is less important to the midterms than many assume, they are also a reminder that the first hundred days do not define a presidency. The fate of a president and his party depends more on his ability to maintain popularity and on his performance during unanticipated crises. While Biden’s approval ratings continue to be positive and his disapproval low, there are some warning signs: His approval among independents ranges between the mid- to high-50s, and a majority of voters disapproves of his handling of migration along the southern border. Focused on his grand plans for the economy, Biden might dismiss voter concerns over immigration, crime, and inflation until it is too late.
Sure, Biden might avoid making Barack Obama’s mistakes. But he has plenty of time to make mistakes of his own.
The Nashville Plan
Anticipating Judge Miller's almost certain approval of a grade-a-year desegregation plan to begin in September 1957, Superintendent Bass was by then convinced that the time for change was at hand. The Supreme Court had twice ruled unanimously against segregation, yet three years of local argumentation had yielded nothing if the Nashville school board sought any further delay, Bass reasoned, they would have both the plaintiffs and the courts to answer to. On the other hand, pushing ahead on desegregation was bound to stir the wrath of many white parents, and perhaps draw militant outside forces to the city.
The parents of six-year-old Sinclair Lee, Jr., lead their son to Glenn Elementary , Nashville, TN, September 1957. © Nashville Public Library.
Three years earlier, it had been moderate citizens of both races who seemed to be at the forefront of desegregation discussions, and the talk was mostly about when and how court orders should be honored. But over the months and years, the debate subtly shifted. People in the middle were being pulled to one side or the other, where the most extreme choices inevitably came down to just two: complete integration now, or total segregation forever. The former had no vocal constituency the latter was being pushed hard by the now-familiar phalanx of radical white supremacists, all energized by a feeling of certitude that time was on their side.
William Bass was uncomfortable with such all-or-nothing polarity. His way was consensus—bringing people together, building mutual respect, and giving opponents room to work out their differences in a spirit of fairness and equity. Bass was looking ahead to his retirement at the end of 1957. His successor, already chosen, was to be Assistant Superintendent W. H. Oliver, who also served as principal of East High School. Through the fall and spring of the 1956-57 school year, the two men patiently guided the school board toward approval of a process by which desegregation would begin in the first grade in 1957 and extend to all twelve grades by 1968. Certain white elementary schools would be told to admit any black first graders who lived within their zones. (Nothing was said about how rezoning would affect the black schools to which those children would have gone, or about whites moving into black schools, or about other biracial elementary school zones not made a part of the desegregation plan.)
To further soften the impact of these gradual changes, a liberal transfer policy would be introduced, allowing students whose race was in the minority in their newly assigned schools to opt for a majority-status alternative—that is, choose to remain in segregation. (This provision was later disallowed by the federal courts.)
With the only black member of the board, attorney Coyness Ennix, casting the lone dissenting vote, this plan was approved and presented to Judge Miller in the spring of 1957. The NAACP attorneys called it "completely inadequate," noting among other things that it would deny any relief to Robert Kelley and the named plaintiffs, because all were in higher grades. Judge Miller, while expressing reservations of his own, reluctantly ordered the plan to be implemented in September 1957, with more specific adjustments to be made later. The plaintiffs appealed, but no delay was permitted. (Two years later, the US Supreme Court would give its tacit consent to the Nashville "stair-step" plan by then, it had become a model of sorts for some other southern school systems seeking a minimal approach to desegregation that would satisfy the court's "all deliberate speed" standard.)
Lajuanda Street and a new classmate at Glenn Elementary , Nashville, TN, September 1957. © Nashville Public Library.
Until late in July, there seemed to be a general expectation around the city that Nashville's schools—and the community at large—would eventually accept the judgment of the federal courts and quietly lower the barrier of segregation. To be sure, a great many white residents still objected to such a change, and enough of them had expressed their displeasure in public to leave the impression that they spoke for a majority. Those who favored desegregation, white and black alike, were less vocal, making their numbers appear smaller. There were no opinion polls to measure public sentiment—but the courts had spoken, and the political and educational leadership had quietly accepted that judgment. With the opening of schools just six weeks off, change seemed inevitable. As September approached, the school board and administration under Bass and Oliver seemed prepared for this first small step toward racial equity. They heard encouraging words from Governor Clement and Mayor West, who never wavered in their commitment to the rule of law. The all-white and segregation-minded Tennessee legislature passed several bills aimed at blocking desegregation, but most were either vetoed by Clement or declared unconstitutional by the courts. For all their vocal railing against any change in the racial status quo, the state lawmakers could find no effective means of stalling court-ordered desegregation, and neither the Nashville city council nor the Tennessee delegation in Congress actively attempted to prevent Nashville or any other school system in the state from going ahead with its plans.
Nashville was almost 180 years old in 1957 (its founding had coincided with that of the American nation), and it wore its age with a certain patrician pride. Early in its frontier history, an admiring local citizen had dubbed it "the Athens of the West" (later remapped to the South by the Civil War and other changes of geography and perspective). Its leaders liked that image it called to mind a place of reasonable and civic-minded people, of moderately progressive conservatives. In the war of rebellion, Nashville had spread its sympathies in both directions, sending hundreds of its own residents, white and black, to fight and die for the Union Blue as well as the Confederate Gray. It was not a place of extremes, but of the center. Had they been left to their own devices, some Nashvillians apparently believed, they could have worked out their racial problems amicably and equitably.
Such an opportunity for compromise and reconciliation never blossomed in the Nashville of that war-wracked era, and in the postwar Reconstruction era and beyond, the dream of full citizenship for former slaves soon turned to dust. Slavery was gone, but so was the promise of economic and political freedom every southern state passed laws mandating racial segregation in a "separate but equal" society that assured Caucasians of perpetual advantage in every station of life—in political parties, civic agencies, hotels, theaters, trolleys and trains, from hospital rooms to schoolrooms to the workplace and even the graveyard.
But decades later, in the fall of 1957, a new opportunity was at hand. The elusive ideal of racial equality, often glimpsed but rarely grasped in the United States, was once again coming into focus for Nashvillians—and this time, it was going to be reflected in the quietly serious faces of a few brown-skinned six-year-olds. Powerful forces were rallying to one side or the other, for the children or against them. A fundamental principle of American democracy, as interpreted by the nation's highest court, was about to be applied, and Nashville would be an early testing ground—one of the first of the South's cities to put into motion a comprehensive plan for the desegregation of its public schools, and the only one to that date with a strategy of building from the bottom up, one grade at a time.
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|Casebolt, Steve Jr.||17||18||28|
|Erb, Dennis Jr.||14||10||13||10||18||14||15||20||2||17||19|
|Fitzgerald, C.S. Jr.||17|
|Heckenast, Frank Jr.||19||15||16||15||23|
|Izzo, Tony Jr.||22|
|McBride, J. J.||4|
|Moyer, Billy Jr||19||4|
|Pearson, Earl Jr.||9||8||1||9||7||6||26||7||13||5||13||9|
|Rayburn, C. J.||11||8||7||18|
|Spatola, Mike III||12|
|Thornton, Ricky Jr.||15|
|Witcher, Noel Jr.||23||11||11|
|# of Top 5's||Driver||Best Finish||Years with a Top Five Finish|
|19||Scott Bloomquist||WIN||2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1988|
|9||Billy Moyer||WIN||2010, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991|
|8||Donnie Moran||WIN||2001, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1992, 1989, 1985, 1983|
|8||Jimmy Owens||WIN||2019, 2018, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007|
|7||Steve Francis||WIN||2015, 2007, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1992|
|7||Dale McDowell||WIN||2017, 2016, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003|
|7||Freddy Smith||2nd||1994, 1993, 1991, 1989, 1987, 1985, 1983|
|7||Darrell Lanigan||2nd||2017, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2007, 1999, 1992|
|6||Jeff Purvis||WIN||1988, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982|
|6||Larry Moore||WIN||1992, 1990, 1986, 1985, 1981, 1979|
|6||Brian Birkhofer||WIN||2012, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002|
|5||Charlie Swartz||WIN||1996, 1989, 1982, 1980, 1979|
|4||Ed Sanger||WIN||1977, 1976, 1975, 1974|
|4||Jack Boggs||WIN||1997, 1995, 1988, 1983|
|4||Dan Schlieper||WIN||2004, 2003, 2002, 1998|
|4||Pat Patrick||2nd||1984, 1983, 1978, 1972|
|4||Don O'Neal||2nd||2011, 2010, 2004, 2008|
|3||Bruce Gould||WIN||1973, 1972, 1971|
|3||Verlin Eaker||WIN||1978, 1975, 1972|
|3||Doug Kenimer||WIN||1981, 1977, 1976|
|3||Mike Duvall||WIN||1986, 1982, 1981|
|3||Bobby Pierce||WIN||2016, 2015, 2013|
|3||Jonathan Davenport||WIN||2019, 2017, 2015|
|3||Jerry Inmon||2nd||1984, 1982, 1978|
|3||Tommy Helfrich||2nd||1990, 1977, 1976|
|3||John Mason||2nd||1997, 1987, 1986|
|3||Bob Pierce||3rd||2002, 1999, 1984|
|3||Jeep VanWormer||3rd||2008, 2007, 2006|
|3||Ronnie Johnson||4th||1997, 1993, 1991|
|2||Floyd Gilbert||WIN||1976, 1973|
|2||Ken Walton||WIN||1978, 1977|
|2||Randy Boggs||WIN||1988, 1987|
|2||Chub Frank||WIN||2005, 2004|
|2||John Blankenship||WIN||2013, 2011|
|2||Earl Pearson Jr.||WIN||2016, 2006|
|2||Billy Teegarden||2nd||1978, 1973|
|2||Don Seaborn||2nd||1981, 1974|
|2||Buck Simmons||2nd||1981, 1979|
|2||Kenny Brightbill||2nd||1985, 1984|
|2||Gary Stuhler||2nd||1989, 1988|
|2||Kevin Weaver||2nd||1998, 1994|
|2||Davey Johnson||2nd||2000, 1994|
|2||Shannon Babb||2nd||2006, 2002|
|2||Rick Aukland||3rd||2000, 1999|
|2||Don Hobbs||4th||1982, 1979|
|2||Josh Richards||4th||2013, 2006|
|2||Jason Feger||4th||2014, 2012|
|2||Matt Miller||4th||2014, 2008|
|2||Jared Landers||4th||2015, 2009|
|2||Tim McCreadie||WIN||2018, 2008|
|1||Dennis Erb Jr||WIN||2016|
|1||Eddie Carrier Jr.||2nd||2011|
|1||Billy Moyer Jr||4th||2016|
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World 100 Champions by State:
Ohio 11 * Tennessee 9 * Arkansas 6 * Iowa 6 * Georgia 6 * Kentucky 3
Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York 1
Important Events From This day in History December 2nd
Celebrating Birthday's Today
Born: 2nd December 1973 Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Known For : Former World No. 1 Ladies professional tennis player in 1991 and 1992 winning nine grand slam titles. Wimbledon Ladies Champion 1992, French Ladies Open Champion 1990, 1991 and 1992, US Ladies Open Champion 1991 and 1992, Australian Ladies Open Champion 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996. She was forced to have a break after a German spectator stabbed her in the back with a knife during a match at Hamburg, Germany. She did make a come back in 1996 when she won The Australian Open for a forth time but could never match her earlier record of the worlds number 1.
Born: 2nd December 1981 McComb, Mississippi, United States
Known For : American entertainer and singer who started her career as a member of The New Mickey Mouse Club and featured on the show from 1993 to 1994. In 1998 she released her first single "Baby One More Time" which reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in January 1999. She continued in the music industry for some time releasing the Oops. I Did It Again album in 2000 which once again shot to the top of charts. She continued to have success with her music with the In the Zone album topping the charts in 2003, and followed with other albums that were hugely popular. From 2006 her life appears to have become complicated and controversy followed her life including a period in a drug rehabilitation center and her controversial divorce and child custody battle with Kevin Federline.
Day Twleve - Second Hundred May8, 2009 - History
Virgin Music Festival 2009 Day 1
Stay in the loop
The Virgin Music Festival 2009 edition kicked off yesterday at the Molson Amphitheatre. Although the major concern over this year's festival has been the move to the downtown Toronto venue, it actually worked out 'ok'. Strange sound mixing issues continued to plague the performers, and there was a definite absence of a 'festival' vibe this year. but low attendance has thus far made this one of the easiest and most accessible Vfests I've been to so far!
Whether that will remain true for today's show, offering a more stacked line up headlined by NIN's last Canadian performance, remains to be seen.
One way to handle the poor ticket sales to the planned Orillia venue was to move the entire Virgin Festival to the smaller and centralized Molson Amphitheater venue. This filled my head with visions of nightmare bottle necks and crowds blocking any hope of moving around between the three stages. However, the Festival seems to have avoided traffic flow problems by having dismal attendance.
The venue must have been at MOST half full yesterday, with the biggest crowds packing in for The Pixies and leaving Ben Harper looking somewhat lonely in a theater full of empty seats and lawn gaps. The side stages were equally easy to get to, although I was seriously worried about the traffic flow when I first saw the park layout.
This quick shot of the map gives a rough idea of how the Amphitheater was laid out, followed by a shot of one of many potential bottlenecks strewn about the festival grounds. The second largest 'Virgin Radio' stage was placed near the Ontario Place kids water park (although sectioned off) and the third 'Boardwalk Stage' (aka Red Virgin Tent) is back behind the lawn area of the mainstage.
The boardwalk stage is actually really cool - all tucked in to a tiny pedestrian walkway, creating a club-like atmosphere that was really kind of unique to the Vfest offerings. I caught Iglu & Hartly - pop electro rapping beach rockers from LA, and the ever popular Rural Alberta Advantage both on this tiny stage. The crowds loved being up close, on the same level with the bands playing under a flimsy tent with no real stage to speak of. But this suited these artists perfectly, and in some ways this stage was more exciting that the other dominating festival acts.
The only main stage bands worth mentioning for me were Franz Ferdinand, who put on a solid energetic performance, and The Pixies, who seemed to get better with each song of their long set. They of course obliged the crowd with favourites like Bone Machine, Here Comes Your Man, and Where is My Mind? - really a much better set than I was expecting from this seasoned rock reformation.
Speaking to some other festival goers, I'm told both Paolo Nutini and Sloan were good too, although questions about the sound levels plagued almost every review I got. There were a lot of questions about the quality of sound at the Amphitheater main stage after they announced the new venue, and I have mixed feelings.
Ben Harper definitely did not sound 'right' and although the instrumentals were ok, the vocals seemed to have some sort of odd feedback. This may be a matter of where you're sitting as well, as I was off in the reserved media seats in section 301 however given that the entire theater is designed to provide quality sound, it's frustrating to have such inconsistent quality. I'm seriously hoping that Nine Inch Nails sounds better tonight than on their recent tour with Jane's Addiction at the same venue.
Finally, the hilight of the day for me was definitely hanging with the boys from Down with Webster. Not only did they inject the party at the Virgin Radio stage with some much needed energy, but they put on a fantastic set debuting some of the tunes like 'Back of My Hand' off their new album, due out October 6th. I had a chance to sit down with some of the band members to chat, and later caught up with them in the Bacardi Deck Lounge to talk about this year's Vfest:
So what has the band been up to, leading up to today's Vfest show?
Well some of us went to school for music and communications, and we've played hundreds and hundreds of shows. we haven't really taken a break!
You have a reputation for going non-stop. how long do you expect to keep it up for?
Haha, forever! We have played a lot, over a hundred shows this year all over North America. We joined Warped Tour, and have had a lot of help getting our name out there.
It's probably good to be playing back at home in Toronto, but Warped Tour vs. Vfest. any major differences?
The parking lots! Haha. Well on Warped Tour for the first two weeks, we didn't realize we had catering. So we were eating macaroni Michelinas. but here they have catering! I guess it was our first real tour so. but we just didn't know. The whole thing about Warped Tour is that even the big bands that are there, they get treated the same way as everyone else.
And Vfest then. what's it like to play here?
A lot of the bands at Vfest, it's a bit of a closer fit for us. Warped Tour was not bands we were really familiar with at all. if you look at Vfest, it's a lot of pop acts. Plus this is such a cool opportunity to play in front of hundreds of people who don't know who you are, just to see their reaction.
You're on today right before Pitbull and after Thunderheist. is this a fit for you guys?
We're so used to not having any fit, it's like nothing really fits with us so - whatever! It's good though. so far people have responded to it, from hip hop to rock to emo crowds. everyone seems to dig it. The stage here is kind of tucked away though. we'll have to leave breadcrumbs so people can find us.
That's the trick! Well at least you're not niching yourself too much.
It's kind of fun to be able to play for people where you're not sure what the reaction will be.
Anyone on the Festival bill you're looking forward to?
We're definitely staying for Ben Harper, and heard their bass player is really good. N.E.R.D., they're awesome. and love MuteMath, there's so much energy in that band, especially the drummer it's great!
Down with Webster is getting ready to tour in support of their North American album release on October 6th. The new single, Back of My Hand, is on iTunes right now and totally rocked live! The guys will also be in town at The Phoenix on October 8th - worth checking out!
Overall, Virgin Music Festival '09 has been much calmer than I imagined, with few crowds to speak of but also a lack of excitement and energy. I'm expecting more fun, but more logistical frustration, from Day 2. Still, well worth it to see NIN headline!
Forty years of the internet: how the world changed for ever
T owards the end of the summer of 1969 – a few weeks after the moon landings, a few days after Woodstock, and a month before the first broadcast of Monty Python's Flying Circus – a large grey metal box was delivered to the office of Leonard Kleinrock, a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles. It was the same size and shape as a household refrigerator, and outwardly, at least, it had about as much charm. But Kleinrock was thrilled: a photograph from the time shows him standing beside it, in requisite late-60s brown tie and brown trousers, beaming like a proud father.
Had he tried to explain his excitement to anyone but his closest colleagues, they probably wouldn't have understood. The few outsiders who knew of the box's existence couldn't even get its name right: it was an IMP, or "interface message processor", but the year before, when a Boston company had won the contract to build it, its local senator, Ted Kennedy, sent a telegram praising its ecumenical spirit in creating the first "interfaith message processor". Needless to say, though, the box that arrived outside Kleinrock's office wasn't a machine capable of fostering understanding among the great religions of the world. It was much more important than that.
It's impossible to say for certain when the internet began, mainly because nobody can agree on what, precisely, the internet is. (This is only partly a philosophical question: it is also a matter of egos, since several of the people who made key contributions are anxious to claim the credit.) But 29 October 1969 – 40 years ago next week – has a strong claim for being, as Kleinrock puts it today, "the day the infant internet uttered its first words". At 10.30pm, as Kleinrock's fellow professors and students crowded around, a computer was connected to the IMP, which made contact with a second IMP, attached to a second computer, several hundred miles away at the Stanford Research Institute, and an undergraduate named Charley Kline tapped out a message. Samuel Morse, sending the first telegraph message 125 years previously, chose the portentous phrase: "What hath God wrought?" But Kline's task was to log in remotely from LA to the Stanford machine, and there was no opportunity for portentousness: his instructions were to type the command LOGIN.
To say that the rest is history is the emptiest of cliches – but trying to express the magnitude of what began that day, and what has happened in the decades since, is an undertaking that quickly exposes the limits of language. It's interesting to compare how much has changed in computing and the internet since 1969 with, say, how much has changed in world politics. Consider even the briefest summary of how much has happened on the global stage since 1969: the Vietnam war ended the cold war escalated then declined the Berlin Wall fell communism collapsed Islamic fundamentalism surged. And yet nothing has quite the power to make people in their 30s, 40s or 50s feel very old indeed as reflecting upon the growth of the internet and the world wide web. Twelve years after Charley Kline's first message on the Arpanet, as it was then known, there were still only 213 computers on the network but 14 years after that, 16 million people were online, and email was beginning to change the world the first really usable web browser wasn't launched until 1993, but by 1995 we had Amazon, by 1998 Google, and by 2001, Wikipedia, at which point there were 513 million people online. Today the figure is more like 1.7 billion.
Unless you are 15 years old or younger, you have lived through the dotcom bubble and bust, the birth of Friends Reunited and Craigslist and eBay and Facebook and Twitter, blogging, the browser wars, Google Earth, filesharing controversies, the transformation of the record industry, political campaigning, activism and campaigning, the media, publishing, consumer banking, the pornography industry, travel agencies, dating and retail and unless you're a specialist, you've probably only been following the most attention-grabbing developments. Here's one of countless statistics that are liable to induce feelings akin to vertigo: on New Year's Day 1994 – only yesterday, in other words – there were an estimated 623 websites. In total. On the whole internet. "This isn't a matter of ego or crowing," says Steve Crocker, who was present that day at UCLA in 1969, "but there has not been, in the entire history of mankind, anything that has changed so dramatically as computer communications, in terms of the rate of change."
Looking back now, Kleinrock and Crocker are both struck by how, as young computer scientists, they were simultaneously aware that they were involved in something momentous and, at the same time, merely addressing a fairly mundane technical problem. On the one hand, they were there because of the Russian Sputnik satellite launch, in 1957, which panicked the American defence establishment, prompting Eisenhower to channel millions of dollars into scientific research, and establishing Arpa, the Advanced Research Projects Agency, to try to win the arms technology race. The idea was "that we would not get surprised again," said Robert Taylor, the Arpa scientist who secured the money for the Arpanet, persuading the agency's head to give him a million dollars that had been earmarked for ballistic missile research. With another pioneer of the early internet, JCR Licklider, Taylor co-wrote the paper, "The Computer As A Communication Device", which hinted at what was to come. "In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face," they declared. "That is rather a startling thing to say, but it is our conclusion."
On the other hand, the breakthrough accomplished that night in 1969 was a decidedly down-to-earth one. The Arpanet was not, in itself, intended as some kind of secret weapon to put the Soviets in their place: it was simply a way to enable researchers to access computers remotely, because computers were still vast and expensive, and the scientists needed a way to share resources. (The notion that the network was designed so that it would survive a nuclear attack is an urban myth, though some of those involved sometimes used that argument to obtain funding.) The technical problem solved by the IMPs wasn't very exciting, either. It was already possible to link computers by telephone lines, but it was glacially slow, and every computer in the network had to be connected, by a dedicated line, to every other computer, which meant you couldn't connect more than a handful of machines without everything becoming monstrously complex and costly. The solution, called "packet switching" – which owed its existence to the work of a British physicist, Donald Davies – involved breaking data down into blocks that could be routed around any part of the network that happened to be free, before getting reassembled at the other end.
"I thought this was important, but I didn't really think it was as challenging as what I thought of as the 'real research'," says Crocker, a genial Californian, now 65, who went on to play a key role in the expansion of the internet. "I was particularly fascinated, in those days, by artificial intelligence, and by trying to understand how people think. I thought that was a much more substantial and respectable research topic than merely connecting up a few machines. That was certainly useful, but it wasn't art."
Still, Kleinrock recalls a tangible sense of excitement that night as Kline sat down at the SDS Sigma 7 computer, connected to the IMP, and at the same time made telephone contact with his opposite number at Stanford. As his colleagues watched, he typed the letter L, to begin the word LOGIN.
"Have you got the L?" he asked, down the phone line. "Got the L," the voice at Stanford responded.
Kline typed an O. "Have you got the O?"
"Got the O," Stanford replied.
Kline typed a G, at which point the system crashed, and the connection was lost. The G didn't make it through, which meant that, quite by accident, the first message ever transmitted across the nascent internet turned out, after all, to be fittingly biblical:
Frenzied visions of a global conscious brain
One of the most intriguing things about the growth of the internet is this: to a select group of technological thinkers, the surprise wasn't how quickly it spread across the world, remaking business, culture and politics – but that it took so long to get off the ground. Even when computers were mainly run on punch-cards and paper tape, there were whispers that it was inevitable that they would one day work collectively, in a network, rather than individually. (Tracing the origins of online culture even further back is some people's idea of an entertaining game: there are those who will tell you that the Talmud, the book of Jewish law, contains a form of hypertext, the linking-and-clicking structure at the heart of the web.) In 1945, the American presidential science adviser, Vannevar Bush, was already imagining the "memex", a device in which "an individual stores all his books, records, and communications", which would be linked to each other by "a mesh of associative trails", like weblinks. Others had frenzied visions of the world's machines turning into a kind of conscious brain. And in 1946, an astonishingly complete vision of the future appeared in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction. In a story entitled A Logic Named Joe, the author Murray Leinster envisioned a world in which every home was equipped with a tabletop box that he called a "logic":
"You got a logic in your house. It looks like a vision receiver used to, only it's got keys instead of dials and you punch the keys for what you wanna get . . . you punch 'Sally Hancock's Phone' an' the screen blinks an' sputters an' you're hooked up with the logic in her house an' if somebody answers you got a vision-phone connection. But besides that, if you punch for the weather forecast [or] who was mistress of the White House durin' Garfield's administration . . . that comes on the screen too. The relays in the tank do it. The tank is a big buildin' full of all the facts in creation . . . hooked in with all the other tanks all over the country . . . The only thing it won't do is tell you exactly what your wife meant when she said, 'Oh, you think so, do you?' in that peculiar kinda voice "
Despite all these predictions, though, the arrival of the internet in the shape we know it today was never a matter of inevitability. It was a crucial idiosyncracy of the Arpanet that its funding came from the American defence establishment – but that the millions ended up on university campuses, with researchers who embraced an anti-establishment ethic, and who in many cases were committedly leftwing one computer scientist took great pleasure in wearing an anti-Vietnam badge to a briefing at the Pentagon. Instead of smothering their research in the utmost secrecy – as you might expect of a cold war project aimed at winning a technological battle against Moscow – they made public every step of their thinking, in documents known as Requests For Comments.
Deliberately or not, they helped encourage a vibrant culture of hobbyists on the fringes of academia – students and rank amateurs who built their own electronic bulletin-board systems and eventually FidoNet, a network to connect them to each other. An argument can be made that these unofficial tinkerings did as much to create the public internet as did the Arpanet. Well into the 90s, by the time the Arpanet had been replaced by NSFNet, a larger government-funded network, it was still the official position that only academic researchers, and those affiliated to them, were supposed to use the network. It was the hobbyists, making unofficial connections into the main system, who first opened the internet up to allcomers.
What made all of this possible, on a technical level, was simultaneously the dullest-sounding and most crucial development since Kleinrock's first message. This was the software known as TCP/IP, which made it possible for networks to connect to other networks, creating a "network of networks", capable of expanding virtually infinitely – which is another way of defining what the internet is. It's for this reason that the inventors of TCP/IP, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, are contenders for the title of fathers of the internet, although Kleinrock, understandably, disagrees. "Let me use an analogy," he says. "You would certainly not credit the birth of aviation to the invention of the jet engine. The Wright Brothers launched aviation. Jet engines greatly improved things."
The spread of the internet across the Atlantic, through academia and eventually to the public, is a tale too intricate to recount here, though it bears mentioning that British Telecom and the British government didn't really want the internet at all: along with other European governments, they were in favour of a different networking technology, Open Systems Interconnect. Nevertheless, by July 1992, an Essex-born businessman named Cliff Stanford had opened Demon Internet, Britain's first commercial internet service provider. Officially, the public still wasn't meant to be connecting to the internet. "But it was never a real problem," Stanford says today. "The people trying to enforce that weren't working very hard to make it happen, and the people working to do the opposite were working much harder." The French consulate in London was an early customer, paying Demon £10 a month instead of thousands of pounds to lease a private line to Paris from BT.
After a year or so, Demon had between 2,000 and 3,000 users, but they weren't always clear why they had signed up: it was as if they had sensed the direction of the future, in some inchoate fashion, but hadn't thought things through any further than that. "The question we always got was: 'OK, I'm connected – what do I do now?'" Stanford recalls. "It was one of the most common questions on our support line. We would answer with 'Well, what do you want to do? Do you want to send an email?' 'Well, I don't know anyone with an email address.' People got connected, but they didn't know what was meant to happen next."
Fortunately, a couple of years previously, a British scientist based at Cern, the physics laboratory outside Geneva, had begun to answer that question, and by 1993 his answer was beginning to be known to the general public. What happened next was the web.
The birth of the web
I sent my first email in 1994, not long after arriving at university, from a small, under-ventilated computer room that smelt strongly of sweat. Email had been in existence for decades by then – the @ symbol was introduced in 1971, and the first message, according to the programmer who sent it, Ray Tomlinson, was "something like QWERTYUIOP". (The test messages, Tomlinson has said, "were entirely forgettable, and I have, therefore, forgotten them".) But according to an unscientific poll of friends, family and colleagues, 1994 seems fairly typical: I was neither an early adopter nor a late one. A couple of years later I got my first mobile phone, which came with two batteries: a very large one, for normal use, and an extremely large one, for those occasions on which you might actually want a few hours of power. By the time I arrived at the Guardian, email was in use, but only as an add-on to the internal messaging system, operated via chunky beige terminals with green-on-black screens. It took for ever to find the @ symbol on the keyboard, and I don't remember anything like an inbox, a sent-mail folder, or attachments. I am 34 years old, but sometimes I feel like Methuselah.
I have no recollection of when I first used the world wide web, though it was almost certainly when people still called it the world wide web, or even W3, perhaps in the same breath as the phrase "information superhighway", made popular by Al Gore. (Or "infobahn": did any of us really, ever, call the internet the "infobahn"?) For most of us, though, the web is in effect synonymous with the internet, even if we grasp that in technical terms that's inaccurate: the web is simply a system that sits on top of the internet, making it greatly easier to navigate the information there, and to use it as a medium of sharing and communication. But the distinction rarely seems relevant in everyday life now, which is why its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, has his own legitimate claim to be the progenitor of the internet as we know it. The first ever website was his own, at CERN: info.cern.ch.
The idea that a network of computers might enable a specific new way of thinking about information, instead of just allowing people to access the data on each other's terminals, had been around for as long as the idea of the network itself: it's there in Vannevar Bush's memex, and Murray Leinster's logics. But the grandest expression of it was Project Xanadu, launched in 1960 by the American philosopher Ted Nelson, who imagined – and started to build – a vast repository for every piece of writing in existence, with everything connected to everything else according to a principle he called "transclusion". It was also, presciently, intended as a method for handling many of the problems that would come to plague the media in the age of the internet, automatically channelling small royalties back to the authors of anything that was linked. Xanadu was a mind-spinning vision – and at least according to an unflattering portrayal by Wired magazine in 1995, over which Nelson threatened to sue, led those attempting to create it into a rabbit-hole of confusion, backbiting and "heart-slashing despair". Nelson continues to develop Xanadu today, arguing that it is a vastly superior alternative to the web. "WE FIGHT ON," the Xanadu website declares, sounding rather beleaguered, not least since the declaration is made on a website.
Web browsers crossed the border into mainstream use far more rapidly than had been the case with the internet itself: Mosaic launched in 1993 and Netscape followed soon after, though it was an embarrassingly long time before Microsoft realised the commercial necessity of getting involved at all. Amazon and eBay were online by 1995. And in 1998 came Google, offering a powerful new way to search the proliferating mass of information on the web. Until not too long before Google, it had been common for search or directory websites to boast about how much of the web's information they had indexed – the relic of a brief period, hilarious in hindsight, when a user might genuinely have hoped to check all the webpages that mentioned a given subject. Google, and others, saw that the key to the web's future would be helping users exclude almost everything on any given topic, restricting search results to the most relevant pages.
Without most of us quite noticing when it happened, the web went from being a strange new curiosity to a background condition of everyday life: I have no memory of there being an intermediate stage, when, say, half the information I needed on a particular topic could be found online, while the other half still required visits to libraries. "I remember the first time I saw a web address on the side of a truck, and I thought, huh, OK, something's happening here," says Spike Ilacqua, who years beforehand had helped found The World, the first commercial internet service provider in the US. Finally, he stopped telling acquaintances that he worked in "computers", and started to say that he worked on "the internet", and nobody thought that was strange.
It is absurd – though also unavoidable here – to compact the whole of what happened from then onwards into a few sentences: the dotcom boom, the historically unprecedented dotcom bust, the growing "digital divide", and then the hugely significant flourishing, over the last seven years, of what became known as Web 2.0. It is only this latter period that has revealed the true capacity of the web for "generativity", for the publishing of blogs by anyone who could type, for podcasting and video-sharing, for the undermining of totalitarian regimes, for the use of sites such as Twitter and Facebook to create (and ruin) friendships, spread fashions and rumours, or organise political resistance. But you almost certainly know all this: it's part of what these days, in many parts of the world, we call "just being alive".
The most confounding thing of all is that in a few years' time, all this stupendous change will probably seem like not very much change at all. As Crocker points out, when you're dealing with exponential growth, the distance from A to B looks huge until you get to point C, whereupon the distance between A and B looks like almost nothing when you get to point D, the distance between B and C looks similarly tiny. One day, presumably, everything that has happened in the last 40 years will look like early throat-clearings — mere preparations for whatever the internet is destined to become. We will be the equivalents of the late-60s computer engineers, in their horn-rimmed glasses, brown suits, and brown ties, strange, period-costume characters populating some dimly remembered past.
Will you remember when the web was something you accessed primarily via a computer? Will you remember when there were places you couldn't get a wireless connection? Will you remember when "being on the web" was still a distinct concept, something that described only a part of your life, instead of permeating all of it? Will you remember Google?
Using the Month Calculator
To compute the distance in months and days between two dates, simply fill out the two input fields:
- First date: Enter the date to start the calculation
- Second date: Enter the end date for the calculation
Follow that up by hitting 'Calculate Months Difference'. Next, you'll get:
What if the first date comes after the second?
The tool works no matter the order of dates you enter. Enter them as you wish!
Why does a year difference (or multiple) show less than a multiple of twelve months?
The calculator does not count the final day in the time-frame. That is, it counts the day of the first date but not the ending date.
To get around this, bump the date by one in the end. For example, June 1, 2000 to June 1, 2001 is less than twelve months. However, June 1, 2000 to June 2, 2001 is 12 months.
How do you use the month calculator?
The month difference calculator can be used much like the day difference calculator or week difference calculator. Use it to figure out the timespan that two events or frames overlapped.