FIRST CASES OF DEADLY FLU ON THIS DAY IN 1918

Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, ill with Spanish flu at a hospital ward at Camp Funston
Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, ill with Spanish flu at a hospital
ward at Camp Funston.

Just before breakfast on the morning of March 4, Private Albert Gitchell of the
U.S. Army reports to the hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas, complaining of the cold-
like symptoms of sore throat, fever and headache. Soon after, over 100 of his
fellow soldiers had reported similar symptoms, marking what are believed to
be the first cases in the historic influenza
pandemic of 1918, later known as
Spanish flu. The flu would eventually kill 675,000 Americans and an estimated
20 million to 50 million people around the world, proving to be a far deadlier
force than even the
First World War.


A nurse treating a patient in Washington, DC.

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FROM THE PDX RETRO BLOG ~

NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY - March 3 - National Day Calendar | National anthem,  National speech and debate, Anthem

NMAH | National Anthem
In 1931 Herbert Hoover signed a bill into law officially adopting “The
Star Spangled Banner” as the national anthem of the United States 
of America.

Herbert Hoover - Biography, Facts & Presidency - HISTORY
Herbert Clark Hoover
(August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964)

Hoover served as the 31st president of the
United
States from 1929 to 1933.


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BIRTHDAY OF A CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR

 

The Cat in the Hat is a 1957 children’s book written and illustrated
by the American author Theodore Geisel, using the
pen name Dr.
Seuss
.

The book was met with immediate critical and commercial success.

Reviewers praised it as an exciting alternative to traditional primers.

Three years after its debut, the book had already sold over a million
copies, and in 2001, Publishers Weekly listed the book at number

nine on its list of best-selling children’s books of all time. It was
adapted into a 1971 animated television special and a 2003 live-
action film
.

 


Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel
(March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991)

 

The Cat in the Hat - Seussville

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REMEMBER THESE GREAT LITTLE BOOKS?

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When Little Golden Books were first published in 1942 by Random
House, when high-quality books for children hadn’t been available
at a price most people could afford. Little Golden Books changed
that! Priced at just 25 cents and sold where people shopped every 
day, they caused an instant sensation and were soon purchased 
by the hundreds of thousands. Created by such talented writers 
as Margaret Wise Brown (author of Goodnight Moon) and Richard 
Scarry, Little Golden Books have helped millions of children 
develop a lifelong love of reading.

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        FINAL EPISODE OF M*A*S*H AIRED IN 1983

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        On February 28, 1983, the celebrated sitcom M*A*S*H bows out
        after 11 seasons, airing a special two-and-a-half hour episode
        watched by 77 percent of the television viewing audience. It was
        the largest percentage ever to watch a single TV show up to that
        time.

        Set near Seoul, Korea, behind the American front lines during
        the Korean War, M*A*S*H was based on the 1968 novel by Richard
        Hooker and the 1970 film produced by 20th Century Fox and
        directed by Robert Altman. Its title came from the initials for the
        Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
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