To all veterans being celebrated today, thank you for your service!
For those of us who aren't veterans, have you ever wondered about the origin of Veterans Day? I have, so here's some history about it from History.com:
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
When Is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States.
In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
Was any of this information new to you? Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
Mae West had quite a way with words, yet most people nowadays have probably never heard of her. So just to provide a little background information, she was born Mary Jane West on August 17, 1893 and died on November 22, 1980.
Her career spanned seven decades and she was an actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian and sex symbol.
She’s best known for her lighthearted use of, shall we say, suggestiveness.
I watched a documentary about her recently and it mentioned
that if she’d been slimmer and more glamorous, like Marlene Dietrich for
instance, she probably could not have gotten away with the lines that made her
She wasn’t particularly beautiful and her figure
was rather matronly, but she certainly had a way with words that kept bringing
audiences into the movie theaters of the Depression era 1930s.
When presented with a script, she’d re-write all
her lines which certainly seemed to pay off at the box office.
Up until 1934, movies were not censored.But even after they were, Mae West still
continued to write provocative dialogue (curtailing it only slightly) to the
delight of her audiences. However, in the late 1930’s the Censorship Office
cracked down on Mae West’s unique use of words. And after that, the magic of
her movie performances disappeared.
When her cinematic career ended, she wrote books and plays and went
on to perform inLas Vegas, the United Kingdom, and on
radio and television.
As far as her
opinion on censorship, she said, “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out
Here are some of Mae West’s most memorable lines:
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
"Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly."
“Don’t ever let a man put anything over on you except an umbrella.”
"He’s the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of."
"I believe that it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked."
"Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring."
"A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up."
"Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you."
"A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love."
"When women go wrong, men go right after them."
I've only seen one Mae West movie, 1933's She Done Him Wrong. All I can say is that there will never be another Mae West! Have you seen any of her films? Thanks for visiting and have a great week!