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This Day in History – January 20, 2012




1265 – In Westminster, the first English parliament conducts its first meeting held by Simon de Montfort in the Palace of Westminster, now also known colloquially as the “Houses of Parliament”. 1576 – The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza. 1778 – First American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge MA 1783 – The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence). 1785 – Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers 1788 – Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah GA 1801 – John Marshall is appointed the Chief Justice of the United States. 1807 – Napoleon convenes the great Sanhedrin in Paris 1809 – First US geology book published by William Maclure. 1840 – Dumont D’Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica 1841 – China cedes Hong Kong to the British 1868 – Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee 1869 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes First woman to testify before Congress 1870 – Ship “City of Boston” vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard 1870 – Hiram R Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis 1887 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base. 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is founded. 1929 – In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released. 1930 – First radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit) 1934 – Fujifilm, the photographic and electronics company, is founded in Tokyo, Japan. 1936 – Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom, succeeds King George V 1937 – First Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (FDR takes oath for the second time) 1939 – Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews 1942 – Japanese invade Burma 1942 – Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on “final solution” calling for extermination of Europe’s Jews 1945 – FDR sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as President.  He dies weeks later (April 12, 1945) and is succeeded by Harry S. Truman. 1949 – Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President. 1953 – First live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower) 1953 – First US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY 1954 – The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations. 1961 – Robert Frost recites Gift Outright at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration to become the 35th President of the United States. 1964 – Meet The Beatles album is released in the United States. 1965 – JPL proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars & return 1969 – Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated as the 37th president of the United States. 1977 – George H.W. Bush, ends term as 11th director of CIA 1977 – Jimmy Carter inaugurated as 39th President of the United States 1980 – President Jimmy Carter announces U.S. boycott of Olympics in Moscow. 1980 – Super Bowl XIV Pittsburgh Steelers beat Los Angeles Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena; Super Bowl MVP Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, Quarterback 1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President (69 years and 349 days),Iran hostage crisis releases 52 American hostages, seized from the American Embassy in Tehran, were released after 444 days in captivity. 1985 – Superbowl XIX: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford. Superbowl MVP is Joe Montana from San Francisco, quarterback. 1985 – Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27ºF (-33ºC) in Chicago) 1985 – Super Bowl XIX San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford; Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana, San Francisco, Quarterback 1986 – A railroad tunnel under the English Channel, also known as Chunnel, was announced to the public. 1986 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time. 1987 – Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon. 1989 – George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States. 1989 – President Ronald Reagan becomes the First President elected in a “0” year, since 1840, to leave office alive. 1993 – William J. Clinton is inaugurated as the 42nd president of the United States. 1998 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama and Papas and Eagles. 2001 – George W. Bush is inaugurated as the 43rd president of the United States. 2006 – Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913. 2007 – A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance. 2009 – Hundreds of thousands of people watched in front of the Capitol and on the web as Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States. Obama makes history as the first African-American U.S. president. 2010 – A week after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a 6.1 magnitude aftershock strikes Haiti.]]]]> ]]>

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Mississippi Development Authority accepting applications for 2020 Aspire Mississippi program



From the Mississippi Development Authority:

The Mississippi Development Authority’s Asset Development Division is accepting applications for the 2020 Aspire Mississippi program. The program is designed to help communities become better places to live, work and visit through economic, community and workforce development.

“Participants of MDA’s Aspire Mississippi program master the leadership = community development = economic development model, sharpening their leadership skills to effectively develop their communities, which attracts private capital investment creating new jobs in their communities,” MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. said in a statement. “Past participants of Aspire Mississippi demonstrated their commitment to bettering their communities through a variety of proactive projects that will bolster their economic development efforts for years to come.”

Aspire Mississippi provides support to counties as they identify marketable assets, allowing participants to increase industrial and economic development in their counties. The program helps communities develop projects that achieve significant and sustainable community and economic development outcomes. Curriculum focus areas include data-driven decision making and project mapping, as well as community, economic and workforce development.

The location for each session will alternate among the Aspire Mississippi counties. In addition to support from MDA, participants receive guidance from partners at the state’s universities, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies.

Each Aspire Mississippi team is typically formed through the local economic development office and consists of approximately eight to 10 local stakeholders committed to enhancing their knowledge in key community and economic development areas. Teams from the following counties recently graduated from the 2019 Aspire Mississippi program: Covington, Lawrence, Leake, Panola, Sharkey and Walthall.

The 2020 Aspire Mississippi program begins in April and will conclude in late fall with each team’s project presentations and a graduation ceremony.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 program is Monday, Feb. 3. To apply, go to For additional information, contact Ellen Bourdeaux with MDA’s Asset Development Division at 601-359-9333 or [email protected].

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Adopt-a-School training seeks to empower partnerships between churches and public schools



Pastor Tony Evans, the Urban Alternative

Vicksburg will play host to a unique training designed to help churches partner with local schools to transform individuals, families and communities.

The training, a project of Pastor Tony Evan’s Urban Alternatives organization, is part of a nationwide Adopt-a-School Initiative, which provides attendees “the building blocks for starting or enhancing the delivery of social services to urban youth and their families,” the organization’s website states. “Participants will receive an overview of the process for adopting public schools and creating programs, including school-based mentoring, to meet the vast needs of public-school youth and their families.”

The training is hosted by the Warren County Youth Court and Unite Mississippi, the parent organization of numerous faith-based organizations that have “a desire to make communities whole in a grass-roots way,” said Larry Nicks, deputy director of Unite Mississippi.

Recognizing that churches and faith-based organizations are probably the most influential organizations inside many communities in Mississippi, the Adopt-a-School program seeks to develop partnerships between churches and public schools and offer mentoring to children and families.

“Our prison population is growing, and our school literacy problem is getting worse. If we can tap into the school population at the third-grade level, then we can make a difference in the quality of graduates and, of course, our workforce,” Nicks said.

Mentoring at-risk children at an early age, particularly at the third-grade level, is crucial, he said. If children can’t read by third grade “they’ll never catch up and be on level in college and in life.”

The goal is not to only mentor children but to make the family whole through mentoring, job skills and more. Churches with resources will be partnered with churches with few resources.

The problem of literacy must be addressed before it gets to the justice or penal system, said Judge Marcie Southerland with the Warren County Youth Court.

“We have got to reach these children and their families when the children are … in second and third grade, not when they’re 13, 14 and on up to 17 years of age,” she said, adding, “I know this will work.”

“The kids we’re trying to reach are the kids that, for whatever reason, haven’t had proper mentoring and proper upbringing at home,” said Chip Miskelly, chairman of Unite Mississippi. “These are kids who are falling through the cracks.”

“What we’re trying to do more than anything else, is give these kids a fighting chance,” he added.

“It’s a holistic approach to reach not only the kids, but the families as a whole.”

In this one-day training, attendees will learn how to analyze the needs of the community, engage with a local school, recruit and develop volunteers and how to raise the necessary funds to support the endeavor.

The training is Jan. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the George Oaks Building at the Vicksburg-Warren County Hinds Community College Campus. Lunch will be served, sponsored by Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Claiborne and Warren Counties.

Cost of the training is $75 per person, and everyone is welcome. The training is designed for pastors, church and community leaders, and for people who are stakeholders in public schools including parents and teachers, or those who may be interested in becoming stakeholders.

“This is a top-notch training” with a successful track-record of more than 30 years, said Michelle Johnson, a Unite Mississippi board member and Vicksburg coordinator for the training.

For more information or to register, see the Adopt-A-School website or call Bill Collins with Urban Alternatives at 1-800-800-3222, Pastors’ coordinator Pastor James Bowman at 601-529-2044 or Vicksburg coordinator Michelle Johnson at 601-715-0522.

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Vicksburg Chess Club provides a way to exercise the brain for adults and children



Vicksburg Chess Club

To many, chess is a complex board game that takes time and a great deal of focus to learn and play. It’s also a fun way to pass the time.

Chess is a great way to exercise the brain, too. Research has shown chess helps adults prevent or delay Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and some mental illnesses. In children, it sparks an interest in math and science as it helps them improve critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills, and find solutions to complex problems.

Vicksburg schools understand the benefits of chess and have added the board game to their extracurricular activities with the help of the Vicksburg Chess Club.

“Right now the Chess Club is trying to promote chess in lots of areas,” said Dr. Donald Rathburn, a member of the Vicksburg Chess Club. “We have the grade-school programs. We run chess tournaments. We have a men’s championship and a women’s championship every year. We now have the Chess League that’s been going on for four years and that gives us a championship, and there are more possible tournaments.”

Each Tuesday and Thursday the club meets at the Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., at 6 p.m. to play chess and improve their skills. Everyone is invited to join in to watch or play in the matches.

At the weekly club meetings, members and guests have an opportunity to learn different tactics and styles of the game.

“There is a variety of chess,” Rathburn said. “It isn’t just two people playing chess. That is, of course, the most common way to play chess, but it could be two people on two boards or it could be two people on one board. There’s even a thing called random chess.”

The Vicksburg Chess Club also holds monthly chess matches. The next meet is on Jan. 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. in the Vicksburg Mall and as always, the event is free and everyone is welcome. 

For more information or to join the Vicksburg Chess Club and enhance your mind simply join them at their weekly meetings.

“Just come out on Thursday nights to the Vicksburg Mall,” Rathburn said. “We’ll train you and show you how to play chess. I emphasize having a good time. If your ego is involved, I don’t think you should play chess. Accept the fact that when you lose, you’re learning.”

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