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Today - wpbinzel - 10-18-2020 12:12 AM

How is today's date (October 18th) associated with the Lincoln Administration?

RE: Today - RJNorton - 10-18-2020 04:56 AM

Bill, can you give a hint? Is the answer Civil War-related?

RE: Today - AussieMick - 10-18-2020 06:04 AM

Both Seward and Chase were thought to have some involvement with John Brown? (captured at Harpers Ferry Oct 18 1859)

RE: Today - wpbinzel - 10-18-2020 01:02 PM

It involves someone in Lincoln's administration, and does not involve Harpers Ferry.

(10-18-2020 04:56 AM)RJNorton Wrote:  Is the answer Civil War-related?

RE: Today - Rob Wick - 10-18-2020 03:45 PM

It's Alaska Day. The purchase of Alaska by William Seward from Russia.


RE: Today - AussieMick - 10-18-2020 04:03 PM

(10-18-2020 03:45 PM)Rob Wick Wrote:  It's Alaska Day. The purchase of Alaska by William Seward from Russia.

I'm having a problem that won't go away. Imagining Bob Newhart doing a sketch where the Lincoln cabinet has been told by Seward that he wants to pay a large fortune to the Russians for some dirt, rocks and snow.

RE: Today - wpbinzel - 10-18-2020 04:50 PM

(10-18-2020 03:45 PM)Rob Wick Wrote:  It's Alaska Day. The purchase of Alaska by William Seward from Russia.

Correct! The purchase was made in March 1867, but the formal transfer and raising of the U.S. flag did not occur until October 18th. Alaska Day is a state holiday in Alaska, which will be observed tomorrow.

RE: Today - AussieMick - 10-18-2020 09:06 PM

(LINCOLN-Bob Newhart) Ahhh … yeah … Hi, Bill …. Err. We heard a joke this morning … about .. er, Ha-Ha-Ha … er , oh boy ! Yeah! About …. you wanting us to buy … ha-ha-ha … Alasca! ….
Er, what ? … its wha … its not a … its serious ? … oh!
Wait a moment. I … yeah … I’ll jus’ … yeah … oughta sit down.
Hey, Bill … those headaches? You haven’t been … ??? No. No. Ok.

Yeah. OK. So. Yeah. Tell us about this … Alasca? Its got a ‘k’ ? Ok …. yeah, Alaska?

Its what? Its in the North? Oh, yeah. That’s what I thought. North of … ? yeahhhh …. North of ? California, Oregon way? Right. Right … and we oughta buy it be … be … ‘cause ?

Ok … its got …? Its got what , Bill?

OH! ok. right.

Bill, err, dunno how to say this … Bill , errrr , we got quite a lot of ... land right now.

Yep, yep. Yep, we got rocks, too.

Trees? Oh. Good. Yeah, well … can't have too many trees.

Not until yer gotta cut em down!

Roads. Railways … we aint got too many of them …
Alaska ? How’s that going for railways … nooo? Roads? Nooo?
Right. People? Not too many?
Ok. Some Indians ? … and maybe a few ??? what? Brits, Scots, Irish and French ? Oh! ok ... guess, we can deal with ...

What? What , Bill? The Russians didn’t want it? So … ? You wanted to help them out?
Ok. And you didn’t want the Brits to have it?
Well … I c’n unnerstan that …

Ok. Ok … so … the Brits were going to buy it?
No? They wernt? Oh !! Oh. Right … the Ruskkies were going to give to them?
So you went and bought it instead … Ok.

Well, thanks … errr, yeah . Thanks … Bill. You know, I got some little blue pills that help sometimes ...

RE: Today - wpbinzel - 10-18-2020 11:29 PM

(10-18-2020 09:06 PM)AussieMick Wrote:  (LINCOLN-Bob Newhart)

Mick, I have no idea of what you do for a living, but if it doesn't pan out, you will have a great career as a screenwriter.

RE: Today - RJNorton - 10-19-2020 04:52 AM

I second Bill!!

RE: Today - Gene C - 10-19-2020 07:18 AM

All of this reminds me of a song by Johnny Horton - North To Alaska

RE: Today - LincolnMan - 10-19-2020 08:16 PM

Love that song Gene!