On this day in history

autumn

It was such a beautiful fall day in 1819 that poet John Keats was inspired to take out pen and pad. He inked one of the best-loved English poems, Ode to Autumn. Here’s an excerpt:

…”Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing, and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.”

And, it rhymes!

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Just as important, on this day in 1876, Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids, MI patented the first carpet sweeper.  The name, Bissell, became synonymous with carpet sweepers during the first half of the 20th century — much like Frigidaire and refrigerator, Jell-O and gelatin dessert. TO this day, one still resides in my utility closet.

1953Gisele MacKenzie took over as host on NBC-TV’s Your Hit Parade. (My family watched her every Saturday evening when we finally got a television set along about 1956.) Her biggest hit during that stint (1953-57) was Hard to Get in June of 1955. Ironically, the song was first sung by Gisele in an episode of the NBC-TV show, Justice. It became a hit and she performed it again on Your Hit Parade.

I wonder what important events will take place on this day in history?  Hope it’s nothing more headline-getting than a good poem or a new household gadget to make our lives easier.

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