New Series – Today in History! March 3
Here are three interesting things that have happened on this date in our history:
1. Mar 3, 1887: Helen Keller meets her teacher, Annie Sullivan – her Miracle Worker
I have always loved the stories about Helen Keller and her teacher. I often post amazing quotes from Helen Keller on my twitter and facebook walls.
In 1962 a wonderful movie was made “The Miracle Worker”. Patty Duke as Helen, and Anne Bancroft as Annie, both received Oscars for their performances.
There is so much that you can learn about Helen Keller and her life. An easy start is to watch the movie, and read a great biography on http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdkell.htm.
2. March 3, 1991 – The police beating of Rodney King is caught on video in Los Angeles, sparking riots.
Rodney King was driving drunk, speeding, and refused to pull over for the patrol officers. He led them on a car chase, and was brutally beaten when they finally pulled him over. The beating was filmed by an amateur and was the spark that started riots and unrest around the country. Rodney was not an angel, but he never deserved that treatment. He was awarded over 3 million dollars for the injuries from the police.
Recently, Rodney was on the tv show “Celebrity Rehab” and the follow up “Sober House” and shared a lot of his personal struggles.
3. March 3, 1915 The Movie “Birth of a Nation” opens in New York
D. W. Griffiths controversial film opened and became the first true “Blockbuster” film for Hollywood. Originally named “The Clansman”, it was based on a book by Thomas Dixon and glorified the Klu Klux Klan. After disputes with the NAACP, Griffiths changed the name of the film, and eventually changed the focus of the film to the Civil War itself and the change of status for the Slaves.
Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry