Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Deaths of Princess Grace and William McKinley



Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact – it is silence which isolates.
- Thomas Mann
 From The Magic Mountain, Chapter 6


On September 14, 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco died at the age of 52 due to injuries she sustained when her automobile crashed near Monte Carlo. Her daughter, Princess Stephanie, who was also in the vehicle, survived the accident.

Born Grace Patricia Kelly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she became an Academy Award-winning movie star. The list of her leading men includes Carey Grant, Gary Cooper, William Holden and Bing Crosby. In 1954, she won the Best Actress Oscar for The Country Girl.

Grace Kelly relinquished her Hollywood career and married Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 19, 1956. To watch a video of Grace Kelly being presented with her Oscar for The Country Girl, click the link below.



William McKinley, 25th president of the United States, died September 14, 1901, eight days after being shot by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz. The assassination took place while President McKinley was attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was shaking hands with the public at a reception held at the Temple of Music. When Czolgosz went up to the president, he shot him twice with a weapon he had concealed in a handkerchief. McKinley was the third American president to be assassinated after Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881. John F. Kennedy became the fourth in 1963.


Unlike the force of gravity, what come up and never comes down?

ANSWER : Your age

Note : If you have a riddle, please send it to me and I would be happy to publish it in the Riddle Me This segment of my blog entry.


The Blue Jays won the final game of their series against Tampa Bay at home on Sunday. A two-run walk-off home run by Adam Lind gave the Jays a 5-5 victory over the Rays. However, they were defeated 4-3 last night by the Baltimore Orioles before a sparse crowd at Camden Yards in Baltimore. In the 11th inning, reliever Brian Tallet surrendered the winning RBI. The Orioles have improved immensely since Buck Showalter took over as manager of the club.

Well, at least Jays fans can look forward to the major league debut of pitcher Kyle Drabek on Wednesday. Drabek, the son of Cy Young winner Doug Drabek, was acquired by the Jays in the Roy Halladay deal.

- Joanne