History 101 for March 26, 2012

…for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that “the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives.” She kept the design elegantly simple to “allow everyone to respond and remember.”

1965 Jeff Beck is announced as the newest member of the Yardbirds. He replaced – Eric Clapton.

1937: Spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, unveiled a statue of their hero, Popeye the Sailor, on the town square. It’s still there. (at least it was last time we checked.)