June 30, 2005
— Ace From LGF, via Jack:
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch woman who swears by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life celebrated her 115th birthday on Wednesday as the oldest living person on record.
Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, a former needlework teacher, was born in 1890, the year Sioux Indians were massacred by the U.S. military at the Battle of Wounded Knee.
For unknown reasons, the unbiased reporter fails to mention she celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary the same year the Tuskegee Experiment was begun, and finally achieved her lifelong dream of para-sailing the year Richard Nixon began his illegal bombing campaign of Cambodia.
And also-- throughout her long life, America has just totally sucked dick, and not in a "good way" either.
Posted by: vonKreedon at June 30, 2005 09:12 AM (hF0Vm)
Here: 1890 Congress establishes the Oklahoma Territory on unoccupied lands in the Indian Territory, breaking a 60-year-old pledge to preserve this area exclusively for Native Americans forced from their lands in the east.
From PBS, New Perspectives on the West.
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Posted by: Sean M. at June 30, 2005 02:43 PM (tSDq3)
While I did have a good laugh at the "thanks for sharing" line, I don't necessarily think there's anything sinister going on here. The reporter probably just looked up 1890 in an almanac and found the first semi-well-known event that they thought would impress upon people how long ago that was. The U.S. military battling Sioux Indians? I think that fits the bill for emphasizing how she was born in another era.
And they even used the word "Indians"...
Posted by: Bob at June 30, 2005 05:13 PM (IpgLk)
Granted, but the reporter also could've used any other kind of measuring stick, like some of the many famous people she's outlasted who were born in the same year. Some notables include: Ho Chi Minh, Agatha Christie, Groucho Marx, Charles de Gaulle, and Dwight Eisenhower.
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