Tuesday Open Lines

What is the biggest selling single record of all time? The answer may surprise you, since it isn’t by the Beatles or Elvis. The record is Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” recorded on this date 70 years ago. Crosby’s rendition has sold 50 million copies since it was released later that year. Adding the many versions of the song recorded by other artists, estimates are that “White Christmas” has stacked up sales of 100 million copies. The year Bing recorded his holiday classic; Americans spent $634 million on records, radios, and musical instruments. Now, we spend more than $6.8 billion on sound recordings alone each year. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America–People, Places, and Our Economy.

Yesterdays – Memorial Day, looked on as the start of the summer season, and a time for family gatherings and sporting events.  But the true meaning of the day is underlined by the continuing sacrifices made by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and other tense areas.  The first official observance of Memorial Day was on this date in 1868, ordered by General John Logan, when flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. From the Civil War through Vietnam, some 566,000 U.S. service personnel died in combat, more than half of them in World War II.  Across the U.S., there are just under 22 million veterans of the armed forces.  Profile America is beginning its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

I already posted the weekly address yesterday, so if you missed the West Wing Week episode, here ya go:

This week, the President announced a major new initiative on food security, hosted the G8 and NATO summits, gave the commencement addresses in Joplin, Missouri and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and traveled to Iowa to urge Congress to act on the “To Do List,” invest in clean energy, and extend the Production Tax Credit that has bipartisan support.

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