TODAY, NOVEMBER 19, is World Toilet Day. Really. Historically, this has been a good day for getting close to presidents, although George Gitt, who hid under a speaker’s platform to hear the Gettysburg Address, caught a bigger slice of history than Vicki Lynn Cole, who warmed Nixon’s heart (if that was possible) with a “Bring Us Together” sign.
There’s also an ice theme on this date: hockey player Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had five assists in 2011, and 18-year-old Anna was the plucky protagonist of Disney’s double-Oscar-winning (best animated picture; best original song) film Frozen, released in Hollywood a year ago today.
Nov. 19, 1863: George Gitt, fifteen, positions himself beneath the speaker’s platform at Gettysburg to listen to Abraham Lincoln’s legendary “four score and seven years ago” address. Describing the scene for The New York Times in 1933, Gitt said he was transfixed from the moment the president stood to deliver his two-minute address. When Lincoln finished his oration with “… that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” Gitt said he felt “as if something electric ran up and down my spine.”
Nov. 19, 1968: Vicki Lynne Cole, thirteen, and her family are invited to President Nixon’s inauguration. Cole had caught Nixon’s attention by carrying a sign that said “Bring Us Together” during a political rally in her hometown of Deshler, Ohio.
Nov. 19, 1980: Brooke Shields, fifteen, is in the news when CBS TV bans her ads for Calvin Klein jeans. In the ads, the actress-model purrs, “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”
Nov. 19, 2011: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, eighteen, records five assists for the NHL Edmonton Oilers in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He is the first eighteen-year-old in NHL history to have five assists in one game.
Nov. 19, 2013: Anna, eighteen, is introduced as the fictional star of Walt Disney’s Frozen, which premieres in Hollywood today. After her older sister creates an eternal winter, Anna journeys to find her and bring back the sun — and fun.