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October 17 – The Great Quake of ’89

Here is my annual post about the earthquake that I experienced in the Bay Area on this day in 1989. Many of you may remember this as the World Series earthquake, as it happened just before a World Series Game between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. A lot of you may have seen this post already, but I know there are a lot of new people too, so I’ll repost this.

summaryOctober 17, 1989 at 5:04 pm was a time that I will never forget. With no exaggeration, I thought that was going to be the last day of my life. That was the day of the Great Quake of ’89, or as it is formally known as – the Loma Prieta earthquake. Or if I mention it these days, I say that is the earthquake that happened during the World Series, and then it rings a bell to people who lived outside of California’s Bay Area.

Today is the 29th anniversary of the earthquake. It was on a Tuesday that year. At the time, I was working at the Oakland Naval Hospital as a cook. My hours were 4:30am-6:30pm. I was looking forward to watching game 3 of the World Series after work. It was a huge deal in that area as both teams were local – the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s.

Then at 5:04, as I was walking through the kitchen getting ready to clean up, it sounded like there was a train quietly rumbling towards us. The sound was getting louder and louder, and then I could feel the building start to shake. Then the hospital started shaking more and more violently. It was starting to shake so much, that I had to hold myself up against a big metal table. There was a row of ovens (empty) behind me, and their doors were falling open. Then it felt like the whole ground was going to crumble apart under my feet, and the whole hospital was going to collapse on top of us. It was dinner time, so there were quite a few people in the cafeteria, and several people screamed. After what felt like an eternity, the shaking slowed to a stop. The earthquake lasted around 15 seconds, but I could swear that it was really 15 minutes. When everything became still, there were actually some people who actually cheered. I don’t know if they were cheering because we were all still in one piece, or if they were just sick and cheered as if it was an amusement park ride. Not too long after, there was an aftershock that was even worse than some earthquakes. A lot of people freaked out and screamed again. But that only lasted for a split second. I remember that there were still aftershocks occurring a few weeks after the earthquake

We put on whatever radios we could find, and we found out that a part of the Bay Bridge collapsed, and that the Cypress Freeway had collapsed. Then we got news that we may be getting a lot of patients brought to our hospital. All the corpsmen and doctors and nurses had to be called in. While we were waiting for them to come in, some of us cooks got a quick training on how to carry a stretcher so we could bring patients in from an ambulance. We waited outside and listened to the news come in about all of the damage. Only one ambulance came in while I was waiting, and I didn’t have to carry the person in. Things could have been much worse. The highways that had collapsed normally would have been bumper to bumper with cars and trucks. But since it was near game time for the World Series, there were a lot of people who were either at the game at Candlestick Park, or they had left work early, or they were staying late to have parties at work. 63 people died, and 3,757 were injured.
I left work around 12:30 am and got home around 1:00 am. This was at a time when people did not really have cell phones, and my family was on the East Coast. So, it was 4:00 am on the East when I got home, and I was debating whether I should call my family at that hour. I decided that I better, and it was a good decision. My mother answered the phone on the first ring!

This was a day that I will never forget as long as I live.

Here is the beginning of the televised portion of the World Series:

Here is a news clip of the Cypress Freeway collapse:

And here is the Bay Bridge:

People were trapped in the rubble of the Cypress Freeway, and there were rescue efforts for days. On October 21, 4 days after the quake, a survivor was found. His name was Buck Helms. “Lucky Buck”, as the media dubbed him, was freed from the wreckage, having spent 90 hours trapped in his crushed car under the rubble. Unfortunately, he died 29 days later from respiratory failure at the age of 57.

It took years for the area to rebuild. And to this day, there is still some rebuilding going on in the area from this disaster.

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30 Years Ago Today: Hands Across America

It was 30 years ago today that Hands Across America took place. Approximately 6.5 million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental United States. People donated money to participate. The proceeds went to fight hunger and homelessness.

Personally, I think our country could really use another event like this. Between the sideshow that is our presidential election (with the idiotic media being the ringleader), racism running rampant, shootings everywhere, and people just looking down at their phones instead of observing what’s around them, we really need to take a step back, take a breath, and band together for once. People need to learn to respect, love, and help each other. An event like Hands Across America would be perfect. Although, I have a feeling that the chain would constantly be broken from people needing one hand to hold their phone and take selfies. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts. I doubt this will ever happen again, so we’ll just have to Return to the ’80s to relive it.

End of rant. I was just going to write that first paragraph, and post the video. Then this rant just came to me. If you’re offended, put on your big boy or big girl pants, get over yourself, and enjoy this video. It will bring you back to happier times. 🙂

Aaaah! I feel better now.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – March 10, 1984: 10-1

Here are the top songs from this week in 1984. If you need a recap, you can see what we had for songs 40-31 this week in 1984, songs 30-21, and 20-11.
Let’s Return to the week of March 10, 1984, and enjoy the top-10 songs.

10. “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club

Culture Club had a string of big hits, but this was their biggest hit in the US. It had spent three weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984. At this point it was still in the top 10.

My memory of “Karma Chameleon is from when I was in Junior High school. I was some place (maybe a school bazaar) where there was a raffle for all different items. You buy a bunch of tickets, and put them in the cans in front of the items. One of the items I threw a ticket in for was 45s of “Karma Chameleon” and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”. These 45’s were the first things I ever won in my life.

9. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

This is one of the most recognizable songs by the King of the ’80s Soundtracks. Kenny Loggins could make a movie so much better with his music. The Footloose soundtrack had a lot of great songs, and this was a stand-out track. Personally, this is my second favorite Loggins tune on the soundtrack – “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” is my favorite. I heard the music and saw the music videos way before I saw the actual movie. So, I was a little confused with the warehouse dance scene when Ren (Kevin Bacon) was dancing to a different song (“Never” by Moving Pictures) instead of “Footloose” like the video showed on MTV.

8. “Here Comes The Rain Again” by the Eurythmics

I should write an article about the songs/bands that I did not care much about when they came out, but appreciate them much more now. This would be in that list. I like this song a lot now. Annie Lennox has an amazing voice.

7. “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis & The News had some moderately successful hits in the early ’80s. When their third album, Sports, was released, it launched them into the stratosphere. Their first single off of that album, “Heart and Soul”, was a top-ten hit. This song was their follow-up, and it also reached the top-ten reaching all the way to #6 at some point. Unfortunately, like all the other singles released from the Sports album, radio stations and MTV played this over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over….again until we got sick of it….and-over-and-over-and-over. (You want a new drug? I want a new song!) and-over-and-over-and-over.
When this song started to fade away, then came “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. The melody sounded so much like “I Want a New Drug” that Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr. for plagiarism.

6. “Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon

This song was recorded, but not completed, shortly before John Lennon’s death. The song was later completed by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in 1983 and released as the first single from Lennon and Ono’s album Milk and Honey in 1984.

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5. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell

This was the debut single for Rockwell, who is the son of Motown CEO Berry Gordy Jr. This was his only hit. And this may not have even been a hit if it wasn’t for that familiar voice that is heard in the chorus.

4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

And here is that familiar voice from the previous song. “Thriller” was quite the event when it debuted on MTV. There was nothing like it at all at the time that this came out. Not only was the video legendary, but the song itself isn’t too shabby.

Here is the normal length song:

Here is the full video:

3. “99 Luftballons” by Nena

It doesn’t matter if you prefer your ballons luft or your balloons red. In either German or English, this was a great, classic ’80s tune.

Here is the original German version:

And here is the English version:

2. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

This song introduced Cyndi Lauper to the world. This is the “unusual” one’s signature hit. If this would have been Lauper’s only song, she would have still been an ’80s icon. But, she went on to record so many other great songs. This was a fun song and video. You can’t go wrong if you have Captain Lou Albano in a video, even if he does have rubber bands dangling from his cheek.

1. “Jump” by Van Halen

The number 1 song this week in 1984. Eddie Van Halen is considered to be one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived. So, of course his band’s only number 1 hit features Eddie mainly playing…keyboards. At the time, this was easily my favorite song. It took radio and MTV longer than usual to get me sick of it. I even like the song “1984” from the album because it would lead into “Jump”. On the bus, our indoor track team was traveling to a meet, and we were listening to the 1984 album on somebody’s boombox. When “1984” was on, somebody yelled out, “Alright! The song that gets you psyched for Jump!” For some reason, that stuck with me.

The video always cracked me up. Eddie has got to be on something good, because he has a weird grin through the whole entire video!

Well this was a lot of fun. We’ll take a look back at a different year next time. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – March 10, 1984: 20-11

The countdown continues for the week ending March 10, 1984! If you need a recap, you can see what we had for songs 40-31 this week in 1984, and songs 30-21.
Let’s Return to the week of March 10, 1984, and enjoy the next 10 songs on the countdown.

20. “Give it Up” by KC

When I saw the title of this song, I thought I had never heard of this one before. But as soon as KC starts singing, it totally came back to me. This is a good song! This is actually KC and the Sunshine Band, but it is just credited as KC. KC and the Sunshine Band were in the center of the Disco movement. Then came the Disco Hatred movement, with the “Disco Sucks” catchphrase and record burning events. Many of the Disco acts disappeared.
But KC and the Sunshine Band had a comeback hit with this song. The comeback was short lived as this was the last of the band’s big hits.

19. “Joanna” by Kool and the Gang

This is a really good ballad that came out between Kool & The Gang’s signature hit “Celebration” and their album Emergency, which had the hits “Misled”, “Fresh”, and “Cherish”.

18. “An Innocent Man” by Billy Joel

The title track from Billy Joel’s hugely successful album. Throughout the whole album, Joel paid homage to different styles of music. This one is an homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters. Joel was quoted in a 1997 interview describing a high note he sang during the song: “I had a suspicion that was going to be the last time I was going to be able to hit those notes, so why not go out in a blaze of glory?” That was the end of Billy’s high note. This is one of my favorites from the album.

17. “Adult Education” by Hall & Oates

This isn’t one of my favorite Hall & Oates songs. It’s OK. When artists release a greatest hits compilation, in most cases there are a couple of new songs included. This was one of those songs. It was featured on Hall & Oates’ second compilation album, Rock ‘n Soul Part 1.

16. “The Language of Love” by Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg is mainly known for his hits “Longer”, “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Leader of the Band”. But this is the first song that made me take notice. I saw the video on MTV, and really loved the song. But, it did not get to much airplay. So it was a treat whenever I got to hear it. Now it’s on my iPod, so I can listen to it whenever I want.

15. “Automatic” by The Pointer Sisters

I love, love, love The Pointer Sisters. I never get sick of their songs, and this is no exception. Ruth provided the deep lead vocals, and as usual the harmonies are incredible.

14. “Got a Hold On Me” by Christine McVie

This is one of those songs that I didn’t care for when it came out, but like it a lot now. I preferred Stevie Nicks’ and Lindsay Buckingham’s songs with Fleetwood Mac more than Christine McVie’s. But, I appreciate her more now. She has a lot of soul.

13. “Let the Music Play” by Shannon

This landmark song was Shannon’s only US Top 40 hit. This song was the birth of the Freestyle Dance-Pop era. This also came out in the middle of my Break Dancing phase. Yes, I used to bust out the cardboard! Our favorite songs to Break to were “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “Rockit” by Herbie Hancock, and this one.

12. “New Moon On Monday” by Duran Duran

This came out in the middle of Duran Duran’s great run in the ’80s. Classic.

11. “Wrapped Around Your Finger” by The Police

Awesome song from the last studio album of The Police – Synchronicity. “Every Breath You Take” is my least favorite of the singles that were released from that album, and “Synchronicity II” was my favorite. This one is in the middle, which is still better than most songs by other artists. Sting has some good songs as a solo artist, but I like him a million times better with The Police. I (like most people) wish they could just get along!

We’ll finish the top 10 tomorrow. Unfortunately, there are not going to be any surprise hits. Anybody who has eyes and ears in 1984 knows every one of the upcoming songs very well. But it’s still fun to take the trip back.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – March 10, 1984: 30-21

The countdown continues for the week ending March 10, 1984! If you need a recap, you can see what we had for songs 40-31 this week in 1984.

The next ten songs are another mix of rarely heard songs along with classic songs you know and love (and possible sick of).

Now let’s Return to March 10, 1984, and continue the countdown with songs 30-21…

30. “Let’s Stay Together” by Tina Turner

I sense a comeback!! Tina’s remake of Al Green’s 1972 classic was the first single released from her Private Dancer album. This song was actually released in November 1983, and the album did not come out until May 1984. This song gets forgotten due to her other monster hits off of this album – “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Better Be Good To Me” and “Private Dancer”. But “Let’s Stay Together” is a classic in its own right.

29. “Runner” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

This was a pleasant surprise for me! I did not remember this song. I only knew Manfred Mann’s “Blinded By the Light”. I vaguely remember this one now that I hear it, and I love it! I’ll be purchasing this song for my iPod. See Prince? YouTube works. You should allow your songs to be on there some day!

28. “Back Where You Belong” by .38 Special

I don’t know what it is with .38 Special. I love their songs, and I never get sick of them.

27. “Miss Me Blind” by Culture Club

This was the 3rd single released off of Culture Club’s smash album Colour by Numbers.
I did not care that uch for them back in the day, but I like their music much more now.

26. “The Politics of Dancing” by Re-Flex

This isn’t a bad New Wave song. I discovered this song from the One Hit Wonders series a couple of years ago.

25. “Almost Over You” by Sheena Easton

Whatever happened to Sheena Easton? I really liked her a lot. This is a really nice/sad ballad.

24. “Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins

This is a song that was always on the radio and MTV. I like it a lot now. It was the Thompson Twins’ biggest selling single. Was I the only one that was annoyed by the name though? There are 3 of them, and none of them are twins! Arggh!!!

23. “This Woman” by Kenny Rogers

Here’s another song you never hear on the radio. It’s not bad. It’s kind of reminiscent of Kenny when he was with The First Edition.

22. “That’s All” by Genesis

This was my introduction to Genesis. It was in heavy rotation on MTV when we got cable TV for the first time.

21. “Yah Mo B There” by James Ingram & Michael McDonald

We’ll wrap up with song #21. I like James Ingram a lot, but not such a great fan of Michael McDonald. There are some songs I like by him, and this is one of them.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s countdown. I’ll be back tomorrow with songs 20-11 tomorrow. I just did a sneak peak, and while there are more and more familiar songs making their way in, there are some good songs that don’t get much airplay.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – March 10, 1984: 40-31

Over the next few days, I will show the top 40 from the week ending March 10, 1984. I tend to like the songs that didn’t rank as high because you don’t hear them too often. The top 10 list are usually songs that we already heard a million times, and are now engrained in our DNA.
Here are the songs that were ranked 40-31 this week, 30 years ago:

40. “Don’t Let Go” by Wang Chung

This is what I’m talking about. I don’t even remember this song, and it’s pretty good. Better than hearing “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” come on the radio 3-4 times a day every single day!

39. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes

And then there are the songs toward the bottom of the charts that were at the top for a while. I like this song, and I really like Yes. But they have so many other great songs. However, nobody knows about them because this one gets all the airplay. Still a classic though.

38. “Girls” by Dwight Twilley

Not only did I not know this song, but I never heard of Dwight Twilley before. I thought it was going to be a Country song, but this is more pop/rock. Not bad. This is probably around the right ranking in the countdown.

37. “Hello” by Lionel Richie

This song and video got just a little bit of airplay in its day. Ugh!

36. “Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics

Ultimate ’80s song. When I hear this song, the first thing that comes to mind is the hair!

35. “Radio Ga Ga” by Queen

Best. Band. Ever.

34. “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins

Like all Phil Collins songs, this was a good one which the radio stations (and MTV) immediately overplayed. It took almost 20 years of avoiding it to finally not be sick of it anymore. Now this song is performed in every single season of every singing competition. Whoever sings this should automatically be eliminated.

33. “Livin’ In Desperate Times” by Olivia Newton-John

Two of a Kind was a forgettable movie, but the soundtrack was great. It featured “Ask the Lonely” by Journey as well as “Twist of Fate” by Newton-John. This is also a great one>

32. “Come Back and Stay” by Paul Young

I had totally forgotten this one. The title didn’t sound familiar, but this is one of those songs that you hear and say “Oh, now I remember that song!”

31. “New Song” by Howard Jones

And we’ll wrap up today’s part of the countdown with ’80s legend, Howard Jones. Another really good song that does not get much airplay.

 

I hope you enjoyed this countdown. Seriously. Because I’ll be back with 30-21 tomorrow.

What do you think about this countdown? Do these songs bring back memories, or are you liking, or not liking, some of the unfamiliar ones?

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This Day in History – Feb. 21, 1989 – I Leave for Boot Camp

Navy Boot Camp I can’t believe it’s been 25 years!! After graduating high school in 1988, I went to community college for a semester. What a disaster! I had no idea what I wanted to do in life, and I had little discipline. With nothing to lose, I decided to join the Navy. I officially signed the paperwork on February 7, and had 2 weeks before I was going to leave for boot camp. This gave me 2 weeks to say goodbye to family and friends, and one big going away party. That party is a whole story itself. It involved a huge Truth or Dare game. It was basically just a Dare game which may or may not have involved several possible illegal activities. But, we won’t go there today.

The party was totally over on February 21, 1989 at around 4:00 AM when the recruiter came and picked me up to bring me to Boston. As we were driving away from the house, Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away” came on the local top-40 radio station in the car. How cruel!

We got to the main recruiting center in Boston, filled out some final paperwork, and one more physical exam. Then several of us, from different branches of the service, were bussed over to Logan Airport.

I was going to boot camp at Great Lakes in Illinois, so I flew into O’Hare airport in Chicago, and had to wait there most of the day. So I hung out in the USO lounge most of the day. I had to wait for everybody else to get in so we could all get bussed to boot camp all at once.
Oh, just in case you breezed past the beginning of this paragraph, take a look-see at where I went to boot camp, and remember what the date is. It was not exactly balmy there! Just the opposite. Hoth had nothing on this place! (Holla, Empire Strikes Back fans!)
We arrived at the recruit training center very late that night. We then had fill out yet more paperwork, and we had to put our personal belongings in a storage bag, which we would get back when boot camp was over. Anybody who served in the military knows the “Hurry up and wait” routine, with the stress being on Wait. After waiting a long time to do different processes, it was about 5:00 AM by the time we were done.

Next we were marched over to a room with many bunk beds. Were they actually going to let us sleep?!? Wow. Uh, that would be a big fat NO! There were other recruits already sleeping in those beds. Two Company Commanders/Drill Sergeants then commenced to scream and throw some big aluminum garbage cans around the room, waking everybody up. This made me glad that I didn’t get to go to sleep.

Everything was a blur after that. We were broken up into different “companies”, and met our Company Commanders. At some point we got measured for clothes, were given our seabags, and settled in to our barracks. So that was my day 25 years ago.

Boot camp was 8 weeks. After that I went from Chicago to San Diego for my schooling. By April, it was beginning to thaw, but everything was still brown at Great Lakes. When I got off the plane in San Diego, the first thing I saw was palm trees, and nice perfect weather.

My time in the Navy was quite eventful. I survived a major earthquake, and served in the Gulf War (Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm).

I know I don’t tell too many stories about my life too often on this blog. But, on this date, I figured I’d share a little. Thanks for reading.

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This Day in History

On January 27, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. What does this have to do with the ’80s? Well, in the mid-1980s, Mozart had a little resurgence in pop culture.

First of all, the movie Amadeus was released in 1984. It would go on to dominate the Academy Awards, winning 8 categories including Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham), Best Picture, and Best Director (Miloš Forman).

And who can forget Falco’s 1985 smash hit “Rock Me Amadeus”? Whenever I hear the words of Wolfgang, Amadeus, or Mozart, the first thing that pops in my mind is:

“Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus”

Anybody else have an earworm now? Your welcome! Here is the #1 smash hit:

Mozart died in 1791 at the young age of 35. But his legacy lives on, and we appreciated it in the ’80s.

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Black Monday – October 19, 1987

24 years ago today, October 19, 1987, the stock markets around the world crashed. The day was dubbed ‘Black Monday’. The crash began in Hong Kong and spread west to Europe, hitting the United States after other markets had already declined by a huge margin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 508 points.

By the end of October, stock markets in Hong Kong had fallen 45.5%, Australia 41.8%, Spain 31%, the United Kingdom 26.45%, the United States 22.68%, and Canada 22.5%.

Most people feared that there would be a recession, or maybe even a new ‘Great Depression’. However, the stock market quickly rebounded. The Dow made record gains on Tuesday and again on Thursday. By the end of the year, the Dow was higher than it had been at the start of the year, and returned to its pre-Black Monday level just two years after the crash.

Despite fears of a recession, the stock market quickly rebounded. The Dow made record gains on Tuesday and again on Thursday. By the end of the year, the Dow was higher than it had been at the start of the year, and returned to its pre-Black Monday level just two years after the crash.

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**Repost** “The Wedding of the Century”

These days, there have been a lot of remakes and sequels from the ’80s. The Karate Kid, The A-Team, Tron, and Wall Street. So why not “The Wedding of the Century”? Sure, I think there’s some kind of wedding tomorrow, that is bringing back memories from 30(!) years ago. But, for us, the REAL “Wedding of the Century” occurred on July 29, 1981 Lady Diana Frances Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Make no mistake, if it was not for Diana, this would have just been a footnote in England’s history.

Instead, the wedding was watched by 750 million people worldwide. There were 3,500 people in the congregation at St. Paul’s Cathedral. There were 2 million spectators lined along the route of Diana’s procession from Clarence House, with 4,000 police and 2,200 military officers to manage the crowds.

Diana arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a glass coach, escorted by five mounted military police officers. The carriage was too small to comfortably hold Diana’s father and Diana in her dress and train.

After the ceremony, the couple went to Buckingham palace for a small dinner for 120. Appearing on a balcony, Diana and Charles pleased the crowd by kissing.

However, the “fairy-tale” couple grew apart – especially under the scrutiny of the tabloids. Diana and Charles announced a separation in 1992, though they continued to carry out their royal duties. In August 1996, the couple officially divorced. In exchange for a generous settlement, and the right to retain her apartments at Kensington Palace and her title of “princess,” Diana agreed to relinquish the title of “Her Royal Highness” and any future claims to the British throne.

But, the popularity of Diana still soared, and she was considered “a queen in people’s hearts.” Then, tragically, on August 31, 1997, she was killed with her companion Dodi Fayed in a car accident in Paris. Tests conducted by French police indicated that the driver, who also died in the crash, was intoxicated and likely caused the accident while trying to escape the paparazzi photographers who consistently tailed Diana during any public outing.

To this day, people from all over the world believe, as well as Dodi Fayed’s father, believe that Queen Elizabeth was involved with Diana’s death in some way.

On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles wed his longtime mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles, in a private civil ceremony. After the civil ceremony, which the queen did not attend, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams blessed the union on behalf of the Church of England in a separate blessing ceremony. An estimated 750 guests attended the event (a long way from 3,500!), which was held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor and was attended by both of Charles parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Though Camilla technically became the Princess of Wales with the marriage, she has announced her preference for the title Duchess of Cornwall, in deference to the beloved late princess. Should Charles become king, she will become Queen Camilla, though she has already announced her intention to use the title Princess Consort, most likely in response to public opinion polls showing resistance to the idea of a “Queen Camilla.”