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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2950 on: May 06, 2020, 04:18:32 PM »
The Hindenberg crashed back in 1935.

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« Reply #2951 on: May 08, 2020, 06:29:37 PM »
VE day 1945
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« Reply #2952 on: May 09, 2020, 01:34:26 AM »
Today is Russia's VE Day in 1945. Stalin didn't like the earlier surrender by Jodl.
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« Reply #2953 on: May 18, 2020, 10:27:03 AM »
Today is the 100th year anniversary of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer.

Created on May 18, 1920, the Chief was created to bridge the gap between officer and junior personnel after the creation of the Coast Guard in 1915, by combining five different services into one.

Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs were created later in the 1950s.
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« Reply #2954 on: May 18, 2020, 11:53:19 AM »
"Vancouver. Vancouver.  This is it!"   volcanologist David Johnston, just before being engulfed by the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's. 40 years ago today.
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« Reply #2955 on: May 18, 2020, 04:55:05 PM »
"Vancouver. Vancouver.  This is it!"   volcanologist David Johnston, just before being engulfed by the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's. 40 years ago today.

The explosion was characterized as the equivalent of 27,000 atomic bombs.

May 18, 1830,
English mechanic Edwin Beard Budding (c.1796 - 1846), inventor of the lawn mower, signed a manufacturing agreement with John Ferrabee, Phoenix Iron Works, Stroud. Budding based his design on the helical cutting blades he had seen on cylinders run over newly woven cloth to cut the pile for a smooth finish. His patent (No. 5,990, 31 Aug 1830) described his mower to replace hand scythes for "cropping or shearing the vegetable surface of lawns, grass plats, and pleasure grounds." It had a cast iron frame with a large roller that turned a series of cogs which rotated the blades. Production was increased in 1832 by license to the agricultural manufacturer Ransomes. Budding also invented the adjustable wrench.
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« Reply #2956 on: June 09, 2020, 08:32:22 PM »
Donald Duck Debuts in The Little Wise Hen (1934)

Clad in his signature sailor shirt and cap, the perennially pants-less cartoon character Donald Duck made his debut in Disney's The Wise Little Hen. His comically short temper and distinct voice quickly endeared him to audiences, and he became a regular character in Mickey Mouse cartoons. Donald remains quite popular in Scandinavia, as evidenced by the Christmas Eve tradition of watching a TV special featuring him. What Academy Award-winning 1943 cartoon showed Donald saluting Hitler? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2957 on: June 11, 2020, 06:59:57 PM »
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« Reply #2958 on: June 11, 2020, 07:15:35 PM »

On an exceptionally hot June day in St. Louis, Dax strapped on 15 lbs of satin and far too much eye makeup in order to legally get the multi-car discount on auto insurance with fourstring.
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« Reply #2959 on: June 11, 2020, 10:57:04 PM »
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On an exceptionally hot June day in St. Louis, Dax strapped on 15 lbs of satin and far too much eye makeup in order to legally get the multi-car discount on auto insurance with fourstring.

What some folks will do to reduce the insurance bill  ;D

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« Reply #2960 on: June 12, 2020, 08:17:14 AM »
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« Reply #2961 on: June 18, 2020, 05:36:10 AM »
Winston Churchill Delivers His "Finest Hour" Speech (1940)

Churchill delivered his celebrated "Finest Hour" speech after it became clear that France's surrender to Germany was imminent and that this would bring the Nazi enemy to England's doorstep. Churchill had been prime minister for just over a month when he delivered the 36-minute speech before the House of Commons. Warning that England would soon face attack, he tried to inspire courage, justify confidence in victory, and define the noble causes that Britain was fighting for, which were what? More... Discuss

National Marbles Tournament

Held for five days near the end of June in a Wildwood, New Jersey, the National Marbles Tournament features a competition among champions selected in elimination contests throughout the country. The national boy and girl champions each receive a trophy and a plaque as well as a $2,000 scholarship. Although many games can be played with marbles, the game played in the national tournament is called Ringer, in which 13 marbles (called "miggles") form a cross in a 10-foot circle. Players alternate shots, and the winner is the first one to shoot seven miggles out of the ring. More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2962 on: June 22, 2020, 06:45:37 PM »
Operation: Barbarossa
June 22, 1941, over 3 million German troops invade Russia in three parallel offensives, in what is the most powerful invasion force in history. Nineteen panzer divisions, 3,000 tanks, 2,500 aircraft, and 7,000 artillery pieces pour across a thousand-mile front as Hitler goes to war on a second front.
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« Reply #2963 on: June 22, 2020, 09:23:15 PM »
The decision that resulted in the demise of the Third Reich.
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« Reply #2964 on: June 30, 2020, 04:53:15 AM »
The Great Blondin Crosses Niagara Falls on Tightrope (1859)

Best known as "The Great Blondin," Jean François Gravelet was a French tightrope walker and acrobat famous for making multiple crossings of Niagara Falls on a tightrope on several occasions. Balancing 160 feet (48 m) above the water on a 1,100-foot (335-m) tightrope, Blondin dazzled crowds by using a different theatrical variation each time he crossed, performing the feat blindfolded, in a sack, pushing a wheelbarrow, on stilts, carrying a man on his back, and sitting down to do what? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2965 on: June 30, 2020, 05:39:53 AM »
He cooked and consumed an omelette and sat table-side for a glass of wine.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2966 on: July 15, 2020, 06:50:46 AM »
Happy Birthday Linda Ronstadt (1946)

Ronstadt is an American popular-music singer and record producer. She embarked on a solo career in the late 1960s and became known for her interpretations of folk songs and collaborations with artists from a diverse array of genres. She became one of the most successful female singers of the 1970s and branched out in the 80s with award-winning Spanish language albums. One of her grandfathers was an inventor who made a fortune by patenting what widely used household item? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2967 on: July 15, 2020, 05:25:10 PM »
July 15, 1941,
Freeze dried penicillin development work began on the mold cultures  Howard Florey and Norman Heatley had brought with them from England to the Northern Regional Research Lab of the U.S. Dept of Agriculture in Peoria, Illinois. They wanted to produce sufficient quantities for treatment of the many wartime military casualties.
The potency of the sample provided was preserved by a freeze-drying process devised by Ernst Chain. Heatley remained to get the mold culture started, while Florey left on 17 Jul to enlist drug companies.
In the original process, mold was grown only on the surface of the medium in shallow pans. Instead, deep culture fermentation (similar to beer brewing) would be developed using tanks of corn steep liquor to provide a large volume for submerged growth.
This greatly multiplied the yield.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2968 on: July 17, 2020, 08:06:45 AM »
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« Reply #2969 on: July 24, 2020, 06:33:04 AM »
Happy Birthday Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)

After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2970 on: July 24, 2020, 03:39:08 PM »
Happy Birthday Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)

After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them?  More... Discuss
I'm related to her!!  My mothers, brother's wife is her niece (maiden name 'Earhart').  Pictures of my aunt and Amelia at about the same ages look like sisters. 
And..., yes, there's more, my 3 daughters went to A. Earheart school, on Kadena AFB in Okinowa, Japan
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2971 on: July 25, 2020, 04:46:51 AM »
Bob Dylan Plugs In (1965)

At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, erstwhile acoustic folk musician Bob Dylan performed with an electric guitar for the first time, marking a major shift in his career. The move did not go over well. Expecting an acoustic set like his two previous ones at Newport, the audience was caught off guard by Dylan's apparent betrayal of the folk genre, and some fans booed him loudly. His first appearance at the festival, in 1963, constituted his premiere national performance. Who invited him to play? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2972 on: July 25, 2020, 04:47:59 AM »
Happy Birthday Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)

After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them?  More... Discuss
I'm related to her!!  My mothers, brother's wife is her niece (maiden name 'Earhart').  Pictures of my aunt and Amelia at about the same ages look like sisters. 
And..., yes, there's more, my 3 daughters went to A. Earheart school, on Kadena AFB in Okinowa, Japan

That's cool. When were you on Oki?  I was there in 86-87 on Futenma.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2973 on: July 25, 2020, 09:08:10 AM »
Happy Birthday Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)

After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them?  More... Discuss
I'm related to her!!  My mothers, brother's wife is her niece (maiden name 'Earhart').  Pictures of my aunt and Amelia at about the same ages look like sisters. 
And..., yes, there's more, my 3 daughters went to A. Earheart school, on Kadena AFB in Okinowa, Japan

That's cool. When were you on Oki?  I was there in 86-87 on Futenma.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2974 on: August 01, 2020, 08:27:22 AM »
Happy Birthday Switzerland

The Swiss Confederation Is Formed (1291)

Despite its ethnic and religious diversity, Switzerland has maintained one of the world's oldest democracies for more than 700 years. Concerned about the encroaching Habsburg Empire, the three mountain communes of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden formed a defensive league in 1291, laying the foundations of the Swiss Confederation. Today, Switzerland is well known for its neutrality and reluctance to join the European Union. In 2002, it became one of the last nations to do what? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2975 on: August 01, 2020, 09:24:28 AM »
Join the UN?
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2976 on: August 02, 2020, 07:14:07 AM »
Robin Hood Festival in Nottinghamshire

The Robin Hood Festival takes place for one week in early August every year in Sherwood Forest, an ancient woodland in Nottinghamshire, England. The event celebrates the life and times of one of the most popular outlaws in the world: Robin Hood. Activities and entertainment include children's theater, strolling players, jesters, jousting, and music. There are demonstrations in such aged arts as falconry and long-bow-shooting, and a medieval market offers a variety of goods. As many as 75,000 visitors take part in the week's activities. It has taken place every year since 1975. More... Discuss

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« Reply #2977 on: August 02, 2020, 10:10:03 AM »
I always loved Robin Hood.  It was my favorite Disney movie as a kid. Now I  have a new thing to add to my Bucket List.
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« Reply #2978 on: August 05, 2020, 05:57:13 AM »
First Electric Traffic Light Is Installed (1914)

Prior to 1914, there had been several attempts to create automobile traffic signals similar to those used by railroads, but it was only after a four-way electric signal was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, that the modern traffic light system began to take root. The signal had only two colors, green and red, but the three-color version still in use today was not far off. Besides railroad signals, what earlier application of red and green might have led to the use of these colors in traffic lights? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2979 on: August 08, 2020, 06:21:41 AM »
Here is one for Papa

Eisteddfod

The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales dates back to the 12th century. Its purpose is to encourage the preservation of Welsh music and literature, and only those who sing or write in Welsh may enter. The annual event opens with the blowing of trumpets, followed by all kinds of musical and literary contests—harp playing, solo and choral singing, dramatic presentations, and poetic composition. The National Eisteddfod is held in northern Wales one year and southern Wales the next. Other Eisteddfodau are held in Welsh communities elsewhere from May to November. More... Discuss

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« Reply #2980 on: August 09, 2020, 04:47:21 PM »
Nagasaki.

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« Reply #2981 on: August 14, 2020, 04:25:46 PM »
49 years ago Who's Next was released.

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« Reply #2982 on: August 15, 2020, 02:23:45 AM »
Here is one for Papa

Eisteddfod

The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales dates back to the 12th century. Its purpose is to encourage the preservation of Welsh music and literature, and only those who sing or write in Welsh may enter. The annual event opens with the blowing of trumpets, followed by all kinds of musical and literary contests—harp playing, solo and choral singing, dramatic presentations, and poetic composition. The National Eisteddfod is held in northern Wales one year and southern Wales the next. Other Eisteddfodau are held in Welsh communities elsewhere from May to November. More... Discuss

it's mainly a 19th century revival of what they thought bards got up to. quite fun.
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« Reply #2983 on: August 15, 2020, 04:37:33 PM »
Here is one for Papa

Eisteddfod

The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales dates back to the 12th century. Its purpose is to encourage the preservation of Welsh music and literature, and only those who sing or write in Welsh may enter. The annual event opens with the blowing of trumpets, followed by all kinds of musical and literary contests—harp playing, solo and choral singing, dramatic presentations, and poetic composition. The National Eisteddfod is held in northern Wales one year and southern Wales the next. Other Eisteddfodau are held in Welsh communities elsewhere from May to November. More... Discuss

it's mainly a 19th century revival of what they thought bards got up to. quite fun.
Whoo Whoo!
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« Reply #2984 on: August 20, 2020, 07:13:18 AM »
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« Reply #2985 on: August 20, 2020, 10:01:15 AM »
Did you have fun Flyer?
It was no fun trying to find a ride.

August 20, 1960,
USSR recovered two dogs, Belka and Strelka (“Squirrel” and “Little Arrow” in Russian), the first live Russian dogs to be recovered from orbit. In preparation for manned spaceflight, Korabl-Sputnik-2 (Spaceship Satellite-2, also known as Sputnik 5), launched 19 Aug 1960, also carried 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. After a day in orbit, its retrorocket was fired and the landing capsule returned to Earth. The dogs were the first living organisms to return from space.
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« Reply #2986 on: August 21, 2020, 07:10:00 PM »
The Czar!

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« Reply #2987 on: August 27, 2020, 12:48:26 AM »
Today is the anniversary of the shortest war in world history, the war between Britain and Zanzibar in 1896. It lasted between 38 and 45 minutes.

On the face of it, that sounds quite amusing. Unfortunately, a fair number of people got hurt and it was the British Empire doing what it did best and very efficiently too: gunboat diplomacy and removing locals' rights to govern themselves.

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"The Anglo-Zanzibar War was a military conflict fought between Great Britain and the Zanzibar Sultanate on 27 August 1896. The conflict lasted between 38 and 45 minutes, marking it as the shortest recorded war in history.[3] The immediate cause of the war was the death of the pro-British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini on 25 August 1896 and the subsequent succession of Sultan Khalid bin Barghash. The British authorities preferred Hamud bin Muhammed, who was more favourable to British interests, as sultan. In accordance with a treaty signed in 1886, a condition for accession to the sultanate was that the candidate obtain the permission of the British consul, and Khalid had not fulfilled this requirement. The British considered this a casus belli and sent an ultimatum to Khalid demanding that he order his forces to stand down and leave the palace. In response, Khalid called up his palace guard and barricaded himself inside the palace.

The ultimatum expired at 09:00 East Africa Time (EAT) on 27 August, by which time the British had gathered three cruisers, two gunboats, 150 marines and sailors, and 900 Zanzibaris in the harbour area. The Royal Navy contingent were under the command of Rear-Admiral Harry Rawson and the pro-Anglo Zanzibaris were commanded by Brigadier-General Lloyd Mathews of the Zanzibar army (who was also the First Minister of Zanzibar). Around 2,800 Zanzibaris defended the palace; most were recruited from the civilian population, but they also included the sultan's palace guard and several hundred of his servants and slaves. The defenders had several artillery pieces and machine guns, which were set in front of the palace sighted at the British ships. A bombardment, opened at 09:02, set the palace on fire and disabled the defending artillery. A small naval action took place, with the British sinking the Zanzibari royal yacht HHS Glasgow and two smaller vessels. Some shots were also fired ineffectually at the pro-British Zanzibari troops as they approached the palace. The flag at the palace was shot down and fire ceased at 09:46.

The sultan's forces sustained roughly 500 casualties, while only one British sailor was injured. Sultan Khalid received asylum in the German consulate before escaping to German East Africa (in the mainland part of present Tanzania). The British quickly placed Sultan Hamud in power at the head of a puppet government. The war marked the end of the Zanzibar Sultanate as a sovereign state and the start of a period of heavy British influence."
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Star Trek Premieres (1966)

Though the original Star Trek series was cancelled in its third season, the groundbreaking show—in which William Shatner's memorable Captain Kirk leads the crew of the starship Enterprise—developed a cult following of "Trekkies." Over the next four decades, the influential science-fiction franchise spawned five more Star Trek series, more than 10 feature films, and myriad conventions. Its motto, "to boldly go where no man has gone before," may have been partially copied from what source? More... Discuss

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Star Trek Premieres (1966)

Though the original Star Trek series was cancelled in its third season, the groundbreaking show—in which William Shatner's memorable Captain Kirk leads the crew of the starship Enterprise—developed a cult following of "Trekkies." Over the next four decades, the influential science-fiction franchise spawned five more Star Trek series, more than 10 feature films, and myriad conventions. Its motto, "to boldly go where no man has gone before," may have been partially copied from what source? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2990 on: September 11, 2020, 05:06:14 AM »
Happy Birthday David Herbert "D.H." Lawrence (1885)

Lawrence was an English writer whose works condemned industrial society and explored sexuality, often drawing on his own life for inspiration. Now noted for their intensity and erotic sensuality, several of his works, including Lady Chatterley's Lover, were banned as obscene. Persecuted for being a pacifist and shunned for having a German wife during World War I, he left England forever. He died of tuberculosis in France. Lawrence once acquired a ranch in New Mexico in exchange for what? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2991 on: September 12, 2020, 01:41:02 PM »
Probably in exchange for a goat. He wasn't a pleasant man by all accounts.

On this day:
Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel (or van Drebbel), Dutch inventor demonstrated the first submarine to King James I of England and he was the first head of state passenger during an underwater trip between Westminster to Greenwich at a depth of 16 feet (5 meters). The submarine’s hull was a wooden frame skinned with greased leathers, protruding oars were sealed with tight leather flaps, and breathing air was pumped in through tubes. Drebbel navigated a series of trials along the Thames Rivers between 1620 to 1624.

And, no, the Royal Navy was not interested. Which gave other countries a head start.
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Avening Pig Face Day

A number of explanations have been offered for the custom of eating pig's face sandwiches on the Sunday nearest Holy Cross Day (September 14) in the Cotswold village of Avening, England. One involves Matilda of Flanders (d. 1083), the wife of William the Conqueror. She built a church there that was completed on September 14, and the Queen is said to have held a boar's head dedication feast. Today there is an evening anniversary service, after which the villagers participate in an 11th-century banquet headed by Queen Matilda and other historic characters in period costume. More... Discuss

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Today's Birthday

Clayton Moore (1914)

Moore performed as a stunt man, trapeze artist, and occasional actor in Westerns until he was spotted in a Zorro film by the producer of The Lone Ranger. From 1949 to 1957, he appeared in 169 episodes of The Lone Ranger as the titular masked character, who roams the West fighting injustice with his trusty sidekick, Tonto, and horse, Silver. The Ranger never removed his trademark mask, which Moore continued to wear in public until a 1979 lawsuit forced him to replace it with what? More... Discuss


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Attention science geeks.

Happy Birthday Michael Faraday (1791)

Despite having little formal education, Faraday is responsible for some of the most significant scientific developments in history. His contributions include discovering electromagnetic induction, inventing the first electric motor and dynamo, developing the devices now known as Faraday cages, demonstrating the relation between electricity and chemical bonding, and discovering the effect of magnetism on light. In the 1850s, he refused—on ethical grounds—to advise the British government on what? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2995 on: September 22, 2020, 05:32:14 AM »
Other fun stuff to celebrate today.

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Businesswoman's day
Hobit day
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HAPPY ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY!!
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Attention science geeks.

Happy Birthday Michael Faraday (1791)

Despite having little formal education, Faraday is responsible for some of the most significant scientific developments in history. His contributions include discovering electromagnetic induction, inventing the first electric motor and dynamo, developing the devices now known as Faraday cages, demonstrating the relation between electricity and chemical bonding, and discovering the effect of magnetism on light. In the 1850s, he refused—on ethical grounds—to advise the British government on what? More... Discuss

As usual the Brits were into making war and wanted Faraday to help with the production of chemical weapons to be used in the Crimean war, he refused.
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition Returns (1806)

In May 1804, about 40 men left St. Louis, Missouri, and headed west on an expedition initiated by US President Thomas Jefferson to search out an overland route to the Pacific Ocean, make contact with indigenous peoples, and survey the new Louisiana Purchase. More than two years later, the party returned to great acclaim. Their journey had an incalculable effect on the history of the American West. Who accompanied the explorers and helped them negotiate with the Native Americans they encountered? More... Discuss

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John Coltrane (1926) Happy Birthday

Coltrane was an influential American jazz saxophonist and composer. He worked with numerous big bands before emerging in the 1950s as a major stylist while playing with Miles Davis. His playing exhibited a dazzling technical brilliance as well as ardent emotion. Coltrane made a number of influential recordings, among them the 1960s classics My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. He was deeply spiritual and interested in all religions. What church made him a saint after his death?