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Re: Today in History
« Reply #300 on: December 23, 2014, 10:45:18 AM »
TODAY, however, 53 years and about 48 hours prior to Der Bingle...
Dec. 23, 1888,
Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #301 on: December 23, 2014, 10:46:03 AM »
Dec 25, 1941- Bing Crosby introduces "White Christmas" to the world.
Ummm, that's not 'today'.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #302 on: December 23, 2014, 09:27:19 PM »
Today in history, many years ago, it was December the 22nd. And, lo! the daylight started coming back.

Happy ex Winter Solstice everyone.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #303 on: December 24, 2014, 05:19:58 PM »
The end of the 1812 war.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #304 on: December 24, 2014, 08:04:35 PM »
The end of the 1812 war.
At 16:00 today, at the church on the battlefield of Lundy's Lane, the bell tolled to mark the end of hostilities.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #305 on: December 25, 2014, 06:43:34 AM »
1914- German and British troops on the Western Front declare an unofficial truce to celebrate Christmas during World War I.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #306 on: December 25, 2014, 01:45:37 PM »
Dec. 25, 1651
The General Court of Boston levies a five shilling fine on anyone caught "observing any such day as Christmas", proving that the law was an ass even then.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #307 on: December 26, 2014, 10:34:41 AM »
Dec. 26, 1979
The Soviet Union flies 5,000 troops to intervene in the Afghanistan conflict.
I wonder how that turns out...
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #308 on: December 26, 2014, 10:48:34 AM »
Dec. 26th, 2004

Ten years ago today a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Aceh province in Indonesia, triggering a massive tsunami that inundated most of the land surrounding the Indian Ocean. An estimated 230,000 people died, with many tens of thousands more missing.


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Re: Today in History
« Reply #310 on: December 27, 2014, 04:55:43 AM »
You funny.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #311 on: December 27, 2014, 05:02:21 AM »
I just went back through that thread. Wow, we know how to have fun, eh?
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #312 on: December 27, 2014, 05:02:59 AM »
Doesn't Oprah have a show called "Where are they now"?
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #313 on: December 27, 2014, 08:09:25 AM »
1939-  A series of vicious earthquakes take 11,000 lives in Turkey.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #314 on: December 27, 2014, 09:40:37 AM »
Dec. 27, 1944
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As World War II dragged on, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders his secretary of war to seize properties belonging to the Montgomery Ward company because the company refused to comply with a labor agreement.

In an effort to avert strikes in critical war-support industries, Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board in 1942. The board negotiated settlements between management and workers to avoid shut-downs in production that might cripple the war effort. During the war, the well-known retailer and manufacturer Montgomery Ward had supplied the Allies with everything from tractors to auto parts to workmen's clothing--items deemed as important to the war effort as bullets and ships. However, Montgomery Ward Chairman Sewell Avery refused to comply with the terms of three different collective bargaining agreements with the United Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union hammered out between 1943 and 1944. In April 1944, after Sewell refused a second board order, Roosevelt called out the Army National Guard to seize the company's main plant in Chicago. Sewell himself had to be carried out of his office by National Guard troops. By December of that year, Roosevelt was fed up with Sewell's obstinacy and disrespect for the government's authority. (The uber-capitalist Sewell's favorite insult was to call someone a "New Dealer"--a direct reference to Roosevelt's Depression-era policies.) On December 27, Roosevelt ordered the secretary of war to seize Montgomery Ward's plants and facilities in New York, Michigan, California, Illinois, Colorado and Oregon.

In his announcement that day, Roosevelt emphasized that the government would "not tolerate any interference with war production in this critical hour." He issued a stern warning to labor unions and industry management alike: "strikes in wartime cannot be condoned, whether they are strikes by workers against their employers or strikes by employers against their Government." Sewell took the fight to federal court, but lost.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #315 on: December 28, 2014, 07:27:21 AM »
1971   The U.S. Justice Department sues Mississippi officials for ignoring the voting ballots of blacks in that state.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #316 on: December 28, 2014, 07:46:21 AM »
William Semple Files Chewing Gum Patent (1869)
Existing in various forms since prehistoric times, chewing gum is one of the oldest types of candy still widely consumed today. Early chewing gums were made from plant resins. In 1869, dentist William Semple patented a rubber-based chewing gum that he envisioned as a tooth cleaning product. Around that time, confectioners discovered that chicle, a natural latex that was being explored as a possible rubber substitute, was an ideal gum base. What country banned chewing gum in 1992?

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Happy Birthday to Woody Wilson

Wilson served as US president from 1913 to 1921, a period that spanned the country's involvement in World War I. Following the war, Wilson hoped to achieve world peace through his "Fourteen Points," but his progressive vision suffered numerous setbacks, and he ended his term incapacitated by a stroke. While trying to implement his plan at the Paris Peace Conference, he became the first US president to travel to Europe while in office. On what rare unit of US currency is Wilson's image featured?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #318 on: December 29, 2014, 09:10:04 AM »
Wounded Knee Massacre (1890)

The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last major armed conflict of the Indian wars. After the death of Sitting Bull, a band of Sioux led by Big Foot fled into the badlands but was captured by the 7th Cavalry on December 28, 1890. The next day, as the Sioux were being disarmed, a scuffle broke out and a US officer was wounded. US troops then opened fire, killing about 200 men, women, and children in mere minutes. Who seized and occupied Wounded Knee for 71 days in 1973?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #319 on: December 29, 2014, 09:35:04 AM »
1607   Indian chief Powhatan spares John Smith's life after the pleas of his daughter Pocahontas.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #320 on: December 29, 2014, 09:55:10 AM »
Wounded Knee Massacre (1890)

The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last major armed conflict of the Indian wars. After the death of Sitting Bull, a band of Sioux led by Big Foot fled into the badlands but was captured by the 7th Cavalry on December 28, 1890. The next day, as the Sioux were being disarmed, a scuffle broke out and a US officer was wounded. US troops then opened fire, killing about 200 men, women, and children in mere minutes. Who seized and occupied Wounded Knee for 71 days in 1973?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #321 on: December 29, 2014, 10:35:24 AM »
1170   Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights of Henry II.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #322 on: December 29, 2014, 10:42:21 AM »
What country banned chewing gum in 1992?

Singapore/Indonesia?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #323 on: December 29, 2014, 01:56:17 PM »
Wounded Knee Massacre (1890)

The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last major armed conflict of the Indian wars. After the death of Sitting Bull, a band of Sioux led by Big Foot fled into the badlands but was captured by the 7th Cavalry on December 28, 1890. The next day, as the Sioux were being disarmed, a scuffle broke out and a US officer was wounded. US troops then opened fire, killing about 200 men, women, and children in mere minutes. Who seized and occupied Wounded Knee for 71 days in 1973?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #324 on: December 29, 2014, 02:14:04 PM »
Wounded Knee Massacre (1890)

The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last major armed conflict of the Indian wars. After the death of Sitting Bull, a band of Sioux led by Big Foot fled into the badlands but was captured by the 7th Cavalry on December 28, 1890. The next day, as the Sioux were being disarmed, a scuffle broke out and a US officer was wounded. US troops then opened fire, killing about 200 men, women, and children in mere minutes. Who seized and occupied Wounded Knee for 71 days in 1973?

Russell and the boys (AIM). it's still not sorted out..

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #325 on: December 30, 2014, 07:11:28 AM »
1903    About 600 people died when fire broke out at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #326 on: December 30, 2014, 07:28:07 AM »
Dec. 30,1968
 Led Zeppelin (who were advertised as Len Zefflin), appeared at Gonzaga University Gymnasium, Spokane on their first North American tour supporting Vanilla Fudge.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #327 on: December 30, 2014, 11:01:13 AM »
1922 USSR was formed

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #328 on: December 31, 2014, 06:28:35 AM »
Dec. 31,1991
 Ted Nugent donated 200 pounds of venison to a Salvation Army soup kitchen in Detroit with the message 'I kill it, you grill it'.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #329 on: December 31, 2014, 07:13:32 AM »
1852   The richest year of the gold rush ends with $81.3 million in gold produced.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #330 on: December 31, 2014, 08:38:39 AM »
Dec. 31,1991
 Ted Nugent donated 200 pounds of venison to a Salvation Army soup kitchen in Detroit with the message 'I kill it, you grill it'.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #331 on: January 01, 2015, 08:45:06 AM »
1863   President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Confederacy.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #332 on: January 01, 2015, 12:15:03 PM »
Jan. 1, 1937
At a party at the Hormel Mansion in Minnesota, a guest wins $100 for naming a new canned meat–Spam.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #333 on: January 01, 2015, 12:59:01 PM »
Frankenstein Is Published (1818)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus is a gothic novel that spawned a new genre of horror stories. It tells the story of Frankenstein, a scientist who discovers how to bring inanimate matter to life and, in the process, creates a man-monster. When Frankenstein fails to provide a mate to satisfy the creature's human emotions, it seeks revenge. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for the novel while vacationing at the home of what famous poet?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #334 on: January 01, 2015, 06:06:05 PM »
Lord Byron.

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« Reply #335 on: January 01, 2015, 07:13:11 PM »
Stop asking questions you two!   :bigsmile:

This day, every year since 1582, New Year's Day. 
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« Reply #336 on: January 01, 2015, 08:59:46 PM »
Stop asking questions you two three!   :bigsmile:

This day, every year since 1582, New Year's Day.
What was Jan. 1, 1581?
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« Reply #337 on: January 01, 2015, 09:04:53 PM »
Stop asking questions you two three!   :bigsmile:

This day, every year since 1582, New Year's Day.
What was Jan. 1, 1581?

Just another day. 
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #338 on: January 01, 2015, 09:51:42 PM »
Stop asking questions you two three!   :bigsmile:

This day, every year since 1582, New Year's Day.
What was Jan. 1, 1581?

Just another day.
Saint Telemachus "just another" feast day"!!!
They probably had bacon!
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #339 on: January 01, 2015, 10:36:26 PM »
Stop asking questions you two three!   :bigsmile:

This day, every year since 1582, New Year's Day.
What was Jan. 1, 1581?

Just another day.
Saint Telemachus "just another" feast day"!!!
They probably had bacon!


I certainly hope so.
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« Reply #340 on: January 02, 2015, 05:37:04 AM »
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti_Type_57S_Atalante_(57502)

On this day in 2009, media outlets report that a rare unrestored 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe has been found in the garage of a British doctor. A month later, on February 7, the car sold at a Paris auction for some $4.4 million.

The black two-seater, one of just 17 57S Atalante Coupes ever made by Bugatti, had been owned by English orthopedic surgeon Harold Carr since 1955. Carr, who died in 2007, reportedly had kept the rare vehicle parked in his garage since the early 1960s and hadn't driven it in five decades. The car was built in May 1937 and originally owned by Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon, the 5th Earl Howe. Curzon was also the first president of the British Racing Drivers' Club and a winner of the 24 Hour Le Mans race.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #341 on: January 02, 2015, 06:55:16 AM »
Jan.2, 1974
In a day that will live in infamy, President Richard M. Nixon signs the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act, setting a new national maximum speed limit.
Nixon signed a federal law lowering all national highway speed limits to 55 mph. The act was intended to force Americans to drive at speeds deemed more fuel-efficient, thereby curbing the U.S. appetite for foreign oil. With it, Nixon ushered in a policy of fuel conservation and rationing not seen since World War II.
In response, Sammy Hagar wrote "I Can't Drive 55".
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #342 on: January 02, 2015, 07:24:24 AM »
1936   In Berlin, Nazi officials claim that their treatment of Jews is not the business of the League of Nations.
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« Reply #343 on: January 02, 2015, 09:23:59 AM »
Birthdate of Isaac Asimov (1920)

Asimov was an exceptionally prolific Russian-American author who achieved great success with his science-fiction and popular science books. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction authors of his era. Though best known for his scientific works, Asimov wrote on a diverse range of subjects, including the Bible and Shakespeare, penning more than 400 volumes in all. What robot-related term did he coin in the course of his writings?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #344 on: January 02, 2015, 04:29:20 PM »
The 3 laws of robotics

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #345 on: January 02, 2015, 05:02:01 PM »
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti_Type_57S_Atalante_(57502)

On this day in 2009, media outlets report that a rare unrestored 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe has been found in the garage of a British doctor. A month later, on February 7, the car sold at a Paris auction for some $4.4 million.

The black two-seater, one of just 17 57S Atalante Coupes ever made by Bugatti, had been owned by English orthopedic surgeon Harold Carr since 1955. Carr, who died in 2007, reportedly had kept the rare vehicle parked in his garage since the early 1960s and hadn't driven it in five decades. The car was built in May 1937 and originally owned by Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon, the 5th Earl Howe. Curzon was also the first president of the British Racing Drivers' Club and a winner of the 24 Hour Le Mans race.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #346 on: January 03, 2015, 06:16:10 AM »
Jan. 3, 1976
The Bay City Rollers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Saturday Night.' At the height of their US success, the Scottish group signed a deal to promote breakfast cereal.
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« Reply #347 on: January 03, 2015, 07:00:47 AM »
The Curse of the Bambino (1920)

According to baseball lore, the Boston Red Sox became cursed after Babe Ruth, the "Bambino," was sold to the New York Yankees in 1920. Before the sale, the Red Sox had won five World Series titles. After the sale, Ruth became a superstar, and the previously lackluster Yankees went on to win 27 World Series titles. The Red Sox, meanwhile, failed to win another series for more than eight decades, finally breaking the "curse" in 2004.

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« Reply #348 on: January 03, 2015, 07:01:49 AM »
Todays birthday J.R.R. Tolkien (1892)

Though we know him today as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings—the creator of the fantastic Middle Earth, the inventor of hobbits and orcs and Elvish, indeed the "father of modern fantasy literature"—Tolkien was also a respected medieval scholar and professor. He worked briefly for The Oxford English Dictionary, taught at Leeds University and then Oxford, and produced a landmark lecture on Beowulf.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #349 on: January 03, 2015, 07:24:43 AM »
1977   Apple Computers incorporates.
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