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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3000 on: September 23, 2020, 04:40:07 PM »
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3001 on: September 24, 2020, 05:34:45 AM »
Sept. 24, 1909,
Thomas M. Flaherty filed for a U.S. patent, with an idea for a "Signal for Crossings" This was the first U.S. application for a traffic signal design, later issued as No. 991,964 on 9 May 1911. His signal used a large horizontal arrow pivoted on a post, which turned to indicate the right of way direction. It could be activated by an electric solenoid by a policeman beside the road. Although filed first, it was not the first patent actually issued for a traffic signal. Ernest E. Sirrine filed a different design seven months after Flaherty, but his patent was issued earlier, and thus he held the first U.S. patent for a "Street Traffic System"
Now developed as the red, yellow and green, universally ignored “traffic light”.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3002 on: September 29, 2020, 05:14:26 AM »
It is the singing cowboy's birthday.

































That is Gene Autry (1907)

Probably the most successful "singing cowboy" in American film, Autry began performing on the radio during the 1920s in Oklahoma. He moved to Hollywood in the early 30s and went on to star in nearly 100 films, becoming America's top Western star from 1937 to 1943. He usually played a singing hero astride his famous horse, Champion. He wrote and recorded hundreds of songs, including his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again." What well-known Christmas song was Autry's biggest hit? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3003 on: September 29, 2020, 08:36:42 AM »
Probably was my favorite TV show when I was a kid.  Boy, was I a stupid kid.  Still am!
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« Reply #3004 on: September 30, 2020, 06:12:19 AM »
Sept. 30, 1907,
Motor car speed traps were protested in a letter to The Times, London. Lord Montagu of Beaulieu (whose son founded the National Motor Museum) wrote to challenge anti-motorist complaints as opposing progress. To combat dust cloud nuisance from traffic, he called for more suitable roads: "reserved only for motorists and rubber-tired non-animal traffic - at least between large centres of population." About speed traps, he continued, "By all means let police-traps be placed where there is any reason to think danger may exist, but ... At present, the police neglect their other duties and look upon trapping as a regular sport" producing income to local government from the £5 or £10 fines for speeds of 20 or 30 mph.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3005 on: October 01, 2020, 06:22:09 AM »
The Thrilla in Manila (1975)

Frequently rated among the greatest boxing matches of all time, the Thrilla in Manila saw world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali meet rival Joe Frazier for the third—and final—time. Leading up to the match, Ali had publicly taunted Frazier, calling him a "gorilla." Because many believed Frazier to be past his prime, Ali—though older—was expected to win. However, the fight went on for 14 brutal rounds in the sweltering Manila heat, and neither man was able to knock out the other. Who won? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3006 on: October 02, 2020, 05:34:43 PM »
1959 Twighlight Zone premiered on CBS


1890 Groucho Marx's was born.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3007 on: October 03, 2020, 05:31:12 AM »
Oct. 3, 1967,
The X-15 rocket plane achieved a world record speed of Mach 6.7, which is 4,520 mph or over a mile per second, with U.S. Air Force pilot Pete Knight. It reached an altitude of 192,100 feet (58,552 m). Its internal structure of titanium was covered with a skin of Inconel X, a chrome-nickel alloy. To save fuel, the X-15 was air launched from a B-52 aircraft at about 45,000 ft. Test flights between 8 Jun 1959 and 24 Oct 1968 provided data on hypersonic air flow, aerodynamic heating, control and stability at hypersonic speeds and piloting techniques for reentry used in the development of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spaceflight programs.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3008 on: October 03, 2020, 05:38:17 AM »
Oct. 3, 1967,
The X-15 rocket plane achieved a world record speed of Mach 6.7, which is 4,520 mph or over a mile per second, with U.S. Air Force pilot Pete Knight. It reached an altitude of 192,100 feet (58,552 m). Its internal structure of titanium was covered with a skin of Inconel X, a chrome-nickel alloy. To save fuel, the X-15 was air launched from a B-52 aircraft at about 45,000 ft. Test flights between 8 Jun 1959 and 24 Oct 1968 provided data on hypersonic air flow, aerodynamic heating, control and stability at hypersonic speeds and piloting techniques for reentry used in the development of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spaceflight programs.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3009 on: October 03, 2020, 05:44:46 AM »
^^^ That is moving down range!!!

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3010 on: October 03, 2020, 05:45:07 AM »
George Washington Creates Thanksgiving Day (1789)

Though the feast held in 1621 may be better remembered, the first official national Thanksgiving in the US was declared in 1789. On that day, Washington, the president at the time, offered thanks for "the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty" following the revolution. Thanksgiving feasts were declared sporadically until 1863, when President Lincoln established it as a lasting holiday. Traditionally, the president pardons a live turkey each year. Why have recent presidents pardoned two? More... Discuss

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« Reply #3011 on: October 04, 2020, 07:03:48 AM »
Gutzon Borglum Begins Sculpting Mount Rushmore (1927)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a massive carving of four US presidents' heads, each about 60 ft (18 m) high, on the side of a South Dakota mountain, took 400 workers 14 years to complete. Its designer, sculptor Gutzon Borglum—who had previously worked on a Confederate memorial on Georgia's Stone Mountain—died before Rushmore was completed, and his unfinished Hall of Records behind the heads is off-limits to the public. What nearby mountain sculpture will dwarf Rushmore when completed? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3012 on: October 04, 2020, 01:11:08 PM »
Cochise?
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« Reply #3013 on: October 04, 2020, 04:03:32 PM »
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Trump Tower ll?
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3014 on: October 04, 2020, 05:13:27 PM »
Sorry Papa

WTF flyer? :o

It is Crazy Horse.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3015 on: October 04, 2020, 08:21:13 PM »
Sorry Pa pa

WTF flyer? :o

It is Crazy Horse.

Much more impressive than Rushmore, IMO.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3016 on: October 04, 2020, 09:07:49 PM »
Crazy Horse isn't even finished (far from it, in fact) but his face is already the tallest portrait in the world (nearly 90 feet) and when it's finally finished it will be (clarksonvoice) the biggest statue... in the world. (/clarksonvoice)
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3017 on: October 05, 2020, 05:42:03 AM »
5 October 1914: The first aerial combat between two airplanes took place during World War I over Jonchery, Reims, France.
A French Voisin III biplane of Escadrille VB24, flown by Sergeant Joseph Frantz with observer Corporal Louis Quénault, engaged a German Aviatik B.II flown by Oberleutnant Fritz von Zangen and Sergeant Wilhelm Schlichting of FFA 18.
The Voisin was armed with a Hotchkiss M1909 8mm machine gun. Corporal Quénault fired two 48-round magazines at the German airplane, whose crew returned fire with rifles. Quénault’s machine gun jammed and he continued to fire on the Aviatik with a rifle.
The German airplane crashed and von Zangen and Schlichting were killed.
This was the first air-to-air kill in the history of warfare.
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« Reply #3018 on: October 05, 2020, 05:52:47 PM »
First Episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus Airs on BBC (1969)

A highly influential British sketch comedy show, Monty Python's Flying Circus ran until 1974 and subsequently spawned four movies and several live shows. With scenes such as "The Dead Parrot Sketch" and "The Spanish Inquisition," the innovative, disjointed, non-traditional show became a cult favorite noted for its surreal, sarcastic, innuendo-laden humor. Interspersed throughout the show were Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, including a giant, crushing foot taken from what painting? More... Discuss

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« Reply #3019 on: October 13, 2020, 06:09:06 AM »
Cornerstone of the White House Is Laid in Washington, DC (1792)

Originally called the "President's Palace," the official residence of the president of the United States was designed by Irish-American architect James Hoban with guidance from President George Washington, whose term ended before he was able to move in. Some slaves took part in the construction, which lasted eight years. Today, the White House is the oldest public building in Washington. Very little of the original structure survived an 1814 fire, set by British troops in retaliation for what? More... Discuss

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« Reply #3020 on: October 13, 2020, 08:34:53 AM »
Cornerstone of the White House Is Laid in Washington, DC (1792)

Originally called the "President's Palace," the official residence of the president of the United States was designed by Irish-American architect James Hoban with guidance from President George Washington, whose term ended before he was able to move in. Some slaves took part in the construction, which lasted eight years. Today, the White House is the oldest public building in Washington. Very little of the original structure survived an 1814 fire, set by British troops in retaliation for what? More... Discuss

for burning down some of our stuff first.

" in consequence of the late disgraceful conduct of the American troops in the wanton destruction of private property on the north shores of Lake Erie, in order that if the war with the United States continues you may, should you judge it advisable, assist in inflicting that measure of retaliation which shall deter the enemy from a repetition of similar outrages"
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3021 on: October 13, 2020, 03:15:36 PM »
Happy Birthday, United States Navy!   :beerchug:

On this day, October 13th 1775, the Continental Congress authorized funding for the first of 5 US ships to be built, the 24 gun frigates Alfred and Columbus, the 14 gun brigs, Andrew, Doria and Cabot in addition to 3 schooners, Hornet, Wasp and Fly.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3022 on: October 14, 2020, 05:27:10 AM »
Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier (1947)

Days before becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, Yeager, a US Air Force test pilot, broke two ribs riding a horse. Afraid of being taken off the mission, he kept his injury a secret, even though it limited his movement so much that he had to reach with a broom handle to close the hatch on the X-1 experimental aircraft. Launched mid-air from a modified bomber, the X-1 broke the sound barrier, and Yeager became a legend. How fast was he flying when he went supersonic? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3023 on: October 14, 2020, 08:38:50 AM »
How fast was he flying when he went supersonic? More... Discuss

Ummm, the speed of sound? Like 343 m/s?
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3024 on: October 14, 2020, 05:08:06 PM »
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Ummm, the speed of sound? Like 343 m/s?

Hahahaha. I looked at the "more" and it said mach 1 but doesn't say how fast that was on that day at 45000 feet.

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« Reply #3025 on: October 14, 2020, 07:09:49 PM »
Hahahaha. I looked at the "more" and it said mach 1 but doesn't say how fast that was on that day at 45000 feet.

At that altitude, the speed of sound would be a bit slower, due to the lower air density.
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« Reply #3026 on: October 18, 2020, 02:55:31 PM »
Earthquake Destroys Basel, Switzerland (1356)

Estimated to have been greater than 6.0 in magnitude, the Basel earthquake of 1356 may have been the most serious seismological event in the recorded history of central Europe. The main earthquake struck around 10 PM. In the Swiss city of Basel, all the major buildings—including castles and churches—were destroyed by the quake and subsequent fires. Three hundred people are thought to have been killed. The event was felt across Europe, including as far away as what locations? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3027 on: October 18, 2020, 06:39:47 PM »
 :willy: SAVE thé Läckerli :willy:

Oct. 18, 1855
Franz Liszt’s “Prometheus” debuts.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3028 on: October 19, 2020, 07:42:44 AM »
:willy: SAVE thé Läckerli :willy:

You can always make more. In fact, I did just that on Saturday. 😋
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #3029 on: October 24, 2020, 08:09:26 PM »
One tough woman.

Today's Birthday

Annie Edson Taylor (1838)

On her 63rd birthday, Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The interior of the barrel was cushioned and the air was compressed with a bicycle pump. Before her trip, Taylor sent a cat over the falls in her barrel—and it lived. Days later, she drifted over the falls in the same barrel and walked away from the plunge with minor injuries. However, she did not significantly profit from the stunt. According to some accounts, her barrel was stolen by whom? More... Discuss