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Re: Today in History
« Reply #350 on: January 03, 2015, 02:46:59 PM »
Why didnt i buy stock in them?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #351 on: January 03, 2015, 03:01:14 PM »
Why didnt i buy stock in them?

Boy, no kidding! When I lived in Seattle, I met a former carpenter that bought a bunch of Microsoft stock at the beginning.
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« Reply #352 on: January 03, 2015, 08:37:21 PM »
Sergio Leone is born in 1929.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #353 on: January 04, 2015, 06:24:47 AM »
Jan.4, 1986
 Irish singer, songwriter and bassist Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy died of heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose. Had the 1973 hit 'Whiskey in the Jar', (their version of the traditional Irish song), 1978 album 'Live and Dangerous' spent 62 weeks on the UK chart. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.
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« Reply #354 on: January 04, 2015, 08:07:48 AM »
Jan.4, 1986
 Irish singer, songwriter and bassist Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy died of heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose. Had the 1973 hit 'Whiskey in the Jar', (their version of the traditional Irish song), 1978 album 'Live and Dangerous' spent 62 weeks on the UK chart. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #355 on: January 04, 2015, 09:03:51 AM »
1999   Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former professional wrestler, is sworn in as populist governor of Minnesota.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #356 on: January 05, 2015, 07:04:21 AM »
Jackie Robinson Retires (1957)

The birthday of the safety razor inventor  King C. Gillette (1855)

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #357 on: January 05, 2015, 07:26:04 AM »
1923   The U.S. Senate debates the benefits of Peyote for the American Indian.  :bigsmile:
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« Reply #358 on: January 05, 2015, 12:53:24 PM »
1923   The U.S. Senate debates the benefits of Peyote for the American Indian.  :bigsmile:

Also the first recorded utterance of "Like, Wow Man!" in the Congressional Record.

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« Reply #359 on: January 05, 2015, 03:43:20 PM »
5 January 1941,
Famed British aviator, Amy Johnson CBE, a First Officer* with the Air Transport Auxiliary, took off from RAF Squires Gate, Blackpool, in an Airspeed AS.10 Oxford Mk.II, V3540, enroute RAF Kidlington, Oxfordshire. The twin-engine airplane was commonly used as an aircrew flight trainer. For reasons not known, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Johnson bailed out of the Oxford and parachuted into the Thames Estuary. The airplane crashed into the river a short distance away and sank.
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Amy Johnson’s parachute was seen by the crew of HMS Haslemere. They attempted to rescue her and in the process, the ship’s captain, Lieutenant Commander Walter Edmund Fletcher, Royal Navy, dove into the water. In the cold temperatures and rough water, Fletcher died. For his effort to rescue Johnson, he was awarded the Albert Medal, posthumously. Amy Johnson is presumed to have drowned. Her body was not recovered.
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« Reply #360 on: January 06, 2015, 07:14:24 AM »
Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett (1946)

Barrett, an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist, was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd. The band formed in 1965, and it soon became the most popular group in the "London Underground" psychedelic music scene. As the group's popularity grew, Barrett began behaving increasingly erratically, and he left Pink Floyd in 1968 amid speculations of mental illness exacerbated by drug use. After a short-lived solo career, Barrett retreated from public life and returned to doing what?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #361 on: January 06, 2015, 07:28:41 AM »
For reasons not known, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Johnson bailed out of the Oxford and parachuted into the Thames Estuary. The airplane crashed into the river a short distance away and sank.

Interesting...

There is still some mystery about the accident, as the exact reason for the flight is still a government secret and there is some evidence that besides Johnson and Fletcher a third person (possibly someone she was supposed to ferry somewhere) was also seen in the water and also died. Who the third party was is still unknown. Johnson was the first member of the Air Transport Auxiliary to die in service. Her death in an Oxford aircraft was ironic, as she had been one of the original subscribers to the share offer for Airspeed.

However, in 1999 it was reported that Tom Mitchell, from Crowborough, Sussex, claimed to have shot the heroine down when she twice failed to give the correct identification code during the flight. He said: "The reason Amy was shot down was because she gave the wrong colour of the day [a signal to identify aircraft known by all British forces] over radio." Mr. Mitchell explained how the aircraft was sighted and contacted by radio. A request was made for the signal. She gave the wrong one twice. "Sixteen rounds of shells were fired and the plane dived into the Thames Estuary. We all thought it was an enemy plane until the next day when we read the papers and discovered it was Amy. The officers told us never to tell anyone what happened."

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #362 on: January 06, 2015, 09:52:10 AM »
January 6, 1975
A crowd of 2,000-plus lines up outside Boston Garden to buy tickets to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Some in the crowd then broke in to the near-empty arena, and caused thousands of dollars in damage.
The near-riot was calmed by around 2:30 a.m., when the Garden staff began selling tickets hours ahead of schedule. By 6:00 a.m., all 9,000 seats were sold out and the crowd had dispersed, but not before causing upwards of $50,000 damage to the Garden and infuriating the Boston's mayor, Kevin H. White.

No one could accuse Mayor White of failing to understand the power of rock and roll. Back in 1972, he had personally intervened to free the Rolling Stones from a Warwick, Rhode Island, jail rather than risk a riot by angry Stones fans if a scheduled concert in Boston that night were cancelled. White came down hard on the Led Zeppelin rioters. Not only did he cancel the concert scheduled for February 4, but he also announced that the band would not be allowed to perform in Boston for the next five years. In fact, Led Zeppelin would never perform there again. Banned in Beantown, the group moved on to the next stop on their 1975 North American tour and bypassed Boston on their next one in 1977.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #363 on: January 07, 2015, 05:31:17 AM »
Jan. 7,1971,
Black Sabbath released 'Paranoid' their second studio album in the US. The album features the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track, 'Iron Man' and 'War Pigs'. The album was originally titled War Pigs, but allegedly the record company changed it to Paranoid, fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #364 on: January 07, 2015, 08:07:28 AM »
1979   Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #365 on: January 07, 2015, 08:08:38 AM »
Nanakusa Matsuri (2015)

Nanuska Matsuri is a Japanese ceremony dating back to the 9th century. It is also called Wakana-setsu ("Festival of Young Herbs"), or Jin-jitsu ("Man Day"), because it occurs on the zodiacal day for "man." After an offering to the clan deity in the morning, participants partake of nanakusa gayu, a rice gruel seasoned with seven different herbs that is said to have been served for its medicinal value to the young prince of the Emperor Saga. The herbs are shepherd's-purse, chickweed, parsley, cottonweed, radish, as well as herbs known as hotoke-no-za and aona in Japanese

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #366 on: January 07, 2015, 08:09:48 AM »
Leaning Tower of Pisa Begins Decade-Long Closure (1990)

The Leaning Tower is the freestanding bell tower of a cathedral in Pisa, Italy. Though designed to stand upright, Pisa's most famous landmark began leaning soon after construction began in 1173. In 1964, Italy's government enlisted the aid of a multinational task force to prevent the tower from toppling, but the tilt remained so severe that the tower was closed to the public in 1990. After another decade of stabilization efforts, it was reopened in 2001. What first caused it to lean?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #367 on: January 07, 2015, 10:59:19 AM »

What first caused it to lean?
A gentle push on the bars?
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nanakusa gayu, a rice gruel seasoned with seven different herbs that is said to have been served for its medicinal value to the young prince of the Emperor Saga. The herbs are shepherd's-purse, chickweed, parsley, cottonweed, radish, as well as herbs known as hotoke-no-za and aona in Japanese
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #368 on: January 09, 2015, 07:11:02 AM »
Burn her!   She's a WITCH!!!!!!!!!!

Joan of Arc Goes on Trial (1431)

Joan of Arc was a French military leader and heroine who was canonized a saint in 1920, nearly 500 years after she was burned at the stake. Claiming to be inspired by religious visions, she organized the French resistance that forced the English to end their siege of Orléans in 1429 and led an army to Rheims, where she had the dauphin, Charles VII, crowned king. Captured and sold to the English by the Burgundians, she was later tried for heresy and executed. What was the "nullification trial"?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #369 on: January 09, 2015, 07:12:14 AM »
Man he is getting up there in age.  Happy Birthday Jimmy.

Jimmy Page (1944)

One of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music, Page started his career as a highly sought-after studio guitarist in England. Under his direction, Led Zeppelin became one of the era's most successful rock groups, redefining the musical sound of the 70s. He has co-written many of rock's most popular anthems, including "Stairway to Heaven," which has been the subject of controversy ever since reports surfaced that it contains subliminal messages that can be heard in what way?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #370 on: January 09, 2015, 08:07:43 AM »
1915   Pancho Villa signs a treaty with the United States, halting border conflicts.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #371 on: January 09, 2015, 11:49:40 AM »
Jan. 9, 1493,
Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three "mermaids"--in reality manatees--and describes them as "not half as beautiful as they are painted."
The sea does strange things to a man...
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #372 on: January 10, 2015, 04:51:07 AM »
Burn her!   She's a WITCH!!!!!!!!!!

Joan of Arc Goes on Trial (1431)

Joan of Arc was a French military leader and heroine who was canonized a saint in 1920, nearly 500 years after she was burned at the stake. Claiming to be inspired by religious visions, she organized the French resistance that forced the English to end their siege of Orléans in 1429 and led an army to Rheims, where she had the dauphin, Charles VII, crowned king. Captured and sold to the English by the Burgundians, she was later tried for heresy and executed. What was the "nullification trial"?

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In this case, it was a second trial, after her death, to remove the cjarges (which included damnation to hell) against her.

She was also betrayed by the French.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #373 on: January 10, 2015, 05:57:03 AM »
Jan. 10, 2013
Claude Nobs the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival died aged 76. During a 1971 Frank Zappa concert, at the Montreux Casino the venue caught fire. Nobs saved several young people who had hidden in the casino, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames. This act earned him a mention (as Funky Claude in the line "Funky Claude was running in and out pulling kids out on the ground") in the Deep Purple song Smoke on the Water, which is about the incident
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« Reply #374 on: January 11, 2015, 06:42:10 AM »
Jan. 11, 1988
Pappy Boyington died this day.

Undoubtedly the most colorful and well known Marine Corps' ace, he was commanding officer of VMF-214.

Stories of Pappy Boyington are legion, many founded in fact, including how he led the legendary Black Sheep squadron, and how he served in China as a member of the American Volunteer Group, the famed Flying Tigers.  He spent a year and a half as a Japanese POW, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, was recognized as the Marine Corps top ace.
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« Reply #375 on: January 11, 2015, 08:03:22 AM »

1948   President Harry S. Truman proposes free, two-year community colleges for all who want an education.
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« Reply #376 on: January 12, 2015, 08:14:34 AM »
1915   The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park.
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« Reply #377 on: January 12, 2015, 03:08:11 PM »
Jan. 12, 1969
Led Zeppelin's debut album was released in the UK. Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782, most of the tracks being recorded 'live' in the studio with very few overdubs. The album spent a total of 71 weeks on the UK chart.
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« Reply #378 on: January 13, 2015, 07:20:01 AM »
First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Released (1930)

Mickey Mouse's first incarnation of sorts was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney for Universal Studios. After Universal threatened to cut Disney's budget, Disney reorganized his studio and created Mickey to keep his company afloat. Mickey was rather mischievous in early cartoons but later evolved into a well-meaning everyman. Today, he is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. What did Disney call his cartoon mouse before his wife suggested "Mickey"?

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« Reply #379 on: January 13, 2015, 07:21:30 AM »
Todays Birthday Wilhelm Wien (1864)

German physicist Wilhelm Wien is noted for his work on hydrodynamics, X-rays, and the radiation of light, but it was his work on blackbody radiation that set him apart in the field. In 1893, he derived a law that relates the maximum emission of a blackbody to its temperature. In 1911, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in recognition of his "discoveries regarding the laws governing the radiation of heat." His work contributed significantly to the development of what branch of physics?

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #380 on: January 13, 2015, 09:07:45 AM »
Jan 13, 1128:
Pope recognizes Knights Templar
On this day in 1128, Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God.

Led by the Frenchman Hughes de Payens, the Knights Templar organization was founded in 1118. Its self-imposed mission was to protect Christian pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land during the Crusades, the series of military expeditions aimed at defeating Muslims in Palestine. The Templars took their name from the location of their headquarters, at Jerusalem's Temple Mount. For a while, the Templars had only nine members, mostly due to their rigid rules. In addition to having noble birth, the knights were required to take strict vows of poverty, obedience and chastity. In 1127, new promotional efforts convinced many more noblemen to join the order, gradually increasing its size and influence.

While the individual knights were not allowed to own property, there was no such restriction on the organization as a whole, and over the years many rich Christians gave gifts of land and other valuables to support the Knights Templar. By the time the Crusades ended unsuccessfully in the early 14th century, the order had grown extremely wealthy, provoking the jealousy of both religious and secular powers. In 1307, King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V combined to take down the Knights Templar, arresting the grand master, Jacques de Molay, on charges of heresy, sacrilege and Satanism. Under torture, Molay and other leading Templars confessed and were eventually burned at the stake. Clement dissolved the Templars in 1312, assigning their property and monetary assets to a rival order, the Knights Hospitalers. In fact, though, Philip and his English counterpart, King Edward II, claimed most of the wealth after banning the organization from their respective countries.         

The modern-day Catholic Church has admitted that the persecution of the Knights Templar was unjustified and claimed that Pope Clement was pressured by secular rulers to dissolve the order. Over the centuries, myths and legends about the Templars have grown, including the belief that they may have discovered holy relics at Temple Mount, including the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant or parts of the cross from Christ's crucifixion. The imagined secrets of the Templars have inspired various books and movies, including the blockbuster novel and film The Da Vinci Code.
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« Reply #381 on: January 13, 2015, 09:30:09 AM »
...required to take strict vows of poverty, obedience and chastity....

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13 January 1942
Helmut Schenk, became the first person to escape from a stricken aircraft with an ejection seat, after his control surfaces iced up and became inoperable. The fighter, (Heinkel He 280 V1, DL+AS), was the first prototype. being used in tests of the Argus As 014 impulse jets for Fieseler Fi 103 missile development, had its usual HeS 8A turbojets removed, and was towed aloft from Rechlin, Germany by a pair of Bf 110C tugs in a heavy snow-shower. At 7,875 feet (2,400 m), Schenk found he had no control, jettisoned his towline, and ejected.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #382 on: January 13, 2015, 09:41:44 AM »
First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Released (1930)

Mickey Mouse's first incarnation of sorts was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney for Universal Studios. After Universal threatened to cut Disney's budget, Disney reorganized his studio and created Mickey to keep his company afloat. Mickey was rather mischievous in early cartoons but later evolved into a well-meaning everyman. Today, he is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. What did Disney call his cartoon mouse before his wife suggested "Mickey"?

Tommy The Rat? (Say baby...)

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #383 on: January 13, 2015, 12:34:04 PM »

His work contributed significantly to the development of what branch of physics?

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« Reply #384 on: January 14, 2015, 11:22:29 AM »
Jan. 14, 1969
An explosion aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise kills 27 people in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A rocket accidentally detonated, destroying 15 planes and injuring more than 300 people.
At 8:19 a.m. on January 14, a MK-32 Zuni rocket that was loaded on an F-4 Phantom jet overheated due to the exhaust from another vehicle. The rocket blew up, setting off a chain reaction of explosions. Fires broke out across the deck of the ship, and when jet fuel flowed into the carrier's interior, other fires were sparked. Many of the Enterprise's fire-protection features failed to work properly, but the crew worked heroically and tirelessly to extinguish the fire.
In all, 27 sailors lost their lives and another 314 were seriously injured. Although 15 aircraft (out of the 32 stationed on the Enterprise at the time) were destroyed by the explosions and fire, the Enterprise itself was never threatened.
The USS Enterprise was repaired over several months at Pearl Harbor and returned to action later in the year.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #385 on: January 15, 2015, 06:50:38 PM »
Martin Luther King was born on this date in 1929.
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« Reply #386 on: January 15, 2015, 06:54:11 PM »
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy says U.S. troops are not fighting in Vietnam.  1962

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Asked at a news conference if U.S. troops are fighting in Vietnam, President Kennedy answers "No." He was technically correct, but U.S. soldiers were serving as combat advisers with the South Vietnamese army, and U.S. pilots were flying missions with the South Vietnamese Air Force. While acting in this advisory capacity, some soldiers invariably got wounded, and press correspondents based in Saigon were beginning to see casualties from the "support" missions and ask questions.
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« Reply #387 on: January 15, 2015, 06:57:04 PM »
President Richard Milhouse Nixon halts aggression against North Vietnam. 1973

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Citing "progress" in the Paris peace negotiations between National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam, President Richard Nixon halts the most concentrated bombing of the war, as well as mining, shelling, and all other offensive action against North Vietnam. The cessation of direct attacks against North Vietnam did not extend to South Vietnam, where the fighting continued as both sides jockeyed for control of territory before the anticipated cease-fire.

On December 13, North Vietnamese negotiators had walked out of secret talks with Kissinger. President Nixon issued an ultimatum to Hanoi to send its representatives back to the conference table within 72 hours "or else." The North Vietnamese rejected Nixon's demand and the president ordered Operation Linebacker II, a full-scale air campaign against the Hanoi area. This operation was the most concentrated air offensive of the war.

During the 11 days of the attack, 700 B-52 sorties and more than 1,000 fighter-bomber sorties dropped roughly 20,000 tons of bombs, mostly over the densely populated area between Hanoi and Haiphong. On December 28, after 11 days of intensive bombing, the North Vietnamese agreed to return to the talks. When the negotiators met again in early January, they quickly worked out a settlement. The Paris Peace Accords were signed on January 23 and a cease-fire went into effect five days later.
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Jan. 15, 1996
 Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident.
 The incident inspired Buffett to write a song called 'Jamaica Mistaica'.
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Ivan the Terrible Crowned Tsar of Russia (1547)

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« Reply #390 on: January 16, 2015, 07:08:32 AM »

1965   Eighteen are arrested in Mississippi for the murder of three civil rights workers.
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« Reply #391 on: January 16, 2015, 10:58:57 AM »
January 16, 1909,
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On this date, three members of an Ernest Shackleton expedition to Antarctica – Edgeworth David, Douglas Mawson and Alistair Mackay – raised a British flag and recorded the moment by photograph at what they thought was Earth’s South Magnetic Pole.
Mawson would later realize that he’d overlooked some important calculations made several years previously by another researcher. In 1913, Edgeworth David admitted that their party had reached only “an outlier of the main magnetic pole,” not the true South Magnetic Pole itself. Yet their valiant effort is still remembered both in the history of science and in polar exploration.
As of 2005, the location of the wandering South Magnetic Pole was calculated to lie at 64°31′ South latitude, and 137°51′ East longitude, placing it off the coast of Antarctica and even outside the Antarctic Circle.
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Jan. 17, 1966
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On this day, a B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 jet tanker over Spain's Mediterranean coast, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares and one in the sea..

As a means of maintaining first-strike capability during the Cold War, U.S. bombers laden with nuclear weapons circled the earth ceaselessly for decades. In a military operation of this magnitude, it was inevitable that accidents would occur. The Pentagon admits to more than three-dozen accidents in which bombers either crashed or caught fire on the runway, resulting in nuclear contamination from a damaged or destroyed bomb and/or the loss of a nuclear weapon. One of the only "Broken Arrows" to receive widespread publicity occurred on January 17, 1966, when a B-52 bomber crashed into a KC-135 jet tanker over Spain.

The bomber was returning to its North Carolina base following a routine airborne alert mission along the southern route of the Strategic Air Command when it attempted to refuel with a jet tanker. The B-52 collided with the fueling boom of the tanker, ripping the bomber open and igniting the fuel. The KC-135 exploded, killing all four of its crew members, but four members of the seven-man B-52 crew managed to parachute to safety. None of the bombs were armed, but explosive material in two of the bombs that fell to earth exploded upon impact, forming craters and scattering radioactive plutonium over the fields of Palomares. A third bomb landed in a dry riverbed and was recovered relatively intact. The fourth bomb fell into the sea at an unknown location.

Palomares, a remote fishing and farming community, was soon filled with nearly 2,000 U.S. military personnel and Spanish civil guards who rushed to clean up the debris and decontaminate the area. The U.S. personnel took precautions to prevent overexposure to the radiation, but the Spanish workers, who lived in a country that lacked experience with nuclear technology, did not. Eventually some 1,400 tons of radioactive soil and vegetation were shipped to the United States for disposal.

Meanwhile, at sea, 33 U.S. Navy vessels were involved in the search for the lost hydrogen bomb. Using an IBM computer, experts tried to calculate where the bomb might have landed, but the impact area was still too large for an effective search. Finally, an eyewitness account by a Spanish fisherman led the investigators to a one-mile area. On March 15, a submarine spotted the bomb, and on April 7 it was recovered. It was damaged but intact.

Studies on the effects of the nuclear accident on the people of Palomares were limited, but the United States eventually settled some 500 claims by residents whose health was adversely affected. Because the accident happened in a foreign country, it received far more publicity than did the dozen or so similar crashes that occurred within U.S. borders. As a security measure, U.S. authorities do not announce nuclear weapons accidents, and some American citizens may have unknowingly been exposed to radiation that resulted from aircraft crashes and emergency bomb jettisons. Today, two hydrogen bombs and a uranium core lie in yet undetermined locations in the Wassaw Sound off Georgia, in the Puget Sound off Washington, and in swamplands near Goldsboro, North Carolina.
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« Reply #393 on: January 17, 2015, 07:04:52 AM »
On this date in 1920, Prohibition went into effect.
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1893   Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, is overthrown by a group of American sugar planters led by Sanford Ballard Dole.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #397 on: January 17, 2015, 09:19:09 AM »
Take a look at your $100 bill and say Happy Birthday!

Benjamin Franklin's Birthday (2015)

Born in Boston on this day in 1706, Benjamin Franklin helped edit, and was a signer of, the Declaration of Independence. He also helped to frame the Constitution. When he died in 1790 in Philadelphia, he was given the most impressive funeral that city had ever seen: 20,000 people attended. In Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute Science Museum holds a two-day "birthday bash" that often involves people dressing as Franklin. The celebration takes place on the weekend preceding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the Monday after January 15

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« Reply #398 on: January 17, 2015, 01:50:02 PM »
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« Reply #399 on: January 17, 2015, 04:39:45 PM »
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