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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2850 on: August 07, 2019, 09:14:07 AM »
Aug.7, 1970
The Goose Lake International Music Festival was held in Leoni, Michigan. Over 200,000 fans attended the three day festival. Acts who appeared included, Jethro Tull, 10 Years After, Mountain, Chicago, Bob Seger, John Sebastian, James Gang, Stooges with Iggy Pop, Brownsville Station, MC5, Rod Stewart and Flying Burrito Brothers.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2851 on: August 18, 2019, 04:57:57 PM »
HBD Meriwether Lewis (1774)

After serving as a captain in the US army, Lewis became secretary to President Thomas Jefferson. When Congress approved a plan to find a land route to the Pacific Ocean, Jefferson selected his trusted associate, along with William Clark, to head the expedition. In 1807, Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory. His sudden death—either by murder or suicide—in 1809, while on his way to Washington, DC, is still the subject of controversy. Why have requests to exhume his body been denied? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2852 on: August 18, 2019, 07:01:08 PM »
August 18, 1960, the first oral contraceptive was marketed by the Searle Drug Company in America.
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« Reply #2853 on: September 04, 2019, 06:16:57 AM »
George Eastman Receives a Patent for His Kodak Camera (1888)

Eastman was an American industrialist, inventor, and philanthropist. Interested in photographic processes from an early age, he invented roll film in 1884 and perfected a camera designed to use it, called the Kodak camera. In 1892, he established the Eastman Kodak Company and began to mass produce his inventions, transforming photography from an expensive hobby of the few to a relatively inexpensive, popular pastime. What was his contribution to the development of motion pictures? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2854 on: September 05, 2019, 03:51:06 AM »
Sam Houston Elected First President of Texas (1836)

A teenage runaway who spent three years living with Cherokee Indians, Houston went on to serve in the War of 1812 and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1823. Attracted to the struggle for Texan independence, he led the army of the provisional government of Texas to victory against the Mexicans in 1836 and served as the newly independent Republic of Texas's first president. He helped Texas win statehood in 1845 and became governor in 1859, but he was deposed in 1861 for what reason? More...Discuss

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« Reply #2855 on: September 08, 2019, 07:20:54 AM »
American Pledge of Allegiance First Published (1892)

The Pledge of Allegiance is an oath of loyalty to the United States. It first appeared in the September 8, 1892, issue of The Youth's Companion, and its authorship has been ascribed to magazine staff member Francis Bellamy. Officially recognized by the government in 1942, the pledge became compulsory in some public schools, but the following year the Supreme Court ruled that recitation could not be required of any individual. What two words were inserted into the pledge in 1954? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2856 on: September 09, 2019, 05:54:14 AM »
Under God

Gotta fight the Godless commies, right?
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2857 on: September 09, 2019, 09:08:35 PM »
Under God

Gotta fight the Godless commies, right?

Yep, that's when the delusional began to take over, Folks worried that JFK was a christian and would not respect the constitution, fearing he would take orders from the pope. Now days the stupid worry if you are not a christian. The nut cases are running the the place. 
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« Reply #2858 on: September 15, 2019, 04:47:53 AM »
Steam Locomotive John BullOperates for the First Time (1831)

The John Bull is a steam locomotive that ran on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, the first railroad built in New Jersey. Retired in 1866, the locomotive was acquired by the Smithsonian in 1885 and became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world in 1981, when it was operated in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of its first use. Though its official name was Stevens, crews began calling it John Bull, and the name eventually stuck. What made them choose that name?More... Discuss

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« Reply #2859 on: September 15, 2019, 10:19:58 AM »
it was built in England?
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« Reply #2860 on: September 29, 2019, 03:44:11 AM »
Happy Birthday László Bíró (1899)

Frustrated by the way his fountain pen's sharp tip would tear paper and by the amount of time he wasted filling the pen with ink and cleaning up smudges, László Bíró set to work developing a better pen. A Hungarian newspaper editor, he noticed that the ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly and without smudging, but it was too viscous for use with existing pens. With the help of his brother, a chemist, he developed the modern ballpoint pen. How long did it take him to build his pen? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2861 on: September 29, 2019, 06:07:32 PM »
Sept. 29, 2004
Keith Moon’s five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds ($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2862 on: October 04, 2019, 04:59:52 AM »
Sputnik 1 Launch Begins the Space Race (1957)

The first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, was launched by the USSR in 1957 and spurred the dormant US space program into action, leading to an international competition popularly known as the "space race." Explorer I, the first American satellite, was launched just months later, in January 1958. In the decade that followed, the US and the USSR launched approximately 50 space probes between them to explore the Moon. What project is said to have marked the end of the space race? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2863 on: October 04, 2019, 05:00:57 AM »
Happy Birthday Rutherford B. Hayes (1822)

After fighting in the Union army in the American Civil War, Hayes served in the US House of Representatives and then as governor of Ohio. In 1876, he won the Republican nomination for president. His opponent, Samuel Tilden, won a larger popular vote, but the election was so close that a special commission had to decide the issue. It eventually ruled in Hayes's favor. What concessions did Hayes make as part of a secret compromise reached with Southerners during the electoral dispute? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2864 on: October 08, 2019, 06:10:01 AM »

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2865 on: October 08, 2019, 07:52:53 PM »
October 8, 1897
Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2866 on: October 10, 2019, 06:20:58 PM »
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Happy Birthday Thelonious Monk (1917)
)One of the key innovators of modern jazz, Monk worked as a pianist in the early 1940s at Minton's Playhouse and other clubs where the rudiments of the new jazz style were being developed. Known for his highly idiosyncratic, percussive playing, he performed with many notable jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, before recording under his own name beginning in 1947. Monk is one of only five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time magazine. Who are the other four? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2867 on: October 11, 2019, 02:32:19 PM »
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Ooh, tough one. I'm going to guess that Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis are two of them.


EDIT:  Just checked. I get a point for Brubeck. Davis hasn't been on the cover.

That leaves three to guess, gang. Two are so obvious that I should smack myself for not guessing them.
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« Reply #2868 on: October 11, 2019, 06:20:24 PM »
Launch of Apollo 7 (1968)

In 1961, US President John F. Kennedy committed the US to the goal of landing astronauts on the Moon and bringing them safely back to Earth by the end of the decade. The resulting Apollo program is said to have been the largest scientific and technological undertaking in history. The project's first successful manned mission was Apollo 7, which paved the way for the Moon landing less than a year later. What caused tension between the flight crew and mission control during Apollo 7? More... Discuss

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« Reply #2869 on: October 11, 2019, 09:18:30 PM »
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Ooh, tough one. I'm going to guess that Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis are two of them.


EDIT:  Just checked. I get a point for Brubeck. Davis hasn't been on the cover.

That leaves three to guess, gang. Two are so obvious that I should smack myself for not guessing them.

OK, Duke Ellington has to have been one.  My other two guesses are Ella and Louis.
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2870 on: October 13, 2019, 06:25:53 AM »
The US Navy was founded on October 13, 1775:  https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/13/us/us-navy-birthday-trnd/index.html

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2871 on: October 17, 2019, 06:46:31 AM »
The First British Open Is Held in Scotland (1860)

The Open Championship of the British Isles, or the Open, is the oldest and one of the most prestigious golf championship tournaments in the world. It began in 1860 at Scotland's Prestwick course and is now rotated among select courses in England and Scotland. The first tournament was won by Willie Park, who also recorded the tournament's highest single-hole stroke total—21. Though today the Open has a multimillion-dollar prize fund, there was no prize money initially. Instead, Park won what?More... Discuss


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Knievel was an American daredevil and icon of the 1970s. He began doing motorcycle stunts as a teenager, then embarked on an incredibly varied career that included professional hockey, a stint in the army, work in copper mines, and eventually crime—safecracking and holdups. In 1965 he "went straight" and took up performing dangerous and thrilling stunts, which did not always go smoothly and eventually earned him the record for most broken bones in a lifetime. What canyon did Knievel try to jump? More...Discuss


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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2872 on: October 17, 2019, 08:37:48 PM »
We had a bit of shaking here in the SF Bay Area 30 years back today
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2873 on: October 25, 2019, 06:04:46 AM »
Oct. 25 1955, the first domestic microwave oven was sold by Tappan. In 1947, Raytheon demonstrated the "Radarange," the world's first microwave oven. Ratheon's commercial, refrigerator-sized microwave ovens cost between $2,000 and $3,000. In 1952, Raytheon entered into a licensing agreement with Tappan Stove Company which had a consumer distribution and marketing infrastructure. In 1955, Tappan introduced the first domestic microwave oven, a 220-volt more compact wall-unit the size of a conventional oven, but less powerful microwave generating system. It had two cooking speeds (500 or 800 watts), stainless steel exterior, glass shelf, top browning element and a recipe card drawer. However, at $1,300 sales were slow.
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« Reply #2874 on: October 26, 2019, 05:41:03 PM »
Erie Canal Opens (1825)

The Erie Canal is a New York waterway that runs between Albany and Buffalo, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie. It was born out of the need for an all-American water route from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast that became evident after the American Revolution. The canal contributed greatly to the development of New York City and the Midwest, allowing for the transport of people and supplies. Commercial traffic on the canal has since dwindled, and it is now used mainly for what purpose?More... Discuss

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« Reply #2875 on: October 27, 2019, 06:59:45 AM »
Scenic bicycle/walking path?
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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2876 on: November 01, 2019, 02:24:40 PM »
This day in history. 758.

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2877 on: November 04, 2019, 02:21:37 AM »
Happy Birthday to everyones favorite cowboy.


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« Reply #2878 on: November 04, 2019, 02:21:56 AM »
Happy Birthday to everyones favorite cowboy.


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« Reply #2879 on: November 04, 2019, 05:46:22 AM »
Nov. 4, 1939, the first air-conditioned automobile was exhibited by its manufacturer, Packard Motor Co. of Detroit Michigan. The public exhibition at the 40th Automobile Show in Chicago, Illinois ran between 4-12 Nov. Air in the car was cooled, dehumidified, filtered and circulated. Heat was provided for use in the winter. The refrigerating coils were located behind the rear seat in an air duct, with heating coils in another compartment of the same duct. The capacity of the unit was equivalent to 1.5 tons of ice in 24 hours when the car was driven at 60 mph. Cadillac followed in 1941. The huge evaporator left little room for luggage in the trunk, and the only way to shut it off was to stop, raise the hood, and remove the compressor belt.
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« Reply #2880 on: November 08, 2019, 04:57:08 AM »
Happy Birthday Milton Bradley (1836)

After working as a draftsman, Bradley introduced the first lithograph press to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. He printed and sold a new parlor game, "The Checkered Game of Life." It was so profitable that he formed Milton Bradley and Company in 1864 to print games and manuals. In 1878, he reorganized his business as the Milton Bradley Company, which long retained its position as a leading American manufacturer of games and toys. In 1869, his press published the first US book on what topic? More... Discuss

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2882 on: November 08, 2019, 05:09:54 AM »
the death penalty was abolished in the UK today in 1965
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« Reply #2883 on: November 10, 2019, 05:00:07 AM »
1885 German engineer Gottlieb Daimler unveils the world's first motorcycle

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« Reply #2884 on: November 10, 2019, 09:38:56 AM »
1885 German engineer Gottlieb Daimler unveils the world's first motorcycle

and it all went downhill after that

Most likely because it did not have the power to go uphill

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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2885 on: November 10, 2019, 05:33:26 PM »
The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on 10 November with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony. On that day in 1775, the Continental Marines were established.

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« Reply #2886 on: November 12, 2019, 06:03:53 AM »
Happy Birthday Grace Kelly (1929)

Kelly was an American actress who gained critical and popular praise for her performances in High Noon and The Country Girl, for which she won an Academy Award. She also starred in three Alfred Hitchcock films but cut short her promising acting career in 1956 when she married Prince Rainier III, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco and retiring from acting. In 1982, she died in an accident after suffering a stroke while driving on a mountain road. How did she and Prince Rainier meet? More... Discuss