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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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Re: Today in History
« Reply #2951 on: May 08, 2020, 06:29:37 PM »
VE day 1945
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Re: Today in History
« 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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Re: Today in History
« 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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Re: Today in History
« 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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Re: Today in History
« 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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Re: Today in History
« 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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Re: Today in History
« 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 »
^^^Well that is a shot in the ass.

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

Nuff said.
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