Category: Education


Reporter Blasts Clinton Royalty

 

 

 

 

” Nevada reporter Jon Ralston rips Hillary Clinton for demanding “royal treatment” in an upcoming visit to Las Vegas:

” The price of Hillary Clinton’s scheduled speech and UNLV fundraiser could be going up. Las Vegas Review Journal, which obtained Clinton’s contract with the UNLV Foundation, reports in addition to her speaking fee of $225,000, Clinton is demanding a private jet, a presidential suite and adjoining rooms for her entourage, and Clinton refuses to mingle with the common folk. She wants to approve any media types attending the event.

” And now, a word about royalty. We don’t have kings and queens in America, or at least we shouldn’t. But when I see the red carpet UNLV is rolling out for Hillary Clinton in two months I start to wonder. Unless you’re a mindless partisan, the details of that contract with the UNLV Foundation should disturb you. They were uncovered, as I said by the RJ’s Lara Myers, and published over the weekend. The contract reads as if Hillary is being given the, yes,  royal treatment. Now it is bad enough that the UNLV Foundation folks agreed to that outrageous $225,000 fee as students struggle to make ends meet.”

 

 

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” It’s that time of year again—time for parents to wipe away tears of joy as they take household freedom back from the tyranny of teenagers. Just kidding. It’s an exciting but busy time of year for those going back to school (or going away to school for the first time), which can lead to frustration when deciding what’s actually necessary for things like cleaning, dorm life, electronics, food prep, class items, and even elementary school needs.

  Most back-to-school guides are full of gear students can’t afford or shouldn’t even consider in the first place. We decided to continue the tradition of publishing a researched list of the basics for a student’s home, backpack, and lecture hall. Some of our picks stem from the over 50 hours spent on fresh research and testing for this guide, while others are from full-length guides that we’ve specifically filtered for the student set.

  Remember, you may have some of this stuff already—don’t buy anything you don’t need. It’s a better idea to put that money towards student loans or trips back home during the holidays.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

682 – St Leo II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1180 – Yoritomo Minamoto leads uprising against Kiyomori Taira who installed his grandson, Emperor Antoku, to the throne

1498 – Cardinal Borgia renounced his vows & office to marry a French princess

1577 – Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots

1590 – John White returns to Roanoke, Virginia to find no trace of colonist’s he had left there 3 yrs earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]

1787 – Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups

1807 – Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

1835 – Solymon Merrick patents wrench

1863 – Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC

1869 – 1st international boat race (Thames River, Oxford beats Harvard)

1870 – 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington

1891 – Electric self-starter for automobile patented

1903 – Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U & begins Pulitzer Prizes

1908 – Projection in Paris of the very first cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl.

1915 – Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life

1918 – Samuel Riddle buys Man o’War for $5,000

1942 – 1st European bombing run undertaken by US forces

1943 – 498 British bombers attack Peenemunde

1945 – Koreas divided on 38th parallel with US occupying the southern area

1957 – Richie Ashburn, fouls hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat 1st one breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher

1958 – World’s 1st Moon probe, US’s Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec

1960 – Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow

1978 – 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)

 

 

 

1979 – Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” premieres

 

Monty Python's Life of Brian

The People’s Front

What have the Romans ever done for us

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Stoning

 

 

 

1980 – Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history

1987 – Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)

1996 – Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit

1998 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about his relationship.

2005 – The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.

 

 

 

Births

1607 – Pierre de Fermat, mathematician who needed wider margins (Fermat’s Last Theorem) [or 1608]

1786 – Davy Crockett, Greene County, Tennessee, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo), (d. 1836)

1851 – Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist

1870 – Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine

1873 – John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)

1882 – Samuel Goldwyn, [Goldfish], movie producer (MGM)

1893 – Mae West, New York, actress (She Dine him Wrong), (d. 1980)

 

 

 

1896 – Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1905 – John Hay Whitney, publisher (NY Herald Trib 1961-67)

 

 

 

1921 – Maureen O’Hara, [Fitzsimmons], Dublin, actress (Miracle on 34th St)

 

Quiet Man Country 1

The Quiet Man (1952)The Kiss

 

 

 

 

1929 – Francis Gary Powers, US spy (USSR captures him in 1959 U-2 incident)

 

 

 

 

 

1939 – Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)

1943 – Robert De Niro, NYC, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver)

1952 – Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, ’83, ’87)

 

 

 

1959 – David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971 – Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player

1983 – Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1304 – Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)

1553 – Charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies

1785 – Jonathan Trumbull, US patriot, dies

1865 – Mosby Munroe Parsons, US Confederate gen-maj, dies in battle

1896 – Bridget Driscoll, 1st Brit to die in an auto-accident

1973 – Paul Williams, rocker (Temptations), commits suicide at 32

 

 

 

1979 – Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86

 

Ella Fitzgerald sings Ira – “Summertime” (TV Special 1968)

 

 

 

1990 – Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

927 – The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.

1040 – King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.

1461 – The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.

1519 – Panama City founded

1549 – Portuguese missionaries Franciscus Xaverius lands in Kagoshima Japan

1620 – Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims

1635 – 1st recorded US hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony

1760 – Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria & Russia

1863 – Submarine “HL Hunley” arrives in Charleston on railroad cars

1870 – Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado

1914 – Panama Canal opens (under cost)

1914 – A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.

1945 – World War II: Korean Liberation Day.

1957 – USAF Capt Joe B Jordan reaches 31,513 m in F-104 jet fighter

1965 – Beatles play to 55,000 at Shea Stadium

 

 

 

1969 – Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm)

 

 

 Ten Years After – I’m Going Home(Woodstock 1969 Concert)

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – At 4PM LILCO consumers used a record 3,813 megawatts

1989 – US Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle

1991 – 750,000 attend Paul Simon’s free concert in Central Park

 

 

 

 

Births

1195 – Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint (d. 1231)

1717 – Blind Jack, English roadbuilder (d. 1810)

1769 – Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica, resident of Elba (emperor of France 1804-13, 1814-15), (d. 1821)

1771 – Walter Scott, Scotland, novelist/poet (Lady of Lake)

1875 – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, London, composer (Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast)

1879 – Ethel Barrymore, Phila, actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green)

 

 

 

1888 – T E Lawrence Tremadoc , Wales, soldier/writer , [Lawrence of Arabia]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1912 – Julia Child, Pasadena California, chef (French Chef)

1924 – Phyllis Schlafly, St Louis, right-winger/Eagle Forum president

1925 – Rose Marie, actress/comedienne (Sally Rogers-Dick Van Dyke Show)

1946 – Jimmy Webb, Elk City Oklahoma, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)

1979 – Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver

1989 – Joe Jonas, American singer (Jonas Brothers)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

69 – Servius Sulpicius Galba, 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), murdered

778 – Roland, Frankish commander

1057 – Macbeth, King of Scotland, slain by son of King Duncan

1935 – Wiley Post, aviation pioneer, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 36

 

 

 

1935 – Will Rogers, humorist, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 55

 

 

The Official Will Rogers Website

 

 

 

 

 

1959 – Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)

 

 

 BLIND WILLIE MCTELL . ” Southern Can Is Mine ” (1931)

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – René Magritte, Belgian surrealist painter, dies at 68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illegal Migrant Wave Overwhelming School Districts

 

 

 

 

‘ Municipal school systems around the country are gearing up to absorb tens of thousands of children who arrived illegally from Central America for the new school year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  The influx, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, will stress the resources of schools from large metropolitan areas to small towns from California to New York. A minimum of 37,000 children who have been placed with sponsors as of July 31 are eligible to attend public school, according to the Journal.

  Among the systems expected to be most heavily impacted are Texas, where over 5,000 illegal migrant pupils will be showing up for school as well as New York and California, which will each get about 4,000 arrivals, the Journal reported.

  Many will come with psychological scars requiring trauma counseling. Almost all will need remedial help in learning English. Every single one will have access to subsidized nutritional programs.

  Public schools are obligated by the federal government to enroll the children regardless of their immigration status. Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools said, “We have both a legal and moral obligation to teach these kids,” the Journal reported. “

 

 

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Hank Green At SciShow Explains

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Aug 11, 2014

” Eat facts, Shark Week! Hank takes you on a tour of the shark’s amazing anatomy, including the many adaptations that made it a great predator — despite not having any bones.”

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1248 – Construction of Cologne Cathedral begun

1281 – Kublai Khans invading fleet disappears in typhoon near Japan

1457 – Oldest known exactly dated printed book (c 3 years after Gutenberg)

1756 – French capture Fort Oswego, NY

1765 – Mass colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)

1813 – British warship Pelican attacks & captures US war brigantine Argus

1820 – 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC

1824 – General Lafayette returns to US

1862 – Lincoln receives 1st group of blacks to confer with US president

1873 – “Field & Stream” begins publishing

1893 – France issues 1st driving licenses, included required test

1900 – 2,000 marines land to capture Beijing, ending Boxer rebellion

1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925

1932 – Philips makes 1 millionth radio

1935 – Social Security Act becomes law

1936 – Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.

1942 – Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa

1945 – V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)

1947 – India granted independence within British Commonwealth

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m

1966 – 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon

1974 – Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold

1980 – 17,000 workers strike in Gdansk, Poland

1980 – Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale

1984 – IBM releases PC DOS version 3.0

1994 – Space telescope Hubble photographs Uranus with rings

1994 – Terrorist “Carlos” arrested in Khartoum Sudan

1997 – Oklahoma Court of Appeals upholds death sentence of Timothy McVeigh

2003 – Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.

 

 

 

 

Births

1297 – Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan (d. 1348)

1586 – William Hutchinson, Rhode Island colonist (d. 1642)

1688 – Frederik Willem I, king of Prussia (bodyguard of giants)

1737 – Charles Hutton, mathematician

1742 – Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris)

1821 – Clement Hoffman “Rock” Stevens, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1851 – Doc Holliday, American gambler and dentist (d. 1887)

1867 – John Galsworthy, England, author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932)

1903 – John Ringling North, circus director (Ringling Bros)

1916 – Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants (d. 2005)

1926 – Buddy Greco, Phila Pa, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House)

1930 – Earl Weaver, St Louis Mo, manager (Balt Orioles 1968-82, 85-86)

1933 – Richard R. Ernst, Swiss chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate

1947 – Daniele Steel, NYC, author (Rememberance, Zoya, Star, Daddy)

1948 – Terry Adams, American musician (NRBQ)

 

 

 

1950 – Gary Larson, Tacoma, Washington, cartoonist (Far Side)

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Mark C Lee, Viroqua WI, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 30, 47, 64, 82,sk: 98)

1956 – Rusty Wallace, American race car driver

1965 – Emmanuelle Seigner, Paris France, actress (The Smile)

1966 – Halle Berry, American actress

1987 – Tim Tebow, American football player

 

 

 

 

Deaths

582 – Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine Emperor

1573 – Saitō Tatsuoki, Japanese warlord (b. 1548)

1691 – Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, Irish rebel (b. 1630)

1704 – Roland Laporte, French Protestant leader (b. 1675)

1870 – David [James] Glasgow Farragut, admiral, dies

1951 – William Randolph Hearst, newspaper publisher, dies in Beverly Hills

 

 

 

1958 – Big Bill Broonzy, Bluesman, dies of cancer at 65

 

 Click link below for video of Big Bill performing .

 

 

The great country blues singer and guitarist Big Bill Broonzy performs “Worried Man Blues,” “Hey, Hey” 

See also our “Happy Birthday” post of June 26th for a tribute to Big Bill .

 

 

 

 

1988 – Roy Buchanan, American Blues guitarist (b. 1939)

 

 Roy Buchanan – Live from Austin Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1992 – Tony Williams, US, singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64

1999 – Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player (b. 1918)

2000 – Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)

2005 – Coo Coo Marlin, American race car driver (b. 1932)

Today In The Past

 

Events

1415 – King Henry V of England army lands on mouth of Seine River

1521 – Spanish conquerors Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) from Aztecs

1624 – Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII

1792 – Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette

1889 – William Gray patents coin-operated telephone

1898 – US forces under George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-Amer war

1913 – Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.

1919 – Man o’War’s only defeat (Upset wins at Saratoga)

1937 – Japanese attack Shanghai

1944 – Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio

1945 – 35 Jews sacrifice their lives to blow up Nazi rubber plant in Silesia

1959 – Milt satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)

1993 – US Court of Appeals rules congress must save all E-Mail

1997 – South Park’s first episode is aired.

 

 

 

 

Births

1422 – William Caxton, 1st English printer (Histories of Troy)

1625 – Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1698)

1818 – Lucy Blackwell-Stone, US abolitionist (US Woman’s Suffrage Association)

1860 – Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], North Star Ohio, sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill’s Wild West), (d. 1926)

1888 – John Logie Baird, Scotland, inventor (father of TV)

1899 – Alfred Hitchcock, London, director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), (d.1980)

1902 – Felix Wankel, Germany, inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine)

1907 – Alfred Alwin Felix Krupp, Essen Germany, arms manufacturer

1912 – Ben Hogan, Dublin Tx, PGA golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53)

1918 – Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal

1918 – Frederick Sanger, England, biochemist (Nobel 1958, 1980)

1920 – George Shearing, London, blind pianist/composer (Lullabye of Byrdland)

1926 – Fidel Castro, Mayari, Oriente, Cuba, dictator/prime minister/president (1959-2008)

1930 – Don Ho, Hawaii, ukulele player (Tiny Bubbles)

1951 – Dan Fogelberg, Peoria Ill, rocker (Same Auld Lang Syne)

1952 – Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2004)

 

 

 

 

1958 – Randall Shughart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

 

American Valor 

Born: August 13, 1958
Lincoln, Nebraska

War: Somalia 

Rank: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army 
(Sniper Team Member)

Location of action: Mogadishu, Somalia

Date of action: October 3, 1993

Medal received from: President Bill Clinton, May 1994 (posthumously)

 

 

 

 

 

Deaths

900 – Zwentibold, king of Lutherans (895-900), dies in battle at 29

1278 – Daikaku, Zen teacher Rinzai line/head of Kenchoji, dies in Japan at 65

1863 – Eugène Delacroix, French painter (b. 1798)

1865 – Ignaz Semmelweis, gynecologist, dies at 47

1910 – Florence Nightingale, English nurse, dies at 90

1946 – H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, sci-fi author (Time Machine), dies at 79

1971 – King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US musician, murdered at 37

1991 – Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65

1992 – Clifford Allison, US stock-car racer, dies in an accident

1995 – Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84

1995 – Mickey Mantle, baseball great (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63

2004 – Julia Child, American chef and television personality (b. 1912)

2007 – Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)

2007 – Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

30 BC – Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by means of an asp bite.

1099 – Battle at Ascalon: Godfried of Broth beats Egyptians

1121 – Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.

1480 – Battle of Otranto – Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.

1658 – 1st US police corps forms (New Amsterdam)

1687 – Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders

1833 – Chicago is founded.

1851 – 1st America’s Cup-US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora

1851 – Isaac Singer patents sewing machine

1862 – Gen John Hunt Morgan & his raiders capture Gallatin, TX

1865 – Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery

1876 – Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America’s Cup

1877 – Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device

1896 – Gold discovered at Klondike River at Dawson

1898 – Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed

1935 – Babe Ruth’s final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand

1936 – 120°F (49°C), Seymour, Texas (state record)

1953 – Ann Davison arrives in Miami, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic 

1959 – 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island

1960 – Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched

1960 – USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 41,600 m

1974 – Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

1977 – Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight

1981 – IBM introduces PC & PC-DOS version 1.0

1992 – Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

1994 – Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

2000 – The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise

2005 – An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island

 

 

 

 

Births

1503 – Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59)

1696 – Maurice Greene, composer

1753 – Thomas Bewick, England, artist (British Birds, Aesop’s Fables)

1781 – Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)

1819 – Daniel Davidson Bidwell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1864

1856 – “Diamond Jim” Brady, American financier (d. 1917)

1859 – Katharine Lee Bates, US, author (America the Beautiful)

1881 – Cecil B deMille, Mass, directed God (10 Commandments, Cleopatra)

1911 – Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexico, actor (Around World in 80 Days)

1920 – Percy Mayfield, US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)

1929 – Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)

 

 

 

1949 – Mark Knopfler, guitar/vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1954 – Pat Methany, jazz guitarist (As Wichita Falls)

1972 – Takanohana, Sumo yokozuna

 

 

 

 

Deaths 

1350 – Philip VI, king of France, dies

1424 – Yongle, Emperor of China (b. 1360)

1676 – King Philip, [Metacomet], leader Wampanoag-indians, shot to death

1809 – Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal (b. 1738)

1827 – William Blake, English poet/painter, dies at 69

 

 

1849 – Abraham AA “Albert” Gallatin, Min of Finance (1801-14), dies at 88

 

Gallatin, Albert

 

 

 

1861 – Eliphalet Remington, American inventor, designer of the Remington rifle (b. 1793)

 

 

 

 

1896 – Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg

1914 – John Philip Holland, submarine designer, dies at 74

1955 – Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

1964 – Ian L Fleming, British journalist/writer (James Bond), dies at 56

1982 – Henry Fonda, actor (On Golden Pond), dies of heart disease at 77

1989 – William Shockley, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

 

 

1997 – Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 – Les Paul, American musician (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James O’Keefe As Osama bin Laden Crosses Border From Mexico To US

 

 

 

 

Published on Aug 11, 2014

” In a Project Veritas investigation released on Monday, James O’Keefe crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico to the United States disguised as Osama bin Laden.”

HT/iOwnTheWorld 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

612 BC – Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire. Destruction of Nineveh

843 – Treaty of Verdun: Brothers Lotharius I, Louis the German & Charles the Bare divide France

991 – Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalised in a well-known poem.

1519 – Magellan’s 5 ship set sail to circumnavigate Earth

1627 – Cardinal Richelieu begins siege of La Rochelle

1743 – Earliest recorded prize fighting rules formulated

1776 – American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

1821 – Missouri admitted as 24th US state

1833 – Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200

1846 – Congress charters “nation’s attic,” Smithsonian Institution

1861 – Battle of Wilson’s Creek MO (Springfield, Oak Hills)-Gen Lyon killed

1889 – Dan Rylands patents screw cap

1904 – Japanese fleet defeat Russians off Port Arthur

1907 – Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Beijing to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally

1936 – 114°F (46°C) at Plain Dealing, Louisiana (state record)

1936 – 120°F (49°C) at Ozark, Arkansas (state record)

1938 – 119°F (48°C), Pendleton, Oregon (state record)

1944 – US recaptures Guam from Japanese

1948 – Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera” TV debut on ABC

1949 – Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1954 – At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.

1960 – Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space

1965 – Joe Engle in X-15 reaches 82 km

1966 – 1st lunar orbiter launched by US

1972 – 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada

1977 – US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord

1977 – Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being “Son of Sam” 44 caliber killer

1988 – Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 sec)

1990 – US’s Magellan spacecraft lands on Venus

1994 – Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)

2006 – Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.

 

 

 

 

Births

1267 – King James II of Aragon (d. 1327)

1489 – Jacob Sturm von Sturmeck, German statesman and reformer (d. 1553)

1744 – Alexandrine-Jeanne d’Étiolles (nicknamed “Fanfan”), daughter of the courtesan Madame de Pompadour (d. 1754)

1782 – Charles Napier, London, soldier

1814 – John Clifford Pemberton, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1881

1814 – Henri Nestlé, Swiss industrialist (d. 1890)

1874 – Herbert Hoover, West Branch Iowa, (R) 31st Pres (1929-1933), (d. 1964)

1893 – Douglas Stuart Moore, Cutchogue NY, composer (Good Night Harvard)

1909 – Leo Fender, Anaheim California, rocker (Fender guitars)

1914 – Jeff Corey, NYC, actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men)

1920 – William “Red” Holzman, NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers, 754 wins)

1928 – Eddie Fisher, Phila Pa, singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain)

1928 – Jimmy Dean, Tx, actor/singer (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever)

1942 – Betsy Johnson, fashion designer (1971 Winnie Award)

1943 – Ronnie Spector, [Veronica Bennett], NYC, singer (Be My Little Baby)

1949 – Gene Johnson, Sugar Grove Pa, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)

1960 – Todd David Hess, First USAF Member inducted into Army’s Order of Military Medical Merit.

1965 – Patricia Spurgin, US sharpshooter (Olympics-gold-1984)

1982 – Devon Aoki, American supermodel and actress

 

 

 

 

Deaths

258 – Saint Lawrence, martyr

955 – Conrad the Red, Duke of Lotharingen, dies in battle

1535 – Ippolito de’ Medici, ruler of Florence (poisoned) (b. 1509)

1806 – Johann Michael Haydn, composer, dies at 68

1861 – Nathaniel Lyon, US Union brig-gen, dies in battle at 43

1896 – Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies

1930 – William H Taft, US president (1909-13), dies

1932 – Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog (b. 1918)

1944 – Berthold Schenk von Stauffenberg, attempt Hitler assassination, dies

1945 – Robert H Goddard, US, rocket pioneer, dies at 62

1987 – I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87

2002 – Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1926)

2008 – Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census Bureau: One New Migrant Enters U.S. Every 40 Seconds

 

 

Populous Nations

 

 

 

” The Census Bureau calculates that one person enters the United States legally, on net, every 40 seconds.

  The Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock lists  “components of population change” on the website: “one birth every 7 seconds;” “one death every 13 seconds;” “one international migrant (net) every 40 seconds;” making for a “net gain of one person every 12 seconds.”

  The Census provides some background on the immigration debate in the United States on August 3rd, apropos of the 131st anniversary of the law banning people from immigrating to the United States if they were likely to need government assistance. “

 

The Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

70 – Tower of Antonia destroyed by Romans

1509 – The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire

1588 – Sea battle at Grevelingen: English fleet battles Spanish armada

1609 – Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei’s telescope

1673 – Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC

1709 – 1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)

1786 – Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for exile on St Helena

1854 – Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

1870 – Magic (US) defeats Cambria (Engld) in 2nd running of America’s Cup

1876 – Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

1911 – The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.

1937 – Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power

1940 – Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks

1942 – “Monty” appointed commandant of British 8th Army at Alamein

1942 – 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Wash DC

1945 – Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter

1963 – Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)

1963 – Kingsmen release “Louie, Louie,” radio stations label it obscene

1968 – Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for pres

1984 – Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics

1988 – Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced

2000 – Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.

2007 – An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889

 

 

 

 

Births

1079 – Emperor Horikawa of Japan (d. 1107)

1673 – John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)

1763 – Charles Bulfinch, Boston Mass, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House)

1835 – James William Forsyth, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1906

1879 – Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader

1879 – Bob Smith, American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)

1881 – Albert Kesselring, German field marshal (d. 1960)

1896 – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Wash DC, writer (Yearling

1902 – Paul Dirac, Bristol, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1933), (d. 1984)

1907 – Benny Carter, NYC, musician/composer (Easy Money, King Carter)

1919 – Dino De Laurentiis, Torre Annunziata Italy, producer (King Kong)

1920 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American singer (d. 1997)

1923 – Esther Williams, Inglewood Cal, actress/swimmer (Dangerous when Wet)

1933 – Joe Tex, singer/songwriter (Hold What You’ve Got)

1942 – Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)

1954 – Nigel Mansell, formula-1 racer (Portugal Grand Prix-1990)

1981 – Roger Federer, Basel Switzerland, tennis player (16 grand slams)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

869 – Lotharius II, King of Middle-France (Lotharingen) (855-869), dies

1555 – Oronce Finé, French mathematician (b. 1494)

1788 – Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu, French marshal, dies at 92

1969 – Sharon Tate, murdered by the Manson family at 26

1975 – Julian “Cannonball” Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46

1976 – John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered

1988 – Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), dies at 85

1996 – Frank A Whittle, inventor of the Jet engine, dies at 89

2004 – Fay Wray, American actress (b. 1907)

2008 – Richard B Herrlin , Father , Husband , Businessman , Fireman , Community Leader , The Best 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NDTV Exclusive: How Hamas Assembles And Fires Rockets

 

 

 

Hamas Rockets

 

 

 

” In the minutes before the ceasefire kicked in at Gaza this morning,  Hamas fired a flurry of rockets towards Israel – 30 according to some counts.

  Israel has argued that that these rockets are fired from civilian areas, and this is why its retaliatory strikes can result in civilian casualties.

  But this morning, NDTV witnessed one such rocket silo being created under a tent right next to the hotel where our team was staying.  Minutes later, we saw the rocket being fired, just before the 72-hour ceasefire came into effect.

  It began with a mysterious  tent with a blue canopy that bobbed up yesterday (August 4) at 6:30 am in an open patch of land next to our window.  We saw three men making a multitude of journeys in and out of the tent, sometimes with wires.

  An hour later, they emerged, dismantled the tent, changed their clothes and walked away.

  The next morning – today – we woke to news of the 72-hour ceasefire but just before it was to take effect, the rocket next to our hotel was fired.  There was a loud explosion and a whooshing sound. The cloud of smoke that rose was captured by our cameraperson.

  This report is being aired on NDTV and published on ndtv.com after our team left the Gaza strip – Hamas has not taken very kindly to any reporting of its rockets being fired. But just as we reported the devastating consequences of Israel’s offensive on Gaza’s civilians, it is equally important to report on how Hamas places those very civilians at risk by firing rockets deep from the heart of civilian zones. “

 

 

Thanks to NDTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hewitt Police Firearms Instructor Shoots Himself In Hand

 

 

 

” The firearms instructor for the Hewitt Police Department is recovering from surgery after accidentally shooting himself in the left hand while teaching family members to shoot.

  Sgt. Heath Vanek will miss at least two months of work while rehabilitating from surgery to repair a wound from his personal 9mm pistol, Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said.

  The incident occurred July 15 on Vanek’s family property near the McLennan and Falls county lines and did not involve any Hewitt-issued guns or equipment.

  Devlin said there will be an internal police investigation into the incident that will comply with Civil Service procedures. Because of that process, he has limited information about the incident because the chief said he must allow the system to work before he gets involved.”

 

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Intriguing Chart Showing Every Week Of Your Life Really Puts It Into Perspective

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Sometimes, you have to see something illustrated to realize just how vast – or limited – it is. Such is the case with the average American life, which the site Wait But Why captured in this fascinating chart: (see above)

  As you may have noticed, we spend a gigantic chunk of our lives in school and work, toiling away with the hope that we can someday retire and do whatever we want. And that’s not a bad thing.” 

 

 

   Be sure to click through to the original chart post which contains other interesting weekly gems such as this one portraying famous deaths .

 

 

Famous Deaths in Weeks

 

 

 

 

More here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

8 – Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus.

881 – Battle at Saucourt: French King Louis III beats the Vikings

1492 – Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain for “Indies”

1527 – First known letter was sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.

1676 – Nathaniel Bacon publishes “Declaration of People of Virginia”

1678 – Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon

1852 – 1st intercollegiate rowing race, Harvard beats Yale by 4 lengths

1860 – American Canoe Association founded at Lake George NY

1864 – Battle of Mobile AL

1882 – Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration

1900 – Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded.

1914 – 1st seaworthy ship through Panama Canal

1923 – VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th president

1925 – Last US troops leave Nicaragua (there since 1912

1943 – Gen Patton slaps a US GI in the hospital accusing him of cowardice

1949 – Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association

1954 – 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown

1955 – Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing

1977 – Radio Shack issues a press release introducing TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered

1981 – 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike

1996 – General William F. Garrison accepted responsibility for the outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and he retired from military service.

2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Births

1509 – Étienne Dolet, French scholar (d. 1546)

1801 – Joseph Paxton, English landscape architect (Crystal Palace)

1811 – Elisha Graves Otis, inventor (safe elevator)

1900 – Ernie Pyle, England, correspondent during WW II

1900 – John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution

1904 – Clifford D[onald] Simak, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Empire, Way Station)

1924 – Leon Uris, Baltimore, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry)

1941 – Martha Stewart, New Jersey, cookbook author/actress (Those Two)

1950 – John Landis, Chicago IL, director (Animal House, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video)

1977 – Tom Brady, American football player

1984 – Ryan Lochte, American swimmer

Deaths

1460 – King James II of Scotland (b. 1430)

1604 – Bernardino de Mendoza, Spanish military commander

1907 – August Saint-Gaudens, Irish/US sculptor (Mrs Henry Adams), dies at 59

1924 – Joseph Conrad, Polish/British writer (Heart of Darkness), dies at 66

1957 – “Black Jack” Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer

1966 – Lenny Bruce, comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39

1983 – Carolyn Jones, actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies at 54 of cancer

2004 – Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer, dies at 95

2007 – John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)

2008 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (b. 1918

2011 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways Muslims Have Contributed to ‘Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation’

 

 

 

 

” Last Sunday, in his message congratulating Muslims on Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Barack Obama wrote: “Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” That’s right: he said “many achievements and contributions.” I could only think of five. Maybe you will be able to think of some more.”

 

 

 

 

 

” 5. Getting us here in the first place`

  This one predates the United States as a nation, but without it, the United States would not exist. Every schoolchild knows, or used to know, that in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered America while searching for a new, westward sea route to Asia. But why was he searching for a new route to Asia? Because the fall of Constantinople to the Muslims in 1453 closed the trade routes to the East. This was devastating for European tradesmen, who had until then traveled to Asia for spices and other goods by land. Columbus’s voyage was trying to ease the plight of these merchants by bypassing the Muslims altogether and making it possible for Europeans to reach India by sea.

  So the bellicosity and intransigence of Islam ultimately opened the Americas for Europe – and made the United States possible.”

 

 

    Read the rest of Robert Spencer’s piece at PJ Media and see if you agree with his assessment of Muslim contributions to the American fabric … We find it hard to argue against him .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.

216 BC – Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae – The Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.

1492 – Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella

1610 – Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay

1704 – Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim

1776 – Formal signing of Declaration of Independence

1798 – British under Adm Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile

1819 – 1st parachute jump in US

1864 – 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens

1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

1873 – 1st trial run of SF cable car, Clay Street between Kearny & Jones

1875 – 1st roller skating rink opens (London)

1887 – Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

1909 – Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers

1922 – China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die

1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.

1937 – The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal.

1939 – Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

1943 – Lt John F Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands

1961 – Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m

1964 – North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin

1972 – Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

1975 – 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)

1975 – 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)

1987 – Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)

1989 – NASA confirmed Voyager 2’s discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

1994 – Congressional hearings begin on White Water

 

 

 

Births

1674 – Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)

1754 – Pierre Charles L’Enfant, Anet France, architect laid out Wash DC, (d. 1825)

1835 – Elisha Grey, inventor (Telephone)

1872 – George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)

1892 – Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)

1905 – Myrna Loy, Helena Mont, actress (Jazz Singer, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), (d. 1993)

1922 – Carroll O’Connor, NYC, actor (All in the Family, Heat of the Night)

1924 – James Baldwin, New York, author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), (d. 1987)

1926 – Betsy Bloomingdale, dept store mogul

1932 – Peter O’Toole, Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia)

1944 – Jim Capaldi, English singer/songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong)

1953 – Butch Patrick, actor (Eddie Munster-Munster)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

257 – Stefanus I, bishop of Rome (254-57)/heretic fighter, dies

1100 – William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44

1511 – Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader

1611 – Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)

1788 – Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61

1811 – William Williams, US merchant/signer (Decl of Indep), dies at 80

1859 – Horace Mann, American educator and abolitionist (b. 1796)

1876 – Wild Bill Hickok, shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held a pair of Aces & a pair of 8’s

1921 – Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48

1922 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish/US physicist (telephone), dies

1923 – Warren Harding, 29th Pres (1921-23), dies at Palace Hotel SF at 57

1956 – Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109

1976 – Fritz Lang, director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85

1988 – Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50

1997 – William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83

2005 – Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.

216 BC – Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae – The Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.

1492 – Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella

1610 – Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay

1704 – Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim

1776 – Formal signing of Declaration of Independence

1798 – British under Adm Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile

1819 – 1st parachute jump in US

1864 – 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens

1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

1873 – 1st trial run of SF cable car, Clay Street between Kearny & Jones

1875 – 1st roller skating rink opens (London)

1887 – Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

1909 – Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers

1922 – China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die

1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.

1937 – The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal.

1939 – Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

1943 – Lt John F Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands

1961 – Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club

1962 – NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m

1964 – North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin

1972 – Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

1975 – 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)

1975 – 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)

1987 – Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)

1989 – NASA confirmed Voyager 2’s discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

1994 – Congressional hearings begin on White Water

 

 

 

Births

1674 – Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)

1754 – Pierre Charles L’Enfant, Anet France, architect laid out Wash DC, (d. 1825)

1835 – Elisha Grey, inventor (Telephone)

1872 – George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)

1892 – Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)

1905 – Myrna Loy, Helena Mont, actress (Jazz Singer, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), (d. 1993)

1922 – Carroll O’Connor, NYC, actor (All in the Family, Heat of the Night)

1924 – James Baldwin, New York, author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), (d. 1987)

1926 – Betsy Bloomingdale, dept store mogul

1932 – Peter O’Toole, Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia)

1944 – Jim Capaldi, English singer/songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong)

1953 – Butch Patrick, actor (Eddie Munster-Munster)

 

 

 

Deaths

257 – Stefanus I, bishop of Rome (254-57)/heretic fighter, dies

1100 – William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44

1511 – Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader

1611 – Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)

1788 – Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61

1811 – William Williams, US merchant/signer (Decl of Indep), dies at 80

1859 – Horace Mann, American educator and abolitionist (b. 1796)

1876 – Wild Bill Hickok, shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held a pair of Aces & a pair of 8’s

1921 – Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48

1922 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish/US physicist (telephone), dies

1923 – Warren Harding, 29th Pres (1921-23), dies at Palace Hotel SF at 57

1956 – Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109

1976 – Fritz Lang, director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85

1988 – Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50

1997 – William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83

2005 – Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laughing At Pain: 14 More Hilariously Awful Sunburns

 

 

funny sunburns, painful sunburns, sunburnt couple selfie

 

 

 

” The dog days of summer are upon us, which means there is still plenty of time for knuckleheads to go outside without using sunscreen and get a nasty burn. We’re trying to warn you with this collection of hilarious sunburn photos, but we know you won’t listen anyway.”

 

 

 

   In case the reader requires further proof of the wisdom of sun protection take a gander at this one …

 

 

funny sunburns, painful sunburns, sunburn handprint

 

 

 

   The other twelve equally disastrous examples of an unhealthy day at the beach can be viewed here . This post is a part two to one we did in June along the same lines … 13 Reasons to avoid falling asleep at the beach … LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

37 Times When One Tiny Grammar Or Spelling Fail Ruined EVERYTHING

 

 

 

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5. ” When Rachael Ray was exposed for the monster that she truly is”

 

 

 

She must have gotten cooking lessons from our president …

 

 

 

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10. ” When this guy maybe had one regert”

 

 

Nothing spells genius like a mis-spelled tattoo … see the other 35 funnies at Distractify 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

30 BC – Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.

607 – Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).

902 – Aghlabidisch emir Ibrahim II destroys Taormina, Sicily

1498 – Christopher Columbus lands on “Isla Santa” (Venezuela)

1716 – 1st sculling race (London Bridge to Chelsea)

1774 – Priestly discovers oxygen

1781 – English army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia

1794 – Whiskey Rebellion begins

1798 – Battle of Abukir on the Nile-Nelson defeats French fleet

1831 – London Bridge opens to traffic

1876 – Colorado becomes 38th state

1896 – George Samuelson completes rowing Atlantic (NY to England)

1903 – 1st coast-to-coast automobile trip (SF-NY) completed

1914 – British fleet reaches Scapa Flow

1941 – The first Jeep is produced.

1946 – Pres Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)

1953 – California introduces sales tax (for education)

1958 – US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st dives under North Pole

1960 – Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

1960 – Chubby Checker releases “The Twist”

1966 – Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas

1982 – Greg Louganis, US becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives

1988 – Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show

2001 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.

2004 – A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.

 

 

 

 

Births

10 BC – Claudius, Roman Emperor (d. 54)

1377 – Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan (d. 1433)

1744 – Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine Monnet de Lamarck, Paris, naturalist (Lamarckian evolution), (d. 1829)

1770 – William Clark, Charlottsville VA, 2nd lt of Lewis & Clark Expedition

1779 – Francis Scott Key, composer (Star-Spangled Banner)

1815 – Richard Henry Dana, novelist/lawyer spent 2 years before mast

1819 – Herman Melville, New York, author (Moby Dick, Billy Budd), (d. 1891)

1889 – John F Mahoney, developed pencillin treatment of syphillis

1922 – Yvonne DeCarlo, actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters)

1931 – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, rocker

1933 – Dom DeLuise, Bkln NY, comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso)

1942 – Giancarlo Giannini, La Spezia Italy, actor (Seduction of Mimi)

1942 – Jerry Garcia, SF, rocker (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe’s Band)

1953 – Robert Cray, Columbus Ga, blues singer/songwriter (1987 Grammy)

 

 

 

 

Deaths

1137 – Louis VI, King of France, dies (1108-37)

1589 – Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567)

1796 – Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)

1977 – Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47

1980 – Strother Martin, actor (Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

1981 – Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58

1994 – George Dixon, trumpet/sax, dies at 85

2009 – Corazon Aquino, Former President of the Philippines (b. 1933)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  2700 aborted babies a day Progressive’s idea of birth control . Hypocrisy anyone ? The numbers at the link to CDC “only” average two thousand two hundred per day  but even that figure is obscene …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This GIF Depicting Voter Turnout By State In Presidential Elections Is Cooler Than You’d Expect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The GIF at the top of this story is fascinating if you enjoy maps, politics or scanning for patterns.

  It depicts voter turnout by state in presidential elections from 1980 to 2012.

 It’s an impressive graphic. It caught my eye on Reddit, and I watched it repeatedly while writing this story. I even took some time and checked the numbers against Census Bureau data to be sure it’s accurate. (Note: the legend is a bit small, but red stands for low turnout and green for high turnout — and the colors are on the spectrum following the ROYGBIV pattern we learned in secondary school.) “

 

 

 

Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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