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Monica Lewis Tribute Tags: Monica  Lewis  --  Actress  Singer  Benny  Goodman  Miss  Chiquita  Banana  Disney  Studios 
Added: 14th June 2015
Views: 973
Posted By: Cliffy
Katyn Forest Massacre - 1940 One of the most horrifying events during the Second World War was the Katyn Forest massacres which occurred in the spring of 1940. About half the officer corps of Poland was put to death by the Soviet Union's secret police (NKVD). In August 1939 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union--two ideological enemies--shocked the world by signing a non-aggression pact. As part of the deal, Germany was allowed a free hand to invade Poland from the west on September 1. The Soviets would invade from the east half a month later. The Poles were utterly overwhelmed. The Soviet Red Army met almost no opposition as the Polish Army was told by its government to not confront the Russians. In effect, conquered Poland was divided into two sections: one controlled by Nazi Germany, the other under the heel of the Soviet Union. Polish prisoners in the Soviet Sphere numbered about 30,000. At least 22,000 were executed methodically by gunshots to the back of their heads from close range. Along with most of the Polish officer corps, numerous intellectuals, journalists, doctors, lawyers, and professors were also killed by the NKVD on the special order of Josef Stalin. Their corpses were hastily buried in mass graves in the Katyn Forest. After the Germans attacked the Soviet Union in 1941, they learned about the mas graves. Sensing a propaganda bonanza that would demonize the USSR, they exhumed thousands of corpses. International Red Cross officials and top forensic scientists were called in by the Germans to make a report. They all agreed the massacre was done by the Soviets. Some Allied POWs were also brought in to witness the scene. One American agreed, saying the Russians were undeniably to blame. After reconquering the area, the Soviets blamed the Germans for the massacre. It took until 1990 before the Soviet Union accepted responsibility for the mass extermination of the cream of Poland's officer corps and much of its intellectual community half a century before.
Tags: Katyn  Forest  massacre  NKVD  Second  World  War 
Added: 11th June 2015
Views: 1453
Posted By: Lava1964
The Battle Of Midway Today in history, June 4, 1942 the 4 day Battle of Midway began.
Tags: The  Battle  Of  Midway  United  States  Navy  Battle  War  WWII  World  War  2  Naval  attack  Japan  rising  sun 
Added: 4th June 2015
Views: 1263
Posted By: Steve
Pepsi Cola Hits The Spot Jingle Tags: Pepsi  Cola  Hits  The  Spot  Jingle  commercial  radio  ad  soda  pop  jukebox 
Added: 30th May 2015
Views: 1143
Posted By: Freckles
Guy Lombardo -- Enjoy Yourself  Its Later Than You Think Tags: Guy  Lombardo  --  Enjoy  Yourself,  It's  Later  Than  You  Think 
Added: 11th May 2015
Views: 847
Posted By: Cliffy
Yankee Doodle Dandy Tags:  
Added: 3rd May 2015
Views: 1120
Posted By: Freckles
Waiting For The Robert E Lee --Babes On Broadway Tags:  
Added: 3rd May 2015
Views: 1053
Posted By: Freckles
Hitler Commits Suicide Tags: April  30,  1945  Adolf  Hitler  Suicide  Eva  Braun  cyanide   
Added: 30th April 2015
Views: 972
Posted By: Old Fart
Oregon Poisoned Eggs Accident - 1942 On Wednesday, November 18, 1942 a horrible mistake killed 47 patients at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem--a facility housing those afflicted with mental illnesses. An evening meal of scrambled eggs was being prepared by the two-person kitchen crew. The cooking staff had been much larger, but the manpower demands of the Second World War had reduced it to just head cook Mary O'Hare and her male assistant A.B. McKillop. Against hospital policy, McKillop designated a trusted patient, 27-year-old George A. Nosen, to go to a downstairs storage room to get a scoopful of powdered milk to add to the frozen egg yolks. Nosen entered the wrong room and brought back a six-pound scoop of roach poison from an unmarked bin. The roach poison contained huge amounts of sodium fluoride. In very tiny amounts, sodium fluoride is harmless. It is found in most toothpastes in minuscule amounts to strengthen teeth. However, even an amount as small as an aspirin can be deadly to a human. Within a short time of the eggs being served, patients became violently ill, some vomiting blood. By midnight 30 patients had died. The death toll eventually rose to 47. About 460 patients in total suffered some ill effects. McKillop quickly suspected something had gone terribly amiss because of the powdered milk. This was confirmed when Nosen showed him the bin where it had come from. Investigators were perplexed as the kitchen staff initially reported that nothing outside the norm had happened in preparing the meal. Beyond the hospital theories abounded about what may have caused the deaths. Some people blamed them on a deliberate act of malice by a homicidal patient. Others thought it was an extreme case of salmonella due to improper food storage. Still others thought it might be war-related sabotage as the frozen egg yolks were the same type that were being sent overseas to feed American troops. Eventually McKillop's conscience bothered him and he told the truth about Nosen mistaking the roach poison for powdered milk. McKillop wanted to be held solely responsible for the mishap, but he, O'Hare and Nosen were all arrested. They were never charged as a Grand Jury ruled the incident to have been merely a tragic accident--one that killed nearly four dozen innocent patients. Nosen remained an inmate at the hospital--where he was looked upon as a pariah--until his death in 1983 at age 68. He suffered a fatal heart attack while scuffling with a 75-year-old patient.
Tags: poisoned  eggs  Oregon  1942 
Added: 27th April 2015
Views: 819
Posted By: Lava1964
1948 Cartoon Predicts America Today Tags: 1948  Predicts  America  Today  Ism  Socialism  Communism  society  free  enterprise  cartoon 
Added: 1st February 2015
Views: 2097
Posted By: Old Fart

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