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Kilroy Was Here During the Second World War, the odd phrase "Kilroy Was Here" began appearing on American military ships. Alongside the phrase was often a cartoon figure of a man with a huge nose peering over a wall. It was not until the war ended that the origin of the quirky character was known. James Kilroy was an inspector at a shipbuilding company in Halifax, MA. His job was to count the rivets used in each piece of work and make a checkmark with a wax pencil near the finished rivets. The riveters were paid for each rivet, so often unscrupulous ones would erase Kilroy's checkmarks in the hope that their work would be counted twice. To thwart this type of underhandedness, Kilroy began using the cartoon figure with the three-word phrase instead of a checkmark. No riveter ever tried to remove the artwork. Kilroy was supposed to remove it before the ships left the shipyard, but often he did not get the chance to do so. Thus, ships bearing the strange phrase and artwork headed into service. "Kilroy Was Here" became a catchphrase that was universally adopted throughout every American theater of war. It became fashionable to write it in strange places as an indication that the US military was omnipresent. It was often left behind by espionage agents and advance parties prior to mass invasions. According to one story, it was written inside the latrine used by Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill during the historic Yalta Conference in 1945. The phrase has endured for more than 70 years. It was written on the wall of the compound where Osama Bin Laden was hiding out.
Tags: Kilroy  Was  Here  WWII 
Added: 7th December 2014
Views: 1306
Posted By: Lava1964
Naval Squadron Disappears In Bermuda Triangle December 5, 1945 five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers know as Flight 19 disappears over the Bermuda Triangle. Even the rescue plane disappeared.
Tags: Naval  Squadron  Disappears  In  Bermuda  Triangle  BBC  Ft.  Lauderdale  Naval  Air  Station  in  Florida  U.S.  Navy  Avenger  torpedo-bombers  rescue  plane  lost 
Added: 5th December 2014
Views: 932
Posted By: Steve
First Photo Of Earth From Space 1946 The first image of the Earth as seen from space was taken by a V2 rocket that was launched from the White Sands Missile Range in 1946.
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Added: 4th December 2014
Views: 774
Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
Dewey Defeats Truman Headline The Chicago Tribune's erroneous headline became notorious after a happy Truman was photographed holding a copy of the paper during a stop at St. Louis Union Station while returning by train from his home in Independence, Missouri, to Washington, D.C. Dewey Defeats Truman Headline The Chicago Tribune Dewey Defeats Truman St. Louis Union Station Independence, Missouri
Tags: The  Chicago  Tribune  Dewey  Defeats  Truman    St.  Louis  Union  Station  Independence,  Missouri   
Added: 4th November 2014
Views: 3999
Posted By: pfc
Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. Because of the secrecy of the project, Bell and Yeager's achievement was not announced until June 1948.
Tags: Chuck  Yeager  Breaks  Sound  Barrier  Bell  X-1  National  Advisory  Committee  for  Aeronautics  NACA    U.S.  Army  Air  Forces  Bell  Aircraft  Glamorous  Glennis 
Added: 14th October 2014
Views: 780
Posted By: Cliffy
Private Snafu - WWII Mail Censorship During the Second World War the American War Department produced 26 animated movies featuring a goofy character named Private Snafu. Racy for their era, they were not released to the general public; they were only shown to military personnel. Each film was designed to illustrate something important about military life. This one from 1944, titled Censored, shows the pitfalls of trying to elude the US Army's mail censor. You'll recognize the voice of Private Snafu: It's Mel Blanc. Snafu sounds exactly like Bugs Bunny!
Tags: Private  Snafu  military  film  mail  censorship  WWII 
Added: 21st July 2014
Views: 2274
Posted By: Lava1964
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" is a country and cowboy-style song. It was written on June 5, 1948 by Stan Jones. A number of versions were crossover hits on the pop charts in 1949. The ASCAP database lists the song as "Riders in the Sky" (title code: 480028324), but the title has been written as "Ghost Riders", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", and "A Cowboy Legend". [#2 country, #1 pop, 1949] Bucky Pizzarelli and Don Costa were on the original recording session in Chicago. The song tells a folk tale of a cowboy who has a vision of red-eyed, steel-hooved cattle thundering across the sky, being chased by the spirits of damned cowboys. One warns him that if he does not change his ways, he will be doomed to join them, forever "trying to catch the Devil's herd across these endless skies". Jones said that he had been told the story when he was 12 years old by an old cowboy friend. The story resembles the northern European mythic Wild Hunt. The melody is based on the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". According to Robby Krieger, it inspired the classic Doors song "Riders on the Storm". The song was also the inspiration for the Marvel Comics Western character "Ghost Rider" later renamed Phantom Rider (not to be confused with the later character named "Ghost Rider").
Tags: Vaughn,  Monroe,  Riders,  In,  Sky,  Ghost 
Added: 29th June 2014
Views: 3715
Posted By: 1jazzguy
Queen Elizabeth World War II Service Tags: Queen  Elizabeth  World  War  II  Service 
Added: 16th June 2014
Views: 1994
Posted By: Laura
Heres Lookin at You Kid Humphrey Bogart on the set of Casablanca had to wear these platform shoes in order to see eye to eye with Ingrid Bergman.
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Added: 1st June 2014
Views: 2915
Posted By: Cathy
South Fork Bridge Time Traveller Photo This photo, taken in Canada in 1941, has been the cause of considerable speculation. It was taken at a public ceremony in British Columbia to celebrate the reopening of the South Fork Bridge. Look at the individual with the clothing that seems to be from an era in the future. He is wearing what looks like modern sunglasses and a printed t-shirt--not items of clothing one would see in 1941.
Tags: time  traveller  photo  Canada 
Added: 24th May 2014
Views: 2347
Posted By: Lava1964

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