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Eiffel Tower Jump 1912 I haven't seen this clip in years! On February 4, 1912, an Austrian tailor named Franz Reichelt decided to test a homemade parachute by jumping off the Eiffel Tower. A camera crew was there to film the event.
Tags: Eiffel  Tower  jump 
Added: 22nd November 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Oversized Catchers Mitt In 1960 Clint Courtney of the Baltimore Orioles used this oversized catcher's mitt (with its 45-inch circumference) to catch the dancing knuckleball of Hoyt Wilhelm. In this photo, oldtime catcher Ray Schalk poses with his 1912 mitt and Courtney's mitt.
Tags: catchers  mitt  oversized  baseball 
Added: 27th May 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Charley Chase - Forgotten Comedian One of the overlooked comedy greats from the silent-screen era was Charley Chase. Chase began working in films at age 19 in 1912 and was still amusing audiences well into the sound era. Chase performed in comedies under Mack Sennett at Keystone but he is more famous for his long association with Hal Roach Studios. Chase often played a luckless character who was frequently the victim of unfortunate circumstances. Wrote one film historian, "Charley Chase was always innocent--but he got caught anyway." Often the setup to Chase's film gags was long and complex. Consider this clip from the 1924 film Accidental Accidents. Sadly, Chase died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of 46.
Tags: Charley  Chase  silen  film  comedian 
Added: 7th March 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
1912 Anti-Suffrage Poster This 1912 poster warned that giving women the right to vote would double the number of irresponsible voters. Statistically speaking, that's probably true...
Tags: anti-suffrage  poster 
Added: 19th September 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Watertight Smith William Alden Smith was a respected and capable career politician from Michigan who, unfortunately, became the subject of ridicule for one unfortunate public statement. Smith served in the Michigan House of Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. When the R.M.S. Titanic sank in 1912, Smith chaired the American investigation into the maritime tragedy. Although the inquiry was responsible for creating many improved international safety measures regarding oceanic shipping, Smith was widely mocked (especially in the British press) for asking why the passengers in the doomed ship didn't seek safety in the Titanic's watertight cabins. It was pointed out to Smith that the so-called watertight cabins were meant to keep the ship afloat, not to hold passengers. Furthermore, the cabins would have been no help to passengers as they sank with the rest of the Titanic. The British newspapers quickly nicknamed the distinguished senator 'Watertight' Smith.
Tags: Watertight  Smith  Titanic 
Added: 25th October 2009
Views: 1775
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Posted By: Lava1964
First Female President - Edith Wilson There hasn't been a female president of the United States, you say? Technically that's correct. However, many historians consider the second Mrs. Woodrow Wilson to have been a de facto president. Woodrow Wilson was first elected president in 1912. His wife Ellen died of Bright's Disease in 1914. In March 1915, Wilson met a widow 15 years his junior, Edith Bolling Galt. A whirlwind romance occurred. The two were married in December 1915. In August 1919, while on a cross-country tour to garner support for his proposed League of Nations, president Wilson suffered a stroke. The seriousness of the president's affliction was not widely known. Throughout the remaining 19 months of Wilson's presidency, Edith greatly assisted her husband. According to her memoirs, she made numerous decisions regarding which tasks and paperwork would and would not occupy the president's time. Some historians claim she went beyond her wifely duties and actually made presidential decisions on her husband's behalf. Wilson died in 1924. After Edith's death in 1961, the stories of her excessive influence on the ailing president helped spur the passage of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which, under special circumstances, gives presidential powers to the vice-president when a president is alive but greatly incapacitated.
Tags: Edith  Bolling  Galt  Wilson  first  lady 
Added: 15th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sarah Bernhardt - Queen Elizabeth I called someone Sarah Bernhardt over the weekend and no one knew what I was talking about. Calling someone a Sarah Bernhardt means they are overly dramatic as seen in this clip. Although she died in 1923 her fame for being a drama queen was well known into the 1970s.
Tags: Sarah    Bernhardt    1912    silent    film    cinema    Lumiere    Melies    Duse    Queen    Elizabeth    Earl    Essex    Robert    Devereux   
Added: 30th November 2009
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Posted By: Old Fart
49-Star American Flag There have been 26 'official' versions of the American flag since 1776. The 48-star version lasted from 1912 until 1959 when Alaska entered the Union. President Dwight Eisenhower approved this short-lived 49-star version in which the stars appeared in seven staggered rows of seven. A year later Hawaii was added to the Union and the familiar 50-star version became official on July 4, 1960. The current run of more than 50 years without a change in the flag is the longest such stretch in American history.
Tags: American  flag  49  stars 
Added: 19th May 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Home Run Baker John Franklin Baker was the Philadelphia Athletics' third baseman during their glory years of the early 1910s. Baker first led the American League in home runs in 1911 and earned the nickname 'Home Run' during the 1911 World Series versus the New York Giants. In that series he hit a go-ahead homer off Rube Marquard in game two, and a ninth-inning game-tying homer off Christy Mathewson in game three. His 1911 home run crown would be the first of four consecutive seasons leading the American League. His home run totals during the dead-ball era were modest: He hit 11 in 1911, 10 in 1912, 12 in 1913, and nine home runs in 1914. His career home run total is just 48--a clear indication that home runs were a rarity in the 'dead ball era.'
Tags: baseball  Home  Run  Baker 
Added: 19th July 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
1912 British Olympic Womens Swim Team These four swimmers represented Great Britain at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. They won the gold medal in the 4 x 100 relay. My research says they are Belle Moore, Jennie Fletcher, Annie Speirs, and Irene Steer, although I don't know which one is which. (I don't know who the dour lady in the middle is. A chaperon or coach, perhaps? She looks like a million laughs.) Women's swimming made its debut in these 1912 Olympics. The British team's winning time was five minutes, 52.8 seconds. By comparison, the gold-medal-winning time of the Australian team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was three minutes, 52.69 seconds--more than two full minutes ahead of the 1912 pace. The entire 1912 Olympic swimming program was contested in just one day.
Tags: Olympics  swimming  British  women 
Added: 21st September 2010
Views: 4245
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Posted By: Lava1964

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