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Last VW Beetle Rolls Off Assembly Line July 30th, 2003 the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line in all places in VW's Puebla,Mexico plant. Over 21 million were sold since it was first introduced in 1939.
Tags: Volkswagen  Beetle  Bug  Subcompact,  economy  car    Ferdinand  Porsche   
Added: 30th July 2014
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Posted By: Cathy
Lou Gehrig Farewell Speech - Full Version Most baseball fans have seen the newsreel footage of Lou Gehrig's poignant 1939 farewell speech. (I posted it a while back.) For some unfathomable reason, the speech was severely edited. On the 75th anniversary of it in 2014, Keith Olbermann added the missing dialogue.
Tags: Lou  Gehrig  farewell  speech  baseball  ALS 
Added: 21st September 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mount Rushmore Under Construction Here's a photo of Mount Rushmore from 1939 that shows the unfinished sculpting work going on. It would be completed by 1941.
Tags: Mount  Rushmore 
Added: 8th January 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
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
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Posted By: Lava1964
1939 NFL Game in Color Behold ten minutes of play from a 1939 NFL game in stunning color! The remarkable clarity makes the silent footage look like it was shot last week instead of nearly 80 years ago. It's from a September 24, 1939 game between the Brooklyn Dodgers (yes, there was an NFL team by that name) and the Detroit Lions. The game was played at University of Detroit Stadium and drew an excellent crowd. Despite the score being 0-0 at halftime, Detroit (in blue) won 27-7. A few things to notice: No faceguards on the players. (Brooklyn's kicker has no helmet.) There are a double set of goalposts because the NFL's posts were situated on the goal line in 1939; while the NCAA's were on the end line. The NFL used a thicker ball in that era. You have to love the referees' all-white outfits.
Tags: NFL  color  footage  1939  Detroit  Brooklyn 
Added: 27th March 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Shirley Temple 1939 Assassination Attempt On Christmas Eve 1939, child movie star Shirley Temple was appearing on a live radio show in Los Angeles which was both a charity benefit and a means of promoting her new feature movie The Blue Bird. While singing one of the songs from the film, a woman in the audience stood up and pulled a handgun from her purse. Shirley saw the gun and remarkably continued singing--albeit a little bit off key. The woman was subdued and luckily never fired her gun. Police learned that the deranged woman believed that Shirley had 'stolen the soul' of her daughter. Apparently the woman had given birth to a girl on April 23, 1929, but the baby died not long after being delivered. The woman--who was obviously mentally ill--discovered that Shirley Temple was allegedly born on that same day. Employing twisted logic, the woman convinced herself that killing Shirley would be an act of vengeance. Shirley correctly pointed out in her autobiography that the woman had gotten her birth date wrong. Shirley was actually born in 1928. Shirley's mother, Gertrude, had lopped a year off her age to make it appear she was younger than she actually was. Shirley herself was unaware of her correct birth date until she was nearing her birthday in 1941. Only then did her mother tell her she was actually going to be 13 years old instead of 12.
Tags: Shirley  Temple  assassination  attempt 
Added: 5th May 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964

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