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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - 1953 I was surprised to discover no one had yet posted a clip of Queen Elizabeth's coronation--so I took the liberty of doing it. On February 6, 1952, George VI, the reigning monarch of the British Commonwealth, died from smoking-related health problems. He was just 56 years old. By the rules of succession, his eldest daughter, 25-year-old Elizabeth, became the new Queen. She was making a goodwill tour of Kenya when she learned she was the new British monarch. Her ceremonial coronation took more than a year to plan. It finally occurred on June 2, 1953. Here is a four-minute clip of her receiving the various symbols of power. Because coronations happen so rarely--and this is the most recent--few people realize how religious the ceremony is. (The monarch is supposed to be "the Defender of the Faith.") Recorded for posterity in spectacularly rich color, the film looks like it could have been shot yesterday--not in 1953. Because satellite broadcasting was not yet a reality, special arrangements were made for North American TV viewers to see the event as soon as possible. The undeveloped film of the ceremony was put aboard a Canadian fighter jet. A technician developed the film in a dark room while the plane was over the Atlantic. About five hours after the event occurred, the airplane landed in Canada. The freshly developed film was rushed to a CBC broadcast studio where it aired throughout Canada. American networks picked up the CBC's feed. Elizabeth II recently celebrated her 89th birthday. If she lives past the first week of September 2015, she will surpass Queen Victoria (her great-great-grandmother) as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. There's no reason to believe she won't attain that milestone. By all accounts Elizabeth II enjoys excellent health, she is still quite active, and her mother lived to be 102 years old.
Tags: coronation  Elizabeth  II  royalty 
Added: 23rd April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jimmy Swaggart scandal Television evangelists seemed to be in the news for a lot of unholy behavior in the 1980s. In 1988 Jimmy Swaggart got caught with his pants down (literally). Marvin Gorman, another minster, had been exposed by Swaggart in 1986 for having an affair with one of his parishioners. Two years later Gorman got his revenge. Gorman hired a private detective to follow Swaggart. The private eye managed to take incriminating photographs of Swaggart cavorting in a motel with a New Orleans prostitute. Remember Swaggart's tearful confession? Here it is.
Tags: Jimmy  Swaggart  scandal 
Added: 6th December 2007
Views: 8650
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bob Beamon Long Jump Record The most mind-boggling one-shot achievement in sports history (in my humble opinion) occurred at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. American Bob Beamon obliterated the world record for the long jump by nearly two feet! To put this in perspective, until Beamon's fateful leap, the world record in the long jump had only advanced eight inches in the previous 32 years. Beamon's record leap of 8.90 metres stood until 1991. Beamon still holds the Olympic record.
Tags: Bob  Beamon  long  jump  record 
Added: 15th December 2007
Views: 1802
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rodney McCray baseball blooper Some of the best baseball bloopers don't occur at the major league level. Here's a good example: Vancouver's Rodney McCray, in a reckless attempt to catch a fly ball, literally runs through a wall during a Pacific Coast League game in Portland in 1991.
Tags: Rodney  McCray  baseball  blooper 
Added: 3rd January 2008
Views: 3615
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Posted By: Lava1964
Brownie Starflash For Steve One of the most popular Brownie models was the Brownie 127, millions of which were sold between 1952 and 1967. The Brownie 127 was a simple bakelite camera for 127 film which featured a simple meniscus lens and a curved film (and I thought MENISCUS was TORN CARTILAGE!!!! LOL
Tags: Brownie      Kodak      camera      vintage 
Added: 5th January 2008
Views: 1403
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Posted By: Teresa
Disneys Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first released in 1937. It was the first animated feature film produced by Walt Disney. It was the first full-length animated feature to become widely successful within the English-speaking world, and the first to be filmed in Technicolor. It made its premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937, and was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 4, 1938. Walt Disney had to literally fight to get the film produced. Both his brother Roy, and his wife, Lillian, attempted to talk him out of it, and the Hollywood movie industry mockingly referred to the film as 'Disney's Folly' while it was in production. He even had to mortgage his house to help finance the film's production, which eventually ran up a total cost of just over $1.5 million, a whopping sum for a feature film in 1937. It has been well documented that Adolf Hitler watched this film with a room full of children, and was delighted by Disney's adaptation of the German fairy tale. In fact, Hitler offered Disney anything he wanted in exchange for Disney's creation of feature-length animated features in Germany. Though this is the basis for the 'Walt Disney is a Nazi' rumors, Disney's biographer Bob Thomas proved that Disney declined Hitler's invitation, and in fact soon entered production on such anti-German projects as 'Der Fuhrer's Face' and 'Victory Through Air Power'.
Tags: snow  white  and  the  seven  dwarfs  walt  disney  animated  films  30 
Added: 21st January 2008
Views: 1710
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Posted By: Naomi
George Foreman Vs Jose Roman George Formean makes the first defense of his world heavyweight championship in Tokyo on September 1, 1973. Foreman had won the crown in January by obliterating Joe Frazier. Foreman's opponent this night is the overmatched Jose Roman. Don't get up to get a beer.
Tags: George  Foreman  boxing  Jose  Roman 
Added: 24th May 2008
Views: 2022
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Italian Job Intro Matt Munroe at his best singing "On Days Like These" over the opening titles of a great movie with a cliffhanger ending, literally. You're only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off.
Tags: Matt  Munro  On  Days  Like  These  The  Italian  Job  Michael  Caine  Many  Stars 
Added: 13th February 2008
Views: 1367
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Posted By: donmac101
Nestle Milky Bar Ad This is an ad that every kid in the UK knew in the 60's. You either like white chocolate or you don't. This was one of the quickest and sweetest (literally) ways to get a crying child to smile.
Tags: Nestle  Milky  Bar  Ad  UK  TV  1991   
Added: 23rd May 2008
Views: 1949
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Posted By: donmac101
Jonathan Livingston Seagull One of the top-selling books in the United States in the early 1970s was Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. By 1972 there were over a million copies sold. It is the simple story of a bird who seeks more out of life than a mundane existence as a scavenger. The novella has an inspiring fable-like quality. It teaches that the only boundaries to achievement are the ones we create ourselves.
Tags: Jonathan  Livingston  Seagull  literature 
Added: 28th June 2009
Views: 1287
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Posted By: Lava1964

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