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1936 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony Before 1936, the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games were generally low-key. However, Nazi Germany turned them into a well choreographed event. All Olympic opening ceremonies since then have been influenced by what took place in Berlin in 1936.
Tags: 1936  Summer  Olympics  ceremony 
Added: 3rd December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
A Short History of Christmas We all know that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, but how many of us know, for instance, where the tradition of the Christmas tree began? Here's a really interesting clip that will explain the origins of our current day Christmas tradition.
Tags: history  of  christmas  solstice  yule  christianity 
Added: 5th December 2007
Views: 2208
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Posted By: Naomi
Who Killed The Red Baron This is an interesting documentary clip about the Red Baron's last flight. On April 21, 1918, Germany's Manfred von Richthofen (known more familiarly to the world as The Red Baron) was shot down in France while pursuing Canadian aviator Wop May. For years there was considerable debate about who actually fired the fatal shot that killed Richthofen. A Canadian pilot named Roy Brown was given credit for the kill by the Royal Flying Corps. The Australians gave credit to one of their machine gunners on the ground. Modern forensic investigations tend to favor the Australian claim.
Tags: Red  Baron 
Added: 6th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
A Hat for Hedda Hopper     Spike Jones and His City Slickers My mom always mentioned Hedda Hopper but I never really knew who she was until I stumbled on this clip! Hedda Hopper (May 2, 1885 February 1, 1966) was an American actress and gossip columnist, whose long-running feud with friend turned arch-rival Louella Parsons became at least as notorious as many of Hopper's columns.
Tags: A  Hat  for  Hedda  Hopper          Spike  Jones  and  His  City  Slickers    BallardMedia      music      Spike      Jones      City      Slickers      Del      Porter      40s      1946     
Added: 8th December 2007
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Posted By: Old Fart
Famous Ski Jump Crash The name Vinko Bogataj probably doesn't mean much to you, but I bet you've seen him. Bogataj was the hapless Yugoslavian skier whose spectacular wipeout at a ski flying event in Oberstdorf, West Germany in 1970 was shown on the opening and closing montages on ABC's Wide World Of Sports for years. Ouch! The agony of defeat!
Tags: Vinko  Bogataj  ski  jumper 
Added: 9th December 2007
Views: 16362
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lindbergh Kidnapping Case 1932 One of the most famous criminal cases in American history was the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., son of the famous aviator. On March 1, 1932, sometime between 8 and 10 p.m., the toddler was snatched from his upstairs nursery at the Lindberghs' still-under-construction retreat home near Hopewell, New Jersey. A note in badly written English was found on the window sill. It demanded $50,000 in ransom for the safe return of the child. A crude homemade ladder was also found leaning against the house. There were few other clues. The case took an odd turn when a 72-year-old good samaritan named John F. Condon took out a newspaper ad volunteering to act as an intermediary to negotiate with the kidnappers. His offer was accepted but neither Lindbergh nor Condon immediately informed the police for fear of putting the child's life in danger. Eventually the money--much of it in rare gold certificates--was paid to a man in a cemetery but the child was not returned. Shortly afterward a child's body was found in a wooded area not far from the Lindbergh home. It was badly decomposed and was identified as the Lindbergh child based on a slight deformity on its right foot. The child had died from a severe skull fracture. Eventually Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant with a criminal record in his homeland, was tracked down for spending one of the gold certificates at a gas station. About $15,000 in ransom money was found in his house. Planks from his garage matched the wood used to make the crude ladder. Hauptmann proclaimed his innocence, claiming he was only holding the money for a man named Isador Fisch who had returned to Germany and died there. Hauptmann said he only began spending the money after learning of Fisch's death. Hauptmann was tried, found guilty, and executed in 1936. There is little doubt that Hauptmann was somehow connected with the kidnapping, but there are lingering suspicions that he was assisted by someone who knew the routine and the goings-on at the Lindbergh household. The Lindberghs were not even supposed to be at their Hopewell home on the night of the kidnapping. The kidnapper(s) also had to know precisely when and where the boy would be left unattended.
Tags: Lindbergh  kidnapping 
Added: 14th December 2007
Views: 1777
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mills Brothers - You Always Hurt The One You Love How many remember their parents playing The Mill Brothers?
Tags: Mills  Brothers  -  You  Always  Hurt  The  One  You  Love   
Added: 6th February 2009
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
December 1963 Oh What a Night Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in 1975. At the time this song was recorded, the group had gone through many changes and Valli was the only member remaining from the four that had recorded all those hits during the 1960s. The song itself was actually co-written by another member from those successful years in the 60s, Bob Gaudio, who left the group in 1972 as a performer but continued to help write and produce for them. Their new drummer, Gerri Polci sang the lead on this song, while Valli's solo only consisted of the lyric "Oh I, I got a funny feelin' when she walked in the room, Yeah my, as I recall it ended much too soon." Around this time, however, Valli did have a successful solo career with the songs "My Eyes Adored You", "Swearin' To God" and "Grease".
Tags: oh  what  a  night  frankie  valli  and  the  four  seasons 
Added: 13th December 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Civil War Reunions Serving in the Civil War was the defining period in the lives of most soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Not surprisingly, regimental reunions were held for many years afterwards. This is a photo of Confederate veterans meeting in McKinney, Texas sometime during the first decade of the twentieth century. The last major get-together took place in Gettysburg in 1938 where elderly veterans from both armies mingled. From all accounts, it was a moving sight.
Tags: Civil  War  reunions 
Added: 26th July 2010
Views: 3459
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Posted By: Lava1964
Then and Now- Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (born January 26, 1955), is a Dutch-American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer, most famous as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. Many of us were saddened when Valerie Bertinelli married Eddie Van Halen on April 11, 1981.On July 9, 2002, they announced that they had been separated since October 2001. She filed for divorce on December 5, 2005 which was finalized on December 20, 2007. During the late 1990s Eddie Van Halen was treated twice for tongue and mouth cancer. During an interview with Howard Stern on September 8, 2006, Eddie claimed that holding a metal pick in his mouth 12-14 hours per day while immersed in the electromagnetic radiation of his music studio caused his tongue cancer. He said he continues to smoke because "cigarettes didn't cause the cancer", despite the fact that they could in fact contribute to the cancer's potential for resurgence.
Tags: Then  and  Now-  Eddie  Van  Halen 
Added: 17th March 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy

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