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Great Blizzard of 1888 Snowstorms have paralyzed major cites for as long as North America has had major cities. The most devastating storm was likely the Great Blizzard of 1888 that crippled most of America's major eastern seaboard cities north of Washington, DC and into Canada. What made this blizzard so bad was that it came as a total surprise. In the days leading up to March 12, 1888, there had been unseasonably mild weather. People on the streets of New York City were walking around without overcoats. The "Great White Hurricane," as some folks dubbed it, struck with a fury. Torrential rains began falling, and on March 12 the rain changed to heavy snow, temperatures plunged, and a ferocious wind began. The storm continued unabated for the next 36 hours. Sources vary, but the National Weather Service estimated that 50 inches of snow fell in Connecticut and Massachusetts and 40 inches covered New York and New Jersey. Winds blew up to 48 miles an hour, creating snowdrifts 40 to 50 feet high. The resulting transportation crisis led to the creation of the New York subway, approved in 1894 and begun in 1900. Telegraph and telephone wires snapped, isolating New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington for days. Two hundred ships were grounded, and at least 100 sailors died. Fire stations were immobilized, and property loss from fire alone was estimated at $25 million. Overall, more than 400 storm-related deaths were reported.
Tags: Blizzard  1888 
Added: 24th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Wilt Chamberlain Highlights Chamberlain holds 71 NBA records, 62 by himself. Among his records are several that are considered unbreakable, such as averaging 22.9 rebounds for a career or 50.4 points per game in a season, scoring 100 points or 55 rebounds in a single game, scoring 65 or more points 15 times, 50 or more points 118 times.
Tags: Wilt  Chamberlain  Highlights  Records   
Added: 24th November 2014
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Posted By: pfc
George H. Bush First To Pardon A Turkey Although turkeys have been presented to presidents in front cameras since the 1940s, it wasn’t until 1989 that George H. Bush used the presidential pardon and the tradition stuck.
Tags: George  H.  Bush  First  To  Pardon  A  Turkey  White  House 
Added: 27th November 2014
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Posted By: Cliffy
Bill Clinton Dies Onstage (Booed) In 1988, then-governor of Arkansas William Jefferson Clinton made his national debut at the Democratic Convention when he endorsed Michael Dukakis for the nomination. Unfortunately, it was a very long speech that got cheers when he finally ended.
Tags: Elections 
Added: 4th December 2014
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
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
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
The Rock This Is Your Life In 1999, Mick Foley paid "tribute" to The Rock with This Is Your Life, starting a partial tradition that he carried on with other WWE superstars, but this was the first, and one of the funniest.
Tags: TV 
Added: 4th December 2014
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
Watchmen Debuts In 1986, Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Gibbons, made its debut. Set in an alternate reality where superheroes actually exist, Watchmen was one of the first major graphic novels. The main plot revolved around the violent vigilante Rorshach as he investigated the death of The Comedian, an amoral war hero. along the way, he uncovers a conspiracy that changes the course of history.
Tags: Comics 
Added: 5th December 2014
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
Readers Digest August 1970 Issue Date: August 1970; Vol. 97, No. 580 Articles, subjects and contributors in this issue: COVER: Bicycle Byway by Ralph Avery. From Bach to Books by Jeffrey R. Haskell. The Crow and the Oriole by James Thurber. Boss of the Park -- Umpires -- by Bill Surface. The Plains a Boy a Summer Day by Hal Borland. 41 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Living. Russia's Menacing New Challenge in the Middle East by Joseph Alsop. We Need Our Young Activists by John D. Rockefeller 3rd. Portrait of a Mobster -- Carlos Marcello -- by William Schulz. Sexual Inadequacy -- And What Can Be Done About It by Will Bradbury. How to Talk With Your Teen Ager About Drugs by Herman W. Land. Toward a Livable Environment: I Victory in the Everglades by Jean George. II A Sensible Plan for Future Development by James Nathan Miller. The Car in the River by E. D. Fales Jr. Bold New Directions for U S High Schools by Arlene Silberman. Poverty at the Border by Lester Velie. Try Giving Yourself Away David Dunn. Japan -- All Asia Watches and Wonders by Carl T. Rowan. The Gifts of Gregory Menn by Joseph P. Blank. Better Living With Machinery by Charles McDowell Jr. L Dopa Has Set Me Free by Floyd Miller. Time to Knock Out the Vote Thieves! by Louis B. Nichols. Provocative; Prophetic Margaret Mead by David Dempsey. How to Murder Your Husband by Jean Mayer. Rugged Idaho by Don Wharton. They Go to Prison on Purpose Arthur Gordon. What the Moon Rocks Reveal by Fred Warshofsky. The Lesson of the Lemmings by Ola and Emily d'Aulaire. Bottoms Up! by Jack Goodman and Alan Green. The Duel That Changed Our History by Thomas Fleming. Paper Magic of Origami by and Akira Yoshizawa by Leland Stowe. KGB: The Swallows' Nest "KGB" by John Barron.
Tags: Readers  Digest  August  1970  articles  magazine   
Added: 26th December 2014
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Posted By: Cathy
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
Boxing at Yankee Stadium - 1923 When New York's Yankee Stadium opened in 1923, it was the most spectacular sports facility of its age. Besides baseball, other events took place at The House That Ruth Built. Here's a photo of a 1923 boxing match--probably one of the preliminary fights on the undercard of the Jess Willard-Floyd Johnson heavyweight bout that attracted 63,000 spectators. (I can't imagine paying for one of those seats far away in the outfield bleachers. You'd be hard pressed to see anything!)
Tags: boxing  1923  Yankee  Stadium 
Added: 8th January 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964

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