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1945 Anti-Japanese Propaganda Film This snippet from a 1945 propaganda film was designed to educate Americans about the dangerous powers of the Emperor of Japan and the ruthless army he commanded.
Tags: Second  World  War  propaganda  film  anti-Japanese 
Added: 28th March 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Luz Long Helps Jesse Owens At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens won four gold medals. His toughest struggle was in the long jump. Owens was the overwhelming favorite to win the event, but he fouled on his first two attempts. A third foul would eliminate him. Germany's Luz Long, the European long jump champion, went out of his way to assist the discouraged Owens. Long (who had set a new Olympic record with one of his qualifying jumps) informed Owens that he could easily qualify for the finals by leaping several inches behind the foul line. Owens followed Long's advice--leaping with at least four inches to spare--and qualified for the long jump finals. In the finals, the Olympic record was broken five times. Owens had the longest leap and won the gold medal. Long was the first to congratulate him. Owens and Long became friends. Long was killed serving with the German army in Sicily in 1943. Long was posthumously awarded the Coubertin Medal for Sportsmanship by the IOC. After the war, Long's widow and son continued to regularly correspond with Owens until his death in 1973.
Tags: 1936  Olympics  Luz  Long  Jesse  Owens  long  jump 
Added: 12th July 2013
Views: 765
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Posted By: Lava1964
Robert E Lee Citizenship Restored - 1975 When General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to General U.S. Grant on April 9, 1865 to effectively end the Civil War, one of the terms of surrender was that Confederate soldiers would have their U.S. citizenships automatically restored. When Andrew Johnson became president following Abraham Lincoln's assassination, he changed the rules slightly. Fourteen special cases had to apply directly to the President to have their citizenships restored. One such case was Robert E. Lee. Lee wrote to President Johnson on June 13, saying in part: "Being excluded from the provisions of amnesty & pardon contained in the proclamation of the 29th Ulto; I hereby apply for the benefits, & full restoration of all rights & privileges extended to those included in its terms. I graduated at the Mil. Academy at West Point in June 1829. Resigned from the U.S. Army April '61. Was a General in the Confederate Army, & included in the surrender of the Army of N. Va. 9 April '65." Consequently, Lee was provided with an Amnesty Oath form, which he filled out, dated October 2, 1865--the same day he was sworn in as president of Washington College in Lexington, VA–-and sent the signed document to the nation's capital. Lee's application was received by Secretary of State William Seward who had no intention of following through with Lee's request. Lee died in 1870 without really knowing his citizenship status. A century passed. In 1970 Lee's application was found by chance by a National Archives clerk who was looking through old State Department files. Since Lee had made the proper application to restore his citizenship, there was no reason to deny it. After Congress made Lee's old application something of a special cause, President Gerald Ford formally restored Lee's citizenship at a ceremony at his former mansion in Arlington, VA on August 5, 1975. Among those on hand for the occasion was Lee's great-great-grandson R.E. Lee V.
Tags: Robert  E  Lee  citizenship  Gerald  Ford 
Added: 28th March 2014
Views: 660
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Posted By: Lava1964
Private Snafu - WWII Mail Censorship During the Second World War the American War Department produced 26 animated movies featuring a goofy character named Private Snafu. Racy for their era, they were not released to the general public; they were only shown to military personnel. Each film was designed to illustrate something important about military life. This one from 1944, titled Censored, shows the pitfalls of trying to elude the US Army's mail censor. You'll recognize the voice of Private Snafu: It's Mel Blanc. Snafu sounds exactly like Bugs Bunny!
Tags: Private  Snafu  military  film  mail  censorship  WWII 
Added: 21st July 2014
Views: 2293
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Posted By: Lava1964
1960 US Olympic Boxing Trials - Clay vs Hudson Few people realize how close Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) was to not qualifying for the 1960 Rome Olympics. In the light heavyweight championship bout of the Olympic boxing trials in San Francisco, Clay faced hard-hitting Allen Hudson of the US Army. In the final round shown in this clip, Hudson floored Clay. Clay immediately rose and connected with a solid right hand that sent Hudson to the canvas. Hudson got up too but he was in no condition to continue. Clay got the Olympic team berth, the gold medal, and became the most famous man on the planet. Hudson, on the other hand, faded into obscurity. He died in 1996 at the age of 60.
Tags: boxing  US  Olympic  trials  1960  Clay  Hudson 
Added: 21st December 2014
Views: 812
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Posted By: Lava1964
Eddie Grant Memorial Resurfaces Eddie Grant was a Harvard-educated ballplayer who played for four MLB teams between 1906 and 1915. After his baseball career ended, Grant enlisted in the army during the First World War at age 34. He rose to the rank of captain. On October 5, 1918, a few weeks before the war ended, Grant was killed by enemy shell fire in the Argonne Forest. On Memorial Day 1921, the New York Giants, Grant's final MLB team, unveiled an enormous brass plaque that was handsomely mounted on a five-foot granite marker that sat in the deepest part of the Polo Grounds underneath the home team's clubhouse. From the memorial's dedication until the Giants abandoned New York and the Polo Grounds in 1957, a solemn wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Grant monument every year, usually between games of a Memorial Day doubleheader. At the conclusion of the final game played at the Polo Grounds on September 29, 1957, souvenir hunters mobbed the field. The New York Times reported that three teenagers were seen prying the bronze plaque off the monument. Rumors that the police ultimately recovered the plaque were never verified, and its whereabouts remained a mystery for nearly 42 years. In late July 1999, the Eddie Grant Memorial plaque was discovered in the attic of a home in Ho-Ho-Kus Township, NJ. It had been formerly owned by Lena and Gaetano Bucca. The new home owners, Brian and Deborah Lamb, came across the plaque carefully wrapped in a blanket and hidden under a trap door in the attic. Brian Lamb contacted Baseball Reliquary Board member, Wendy Brougalman, a former business associate, with news of the discovery. How did the 100-pound plaque end up in a New Jersey attic? The Lambs purchased the home from the Bucca family after the death of Lena Bucca in 1998. Gaetano Bucca, a former New York City police officer, died in 1974. Gaetano, who retired from the force in January 1958 and subsequently moved with his family to New Jersey, served in the city's 32nd precinct, an area of jurisdiction encompassing the Polo Grounds. It is assumed that that Officer Bucca and a few allies had arranged to take the plaque with the intention of delivering it to the Eddie Grant American Legion Post 1225 in the Bronx. The plaque never made it there. Benjamin Bucca, Gaetano's only surviving son and a respected probate attorney, had no knowledge at all of the 100-pound plaque situated just above his head in his former bedroom. "You know, I never felt comfortable in that bedroom," he said. "Now I know why! That thing could have fallen on my head in the middle of the night and flattened me. My Pop was always a bit of a mystery, but this . . . This is . . . What the hell was he thinking about?'"
Tags: Baseball  Eddie  Grant  Memorial  recovered 
Added: 8th October 2014
Views: 1287
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Posted By: Lava1964
Elvis In His Undies Tags: Elvis  In  His  Undies  Elvis  in  the  Army  Company  A,  1st  Medium  Tank  Battalion,  32nd  Armor  Regiment,  3rd  Armored  Division 
Added: 12th October 2014
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Posted By: Cathy
Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. Because of the secrecy of the project, Bell and Yeager's achievement was not announced until June 1948.
Tags: Chuck  Yeager  Breaks  Sound  Barrier  Bell  X-1  National  Advisory  Committee  for  Aeronautics  NACA    U.S.  Army  Air  Forces  Bell  Aircraft  Glamorous  Glennis 
Added: 14th October 2014
Views: 785
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Posted By: Cliffy
Dwight D. Eisenhower Born October 14, 1890 he was the last president to be born in the 19th century. Born from a large Dutch family in Kansas. He is a graduate of West Point and lead the successful invasion of North Africa, Germany and France during World War II. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO. After winning a landslide election to Adali Stevenson for president he deposed the leader of Iran in the 1953. Other achievements include creation of NASA after the Russians beat the US into space with the launch of Sputnik. Eisenhower also opposed Joseph McCarthy and contributed to the end of McCarthyism by openly invoking a modern expanded version of executive privilege. He also changed the landcape of America forever with forming the Interstate Highway System. He also signed civil rights legislation to protect the right to vote in 1957 and 1960. He died March 28, 1969 at the age of 78 at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. of congestive heart failure.
Tags: Dwight  D.  Eisenhower  Born  October  14,  1890  34th  United  States  President  five-star  general  in  the  United  States  Army  Army  Chief  of  Staff  under  President  Harry  S.  Truman  Vice  President  Richard  M.  Nixon  NASA    Supreme  Commander  of  the  Allied  Forces  in  Europe  Interstate  Highway  System;  the  Defense  Advanced  Research  Projects  Agency  DARPA 
Added: 14th October 2014
Views: 714
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Posted By: Cliffy
Elvis Gets Army Haircut Tags: Elvis    Crew  Cut  Elvis    in    the    Army    Company    A,    1st    Medium    Tank    Battalion,    32nd    Armor    Regiment,    3rd    Armored    Division  1957  57  50's  1950's 
Added: 28th January 2015
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Posted By: Cathy

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