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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
Gettysburg Address On November 19, 1863, the National Military Cemetery in Gettyburg, Pennsylvania was officially dedicated. The Battle of Gettysburg lasted three days, from July 1 to 3, 1863. Some 150,000 men engaged in the Civil War's most important engagement--and some 50,000 of them became casualties. Edward Everett, a famed orator, was the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony five months later. He spoke for two hours. President Abraham Lincoln was invited--almost as an afterthought--to make a few appropriate remarks. He followed Everett and spoke for just two minutes. Lincoln's brief speech remains the most stirring in American history.
Tags: Gettysburg  Address  Abraham  Lincoln 
Added: 27th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
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
Denver Broncos Vertical Striped Socks The most hideous sports uniforms of all time may have been donned by the American Football League's Denver Broncos in 1960 and 1961. The ugly mustard-colored jerseys were awful, but the true eyesores were the stirrup socks with vertical stripes. They were the idea of Dean Griffing, the Broncos' general manager, who insisted the unique socks made the players look taller. Perhaps, but they also unquestionably looked silly. The media derided them as 'clown socks.' So reviled was the hosiery that when the Broncos' uniforms got a complete makeover in 1962, more than 8,300 people attended a ceremony in which the socks were tossed into a large bonfire. A few pairs escaped the flames, though. One set is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Some players retained their socks as keepsakes. An authentic pair is apparently worth $500 on the sports collectibles market.
Tags: Denver  Broncos  football  socks 
Added: 13th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Tomb of the Unknowns Part 1 of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony Arlington National Cemetery. I shot this video last Saturday.
Tags: Tomb  of  the  Unknowns 
Added: 23rd May 2008
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Posted By: Gargoyle2556
 Tomb of the Unknowns Part 2 of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Arlington National Cemetery.
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Added: 23rd May 2008
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Posted By: Gargoyle2556
Surprise  surprise  surprise Jim Nabors promoted Lt. Gen. John F. Goodman, Commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, pins corporal chevrons on Jim Nabors to promote him to Honorary Corporal during a sunset ceremony at Fort DeRussy Waikiki, Hawaii Sept. 25 2007.
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Added: 23rd April 2008
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Posted By: pfc
Oh Happy Day John Wayne married Josephine Saenz, daughter of the Panamanian Consul in Los Angeles on June 23, 1933. After the ceremony, the couple and guests celebrated at the home of Loretta Young (right). Wayne divorced Josephine in 1945 after he met the woman who would become his second wife, Esperanza Baur. Their rocky marriage lasted until 1953 when Wayne met Pilar Pallete, the daughter of a Peruvian Senator. Pallete was married to Wayne until his death in 1979 from lung cancer. . .
Tags: john  wayne      josephine  saenz      loretta  young   
Added: 26th August 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
South Fork Bridge Time Traveller Photo This photo, taken in Canada in 1941, has been the cause of considerable speculation. It was taken at a public ceremony in British Columbia to celebrate the reopening of the South Fork Bridge. Look at the individual with the clothing that seems to be from an era in the future. He is wearing what looks like modern sunglasses and a printed t-shirt--not items of clothing one would see in 1941.
Tags: time  traveller  photo  Canada 
Added: 24th May 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
April 18 1906  The Day the Hills Trembled At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906 The San Francisco Bay area erupted as the earth unleashed her fury. The violent shocks punctuated the strong shaking which lasting nearly 60 seconds. The quake was felt from southern Oregon to south of Los Angeles and inland as far as central Nevada. The ground had ripped open for more than 270 miles along a great fault - the San Andreas rift. The quake lasted only a minute but caused the one of the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. The damages were estimated at $400,000,000 in 1906 dollars, That would translate to nearly 10 billion dollars today. Photos The Library of Congress J. B. Macelwane archives, Saint Louis University Richard Cawood http://www.richardcawood.com/ Film Footage 1906 earthquake sequence from "San Francisco" MGM directed by W.S. Van Dyke American Mutoscope and Biograph Company Films courtesy of ROMANO-ARCHIVES http://romanoarchives.altervista.org Music San Francisco music lyrics by Gus Kahn, Bronislau Kaper, Walter Jurman performed by Jeanette MacDonald and the Fans at Candlestick Park 1989 world series during an emotional pre-game ceremony in the aftermath of the 1989 earthquake tragedy. Rocket Boys October Sky Anne Frank (Featuring Mini Ben-Ari) Mark Isham conceived and produced by Dale Caruso
Tags: San    Francsico    Earthquake    Fire    1906    Vintage    Photos    Films     
Added: 25th September 2008
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Posted By: dalecaruso

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