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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
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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
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Posted By: Cliffy
Sad Decline of Benny Hill In 1990 The Benny Hill Show was airing in reruns in 97 countries around the world--but not in Great Britain where it had originated. The scourge of political correctness had forced Thames Television to end its association with Hill in 1989 after 20 successful years. Thames defended the move by saying Hill's periodic specials were becoming too costly, viewership was down, and the 65-year-old Hill was looking tired. However, by the late 1980s it was becoming unfashionable for Hill's sexually charged farcical comedy skits to be shown on British TV. (One anti-Hill crusader wildly blamed The Benny Hill Show for all the sexual assaults in the UK!) Hill did not need the money, but he did miss being on TV. He had open offers to appear in Las Vegas and name his price, but Hill did not want to make the journey overseas. Hill was a true loner who never married and was not known to have had a long-term relationship with anyone. The few friends he had said his dismissal by Thames was akin to handing Hill a death sentence. With assets worth more than 7.5 million British pounds, Hill was a bit of a miser. He never owned a car, he did his own shopping, and he lived in a very modest flat. He was also a slob. His flat was usually filled with dirty dishes, papers strewn everywhere, and dirty clothes on the floor. A friend once asked him why he threw his clothes on the floor. "Because they won't stick to the ceiling!" was his pithy answer. In February 1992, the 68-year-old Hill suffered mild heart attack. He was ordered to go on a diet. Two months later he died of another heart attack while sitting in a favorite chair in front of his television. His body was not discovered for three days. Hill's will had not been updated since 1961. The will's beneficiaries (his parents and his sister) had already died. The comedian's vast fortune was eventually split among nieces and nephews whom Hill had barely known. Among those who considered Benny Hill a comic genius were people as diverse as Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson and Walter Cronkite!
Tags: Benny  Hill  death  decline  comedy  UK 
Added: 29th October 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
1912 Olympics - Standing Long Jump The summer Olympics used to include standing jumping events: long jump, high jump and triple jump. Here's a film clip of the standing long jump competition from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. The 1912 Games were the last Olympics to feature standing jump disciplines. Norway is the last remaining country to feature them in their own national athletics championships. The United States Air Force Academy and Canada's Royal Military College still use the standing long jump as a way to gauge the physical fitness levels of their students.
Tags: 1912  Olympics  standing  long  jump 
Added: 9th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Doobie Brothers Appear On Whats Happening The Seventies rockers made an appearance on a two-part episode of the series in which the kids are forced to record a performance by the band at their high school. The performance includes the classic "Taking It to The Streets."
Tags: TV 
Added: 4th December 2014
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
Baseball Fan Killed By Stray Bullet - 1950 On Tuesday, July 4, 1950, while awaiting the start of a Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Giants holiday doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, 53-year-old Barney Doyle was killed from a bullet to the head. Doyle, a passionate Giants fan from New Jersey, had come to the sold-out event with his 13-year-old neighbor, Otto Flaig, who had been eagerly awaiting the trip to the Polo Grounds for weeks. Just as the teams entered the field, Doyle turned to speak to his youthful companion and then suddenly slumped over. Fans seated nearby thought Doyle had merely fainted, but quickly realized the situation was far more serious when they saw blood pouring from a severe head wound. Police later discovered that a 14-year-old boy, Robert Peebles, at a nearby housing project on Coogan's Bluff had fired the shot indiscriminately over a five-foot parapet to celebrate the Fourth of July. He had found the .45-caliber gun in Central Park. Newspapers also reported that fans who had bought standing-room passes for the sold-out doubleheader callously fought over Doyle's vacated seat. Because of his age, Peebles shockingly could only receive a juvenile delinquency charge. Doyle had recently been forced to retire from his job due to health concerns; attending ballgames had become one of the few outings he was permitted to do. The photo below ran in the next day's New York Daily News. (If anybody cares, the Giants and Dodgers split that day's doubleheader.)
Tags: Barney  Doyle  Murder  Polo  Grounds  baseball   
Added: 6th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
San Diego Tank Rampage - 1995 On May 17, 1995, residents of San Diego, CA had their lives and property imperiled by an M-60 Patton tank! The armored vehicle had been stolen from a military base by Shawn Timothy Nelson, a 35-year-old former veteran who was known to have mental stability issues. As this Discovery Network feature shows, for a while law enforcement had absolutely no way to stop the devastating rampage--until Nelson inadvertently disabled the tank himself on a concrete highway median. Police theorize Nelson was on his way to create havoc at a local hospital that he had recently unsuccessfully sued for malpractice.
Tags: tank  theft  rampage  San  Diego  Shawn  Nelson 
Added: 16th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Curious Book Title - Fellow Fags Proving that words often dramatically change meaning over time, here's another curiously titled book: Fellow Fags. This 1933 British youth novel--aimed to reinforce Christian principles!--is about underclassmen in a school who were required to perform menial tasks for older students as part of a hazing ritual. (That's what fag meant at the time in Great Britain. Really!)
Tags: Fellow  Fags  British  youth  novel 
Added: 10th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
GI Joe Originals Tags: GI  Joe  Originals  dolls  action  figures  hasbro  military  marine  army  navy  air  force  astronaut 
Added: 15th April 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Battle of Santiago - 1962 World Cup One of the dirtiest sports events ever to take place was a 1962 World Cup match between Chile and Italy. This BBC clip shows how out-of-control the situation became. On May 22, 1960 Chile was rocked with a devastating earthquake that measured 9.5 on the Richter scale. At the same time the earthquake struck, Chile had been lobbying FIFA to host the 1962 World Cup. Despite the enormous tragedy--and perhaps because of it--FIFA was persuaded by an emotional appeal by the Chilean organizers and won the right to host the tournament. Several Italian journalists criticized Chile's ability to host such an important event. They went too far by insulting everything to do with the South American country, including the virtue of its women. All Italians became hated in Chile. The journalists were forced to flee the country. An Argentinian reporter, mistaken for an Italian, was severely beaten by a mob. Of course Italy and Chile were drawn into the same group so they had to play one another in Santiago on June 2. In presenting recorded match highlights for the UK, BBC reporter David Coleman minces no words about the brutal spectacle that occurred that day.
Tags: soccer  World  Cup  1962  Italy  Chile  Battle  of  Santiago 
Added: 16th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964

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