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Sinking of RMS Lusitania 1915 The RMS Lusitania was a British passenger liner that was torpedoed in the First World War by the German submarine U-20 off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915. It sank in just 18 minutes. A total of 1,198 of 1,959 passengers perished, including 128 of the 197 Americans on board. Despite the large number of American casualties, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson only issued a formal complaint to the German government. He was heavily criticized in the British press for not declaring war. For years the British government insisted the Lusitania contained no war material, but a dive in 2006 found stores of ammunition. (Thus it was a legitimate war target for German submarines.) There is only one remaining Lusitania survivor, a 93-year-old Englishwoman, who was just three months old when the ship was sunk. The last American survivor died on April 12, 2008.
Tags: Lusitania  sinking 
Added: 28th April 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
FDR Assassination Attempt 1933 In February 1933, less than three weeks before being sworn in as the chief executive of the United States, president-elect Franklin Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt in Miami. Unfortunately, Chicago's mayor Anton Cernak, was struck by a shot intended for Roosevelt. He died of his wounds. The assassin said he didn't personally dislike Roosevelt. He just hated all rich people.
Tags: FDR  assassination  attempt  Miami 
Added: 26th February 2008
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Actor Karl Malden dead at 97 he family of Karl Malden says the actor who won an Oscar for his role in "A Streetcar Named Desire" has died at age 97. Malden's family informed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences of his death on Wednesday. Malden served as the academy's president from 1989-92. He made his screen debut in the 1940 movie "They Knew What They Wanted," and was praised for his role as Mitch in the 1951 classic "A Streetcar Named Desire." His greatest fame came as Detective Mike Stone in the 1970s TV series "The Streets of San Francisco," in which he co-starred with Michael Douglas. Malden also was a pitchman for American Express in a series of commercials airing over 21 years.
Tags: Carl  Malden  American  Express  Cards  Travelers  Cheques  Streets  of  San  Francisco 
Added: 1st July 2009
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Posted By: Old Fart
Breakdance Pioneer Frosty Freeze Dies Wayne Frost, a hip-hop pioneer known as Frosty Freeze whose acrobatic performance with the legendary ROCK STEADY CREW in the 1983 hit movie "FLASHDANCE" set off a worldwide breakdancing craze, died Thursday. He was 44. Frost died at Mount Sinai Medical Center after a long illness, said Jorge "Fabel" Pabon, senior vice president of the musical group where Frost made his name as a B-boy or breakdancer...
Tags: Wayne  Frost      Frosty  Freeze      Rock  Steady  Crew      Flashdance 
Added: 4th April 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
1952 Adlai Stevenson Campaign Ad Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson is promoted in this 1952 campaign ad. The ad didn't help. He lost badly to Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Tags: Adlai  Stevenson  campaign  ad  1952 
Added: 9th March 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Charlie Chaplin Receives Honorary Oscar 1972 At the 1972 Academy Awards, 83-year-old Charlie Chaplin received a long overdue honorary Oscar for his immense contributions to cinema. The presenter was Daniel Taradash, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It was the first time Chaplin had set foot in the United States since 1952. (Chaplin had never obtained American citizenship and, after a vacation abroad, he was refused admission into the U.S. during the Red Scare era because his political views were thought to be pro-communist. Idiocy!)
Tags: Charlie  Chaplin  Oscar 
Added: 29th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Calvin Coolidge Honors Charles Lindbergh This is something you've probably never heard before: It's a 1927 speech by president Calvin Coolidge honoring aviation hero Charles Lindbergh. (Lindy, of course, had successfully flown solo from New York to Paris in May 1927.) Coolidge's quirky New England accent makes its appearance a couple of times.
Tags: Calvin  Coolidge  Charles  Lindbergh 
Added: 22nd April 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Birthday Gift For Teresa Teresa, here's the cover of Life Magazine from April 21, 1958--not quite the day you were born, but almost. JFK and family were the featured subject--more than two years before he was elected president.
Tags: 1958  Life  magazine  Teresa 
Added: 23rd April 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
1884 Political Cartoon Think presidential election campaigns are nasty now? They're quite tame compared to the good old days. In 1884 the Democrats learned that Republican candidate Grover Cleveland was making chid support payments to a young woman named Maria Halpirn. Cleveland admitted he may have been the child's father, but there were numerous other prominent men who had sampled the horizontal refreshments in the willing Miss Halpirn's boudoir. (Cleveland apparently took responsbility because he was the only bachelor among Miss Halpirn's plentiful beaus!) Democrats mocked Cleveland with the chant, 'Ma! Ma! Where's my pa?' After Cleveland won the election, the Dems added, 'Gone to the White House...ha, ha, ha!'
Tags: Grover  Cleveland  scandal  cartoon 
Added: 25th April 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Leon Czolgosz Execution This is a re-creation of the execution of Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz was a self-styled anarchist who shot president William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901. McKinley, struck twice at point-blank range, died of his wounds eight days later. There was swift justice in those days: Czolgosz's trial took place on September 23. It lasted a little more than eight hours. Czolgosz was convicted of murder and sentenced to die in the electric chair in Auburn, New York on October 29. Thomas Edison's company filmed this re-creation of the execution based on the testimony of witnesses.
Tags: Leon  Czolgosz  execution  William  McKinley 
Added: 29th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964

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