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Springhill Mining Disaster 1958 One of the first major 'ongoing' news stories to be covered live on television was the coal mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada on October 23, 1958. That night 174 miners were trapped 13,000 feet below ground when a 'bump' caused a huge section of the mine to collapse. It was the third major disaster at the mine since 1891. Exactly 100 miners were rescued; some were trapped for five days before being saved. The bodies of the other 74 were all eventually recovered. Because of the heat at that depth, many of the corpses had badly decomposed by the time they were found. The mine never reopened.
Tags: Springhill  mine  disaster 
Added: 13th June 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Hindenberg Disaster 1937 On May 10, 1937, in Lakehurst, NJ, thirty-five persons died and scores of others were injured as the Hindenberg dirigible exploded three hundred feet over the landing field at the end of her first voyage of the season from Europe. A terrific burst of flame engulfed the stern of the ship and spread with the rapidity of lightning to the bow. The inferno of blazing hydrogen gas cremated all living beings in its path, as the twisted skeleton of the balloon settled quickly to the ground. Rescue crews braved death to save sixty-three persons, some of them horribly burned.
Tags: hindenberg  disaster  dirigibles 
Added: 11th October 2007
Views: 1606
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Posted By: Naomi
Funny 1927 Lifebuoy Soap Ad No wonder her boyfriends don't stick around--Janet has B.O.! But have hope, Janet! Lifebuoy soap can rescue you from unpleasant body odor and restore your social life! (Apparently this 1927 ad is credited for introducing the term B.O. into common usage.)
Tags: Lifebuoy  Soap  ad 
Added: 28th November 2007
Views: 1542
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Posted By: Lava1964
THE LITTLEST LIGHT ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE Starring the voices of Jane Seymour & James Naughton, this new children's film is set after World War II. It's a warm and touching magical story that tells of two unforgettable and unlikely friends; an abandoned and discarded Christmas bulb, and the eight year old boy who rescues him. Broken and useless, Little Light feels hopeless and young Timothy empathizes with his plight. He believes that Little Light can "shine" again. When a fierce winter storm causes a blackout, Little Light triumphs over all odds, his self doubt, and "shines," lighting the way for others to "see the light." This animated treasure shares the miracle of believing and the power of the human heart. This is the kind of story that is both for children and adults.
Tags: the  littlest  light  on  the  christmas  tree  jane  seymour  james  naughton  christmas  films 
Added: 13th December 2007
Views: 1204
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Posted By: Babs64
Rick Monday Rescues Flag It was one of those sports moments that wasn't about sports: On April 25, 1976 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Rick Monday of the Chicago Cubs heroically snatched an American flag that was about to be set alight by two radical protesters. Monday recalls the event in an interview 30 years later.
Tags: Rick  Monday  flag  rescue 
Added: 24th December 2007
Views: 11384
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Posted By: Lava1964
Thunderbirds Jerry & Sylvia Anderson created this kids show, way back in 1960's and in my opinion, were way ahead of the times. As a kid watching these I used to get annoyed that they were in colour and we only had black & white. Not a thing you see every day SUPERMARIONATION makes you wonder if a certain plumber got his title here? You'll tell me, I know you will and watch out for those strings. Call for International Rescue.
Tags: Thunderbirds  Jerry  Anderson  Series  Puppets 
Added: 4th January 2008
Views: 1210
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Posted By: donmac101
Tony Finds Jeannie . . . from I DREAM OF JEANNIE - the first episode THE LADY IN THE BOTTTLE, Larry Hagman's supposed favorite scene from the series...which was one of the very first, when Capt (later Maj.) Anthony Nelson rescues Jeannie from her bottle!
Tags: dream      jeannie      tony      major      nelson      larry      hagman      barbara      eden      bottle     
Added: 11th January 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
Angel On My Shoulder   Shelby Flint For some reason I remember this being from the 50's, but in any case this was such a pretty little song, and as the drama queen I was back then, it made me cry every time I heard it! Shelby Flint was a singer who had two top-100 hits, 'Angel on My Shoulder' in 1961 and 'Cast Your Fate to the Wind' in 1966. She's been a voice actress in several movies including, 'Snoopy Come Home' and 'The Rescuers'. Among the songs she performed for The Rescuers, 'Someone's Waiting for You' was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1978. In a recent interview, folk singer, Joni Mitchell confessed that when she began making the rounds of the folk open mic circuit she wanted to sound just like Shelby Flint.
Tags: angel  on  my  shoulder  shelby  flint  60s  music 
Added: 18th May 2008
Views: 3687
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Posted By: Naomi
Charlie Chaplin Easy Street This is the final eight minutes of Easy Street (1917) starring Charlie Chaplin. In this film, Chaplin is hired to be the policeman on Easy Street, the toughest neighborhood in town. He has to subdue an enormous miscreant (Eric Campbell) and then rescue local mission worker (Edna Purviance). Chaplin's physcial comedy is unmatched!
Tags: Charlie  Chaplin  Easy  Street 
Added: 1st June 2008
Views: 954
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Posted By: Lava1964
1915 Scottish Railroad Disaster The worst railroad disaster in history occurred on May 22, 1915 near Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. It is commonly known as the Quintinshill Disaster, having been named for the location of a nearby intermediate signal box with passing loops on each side on the Caledonian Railway Main Line linking Glasgow and Carlisle. The crash, which involved five trains, killed a probable 226 people and injured 246 others. Those killed were mainly territorial soldiers from the Royal Scots heading for the Gallipoli front in the First World War. The precise number of dead was never established with certainty as the roll list of the regiment was destroyed by the fire. The crash occurred when a troop train travelling from Larbert, Stirlingshire to Liverpool, Lancashire collided with a local passenger train that had been shunted on to the main line, to then be hit by an express train to Glasgow which crashed into the wreckage a minute later. Gas from the lighting system of the old wooden carriages of the troop train ignited, starting a fire which soon engulfed the three passenger trains and also two goods trains standing on nearby passing loops. A number of bodies were never recovered, having been wholly consumed by the fire. The bodies that were recovered were buried together in a mass grave in Edinburgh's Rosebank Cemetery. Such was the scope of the disaster that many of the rescuers wrongly assumed the trains had been targets of German saboteurs. Four bodies, believed to be of children, were never identified or claimed and are buried in the Western Necropolis, Glasgow. The cause of the accident was poor working practices on the part of the two signalmen involved. It was discovered that the two men often colluded to falsify their records of when they relieved each other, routinely did not follow regulations properly, and engaged in other unsafe practices. The results of the official inquiry into the disaster led to their imprisonment for culpable homicide after legal proceedings in both Scotland and England. A memorial to the dead soldiers was erected soon after the accident. There are a number of more recent memorials at various locations. An annual remembrance service is held at Rosebank Cemetery.
Tags: Scotland  1915  train  disaster 
Added: 13th December 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964

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