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Robert Wadlow Worlds Tallest Man The tallest man who ever lived was Robert Wadlow of Alton, Illinois. He was measured at an amazing 8 feet 11 inches just before his death in 1940. His enormous height was due to an overactive pituitary gland. Apparently surgery to correct the problem was deemed too risky. Wadlow's growth showed no signs of ever stopping. At age eight Wadlow stood 6-foot-2 and he was already taller and stronger than his father. At 13, when he was a Boy Scout, he was 7-foot-4. He attended college for one year until his size made such tasks as note-taking impossible. (His hands were too huge to manipulate a pen.) By the time he was 20, Wadlow needed special metal braces to support his legs. They inadvertently caused his death at age 21: One brace chafed Wadlow's leg causing an infection that led to a fatal case of blood poisoning. Wadlow's coffin was encased in cement to prevent grave robbers from stealing it.
Tags: Robert  Wadlow 
Added: 30th January 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Moses Walker Predated Jackie Robinson Everybody knows that Jackie Robinson was the first black major league baseball player, right? Wrong--by 63 years! Moses Fleetwood (Fleet) Walker, a barehanded catcher, played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association way back in 1884 when the AA was a major league. Walker's presence on the team created considerable controversy. Walker was subjected to death threats and snubbed by his own teammates. His brother Welday joined the team for a while too, appearing in five games as an outfielder. However, with owners, players and fans all showing open hostility toward blacks, the major league moguls made a 'gentleman's agreement' not to sign any more black players after 1884. This tacit pact stood until Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day 1947.
Tags: Moses  Fleetwood  Walker 
Added: 6th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
40 Years Have Passed Since MLKs Assassination On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death as he stood on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.; the killing sparked a wave of riots across the U.S. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming his innocence and attempting to withdraw his guilty plea; he died in prison in 1998.)
Tags: Rev.  Martin  Luther  King  Jr.,  39,  was  shot  to  death  as  he  stood  on  a  balcony  of  the  Lorraine  Motel  in  Memphis  Tenn  James  Earl  Ray   
Added: 4th April 2008
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Posted By: Old Fart
Janis Joplin On Stage With Crowd how about the girl in the shaw that just stood there . . u KNOW it was a hoot to tell her kids years later, that she was on stage with Janis Joplin!
Tags: piece  of  my  heart      janis  joplin      1968 
Added: 15th July 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
Summer Nights - John and Olivia I once got stood about five steps from Olivia at a concert in 1974. I have never seen another more beautiful human being. She was breathtakingingly beautiful.
Tags: Olivia  Newton  John  Travolta 
Added: 29th July 2008
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Posted By: Ronnie
T.H.E. CAT 60s series starring Robert Loggia. Without Google or Internet search does anyone remember what T.H.E. stood for?
Tags:   robert    loggia    the    cat    tv    series    law    and    order     
Added: 31st July 2008
Views: 1388
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Posted By: Cliffy
Don The pictures speak for themselves and the song is a perfect accompliment.
Tags: Nina  Simone  Civil  Rights  Dont  Let  Me  Be  Misunderstood 
Added: 27th October 2008
Views: 1104
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Posted By: donmac101
Franklin Half Dollar From 1948 through 1963, some 510 million American half dollars bearing the portrait of Benjamin Franklin were minted. They were replaced by Kennedy half dollars in 1964. I've never understood why half dollars fell out of favor as an everyday currency. To me they seem at least as practical as quarters.
Tags: Benjamin  Franklin  coin  half  dollar 
Added: 5th November 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Steven Truscott Case 1959 Canada's most famous criminal case of the 20th century revolved around the rape and murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper near Clinton, Ontario in 1959. A schoolmate, 14-year-old Steven Truscott, stood trial, was convicted of murder, and sentenced to hang. The sentence was eventually reduced to life imprisonment. With some doubts lingering over the accuracy of Truscott's conviction, and sympathy because of his age, Truscott was eventually paroled from prison in 1969. He lived for many years in Guelph, Ontario under an assumed name. In 2000 he shed his alias and began to publicly clamor for a new trial. Truscott's conviction was eventually overturned in 2007 because of what the Ontario Court of Appeals perceived as "a miscarriage of justice," though the court did not formally declare him innocent. Truscott was also awarded a $6.5 million settlement by the Province of Ontario. Is Truscott a murderer? Polls generally show Canadians think he is innocent by a 3:1 ratio. However the Harper family, usually forgotten by the media and the Truscott advocates, is convinced of Truscott's guilt. The victim's older brother has publicly called the payment to Truscott a travesty. The news of it seriously affected the health of Lynne's aged father. And little Lynne Harper remains 12 years old forever...
Tags: Lynne  Harper  murder  Steven  Truscott   
Added: 9th December 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
12 Days Of Christmas This is a tongue in cheek version and is narrated by Frank Kelly more known as Father Jack in the TV series, Father Ted. I hope that this can be understood by all those who are across the pond?
Tags: Frank  Kelly  12  Days  Of  Christmas 
Added: 19th December 2008
Views: 1275
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Posted By: donmac101

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