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John Denver Rocky Mountain High In 1972, Denver scored his first top ten album, with Rocky Mountain High, while its title track reached the Top Ten in 1973. In 1974, "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Annie's Song" both went to number one, and "Back Home Again" made it to number five. In 1975, he again had two number ones, "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" and "Calypso/I'm Sorry," and a top twenty hit, "Sweet Surrender." Key to Denver's success were his many appearances on television, which in the pre-MTV era of the 1970s, with his long blond hair, embroidered 'western' shirts, affable manner & granny glasses, made him one of the first truly "tele-genic" pop stars. In subsequent years, Denver had a lower-profile career. He had a few more U.S. Top 30 hits as the 1970s ended, but nothing to match the success he enjoyed earlier. As his career slowed down, Denver focused more on humanitarian and sustainability work. He worked extensively on conservation projects and helped to create the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed when the Long-EZ aircraft he was piloting crashed just off the coast of California at Pacific Grove, shortly after taking off from the Monterey Peninsula Airport.
Tags: john  denver  rocky  mountain  high 
Added: 31st October 2007
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Posted By: Babs64
1974 - Japanese WWII Soldier Finally Surrenders Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier, refused to believe the Second World War had ended--and continued his mission of clandestine sabotage for twenty-nine years. On December 26, 1944, Onoda was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines. His orders were to hamper enemy activity on the island, including destroying the airstrip and the pier at the harbor. Onoda's orders also stated that under no circumstances was he to surrender or take his own life. When he landed on the island, Onoda joined forces with other Japanese soldiers. The officers in the group all outranked Onoda, which prevented him from carrying out his assignment. United States and Filipino forces retook Luband Island when they landed on February 28, 1945. Within a short time, all but Onoda and three other soldiers had either died or surrendered. Onoda, who had been promoted to lieutenant, ordered the men to take to the hills. Onoda continued his campaign as a Japanese holdout, initially living in the mountains with three fellow soldiers (Akatsu, Shimada and Kozuka). Although hostilities ceased in August 1945, Onoda and his comrades were oblivious to Japan's unconditional surrender. Thus the foursome carried out guerrilla activities, killed some 30 Filipino citizens, and engaged in several shootouts with the police for years. As early as 1945 Onoda saw a leaflet saying the war had ended, but he and his comrades thought it was enemy propaganda. They continued their bloody raids against local farmers and police. Even leaflets from General Tomoyuki Yamashita of the Fourteenth Area Army failed to convince the maverick soldiers to capitulate. One of the four, Yuichi Akatsu, walked away from the others in September 1949 and surrendered to Filipino forces in 1950 after six months on his own. In 1952 letters and family pictures were dropped from aircraft urging the remaining three to surrender, but they concluded it too was a ruse. Shimada was shot in the leg during a gun battle with local fishermen in June 1953. Onoda nursed him back to health. On May 7, 1954, Shimada was killed by a shot fired by a search party. Kozuka was killed by two shots fired by local police on October 19, 1972, leaving Onoda alone. He and Onoda were burning local farmers' rice harvest as part of their guerrilla activities. On February 20, 1974, Onoda met a young Japanese man, Norio Suzuki, who was on a personal quest to find him. Onoda described this moment in a 2010 interview: "This hippie boy Suzuki came to the island to listen to the feelings of a Japanese soldier. Suzuki asked me why I would not come out..." Onoda and Suzuki became friends, but Onoda still refused to surrender, saying that he was waiting for orders from a superior officer. Suzuki returned to Japan with photographs of himself and Onoda as proof of their encounter. The Japanese government located Onoda's commanding officer, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, who had become a bookseller in civilian life. On March 9, 1974, Taniguchi met with Onoda and persuaded him to surrender. Onoda turned over his sword, his rifle (still in working order), 500 rounds of ammunition, and several hand grenades, as well as a dagger his mother had given him in 1944. Though he had killed numerous civilians since the war's end, Onoda received a pardon from Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos. Upon his return to Japan, Onoda was uncomfortable with his celebrity status and the erosion of traditional Japanese values. Onoda moved to Brazil where he became a successful cattle rancher. He occasionally returned to Japan to promote conservative causes, including organizing educational camps for wayward Japanese youths. As of December 2013, Onoda was still alive at age 91.
Tags: WWII  Japanese  soldier  surrenders  1974 
Added: 28th December 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
WW I Ends 11 11 18       An Australian Veterans Remembered Today was the anniversary of the end of World War I The War to end all wars. Germany surrendered 11-11-18.
Tags: WW  I  Ends    An  Australian  Veterans  Remembered 
Added: 11th November 2007
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Canadians at Hong Kong 1941 This is the tail end of an excellent Canadian documentary about the defense of Hong Kong in 1941. In December 1941, some 2,000 green Canadian troops were sent to bolster the exotic British outpost against an expected Japanese attack. It was a suicide mission. The Japanese attacked with about 90,000 battle-hardened troops. The heroic defense of Hong Kong lasted about three weeks before the inevitable surrender. Japanese troops brutally murdered wounded hospitalized defenders. Captured Canadian and British troops were shipped to slave labor camps where they existed in horrid conditions for nearly four years. Lest we forget...
Tags: Hong  Kong  Canadians 
Added: 8th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Roberto Duran Quits Versus Ray Leonard 1980 November 25, 1980 saw one of the strangest occurrences in boxing history: Roberto Duran quit during the eighth round of his world welterweight title defense versus Sugar Ray Leonard. The surrender was all the more strange because of Duran's macho reputation.
Tags: Roberto  Duran  Ray  Leonard  1980 
Added: 12th January 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lava Quiz 1927 It's back...by popular demand...the next Lava Quiz! This one deals with the year 1927. Turn back the clock 81 years and give it a try. 1. Who was president of the United States? 2. Who was on the British throne? 3. Gene Tunney defended his world heavyweight title against Jack Dempsey. Who won the fight and why is it so famous? 4. This infamous resident of Fall River, Massachusetts died. Her gravestone simply says 'Lizbeth.' Who was she? 5. The Academy Awards were created. What film won the Oscar for best picture? 6. These two anarchists were executed for a 1921 crime that many people believed they did not commit. Name them. 7. Babe Ruth broke his own record of 59 home runs for a season by swatting 60. Who was the pitcher who surrendered Ruth's historic 60th home run? 8. Charles Lindbergh made history by flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. He did so to win a prize. What was the name of the prize and how much money did Lindbergh win? 9. Gutzon Borglum began work on this project on October 4, 1927. What was the project? 10. She was arrested for violating morals laws by appearing in a show called 'Sex' and making suggestive comments. Name her.
Tags: Lava  Quiz  1927 
Added: 14th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Surrender Cheap Trick 1979 Always liked these guys.
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Added: 1st May 2008
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Posted By: Marty6697
Cheap Trick  Surrender 1978 Budokan brings success: 19781981 Not one of Cheap Trick's first three albums made it into the Top 40 in the United States. In Japan, however, all three albums became gold records. When Cheap Trick went to Japan to tour the country for the first time, in 1978, they were received with a frenzy reminiscent of Beatlemania. During this tour, on April 28, 1978, Cheap Trick recorded a live show for their loyal Japanese fans at the Nippon Budokan. When that show was released as a live album titled At Budokan in 1979, their American obscurity changed for good. In Japan, they have remained popular superstars, even to the present day, and in fact, have been often referred to in the Japanese press as the "American Beatles". At Budokan launched Cheap Trick into international stardom. Initially intended for release in Japan only,[3] the album went triple platinum in the United States and reached #26 on the Swedish music charts. The smash track was the live version of "I Want You to Want Me", a song originally released on In Color. It reached #7, and "Ain't That A Shame" peaked at #35.
Tags: cheap  trick  surrender  1978  music  rock 
Added: 19th February 2008
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Posted By: geminat
Surrender Elvis Ann Margaret
Tags: Elvis  wanted  her! 
Added: 22nd May 2008
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Posted By: Marty6697
France Falls to Germany 1940 History's greatest act of tit-for-tat: When the French Army surrendered to Nazi Germany in June 1940 during the Second World War, the Germans forced the French to sign the documents of surrender in Marshal Foch's railroad car--the very place where the Germans had been forced to sign the Armistice on November 11, 1918 that ended the First World War.
Tags: Second  World  War  French  surrender 
Added: 11th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964

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