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Cuyahoga River Pollution 1967 2 years before it caught fire and caused a big shakedown in environmental laws in the US.
Tags: Cuyahoga  River  Pollution  River  Fire  Cleveland  Ohio   
Added: 7th March 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Vanishing TV Character - Bub OCasey My Three Sons was one of televisions's longest-running sitcoms, airing 380 episodes over 12 seasons. It first aired on ABC from 1960 through 1965 and then on CBS from 1965 through 1972. The premise of the show was that Stephen Douglas (played by Fred MacMurray) was a widowed aeronautical engineer with three sons whose ages spanned about 12 years. We never learn much about his deceased wife--not even her first name. With Stephen Douglas often busy, his father-in-law, crusty but good-natured Bub O'Casey, was brought into the family fold to be the equivalent of the 'mother': the person who would cook, clean, shop, do laundry, mend clothes, and so forth. Bub was played by William Frawley who had earlier gained TV fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy in the 1950s. The show was immediately popular but never quite managed to crack the Nielsen top 10 in ratings. Fred MacMurray, who was once the highest paid actor in Hollywood, only agreed to be in the show if he could shoot all his scenes in three months. ABC agreed to this unusual demand. This meant the scripts for an entire season had to be prepared so MacMurray's scenes could all be shot over the space of three months and then pieced together with scenes involving only the other cast members who had a standard shooting schedule. Four seasons into the show, a problem arose: Frawley's health was declining to the point where ABC could not get him insured in case it had to pay for an entire season of episodes to be re-shot with a replacement if Frawley died or was incapacitated by illness. Thus ABC felt it was financially prudent to unceremoniously drop Frawley from the cast midway through the 1964-65 season. (It was explained that Bub had gone to Ireland to look after his 104-year-old Aunt Katie.) Enter William Demarest, who took on the role of Charley O'Casey--Bub's seafaring brother. He was persuaded to become the new Mr. Mom at the Douglas home and proved to be even more grumpy than Bub, but just as lovable deep down. Bub was seldom mentioned again once Uncle Charley entered the scene. Apparently Frawley resented Demarest for replacing him in the cast. Because only the 1965 to 1970 episodes are widely syndicated, many newer fans of My Three Sons are utterly unaware of Bub O'Casey. The insurance concerns were very valid: Frawley died suddenly in March 1966 at age 79.
Tags: Bub  OCasey  My  Three  Sons  William  Frawley 
Added: 9th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
CBS Bicentennial Minutes From the summer of 1974 to December 31, 1976 CBS aired nightly 60-second segments, referred to as "200 Years Ago Today" or "Bicentennial Minutes," during its prime-time schedule to kindle interest in the USA's 200th birthday. Numerous noteworthy people read accounts of what was happening in the American colonies or the newly formed United States of America exactly two centuries in the past. In this particular segment, actress Jessica Tandy recounts the events of August 31, 1775. These were very well received by the public. In fact, the "series" was thought to be so important that president Gerald Ford read the last one on December 31, 1976.
Tags: CBS  Bicentennial  Minutes 
Added: 9th 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
Tony Wilding - Tennis Champ Killed in WW1 Anthony (Tony) Wilding of New Zealand was the gentlemen's Wimbledon singles champion for four consecutive years (1910 to 1913). After coming through the ranks to win the championship in 1910, he only had to play one match each year to defend it, as the reigning champion was given a bye directly into the final. This system lasted until the early 1920s. Handsome and popular, Wilding is among his country's most successful international athletes ever. One newspaper account said Wilding's "dashing" style of "manly play" had female spectators "swooning." When Wilding lost the 1914 final to Australia's Norman Brookes, many of his female admirers in the stands openly wept. Because of the First World War, the 1914 Wimbledon was the last played until 1919. Wilding enlisted at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 and was made an officer of a motorized unit in France. On May 9, 1915, Wilding was killed when a German shell exploded on top of the dugout in which he was sitting. He was 31 years old.
Tags: tennis  Tony  Wilding 
Added: 13th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Serbia-Albania Soccer Riot For the 2016 European championship, bitter enemies Serbia and Albania happened to be drawn by lottery into the same qualifying pool. Their first meeting in 47 years in Belgrade in October 2014 was quite memorable. Keith Olbermann explains how things got just a little bit out of hand. (Skip ahead to the 2:22 mark of this video.)
Tags: Euro  2016  soccer  riot  Serbia  Albania 
Added: 14th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Shirley Temple - On Account of I Love You From one of her earliest feature films, Baby Take A Bow (1934), six-year-old Shirley Temple and co-star James Dunn perform the song-and-dance number On Account of I Love You. (In Shirley's autobiography she said she had a huge crush on Dunn.)
Tags: Shirley  Temple  James  Dunn  On  Account  of  I  Love  You 
Added: 19th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ron Howard Happy Days TV Guide Cover 1974 Happy Days began its 10-year run on ABC on January 15, 1974 as a mid-season replacement show. Its nostalgic look at 1950s America was well received by people of all ages. This TV Guide cover from June 1974 shows Ron Howard and actress Kathy O'Dare. Despite what the caption says, O'Dare was not a regular on the series. In fact, she was only in two episodes that aired more than a year apart in which she played two different characters. However, O'Dare was in the very first episode, titled 'All The Way.' The plot has Potsie arranging a date for Richie with classmate Mary Lou Mulligan, a vapid, shapely lass who has 'a reputation.' It turns out that Mary Lou's alleged reputation is based on mere gossip and she really is 'a nice girl.' O'Dare also appeared on an episode of The Brady Bunch in 1974 as the apple of Peter Brady's eye. O'Dare later reunited with Howard when they co-starred in a forgettable 1976 southern-style car-chase film titled Eat My Dust. O'Dare died at the young age of 52 in 2010.
Tags: TV  Guide  cover  Happy  Days  Ron  Howard  Kathy  O 
Added: 10th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
YMCA Nude Swimming Classes Many stories that your parents and grandparents tell you about the 'good old days' seem far-fetched, but some are actually true. Consider this one: For many years it was mandatory for male swimmers at YMCAs to wear absolutely nothing while in their pools. Based on a recommendation from public health officials, a similar measure was on the books and usually rigorously enforced in American high schools from 1926 to 1962. Why? For many years swimsuits were made of materials that shed fibers and clogged filtration systems. There was also the belief that nude swimming was somehow more healthful and sanitary than swimming in trunks. (Curiously no such rules were ever implemented in female swim classes.) In 1941 Life magazine printed a half-page photo of such a class as an example of 'democracy.' By the early 1960s, however, public sentiment began favoring modesty over nudity and the nude swim classes became a thing of the past.
Tags: nude  swimming  classes  YMCA 
Added: 20th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Harold Lloyd Bomb Mishap - 1919 On August 24, 1919, ascending silent movie comedian Harold Lloyd arrived at Pathe Studios to begin a publicity campaign to celebrate his new contract. He was posing for some publicity stills--unaware that such a seemingly benign activity was about to dramatically change his life. In one posed shot Lloyd was supposed to light a prop bomb with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. (The image supposedly played up Lloyd's typical devil-may-care attitude in his films.) Unbeknownst to anyone in the studio, some actual bombs from another film--which had been rejected for being too dangerous--had been placed in a box among some dummy bombs. The photographer innocently handed Lloyd one of the live bombs. When the fuse was lit, Lloyd sensed something was mildly wrong because it produced excessive smoke that would surely ruin any photographs. Just as Lloyd discarded the bomb on a nearby table, it exploded. Miraculously Lloyd was not killed as the blast ripped open a a 16-foot swath in the room. Nevertheless, Lloyd suffered numerous facial injuries and temporarily lost his eyesight. Only when extreme pain set in did Lloyd become aware that his right thumb and forefinger had been severed. He spent six weeks in a hospital recovering. He was overwhelmed by the number of fan letters which he said helped him overcome his depression about the accident. In all his subsequent films Lloyd wore a special prosthetic device concealed within a white glove to make it look like his right hand was absolutely normal. Lloyd did not want to dwell on his injury as he did not want moviegoers to watch his films due to pity. Lloyd continued to engage in very active physical comedy routines despite the handicap. His famous building-climbing scene in Safety Last occurred after the bomb accident--making it all the more incredible. Some years ago I posted Lloyd's 1953 mystery guest appearance on What's My Line. His deformed hand can clearly be seen when he shakes hands with the WML panelists as he departs.
Tags: Harold  Lloyd  bomb  injury  hand 
Added: 20th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964

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