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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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Posted By: Lava1964
Dionne Quintuplets The Great Depression did not produce many happy stories, but the birth of the Dionne quintuplets near remote Callander, Ontario, Canada in 1934 was at least outwardly a feel-good news item of the decade. Five identical girls were born to Elzire Dionne on May 28, 1934. They were attended to by a country doctor, Roy Allan Dafoe. Never before had quintuplets survived infancy. The story turned sour when the quints were made wards of the Ontario government because of the financial straits of the Dionne family and other concerns. The provincial government built Quintland, a tourist attraction where the girls were put on public display for the numerous visitors who travelled the Trans-Canada Highway to northern Ontario to see them. Quintland served as a home for the girls who were cared for by nurses, as well as a museum and viewing area for the tourists. Eventually some three million tourists came to Quintland--as many as 6,000 each day at its peak. (There was no admission charge to see the quints, but the region reaped millions of dollars in revenues from hotels, restaurants, etc.) At one point, the quints were Canada's top tourist attraction, surpassing Niagara Falls. The quints were isolated from the outside world and even from their parents and other siblings. The Dionne parents staged years of legal challenges to regain custody of their estranged daughters. They finally succeeded in 1943. The three surviving quints were awarded a large cash settlement in the late 1990s by the Ontario government. Only two of the girls survive today.
Tags: Dionne  quintuplets 
Added: 4th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bobby Orr Trophy Collection This is one of my favorite posed sports photos: Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins with the hardware he had accrued by the age of 23. The trophies are the Stanley Cup (which his team would win twice) the Prince of Wales Trophy (won three times by the Bruins), the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year), the Norris Trophy (best defenseman; won eight times), the Art Ross Trophy (NHL scoring champion; twice), Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP; twice), and the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP; three times). Not bad, huh?
Tags: Bobby  Orr  trophies  hockey 
Added: 28th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Richard Dawson Final Family Feud From 1985, Richard Dawson wraps up his final show as host of Family Feud with an emotional monologue. (The last three minutes of this clip were never broadcast.)
Tags: Richard  Dawson  Family  Feud 
Added: 21st May 2008
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Beaver Cleaver Haircut One of the most memorable early episodes of Leave It To Beaver was The Haircut. Ward Cleaver lectures Beaver after he loses his lunch money three days in a row. Beaver then proceeds to lose his haircut money. Fearing another stern lecture from Dad, Beaver decides to cut his own hair. Sympathetic brother Wally tries to repair the damage--with predictable results.
Tags: Leave  It  To  Beaver  haircut 
Added: 4th March 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Biograph Girl Florence Lawrence Canadian born Florence Lawrence was America's first big movie star--but no one knew her name. During the first decade of the twentieth century, movie companies did not publicize their actors' names in order to keep their salaries down. Florence Lawrence made dozens of films for D.W. Griffith's Biograph Company and became the studio's most noteworthy star. Nevertheless she remained anonymous. Known to her fans only as 'the Biograph girl,' she was earning just $25 per week. When she left Biograph in 1910 to join the newly formed IMP company, her new studio started a false rumor that she had been killed in a streetcar accident in St. Louis. It then announced that 'the Biograph girl' was Florence Lawrence. She was alive and well and about to star in a new film for IMP. This was likely the first Hollywood publicity stunt. Lawrence appeared in more than 300 films, but her popularity waned almost as quickly as it had grown. By the 1920s she had only uncredited bit roles and was earning $75 per week. The Great Depression ruined her finanacially and she endured three unhappy marriages. In December 1938, a week before 53rd birthday, Lawrence committed suicide by ingesting ant paste.
Tags: Florence  Lawrence  Biograph  girl 
Added: 4th March 2008
Views: 1771
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bud Light - Mr Really Really Really Bad Dancer Already a classic, The Real Men Of Genius. That would be me lol, three left feet and no rhythm.
Tags: Real  Men  Of  Genius  Really  Bad  Dancer  Bud  Light 
Added: 13th March 2008
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Posted By: Cliffy
Senor Wences The amazing Senor Wences, a frequent performer on The Ed Sullivan Show, displays his diverse talents. He died three days after his 103rd birthday in 1999 and was performing until the very end of his long life.
Tags: Senor  Wences 
Added: 3rd May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Family Fortunes Turkey This is one of the strangest game show moments ever: On Family Fortunes (the British version of Family Feud), a contestant gives the same answer--'turkey'--for the first three questions!
Tags: Family  Fortunes  Turkey 
Added: 16th March 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964

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