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Vanessa Williams Resigns Miss America Today, July 23, 1984 Vanessa Williams resigns as Miss America after posing in Penthouse Magazine. She was in the Juanuary 1985 issue.
Tags: Vanessa  Williams  Corn  Flakes  Penthouse  Magazine  NAACP  first  African-American  Miss  America  American  singer,  actress,  producer  and  former  fashion  model   
Added: 23rd July 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Today Is Back To The Future Day Tags: Back        To        The        Future        October        21        2015        Michael        J.        Fox        as        Marty        McFly        Christopher        Lloyd        as        Dr.        Emmett        "Doc"        Brown        Lea        Thompson        as        Lorraine        Baines-McFly        Crispin        Glover        as        George        McFly        Thomas        F.        Wilson        as        Biff        Tannen        Claudia        Wells        as        Jennifer        Parker        James        Tolkan        as        Mr.        Strickland        Marc        McClure        as        Dave        McFly        Wendie        Jo        Sperber        as        Linda        McFly       
Added: 21st October 2015
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Posted By: Steve
Henry Winkler is 70 Today If this doesn't make you feel old, nothing will: Henry Winkler, the actor who played Fonzie on Happy Days, turns 70 today (October 30, 2015). Happy Days was routinely the number-one rated TV show in the late 1970s. It appealed to all ages and demographic groups. Here's a clip that shows why Fonzie was so popular.
Tags: Fonzie  Happy  Days  cool 
Added: 30th October 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Shirley Temple - Tra La La La From the 1940 comedy-drama Young People, Shirley Temple performs the musical dance number Tra La La La with co-stars Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood. The plot has the film's three stars playing a vaudeville family who choose to retire from the stage and move to a rural New England community to live a normal life. However, their presence is resented by the stodgy locals who dislike showbiz folks--and anything else that differs from their ways. This is the last sequence of the film. It also turned out to be the swansong of 12-year-old Shirley's career with Twentieth Century Fox--the studio she had single-handedly saved from bankruptcy. Her contract was not renewed as her box-office appeal had diminished markedly as Shirley approached her teenage years. Shirley's two co-stars in this movie both died within a month of each other in the late 1970s.
Tags: Shirley  Temple  Young  People  Tra  La  La  La 
Added: 16th April 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Little House on the Prairie Set Today The Big Sky Ranch was where the classic NBC series Little House on the Prairie was shot during it nine-year run (1974 to 1983). The wooden buildings no longer exist. (One of the conditions for LHOP to use the venue stated that the buildings used in the show had to be dismantled once the series ended.) Here's what the ranch looks like today--along with what it looked like when the show was in production.
Tags: set  Little  House  on  the  Prairie  today 
Added: 10th May 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
WWII Hawaii Overprint Money After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, there was a legitimate fear that the Japanese would next launch a full-scale invasion of the Hawaiian Islands and occupy them. Among the consequences if that nightmare scenario actually unfolded was that all the US paper money in Hawaii would be seized from banks, businesses and private citizens and be used to finance Imperial Japan's war machine. Accordingly, a remarkable decision was made: During the first half of 1942, Hawaii's residents were ordered take their paper money to special collection areas and exchange it for new bills. Each bill had a special overprint of the word HAWAII on its reverse side. If Hawaii ever did fall to the Japanese, the US government would immediately declare the Hawaii overprint bills to be worthless. The old bills that were exchanged--about $200 million of them--were burned under the supervision of the American military. Such a calamity never occurred, of course. The overprint notes are still acceptable as legitimate US money today, although they rarely are found in general circulation.
Tags: Hawaii  WWII  money  overprint  bills 
Added: 22nd May 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Term - College Widow Here's a term that has virtually vanished from the English language: "college widow." Originally it had a very literal meaning. It referred to a youthful widow who sought the company of college men to satisfy her lusty ways. Eventually the term morphed into meaning any older female who 'preyed upon' the willing males at a campus with her irresistible feminine wiles. The term was so common in the 1920s and 1930s that it was the title of both a play and a movie. In the play, a college dean convinces his comely daughter to use her charms to distract a rival school's football team. (What a wonderful example of fatherhood!) Most people today are only familiar with the term from seeing the Marx brothers' 1932 movie Horse Feathers. Few people today realize Horse Feathers is actually a parody of the 1927 silent movie The College Widow. In it Thelma Todd uses her obvious charms to seduce all four Marx brothers as part of a silly plot to steal Huxley College's football plays.
Tags: college  widow  English  term 
Added: 28th October 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Irene Ryan and Bob Crane on Password Irene Ryan (Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies) and Bob Crane (colonel Hogan from Hogan's Heroes) are the celebrity players from this episode of Password circa 1967. Donna Douglas (Elly Mae from The Beverly Hillbillies) makes a surprise appearance as a contestant. The game's producers had a bit of fun with Donna's unmistakable good looks. (No doubt today's anti-sexism crowd would be up in arms over such obvious objectifying.)
Tags: Password  game  show  Irene  Ryan  Bob  Crane  Donna  Douglas 
Added: 31st July 2018
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Posted By: Lava1964
1960s Sugar Ad You definitely won't see anything like this today. An advert tells moms to give their daughters lots of sugar to combat the daily fatigue that comes with being an active girl. (It's from the mid-1960s; I can tell by the allusion to the Beatles' hair.)
Tags: sugar  ad 
Added: 30th October 2018
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Posted By: Lava1964
Howard Unruh - Camden NJ Mass Murderer On Tuesday, September 6, 1949, 28-year-old Howard Unruh shot and killed 13 people in Camden, NJ in a space of just 12 minutes. Three other victims suffered non-fatal wounds. The calm demeanor Unruh showed during shootings came to be known as "Camden's Walk of Death." Unruh, a decorated Second World War combat veteran, was a closet homosexual who believed he was the target of malicious gossip. The previous evening a date had failed to meet him at a local movie theater for a late-night screening. An angry Unruh stayed to watch the movie by himself and arrived home at about 3 a.m. to find that a fence he had erected between his house and his neighbor's adjacent lot to resolve a property dispute had been taken down, further aggravating him. Later that morning, Unruh suddenly snapped at his mother (whom he lived with) during breakfast. He chased her out of the house. At 9:20 a.m. Unruh proceeded on his murderous rampage through nearby businesses on River Road. With deadly accuracy, Unruh shot customers and proprietors randomly at a barber shop, a tailor shop, a shoe-repair shop and a pharmacy. Some luckless bystanders were gunned down in their cars while stopped at intersections. The youngest of Unruh's victims was just two years old. The toddler was killed as he looked out of an apartment window. When Unruh ran out of ammunition, he made his way back home and awaited his fate. Incredibly he spoke calmly, politely and amicably on the telephone to a local newspaper reporter while he awaited arrest. Unruh was shot in the leg by an armed citizen during his rampage but seemed oblivious to his wound. He was judged to be insane and thus not fit to stand trial under New Jersey law. He was held in a mental institution for more than 60 years before dying in 2009 at the age of 88. Hardly remorseful, in his last known interview Unruh said he would have happily killed thousands of people had he had the opportunity.
Tags: Howard  Unruh  mass  killer  NJ 
Added: 18th December 2018
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Posted By: Lava1964

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