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Re: Today in history...
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2013, 12:24:03 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2013, 08:26:33 am »
Today in 1776 – Common Sense by Thomas Paine, a document denouncing British rule in the Thirteen Colonies, was published. It was the last known occasion when this phrase was used unironically in the United States.

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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2013, 08:34:52 am »
On this day, sane people across the world like to drink to celebrate the births of Pat Benetar and Linda Lovelace, and the deaths of Coco Chanel and Buffalo Bill.

Other famous births include Frank Sinatra and George Foreman. One was slightly better than the other when if came to avoiding being punched in the ring...

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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2013, 12:02:41 pm »
In the year 152 BC in Thessaloniki, Greece a traveler from Athens was enjoying slices of hard stale bread and watered down ale in a public house. Through a hole in the wall, he was able to watch a foot race taking place in the street. He began a lengthy diatribe on why the athletes from his native Athens were superior, much to the chagrin of the other patrons. His comments were recorded. As a result, on this day in history we have the first obnoxious out of town sport fan.
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« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2013, 06:32:48 am »
On this day in 1787,  Herschel discovers Uranus has two moons (it has 27)... If that wasn't enough, he decided to name them after two characters from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's dream - Titania and Oberon. Apparently a talking ass called Bottom would've been taking things too far. It would be another two years before he discovered it had thin gritty discoloured rings...

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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2013, 03:19:00 pm »
Today in history, Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison, recording an album in the process. It was largely self financed, the only time Country and Western ever received a modicum of credibility, and did more to rejuvenate a self-destroyed, drug-addled career than Pulp Fiction did for John Travolta.

Also today in 1842, Dr. William Brydon reached Jalalabad. He was the sole successful escapee of 16,500 people in the first Anglo-Afghan war. Eight others were taken prisoner. The important lesson to take in of course is how successful the occupation of Afghani people's was, particularly when they tried to hold the country with only 20% of the invasion force. The 2nd is that British Doctors seem to be very good at taking care of themselves, not their patients.

The January 13 award for running away however goes to Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, who parked his ship in Tuscany when he ran a-cropper near Isole le Scole trying to get laid. The 500M€ cost of the ship was a pittance compared to the companies 2.2b€ annual profits, partly achieved by paying 3rd world staff less than a dollar an hour, and not providing any safety training.

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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2013, 03:45:33 pm »
After WWI, Saarland, which borders Luxembourg, Germany and France and had previously been German was handed over to French and British administration for 15 years. At the end of this time a referendum was to be held. 91% of people voted on January 13, 1935 to join Hitler's Nazi Germany, and most importantly, to stop being considered French.

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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2013, 05:48:18 pm »
Tito becomes President of Yugoslavia, eventually leading to the continuing disintegration of the Balkans.
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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2013, 08:58:42 pm »
Today in 1957, the Wham-O toy company released the first Frisbee.

Mothers everywhere curse their name as children too young to know the difference begin using expensive china plates as a substitute.
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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2013, 04:36:20 am »
January the 14th in medieval times celebrated the Christian Festival, Festum Asinorum or Feast of the Ass. A lesser known fact was that this was the working title for Centipede.

This day today in 1952, was the first Episode of NBC's Today show. Kathy Lee Gifford was not even born yet. Uncompressed highlights can be downloaded and stored on a single C64 tape cassette.

Today in 1784, 9 of 13 colonies ratified the Treaty of Paris, enshrining the United States as a sovereign entity after fighting through heavy snows to obtain a quorum. 200 years later Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a landslide. If only they'd known.

On this day in 1886, Hugh Lofting, author of the wildly successful Dr Doolittle series was born. 5 Eddie Murphy films later finds most people relieved that he died in 1947...


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« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2013, 03:37:09 am »
Today in 2001, Wikipedia was launched. Despite ideological dickheads, citogenesis, perpetual vanity defacings and an unvetted authorship pool, by and large, it can actually be useful - particularly as a reference pool.

Today's famous runaways include Christopher Colombus pulling up stakes and heading back to the New World in 1493 with a boatload of potatoes and newly syphilitic sailors; and tricky dicky officially cooling his jets in Vietnam.

Today in 1976, someone who tried to shoot President Ford got sentenced to life in prison... So much for the 2nd amendment hey FOX, Jones, NRA, etc... And on the whole despotic tyrant thing: This day today in 1970, Moammar Gadhafi becomes "President" of Libya, and in 1559, Elizabeth the 1st is crowned Queen of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc. (yes, she really used etc - nothing like a bit of megalomanic ambition...)



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« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2013, 03:53:04 am »
In other news, today is the 84th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating the 84th anniversary of his birth will occur on Monday the 21st... Don't ask.

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« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2013, 10:34:31 am »
1486: Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York. Her first son would continue the trend of Princes of Wales named Arthur proceeding to die before they inherit and giving way for a madman to become King, and her second son would make the current Prince of Wales' younger son very happy that he's probably never going to be King.
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« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2013, 07:46:38 am »
On this day last year, Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection.

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« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2013, 09:16:48 am »
Today in history, the space shuttle Challenger exploded.

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