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Birth of a Rolling Stone and a premiere of a classic

On December 18 in:


1777, The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British forces in the Battle of Saratoga; 


1863, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is born; 


1892, The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky premiered in Saint Petersburg, Russia ;


1943, Keith Richards, English singer songwriter, guitarist, producer and actor (The Rolling Stones, The Dirty Mac and The New Barbarians, is born;







Tornado in Brooklyn and a infamous walk across a street in London


On August 8 in:


1863, Following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis (it is refused upon receipt);


1876, Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph;


1896, American author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is born;


1929, The German Airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight;


1969, At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan takes the photo that becomes the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road, one of the most famous album covers in recording history;


1974, President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide telexision address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day; and in


2007, An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889. 

"Hollywoodland", Live Aid and the Nixon tapes



On July 13 in:


1977, Somalia declares war on Ethiopia, starting the Ethiopian-Somali War;


1863, New York City draft riots;  in New York, N.Y., opponents of conscription begin three days of rioting which will be later regarded  as the worst in the United States history;


1985, The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow;


1923, The Hollywood sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood.  It originally reads "Hollywoodland" but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949; and in


1973, Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the "Nixon tapes" to the Special Senate Committee investigating the Watergate break-in.  



Sandra Day O'Connor, Roswell and sliced bread




On July 7 in:


1947, the Roswell incident, the (supposed) crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell in New Mexico;


1985, Boris Becker become the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at age 17;


1863, United States begins its first military draft; exemptions cost $300;


1981, the U.S. President Ronald Reagan appoints Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court;


1456, A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death; and in


1928, sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.



Extinction and what a difference 50 years makes

On July 3 in:

1844, The last pair of Great Auks is killed;


1767, Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded and the first edition is published;


1863, The final  day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminates with Pickett's Charge;


1913, Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion reenact Pickett's charge, upon reaching the high-water mark of the Confederacy they are met by the outstreched hands  of friendship from Union survivors;and in


1775, George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachussetts.




The Battle of Gettysburg, SOS and the Walkman


On July 1 in:


1963, ZIP codes are introduced for United States mail;


1908, SOS is adopted as the international distress signal;


1870, the United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence;


1863, the Battle of Gettysburg begins; 


1931, United Airlines begins service (as Boeing Air Transport);


1921, the Communist Party of China is founded;


1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes become the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels; and in


1979, Sony introduces the Walkman. 


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Birth of a Rolling Stone and a premiere of a classic

On December 18 in: 1777, The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British forces in the Battle...

Word of the day


(verb) to complain loudly or angrily

The collectiion: Books

Someone - Alice McDermott

One ordinary life told from the perspective of she who is living it. I do not normally read realistic or historical fiction but this book caught my eye...

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Summer Fresh Pasta

This is terrific for a summer lunch.What you will need:12 0z. pasta, any shape1/2 cup pine nuts (optional - they are crazy expensive - but oh so good)...

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Parts Per Billion

Brian Horiuchi's drama Parts Per Billion takes place while a pandemic wipes out a large portion of the planet's population. In this bleak atmosphere, three...

Quotation of the day

Judy Garland

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.


Interesting things


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The collection: Music

Twin Forks - Twin Forks

Each track has its own feel and rhythm. Really unique sound. Very nice blend of rhythm with some incredible guitar playing. It's easy to get lost into...

Science fair

The Clean Cloud

This is just so completely cool!What you will need:a bar of Ivory soapknifemicrowave ovenWhat  you do:Cut a bar of Ivory soap in half. Put one half in...
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