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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:05 am

[http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-26128595]

On February 12, 1994, The Scream was stolen.
The Scream: I found the stolen painting

In 1994 Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream was stolen from a Norwegian art museum. It was recovered in a daring undercover operation by British detectives. Charles Hill was one of those detectives who posed as an art dealer to trick the thieves into returning the painting.

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Post by Foggy » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:27 am

Lincoln's birthday.


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Post by AndyinPA » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:55 am

Charles Darwin's birthday.

(Okay, I cheated. It's on another thread.)






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Post by Volkonski » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:21 pm

On February 12, 1912, Hsian-T’ung (aka Henry Pu Yi), the last emperor of China, was forced to abdicate following Sun Yat-sen’s republican revolution.


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Post by Foggy » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:49 pm

1502 – Isabella I issued an edict outlawing Islam in the Crown of Castile, forcing virtually all her Muslim subjects to convert to Christianity.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:33 am

http://www.trainhistory.net/train-inven ... revithick/

First steam engine run:
Richard Trevithick was born in 1771, in the coal lands of Carn Brea between Camborne and Redruth in Cornwall. Surrounded by mines, and educated from young days to work with his father on water pump engines, he soon formulated the vision of improving efficiency of mining and transporting precious coal that was powering Britain’s vast industry. To make such change, he needed to make radical alteration of original steam engine designs that were made by famous James Watt in 1770s and adapt it to power locomotive that was moving. Such notions were immediately dismissed by his peers in the technical community around Cornwall, but he did not give up. After finding financial support from Samuel Homfray in first few years of 1800s, Trevithick finally had the money to build the machine of his dreams and change the way coal industry worked forever. After using horses to pull carts of coal from the mines and over surface railways for several hundred years, it was not strange to see that majority of mine owners and technicians who supported this kind of coal transport looked negatively on appearance of unreliable, big, inefficient and slow steam engines.

To prove his point, Richard Trevithick made a bet with his biggest rival ironmaster Richard Crashay. With 500 guineas on the line (small fortune in those days), Richard had to prove that his steam locomotive could successfully pull 10 tons of iron over along the 15 kilometer line of surface railways between towns of Penydarren and Abercynon. On the faithful day of 21 February 1804, Richard’s locomotive under the name of "Penydarren" successfully made her trip over the time of four hours and five minutes, carrying around 25 tons of iron, equipment and 70 people who rode the train.

Secret of his steam engine design was in pressure. By using highly pressurized steam, he was able to harness more power and enable the locomotive to be more productive and efficient. This design later on become the basis of all steam locomotives that would spread out and enable expansion of industry and European civilization across all four corners of the world.

See also, http://www.inticweb.com/top-stories/ric ... 1377-2018/


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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:29 am

Oooh, I like this thread :thumbs:


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:21 am

https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/the-wo ... e-of-1913/

Must read! Also, too, horses, horses,and more horses! Held the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. There was physical abuse of marchers by police and spectators.
The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913

On March 3, 1913 over 5,000 women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. for universal women’s suffrage. The event was scheduled on the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration to “march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded,” as the official program stated. The march and the attention that it attracted were monumental in advancing women’s suffrage in the United States.

The parade included nine bands, four mounted brigades, 20 floats, and an allegorical performance near the Treasury Building. The marchers were separated into different categories. Leading the parade, wearing a crown and long white cape on top a white horse, was labor lawyer Inez Milholland. Women from countries that had already enfranchised women were first, along with officers in the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

The “Pioneers”, women who have been working on suffrage for decades, came after. Celebration of working women followed the Pioneers section and included nurses, farmers, homemakers, doctors, college women and more. Other sections included the National Association of Colored Women, individual state delegations and male supporters.

The parade appeared to have a good start; however Pennsylvania Avenue soon became choked with thousands of spectators. At the same time a few blocks away, president-elect Wilson arrived at the railway station to very little fanfare. When they asked where everyone was, they were told everyone was “watching the suffrage parade.”


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:41 am

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:21 am
https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/the-wo ... e-of-1913/

Must read! Also, too, horses, horses,and more horses! Held the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. There was physical abuse of marchers by police and spectators.
The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913

:snippity:

The parade appeared to have a good start; however Pennsylvania Avenue soon became choked with thousands of spectators. At the same time a few blocks away, president-elect Wilson arrived at the railway station to very little fanfare. When they asked where everyone was, they were told everyone was “watching the suffrage parade.”
Blame Obama ! ;)



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:51 am

https://www.bing.com/search?q=On+this+d ... E92CC-6196
The SR-71 'Blackbird' flies into the history books
Pilots Ed Yielding and Joseph Vida make a transcontinental flight from Los Angeles, California, to Washington, DC, in a blistering 64 minutes and with an average speed of 2,144.8 mph, a record. Their plane is the Lockheed SR-71 'Blackbird,' a long-range reconnaissance aircraft.
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:06 am

First woman licensed to fly.

http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/laroche.html
Baroness' Raymonde de Laroche (1886-1919)
born Elise Roche,


In 1909, while the Baroness Raymonde de la Roche was dining with Charles Voisin, he suggested that she learn to fly an airplane.

Taught by Voisin himself at Chalons, she received the first pilot's licence awarded to a woman on March 8, 1910.

In the same year as the only female participant in the AirMeet at Reims she was seriously injured in a crash. After a lengthy recovery, she went on to win the Femina Cup for a nonstop flight of four hours.


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Post by Judge Roy Bean » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:16 pm

March 11, 2011 - Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station crisis after the tsunami strikes.

http://www.world-nuclear.org/informatio ... ident.aspx


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Post by TollandRCR » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:38 pm

Judge Roy Bean wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:16 pm
March 11, 2011 - Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station crisis after the tsunami strikes.

http://www.world-nuclear.org/informatio ... ident.aspx
Click the “siting” link for a fuller and more accurate story. There were simple steps that could have taken to improve response to the tsunami, such as moving the generators up the hill. There is a solid history of tsunamis in the Fukushima area that should have led to such precautions.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:20 pm

Nazi Germany on its way to WW2, a Spiegel article from a decade ago
March 12, 1938
Annexation Austrian-Style

When the Nazis marched into Austrian on March 12, 1938, hundreds of thousands of Austrians turned out to welcome them. But after the war, the country preferred to see itself as just another of Hitler's victims.

By Marion Kraske
March 12, 2008 05:23 PM

Suddenly, events began moving in fast-forward: It was 10 minutes to eight in the evening, March 11, 1938, when Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg took to the radio to address his people. He bade them farewell with portentous words: “God protect Austria.”

The next day at 5:00 a.m., SS leader Heinrich Himmler landed with his staff at the Aspern Airport in Vienna. Shortly thereafter, the German army crossed the border into Austria. “Operation Otto,” as the military element of the Austrian takeover was known, and the “reunification of Austria with the German Reich,” as Hitler formulated it for a law decreed earlier that same day, was in full swing. A referendum on the topic of independence, planned by Schuschnigg for March 13, had prompted Hitler to take matters into his hands and push ahead quickly with the solution to the “Austria question.”

Hitler headed first to Linz, where he had spent part of his childhood, and then to Vienna, where excited crowds were forming on the streets. Tens of thousands had gathered to give him a raucous welcome. On March 15, he declared the “entry of my homeland into the German Reich” from the balcony of the Hofburg Imperial Palace. On Heldenplatz, 250,000 people gathered to celebrate the occasion. Afterwards, a parade marched around the Ringstrasse, which circles the heart of Vienna. Not just the German Eighth Army took part in the parade, but also SA and SS units. Tanks and fighter planes rolled past as well -- a precisely staged performance for the cheering masses.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:57 am

1957
https://www.bing.com/search?q=On+this+d ... ry&filters
US Customs Office seizes 'Howl'

As 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem 'Howl' arrive in the US from a London publisher, customs officials seize the books on charges of obscenity. Ginsberg and his publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, will fight those charges and win, the trial a publicity bonanza for 'Howl' and the cause of free speech.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:00 am

1807

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British Empire ends its slave trade
Championed by religious groups and slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce, the Slave Trade Act becomes law in Great Britain and its colonies, ending the trading of slaves throughout the empire. It will be another 26 years before slavery itself will be abolished in the United Kingdom.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:04 am

1911

This led to a famous trial and cross-examination.

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Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire kills 146

A Manhattan garment sweatshop is the scene of a horrific, and avoidable, tragedy as crowded conditions and an almost total lack of safety measures lead to the deaths of 146 workers after a fire breaks out. Legislation requiring factory safety standards will follow, as will sweatshop workers unions.


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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:57 am
1957
https://www.bing.com/search?q=On+this+d ... ry&filters
US Customs Office seizes 'Howl'

As 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem 'Howl' arrive in the US from a London publisher, customs officials seize the books on charges of obscenity. Ginsberg and his publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, will fight those charges and win, the trial a publicity bonanza for 'Howl' and the cause of free speech.
Howl
BY ALLEN GINSBERG
For Carl Solomon

I

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
remainder at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49303/howl



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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:22 pm

only 20 years...
Viagra rising: how the little blue pill revolutionized sex

AFP/File / HENNY RAY ABRAMS

Pfizer's Viagra, approved by US regulators 20 years ago, was the first pill aimed at helping men get erections

Twenty years ago, a little blue pill called Viagra unleashed a cultural shift in America, making sex possible again for millions of older men and bringing the once-taboo topic of impotence into daily conversation.

While the sexual improvement revolution it sparked brightened up the sex lives of many couples, it largely left out women still struggling with dysfunction and loss of libido over time. They have yet to benefit from a magic bullet to bring it all back, experts say.

About 65 million prescriptions have been filled worldwide for the blockbuster Pfizer drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration on March 27, 1998.

It was the first pill aimed at helping men get erections.

Suddenly, talk of an amazing drug that could make an older man's penis hard again was all over television and magazines.

The Viagra boom also coincided with the rise of the internet, and the explosion of online pornography.

Ads for Viagra were designed to reframe what had been known as "male impotence" as "erectile dysfunction" or ED, a medical condition that could finally be fixed.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:36 am




The Leadership Conference

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#OTD in 1937, William H. Hastie became the first African-American district court judge – and later became the first African-American circuit court judge when President Truman appointed him to the 3rd Circuit.

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Post by Addie » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:49 pm

WaPo: A ‘Pearl Harbor in politics’: LBJ’s stunning decision not to seek reelection




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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:42 pm

cause it's Easter Sunday (the 2017 reference is date of compilation)

The Easter Sunday Uprising - Short Documentary Experience

Rusty's Time Machine wrote: Published on 16 Jun 2017

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:01 pm

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-his ... opularized

1700 April Fools tradition popularized




1698
Several gullible people are sent to the Tower of London to see the "washing of the lions" (a nonexistent practice), as will be reported April 2 by a London newspaper. The prank will endure for centuries, making clear that the tradition of tricking dupes on April 1 is becoming increasingly popular.
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Post by TollandRCR » Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:18 pm

Harvard University shut down the day MLK Jr. was murdered. It never shuts down.


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Post by RVInit » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:20 am

Dr Maya Angelou - today would have been her 90th birthday. She did not live to see Trump elected president.


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