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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:19 am

and of course, 50 years since
Barack Obama And John Lewis Remember The Work Of Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 20183:22 PM ET
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Former president Barack Obama and Congressman John Lewis discussed Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s mission and legacy.

As Americans across the country remember how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life was cut short while standing on a motel balcony in Memphis, former President Barack Obama and congressman John Lewis sat down to discuss the civil rights leader and his legacy.

The black-and-white video has been shared on Twitter more than 4,000 times since being posted two hours ago by the Obama Foundation.

Obama starts by asking Lewis where he was when he learned that King had been shot. Lewis says he was in Indianapolis, organizing a rally for Robert Kennedy, who broke the news that King had been fatally wounded. Lewis expressed regret that he didn't spend more time with King, saying "I thought he would be around a long time."

Lewis, who in the early 1960s joined the movement against racism and segregation and became a prominent civil rights leader, knew King personally.

In a recent interview with The Atlantic, he talked about penning a letter to King about his hopes of attending a school only open to white people. King offered to file a lawsuit with him against the school and the state of Alabama — after Lewis got the green light from his parents. King warned Lewis of the risks. "He said they could lose their land; their home could be burned or bombed," Lewis told The Atlantic. In the end, his parents were too afraid.


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Post by Foggy » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:01 am

Among other things ...


1775 - The Battles of Concord and Lexington begin the American Revolution

1993 - The Branch Davidian standoff ends with a fire

1995 - OK bomb destroyed the Murrah Building

Do not be surprised if there's a terrorist attack by white supremacists or other alt-right loons today. Keeping my fingers crossed.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:31 am

My now deceased father-in-law was born on this day in 1925. Couldn't have had a better one! His favorite line, "Let's all get drunk, get naked, and sing!" A raconteur par excellence.


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75 years after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Poland's Jews are not giving up
By Agata Rakowiecka

Updated 1130 GMT (1930 HKT) April 19, 2018

Warsaw (CNN) On April 19, 1943, a brave group of Polish Jews began the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, their storied resistance against the Nazis. The ghetto fighters, although small in number and lacking in resources, dared to defy the odds. Though the uprising lasted only a month, today it is remembered as a legendary act of Jewish defiance during the Holocaust.

This anniversary is especially poignant for me as I sit in my office, just blocks away from what remains of the Warsaw Ghetto walls. I hear the bustling sounds of our capital city's first modern Jewish Community Center.

The smell of vegan matzo ball soup reaches my office from the ground floor, where a Jewish cooking workshop is in full swing. On another floor, a group of teenagers plans a scavenger hunt for our Sunday school children in a room housing our newly opened Hebrew library. And next to my desk, Jews of different backgrounds plan the future of Limmud, a Jewish educational and cultural conference, the biggest event for Poland's Jews, bringing together nearly 1,000 participants.

Contrary to popular opinion, Jewish life goes on here for the 10,000 to 20,000 Jews who call Poland home today.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:30 am

Israelis bask in 70 years of independence with barbecues in the sun

By TOI STAFF 19 April 2018, 7:40 am 0

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis were flocking to beaches and parks, lighting grills, waving flags and craning their necks for a glimpse of Israel’s fighter jets to mark the country’s 70th Independence Day on Thursday.

After a night of fireworks, concerts, parties and an emotional crossover from Memorial Day to Independence Day, most Israelis were spending the day, a national holiday, celebrating the country’s birthday.

A highlight of the day will be the cross-country flyover of military jets and helicopters, which will for the second year include Israel’s fleet of F-35 jets, considered the most advanced plane in the world.

Celebrations in Jerusalem kicked off Thursday morning at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, where President Reuven Rivlin was hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot and others for a musical ceremony honoring over 100 soldiers receiving commendations for excellence.



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed May 02, 2018 9:55 am

https://www.bing.com/search?q=De+Havill ... orm=OTDTB3
First jet airliner
The jet airliner takes its first commercial flight


After years of testing and development, British airline BOAC welcomes passengers to the jet age as the De Havilland Comet 1 takes off from London for Johannesburg, South Africa. Although the route will make five stops, and take 21 hours and 20 minutes, it's about 50 percent faster than conventional aircraft.
It wasn't a good first year though. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Comet

ETA The Rock was born on this day.


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Post by RTH10260 » Fri May 04, 2018 10:47 am

Why Karl Marx is more relevant than ever
An upbeat biography places the great thinker in his 19th-century context

Adam Tooze

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Karl Marx was born 200 years ago on May 5 1818 in the ancient Palatinate bishopric of Trier to a converted Jewish family. Growing up in the shadow of the French Revolution, religion and monarchy were the first targets of his youthful radicalism. But, in the 1840s, as industry spread across Europe, Marx took a further radical turn. Reading Friedrich Engels’s reportage on The Condition of the Working-Class in England, Marx glimpsed a new reality. He did not use the term capitalism — that would be later coined by his students — but there was no denying the massive dynamic resulting from the combination of competitive capital accumulation and technological change.

As Sven-Eric Liedman shows in his landmark anniversary biography, A World to Win, the quest to understand contemporary reality by way of the forces of production, class relations, and the structures of politics, law and culture built on them would occupy Marx for the rest of his life. As Liedman shows, from the 1840s, these were the threads that Marx followed into “the labyrinths of the age he lived in”.



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sat May 05, 2018 10:29 am

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-13565155
Chanel No 5: The story behind the classic perfume

In 1921, a clever French businesswoman and belle of the Parisian social elite created a scent that revolutionised the way women smell. Ninety years later Chanel No 5 is arguably still the world's most iconic perfume.

She (Coco Chanel) was fastidiously clean and later when she worked among the mistresses of the rich she complained about the way they smelled, stinking of musk and body odour.

When she decided to commission a perfume for her best clients - a new trend among fashion houses - it was important that it imbue this freshness.

It took him (the perfumer Ernest Beaux) several months to perfect a new fragrance but eventually he came up with 10 samples and presented them to Chanel.

They were numbered one to five and 20 to 24. She picked number five.


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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 10:29 am
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-13565155
Chanel No 5: The story behind the classic perfume

In 1921, a clever French businesswoman and belle of the Parisian social elite created a scent that revolutionised the way women smell. Ninety years later Chanel No 5 is arguably still the world's most iconic perfume.

She (Coco Chanel) was fastidiously clean and later when she worked among the mistresses of the rich she complained about the way they smelled, stinking of musk and body odour.

When she decided to commission a perfume for her best clients - a new trend among fashion houses - it was important that it imbue this freshness.

It took him (the perfumer Ernest Beaux) several months to perfect a new fragrance but eventually he came up with 10 samples and presented them to Chanel.

They were numbered one to five and 20 to 24. She picked number five.
No Stinko de Mayo. :lol:


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue May 08, 2018 9:42 am




The Nobel Prize

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On 8 May 1945, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994) solved the structure of penicillin after many others had failed. Later, she also managed to determine the structure of vitamin B12 and insulin. #NobelPrize
Image: Molecular model of penicillin by Hodgkin.


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Post by Addie » Sun May 13, 2018 9:55 am

Politico: Congress votes to declare war against Mexico, May 13, 1846


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue May 15, 2018 10:30 am

On this day — May 15

5/15/2018

A mouse named Mickey makes his debut

Screened before a test audience, a silent short animated film made by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks fails to find a movie distributor. The lead character of 'Plane Crazy,' Mickey Mouse, won't be fated to obscurity however, as his second outing, 'Steamboat Willie,' makes a big splash.


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Post by Volkonski » Wed May 16, 2018 12:10 pm

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
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On this day — May 15

5/15/2018

A mouse named Mickey makes his debut

Screened before a test audience, a silent short animated film made by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks fails to find a movie distributor. The lead character of 'Plane Crazy,' Mickey Mouse, won't be fated to obscurity however, as his second outing, 'Steamboat Willie,' makes a big splash.
Well, 'Steamboat Willie' had sound. :thumbs:


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon May 21, 2018 8:34 am

MTV gets 'Real'
Chuck Berry pioneers rock & roll guitar
A part-time construction worker visits the studios of Chess Records and cuts his first record, a souped-up version of a traditional fiddle tune given new lyrics, a new title, and an unforgettable guitar riff. A smash crossover hit, ‘Maybellene’ will make Chuck Berry an overnight sensation and lead Rolling Stone magazine to later write, “Rock & roll guitar starts here.”
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon May 21, 2018 8:40 am

http://www.redcross.org/about-us/who-we ... ara-barton

She was 60 when she founded the American Red Cross after serving in the Civil War.
Clara Barton was determined that the United States should participate in the global Red Cross network. Working with influential friends and contacts such as Frederick Douglass, she founded the American Red Cross in 1881. Barton served as president of the organization until 1904, when she resigned at age 83.

Clara Barton died on April 12, 1912, at her home in Glen Echo, Maryland. Her legacy to the nation—service to humanity—is reflected in the services provided daily by the employees and volunteers of the American Red Cross.
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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:13 pm

Just cause it popped up now for me

50 years ago - The Pueblo Incident of 23 January 1968
USS Pueblo captured

On January 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo, a Navy intelligence vessel, is engaged in a routine surveillance of the North Korean coast when it is intercepted by North Korean patrol boats. According to U.S. reports, the Pueblo was in international waters almost 16 miles from shore, but the North Koreans turned their guns on the lightly armed vessel and demanded its surrender. The Americans attempted to escape, and the North Koreans opened fire, wounding the commander and two others. With capture inevitable, the Americans stalled for time, destroying the classified information aboard while taking further fire. Several more crew members were wounded.

Finally, the Pueblo was boarded and taken to Wonson. There, the 83-man crew was bound and blindfolded and transported to Pyongyang, where they were charged with spying within North Korea’s 12-mile territorial limit and imprisoned. It was the biggest crisis in two years of increased tension and minor skirmishes between the United States and North Korea.

The United States maintained that the Pueblo had been in international waters and demanded the release of the captive sailors. With the Tet Offensive raging 2,000 miles to the south in Vietnam, President Lyndon Johnson ordered no direct retaliation, but the United States began a military buildup in the area. North Korean authorities, meanwhile, coerced a confession and apology out of Pueblo commander Bucher, in which he stated, “I will never again be a party to any disgraceful act of aggression of this type.” The rest of the crew also signed a confession under threat of torture.


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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:08 pm

70 years ago
BERLIN BLOCKADE

The Berlin Blockade was an attempt in 1948 by the Soviet Union to limit the ability of France, Great Britain and the United States to travel to their sectors of Berlin, which lay within Russian-occupied East Germany. Eventually, the western powers instituted an airlift that lasted nearly a year and delivered much-needed supplies and relief to West Berlin. Coming just three years after the end of World War II, the blockade was the first major clash of the Cold War and foreshadowed future conflict over the city of Berlin.

The agreement after World War II to divide Germany and Berlin into occupation zones, with Berlin located deep in the Russian zone, had come out of the Yalta Conference in February 1945 and had included no arrangements for access to Berlin. Since then, the relationship between the Soviet Union and the West had deteriorated steadily, as reflected in disputes at the United Nations, Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech in March 1946, growing emphasis in U.S. foreign policy on containment of Russian expansion, Soviet hostility toward the Marshall Plan, and growing Western commitment to establishing a separate capitalist West Germany.
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Nearly 700 aircraft were used during the Berlin Airlift, more than 100 of which belonged to civilian operators.
In late 1947, discussions on Germany broke down over Soviet charges that the Allies were violating the Potsdam Agreement, and on March 20, 1948, the Soviets withdrew from the Allied Control Council administering Berlin. Ten days later, guards on the East German border began slowing the entry of Western troop trains bound for Berlin. On June 7, the Western powers announced their intention to proceed with the creation of West Germany. On June 24, arguing that if Germany was to be partitioned, Berlin could no longer be the single German capital, the Soviets stopped all surface travel between West Germany and Berlin.


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:22 pm

100 years - 17 July 1918
The Execution of Tsar Nicholas II, 1918

The mounting pressures of World War I, combined with years of injustice, toppled the rule of Tsar Nicholas II in March 1917. Forced to abdicate, he was replaced by a Provisional Government committed to continuing the war.

Increasing losses at the front and the fear of a German advance on Moscow eroded what little support remained for the war and undermined the Provisional Government's authority. Capitalizing on this situation, the Germans secretly transported the exiled Vladimir Lenin in a sealed train from Switzerland to Russia in the hope he would enflame the turmoil. German expectations were realized on the night of November 6-7 when Lenin led the Bolsheviks in a successful attempt to grab the reigns of power in St. Petersburg. Anti-Bolshevik forces (the White Russians) immediately took up arms to oust the Communist regime and Russia was plunged into a brutal civil war. The following March the Communist regime signed a treaty with the Germans ending Russia's participation in World War I.

Against this backdrop of political chaos, the Tsar and his family were initially kept as prisoners near St. Petersburg and then transported beyond the Ural Mountains finally ending up in the town of Ekaterinburg in the Spring of 1918. The seven members of the imperial family and their small retinue were confined to the house of a successful local merchant, N. N. Ipatiev, which had been commandeered by the Bolshevik's for this purpose.

By mid-July a Czech contingent of the White Army was approaching Ekaterinburg and the sounds of gun fire could be heard in the distance by the royal prisoners and their Bolshevik captors. The arrival of their potential liberators sealed the fate of the Tsar and his family.

During the early morning hours of July 17 the Tsar, his wife, children and servants were herded into the cellar of their prison house and executed.


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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:46 pm

Today in Tech – 1968
By Community Team July 18th, 2018

Intel founded

On this day in 1968 American multinational corporation and technology company Intel was founded. Intel was formed by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, with the executive leadership and vision of Andrew Grove. Its name is a combination of the words integrated and electronics, a fitting name considering the company’s vast electronic product line.

Intel came up with the x86 series of microprocessors, which are found in most PCs today.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARACK OBAMA

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“If you're walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.” - Barack Obama, born on this day in 1961.


Illinois celebrates first annual Barack Obama Day

Illinoisans honored former President Obama on Saturday with the first annual “Barack Obama Day.”

The Illinois legislature last year unanimously passed a measure establishing Aug. 4, the former president’s birthday, as a state holiday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed the bill into law on Aug. 6, 2017, making this year the first that the holiday is celebrated.

Obama began his political career as a community organizer in Chicago before becoming a state senator and then a U.S. senator from Illinois.

An early version of the bill had pushed for the day to be a legal holiday with paid time off and closed government offices, but the final version made it a commemorative holiday.

"It's incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it," Rauner said last year. "I don't think it should be a formal holiday with paid, forced time off, but I think it should be a day of acknowledgment and celebration."
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A spokeswoman for the former president told USA Today that Obama will have dinner with his family in Washington, D.C., to celebrate his 57th birthday.
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45 years ago



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Chicago Sun-Times
The whole world watched: 50 years after the 1968 Chicago convention



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Post by Jim » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:27 am

Dolly wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:34 pm
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARACK OBAMA
Illinois celebrates first annual Barack Obama Day
That's nice, my birthday is now a state holiday. Wonder if the boss will give me it off as a holiday?



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