Sunday, December 17, 2017

Alvo's Population more than doubled last Saturday....

Over 50 cars, pickups, motorcycles, hot rods and rat rods lined both sides of Main Street for the 13th Annual Alvo Car, Truck and Bike Show. A pancake (eggs, sausage, juice and coffee) breakfast kicked off the day starting at 0630. Cars began arriving shortly after 7 even under overcast skies and occasional misty sprinkles. For every entry in the 29 classes there were 2 or more people looking at them. First and second place trophies were awarded in each class.

Sponsored Trophies

Best in Show - NAPA Ashland Auto Parts

Best Ford - Fitzer Recycling

Best Chevy - Fitzer Recycling

Best Mopar - Round the Bend Steakhouse

Best Motorcycle - Round the Bend Steakhouse

Best Truck - Fiala’s Truck Repair

Best Interior - Gary & Brad Bornemeier families

Best Paint - Print Like Flint

Special thanks to Joe Cockerill and Neal Wilhelm for helping set up the station at 0 dark thirty; Lori Koutecky; Alvo Methodist Church Basement Ladies - you know who you are; Crystal Patzel; the Alvo Fire & Rescue Cadets; door prize donors (more about who they all were in a later issue); and especially a big THANKS for coming to the Best Little Car Show in Nebraska.

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Deb Kirkpatrick cleaned up our flower garden for the show.

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Daylight Hours

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Autumn
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 06:34 AM 08:26 PM 13:52 41
Thursday, August 14, 2014 06:35 AM 08:25 PM 13:50 40
Friday, August 15, 2014 06:36 AM 08:24 PM 13:48 39
Saturday, August 16, 2014 06:37 AM 08:22 PM 13:45 38
Sunday, August 17, 2014 06:38 AM 08:21 PM 13:43 37
Monday, August 18, 2014 06:39 AM 08:19 PM 13:40 36
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 06:40 AM 08:18 PM 13:38 35

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The moon's last quarter will happen at 7:26 AM on August 17th.

August 13

1521 - Present day Mexico City was captured by Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez from the Aztec Indians.

 1792 - French revolutionaries took the entire French royal family and imprisoned them.

1784 - The United States Congress met for the final time in Annapolis, MD.

1846 - The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles, CA.

1876 - The Reciprocity Treaty between the US and Hawaii was ratified.

1889 - A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray.

1912 - The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia, PA.

1931 - The first community hospital in the U.S. was dedicated in Elk City, OK.

1934 - Al Capp's comic strip "L'il Abner" made its debut in newspapers.

1942 - Henry Ford unveiled his "Soybean Car." It was a plastic-bodied car that weighed about 1000 lbs. less than a steel car.

1942 - Walt Disney's "Bambi" opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

1960 - "Echo I," a balloon satellite, allowed the first telephone conversation by satellite to take place.

1961 - Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.

1985 - The engagement of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenagger was announced.

1990 - Iraq transferred $3-4 billion in bullion, currency, and other goods seized from Kuwait to Baghdad.

1994 - It was reported that aspirin not only helps reduce the risk of heart disease, but also helps prevent colon cancer.

August 14

 1848 - Oregon Territory was established.

1896 - Gold was discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory. Within the next year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to look for gold. - Seattle made more money outfitting prospectors than the value of the gold from the Yukon.

1917 - China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War I.

1935 - President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.

1941 - Congress appropriated the funds to construct the Pentagon (approximately $83 million). The building was the  home of the War Department.

1944 - The federal government allowed the manufacture of certain domestic appliances to resume on a limited basis.

1945 - President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally. The surrender ended World War II.

1953 - The whiffle ball was invented.

1962 - A US mail truck was held up in Plymouth, MA. The robbers got away with more that $1.5 million dollars.

1969 - British troops arrived in Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.

1973 - The US bombing of Cambodia ended. The halt marked the official end to 12 years of combat in Indochina by the U.S.

1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was incorporated.

1986 - US officials announced that a Drug Enforcement agent had been abducted, interrogated and tortured by Mexican police.

1992 - The US announced that emergency airlifts of food to Somalia would begin. The action was being taken to stop mass deaths due to starvation.

1995 - Shannon Faulkner was the first female cadet at The Citadel, South Caroline's state military college. She quit the school less than a week later.

1998 - A federal appeals court in Richmond, VA ruled that the Food and Drug Administration had no authority to regulate tobacco. The FDA had established rules to make it harder for minors to buy cigarettes.

August 15

1848 - The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.

1877 - Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA.. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone.

1911 - The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company.

1914 - The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

1918 - Diplomatic ties between the US and Russia were severed.

1935 - Will Rogers and Wiley Post were killed in an airplane crash near Point Barrow, AK.

1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood. Judy Garland became famous for "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

1943 - Because of his special talent to use food scraps in both unusual and appetizing recipes, the War Department awarded Sgt. Edward Dzuba the Legion of Merit.

1944 - The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France.

1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

1947 - India became independent from Britain and was divided into the countries of India and Pakistan. India had been under British about 200 years.

1948 - The Republic of Korea was proclaimed.

1948 - CBS-TV inaugurated the first nightly news broadcast with anchorman Douglas Edwards.

1949 - In San Francisco, a stunt leap off the Golden Gate Bridge was performed for the first time. - Can't verify this in any of the Golden Gate Bridge histories.

1961 - East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.

1971 - President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, rents and prices. - And military and civil service promotions.

1986 - The Senate approved a package of economic sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce from South Africa.

1992 - Vietnam blamed Hollywood for creating the "myth" concerning the issue of US servicemen still being held prisoner in Indochina. - Second hand information in 1973 from aircrews flying the C-141 missions returning POWs was that the North Vietnamese kept the mentally ill POWs.

1994 - The Social Security Administration became an independent government agency. It had been a part of the Department of Health and Human Services agency.

1997 - The U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute FBI officials in connection with the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho. The investigation dealt with an alleged cover-up.

2000 - A group of 100 people from North Korea arrived in South Korea for temporary reunions with relatives they had not seen for half a century. Also, a group of 100 South Koreans visited the North.

2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

August 16

1829 - The "Siamese twins," Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston. They had come to the Western world to be exhibited. They were 18 years old and joined at the waist.

1858 - A telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

1861 - President Lincoln prohibited the Union states from trading with the states of the Confederacy.

1923 - Carnegie Steel Corporation put into place the eight-hour workday for its employees.

1937 - Harvard University became the first school to have graduate courses in traffic engineering and administration.

1954 - Sports Illustrated was published for the first time. It was claimed that 250,000 subscriptions were sold before the first issue came off of the presses.

1960 - The free-fall world record was set by Joseph Kittinger. He fell more than 16 miles (about 84,000 feet) before opening his parachute over New Mexico.

1978 - Xerox was fined for excluding Smith-Corona from the copier market. The fine was $25.6 million.

1984 - The US Jaycees voted to admit women to full membership in the organization.

1995 - Voters in Bermuda rejected independence from Great Britain.

1999 - In Russia, Vladimir V. Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament.

August 17

1790 - The capital city of the US moved to Philadelphia from New York City.

1807 - Robert Fulton's "North River Steam Boat" (known as the "Clermont") began heading up New York's Hudson River on its successful round-trip to Albany.

1815 - Napoleon began serving his exile when he arrived at the island of St. Helena.

1859 - A hot air balloon was used to carry mail for the first time. John Wise left Lafayette, IN, for New York City with 100 letters. He had to land after only 27 miles.

1896 - The Klondike gold rush was set off by George Carmack discovering gold on Rabbit Creek in  Alaska.

1903 - Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University. This started the Pulitzer Prizes in his name.

1915 - Charles F. Kettering received a patent for the first electric ignition device. - He also invented the electric starter.

1939 - The movie "Wizard of Oz" premiered in New York. It had premiered in Hollywood on August 15.

1943 - The Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.

1961 - The Communist East German government completed the construction of the Berlin Wall.

1977 - Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland had surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history. - One year after he died on August 18th 1976.

1982 - The U.S. Senate approved an immigration bill that granted permanent resident status to illegal aliens who had arrived in the United States before 1977.

1987 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 2,700 for the first time.

1992 - Woody Allen admitted romantic involvement with Soon-Yi Previn. She was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Allen's longtime companion. - Woody the pedophile.

1996 - Ross Perot was announced to be the Reform Party's presidential candidate. He was the party's first-ever candidate.

1998 - President Clinton admitted to having an improper relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. - In Arkansas it's not sex if you're not a blood relative. "I did not have sex with that woman.".

August 18

1587 - Virginia Dare became the first child to be born on American soil of English parents. The colony that is now Roanoke Island, NC mysteriously vanished.

1840 - The American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City.

1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.

1940 - Canada and the US established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II.

1958 - Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita" was published.

1963 - James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi. He was the first black man to accomplish this feat.

1966 - The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.

1990 - The first shots were fired by the US in the Persian Gulf Crisis when a US frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker.

1997 - Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.

1997 - Patrick Swayze received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 - Mrs. Field's Original Cookies announced that they would acquire the Great American Cookie Co.

 August 19

 1812 - "Old Ironsides" (the USS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia.

1848 - The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.

1856 - Gail Borden received a patent for his process of condensing milk by vacuum.

1909 - The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1934 - Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.

1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.

1942 - About 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France. They suffered about 50 percent casualties.

1960 - Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow.

1960 - Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth's orbit by the Soviet Union. - Both dogs (Belka and Strelka), the 40 mice and the 2 rats survived. Strelka had a litter a year later and one of the puppies was given to Jackie Kennedy.

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1974 - During an anti-American protest in Nicosia, Cyprus, US Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet while in the American embassy.

1981 - Two Libyan SU-22s were shot down by two US Navy F-14 fighters in the Gulf of Sidra.

1991 - Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later.

2004 - Google Inc. stock began selling on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The initial price was set at $85 and ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.

 

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 "Reality: What a concept!"

"The Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms, not to bear artillery."

- Robin Williams - July 1st, 1951 - August 11th, 2014

A truly great talent is gone - due to depression. I will miss him - we think alike, although I am a lot slower.

 

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