Sunday, December 17, 2017
2013 After a new U.S.-South Korea military pact, North Korea threatens to strike targets in Hawaii, Guam, South Korea and the U.S. mainland - Some only understand force
2012 London-based Tullow Oil discovers oil in Kenya - Tullow will make lots of money, but little will stay in Kenya
2011 Tokyo reports that levels of radiation in its water supply have returned to normal
2011 In London, England, hundreds of thousands march in Trafalgar Square to protest government budget cuts
2010 Iran calls upon Muslims around the world to act in protest in response to Israel's plans to build in East Jerusalem
2006 Smoking is banned in restaurants and bars in Scotland - Alcohol consumption probably increased
1989 1st free elections in U.S.S.R.; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins - Some non-members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union were actually elected - quite a change from the one candidate per office previous to this date
1987 NASA launches Fltsatcom-6, it failed to reach orbit - According to other sources the satellite and launch vehicle were struck by lightning just after liftoff and had to be destroyed by the range safety officer on March 27th - Must have veen quite a sight
1987 National Federation of High School adopts college 3 point shot (21 feet)
1983 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982 Ground-breaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial - No tax dollars to build it - thank you from this Vietnam vet to all who donated and another sad salute to my brothers and sisters named on the Wall.
1982 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder release "Ebony and Ivory" in the U.K.
1981 Police and Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo Yugoslavia
1981 Soyuz T-4 lands
1980 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
1979 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat sign peace treaty in Washington D.C. - Thanks to President Jimmy Carter
1976 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M - You can't even buy a pitcher for that much today
1975 "Tommy" premieres in London
1974 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1974 Romanian Communist Party names party leader Ceausescu president
1973 Soap "Young and Restless" premieres
1973 Susan Shaw, is 1st woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange - She was the first to walk on to the floor with 5 other women - it took over 20 years to accomplish this
1973 UCLA wins their 7th straight NCAA basketball title
1971 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings - Our taste hasn't improved over the years
1971 "Cannon" with William Conrad premieres on CBS-TV
1971 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares its independence
1970 500th nuclear explosion announced by the U.S. since 1945 - I guess it takes a lot of practice to see if those horrible weapons work
1970 Golden Gate Park Conservatory made city landmark
1970 Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) plead guilty to "taking immoral liberties" with a 14 year old girl - While I was in college, they got busted for marijuana in Lincoln
1969 Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
1969 Nuclear reactor Dodewaard Netherlands goes into use
1969 Soviet weather satellite Meteor 1 launched
1964 "Funny Girl" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 1,348 performances
1962 Supreme Court backs 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in state legislature
1960 Iraq executes 30 after attack on President Kassem - Nothing like a little intimidation
1958 U.S. Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
1956 Medic Alert Foundation forms - If you have an allergy or chronic medical problem get one of these and wear it
1955 "Ballad of Davy Crockett," becomes the #1 record in US
1954 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1953 Dr. Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio - It worked!
1951 USAF flag approved - Four years after the Air Force was created - trivia fact: the Air Force and your editor are the same age
1945 US Army 77th Dividion invades Kerama Retto - They found and destroyed small boats loaded with high explosives to be used in kamikaze attacks against US ships
1945 British premier Churchill looks over at the Rhine (near Ginsberg)
1945 Generals Eisenhower/Bradley/Patton attack at Remagen the Rhine
1945 Japanese resistance ends on Iwo Jima - 6800 US dead, almost 20,000 wounded; 1,083 Japanese troops survived out of 20,000; 27 Medals of Honor awarded, most posthumously - the most in any single operation of World War II - salute to the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions
1945 U.S. 7th Army crosses Rhine at Worms
1944 705 British bombers attack Essen
1943 Battle of Komandorski Islands, Pacific Ocean - Which were in the Aleutians and was a pure surface ship battle between US and Japanese cruisers and destroyers
1943 Elsie S. Ott becomes 1st woman awarded U.S. Air Force Medal - Air Force flight nurses rock - she was the only nurse for 5 then 16 seriously ill patients - the 6 + day flight started in Karachi, Pakistan and ended at Walter Reed Hospital
1942 1st "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz - He was following orders
1942 20 tons of gelignite explode in a stone quarry at Easton Pennsylvania, kills 21
1942 German offensive in North-Africa under Colonel General Rommel
1937 Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye
1937 William H. Hastie becomes 1st black federal judge (Virgin Islands)
1936 200" telescope lens shipped, Corning Glass Works, New York-Cal Tech
1936 Mary Joyce ends a 1,000 mile trip by dog in Alaska - She was a nurse, too
1935 "RvJ" Mitchell and Major Sorley discuss armament of Spitfire
1934 Driving tests introduced in Britain - It was voluntary until 1936 - wonder why they picked driving on the left?
1931 New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capital of British-Indies
1930 Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway
1926 The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America
1916 Birdman of Alcatraz receives solitary
1913 Bulgaria captures Adrianople, ending the 1st Balkan War
1913 Dayton, Ohio almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami, and Muskingum River reach flood stage simultaneously
1910 U.S. forbid immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers and the sick - Now the conservatives just want to keep out minorities
1903 American Hotel opens in Amsterdam
1895 King Alfonso plants pine sapling in Madrid, starts Spain's Arbor Day - Arbor Day was started in Nebraska in 1874 - proclaimed by Governor Robert Furnas
1886 1st cremation in England
1885 Eastman Film Co. manufactures 1st commercial motion picture film
1878 Sabi Game Reserve, world's 1st official designated game reserve, opens
1872 7.8 earthquake shakes Owens Valley, California
1872 Thomas J. Martin patents fire extinguisher
1871 Paris Commune founded
1863 Voters in West Virginia approve gradual emancipation of slaves
1862 Battle of La Glorieta Pass, New Mexico Territory (Apache Canyon, Pigeon's Ranch)
1859 1st sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury
1845 Joseph Francis, New York City, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat
1845 Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precusor of bandaid
1812 Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas; about 20,000 die
1804 Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to LouisianaOne of our finer moments as a country
1804 Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase
1790 Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency
1780 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (British Gazette and Sunday Monitor)
1668 England takes control of Bombay India - You see it's the duty of the white European to rule the primitive non-whites