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September 11, 2001

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Date: September 11th, 2014

Category: History

septIn 2001, Islamic terrorists attacked the United States, crashing two hijacked airliners into the twin towers at New York’s World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon outside Washington.

A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania, apparently en route to Washington, after passengers attacked their captors.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed, most of them in the two towers, which collapsed.

U.S. President George W. Bush pledged to destroy the responsible terrorist organizations and the regimes that supported them.

Osama bin Laden, a wealthy anti-American Saudi exile operating out of Afghanistan and leader of al-Qaida, a shadowy, far-flung terrorist organization, was identified as the ringleader of the attacks.

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Today in History – Sep 2, 1666: Great Fire of London begins

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Date: September 2nd, 2014

Category: History

1666In the early morning hours, the Great Fire of London breaks out in the house of King Charles II’s baker on Pudding Lane near London Bridge. It soon spread to Thames Street, where warehouses filled with combustibles and a strong easterly wind transformed the blaze into an inferno.

When the Great Fire finally was extinguished on September 6, more than four-fifths of London was destroyed. Miraculously, only 16 people were known to have died.

The Great Fire of London was a disaster waiting to happen.

London of 1666 was a city of medieval houses made mostly of oak timber. Some of the poorer houses had walls covered with tar, which kept out the rain but made the structures more vulnerable to fire. Streets were narrow, houses were crowded together, and the firefighting methods of the day consisted of neighborhood bucket brigades armed with pails of water and primitive hand pumps. Citizens were instructed to check their homes for possible dangers, but there were many instances of carelessness.  More

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Rumor of Brooklyn Bridge Collapse Sparked Fatal Stampede During Opening Week

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Date: August 6th, 2014

bridge nyNew York – Just six days after opening to the public, a rumor quickly spread that the new bridge was about to collapse. The resulting panic caused such a massive stampede that 12 were killed in the crush.

The tragic incident started the afternoon of May 30, 1883 when a woman tripped and fell descending the wooden stairs on the Manhattan side of the bridge. Apparently, this caused another woman to scream at the top of her lungs, which caused those nearby to rush towards the scene.

The commotion sparked a chain reaction of confusion, as more and more people panicked and mobbed the narrow staircase, creating a massive pileup. Thousands were on the promenade, quickly turning the situation deadly.

Believing a collapse was imminent, terrified pedestrians scrambled for the exit, trampling one another. Panicked men, women and children piled on top of each another and became trapped against the iron fences that line the narrow promenade. In true old-time New York fashion, pickpockets came to rob the helpless victims.  More

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James Brady, White House press secretary under Reagan, dies

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Date: August 4th, 2014

bradyJames Brady, the former White House press secretary who was badly wounded in the assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan and later became an advocate for gun control, has died. He was 73.

Brady was left permanently disabled after being shot in the head on March 30, 1981, by John Hinckley, Jr., outside the Washington Hilton Hotel.

He afterward undertook a personal crusade for gun control, and lobbied for stricter handgun and assault-weapon laws.  A federal law requiring a background check on handgun buyers bears Brady’s name, and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is named in his honor.

Although Brady returned to the White House only briefly, he was allowed to keep the title of presidential press secretary and his White House salary until Reagan left office in January 1989.

Brady, who spent much of the rest of his life in a wheelchair, died at a retirement community in Alexandria, Va., where he lived with his wife, Sarah.   More

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70th anniversary of D-Day

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Date: June 6th, 2014

Category: History, True Facts

d dayOn June 6, 1944, about 150,000 troops stormed the beaches of France in the epic D-Day invasion that proved pivotal to the Allied war effort. But how did the idea originate and how did the Allies pull off such a huge task?

The numbers involved in the Normandy landings are still staggering today, and unlikely to be seen again in a modern age of combat.

The D-Day attack consisted or more than 150,000 personnel coming across the English Channel by sea and air, and about 100,000 troops were involved in the invasion on June 6.

Of the 100,000 or so fighters in the invading force, about 9,000 were killed or wounded on June 6, 1944.

General Ike’s Orders of the Day told the force, “The eyes of the world are upon you.”  More True Facts   Dramatic Original Footage of D-Day Invasion (News Reel Video)

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Children in the Cockpit

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Date: February 19th, 2014

AeroOn the 23rd March 1994, an Airliner Airbus A310-304 crashes into a hillside of the Kuznetsk Alatau mountain range, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia, killing all 63 passengers as well as 12 crew members on board.

The relief Captain Yaroslav Kudrinsky, throughout the flight allowed his son and daughter to enter the flight deck and sit at the controls while in autopilot as they headed to Hong Kong.

While Kudrinsky’s son was at the controls he applied enough pressure to the control column to disable the autopilot.

This caused the aircraft to bank at an angle that was more than 45 degrees, which resulted in the aircraft to dive nose down.

During the dive, although the first officer managed to regain some control once it was out of the dive it eventually lead to the stalling of the aircraft and plummeted to the ground before the control was fully recovered by the captain.

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Hitler salute to the American flag

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Date: January 31st, 2014

saluteThe Bellamy salute is the salute described by Francis Bellamy to accompany the American Pledge of Allegiance, which he had authored.

During the period when it was used with the Pledge of Allegiance, it was sometimes known as the “flag salute”.

During the 1920s and 1930s, Italian fascists and Nazis adopted a salute which had the same form, resulting in controversy over the use of the Bellamy salute in the United States.

It was officially replaced by the hand-over-heart salute when Congress amended the Flag Code on December 22, 1942.

 

 

 

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US top secret nuclear launch code was frighteningly simple

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Date: December 1st, 2013

Category: History, Nutty News

palUSA – For nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist.

From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating  missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000.

This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible.

The Permissive Action Link (PAL) is a security device for nuclear weapons that it is supposed to prevent unauthorized arming or detonation of the nuclear weapon.

JFK signed the National Security Action  Memorandum 160 in 1962 that required all nuclear missiles to be fitted with a PAL system.  More

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Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be St. Peter’s

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Date: November 24th, 2013

peterVATICAN CITYThe Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope.

The nine pieces of bone sat nestled like rings in a jewel box inside a bronze display case on the side of the altar during a Mass commemorating the end of the Vatican’s yearlong celebration of the Christian faith. It was the first time they had ever been exhibited in public.

Pope Francis prayed before the fragments at the start of Sunday’s service and then clutched the case in his arms for several minutes after his homily.

No pope has ever definitively declared the fragments to belong to the Apostle Peter, but Pope Paul VI in 1968 said fragments found in the necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica were “identified in a way that we can consider convincing.”  More

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JFK – 50 years after his assassination

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Date: November 22nd, 2013

Category: History, Sad

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Five decades later, a nation still mourns 

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Photos: The Funeral Of President John F. Kennedy

 

Veterans Day – Monday, November 11, 2013

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Date: November 11th, 2013

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans.

It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11.

It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day.

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

 

 

Former Jails Become Luxury Hotels

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Date: November 7th, 2013

Boston – Hotel owners around the world are transforming old, unused jails into high-end accommodations to attract more guests.

Since opening in 1851, Boston’s Charles Street Jail has housed the Boston Strangler, the men behind the infamous Brinks Job and a Nazi submarine commander captured in World War II.

Today, as the Liberty Hotel, it welcomes guests paying $400 a night or more for a room and the chance to drink cocktails in a former cell, munch on red snapper behind iron bars and view fashion shows in what was the inmates’ exercise room.

“It’s pretty unbelievable to think you’re paying to stay in a jail,” said Vinnie Macri, a guest from Chicago, as he drained his beer and surveyed the beehive of activity in the lobby bar.  Full Article  PetSmart

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D-Day, June 6, 1944

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Date: June 6th, 2013

Category: History

Today in History: On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy.

The D-Day cost was high – more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded — but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.  Full Article   Video

 

 

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