Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday! History, Remembrance, Quotes, and More!

On This Date In 1148 The Council of Acre met at Palmarea, near Acre, a major city of the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. The Haute Cour of Jerusalem met with recently-arrived crusaders from Europe, to decide on the best target for the crusade. In the end, the decision was made to attack the city of Damascus, a former ally of the Kingdom of Jerusalem that had shifted its allegiance to that of the Zengids and attacked the Kingdom's allied city of Bosra in 1147.
On This Date In 1340 As one of the opening conflicts of the Hundred Years' War, the decisive naval Battle of Sluys was fought. It is historically important in that it resulted in the destruction of most of France's fleet, making a French invasion of England impossible, and ensuring that the remainder of the war would be fought mostly in France.
On This Date In 1675 In colonial New England, King Philip's War began when a band of Wampanoag warriors raided the border settlement of Swansee, Massachusetts, and massacred the English colonists there.
On This Date In 1779 Through February 7, 1783, the Great Siege of Gibraltar, an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar from the British during the American War of Independence, took place. It was the longest siege endured by the British Armed Forces, as well as being one of the longest continuous sieges in history.
On This Date In 1803 Matthew Thornton, one of New Hampshire's delegates to the second Continental Congress and an ex post facto signer of the Declaration of Independence, died at age 89 while visiting his daughter in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
On This Date In 1812 Following the rejection of his Continental System by Czar Alexander I, French Emperor Napoleon ordered his Grande Armee, the largest European military force ever assembled to that date (some 500,000 soldiers and staff), into Russia. It would become a disastrous and failed invasion within six months, with a loss of more than 400,000 troops.
On This Date In 1831 Rebecca Blaine Harding Davis (1831-1910), born Rebecca Blaine Harding, was born. An American author and journalist, she is deemed a pioneer of literary Realism in American literature. Her most important literary work is the novella “Life in the Iron Mills” published in the April 1861 edition of the Atlantic Monthly.
On This Date In 1853 The Gadsden Purchase (treaty) (known as Venta de La Mesilla, or “Sale of La Mesilla”, in Mexico) by the United States, a 29,670-square-mile (76,800 km2) region of what is today southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, was signed by President Franklin Pierce.
On This Date In 1863 The Battle of Hoover's Gap took place. It was the principal battle fought in the Tullahoma Campaign (also known as the Middle Tennessee Campaign) of the American Civil War.
On This Date In 1864 Colorado Governor John Evans warned that all peaceful Indians in the region must report to the Sand Creek reservation or risk being attacked, creating the conditions that would lead to the infamous Sand Creek Massacre.
On This Date In 1898 The Battle of Las Guasimas was fought. Part of the Spanish-American War, and unfolding from Major General “Fighting Joe” Wheeler's attempt to storm a Spanish position in the jungles surrounding Santiago, Wheeler commanded a division that included the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry and the 10th Regular Cavalry, and engaged a rearguard under Spanish Major General Antero Rubín.
On This Date In 1901 The first major exhibition of Pablo Picasso's artwork opened at a gallery on Paris’ rue Lafitte, a street known for its prestigious art galleries.
On This Date In 1915 Young Oswald Boelcke, one of the earliest and best German fighter pilots of World War I, made the first operational flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane.
On This Date In 1932 During the reign of King Prajadhipok of the Chakri dynasty, a coup ended the absolute monarchy of Siam (present-day Thailand). The military-dominated constitutional monarchy that replaced it brought 700 years of absolute rule under a series of Siamese kings to an end.
On This Date In 1945 Soviet troops paraded past Red Square in celebration of their victory over Germany. As drums rolled, 200 soldiers performed a familiar ritual: They threw 200 German military banners at the foot of the Lenin Mausoleum. A little over 130 years earlier, victorious Russian troops threw Napoleon's banners at the feet of Czar Alexander I.
On This Date In 1948 One of the most dramatic standoffs in the history of the Cold War began as the Soviet Union blocked all road and rail traffic to and from West Berlin. The blockade turned out to be a terrible diplomatic move by the Soviets, while the United States emerged from the confrontation with renewed purpose and confidence.
On This Date In 1953 Jacqueline Bouvier and Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy publicly announced their engagement. Kennedy went on to become the 35th president and Jackie, as she was known, became one of the most popular first ladies ever to grace the White House.
On This Date In 1954 “The Caine Mutiny”, a drama film set during World War II, directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Stanley Kramer, was released. It starred Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray, and was based on the 1951 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Herman Wouk The Caine Mutiny.
On This Date In 1961 Dennis Eric Danell (June 24, 1961-February 29, 2000), the founding guitarist for Southern California punk rock band Social Distortion, was born.
On This Date In 1961 The public learned of President John Kennedy's letter assigning Vice President Lyndon Johnson the high priority task of unifying the U.S. satellite programs. Twenty-two years later, on the same day, astronaut Sally Kirsten Ride landed at Edwards Air Force Base aboard the 100-ton space shuttle Challenger, completing her voyage as the first American woman in space. These two events evidence the nation's leap from an age of earth-bound methods of communication and travel into the space age.
On This Date In 1970 Inscription. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. This event changed the city – and the world – forever. As a tribute to this extraordinary man, John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza was dedicated on June 24, 1970. In the years since, it has become an integral part of the city’s urban landscape and cultural heritage.
On This Date In 1972 “War Song”, a 1972 single credited to Neil Young & Graham Nash, was released in support of presidential candidate George McGovern's campaign, who was running against then-president Richard Nixon.
On This Date In 1973 Eamon de Valera, the world's oldest statesman, resigned as president of Ireland at the age of 90.
On This Date In 1975 Eastern Air Lines Flight 66, a Boeing 727-225, departed from New Orleans Moisant Field, bound for John F. Kennedy International. The aircraft carried 124 persons aboard including 116 passengers and 8 crew.members. After a wind shear incident, it crashed along the runway, burst into flames, and scattered wreckage along the perimeter Rockaway Boulevard. Of the 124 people onboard, 106 passengers and 6 crew members died.
On This Date In 1981 “For Your Eyes Only”, the twelfth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, was released.
On This Date In 1987 “Spaceballs”, a science fiction parody film co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks, was released. Though it earned only modest returns, it has gone on to become a seminal cult classic on video.
On This Date In 1995 The 1995 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings. This was the first of 9 consecutive finals featuring American franchises. New Jersey was making the franchise's first-ever appearance in the Final, while Detroit returned to the Final for the first time since the 1966 Final. The Devils swept the series four games to none to win their first Stanley Cup. It was the second sweep in the Finals in four years.
On This Date In 1997 “Demonic”, the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Testament, was released. The lyrics dealt with occult themes more like their 1980s efforts, instead of the political topics covered on more recent releases.
On This Date In 1997 U.S. Air Force officials released a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier.
On This Date In 2002 The Igandu train disaster was an accident which occurred in the East African country of Tanzania, when a large passenger train with over 1,200 people on board rolled backwards down a hill into a stationary goods train, killing 281 people in the worst rail accident in African history.
On This Date In 2003 The Power Mac G5, Apple's marketing name for models of the Power Macintosh that contains the IBM PowerPC G5 CPU, was released. The professional-grade computer was the most powerful in Apple's lineup when it was introduced, widely hailed as the first 64-bit PC, and was touted by Apple as the fastest personal computer ever built. It was officially launched as part of Steve Jobs' keynote presentation in June 2003 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, and saw three revisions to the line before being retired in August 2006 to make way for its Intel replacement, the Mac Pro.
On This Date In 2004 “Dangerously in Love”, an R&B-soul song written and produced by Destiny's Child frontwoman Beyoncé Knowles and producer Errol McCalla, Jr., was released. The ballad was first recorded by Destiny's Child for their third studio album, “Survivor” (2001), with Knowles as the lead vocalist, and it is one of the few songs on the album Survivor that Knowles sings almost completely solo. It is also considered one of her “signature” ballads.
On This Date In 2006 The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale, a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), took place. Featured were the finals from The Ultimate Fighter 3 in both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions as well as a main event between Kenny Florian and Sam Stout. During the event Randy Couture was inducted in to the UFC Hall of Fame and the return of Jens Pulver was announced.
On This Date In 2009 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared the Iranian election results final, and insisted that the authorities would not yield to pressure from opponents demanding a new election following allegations of electoral fraud.
On This Date In 2009 An explosion occurred in the Muraidi Market of the Sadr City area of Baghdad, Iraq. At least 69 people were killed and 150 others injured. An official said the explosion was caused by a bomb hidden underneath a motorized vegetable cart in the market.
On This Date In 2009 A summit on the world financial crisis began at UN headquarters in New York. It is the first time rich and poor nations have got together to discuss the impact of the worldwide downturn.
On This Date In 2009 South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, just back from a secret trip to Argentina unknown to his staff or his wife, admitted he had carried on an extramarital affair with a woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On This Date In 2009 North Korea threatened to “wipe out” the United States in the event of a new war on the Korean Peninsula, as international observers watched for signs the regime would perform new missile tests in the coming days.
On This Date In 2009 The U.S. soccer team pulled off a major upset, beating top-ranked Spain 2-0 on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey. The victory sent the Americans to the Confederations Cup final, and snapped Spain's 15-game winning streak. Spain hadn't been beaten since a loss to Romania in November 2006.
On This Date In 2010 Federal Wiretap: Rod Blagojevich suggested President Obama convince Warren Buffett or Bill Gates to fund a charity that Blagojevich would run.
On This Date In 2010 John Isner of the United States outlasted Nicolas Mahut of France, 70-68, in the fifth set of their epic three-day first-round match at Wimbledon. In an astonishing display of endurance, the players fought for 11 hours and 5 minutes, breaking all records for length of match, games played, and aces served.
On This Date In 2011 “Cars2”, a 2011 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and the sequel to the 2006 film, “Cars”, is being released.

Happy Birthday Al Molinaro (1919), Pete Hamill (1935), Terry Riley (1935), Bette Ford (1937), William Joseph Green, III (1938), Michele Lee (1942), Jeff Beck (1944), George Pataki (1945), Wayne Cashman (1945), Robert Reich (1946), Peter Weller (1947), Nancy Allen (1950), Mark Parkinson (1957), and Sherry Stringfield (1967).

RIP Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887), Jack Dempsey (1895 - 1983), Norman Cousins (1915 - 1990), Charles Whitman (1941 - 1966), and Adrienne Shelly (1966 - 2006).


I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. Thomas Paine

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. Abraham Lincoln

I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. Abraham Lincoln

True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it. Alexandre Dumas Père

A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults. Charles Kingsley

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From Father’s Day Weekend!
Lake George, New York Firemen's Convention Rocks!

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3 day timelapse of an Amanita Muscaria.
Shot outdoors in a friends backyard in Vancouver BC Canada by Michel Gingras using a PD150 connected to a laptop.
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