Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday! History, The Statue of Liberty's 125th, Music, Cinema, Sports, Quotes, More!

On This Date In 1636 Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony, and is the first school of higher education in America. Harvard College was established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown, a young minister who, upon his death in 1638, left his library and half his estate to the new institution. 
On This Date In 1775  The new commander in chief of the British army, Major General Sir William Howe, issued a proclamation to the residents of Boston. Speaking from British headquarters in Boston, Howe forbade any person from leaving the city and ordered citizens to organize into military companies in order to "contribute all in his power for the preservation of order and good government within the town of Boston." 
On This Date In 1776 The Battle of White Plains was a battle fought in the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought in the area surrounding White Plains, New York. 
On This Date In 1793 Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin, which was granted the following March. 
On This Date In 1863 The Battle of Wauhatchie was fought October 28–29 in Hamilton and Marion Counties, Tennessee, and Dade County, Georgia, in the American Civil War. A Union force had seized Brown's Ferry on the Tennessee River, opening a supply line to the Union army in Chattanooga. Confederate forces attempted to defeat the Union force defending the ferry and again close this supply line but were defeated. Wauhatchie was one of the few night battles of the Civil War. 
On This Date In  1886 The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Grover Cleveland. It had been a gift from French citizens to their American friends in recognition of the two countries’ commitment to liberty and democracy and their alliance during the American Revolutionary War, which had begun 110 years earlier. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World." On the morning of the dedication, a parade was held in New York City; and estimates of the number of people who watched it ranged from several hundred thousand to a million. President Cleveland headed the procession, then stood in the reviewing stand to see bands and marchers from across America. General Stone was the grand marshal...
On This Date In 1893 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducted his first public performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor "Pathetique." 
On This Date In 1904 The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting. 
On This Date In 1905 Myron Spaulding (October 28, 1905–September 11, 2000),, renowned American sailor, yacht designer and builder and concert violinist, was born  in Sausalito, California.
On This Date In 1918 Sailors in the German High Seas Fleet steadfastly refused to obey an order from the German Admiralty to go to sea to launch one final attack on the mighty British navy, echoing the frustrated, despondent mood of many on the side of the Central Powers during the last days of World War I. 
On This Date In 1919 The U.S. Congress enacted the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act. It prohibited the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors" in the United States.Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Congress passed the Volstead Act providing for enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, ratified nine months earlier. 
On This Date In 1922 Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government and introduced fascism to Italy.
On This Date In 1922 Hundreds of young men gathered around radios in Western Union offices, speakeasies and a Princeton University physics lab to hear the first-ever cross-country broadcast of a college football game. Telephone lines carried a play-by-play of the matchup between the Chicago Maroons and the Princeton Tigers from Chicago’s Stagg Field to radio receivers up and down the East Coast. 
On This Date In 1936 The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary. 
On This Date In 1940 During World War II, after Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas rejected an Italian ultimatum demanding the occupation of Greek territory, Italian forces invaded Greece.
On This Date In 1941 "How Green Was My Valley", an American drama film directed by John Ford, was released. The film was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, written by Philip Dunne, and is based on the Richard Llewellyn novel of the same name
On This Date In 1949 U.S. President Harry Truman swore in Eugenie Moore Anderson as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark. Anderson was the first woman to hold the post of ambassador. 
On This Date In 1954 "Carmen Jones", an American musical film produced and directed by Otto Preminger, was released. The screenplay by Harry Kleiner is based on the libretto for the 1943 stage production of the same name by Oscar Hammerstein II.
On This Date In 1955 William Henry "Bill" Gates III , American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, author, and former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen, was born in Seattle, Washington. 
On This Date In 1956 Elvis Presley's song "Love Me Tender" became the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit. He became the first artist to follow himself into the No. 1 position. The song "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" had been the No. 1 song for 11 weeks. 
On This Date In 1958 Blessed Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes PP. XXIII; Italian: Giovanni XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (25 November, 1881 – 3 June, 1963), known as Blessed John XXIII since his beatification, was elected as the 261st Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of Vatican City.
On This Date In 1962 After much deliberation between the Soviet Union and United States Pesident John F. Kennedy's cabinet, Kennedy secretly agreed to remove all missiles set in Turkey on the border of the Soviet Union in exchange for Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev removing all missiles in Cuba. Thus, the Cuban Missile Crisis came to an end. 
On This Date In 1962 The Beatles made their first major stage appearance at the Liverpool Empire. The bill was headed by Little Richard, with Craig Douglas, Jet Harris, Kenny Lynch and Sounds Incorporated.  
On This Date In 1965 Pope Paul VI issued a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
 On This Date In 1965 The Gateway Arch along the waterfront in St. Louis, MO, was completed, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.
On This Date In 1972 "Talking Book", the fifteenth album by Stevie Wonder, was released. A signal recording of his "classic period", in this one he "hit his stride" The album's first track, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", earned Wonder his first Grammy Award, for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. 
On This Date In 1976 John D. Erlichman, a former aide to U.S. President Richard Nixon, entered a federal prison camp in Safford, AZ, to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions. 
On This Date In 1983 The U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution "deeply deploring" the ongoing U.S.-led invasion of Grenada. 
On This Date In 1986 The centennial of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated in New York. 
On This Date In 1988 Roussel Uclaf, a French manufacturer that produces the abortion pill RU486, announced it would resume distribution of the drug after the government of France demanded it do so. 
On This Date In 1992 Duluth, Minnesota mayor Gary Doty cut the ribbon at the mouth of the brand-new, 1,480-foot–long Leif Erickson Tunnel on Interstate 35. With the opening of the tunnel, that highway—which stretches 1,593 miles, from Mexico all the way to Canada—was finished at last. As a result, the federal government announced, the Interstate Highway System itself was 99.7 percent complete.
On This Date In 1993 Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, called for a complete blockade of Haiti to force out the military leaders.
On This Date In 1994 U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Kuwait and implied that all the troops there would be home by Christmas.
 On This Date In 1995 A disastrous fire in the subway of Baku, the capitol of Azerbaijan, was caused by an electric failure in the power supply of the fourth carriage. The fire caused the death of 289 passengers. At least 750 people were saved, of which 265 were severely injured. 
On This Date In 1996 The Dow Jones Industial Average gained a record 337.17 points (or 5%). The day before the Dow had dropped 554.26 points (or 7%).
 On This Date In 1996 "Keys to Ascension", a double album by the British progressive rock group Yes, was released. The last time Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Alan White had worked together on officially released studio recordings was 1978's Tormato.
 On This Date In 1997 "Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions", rock group Kiss' 17th studio album, and last produced before the reunion of the original Kiss members, was released. Recorded and slated for release in 1995/early 1996, Kiss cancelled its release when they embarked on the reunion tour. However, fans located and circulated bootleg copies in fairly large numbers. Kiss finally released the album in 1997.
 On This Date In 1999 A powerful cyclone in the Indian Ocean suddenly intensified to the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. The next day it struck India, killing more than 10,000 people. It was the deadliest storm in the Indian Ocean since a 1991 storm that killed more than 130,000 people.
 On This Date In 2005 The House of Representatives approved a resolution passed the previous day by the United States Senate to honor Rosa Parks by allowing her body to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Since the founding of the practice of lying in state, or honor, in the Rotunda in 1852, Parks was the 31st person, the first woman, the first American who had not been a U.S. government official, and the second non-government official (after Frenchman Pierre L'Enfant) to be paid this tribute. 
On This Date In 2005 There were about 100,000 people at the ticker tape parade for the Chicago White Sox after winning the 2005 World Series in a 4-0 sweep of the Houston Astros.
On This Date In 2007 In the 103rd /World Series, The Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 4-3 win before 50,041 witnesses, with the Rockies succumbing as swiftly as the St. Louis Cardinals did in 2004. It was the seventh world championship in franchise history. 
On This Date In 2008 "Let There Be Blood", a re-recording of Exodus's 1985 album Bonded by Blood, featuring their modern lineup, was released. The only band members who play on both Bonded by Blood and Let There Be Blood are guitarist Gary Holt and drummer Tom Hunting.
On This Date In 2008 "Fallout 3", an action role-playing game by Bethesda Game Studios, and the third major game in the Fallout series, was released in North America, in Europe and Australia on October 30, 2008, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 31, 2008 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. 
On This Date In 2009 Michael Jackson's "THIS IS IT" opened in theaters.
 On This Date In 2011 Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Apple Inc. in the last quarter to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor amid a widening technology and legal battle between the two companies.

Happy Birthday Cleo Laine (1927), Joan Plowright (1929), Bruce Morton (1930), Jim Beatty (1934), Charlie Daniels (1936), Marcian E. (Ted) Hoff (1937), Jane Alexander (1939), Curtis Lee (1941), Hank Marvin (1941), Dennis Franz (1944), Wayne Fontana (1945), Telma Hopkins (1948, Bruce Jenner (1949), Annie Potts (1952), Bill H. Gates (1955), Stephen Morris (1957), William Reid (1958), Neville Henry (1959), Daphne Zuniga (1962), Lauren Holly (1963), Eros Ramazzotti (1963), Paul Wylie (1964), Jami Gertz (1965), Andy Richter (1966), Julia Roberts (1967), Caitlin Cary (1968), Ben Harper (1969), Jeremy Davies (1969), Brad Paisley (1972), Terrell Davis (1972),and Joaquin Phoenix (1974).

RIP Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (October 28, 1466 – July 12, 1536), Georges Auguste Escoffier (October 28, 1846 – February 12, 1935), Elsa Lanchester (October 28, 1902 – December 26,1986), Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981), Jonas Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995), Bowie Kuhn (October 28, 1926 - March 15, 2007), Dody Goodman (October 28, 1914 – June 22, 2008), and Suzy Parker (October 28, 1932 – May 3, 2003).


The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay

You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. Jim Bouton

What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game.... There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability. George Bernard Shaw

As a kid, there are some things you looked forward to. You looked forward to Charlie Brown during Halloween and you looked forward to Monday Night Football. Nick Ferguson

Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse  Halloween everyday. Gwen Stefani

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Halloween Light Show 2011 - Party Rock Anthem LMFAO
I am Not owner of this video.Credits to original uploader KJ92508
2011 Halloween Light Show -- Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO.
4 singing pumpkin faces, tombstones, hand carved pumpkins, strobes, floods and thousands of lights. Most all lights have been changed from incandescent to RGB LED so power consumption is a lot less than previous years. Also DMX added to show. All lights, faces and props are custom made (DIY) by me except for the roof line which are CCRs. Controlling channels have gone up 8X from last year. 1144 channels. Light-O-Rama. Riverside, CA
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Demi Lovato World Series National Anthem | Rangers Game 5 HD
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***Demi Lovato Singing the National Anthem at the World Series*

VERIZON September 11, 2011 - Statue Of Liberty
Aired on September 11th, 2011 during the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

You've got a lot of choices.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. Steven D. Woodhull

Celebrate well, all!

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