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On this day, the daily facts thread

zorro Jul 15, 2014

  1. hienho

    hienho Monolithic Baby! Brigade Member

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    On this day: July 29, 1958

    On this day in 1958, the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America's activities in space. NASA has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have yielded vital information about the solar system and universe. It has also launched numerous earth-orbiting satellites that have been instrumental in everything from weather forecasting to navigation to global communications.

    NASA was created in response to the Soviet Union's October 4, 1957 launch of its first satellite, Sputnik I. The 183-pound, basketball-sized satellite orbited the earth in 98 minutes. The Sputnik launch caught Americans by surprise and sparked fears that the Soviets might also be capable of sending missiles with nuclear weapons from Europe to America. The United States prided itself on being at the forefront of technology, and, embarrassed, immediately began developing a response, signaling the start of the U.S. - Soviet space race.

    On November 3, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik II, which carried a dog named Laika. In December, America attempted to launch a satellite of its own, called Vanguard, but it exploded shortly after takeoff. On January 31, 1958, things went better with Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite to successfully orbit the earth. In July of that year, Congress passed legislation officially establishing NASA from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and other government agencies, and confirming the country's commitment to winning the space race. In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared that America should put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, NASA's Apollo 11 mission achieved that goal and made history when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, saying "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
    NASA has continued to make great advances in space exploration since the first moonwalk, including playing a major part in the construction of the International Space Station. The agency has also suffered tragic setbacks, however, such as the disasters that killed the crews of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986 and the Columbia space shuttle in 2003. In 2004, President George Bush challenged NASA to return to the moon by 2020 and establish "an extended human presence" there that could serve as a launching point for "human missions to Mars and to worlds beyond."

    :astronaut:
     
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  2. zorro

    zorro The pointy end goes into the other man Brigade Member

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    On this day..............

    In 1588 - The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.
    :pirateship:

    1754 - The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.
    :pugalist:

    1874 - Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court.
    :signhere:


    1914 - The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.
    :cell: :cell:

    1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO, completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.
    :drowning:

    1958 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
    :UFO:

    2005 - Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet (Xena) larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun.
    :what_the:
     
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  3. Kelper

    Kelper Penguin Egg Eater Lady Devil

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    on this day Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spenser were married.



    On this day July 29th 2012, Scotty Lee Adams passed away, forever missed but never forgotten. (SugarSkull) to those that knew him.:devilinheaven:

    On this day in 2014 Rosie got stabbed in the back by a co worker and now has no job so back to walking the streets again. My car gave up life this morning on my way. I was not late though.

    Rosie
     
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  4. GAMBIT

    GAMBIT The Protector of the Pro-Tech Brigade Member

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    On this day in 1863 Henry Ford was born.
     
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  5. Kelper

    Kelper Penguin Egg Eater Lady Devil

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    Helping sleepy zorro tonight lol

    ly 30
    1619 The House of Burgesses convenes for the first time at Jamestown, Va.
    1787 The French parliament refuses to approve a more equitable land tax.
    1799 The French garrison at Mantua, Italy, surrenders to the Austrians.
    1864 In an effort to penetrate the Confederate lines around Petersburg, Va. Union troops explode a mine underneath the Confederate trenches but fail to break through. The ensuing action is known as the Battle of the Crater.
    1919 Federal troops are called out to put down Chicago race riots.
    1938 George Eastman demonstrates his color motion picture process.
    1940 A bombing lull ends the first phase of the Battle of Britain.
    1960 Over 60,000 Buddhists march in protest against the Diem government in South Vietnam.
    1965 President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law.
    1967 General William Westmoreland claims that he is winning the war in Vietnam, but needs more men.
    1975 Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan.
    1988 King Hussein dissolves Jordan's Parliament, surrenders Jordan's claims to the West Bank to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
    1990 Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent forces George Steinbrenner to resign as principal parter of the New York Yankees.
    2003 The last of the uniquely shaped "old style" Volkswagen Beetles rolls off the assembly line in Mexico.
    2012 Blackout in India as power grid failure leaves 300 million+ without power.

    Born on July 30
    1818 Emily Bronte, author (Wuthering Heights).
    1857 Thorstein Veblen, economist and sociologist (The Theory of the Leisure Class).
    1863 Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.
    1889 Casey Stengel, New York Yankees manager.
    1898 Henry Moore, English sculptor.
    1909 C. Northcote Parkinson, historian and author.
    1924 William H. Gass, writer (Omensetter's Luck).
    1940 Patricia Shroeder, U.S. Congresswoman.
    1941 Paul Anka, singer ("Puppy Love," "You Are My Destiny").
    1945 David Sanborn, Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist ("Inside," "Close-Up").
    1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger, body builder (Mr. Universe, seven-time Mr. Olympia), actor (Terminator, Total Recall), 38th governor of California.
    1958 Kate Bush, singer, songwriter; first woman to have a UK number-one single with a self-written song ("Wuthering Heights"); appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 2013.
    1961 Laurence Fishburne, actor (The Matrix series, The Tuskegee Airmen TV movie, CSI – Crime Scene Investigation TV series).

    Rosie:devilwag:
     
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  6. Kelper

    Kelper Penguin Egg Eater Lady Devil

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    zorro where are you????

    July 31
    1498

    Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad.
    1777

    The Marquis de Lafayette became a major-general in the American Continental Army.
    1790

    The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a process of making fertilizer.
    1875

    Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, died in Tennessee.
    1954

    Mount Godwin-Austen (K2), the world's second-highest peak, was climbed for the first time, by an Italian team led by Ardito Desio.
    1964

    The U.S. space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the Moon’s surface.

    Rosie :devilwag:
     
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  7. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    On this day ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................I did Jack shit... but did green a few friends that I could do.............................Later:devilwag:
     
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  8. crogers

    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    1966: An ex-Marine goes on a killing spree at the University of Texas.

    Charles Whitman was his name. He's mentioned briefly in Kubrick's masterpiece, "Full Metal Jacket".

    Passed out the :tgif: Greens. Hope you got some. If not, there's always next week!

    Have a great weekend!!
     
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  9. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    God I was 5 when that happen and remember it well.That was big news then .
     
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    Ronin0821 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Friday greens going out. Every one have a great weekend.
     
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  11. GAMBIT

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    On this day in 1942 Gerry Garcia was born.
    In 1971 George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh starts in NYC.
     
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  12. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Happy Birthday Jerry RIP
     
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  13. zorro

    zorro The pointy end goes into the other man Brigade Member

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    Spread the love where I could. :)

    Later. :devilwag:
     
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  14. hienho

    hienho Monolithic Baby! Brigade Member

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    Today, August 1[SUP]st[/SUP], is Lammas Day.

    From the Old English hlaf, "loaf," and maesse, "mass" or "feast," Lammas is very old indeed. It derives from the ancient English festival the Gule of August, which marked the beginning of the harvest, traditionally August 1. Through the centuries, "loaf-mass" became corrupted in spelling and pronunciation to Lammas. On Lammas Day, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain and brought to the churches to be consecrated. To the Celts, this was Lughnasaid, the feast of the wedding of the Sun god and the Earth goddess, and also a harvest festival. In Ireland, baskets of blueberries are still offered to a sweetheart in commemoration of the original fertility festival. In Scotland, the Lammastide fairs became famous for trial marriages that could be ended without question after a year. "After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day."

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    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    1990: Iraq invades Kuwait

    Which leads to Gulf War I and the original defeat of Sadam Hussein. We should have finished the job and avoided the Iraq crap of 2003-2011. I lost WAAAAY too many friends there!

    But... ENOUGH about politics!!

    Off to serve up some DEEEElicious Greens!









    Greens served with a side of BACON!! Great for breakfast!
     
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  16. GAMBIT

    GAMBIT The Protector of the Pro-Tech Brigade Member

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    On this day in 1945 Joanna Cassidy was born in Haddonfield NJ.
    She acted in Bladerunner and Under Fire.
    In 1961 the Beatles played their first gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as the house band.
     
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  17. zorro

    zorro The pointy end goes into the other man Brigade Member

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    On this day..............

    In 1791 - Samuel Briggs and his son Samuel Briggs, Jr. received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first father-son pair to receive a patent.
    :devilzide :devilzide

    1858 - In Boston and New York City the first mailboxes were installed along streets.
    :inthemail:

    1887 - Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.
    :signhere:

    1892 - Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.
    :gears:

    1926 - John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the first showing of the Vitaphone System. The system was the combining of picture and sound for movies.
    :takeabow: :queen:

    1939 - Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the U.S. to have an atomic weapons research program.
    :Writing:

    1943 - The U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.
    :shipwrecked:

    1983 - U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagon on November 2.
    :declare:
     
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  18. GAMBIT

    GAMBIT The Protector of the Pro-Tech Brigade Member

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    Lots of good History Zorro!
     
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    On this day in 1963 James Hetfield of Metallica was Born!:ross:
     
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    On August 3, 1958, the U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus accomplishes the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. The world's first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the world. It then steamed on to Iceland, pioneering a new and shorter route from the Pacific to the Atlantic and Europe.
     
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