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On this Day In History

Birthdates which occurred on November 03:
0039 Lucan Cordova Spain, Latin poet (Bellum Civile)
1718 John Montague 4th Earl of Sandwich, inventor (sandwich)
1793 Stephen Fuller Austin colonized Texas
1801 Karl Baedeker Germany, published travel books
1816 Jubal Anderson Early Lt General (Confederate Army), died in 1894
1818 Gustavus Adolphus DeRussy Brig Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1891
1826 Jasper Adalmorn Maltby Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
1830 Esten Cooke John (Confederate Army), died in 1886
1833 Edward Dorr Tracy Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1863
1844 Mehmed V Reshad sultan of Turkey (1909-18)
1852 Mutsuhito 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912)
1857 Michail V Aleksejev Russian general (WW I-chief of staff)
1880 Edmond Barrett heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-bronze-1908)
1903 Walker Evans US, photographer (Fortune Magazine)
1908 Bronko Nagurski NFL fullback (Chicago Bears)
1909 James Reston columnist (NY Times)
1918 Bob Feller pitcher (Cleveland Indian, 3 no-hitters)
1918 Russell B "Kingfisher" Long (D-Sen-La)
1919 Bert Freed NYC, actor (Rufe-Shane)
1922 Charles Bronson Pennsylvania, actor (Death Wish, Dirty Dozen)
1930 William H Dana pilot (X-15)
1931 Monica Vitti Rome Italy, actress (Tigers in Lipstick)
1933 Ken Berry Moline IL, actor/dancer/TV personality (F Troop, Mayberry RFD)
1933 Michael S Dukakis (D-Gov-MA) (1988 Presidentidential Candidate)
1935 Jeremy Brett actor (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
1943 Ken Holtzman Cub/Oriole/Yankee pitcher (2 no-hitters)
1948 Lulu (Marie Lawrie) Glasgow Scotland, singer/actress (To Sir With Love)
1949 Larry Holmes heavyweight boxing champ (1978)
1952 Roseanne Barr Arnold Salt Lake City, comedienne/TV star (Roseanne)
1953 Dennis Miller Pittsburgh PA, comedian/TV host (SNL, Dennis Miller Show)
1954 Adam Ant [Stuart Goddard], punk rocker (If I Strip For You)
1954 Kevin P Chilton Los Angeles CA, major USAF/astronaut (sk: STS-49)

1954 Godzilla, Japanese monster
An Exclusive Interview with Godzilla, Hosted by Malachi Pulte!

1955 Phil Simms NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Superbowl 1986)
1959 Dolph Lundgren actor(?) (Rocky IV)
1959 Timothy Patrick Murphy Hartford CT, actor (Dallas, Glitter)

Deaths which occurred on November 03:
0361 Flavius Julius Constantius II, 1st Byzantine Emperor, dies at 44
1378 Jan II ruler of Polanen/Leck/Breda, dies
1639 Martinus de Porres Peru saint (patron of social rights), dies at 69
1864 Antonio Gonsalves Dias Brazilian national poet, dies at sea
1926 Annie Oakley dies
1962 Harlow H Curtice President of General Motors (1953-8), dies at 69
1990 Mary Martin actress (Peter Pan), dies at 76
1996 Jean-Bedel Bokassa, dictator of Cent Africa Rep (1967-79), dies at 75

Take A Moment To Remember
GWOT Casualties

03-Nov-2003 1 | US: 1 | UK: 0 | Other: 0
US Private 1st Class Rayshawn S. Johnson Tikrit (N of) - Salah ad Din Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

03-Nov-2004 1 | US: 1 | UK: 0 | Other: 0
US Sergeant Charles Joseph Webb Baghdad Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

Data research by Pat Kneisler
Designed and maintained by Michael White
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On this day...
0644 Kalief Omar I injured during assassination attempt
1394 Jews are expelled from France by Charles VI
1507 Leonardo da Vinci is commissioned to paint Lisa Gherardini ("Mona Lisa").
1534 English parliament accepts Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII church leader
1620 Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony
1679 Great panic occurs in Europe over the close approach of a comet
1762 England & Spain signs Treaty of Paris
and Spain acquires Louisiana
1791 Battle at Wabash: Indians assault Gen St Clair/killed 637 soldiers

1783 Washington orders the Continental Army disbanded

1813 US troops under Gen Coffee destroy indian village at Talladega Ala
1820 Cuenca, Ecuador declares independence
1839 1st opium war-2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks
1862 Battle between gunboats at Bayou Teche, Louisiana
1862 Dr Richard Gatling patents machine gun(gatling gun) in Indianapolis
1863 Battle of Grand Coteau, GA
1867 Battle at Mentana: French/Vatican troops defeat Garibaldi
1868 1st black elected to Congress (John W Menard, Louisiana)
1868 Ulysses Grant (R) wins presidential election over Horatio Seymour (D)
1883 Race riots in Danville Virginia (4 blacks killed)
1883 Battle of El Obeid (The Sudan). Mahdi defeats Egyptian army under General William Hicks
1885 Tacoma vigilantes drive out Chinese, burn their homes & businesses
1888 Jack the Ripper kills last victim (or did he?)
1896 William McKinley (R) defeats William Jennings Bryan (D) for President
1899 Jim Jeffries retains heavyweight boxing title over Sailor Tom Sharkey
1900 1st national automobile show opens at Madison Square Garden (NYC)
1903 Colombia grants Panama independence
1908 William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th President over William Jennings Bryan
1916 Treaty establishes British suzerainty over Qatar
1917 1st class mail now costs $0.03
1918 Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolves
1918 Poland proclaims independence from Russia after WW I
1928 Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet
1930 1st vehicular tunnel to a foreign country (Detroit-Windsor) opens
1930 Bank of Italy becomes Bank of America
1931 1st commercially produced synthetic rubber manufactured
1936 President FDR wins landslide victory over Alfred M Landon (R)
1946 Emperor Hirohito proclaims new Japanese constitution
1952 Clarence Birdseye markets frozen peas
1952 Egypt protests German retribution payments to Israel
1953 "Sacrifice fly" reactivated in baseball (1939)
1953 1st live color coast-to-coast telecast (NYC)
1954 Linus Pauling wins Nobel Chemistry Prize
1955 Alabama woman bruised by a meteor
1955 Australia takes control of the Cocos Islands
1956 "Wizard of Oz" 1st televised (CBS-TV)
1957 USSR launches Sputnik 2 with a dog (Laika), 1st animal in orbit
1964 LBJ (D) soundly defeats Barry Goldwater (R) for President
1964 Robert Kennedy, brother of the slain president, is elected as a senator from New York.
1968 NY Jet Jim Turner kicks 6 field goals to beat Buffalo 25-21
1970 Salvador Allende inaugurated as President of Chile
1973 Good Morning America premiers on ABC (David Hartman & Nancy Dussault)
1973 Mariner 10 launched-1st Venus pics, 1st mission to Mercury
1979 5 mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC

1979 63 Americans taken hostage at US Embassy (Teheran, Iran)

1982 Detroit blocks 20 Cleveland Cavalier shots tying NBA regulation game record
1983 Jesse Jackson launches his 1st campaign for Presidency (D)
1984 3,000 die in 3 day anti-Sikh riot in India
1986 Lebanese magazine Ash Shirra reveals secret US arms sales to Iran
1986 President Machel killed in air crash in Mozambique
1988 Pakistan claims it downed Afghan warplane
1988 Reagan signs credit-card disclosure-bill
1988 Soviet Union agrees to allow teaching of Hebrew (Gosh that was awefully nice of them)
1988 Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera's nose is broken as Roy Innis brawls with skinheads at TV taping
1989 Minnesota Timberwolves' 1st NBA game, lose to Seattle, 106-94
1991 NYC Marathon winners are Salvador Garcia (Mex) & Liz McColgan (Scot)

1992 Bill/Hillary Clinton elected US President (ushering in the era of honest ethical government. From now on they'll be no more selling secrets to foreign governments, being...serviced in the oval office, firing longtime WH office staff just to put political cronies in, stealing FBI files on political enemies, no more arresting of people who boo the president, rapeists will no longer be allowed inside the WH, condoms will no lomger be used as Christmas tree decorations, from now on campaign contribution from foreign goernment will be BANNED, and as for turning the WH into a motel 6 not while Bill & Hillary are there, no sir!

1993 President Clinton joins his wife, Hillary, in attacking the health insurance industry.
1994 Susan Smith of Union, S.C., is arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black carjacker.

2001 Osama bin Laden, in a taped message, called the U.S. led attack on Afghanistan a war against Islam. (wanna bet?
2001 Arkansas beat Mississippi 58-56 in seven overtimes in the longest NCAA college football game in history, four hours and 14 minutes.
2002 North Korea was reported ready to negotiate its newly disclosed nuclear weapons program with the United States, including the dismantling of its uranium-enrichment facilities. (riiiight)
2002 Karl Rove causes a 7.9 earthquake hit Alaska 90 miles south of Fairbanks.
2002 6 al-Qaida suspects were killed in Yemen when the car they were travelling in was struck by a missile from a US Predator drone. Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, a suspected al-Qaida leader, was among the dead along with Kamal Derwish, a member of the Lackawanna, NY, sleeper cell.
2003 Saudi police battle terrorists in the streets of the holy city of Mecca, killing two of the suspects and uncovering a large cache of weapons. Police arrested six al-Qaida suspects.
2004 President Bush's campaign declared victory over Democratic Sen. John Kerry and claimed a second term in the White House, but Kerry refused to concede until all ballots were counted in the undecided state of Ohio.
2004 Republicans tightened their grip on the US Senate adding 4 seats to hold 55. Democratic Leader TOM DASCHLE of South Dakota defeated...eighty-sixed...vanquished...foiled by Rep. John Thune.

Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Ecuador : Cuenca's Independence Day
Japan : Culture Day
Panama : Independence Day (1903)
Texas : Father of Texas Day (1793)
Dominica : National Day
Belgium : Grand Festival of St. Hubert
US : Sandwich Day
Housewife's Day
International Doll Collectors Month

Religious Observances
RC : Memorial of Blessed Martin de Porres, confessor (opt)
Chr : Commemoration of St Hubert, bishop of LiŠge, patron of hunters
RC : Commemoration of St Malachy, Irish bishop
Ang : Commemoration of Richard Hooker, priest
RC : Feast of Blessed Martin de Porres, confessor

Religious History
0753 Death of St. Pirminius, first abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Reichenau (located in modern Germany). His name endures today as author of a book entitled "Scarapsus," which is the earliest known writing to contain the Apostles' Creed as it is worded in its present form.
1631 English clergyman John Eliot, 27, first arrived in America, at Boston. He afterward became the first Protestant minister to devote himself to evangelization of the American Indian.
1784 English clergyman Thomas Coke, 37, first arrived in America, at New York City. He was the first Methodist bishop to come to the New World.
1818 Pliny Fisk, 26, set sail for Palestine. Ordained by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Fisk became the first American missionary to journey to the Near East.
1925 The Pentecostal Ministerial Alliance was organized at St. Louis, MO. It became the forerunner of a new denomination, established in 1932 as the Pentecostal Church, Inc.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.

Scientists Find Fossils in Sexual Union

Nov 3, 7:57 AM (ET)

LUCKNOW, India (AP) - This was no one-night stand. Scientists in India say they have discovered two fossils fused together in sexual union for 65 million years.
The findings were published in the October edition of the Indian journal "Current Science," which said it was the first time that sexual copulation had been discovered in a fossil state, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
But voyeurs will need a microscope to view the eternal lovers.

The fossils are tiny swarm cells, a stage in the development of the fungus myxomycetes, also known as slime molds.
The cells reproduce by "fusing," Ranjeet Kar of the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany in Lucknow reportedly told PTI. Once the cells fuse, long, threadlike appendages known as flagella, are lost, he said.

Finding the fossils in a fused position and with their flagella shed, is evidence that the two cells were having sex, Kar said.
"The sexual organs being delicate and the time of conjugation short lived, it is indeed rare to get this stage in the fossil state," the study said.
The cells were discovered in a 30-foot deep dry well in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Thought for the day :
"There's nothing wrong with being shallow as long as you're insightful about it."
Dennis Miller

19 posted on 11/03/2005 7:23:11 AM PST by Valin (Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum)
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1930 William H Dana pilot (X-15)

Back to workpainting a dang picket fence


alfa6 ;>}

24 posted on 11/03/2005 7:46:10 AM PST by alfa6 (He who hath so hath who he)
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To: Valin
1964 LBJ (D) soundly defeats Barry Goldwater (R) for President

Bring out yer dead...

48 posted on 11/03/2005 10:35:57 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Get off the phone you big dope!)
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On This Day In History

Birthdates which occurred on November 04:
1650 William III of Orange, king of England (1689-1702)
1812 Aleardo [Gaetano] Aleardi Italian/East poet (Lettere a Maria)
1816 William Polk Hardeman Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1898
1818 Alexander Robert Lawton Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1896
1820 Robert Vinkler Richardson Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1870
1835 Lunsford Lindsay Lomax Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1913
1842 William Barker Cushing Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), died in 1874
1876 James Fraser designed buffalo nickel
1879 Will Rogers Oologah Indian Territory (Oklahoma), humorist
1886 Ian Wolfe Canton IL, actor (Diary of a Madman, Wizards & Warriors)
1900 Luigi Lucioni Italian, landscape painter (opera stars)
1906 Bob Considine sports columnist (Bob Feller Story)
1912 Pauline Trigere fashion designer (Bell Bottoms)
1913 Gig Young St Cloud MN, actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They)
1916 Walter Cronkite St Joseph MO, news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81)
1918 Art Carney Mount Vernon NY, actor (Ed Norton-Honeymooners)
1918 Cameron Mitchell Dallastown PA, actor (Buck-High Chaparral)
1919 Martin Balsam NYC, actor (Murray-Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22)
1923 Alfred Heineken (beer mogul: Heineken Brewery)
1929 Jimmy Piersall baseball player (Red Sox, Senators, Indians)
1931 Darla Hood Leedey OK, singer/actress (Little Rascals)
1937 Loretta Swit Passaic NJ, actress (Hotlips Houlihan-M*A*S*H)
1940 Delbert McClinton Lubbock Tx, singer (Everytime I roll the dice)
1946 Laura Welch Bush 1st Lady
1947 Aleksandr Tkachev USSR, parallel bars gymnast (Olympic-gold-1980)
1950 Markie Post [Marjorie], Palo Alto Cal, actress/serious Babe (Christine-Night Court)
1962 Ralph Macchio Huntington NY, actor (Karate Kid, 8 is Enough)
1966 Kool Rock [Damon Wimbley], rapper (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
1975 Heather Tom actress (Victoria-Young & Restless)

Deaths which occurred on November 04:
0644 Omar I, Arabic 2nd Calif of Islam, murdered
1702 John Benbow, English vice-admiral (Santa Marta)
1847 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Germ pianist/composer, dies at 38
1921 Takasji Hara, premier of Japan, murdered
1928 Arnold Rothstein, US "businessman"/gambler, shot to death at 46
1956 Art[hur] Tatum US jazz pianist/composer, dies
1984 Merie Earle actress (Maude-Waltons), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
1987 Raphael Soyer artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
1995 Yitzhak Rabin IDF Chief of Staff, diplomat and the fifth Prime Minister of the State of Israel, assassinated at 73
1997 H Richard Hornberger, surgeon (inspired M*A*S*H), dies at 73

Take A Moment To Remember
GWOT Casualties

04-Nov-2003 2 | US: 2 | UK: 0 | Other: 0
US Specialist Robert T. Benson Baghdad Non-hostile - weapon discharge
US Sergeant Francisco Martinez Baghdad Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

04-Nov-2004 6 | US: 3 | UK: 3 | Other: 0
UK Private Scott William McArdle Fallujah (near) - Anbar Hostile - hostile fire - suicide car bomb
UK Private Paul Aitken Lowe Fallujah (near) - Anbar Hostile - hostile fire - suicide car bomb
UK Sergeant Stuart Robert Gray Fallujah (near) - Anbar Hostile - hostile fire - suicide car bomb
US Lance Corporal Jared P. Hubbard Fallujah - Anbar Hostile - hostile fire
US Corporal Jeremiah A. Baro Fallujah - Anbar Hostile - hostile fire
US Specialist Cody L. Wentz Balad (near) - Salah ad Din Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

Data research by Pat Kneisler
Designed and maintained by Michael White
Go here and I'll stop nagging.
Project Valour-IT

On this day...
1520 Danish/Norwegian king Christian II crowned king of Sweden
1529 English cardinal and Lord Chancellor Thomas Wolsey arrested
1576 Spanish defeat Walloons & take Antwerp Belgium
1760 Frederick II of Prussia defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Torgau.
1791 General Arthur St. Clair, governor of Northwest Territory, is badly defeated by a large Indian army near Fort Wayne. Miami Indian Chief Little Turtle (1752-1812) led the powerful force of Miami, Wyandot, Iroquois, Shawnee, Delaware, Ojibwa and Potawatomi. 623 regulars killed and 258 wounded
1798 Congress agrees to pay a yearly tribute to Tripoli, considering it the only way to protect U.S. shipping.
1842 Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill
1854 Lighthouse established on Alcatraz Island
1861 University of Washington founded in Seattle
1864 Confederate assault on Johnsonville, Tennessee
1866 Kingdom of Italy annexes Venetia
1867 90 kegs of powder used to get rock from Telegraph Hill for seawall
1873 Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents the gold crown
1875 "Pacific" collides with "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery Wash, 236 dies
1879 James & John Ritty patent 1st cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in their Dayton, Ohio saloon
1889 Players League begins, declaring independence from baseball's NL
1904 1st stadium built specifically for football (Harvard Stadium)
1922 Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt
1924 California legalizes pro boxing (illegal since 1914)
1924 Calvin Coolidge elected 30th president on a platform of pro-business policies.
1924 Nellie Tayloe Ross elected 1st US female gov (Wyoming)
1934 Pittsburgh ends Detroit Lions' shutout streak at 7 games but loses 40-7
1939 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland
1939 1st air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Ill
1939 United States modifies its neutrality stance in World War II, allowing "cash and carry" purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France.
1942 13th day of battle at El Alamein: Afr corps draws back out Fuka-posing
1946 UN Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization formed
1949 "One Man's Family" premieres on TV
1954 Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City

1956 200,000 Russian troops and tanks attacked Budapest and crushed the Hungarian revolt under Premier Imre Nagy. Soviet troops marched into the country. Martial law was proclaimed and mass arrests followed. The UN censured the USSR. The repression was organized by Yuri Andropov who later became Chief of the KGB in 1967. 25,000 people were killed. Janos Kadar was installed by the Soviet Union as head of Hungary's Communist Party.

1956 Israel captures Straits of Tiran from Egypt
1956 Israeli troops reach Suez Canal
1957 2nd Soviet Earth-satellite launched
1959 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins NL MVP
1960 The film "Misfits" premiered. It was the final movie for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe
1963 John Lennon utters his infamous "Rattle your jewelry" line at the Royal Command Variety Performance ("The people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands... and if the rest of you would just rattle your jewelry.")
1965 Lee Breedlove sets female land speed record (308.56 MPH)
1966 Flooding of Arno River (Italy) destroys countless art works
1968 Battles between Jordanian army & Al Fatah-arm forces

1970 Andre Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist, forms a Human Rights Committee

1978 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U
1978 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)

1979 The US Embassy was taken over by Iranian students and a hostage crisis began. 90 people, including 63 Americans, were taken hostage at the American embassy in Teheran, Iran, by militant student followers of Ayatollah Khomeini who demanded the return of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to Iran for trial.

1980 Ronald Reagan (R) beats President Jimmy "the wabbit killer" Carter (D) by a landslide!!!! Inflation and the crises in Iran and the fact that Jimmy was a clueless idiot with delusions of adequacy caused Jimmy Carter to lose to Ronald Reagan, America’s oldest Pres.-elect.

1983 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime victory beating Vancouver 5-4
1984 Nicaragua holds 1st free elections in 56 years; Sandinistas win 63%
1986 Democrats gain control over the US Senate
1987 Lisa Steinberg, battered into coma by her adoptive father
1987 NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989
1989 A million East Germans filled the streets of East Berlin for a pro-democracy rally.
1990 Iraq says it is preparing for a "dangerous war".
1991 Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., with a dedication ceremony attended by President Bush and former presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon - the first-ever gathering of five U.S. chief executives.
1991 Mid East peace conference ends in Madrid Spain
2001 Intense bombing by U.S.-led forces pounded the Afghan capital of Kabul while U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on as tour of the region, told reporters in Uzbehistan that strikes on Taliban targets were showing "measurable progress."
2003 Following a conservative outcry over a made-for-TV movie about former President Ronald Reagan, CBS scrapped plans to televise "The Reagans," sending it off to the Showtime cable network instead.
2003 Republicans picked up two governorships in the South. Haley Barbour ousted Mississippi's Democratic incumbent Ronnie Musgrove. Rep. Ernie Fletcher won Kentucky's top job ousting Democrats from power after 32 years.

Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Italy : Unity Day (1945)/Victory of Vittorio Veneto (1866)
Oklahoma : Will Rogers Day (1879)
Panama, Panama Canal Zone : Flag Day
US: oD gnihtemoS lainigirO yaD
US : Peanut Butter Lover's Day
Sadie Hawkins Day (Run gentlemen Run)
Tonga : Constitution Day (1970)
Republicans : National gloat day
Democrats : National get falling down drunk and cry in your beer day
National Accordion Month

Religious Observances
RC : Memorial of St Charles Borromeo, archbishop of Milan, confessor

Religious History
1646 The Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law making it a capital offense to deny that the Bible was the Word of God. Any person convicted of the offense was liable to the death penalty.
1740 Birth of Anglican clergyman Augustus M. Toplady. A highly respected evangelical leader, Toplady authored the hymn "Rock of Ages" two years before his premature death at 38 in 1778.
1898 The first church to bear the Pentecostal Holiness name was organized at Goldsboro, NC, under the leadership of Methodist evangelist Ambrose Blackman Crumpler, 35.
1936 Future U.S. Senate Chaplain Rev. Peter Marshall, 34, married Catherine Wood, 22. Following Peter's premature death at age 46, Catherine immortalized his name through her 1951 bestÂselling biography, "A Man Called Peter."
1966 London's "Evening Standard" newspaper published John Lennon's controversial remark stating that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." The quote touched off a storm of controversy and international protest, resulting in a world_wide boycott of Beatles music.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.


Civil War historians are reeling over the discovery that a Confederate scientist was just weeks away from perfecting a crude atomic bomb -- and planned to use the device to destroy Washington, D.C., 138 years ago . . . in 1864!

Physicist Thaddeus McMullen was killed before he could carry out the plot, reveals Joel Remarsh, a Civil War historian who uncovered McMullen's maniacal plan while studying a collection of war-era journals, letters and documents given to him by McMullen's descendants.

"My blood ran cold when I realized what I was reading," says Remarsh, who plans to reveal all in a book tentatively titled Southern Victory: The Confederacy's Atomic War.

"Thaddeus McMullen was a plantation slave-owner who loathed Abraham Lincoln and was willing to do anything to ensure a Confederate victory.

"He was also a brilliant researcher and scientist -- in league with Albert Einstein. This made for a horrifying combination that almost resulted in the fiery deaths of thousands of innocent people."

According to Atlanta-based Remarsh, McMullen designed a primitive, steel-encased fission bomb using dynamite, uranium ore and other elements -- 80 years before American scientists developed the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

"I showed McMullen's writings to physicists familiar with nuclear fission and they were stunned," Remarsh states. "His bomb was crude, with maybe a tenth of the destructive power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, but it would have worked.

Thought for the day :
"Things ain't what they used to be...and never were."
Will Rogers

60 posted on 11/04/2005 6:48:17 AM PST by Valin (Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum)
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