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  • Five survivors of Doolittle Tokyo Raiders recall daring sortie (70TH ANNIVERSARY)

    04/13/2012 11:17:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Edward Saylor still vividly remembers the Chinese boy who helped save his life. In the days after his plane crashed into the waters just off China’s coast, Mr. Saylor, now 92, and four other Doolittle Tokyo Raiders were desperate and hungry — but they had survived a daring mission that was America’s first military strike against the Imperial Japanese homeland, four months after the infamous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. “The thought hits you, where you’re at, what you’ve got to do. … We don’t speak the language, what do we do now? That’s what was going through our heads,”...

    04/13/2012 4:53:33 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 26 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/13/42 | Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Civil War Navy Conference (4 videos)

    04/13/2012 4:29:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    C-SPAN, Mariners' Museum ^ | March 9 2012 | C-SPAN
    The Civil War along the Atlantic Coast This week on The Civil War, American History TV visits the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The museum hosted a Civil War Navy Conference in early March to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, when for the first time, ironclads battled during the Civil War. First, author and Naval Academy history professor Craig Symonds talks about the War along the Atlantic Coast. Then, David Alberg of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary talks about the recovery and identification of human remains from the USS Monitor, the Union ship that...
  • Who is from Tampa/St.Pete and remembers the collapse of the Sunshine Skyway in 1980?

    04/12/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 63 replies
    4-13-2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    I was going on four in 1980 and I don't remember hearing about this on the news. I was curious if anyone here remembers it or was actually stuck in traffic after the collapse. I watched a video about it on YouTube.
  • Who is from Tampa/St.Pete and remembers the collapse of the Sunshine Skyway in 1980?

    04/12/2012 9:20:12 PM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 11 replies
    4-13-2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    I was going on four in 1980 and I don't remember hearing about this on the news. I was curious if anyone here remembers it or was actually stuck in traffic after the collapse. I watched a video about it on YouTube.
  • TCM Titanic Film: "A Night to Remember"

    04/12/2012 6:57:39 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 86 replies
    TCM ^ | April 12, 2012
      The 1958 film, A Night to Remember is scheduled for a showing this Saturday night, April 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Because the book was so well written and the facts so compelling, it reads like a suspense novel. [Walter] Lord scrupulously researched all information available at the time, reviewing testimony from boards of inquiry, plus newspaper and eyewitness accounts of survivors from both passengers and crew. There are a few scenes where slight artistic license is taken, but no wholesale fabrication of characters or fictionalized sub-plots. In reality, the film is more docudrama, yet never...
  • The Dead Past (9th Circuit Chief Judge on privacy laws)

    04/12/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Stanford Law Review ^ | April 12, 2012 | Alex Kozinski
    I must start out with a confession: When it comes to technology, I’m what you might call a troglodyte. I don’t own a Kindle or an iPad or an iPhone or a Blackberry. I don’t have an avatar or even voicemail. I don’t text. I don’t reject technology altogether: I do have a typewriter—an electric one, with a ball. But I do think that technology can be a dangerous thing because it changes the way we do things and the way we think about things; and sometimes it changes our own perception of who we are and what we’re about....
  • Sarkozy Fights to Survive

    04/12/2012 2:58:03 PM PDT · by Kenny Bunk · 8 replies
    The Sarkozy Campaign ^ | April 12, 2012 | La Campagne
    Chère amie, cher ami, A 7 jours du premier tour de l’élection présidentielle, je veux donner rendez-vous au peuple de France, à la majorité silencieuse, décidée à prendre la parole. Dans cette dernière ligne droite, j’en appelle directement à vous, vous qui vous reconnaissez dans mon projet, vous qui partagez mes idées et mes valeurs, à nous retrouver au : Grand rassemblement qui aura lieu Dimanche prochain, le 15 avril, Place de la Concorde à Paris à partir de 14h00. Plus que jamais j’ai besoin de vous, de votre engagement et de votre mobilisation Aidez-moi ! Ensemble, nous sommes en...
  • How the sinking of the Titanic sparked a century of radio improvements

    04/12/2012 10:02:53 AM PDT · by dickmc · 14 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Unstated | Alexander B. Magoun
    When the RMS Titanic scraped an iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912, its wireless operators began sending distress calls on one of the world’s most advanced radios: a 5-kilowatt rotary spark transmitter that on a clear night could send signals from the middle of the Atlantic to New York City or London. The equipment was owned by Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Co. and operated by two of its employees, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride. What Phillips and Bride lacked, however, were international protocols for wireless communications at sea. Shipboard operators were still an unregulated novelty, and they reported to...

    04/12/2012 4:25:21 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 11 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/12/42 | C. Brooks Peters, Frank Hewlett, Dean Schedler, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?

    04/12/2012 3:50:53 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 21 replies
    Sky and Telescope Website ^ | April, 2012 | Donald W. Olson, Russell L. Doescher & Roger W. Sinnott
    Did the Moon Sink the Titanic? Exceptionally strong tides in early 1912 may have brought the iceberg into the doomed ship’s path. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic sailed from Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage. After picking up passengers at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, the liner headed west across the North Atlantic to New York. But it would never get there. At 11:40 p.m. on April 14th, the Titanic struck an iceberg, and by 2:20 a.m. on April 15th the great ship had slipped beneath the waves. Although some 700 people were rescued from lifeboats, about...
  • What Time Did the RMS Titanic Really Hit the Iceberg?

    04/11/2012 9:58:58 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 19 replies
    Awesome Talks ^ | April 3, 2012 | Barry Cauchon
    As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, I thought I’d republish an article I wrote back on April 18, 2009. I’ve updated the introduction and clarified some points, but the rest remains intact and is still relevant today. Enjoy. Barry ———————————— April 14 & 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. If you are like me, I enjoy thinking about events like this in ‘real time’. For instance, Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at 10:15 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) on April 14, 1865. I currently live in...
  • Smithsonian opens new, diverse US history timeline (not all about "white men on horses")

    04/11/2012 12:26:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 11, 2012 | BRETT ZONGKER
    WASHINGTON — Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" have a new home with a diverse set of artifacts in a new timeline of American history that includes a piece of Plymouth Rock, a slave ship manifest, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and Kermit the Frog at the Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of American History will open the exhibit Thursday featuring iconic objects from pop culture along with items dating to the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620 in Plymouth, Mass. "American Stories" will be a new chronology of U.S. history from the early encounters of Europeans and Native Americans to...
  • News Headlines From Obama's 2nd Term

    04/11/2012 11:20:05 AM PDT · by Williams · 13 replies
    A Crystal Ball
    The Obama Justice Department announced today that the last gun had been "pryed from the cold, dead hand" of the last Second Amendment agitator. The miscreant was clutching a homophobic Bible in her other hand. The United States, still reeling from defeat by China, is nuked by North Korea for good measure. Obama denies any connection to his disarmament policies. US Supreme Court Switches Superior S African Constitution for USA's "slaveholders constitution". Court cites the precedent of The Untouchables film, in which juries were switched in the interest of justice. Justice Kennedy recused himself from 8-0 vote due to a...
  • Souls & Rivers of Faith (With Ghost EVP's)

    04/11/2012 8:45:53 AM PDT · by Revski
    Revski youtube Classics ^ | 4-11-2012 | Revski
    This is a classic signature o7jimmy video with scenic views children singing and a few ghost EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)!
  • Manson likely a no-show for his parole hearing

    04/11/2012 7:30:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    hostednews ^ | LINDA DEUTSCH
    CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Debra Tate hopes that Wednesday is the last time she has to walk into a prison holding Charles Manson and argue in front of a parole board panel that he should not be freed. For four decades the sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate has traveled to whatever rural California prison has held the notorious cult leader and his band of murderous followers for hearings she says are too numerous to count. "I've tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose," says the 59-year-old...

    04/11/2012 4:34:03 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/11/42 | Charles Hurd, Dean Schedler, Clark Lee, John MacCormac, Raymond Daniell, Roy L. Curthoys, more
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  • Life on the edge: Inside the world's largest STONE forest, where tropical rain has eroded rocks...

    04/10/2012 7:41:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Daily Mail / Nat Geog ^ | Sunday, April 8, 2012 | Chris Parsons
    Inhospitable: The Grand Tsingy may look uninhabitable, but there are thought to be 11 species of lemur, 100 types of bird and 45 kinds of reptile living there Perilous: An explorer climbs among the razor-sharp peaks of the stone forest, where the eroded limestone rocks extend for 230-square miles Intrepid: Climbers Luke Padgett and John Benson scale another dangerous-looking peak in the Grand Tsingy, thought to be the world's largest stone forest Forest of life: Various forms of greenery can be spotted within the Grand Tsingy stone forest, despite the apparently inhospitable environmental conditions It's like a cave without...

    04/10/2012 6:29:25 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 22 replies
    N/A | 4/10/12 | me
    All times Eastern. "Titanic Tech" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @9a, & @3p "Lost Worlds: Building the Titanic" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @10a & @4p "Titanic's Tragic Sister" (mostly about Britannic) - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @1p & @7p "Hollywood Dailies (may cover various movies that focused on it) - REELZ - 4/12 @5:30p; 4/13 @2a & @3a & @ 7:30a "Titanic's Achilles Heel" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @8p & 4/13 @12a; same - History Channel - 4/15 @11a "Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces" - H2 (History Channel 2) -...
  • Criminal penalties for violating Executive Order 6102

    04/10/2012 4:35:01 PM PDT · by depressed in 06 · 8 replies
    The latest issue of The Numismatist has an article by Q. David Bowers, page 43, has a poster on Executive Order 6102, Roosevelt's confiscation of private gold, that has the following statement in it: "CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF EXECUTI...$10,000 fine or 10 years imprisonment or both, provided by Section 9 of the order."