12 Reasons why I watched a news program this evening..

  • 1) I was in a bar.
  • 2) One of the several flatscreens happened to be directly in my line of sight.
  • 3) The barmaid wasn’t.
  • 4) It seemed important.
  • 5) The visuals captivated me.
  • 6) It was broadcast in HD for maximum effect  .
  • 7) People believe it.
  • 8) The marketing of American values is unprecedented.
  • 9) Duke won!
  • 10) the barmaid still had no interest.
  • 11) I Am, always will be, curious and questioning of everything.
  • 12) So for I have no reason to for a loong time.from-phone-025

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1027 – John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty
1668 – England takes control of Bombay, India
1790 – United States Congress passes the Naturalization Act, requiring a 2-year residency before citizenship will be granted
1804 – United States Congress orders the immediate removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
1830 – The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York
1845 – Patents are awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, the precursor of a band-aid
1872 – Thomas J Martin patents the fire extinguisher
1885 – The Eastman Film Company manufactures the 1st commercial motion picture film
1926 – The 1st lip-reading tournament is held in America
1937 – Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb’s advice and replaces his 40 oz bat with the 36 oz
1937 – The Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye!!
1970 – The 500th nuclear explosion since 1945 is announced by the US
1982 – Ground-breaking is held in Washington, DC for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
1996 – The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia
1999 – The “Melissa worm” infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world
2006 – In Scotland, the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force
2012 – Canadian Film maker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

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On this Date in History..

OOn this Day in History..
421 – Friday at 12 PM – city of Venice founded (the one in Italy dude)
1306 – One of my ancestors, Robert the Bruce was crowned Robert I, King of Scots, having killed his rival John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch
1584 – Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert’s patent to explore North America
1655 – Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan (Saturn’s largest satellite)
1811 – Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for his publication of the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism
1857 – Frederick Laggenheim takes 1st photo of a solar eclipse
1905 – Confederate battle flags, captured during the American Civil War, are returned to the South
1937 – It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for their ads
1954 – RCA manufactures its 1st color TV set (12½” screen at $1,000)
1955 – United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” as obscene
1988 – Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson’s money
1997 – The Cleveland Indians traded Lofton & Embree to the Braves for Grissom & Justice
2006 – Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested
2012 – Peter Cruddas, treasurer of Britain’s Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to British Prime Minister David Cameron

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
538 – Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius
1054 – Pope Leo IX escapes captivity & returns to Rome
1622 – Ignatius of Loyola is declared a saint
1737 – Galileo’s body is moved to the Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy
1755 – America’s 1st steam engine to pump water from a mine is installed
1860 – Congress accepts the Pre-emption Bill which frees land in the West for colonization
1894 – In Vicksburg, Mississippi, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time
1904 – Andrew Carnegie establishes the Carnegie Hero Fund
1913 – The foundation stone of the Australian capital in Canberra is laid
1930 – Mohandas Gandhi begins his 200m (300km) march protesting a British salt tax
1969 – 120 cannabis joints are discovered at George & Patti Harrison’s home
1986 – 210.25 million shares are traded on the NY Stock Exchange
1989 – The World Wide Web goes online
2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan’s earthquake
2013 – JOGMEC becomes the first to successfully extract methane hydrate from seabed deposits

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1616 – The Spanish Inquisition delivers its injunction to Galileo Galilei
1797 – The Bank of England issues its first £1-note
1815 – Napoleon & 1,200 of his finest soldiers leave Elba to begin a 100-day re-conquest of France
1846 – William F “Buffalo Bill” Cody, is born in Davenport Iowa
1848 – Karl Marx & Engels publish the “Communist Manifesto”
1907 – Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1907 – United States Congress raises their salaries to $7,500
1914 – HMS Britannic, sister to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland
1929 – The Grand Teton National Park is established by then president Calvin Coolidge
1936 – Adolf Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche’s “Volkswagen”
1952 – PM Winston Churchill announces that Britain has its own atomic bomb
1971 – Secretary-General U Thant signs a United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day
1983 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album hits #1 for 37 weeks straight
2004 – The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years
2013 – A flexible battery, capable of being charged wirelessly and folded and stretched is developed in silicon valley

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1600 – The Vatican convicts scholar Giordano Bruno to death
1672 – Isaac Newton reads his first optics paper before the Royal Society in London
1802 – Simon Willard patents his banjo clock
1887 – The Dawes Act authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments
1894 – The Enforcement Act is repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise African-Americans
1898 – John Ames Sherman patents the 1st envelope folding & gumming machine in America
1918 – “Stars & Stripes,” a weekly US armed forces newspaper begins publications
1942 – Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn’t oppose the US war effort
1963 – AFL’s Dallas Texans move to Kansas City to become the KC Chiefs
1971 – The Nasdaq stock market index debuts
1984 – The 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1990 – “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
1996 – The NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but the Browns’ name must behind
1996 – The massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” takes place
2013 – A massive blizzard begins in the US and Canada that resulted in 15 deaths, 5,300 cancelled flights, and loss of power for 900,000 people

On this Date in History..

On this day in History..
1559 – Elizabeth I is crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey
1605 – The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison
1610 – Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, the 4th satellite of Jupiter
1695 – Jonathan Swift is ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland
1854 – Anthony Foss patents the accordion
1863 – Thomas Crapper pioneers, and patents, a one-piece pedestal flushing toilet
1893 – U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the “Bayonet Constitution” {ref: wikipedia}
1898 – Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J’accuse) in defense of Alfred Dreyfus
1930 – “Mickey Mouse” 1st appears in a comic strip
1938 – The Church of England accepts the “theory of evolution”
1942 – Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies
1957 – Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee!!!
1969 – The Beatles release their album “Yellow Submarine”
1979 – The YMCA files libel suit against Village People’s YMCA song
1987 – Seven top New York Mafia bosses are each sentenced to 100 years in prison
1988 – The United States Supreme Court rules (5-3) that public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities
2003 – Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who is arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared of all charges
2007 – Two thirds of the Venus’s southern hemisphere is suddenly lit up as something triggers aerosols to form at a furious rate