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
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On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1648 – The first labor organization forms in the North American colonies (Boston Shoemakers)
1775 – African-American poet Phillis Wheatley is freed from slavery
1867 – The US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia (for $7.2 million)
1878 – Thomas Edison makes electricity available for household use
1890 – John Owen becomes the first man to run a 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds
1922 – The British Broadcasting Company is incorporated
1929 – Women are considered “Persons” under Canadian law
1954 – Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio
1967 – Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” is released
1968 – The US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving a “black power” salute as a protest during their victory ceremony
1969 – Rod Stewart joins Small Faces
1974 – Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes the first in player in the NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks
1977 – NY Yankees win their 21st World Series, in 4 games
1989 – US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit
2007 – After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto’s convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured
2012 – Google stock trading is suspended after a premature release of a quarterly report indicating a 20% drop in profits and a 9% fall in share price

On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1282 – King Pedro III of Aragonorth annexes Sicily
1682 – English astronomer Edmund Halley observes his namesake comet for the first time
1778 – The City of Amsterdam signs a trade agreement with US rebels
1842 – Work on Koln cathedral re-commences after a 284-year hiatus
1884 – Britain ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia
1888 – George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers “Kodak”
1893 – English author Beatrix Potter tells the story of Peter Rabbit for the first time
1918 – US troops land in Archangel, Russia, and stay 10 months
1950 – Darlington Raceway becomes the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race
1956 – The IBM RAMAC 305 is introduced, the first commercial computer that uses magnetic disk storage
1964 – NASA launches its 1st Orbital Geophysical Observatory (OGO-1)
1972 – US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes the 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals
1980 – Yes performs its last concert (Madison Square Garden)
1983 – Scott Michael Pellaton sets the barefoot waterski speed rec (119.36 mph)!
1986 – 189.42 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
1991 – A panel of 8 baseball experts vote to drop the asterisk next to Roger Maris HR record & determine an official no hitter must go at least 9 innings
2012 – A carpet that can help prevent falls in elderly by warning them after detecting unusual footsteps is developed