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This day in history

Post by Whiskers on 18th January 2015, 15:29

The X-ray machine was exhibited for the first time 1896
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Post by Kitkat on 19th January 2015, 11:00

Well, there ya go ...  that's an interesting thing to know.  cheesy
An extra snippet to add there: (from Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray   )

The discovery of x-rays came from experimenting with Crookes tubes, an early experimental electrical discharge tube invented by English physicist William Crookes around 1869-1875. In 1895, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays emanating from Crookes tubes and the many uses for X-rays were immediately apparent. One of the first X-ray photographs was made of the hand of Röntgen's wife. The image displayed both her wedding ring and bones. On January 18, 1896 an X-ray machine was formally displayed by H.L. Smith.

In the 1940s and 1950s, X-ray machines were used in stores to help sell footwear. These were known as fluoroscopes. However, as the harmful effects of X-ray radiation were properly considered, they finally fell out of use. Shoe-fitting use of the device was first banned by the state of Pennsylvania in 1957. (They were more a clever marketing tool to attract customers, rather than a fitting aid.)


I like this thread idea, Whiskers.  :thumb:  Will you be doing a daily update? (hope so).
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Post by Whiskers on 19th January 2015, 13:56

Singer Dolly Parton born 1946
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Post by Kitkat on 19th January 2015, 18:50

Whiskers wrote:Singer Dolly Parton born 1946

That makes her 69 today! Shocked Blimey! She's doing okay for her age, isn't she? (I know there's a lot of make-up and stuff involved but - even so.....!)
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Post by Umberto Cocopop on 19th January 2015, 20:10

Didn't Dolly have her breasts enlarged at some point?

Or have I fallen for a daft urban legend?

Or dreaming again.... Embarassed
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Post by Whiskers on 19th January 2015, 20:33

She lost a whole load of weight after dieting and her "weapons of distraction" got smaller then too, so she went and had them enlarged to bring them back to how they used to be!
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Post by Whiskers on 20th January 2015, 13:53

King George V died 1936
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Post by Kitkat on 20th January 2015, 14:06

Whiskers wrote:King George V died 1936

Please excuse my ignorance (I'm not very up on royalty and all the pomp, poop and sham that goes with it) - but is that the same guy that's the subject of our Movie of the Week this week?  ('The Madness of King George')?
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Post by Whiskers on 20th January 2015, 14:18

Kitkat wrote:
Whiskers wrote:King George V died 1936

Please excuse my ignorance (I'm not very up on royalty and all the pomp, poop and sham that goes with it) - but is that the same guy that's the subject of our Movie of the Week this week?  ('The Madness of King George')?


No, that was George III.
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Post by Whiskers on 21st January 2015, 17:31

Louis XV1 guillotined 1793
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Post by Whiskers on 22nd January 2015, 18:08

Barak Obama orders the closure of the Guantanamo prison camp 2009
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Post by Kitkat on 23rd January 2015, 12:56

Whiskers wrote:Barak Obama orders the closure of the Guantanamo prison camp  2009

Yeah, he had been promising this since before he came to power.  He may have made the order to close in 2009 - but to this day Guantanamo remains open and the awful atrocities carried out there allowed to continue.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=guantanamo+bay+torture

timeglass    sigh

That very same promise is currently in the news now - headlined in The Guardian 2 days ago :
'Barack Obama renews vow to close Guantánamo Bay'
US president uses his penultimate State of the Union address to reiterate determination to close detention camp
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/21/state-union-barack-obama-renews-pledge-close-guantanamo-bay
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Post by Whiskers on 23rd January 2015, 15:04

Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to the environment 1978
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Post by Whiskers on 25th January 2015, 18:16

Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" enters charts at No.1 1958
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Post by Whiskers on 25th January 2015, 21:05

Sorry, I made a mistake. Embarassed   Did anyone even notice?  cyclops    The Jailhouse Rock event should have been yesterday.Saturday.  I missed out on Saturday.  

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First Boeing 707 internal US flight between Los Angeles to New York   1959
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Post by Whiskers on 26th January 2015, 20:48

The Icelandic government and banking system collapsed 2009
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Post by Whiskers on 28th January 2015, 12:25

Lndon's Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight  1807
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Post by Whiskers on 29th January 2015, 19:45

"Desert Island Discs" first transmission 1942
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Post by Kitkat on 29th January 2015, 21:35

Whiskers wrote:"Desert Island Discs" first transmission  1942

History of Desert Island Discs:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/59YrnYM0Tw8J7WJ0MGKVfh7/the-history-of-desert-island-discs

I have never heard or listened to any of that programme.  Not sure if it's still going on, is it?

Still a question that people ask around at dinner parties, etc - If you were to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take just one thing with you, what would it be?

I think these days everyone might be perfectly happy with a laptop (so long as it had a connection to the internet).  What more could you ask for really?  You could travel wherever you wanted to, keep in touch with all your friends, even make new friends - all your favourite music and books to read ....  etc).  Yep, would definitely be my choice anyway.
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Post by Whiskers on 30th January 2015, 13:35

State funeral for Winston Churchill held at St Paul's Cathedral 1965
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Post by Whiskers on 31st January 2015, 14:08

Serial killer, Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients 2000
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Post by Whiskers on 1st February 2015, 16:48

The half penny coin ceases to be legal tender in Britain 1984
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Post by Whiskers on 2nd February 2015, 11:58

Sid Vicious died of a drug overdose in New York 1979
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Post by Whiskers on 3rd February 2015, 18:17

The first paper money in America is issued in the Massachusetts Bay Colony 1690
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Post by Whiskers on 4th February 2015, 17:00

Ceylon, later Sri Lanka, becomes an independent state 1948

    Current date/time is 19th October 2018, 16:02