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Post by Whiskers on Wed 22 Jul 2015, 11:25

Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit  1969


But what did she do to disturb the peace? shrug   Can't find details anywhere. Only headlines that she was arrested.
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 23 Jul 2015, 11:44

Ice cream cone created by Charles E. Menches, France  1904


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Post by Whiskers on Fri 24 Jul 2015, 18:48

The window tax in Britain was abolished  1851


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Post by Whiskers on Sun 26 Jul 2015, 11:47

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Post by Whiskers on Mon 27 Jul 2015, 12:44

Bob Hope, legendary comedian, died aged 100    2003


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Post by Whiskers on Tue 28 Jul 2015, 19:00

Fingerprint used as a means of identification for the first time 1858


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Post by Whiskers on Wed 29 Jul 2015, 11:32

J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring" published 1954
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 30 Jul 2015, 22:53

England win the World Cup 1966

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Slavery abolished in British Empire 1834
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 06 Aug 2015, 17:13

Meteorite found in Antarctica reveals evidence to scientists of ancient life on Mars 1996


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Post by Kitkat on Fri 07 Aug 2015, 12:53

Whiskers wrote:Meteorite found in Antarctica reveals evidence to scientists of ancient life on Mars 1996


http://www.lpi.usra.edu/publications/slidesets/marslife/


As recent as 1996 ??  surprised  confused.

Don't those scientist guys ever read?  tongue    As far back as the 1950's people have had 'evidence' of life on Mars.  Rolling Eyes Neutral rabbit drunken




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Post by Whiskers on Fri 07 Aug 2015, 18:44

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Post by Whiskers on Sun 09 Aug 2015, 15:44

Britain's first nudist beach established  1979

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Post by Whiskers on Mon 10 Aug 2015, 15:12

Greenwich Observatory founded 1675


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The IBM Personal Computer is released 1981
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Post by Whiskers on Sat 15 Aug 2015, 14:05

Woodstock music festival began, over 400,000 people attended  1969

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Post by Whiskers on Sun 16 Aug 2015, 11:36

The first rules of boxing published 1743
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 16 Aug 2015, 17:51

Whiskers wrote:The first rules of boxing published  1743
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alien    16th August 1977 - Elvis Presley passed away.  

Gone, but never, never to be forgotten.  

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Post by Kitkat on Sun 16 Aug 2015, 18:42

Oh, dearie dearie me .....  I've just watched that video through (the one I put up in the previous post) and only just realised what the "What if ..."  title is all about.  Rolling Eyes   (Takes all kinds)   cheesy  rabbit

Also just read the comment that the publisher of the video has written too:
Published on 24 Jun 2015

In 2012, I filmed the movie "Elvis What If". Since that time it seems like a certain company (that I will not name here), and other companies owned by that nameless corporation, have done everything possible to stop the fans from seeing this film. It didn't work. And that is thanks to people like you watching and sharing the film. I also noticed that shortly after it became obvious that my movie wasn't going to be shoved away in a corner another, more mainstream, movie was released that also proposed a different account of history in the "Elvis world". You may have seen it. It's called "The Identical". If you've seen both "Elvis: What If?" and "The Identical" then you know that they present drastically different possibilities for you to consider. I'm not going to say which account (if any) is the actual, true, historically correct one. I've always left that up to you to make up your own minds after seeing what I found. I will say that the timing of the release of "The Identical", which presents a much more "corporately acceptable" version of history, has always seemed a little "fishy" to me. Again, you can make up your own minds on that one too.

Anyway... I never imagined the impact that my little ole' "No Budget" film would have both on the Elvis community and in the halls of corporate America. So on advice from people I trust I've decided that I should take another look at my film and make it something that I think is worthy of all the attention it's gotten.

You can now take a look at the new version of "Elvis: What If?" here...I'd really appreciate it if you could let me know what you think of it now!

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Here's a better one to remember The King:




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a rather more serious look at the controversy:

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Post by Whiskers on Mon 17 Aug 2015, 16:33

I take it you have no interest in boxing KK. shtum


Registration of births, deaths and marriages introduced in Britain 1836
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 19 Aug 2015, 13:26

Electric powered taxis appeared in London  1897


Bersey cab goes on display at the Science Museum

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Post by Whiskers on Thu 20 Aug 2015, 19:56

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Post by Whiskers on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 19:35

The Civil War in England began 1642
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 24 Aug 2015, 18:20

Waffle iron invented 1869


And today is National Waffle day! obgob

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National Waffle Day, for instance, harkens back to August 24, 1869, when Cornelius Swartwout, of Troy, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for the waffle iron.
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 26 Aug 2015, 13:16

A man given the first battery-operated heart in Britain  1994


update He died 9 months later.   http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/26/newsid_2535000/2535661.stm

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The recipient of the heart pump was later named as Arthur Cornhill.

He died from kidney failure nine months after the operation.

At the time of Mr Cornhill's death the LVAD had been implanted into two other British men, one of whom died shortly afterwards.

In 2000 progress in LVAD technology allowed doctors in Oxford, England, to fit the first pump designed to be a permanent fixture inside a patient's failing heart.

The patient, Peter Houghton, was on the brink of death before the operation that allowed to him to lead a fit and active life.
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 14:14

Aged 16 Mike Perham becomes the youngest ever yachtsman to circumnavigate the globe 2009
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Post by Whiskers on Sat 29 Aug 2015, 14:49

"The Beatles" performed their last live concert, Candlestick Park, San Francisco 1966

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Post by Whiskers on Mon 31 Aug 2015, 10:52

Coca-Cola arrived in Britain from America 1900
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 31 Aug 2015, 14:43

Whiskers wrote:Coca-Cola arrived in Britain from America  1900


and .... a little-known fact:

In 1904, the manufacturers removed the cocaine from Coca-Cola. The US Government tried to compel the company to change the name of the drink but, after protracted legal argument, the name was saved. The Coca-Cola Company is still sensitive on the subject. Its museum in Atlanta still does not mention the beverage's legacy from the magic bush from Peru, even though the drink is still flavoured with an extract of coca-leaves from which the drug has been removed.

study   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/drug-that-spans-the-ages-the-history-of-cocaine-468286.html
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The United States gets the nickname Uncle Sam  1813


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The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government.

In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) began popularizing the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today. The German-born Nast was also credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus as well as coming up with the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic Party and the elephant as a symbol for the Republicans. Nast also famously lampooned the corruption of New York City’s Tammany Hall in his editorial cartoons and was, in part, responsible for the downfall of Tammany leader William Tweed.

Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960). In Flagg’s version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I, this portrait of Sam with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916 with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.

In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.”
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Niagara Falls illuminated for the first time  1860


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Whiskers wrote:Niagara Falls illuminated for the first time  1860



Wow!  What fabulous images.  That would be a fantastic sight to witness, especially at night time.
I knew that Niagara Falls must be a spectacular experience but I had no idea as to the extent of it.   surprised    
I would so love to see that for real.

Looking for more info, I found this:

Lights over Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls represents one of the most spectacular sights in North America, and in fact in the world. The spectacle is even more remarkable at night, when the cascading waters are lit by various colors and styles of light, and frequently by fireworks as well. Illumination of the Falls began in 1860, when English electrical engineer Robert W. Blackwell proposed to celebrate a visit to the Falls by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, with Bengal lights, signal flares used for illumination and communication and particularly important in sea rescue.

Sixty lights were placed in a row on the Canadian shore and aimed at the American Falls, another 60 were placed under the Table Rock and the remaining 80 were put behind the water at Horseshoe Falls. Several hundred white and colored flares were placed above and below the American Falls, along the Canadian side of the Niagara Gorge and behind the Horseshoe Falls. The lights were supplemented by fireworks and these created an effect that The Times of London said was “grand, magical and beyond all power of words to convey”. This arrangement was not used again, but calcium flares or “torpedo lights” were on occasion used to light the Falls in the late 1860s.

The newly-developed power of electricity was used for illumination of the Falls at the beginning of 1879, when Queen Victoria’s son-in-law the Marquis of Lorne, newly-appointed Governor-General of Canada,  was greeted with the equivalent of 32,000 candles. The Brush Electric Company of Cleveland, Ohio used arc lights to illuminate the Falls. A water wheel was located in the rapids upstream of the American Falls. It was connected to a dynamo- type generator capable of producing 36 horsepower of electricity for 16 arc lights. Twelve lights placed in Prospect Park while the remaining 4 were positioned at the base of the American Falls. This was done again for Canada Day and Independence Day, but the Brush system was also used for only one season. In 1892 the owners of the Maid of the Mist steamboats put a 4,000-candlepower light on their dock and projected light of various colors on the Falls with gelatin plates. The Great Gorge Railroad, which ran excursions along the Niagara River, put 40 red, white and blue arc lamps of 2,000-candlepower each along its route 250 feet apart, as well as attaching a searchlight to the trains, and began to offer night-time excursions three times a week in 1895.

The Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901 is mainly remembered today for the assassination of President William McKinley, which thrust Theodore Roosevelt into the presidency, but special trains brought large crowds to Niagara Falls for nightly illuminations as well. William D’Arcy Ryan of the General Electric Company in Schenectady  designed a new light system in 1907: 36 lights with a total of 1,115,000,000 candlepower were mounted along an access road to the Ontario Power Company generating station at the base of the Niagara Gorge. These were aimed at the American Falls, and men were paid 50 cents each to place gelatin films across the faces of the lights to project different colors onto the American Falls.to illuminate the Falls. The Falls were not normally lighted on Sundays, but exceptions were made for the Duke of Cornwall, later King George V, in 1907 and in 1919 for a visit by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII.

Lights and Fireworks every night

In 1920, lights were installed on the roof of the Ontario Power Generating Station located at the base of the Niagara Gorge just north of the Horseshoe Falls. Additional lights were mounted on the Table Rock House. This allowed for illumination of the Horseshoe Falls. The lights were strategically located to conceal their location.

During the early 1920’s, a group of businessmen from Niagara Falls, New York formed a group known as the “generators”, to ensure the continued illumination of the Falls and to improve the lighting system. This group began lobbying officials of both American and Canadian governments to maintain the illumination lights. The “generators” group had raised $58,000 for the purchase and installation of 24 new arc lights, each 36 inches in diameter. The Niagara Falls Illumination Board was formed in 1925, originally with ten members from the twin cities of Niagara Falls and the Queen Victoria Park Commission. The Board had an initial budget of $28,000 for the management, operation and maintenance of the lights.  New lights were mounted in a battery on the Ontario Power Company water surge tank, just north of the Horseshoe Falls. This allowed lighting of both the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls from the same location. Each light used 4,500 watts and were had originally been used as searchlights in Britain during World War I The power was provided for free by Ontario Power. The new lights were lit for the first time on May 26, 1925. A Festival of Lights was planned to coincide with the official dedication of the system on June 8. This included a light parade in Niagara Falls, New York and an international ceremony in the middle of the Upper Steel Arch Bridge, after which  the lights were turned on to illuminate the Falls with many spectators looking on.  The twenty-four (24) spotlights were operated by a crew of three men. Color gelatin films were manually slid into place in front of each light. Each light produced 55 million candlepower. The series of lights generated a total of 1,320,000,000 candlepower.

Summertime light shows continued until World War II and then stopped for a decade, first to conserve electricity for the war effort and then because the boom in postwar construction taxed the electrical generating systems on both sides of the border. After 1950 there was sufficient generating capacity to light the Falls again, but power could no longer be provided for free. In 1951 the Illumination Board worked out an arrangement by which half of the cost was paid by Niagara Falls, New York and the other half was divided between Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Parks and  Ontario Hydro. Twenty new carbon arc lights were installed in 1958 by General Electric  of Canada at a cost of $153,000. Ten lights were aimed at the Horseshoe Falls and 5 at the American Falls. In addition, two lights were focused Goat Island and 2 on the Upper Rapids. The new lights emitted  a total of 84 million candlepower, and  included white lights and 15 possible color combinations of white, red, amber, green, and blue.

The Illuminations Today

In recent decades the Illumination Board has consisted of representatives from both cities of Niagara Falls, the New York state park system, Ontario Power Generation and Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission. An Illumination Tower was subsequently built, and the incandescent lights were replaced by xenon ones. In 1970 3 xenon lights were installed on the lower river bank to illuminate the Bridal Veil or Luna Falls. Eighteen xenon spotlights were put into use in 1974, each one 30 inches (76cm) in diameter and generating 250,000,000 candlepower. In 1979, three additional xenon lights were positioned just south of the Canadian Niagara Power plant to and shine on the plume of mist from the Falls. Unfortunately, they also shined into the windows of many hotel rooms overlooking the falls, and their use had to be discontinued. A battery of three lights was installed to shine directly on the American Falls from the Canadian shore, the satellite locations being operated by remote control.

By the mid 1990’s, the lights were again in need of overhaul. Complaints had been received that the current lights were too weak and ineffective to properly illuminate the Falls.  In 1995 lighting consultant Linus MacDonald, lighting engineer for CTV station CFTO in Toronto, redesigned the illuminations.  He retrofitted the existing aluminum light projection shells and installed 4,000 watt lamp bulbs because he felt that his goal was illuminating the Falls and not simply lighting them, and that higher-wattage bulbs would have a harsher effect and could obscure some of the nighttime ambiance and color. MacDonald’s illumination configuration is best viewed from a distance rather than close-up, and the center of the Horseshoe Falls is not illuminated because of the waterborne mist that rises from the its base. The rising mist forms an impenetrable wall that reflects the light and does not allow it to penetrate to the waterfalls behind it.  In 1997 a new 21- light system was installed that produces 60  to 70 percent more illumination, approximately 8.2 billion candlepower. These bulbs, made by the lamp manufacturer OSRAM GmbH in Germany, last for 1,100 hours or about one tourist season, and cost about $1,400 each, They nevertheless produce twice as much light as the previous lighting installations and consume 10 per cent less power. The last 11 of the old lights were replaced in 1998, and have since been used for spare parts.

Light shows have occurred virtually every night except for 1940 to 1950, augmented during the summer by fireworks and also with fireworks during the Niagara Falls, Ontario Winter Light Festival. This also represents Canada’s longest-running fireworks display. The illuminations were interrupted in January, 1938 when an ice storm shut down the Ontario Power generating station, and were turned off for several days in August, 2003 in the aftermath of a major power failure involving much of North America. Otherwise, the Falls are illuminated every night from the onset of darkness (5 p.m. in January, 9 p.m. in July and August and times in between in other months) until 11 p.m. weekdays and midnight on weekends (1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve). Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. on Fridays, Sundays and holidays from May until September. This may be the best free entertainment in North America: there is no charge for fireworks or illuminations, even though it costs about $85 an hour to light the Falls, more with fireworks.
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 17 Sep 2015, 15:12

N.A.T.O. Council first met 1949
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Rock legend Jimmy Hendrix dies 1970
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Post by Whiskers on Sun 20 Sep 2015, 09:59

City of Johannesburg founded 1886
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Re: This day in history

Post by Whiskers on Wed 30 Sep 2015, 13:22

Been away on holiday.  Here is a catch up of the missed days. 

September

21st -  Stonehenge sold at auction for £6,000  1915

22nd -  The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library, California  1991

23rd -  Chewing gum first commercially produced  1848

24th -  Anne Londonderry becomes the first woman to complete a round the world bicycle trip, in just 15 months  1895

25th -  Telephone cable laid under the Atlantic became operational  1956

26th -  Francis Drake, British Navigator, returns to Plymouth  1580

27th -  Ben Johnson stripped of his Olympic gold medal, Seoul  1988

28th -  Radio Times first published 1923

29th -  Pope John Paul III becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland  1979


Today: 30th September -  First performance of Mozart's "Flute" Vienna  1791
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Re: This day in history

Post by Whiskers on Thu 01 Oct 2015, 20:05

First Hawaiian stamps "The Hawaiian Missionaries" issued 1851

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