1942 : Los Angeles sightings on this day called by the contemporary press "Battle of Los Angeles", a Plane / Blimp / Weather Balloon / UFO is fired on with a massive anti-aircraft artillery barrage but is not hit, Air raid sirens were sounded throughout Los Angeles County at 2:25 a.m. and a total blackout was ordered. Why was the ?? never hit or if it was hit why not damaged , this is a radio news report of the incident and makes very interesting listening.
1924 : Johnny Weissmuller wins his first gold medal in 100-meters freestyle in the 1924 Paris Olympics. He went on to win Gold in the 400-meters freestyle and as part of the 800-meters freestyle relay team. In Amsterdam in 1928 he wins two more gold medals. Following his olympics success in 1932 he played the role of Tarzan in Tarzan the Ape Man.
1942 : The Voice of America goes on the air for the first time under the Office of War Information with news programs aimed at Japan, the south Pacific, and to areas of Europe and North Africa under the occupation of Nazi Germany.
1903 : The United States signed a leasing agreement between the US and Cuba , acquiring Guantanamo Bay a naval station at the southeastern end in Cuba.
1920 : It was announced on this day that fliers from 18 different nations are planning to participate in an Atlantic Flight race. The first place winner of this race was to receive $100,000. The plan was to start the fliers off from either New York or Atlantic City. From one of these points, the fliers would head south towards Cuba Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the across the Caribbean Sea to Caracas, and then to Permambuco. After that, they would then fly across the Atlantic to Dakar, then along the western coast of Africa. After that they would head northward and will pass Magador and Casa Blanca. From there, the flight will head across either Spain or Portugal to Biarritz, and then to the French Coast and the London Channel. The return trip planned would be straight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1920 : A report was printed on this day regarding the issue of teacher salary problems and supply in demand in rural areas. This issue was addressed by A. Floyd, the Superintendent of Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. The biggest issue regarding teacher supply and demand is the fact that teachers may not always be adequately prepared to teach in certain areas, particular rural ones. These are the areas where they would also get paid less as well.
1922 : An explosion of the powder magazine in a stone quarry in McCook in southern Illinois shook the city of Chicago shattering many windows in the south of the city and the blast was so strong that a train passing near by was blown completely off the tracks.
1932 : According to one report given on this day, Japan was planning a protest against the U.S. government. This particular protest against the U.S. was planned as a result of an incident that occurred while Robert Short, an American who was fighting while in combat with Japanese airplanes. Part of the reason for the conflict between the U.S. and the Japanese was the fact that the Chinese government had asked that Robert Short be buried in China in order to give him proper burial. The Japanese were opposed to this action. Also, no official report was made regarding the death of this airplane fighter at this time.
1940 : The song "When You Wish Upon a Star" is recorded by Frances Langford. It becomes a major hit and it is still one of the most recognizable songs today.
From 1920s Fashions PageKhaki Riding Suit
Splendid quality two-piece riding habit, made of a very excellent grade of cotton khaki cloth. Outfit consists of attractive tailored coat in smart semi-fitted belted style, and separate breeches. Breeches fasten at both sides and hips. Legs are finished at bottom with eyelets and fasten with laces.
Celebrating Birthdays Today
Born: 24th February 1955, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: October 5th 2011, Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Known For : Steve Jobs is best known for being Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. Apple started in 1976 with the Apple I personal computer kit. Over the next few years the company grew and evolved and in 1984, Apple launched the Macintosh. Following a power struggle inside the company in 1985 Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT Inc. The following year he bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm's computer graphics division and changed the company from a producer of the Pixar Image Computer into a producer of computer-animated feature films, the first of which was Toy Story. The rest as they say is history and in 2006 Disney purchased Pixar making Steve Jobs Walt Disney Company's largest single shareholder. In 1996 Apple purchased Next and Steve Jobs once again headed the company. Apple had been failing prior to the return of Steve Jobs who turned the company around and has provided the inspiration for Apple to be one of the most admired companies in the world. He has been suffering from illness since 2004 including a cancerous tumor in his pancreas and because is so aligned with Apple's success, each time rumors surface about his health Apple shares are adversely affected.
1945 : American soldiers liberate the capital Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
1945 : The prime minister of Egypt Dr. Ahmed Maher Pasha was assassinated after reading a declaration of war against the Axis powers.
1946 : Juan Domingo Peron, is elected president in Argentina, at the time when he was elected he had a mistress named Eva Duarte who proved to be his greatest asset, or "Evita," as she became affectionately known who later became his wife.
1950 : Clement Attlee and the British Labour party has won the 1950 general election with a much decreased majority and will continue its programme of nationalisation of major industries including iron and steel. The commitment to the Welfare State with the National Insurance Act which provides help and support for the more vulnerable in British society will be continued.
1955 : With over 70 roads now not passable the big freeze continues in the UK with many essential supplies including food and medical supplies now in jeopardy. The RAF is dropping food and medical supplies in the worst affected areas and are also dropping tons of hay over the Scottish Highlands as sheep are now starving due to the massive snowdrifts that have built up.
1968 : American Marines and South Vietnamese soldiers have recaptured the city of Hue from North Vietnamese forces.
1971 : A new Immigration Bill announced today will restrict Commonwealth citizens automatic rights to remain in the UK, they will now be treated with the same restrictions as any other person applying to live and work in Britain. This bill is in response to the public concern about a large number of immigrants entering Britain in the last few years.
1972 : This was the day when President Nixon had visited the Great Wall of China. Nixon had called for the breaking down of the walls there and “walls of any kind between peoples”. Before Nixon had arrived in China, there was some talk of releasing American prisoners of war held there. No answer has been given yet as to whether or not that was going to happen as of this day, but it was reported that negotiations were being made.
1978 : The musical group Fleetwood Mac had won a Grammy Award on this day. This award was given to this group for best album of 1977, as a result of this groups hard work on the album Rumours.
1981 : The Prince of Wales announced his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer ending months of speculation by the tabloid press.
1981 : An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale strikes the city of Athens, Greece killing 16 and destroying many buildings in towns west of the city.
1989 : Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa (religious edict) and offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of author Salman Rushdie who had written The Satanic Verses. The Satanic Verses caused major controversy around the world In Muslim communities due to what many Muslims believed were blasphemous references to their religion.
Many if not most rural homes in the twenties did not have full indoor plumbing so this was your best chance of having a hot bath, the water heater could be a Gasoline or Kerosine based burner, To use the bathtub you first needed to fill the tank with water ( held 12 gallons ), next light the burner and when ready fill the bath, to empty the bath attach the 6ft length of hose to the water outlet and drain out through the nearest window.
Introducing the Nintendo Entertainment System. It's a fully equipped video system with the most progressive components such as a robot and a light-sensing Zapper Light Gun (sold separately), true to life graphics and a vast library of games. Plus, it's not just for kids. The system is both simple and sophisticated enough to challenge the abilities of everyone in your family. The core of the system is the Nintendo Control Deck. Its compact and sleek design is just the beginning. Inside the control deck are two microchips that provide extremely high quality and real-life sound generation. Includes Super Mario Brothers game, two controllers with six feet cords, and hookup accessories.
1991 : A ground troop invasion of Kuwait and Iraq was initiated by the U.S. on this date. This decision was made after six weeks of bombing against Iraq and its army.
1997 : The FDA name six brands of birth control as safe and effective "morning-after" pills for preventing pregnancy.
1999 : An avalanche in the Austrian Alps buries homes and kills 13 people in Valzur.
2006 : South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
2006 : Egypt asks the St. Louis Art Museum to return a three thousand year old funerary mask that depicts a young lady. It was said to have mysteriously disappeared from the Egyptian Museum decades ago. The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities has formally requested the return of the piece, known as the mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer, which dates to the 19th Dynasty (1307- 196 B.C.). The Department of Homeland Security is looking into the provenance of the mask, which was acquired by the museum in the late 1990s
2006 : Gunmen have taken advantage of Brazil's carnivals to steal paintings by Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Monet from a Rio de Janeiro museum. The thieves are said to have threatened the Chacara do Ceu museum's security guards with a hand grenade. They then shut down the internal security cameras and slipped into the carnival. Pablo Picasso's The Dance, Salvador Dali's The Two Balconies, Henri Matisse's Luxembourg Gardens and Claude Monet's Marine were stolen.
2008 : Fidel Castro the Cuban revolutionary who had ruled Cuba for nearly 50 years retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, his retirement was forced due to illness and the Cuban National Assembly elects Raul Castro to succeed him as the President of Cuba.
2008 : The world's first biofuel-powered commercial aircraft has touched down in Amsterdam. It flew to Holland from London's Heathrow Airport, and has been hailed as a first step towards cleaner flying. The Virgin Atlantic jumbo used a fuel derived from a mixture of Brazilian babassu nuts and coconuts. Environmentalists have branded the flight a publicity stunt, and claim biofuel cultivation is not sustainable.
2008 : Pakistan has blocked access to the YouTube website because of the content it offers that is deemed offensive to Islam. Its telecommunications authority has ordered Internet service providers to block the site until further notice. Reports have said that the content included the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed that have outraged many.
2011 : The city of Shanghai in China announced a one-dog policy to start in May. The city had an abundance of unlicensed dogs and in 2010, over 140,000 people reported bites from unlicensed dogs. The new rule would force owners of unlicensed dogs to relinquish their pets to authorities.
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