On this day in history.

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    Napoleon - Cinco de Mayo - Cy Young - Alan Shepard, Jr.

    Just a selection of events for today from the Day in History website (see short quotes & pics below). Napoleon dies in exile in 1821 at age 51 on the remote south Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Cinco de Mayo - a national holiday in Mexico celebrating the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the French-Mexican War.

    Cy Young of baseball pitching fame (see plaque - perfect game in 1904) - the eponymous award for the 'best pitcher' in each American baseball league was established in 1956 (a year after his death); for those interested, the multiple winners are shown below - this is like winning multiple majors in golf. Finally, Alan Shepard, Jr., the first American in space in 1961. Dave :)

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    For an excellent movie about the early days of the American space program I reccommend "The Right Stuff".
     
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    Agree - great film! Last year I replaced my old DVD w/ the 2-BD package shown below - the restoration, especially the sound is fantastic - if anyone is thinking of buying the movie, then the BD is highly recommended; the blu-ray ratings also shown from HERE. Dave :)
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    I first saw the movie in a large screen movie theatre when it was first released. The multiplex hadn't yet made much of an impact. The special effects on a 50 foot screen are truly spectacular.
     
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    Same for me - first saw the film in the theater but cannot remember the size of the screen or the sound system used then? But on my 42" HDTV & decent soundbar/subwoofer, the BD version is still quite an experience! :)

    Looking at the pic of Shepard (reposted below w/ an arrow), I was wondering about his Naval ranks - he was a Commander in 1961 (equivalent to a Lt. Colonel in the Army) - made his moon walk in February 1971 (5th man to walk on the moon), and the the first to hit a couple of golf balls - ;) Later in '71, he was promoted to a Rear Admiral, indicated by the single star. Dave
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    Sure. I celebrate it every day. ;)

    There's a serious reason for this day, though. I think that not that many people are aware of the negative effects of some diets, e.g.
     
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    One of my favorite Food Network shows is Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives w/ Guy Fieri - if you want to celebrate the holiday above, check the link for some of the restaurants he visits; now, many offer healthy, low-cal food but most just outrageous items, especially gigantic sandwiches that must contain 2000+ calories each! A fun show for me! :) Dave
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