On this day in history.

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    Jesse Owens Wins 4th Gold Medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics!

    Appropriate w/ the Summer Olympics in progress in Rio at the moment - an Afro-American runner/jumper embarrasses Adolph Hitler and his belief in Aryan supremacy - Jesse wins four Gold Medals in Berlin - below a few pics - the third is a plaque in Ann Arbor, Michigan where I spent 7 years as an undergrad and a medical school student - my father-in-law was also an undergrad there in the 1930s and was at that meet where Owens set the records shown.

    Last month (and final image below), I streamed the new film Race which is about Owens in the mid-1930s when the Ann Arbor & Berlin events occurred - highly recommended! Dave :)

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    Gerald Ford, yet another University of Michigan undergrad - he was on the football team and played a number of positions - 3 years older that my father in-law, so they would have overlapped a year or two, but not sure if they knew each other?

    Ford was not known as the 'brightest' of presidents, so a joke of the times was that he played too much football and forgot to put his helmet on? :) Of course, not true and the guy lived into his 90s (1913-2006) - Dave
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    Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay opens in 1934 for Federal Prisoners!

    Alcatraz Island, a small piece of land in San Francisco Bay becomes a federal prison for the 'most dangerous' convicts in the country, including the infamous Al Capone - now closed for years, a great tour which I've taken probably three times - the views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge can be spectacular unless heavy fog obscures the view, not uncommon.

    Below some pics of the island and of one of its famous prisoners, Al Capone - the last image is a satellite view of the bay showing the location of the two bridges one to Marin County and Muir Woods (a MUST visit) and continuing up HW 101 to Napa & Sonoma Valleys for wine lovers - also, ferries are available to Sausalito & Tiburon, special bay area towns w/ great restaurants and art galleries - we've visited both areas multiple times over the decades and highly recommended - could add a post of some of the art work and jewelry we've bought in those places - ;) Dave

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    If you plan to visit Alcatraz, advance reservations are highly recommended as same day sailings are usually fully booked.
    When I took the tour I enjoyed seeing the cells where the most famous prisoners were housed as well as where various movies were filmed, such as Escape From Alcatraz, starring Clint Eastwood.
     
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    Aztec Capital Falls to Cortés on this day in 1521!

    The Aztec capital Tenochtitlán in the Valley of Mexico is captured and then destroyed by Cortés and his Spaniards and Native American Allies, victims of the Aztec Empire. The continuation of centuries to come for North & South American native populations of death mainly from disease, destruction of numerous cultures, translocations to other lands (e.g. Trail of Tears), and countless broken treaties - this was the worst human genocide in the history of the planet, and is well detailed in the book shown below, the American Holocaust (1992) - synopsis in last quote from Amazon - need to re-read my copy.

    Tenochtitlán was built on the western side of Lake Texcoco - the city had canals and beautiful causeways that astounded the Spanish (pictoral representation below) - Mexico City was built (and much expanded) on its ruins. Back in the 1972 (I was still a medical intern & before our son was born), we did a 2-week trip of Mexico (starting in Cozumel, then Merida and the Mayan ruins, and finally Mexico City w/ several side trips) - but if you're in the Mexican capital, then a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology is a MUST - below just one image of the reconstructed central plaza of the Aztec city. Dave :)

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    Panama Canal Opens to Traffic This Day in 1914!

    The Panama Canal Project started by the French in 1881 resulting in high mortality rates, and was taken over by the United States in 1904, and completed ten years later; likely the greatest engineering projects of its time and incredibly expensive (see quotes below from the same Wiki article). Several months ago the new expanded canal lanes opened to permit passage of the newer HUGE container ships - in the United States, multiple ports along the Gulf Coast & up the Atlantic Coast are expanding their docks at great cost to accommodate these larger ships. Dave :)

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    August 16, 1896;

    Gold is discovered in the Yukon Territory. George Carmack and his two Native American companions Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie were camping near a tributary of the Yukon River called Rabbit creek when one of them spotted gold nuggets in the creek bank. A little digging quickly revealed that the area was thick with gold deposits. They staked their claim the next day and their discovery set off the last big gold rush of the 19th century. George Carmack was one of the few prospectors to leave the Yukon a rich man, having amassed $1,000,000 worth of gold. Klondike Gold Rush - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Prospectors climbing the Chilkoot Pass on their way to the Klondike.
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    Roanoke Island - First English Colony on North Carolina Coast Found Deserted in 1590?

    In 1585, the first attempt to establish an English settlement was on Roanoke Island (about a 4 1/2 hr drive for us - see maps below) - Sir Walter Raleigh was the impetus w/ the help of Elizabeth I behind the colony although he never traveled there - our state capital is named after him (and the state of Virginia after Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen). The island lies between the mainland and the upper Outer Banks of North Carolina (site of the 1903 flight of the Wright Brothers).

    Virginia Dare (grand daughter of John White, the governor of Roanoke Island) was the first 'English child' born in the American colonies. White was also an excellent artist and made many watercolors of the American Natives, their culture, and the nearby flora & fauna - an excellent exhibit of his original paintings was held at the NC Museum of History not too long ago (I may have posted pics in one of the forums here?). The Spanish Armada in 1585 delayed a return to Roanoke Island and on this day in 1590, White finally arrived and found a deserted colony which remains unexplained to this day.

    On Roanoke Island today, there is a National Historic site (pics below) which has a number of attractions, including an outdoor drama, The Lost Colony - the now deceased actor & television star, Andy Griffith performed in the drama from 1947 to 1953 in the role of Raleigh. Also, one of the three NC Aquariums is located on the island and is worth a visit. Dave :)

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