On this day in history.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by KevinJS, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. scifan57

    scifan57
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    27,766
    Thanks Received:
    9,617
    He also became the oldest person in space when he went on a space shuttle mission on October 29, 1998 as a payload specialist. He was the only person to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs.
    IMG_2271.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • List
  2. giradman

    giradman
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Wizard

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,935
    Thanks Received:
    6,120
    And a United States senator (1974-1999) from Ohio (my state of birth) for two and a half decades - many other accomplishments and awards - for those interested, see his Wiki article linked previously. Dave :)
     
  3. giradman

    giradman
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Wizard

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,935
    Thanks Received:
    6,120
    Kirk Douglas Turns 100 Years Old Today!

    One of Hollywood's legendary actors is 100 y/o today - wow! I've probably seen most of his films over the decades and own many on optical disc - from IMDB, I've put together a list of my favorite films (own all but two) - probably my all time top Kirk movies are Lust for Life about Vincent van Gogh and Paths of Glory (an anti-war presentation), but I really enjoy many more. BTW - I have the two films just mentioned as blu-ray discs, which I recommend highly for their restoration (if interested in ratings, check HERE). Dave :)

    .
    KDoug1_Pic.jpgKDoug2_VanGogh.jpgKDoug3_Paths.jpgKDoug4_Films.png
     
  4. giradman

    giradman
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Wizard

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,935
    Thanks Received:
    6,120
    Da Vinci Notebook Sells for over $5 Million in 1980!

    A remarkable da Vinci notebook bought at auction by Arnie Hammer for $5 million - then at another auction in 1994 purchased by Bill Gates (of MS fame) for $30 million (quotes below w/ links) - last year, Susan & I saw a special traveling exhibit @ the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC on this manuscript - link HERE (see post #8) w/ a brief discussion and some pics - a special experience for me. Dave :)

     
  5. KevinJS

    KevinJS
    Expand Collapse
    Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2011
    Messages:
    10,650
    Thanks Received:
    1,418
    @giradman

    Thanks for that post about Kirk Douglas, Dave. I thought I was familiar with all of Kubrick's work, but I wasn't aware of that one.
     
  6. giradman

    giradman
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Wizard

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,935
    Thanks Received:
    6,120
    Hi Kevin - highly recommend the Paths of Glory, and the Criterion BD restoration is superb - Dave :)
     
  7. scifan57

    scifan57
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    27,766
    Thanks Received:
    9,617
    December 14, 1911;

    Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen becomes the first person to reach the South Pole. He beat British explorer Robert Falcon Scott to the pole by over a month. Roald Amundsen - Wikipedia

    IMG_2315.JPG
    IMG_2316.JPG
    Roald Amundsen and his party looking at the Norwegian flag at the South Pole.
     
    #2157 scifan57, Dec 14, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016
  8. giradman

    giradman
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Wizard

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,935
    Thanks Received:
    6,120
    George Washington Dies at Mt. Vernon this day in 1799

    George was out riding a horse most of a rainy day and caught a pulmonary infection which would have been cured easily w/ the antibiotics of today. Henry Lee gave the famous eulogy below - he was a young calvary officer during the Revolutionary War; his son was Robert E. Lee, who married Mary Custis (1808–73), great-granddaughter of Martha Washington to complete a circle. Dave :)

    .
    George1.jpg George2.jpg George3.jpg
     
  9. giradman

    giradman
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Wizard

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,935
    Thanks Received:
    6,120
    New Madrid Earthquakes Started Today in 1811!

    A year ago, I left the post below - actually there were multiple major earthquakes extending into February of 1812 - added the short video below (Source) - take a look. Dave :)

    YES! The New Madrid fault and the time the Big Muddy went the other way - wish that I were there! :)

    Below, the first pic of the fault zone which impacts on multiple states, including Arkansas - for those interested, there is an entire book on this subject which I read when released (second pic) - an amazing narrative - thanks for the reminder! Dave


    .
     
    #2159 giradman, Dec 16, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2016
  10. giradman

    giradman
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Wizard

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,935
    Thanks Received:
    6,120
    Boston Tea Party Took Place on this day in 1773!

    Today in 1773, Samuel Adams organized the Sons of Liberty, and disguised as Mohawk Indians raided the three ships described below at midnight - 340 chests of tea were dumped into the harbor - the value of the tea in today's dollars is estimated at over $1,700,000.

    While in Boston many times over the decades, I've visited the site several times, but cannot remember if the museum and all of its attractions were yet there - maybe time to go back! Video below; apparently all three ships will eventually be reconstructed (see website source below); and a Paul Revere engraving of Boston Harbor from 1768. Dave :)



    .
    engraving-of-boston-harbor.jpg maxresdefault.jpg
     

Share This Page


Search tags for this page
20 star flag
,
alfred nobel
,

azs

,

best cameras

,
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/david frost
,
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/maria callas
,
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/maximilian schell
,
ipad de matheas
,

news

,
was kon tiki ever required reading in school