On this day in history.

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  1. giradman

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    Modern Summer Olympics Started This Day in 1896 in Athens!

    The first 'modern' Summer Olympiad started on April 6 in 1986 and was held in Athens, Greece (some Wiki quotes below) - just a few pics from the web, including the medal count w/ the host country winning the most medals (46 overall - in the last 3 Summer Olympic Games, Greece has won a total of 12 medals, 3 Gold - Source) - note the text in bold, first quote and reason for the table listing of medals. Dave :)

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    United States Enters the Great War (WW I) this day in 1917 - 100th Anniversary

    Despite Woodrow Wilson's pledge of neutrality, Germany's resumption of submarine warfare in war-zone areas in early 1917 and the sinking of a number of US ships prompted Congress to declare war. The Great War was a terrible conflict - "the total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was more than 38 million: there were over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history (Source)." THEN - the start of the 1918 Flu Pandemic caused another 50-100 million deaths worldwide (Source).

    First pics below of the Lusitania (see quotes), troops in the trenches, and Gen. John Pershing (in charge of the American forces); the last four images of videos/movies that are my favorites concerning this war - the documentary is superb; the 3 films are highly recommended, if interested. Dave :)

    ADDENDUM: Today is the 100th Anniversary of this event, so one reason for posting, i.e. has been on NPR a number of times.

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    Here's a memorial to those who lost their lives on the Lusitania.
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    Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier in Baseball this day in 1947!

    On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson (No. 42) broke the color barrier in Professional 'White' Baseball by competing in his first game w/ the then Brooklyn Dodgers. If interested, second composite pic below includes a 1950 bioptic on his life staring himself (I own the film on DVD-R and recommended); more recently in the last few years a Ken Burns production and a new movie have been released - I've seen both but do not own either. Dave :)

    P.S. On the evening of April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater; the next morning, April 15, he died across the street - Lee had surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, Virginia nearly a week earlier (more at the same link above).

    P.S.S. At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the British ocean liner RMS Titanic sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had struck an iceberg two and half hours before. Because of a shortage of lifeboats and the lack of satisfactory emergency procedures, more than 1,500 people went down in the sinking ship or froze to death in the icy North Atlantic waters. Most of the 700 or so survivors were women and children. A number of notable American and British citizens died in the tragedy, including the noted British journalist William Thomas Stead and heirs to the Straus, Astor, and Guggenheim fortunes (same source as previous link).


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    San Francisco Earthquake April 18,1906 Kills 3000 People!

    On April 18, 1906, a nearly 8.0 Richter earthquake and subsequent uncontrollable fires destroys much of San Francisco and kills about 3000 people. The modern city likely would look different if this natural catastrophe had not happen, just postulating. Pics below in both B&W and some colorized.

    The 1936 movie San Francisco w/ Clark Gable & Jeanette MacDonald is worth a watch, especially for the excellent special effects for its time - no Oscar existed then for that category (established at the end of that decade) but I'm sure that the film would have been the winner - Dave :)

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    Doolittle Raid on Japan today in 1942 - Daring and Dramatic Impact on Japanese Prestige

    On April 18, 1942, just 4 months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle took off from the USS Hornet in altered long-range B-25 bombers and bombed Tokyo and other cities on the island. The damage was minimal but the 'shock effect' must have been an eye-opener for the Japanese military and people (the latter not knowing what was to come in 1945). In 1944, a movie Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo was made during war-time (so the usual expectations) w/ Spencer Tracy as Doolittle - own on DVD-R and worth seeing. Dave :)

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    Robert E. Lee Resigns from US Army on this day in 1861 - What if he had not?

    General Winfield Scott felt that Lee was the best soldier in the nation and advised Lincoln to offer Lee the command of the Union Army, but w/ the seccesion of his native state, Virginia, he resigned and was then offered the command of Confederate Virginia forces (see quotes below). Being a BIG Civil War buff, I've often wondered what may have happened if Lee accepted the Union command, likely a shorter, less destructive, and much less loss of life in my mind, but who knows?

    Just received the book below on Robert E. Lee by Jonathan Horn that addresses this question and also looks at Lee and George Washington (Lee married Mary Anna Custis, great grand-daughter of Martha Washington). Pics below of Lee, the book that I'm about to start, and also an Amazon LINK - scroll down to the video shown - just a few minutes of the author discussing the book - worth a watch, if interested. Dave :)

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    One thing that would definitely be different if Lee had not resigned would be that there would be no Arlington National Cemetery, which was built on the grounds of Arlington House, the estate inherited from his wife's family.
     
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    Good point - I've been to the Arlington House a couple of times - highly recommended - now known as The Robert E. Lee Memorial (see quote) - the Lees were married there in 1831, and Mary gave brith to 6 of their 7 children in her family mansion. Pics below show various views of the house plus a great panorama from the house w/ the Lincoln & Washington Memorials in view across the Potomac River. Dave :)

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    April 21, 1918;
    Baron Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron", is shot down and dies in action over enemy territory near Amiens, France. Manfred von Richthofen - Wikipedia
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