On this day in history.

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  1. giradman

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    Shortly after its publication, I read that book by Ryan - but I was a teenager, so maybe due for a re-read? :) Dave
     
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    If you like the movie, you'll also enjoy reading the book. I've read it several times.
     
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    Frank Lloyd Wright - 150th Anniversary of his birth, June 8, 1867

    Frank Lloyd Wright was born 150 years ago on June 8 - America's most famous architect. Susan & I have visited over a half dozen Wright houses & buildings, but one of the most impressive was Fallingwater - for a couple of posts & mutiple pics, visit my West Virginia travelogue HERE from three years ago; some other houses below. Dave :)

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    John Wayne Dies This Day in 1979

    For John Wayne fans (my wife is not one), the Duke died today in 1979 after a 10-year struggle w/ lung cancer; his first staring role was in the 1930 'widescreen' production The Big Trail - the film flopped at the box office and he was in numerous minor roles throughout the 30s until his 'breakthrough' role in 1939 in Stagecoach. He worked in many film genres although westerns predominate, however, he made many war films and was enjoyable in more comedic movies (e.g. McLintock!, Hatari!, Donovan's Reef, & North to Alaska); see the quotes below for more details of his life.

    Rankings of his films vary w/ many google hits - the first image below is from HERE - I've just 'screen capture' the top 14 (first pic - based on the site's own rating system - "..UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score."); in part, I picked this listing because most of the films are also my favorites, but immediately below, I've added 10 more from the same list (w/ their rating) that I also enjoy - I own all of these 2 dozen films on DVD/BD, and likely a dozen or so more. Dave :)

    17 McLintock! (1963) w/ Maureen O’Hara
    19 Horse Soldiers, The (1959) w/ Willian Holden
    22 Big Trail, The (1930) w/ Tully Marshall
    26 Rio Grande (1950) w/ Maureen O’Hara
    29 Hatari! (1962) w/ Red Buttons
    37 Angel & Badman (1947) w/ Gail Russell
    39 In Harm’s Way (1965) w/ Kirk Douglas
    42 Donovan’s Reef (1963) w/ Lee Marvin
    52 Undefeated, The (1969) w/ Rock Hudson
    56 North to Alaska (1960) w/ Stewart Granger

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    It’s hard to believe it’s been 38 years since his death.
     
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    Agree! And a similar amount of time between the 2 photos of him shown in my post - Dave :)
     
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    Loving Day

    In 1967, the United States Supreme Court voided state laws in existence then that prohibited interracial marriage - the case was brought before the nation's top court by Mildred and Richard Loving from Virginia (see quotes below & link). This morning on NPR, their story was told along w/ an article on their website HERE. In 2016, the film Loving was released about them - we enjoyed and recommend. As seen from the pics below, Richard died young, killed by a drunken driver. Dave :)

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    War of 1812 Begins - Continuation & End of the American Revolution?

    The War of 1812 is one of the 'forgotten' American conflicts, but one that is often considered a 'final settlement' of issues between the young United States and the British Empire - quotes below provide more detail. The usual events remembered from this war are the burning of the White House (w/ Dolley Madison fleeing w/ the portrait of George Washington), the Ft. McHenry battle in Baltimore when Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the USA national anthem, and the Battle of New Orleans occurring after the peace treaty was signed, but which made Andrew Jackson a hero leading to his election as the 7th President of the United States.

    NOW, the part of this war often little discussed is the conflict along the Canadian-American border, which was basically a civil war between British citizens in Canada, Americans in the United States, ex-patriot loyalists who migrated to Canada after the American Revolution, and Native Americans in the area - there were land and lake battles and the brutality was terrible - the pics below are self-explanatory, but the last two images show the long border between the countries in conflict and a book that I read a few years ago, i.e. The Civil War of 1812 - recommended! Dave :)

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    If you're ever in Halifax, Nova Scotia and visit the Provincial Legislative Building, you'll notice a large cannon at the front if the building. It’s from the U.S.S. Chesapeake.
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    Here’s a painting of U.S.S. Chesapeake being escorted into Halifax Harbour by HMS Shannon after her capture.
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    Hi SciFan.. - we did a wonderful trip to Nova Scotia & PEI probably 30 years ago (put 1200 miles on a rental car, as I recall!) - the venture included a couple of days in Halifax - we saw many sites there and probably viewed the cannon - just don't remember and have only a few digitized pics left from the trip.

    But the comments on the USS Chesapeake piqued my interest - I'm well aware of a dozen or so naval battles during that war, including the one w/ the USS Constitution (painting below); but looking at this Wiki article of Naval Battles of War of 1812, over 40 conflicts are listed (shown below) - so, looking on Amazon for a book on this aspect of the war, I found the publication shown which is illustrated by the American Society of Marine Artists; not sure that I want to invest $30 vs. the cheaper Kindle edition? Just doubt that the e-copy will unlikely have the same colored illustrations - left a few questions on Amazon and curious if anyone will respond? Dave :)
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