On this day in history.

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  1. scifan57

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    July 20, 1969;
    50 years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on another world when their Lunar Module Eagle touched down at Tranquility Base. Early the next morning, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on another world when he stepped off the Lunar Module onto the surface of the Moon.

    Relive the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Mission in Real Time!.

    50 Years Later, Apollo 11 Moon Landing Reminds America What It's Capable Of
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    There are actually very few photos of Neil Armstrong on the Moon. Most of the photos are of Buzz Aldrin, like this one. You can see Neil Armstrong reflected in Aldrin’s visor.
     
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    Jesse Owens Wins 4th Gold Medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics!

    The XIth Olympiad was held in Berlin in August of 1936 with Hitler hoping for a major propaganda boost w/ his German athletes; however, Jesse Owens (1913-1980), an Afro-American track star deflated Adolph's 'balloon head'! Below just the first two paragraphs from the History Website - check the link for much more, if interested.

    My now departed father-in-law, an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan (my alma mater) was a spectator in 1935 when Owens astounded the sports world at the Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor (first quote below). In 2016, the movie Race was released which portrays Owens performance in the Big Ten track meet and also at the 1936 Olympics - own as a BD and highly recommended. Dave :)

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    August 13, 1961;
    East Germany began constructing what became known as the Berlin Wall to prevent citizens from fleeing to West Berlin. Berlin Wall - Wikipedia
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    Checkpoint Charlie
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    Map of divided Berlin.
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    World's First Submarine Attack During Revolutionary War This Day in 1776!

    "David Bushnell of Westbrook, Connecticut, was an American inventor, a patriot, one of the first American combat engineers, a teacher, and a medical doctor; he invented the first submarine to be used in battle, as well as a floating mine triggered by contact.". His submersible American Turtle was the first 'submarine' used in war to attempt sinking an enemy ship using an attached 'time bomb' - the mission failed (during the Civil War, the H.L. Hunley successfully sunk a Union warship in Charleston Harbor, the first such success; however, the entire crew was lost - for a more complete story, see my Carolina Coastal travelogue, if interested).

    The link above and quotes below provide more discussion - the pics are from the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut - I've been to Mystic Harbor but never visited this museum which just might be added to my 'bucket list' - Dave :)

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    September 28, 1953
    American astronomer (one of the most important astronomers of all time) Edwin Powell Hubble dies in San Marino, California, USA.
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    Worth looking at a few images from the Hubble Project - picked out some of the more colorful ones (Source). Dave :)
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    A post that I left last year - worth repeating - a special place!

    Yosemite National Park Created October 1 in 1890

    On this day in 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed into law the creation of Yosemite National Park, located in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Susan and I have been there just once and stayed at the Ahwahnee Hotel (renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel in 2016) for 3 or 4 nights. There is MUCH to see including Half Dome, waterfalls, lakes, and the giant sequoia trees. Quotes and pics below.

    The nature photographer, Ansel Adams, took numerous images in Yosemite Valley and surroundings - many are available for purchase at the still family-runned Ansel Adams Gallery - a number of years ago, we purchased 3 Adams photographs from the 'Special Edition' selection (printed from his original negatives and stunning - see description below, if interested) - a nice option vs. buying his originals which are also offered on the site for thousands of dollars. Dave :)

    P.S. for those wanting more on Ansel Adams, the PBS documentary shown below is outstanding.

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    The scenery is simply magnificent. The Ansel Adams prints are even more so.
    One of the most technically arduous rock climbs is at El Capitan in Yosemite. El Capitan - Wikipedia
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    The current record climb is just under 2 hours. As recently as 1989 the record was 9 days.
     
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    And the record fall is counted in seconds.
     
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    Earlier this year, we streamed the documentary Free Solo (first paragraph below from its Wiki article) - which shows rock climber Alex Honnold ascending El Capitan using only his hands and feet - the scenes and cinematography are dramatic and breath-taking - have not checked, but may be some YouTube videos? Just a handful of pics below of many on the web. Dave :)

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