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 Post subject: Today in History
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:44 am 
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1973; Ray Davies retires from the Kinks, then attempts suicide.

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Today marks 15 years since the TWA Flight 800 disaster and some of the victims' relatives and friends are planning to attend a memorial tonight.

On July 17, 1997, 230 people were killed when a Paris-bound 747 airliner exploded off Long Island shortly after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The incident set off a massive FBI investigation into whether a bomb or a missile took down the plane.

Investigators later determined the crash most likely resulted from an electrical spark in an empty fuel tank.

Family members will gather tonight at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, N.Y. to honor the victims.

Frank Lombardi, a liaison for the TWA Flight 800 Family Association, said it is important to remember the tragedy every year.

"It affected thousands and thousands of people in the local community, and it is probably the most significant air crash prior to 9/11 because of the investigation, because of the recovery efforts, and it's one of those significant and major events that has happened in the Long Island community," Lombardi said.

The incident led one woman to form a group that matches mourning family members from other plane crashes to help with grief counseling.

Among those helped were more than 500 relatives of September 11th victims.

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Today is green genes day.

189 years ago Greggor Mendel was born...

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One small step for a Man, one giant leap for Mankind...Apollo 11 crew landed the Eagle on the moon 43 years ago today.


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On this day in 1976, members of the American Legion arrive in Philadelphia to celebrate the bicentennial of U.S. independence. Soon after, many began suffering from a mysterious form of pneumonia. Their ailment would come to be known as Legionnaires' disease.

About 4,000 delegates from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Legion met at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia for a four-day gathering. While at the hotel, built in 1900, the Legionnaires did not notice anything unusual. However, several days after the event ended, many attendees became sick. By August 2, 22 people were dead and hundreds connected to the gathering were experiencing pneumonia-like symptoms.

The Center for Disease Control immediately launched an investigation, but it took four months to identify the culprit. Joseph McDade, a CDC research microbiologist, finally isolated the bacteria that caused the disease: an aquatic microorganism, found in watery places like pipes and air conditioning units, which caused a low fever and mild cough in most people who were exposed to it, but could affect other people in far worse ways. In a small, but significant, minority of people, vomiting, diarrhea and pneumonia developed, following an incubation period of between two and 10 days. Smokers, very old people and those suffering from pulmonary disease were most at risk.

From the American Legion event in Philadelphia, about 250 cases were identified, which resulted in between 29 and 34 deaths. Researchers estimate that there are about 20,000 cases of Legionnaires ' disease annually in the United States, but only about 1,000 are correctly identified and diagnosed, as its symptoms can be similar to regular pneumonia. Antibiotics are usually effective against the disease.

Scientists are still unclear as to how long Legionnaires' bacteria had been striking victims before it was finally identified in 1976.

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Actor and two children killed on Twilight Zone set

On this day in 1982, Vic Morrow and two child actors, Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le, are killed in an accident involving a helicopter during filming on the California set of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Morrow, age 53, and the children, ages six and seven, were shooting a Vietnam War battle scene in which they were supposed to be running from a pursuing helicopter. Special-effects explosions on the set caused the pilot of the low-flying craft to lose control and crash into the three victims. The accident took place on the film’s last scheduled day of shooting.

Twilight Zone co-director John Landis (Blues Brothers, Trading Places, National Lampoon’s Animal House) and four other men working on the film, including the special-effects coordinator and the helicopter pilot, were charged with involuntary manslaughter. According to a 1987 New York Times report, it was the first time a film director faced criminal charges for events that occurred while making a movie. During the subsequent trial, the defense maintained the crash was an accident that could not have been predicted while the prosecution claimed Landis and his crew had been reckless and violated laws regarding child actors, including regulations about their working conditions and hours. Following the emotional 10-month trial, a jury acquitted all five defendants in 1987. The familes of the three victims filed lawsuits against Landis, Warner Brothers and Twilight Zone co-director and producer Steven Spielberg that were settled for undisclosed amounts.

Twilight Zone: The Movie was released in the summer of 1983. The film, which received mixed reviews, was based on a popular science fiction TV series of the same name that aired from 1959 to 1964 and was created by Rod Serling. In the movie, four directors-- Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller--each adapted a different episode of the TV series, which chronicled the stories of people who found themselves in highly unusual situations.

Vic Morrow had previously appeared in numerous TV shows and such films as The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and The Bad News Bears (1976). He was the father of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Margot at the Wedding

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 Post subject: Re: Today in History
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On this day in 1959, at a U.S. Trade and Cultural Fair in Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon enters into a heated discussion with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev over the merits of capitalism versus communism. Since the conversation occurred in the middle of a display of modern American kitchen conveniences, it became known as the kitchen debate.

Although the fair was designed to be a cultural exchange of goodwill with the Soviet Union, the competitive relationship between American capitalism and Soviet communism was immediately evident. When Nixon and Khrushchev unexpectedly met near the kitchen exhibit, they began to spar verbally about whose technology was superior. Khrushchev, who requested that his comments not be censored by the American media, came off as more combative. At first, Nixon remained relatively calm and diplomatic, urging more cultural exchange between the two countries and suggesting that the Soviet Union be more open to non-communist ideas. At one point, Nixon told Khrushchev that he and the Soviets didn't know everything, to which Khrushchev responded if I don't know everything I would say that you don't know anything about communismexcept fear. Nixon also politely but pointedly accused Khrushchev of dominating the conversation and said that he would have made a good lawyer, eliciting hearty laughter from the crowd of press and observers. However, when Khrushchev claimed that American-made capitalist luxuries such as toasters, juicers and automatic dishwashers were too expensive for the American working class, Nixon leaned in, poked Khrushchev in the chest with his finger and declared that ANY American worker could buy one.

The entire discussion was captured for posterity on a tape recorder as well as by television cameras, two advances in technology to which Nixon proudly pointed as examples of America's economic superiority. Although Khrushchev defended his country's economic prowess--the Russians were ahead of the Americans in rocket technology at the time--he too acted the diplomat by extending an unprecedented invitation to Nixon to speak to the Russian public on television on August 1. In that speech, which was uncensored, Nixon boldly challenged the Russian people to rethink their commitment to communism.

In 1960, Khrushchev traveled to the United States and met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1972, Nixon, by then president of the United States, made a trip to the Soviet Union. Throughout his tenure in office, he worked to engage the Soviets in constructive dialogue about ending the arms race and the Cold War.

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 Post subject: Re: Today in History
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One small step for a Man, one giant leap for Mankind...Apollo 11 crew landed the Eagle on the moon 43 years ago today.

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 Post subject: Re: Today in History
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:18 am 
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muziko wrote:
Plook wrote:
One small step for a Man, one giant leap for Mankind...Apollo 11 crew landed the Eagle on the moon 43 years ago today.

prove it!



They have a pretty expensive bag of rocks at the Smithsonian if I'm not mistaken...I love a good conspiracy as much as the next guy, but this fake moon landing stuff doesn't fly (no pun intended), for reasons to numerous to name here...take it from the Conspiracy King, that dog don't hunt!

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 Post subject: Re: Today in History
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The Mythbusters busting the moon landing conspiracy theorists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mefEKqzq8cg

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