Browsing: April 30

A Brief History On April 30, 2018, we look back not so fondly on a new crop of jerks, people that make life harder for the rest of us or demonstrate some other highly questionable behavior, whether through stupidity or just plain evil nature. As always, you are welcome to defend anyone we list, and are likewise welcome to nominate any of your “favorite” jerks for mention. Digging Deeper 1. President Donald Trump. Okay, perhaps not the worst thing he could do, but they guy did not buy his wife a birthday present on April 26th! He claims he sent…

A Brief History On April 30, 1517, oddly enough the day before May Day, riots in London, England broke out known as Evil May Day (alternately, Ill May Day).  English apprentices and businessmen had grown afraid of losing their jobs or business to foreigners coming from Continental Europe and setting up shop in London, taking jobs and business away from English workers and owners. Digging Deeper Resentment against foreigners has reared its ugly head again and again over the years in England and recently in the United States and other European countries as well.  Xenophobia is apparently nothing new and…

A Brief History On April 30, 1961, the Soviet Navy commissioned their first nuclear armed submarine, the K-19, later made famous in the 2002 movie, K-19: The Widowmaker.  Other ships have had movie titles featuring their name, and we have 10 prominent ones listed here. Feel free to nominate any ships missing from the list that have had movies bearing their name. Digging Deeper 10. Battleship Potemkin, 1925. A silent film about the revolt on board the battleship in 1905 that eventually led to the Russian revolution and the overthrow of the Czar.  Considered a propaganda film, it was named…

A Brief History On April 30, 2009, during a Queen’s Day parade in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (Holland), Queen Beatrix and her family were attacked by a man driving a Suzuki Swift.  Trying to ram the open topped bus that the royal family was riding in, the would be assassin missed the bus and crashed his car into a monument, killing 7 people plus himself.  Many times would be assassins have failed, sometimes just barely.  Some prominent people have been the target of numerous attempts on their lives.  Here we present 10 instances where the assassin failed, through their own bungling,…

A Brief History On April 30, 1961, the Soviet Union was proud to commission their ill-fated nuclear powered submarine, the K-19. Digging Deeper The Soviet Union and the western democracies (led by the United States) engaged in a Cold War arms race, with nuclear weapons and nuclear powered ships that could carry those nuclear weapons a key element in the race for military superiority.  The submarine K-3 Leninsky Komsomol was commissioned in 1958 as the Soviet Union’s first nuclear submarine, but hardly the last. Called K-19: The Widow Maker in the 2002 film, another Soviet ship was actually known informally…

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