Browsing: April 9

A Brief History On April 9, 1937, a Japanese aircraft made the first ever flight by a Japanese built airplane to London, England, when the Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane nick named “Kamikaze” made the nearly 4 day flight. Not to be confused with the World War II Japanese suicide airplane missions dubbed Kamikaze (Divine Wind), this flight was purely peaceful in purpose, though it should have given a wake up call to British and American war planners that the Japanese aircraft industry had indeed entered the world stage as cutting edge in technology. Digging Deeper The Kamikaze, piloted by Masaaki Iinuma…

A Brief History On April 9, 1967, the Boeing 737 made its first flight, and would go on to become the biggest selling jet airliner of all time, with over 9400 built and 50 years later it is still in production!  Over 4400 of the latest generation are on order at this time. Digging Deeper Brought to you by Boeing, an airplane manufacturer famous for building major US bomber aircraft as well as the premier airliner manufacturer in the world, the 737 does not have the massive size, range, or capacity of the jumbo jets that get so much more…

On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles, heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, married Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony.  Remember, this guy is going to be King and thus “Defender of the Faith” and he does not get a church wedding?  Normally, royal weddings are festive occasions celebrated by the entire commonwealth, but in this case resentment against Charles and Camilla over the loss of the beloved Princess Diana made this wedding a dud. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, weddings are just not all that popular or respected. Here are 10 unpopular or weird weddings. Digging…

A Brief History On April 9, 1965, the Houston Astrodome hosted an exhibition baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros, the 1st indoor baseball game! Digging Deeper In Houston, Texas, the Harris County Domed Stadium, the original name for the Astrodome, was completed for the 1965 National League Baseball season. The Houston major league team had been known as The Houston Colt .45’s, but the name was changed to reflect their new stadium, the first such indoor facility for baseball and football in the world.  The ballgame was attended by President Lyndon Johnson and Governor John…

A Brief History The last place you would expect to find the cherished right to free speech under attack is at a college campus, especially traditionally liberal ones, and yet that is exactly what we are finding across the United States of America in academia, colleges and universities both liberal and conservative. Digging Deeper Under the guise of “protecting” students from any speech or expression they may find offensive under any circumstances institutions of higher learning (note the irony here!) are stifling the merest hint of opposing viewpoints.  It has gotten, in a word, ridiculous! Comedians such as Bill Maher…