Browsing: August 1

A Brief History On August 1, 1949, T.J. Slowie, a secretary of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), sent a letter to Leroy E. “Ed” Parsons, requesting he “furnish the Commission full information with respect to the nature of the system you may have developed and may be operating.” Earlier, Parsons had built the first cable television system in the United States that used coaxial cable, amplifiers, and a community antenna to deliver television signals to an area that otherwise would not have been able to receive broadcast television signals.  The letter sent to him represents the first known involvement of…

A Brief History On August 1, 1993, the Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993 came to its peak. Was this the worst flood of the Mississippi River since European colonization of North America? The answer is a solid “maybe.” Different parameters for measuring how “bad” a flood is can leave the subject of which flood is the “worst” open to debate. In some ways, the Great Flood of 1993 can be considered the worst Mississippi River flood in US History. Digging Deeper Big floods often cause big damage, both in dollar amounts and in environmental impact. Washed away…

A Brief History This article presents a calendar of historical paranormal events that allegedly occurred in August!  Please click on the dates below to learn more information about that date’s paranormal history. Digging Deeper August 2, 1343: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman (Pirate) Scorned! (Or her Ghost!) August 2, 2017: Your Chance to Preview The Dark Tower August 3, 2017: Dark Tower Review, Stephen King Brought to the Big Screen August 7, 2017: Your Chance to Preview Annabelle: Creation August 18, 1612 and 1634: Would You Like Your Witches Fried or Boiled? August 19, 1612 and 1692: Another Bad Day…

A Brief History On August 1, 1981, the world of music and television changed forever when MTV made its debut on satellite and cable television, when John Lack announced, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Rock and Roll!”  Playing in the background was video of the Space Shuttle Columbia and footage of Apollo 11.  A theme song played in the background and then the very first MTV music video followed. Digging Deeper That first video, the answer to the trivia question,  “What was the first MTV video?” was the ever so apropos “Video Killed the Radio Star” performed by The Buggles.  The television…

A Brief History On August 1, 1911, Harriet Quimby of Michigan became the first woman in the United States to be awarded an Aviator’s Certificate by the Aero Club of America (ACA).  She had become interested in aviation and first started flying in 1910 after working as a New York theater critic and screenwriter for 7 Hollywood silent movies, all directed by the famous D.W. Griffith. Digging Deeper Quimby became the first woman in history to fly across the English Channel in 1912, with her great accomplishment overlooked by a public engrossed in the news story of the sinking of…

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