Browsing: August 15

A Brief History On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal was opened for traffic, with the SS Ancon making the first transit of the great canal. Constructed from 1904 to 1914 by the United States, a previous French attempt at building the canal from 1881 to 1894 failed miserably, with thousands of workers killed by disease and venomous snakes, a rate of fatalities that reached 200 per month. Despite an asking price of $100 million dollars, the US was able to purchase the rights to the canal project for only $40 million. Completion of the canal became a great source…

A Brief History On August 15, 1769, little Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica, to ethnic Italian parents, although living on what was then a French island, having been transferred to France by Genoa only a year earlier.  Had that transfer not taken place, history may have been quite different indeed! Digging Deeper Napoleon Bonaparte is the most written about human mortal being of all time (Jesus Christ, arguably not a mortal human being is the only person with more written about him), which is an indication of why we consider him for classification as the “Greatest…

A Brief History On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock music and Art Fair, touted to be “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music” opened in the Catskills region of New York State.  The 3 day weekend blast saw 32 music acts perform rock and folk music, with just about all forms of rock (of the time) represented.   About 400,000 people attended, and the event is often considered one of the most important and famous musical events in rock and roll history. Digging Deeper Located on a farm owned by Max Yasgur near Bethel, New York, actually about 43…

A Brief History On August 14, 1947, the independent country of Pakistan came about, a mostly Muslim country consisting of the Northeast and Northwest portions of the Indian sub-continent carved out of the British colony of India.  The next day, India also gained her long awaited independence, a fitting thing for the world’s second most populous country. Digging Deeper India had been the target of British colonialism since the 1600’s, and by 1820 the entire subcontinent was basically under British rule.  Indians chafed under this rule, a situation not helped by religious and ethnic differences in a giant country of…

A Brief History On August 15, 2014, The Expendables 3 released theatrically.  The film stars Ultimate Fighters Randy Couture and Rhonda Rousey, two real-life badasses!  Long-time readers of TopTenz.net are likely already familiar with “Top 10 Most Famous Actors Who Served in the Military,” but in addition to action stars with military experience, several action stars featured in The Expendables and similar franchises have real life professional fighting experience and with winning records to boot.  This list covers twelve such action film stars who are or were legitimate badasses in real life and as such did not merely play at being tough.  This list…

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