Browsing: December 15

A Brief History On December 15, 1890, legendary Hunkpapa Lakota (aka, Teton Sioux) leader and holy man, Sitting Bull, was killed by Indian Agency Police at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Grand River area of South Dakota.  Indian Agents feared Sitting Bull would be leaving the reservation in order to supervise a “Ghost Dance” ritual that agents feared could result in unrest and rebellion among the Native American tribes already on reservations.  An early morning arrest had been ordered to surprise Sitting Bull and his followers, and a total of 39 Indian Agency Police officers and 4 additional volunteers…

A Brief History On December 15, 1956, Elvis Presley gave the last of 50 performances on Louisiana Hayride, a live Shreveport, Louisiana radio show.  This event was the occasion that the famous line, “Elvis has left the building” comes from.  In honor of this musical trivia, and the fact that Elvis himself sang a song with lyrics in German and in English (“Wooden Heart”), we list today 10 great tunes, some of our favorites, that feature English and at least one other language.  What favorite songs would you add to this list? Digging Deeper 1. “Wooden Heart”, Elvis Presley, 1960.  This…

A Brief History On December 15, 2017, the blockbuster major motion picture, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII) will premier across the United States, having already premiered in the Los Angeles area on December 9th.  We watched a press screening of the film on December 11, 2017 and were quite happy with the latest installment of the Star Wars saga. Digging Deeper Set after 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi features familiar characters Princess Leia (in Carrie Fisher’s last movie role), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill as an old, retired recluse), Chewbacca…

A Brief History On December 15, 1978, US President Jimmy Carter announced that the United States would no longer recognize the government of the Republic of China (based on the island of Taiwan) as the legitimate government of China, and instead would recognize the Red Chinese government, The Peoples Republic of China.  This agreement went into effect January 1, 1979, and from this time the US has referred to “Taiwan” instead of the “Republic of China.” Digging Deeper During the 1930’s and 1940’s the people of China had fought a long civil war between the forces of Nationalist Chinese leader…

A Brief History On December 15, 2006, the first F-35 Lightning II multi- purpose, multi-service fighter bomber made its first flight.  The F-35 program is the most expensive military system in history.  Is it worth it? Digging Deeper The Lockheed Martin Lightning II is meant to serve the US Air Force, US Navy, and US Marine Corps as a multi-role 5th generation fighter plane with excellent stealth characteristics and superb performance.  It is a single engine fighter with a crew of 1. Built in 3 main types, the F-35A is the conventional take off and landing version used by the…

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