Browsing: December 20

A Brief History On December 20, 2018, we take a look back at the 30 some movies we saw at the theaters, almost all of which were reviewed on this site.  (Avengers: Infinity War was not reviewed, but was discussed in our article “May 6, 2018: Marvel’s Infinity War; What if Thanos’s Plan Came to Pass?”)  Rather than list every movie we reviewed, we will list our 5 favorites of the bunch in the order of preference.  We will limit ourselves to only 5 movies, because in all honesty, that is hard enough!  Please feel free to comment on our…

A Brief History On December 20, 2009, actress and lovely young woman Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia.  Although she had various prescription medicines in her system, it was definitely not the drugs that killed her.  Could the cause of death have been the growth of mold in an improperly built home?  Could death have been caused by murder?  Today we discuss 5 young women that died well before their time, and how such tragedies can happen. Digging Deeper 1. Brittany Murphy, actress, 2009. At the time of her death (at age 32), rumors circulated that Murphy had died from complications of…

A Brief History On December 20, 1957, one of the most important flights in the history of passenger airlines took place when the Boeing 707 jetliner made its first flight.  Although not the first jetliner to carry passengers, the 707 was the first successful commercial passenger jet, and remains in limited service today. Digging Deeper Developed from the Boeing prototype jetliner 367-80, circa 1954, the 707 also traces its lineage to the great Boeing bombers of the post-World War II era, the B-47 and the B-52.  Like those bombers, the 707 has a relatively narrow fuselage and carries its 4…

A Brief History On December 20, 217 CE, reigning Pope Saint Zephyrinus died, replaced by Callixtus I as his successor.  Not only did “Z” as we will call him have a name that strikes us today as a bit unusual, his actual birth name was Zepheniah. Digging Deeper The names Zephyrinus and Callixtus are just not chosen by new popes often, especially in more recent years, but in the old days such names were probably not so uncommon.  Zephyrinus was Pope from 199 to 217, and was considered a martyr even though he did not die in defense of the…

A Brief History On December 20, 1941, the American Volunteer Group (AVG), better known by its nickname, the Flying Tigers, engaged in its first round of air-to-air combat when its fighters encountered Japanese “Sally” bombers.  Just in case you do not know, the AVG was a group of American flyers under the command of Claire Chennault that flew for China against the Japanese. Digging Deeper As you can tell by the date above, by the time the AVG got into combat, the U.S. was already at war with Japan, which kind of defeated the purpose of using “volunteers” from supposedly uninvolved countries.  A similar…

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