Browsing: December 9

A Brief History On December 9,2018, we take a minute to tell you about the latest blockbuster film based off of a Marvel Comics property, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, this time an animated feature film, although probably the best animation you have ever seen!  Sadly, the film contains possibly the last cameo by the late Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other characters, and in this case an animated cameo.  (Reportedly, Lee will also appear in cameos in 2019’s Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, but as these films have not yet been released, we cannot confirm that his scenes will indeed be in…

A Brief History On December 9, 1996, Casino Niagara opened in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.  Many people in Canada have had their lives changed by striking it lucky in a casino.  Over the years, a number of lucky Canadians have turned a small bet into a million dollar win in a few seconds. Clearly, not everyone can be this lucky; however, it is good to feel inspired by finding out how other people have won a fortune. The following are some of the biggest Canadian casino wins in history. “money i’ll never spend” (CC BY 2.0) by brian.ch Digging Deeper Mega Moolah Makes Another…

A Brief History On December 9, 1917, British forces under the command of Field Marshall Allenby captured the city of Jerusalem, then in the territory known as Palestine. Fighting in and around the city would continue for another 3 weeks between the British and the forces of Ottoman Turkey, the Yidirim Army Group (“Thunderbolt” Army Group).  The World War I battle for Jerusalem is just one in the long history of battles for this city that is holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, a bloody history that goes back thousands of years.  Today Jerusalem is back in the news with…

A Brief History On December 9, 1935, the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City (now known simply as The Downtown Club) made their choice for the most outstanding college football player, naming Jay Berwanger, halfback for the University of Chicago as the winner of the Downtown Athletic Club Award, the prize later renamed The Heisman Trophy. Digging Deeper Probably the most prestigious award in college football, the Heisman got its name from the Athletic Director of the DAC who died in 1936 and the award was renamed to honor him. Unlike most of the players so honored, Berwanger never…

A Brief History On December 9, 1965, citizens of Detroit and Eastern Michigan, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania (a total of 6 states plus Ontario) were treated to a fireball in the night sky, as mysterious then as it is now. Digging Deeper The fireball coursed from West to East dropping hot metallic fragments on the way, until in the Pittsburgh area people heard a sonic boom type noise and residents of Kecksburg, PA reported seeing an object crash in the woods about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh. Described as an acorn shaped object about the size of a VW Bug,…

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