Browsing: February 23

A Brief History CLEVELAND, February 23, 2018 – Q&A sessions with standout celebrities John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Doctor Who”), James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”), group sessions with the stars of “Doctor Who” (David Tennant and Billie Piper), Justice League (Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher), “Torchwood” (Gareth David Lloyd, Naoko Mori), the “Women of Pop Culture” (Holly Marie Combs, Charisma Carpenter), anime, video games, cosplayer and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests and more highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland, March 2-4 at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Digging Deeper Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is…

A Brief History On February 23, 1903, the United States signed a lease with Cuba for a 45 square mile chunk of land on Guantanamo Bay on that island, a lease for $2000 per year, payable in gold, and lasting in perpetuity (forever). Known by the US military as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, it is the oldest US naval base outside the United States. Used as a coaling station (when ships were powered by coal) and as a general purpose naval base, the station known as “Gitmo” has since 2002 housed a prison for suspected terrorists captured during the War…

A Brief History On February 23, 2017, news outlets were awash with stories and video of an incident that took place Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in Anaheim, California (home of Disneyland).  An off duty Los Angeles police officer residing in Anaheim had been having trouble with local youngsters (teens) trespassing in his yard on their way to and from school, when a confrontation broke out when the officer yelled at the kids and the kids, one in particular, made the mistake of mouthing off back at the officer. Digging Deeper Normally it is not against the law to be disrespectful,…

A Brief History On February 23, 2008, a US Air Force B-2 “Spirit” bomber crashed while attempting a take-off on the runway at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.  The stealth jet bomber was totally destroyed, but the 2 man crew safely ejected.  The B-2 bomber is far and away the most expensive airplane ever built, costing somewhere between $1 billion and $2.1 billion apiece, depending on how you account for the price per aircraft. Digging Deeper The most modern bomber in the world, and the only large “stealth” aircraft, the Northrup Grumman B-2 is not all that new, having…

A Brief History On February 23, 2010, pranksters pulled off what some consider the greatest series of prank calls in history! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find a neighborhood in Sugar Creek, Missouri the scene of the incident, at least on the victims’ side. (Why do they say Mizz-ur-uh when the state’s name ends in “i?” Just wondering…) Usually referred to as “A Nightmare on Burton Street” (derived from the film title A Nightmare on Elm Street), the prank calls consisted of 7 calls made by one or two pranksters using soundboards. Soundboards are recordings of other people, often other victims of prank calls, that…

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