Browsing: January

A Brief History On January 30, 1969, the Fab Four, sometimes referred to as “The Beatles,” conducted their last public concert when they played for 42 minutes from the roof of Apple Corps headquarters on Savile Row, London, England (no connection to Apple the computer company, but perhaps better known as Apple Records).  Along with Billy Preston, songwriter, keyboardist and vocalist rocker, the Beatles conducted an impromptu event with no prior notice to the public or authorities.  In a lucky break for posterity, the event was filmed and later appeared in the 1970 documentary film Let It Be.  Audio of…

A Brief History On January 29, 1907, Charles Curtis of Kansas was sworn in a United States Senator, the first US Senator of Native American heritage.  Not only the first person of Native American heritage to serve in the Senate, he was the first person of any non-European heritage to so serve.  In fact, he is the highest ranking person of Native American ancestry ever to serve in the United States Government, reaching his political pinnacle as Vice President of the United States (1929-1933) under President Herbert Hoover!  (Were you aware that we have had a Native American Vice President?) …

A Brief History On January 26, 2020, the United States and the entire world was shocked by the news feed that basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, age 41, had died in a helicopter crash in California.  Initial reports said a total of 5 people, including Bryant, had died in the crash, while later reports indicated 9 people had actually been aboard, and that there had been no survivors.  Among those killed was reported to be the 13 year old daughter of Bryant.  (Other victims were unnamed until proper notification of relatives could be made.)  Losing a sports legend as important as…

A Brief History On January 27, 1939, one of the great American fighter planes of World War II, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, made its first flight.  Appropriately named, the Lightning was the fastest fighter in the world at that time, being the first to exceed 400 mph in level flight.  Far from an anomaly, the P-38 was not the only important twin engine fighter plane to grace the skies during combat operation in World War II and the Korean War,  Today we look at 10 of the best 2 engine fighter aircraft from the peak of the piston powered era,…

A Brief History On January 23, 2018, not 1, but 2 car bombs were set off in Benghazi, Libya, killing at least 33 people, both military and civilians, and wounding dozens or even scores more.  Not the proper use of an automobile!  Normally, we love our cars and pick up trucks, SUV’s and the like, and do our best to keep them intact.  Sometimes, people love their car so much they are buried in the car instead of a casket!  Cars can be used as art, places to spoon with your sweetie, a comfortable seat to watch a drive-in movie…

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