Browsing: January 24

A Brief History On January 24, 2018, the Ashland Eagles women’s basketball team representing Ashland University in Division II college basketball is keeping up the momentum of their terrific National Championship 2016-2017 season by posting a national best record of 19 wins and 0 losses in the 2017-2018 regular season so far. Marching toward another National Championship, the Eagles have run up a Division II record 56 wins in a row going back to last year and have 9 regular season games to go this year before the playoffs start. Digging Deeper On March 24, 2017, Ashland’s basketball ladies completed…

A Brief History On January 24, 1940, The Grapes of Wrath, a  drama film directed by John Ford, was released in theaters in the United States of America.  The film was based on John Steinbeck’s 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson and the executive producer was Darryl F. Zanuck.  The film tells the story of the Joads, an Oklahoma family, who, after losing their farm during the Great Depression in the 1930s, become migrant workers and end up in California. The motion picture details their arduous journey across the United States as…

A Brief History On January 24, 2017, we pick this date at random to celebrate a little explored aspect of police work, that of the dreaded nickname!  Most readers would be familiar with “Dirty Harry” Callahan of (fictional) movie fame, or perhaps “Prince of the City” (NYPD Det. Robert Leuci played by Treat Williams) of the 1981 film by that name.  Richard Cain of the Chicago PD was also known as Richard Scalzeti, perhaps because of his association with the Chicago Mob.  Who could forget fictional “Sperm” Whalen of the book and movie, The Choir Boys?  Even other countries get…

A Brief History On January 24, 2003, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began its operations.  This new agency was born from the ashes of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.  It had been painfully obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and military intelligence agencies had not been effectively communicating with each other and that unless something was done to institutionalize such coordination, the U.S. would be vulnerable to more such attacks. Digging Deeper Given the mission of protecting the United States and its territories from both manmade and natural disasters, as…

A Brief History On January 24, 1972, on the U.S. territory of the island of Guam, Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi was found hiding, believing that World War II was still going on! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find an incredibly dedicated soldier discovered by 2 islanders who had captured him and presented him to American military officials. Yokoi had taken part in the 1941 invasion and capture of Guam and was fighting the losing battle when the Americans retook the island in 1944.  Yokoi did not surrender then and continued to hold out for the next 27 years, never believing the leaflets that…

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