Browsing: July 20

A Brief History On July 20, 2018, horror movie fans are treated to an opening of a major motion picture in the murder/suspense/slasher genre with the modern aspect of computer culture as the background. The new film, Unfriended: Dark Web, is a sequel of sorts to the 2014 film, Unfriended, although the new movie is a stand alone film that does not rely on any part of the previous movie. Well directed by Stephen Susco, who previously directed The Grudge, The Grudge 2, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (all good horror movies), Dark Web delves into the Dark Web, just…

A Brief History On July 20, 2017, we eagerly await the mass release of the major motion picture, Dunkirk, the story of the evacuation of over 300,000 British troops from the Dunkirk beach in France in 1940.  The Germans had pushed British and French forces into a pocket around Dunkirk on the English Channel, and it seemed these forces would be killed or captured with no hope of survival.  A miracle was needed.  On Monday, July 17, 2017, we were privileged to see an advance screening of this historical war film. Digging Deeper The film, Dunkirk, shows us that miracle in incredible fashion, taking…

A Brief History On July 20, 1971, The Raiders held the top spot on the Rock and Roll charts with “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).”  Although the word “reservation” appears in the song’s lyrics, nowhere in the song is the title mentioned.  Here we list 10 major hit songs that also do not have their title in the lyrics, sometimes making for awkwardness when trying to look up the song or talking about it.  What songs would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 1.  “Indian Reservation”, The Raiders, 1971.   Formerly known as Paul Revere and the Raiders, the band actually recorded the song…

A Brief History On July 20, 1807, the government of Napoleon Bonaparte granted a patent to Nicephore Niepce for a device he called the Pyreolophore, the first internal combustion engine (ICE).  Demonstrated by powering a small boat up a river, this event began a long and star crossed relationship between humans and ICE‘s.  Powering cars, generators, airplanes, farm equipment, pumps, compressors, boats, lawn mowers and just about anything you can think of that needs power of some sort, the loud, smoke belching engines have been a constant companion of mankind for over 200 years now, slow to catch on, but…

A Brief History On July 20, 1968, the first International Special Olympics for intellectually challenged people was held in Chicago’s Soldier Field.  About a thousand athletes competed that day, and today over 4 million participate every year in 170 countries! Started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy, in 1962, the Special Olympics were particularly personal to the Kennedy family as John and Eunice had a sister that suffered from mental deficiency for which she was given a lobotomy in hopes of correcting her problem, but it only gave her more brain damage. At the Chicago…

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