Browsing: June 14

A Brief History On June 14, 1986, the Mindbender, the world’s largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster, derailed and killed three riders at Galaxyland inside West Edmonton Mall, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Today we list 9 horrible accidents that occurred when people were trying to have a good time. Amusement parks, sailing/boating, cycling, hiking, bowling, jogging, sightseeing, just about any recreational activity can be deadly. What other incidents would you include on this list? Digging Deeper 1. Mindbender Derailment, 1986. The accident occurred just a few months after the ride’s opening on March 16, 1986. On a Saturday evening in June of…

A Brief History On June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia, a man belonging to a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party” opened fire on several Republican members of Congress and their staffers, who were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, scheduled for the next day.  Amidst this appalling act of violence, several heroes acted to prevent a bad situation from being potentially far worse.  This article honors those heroes! Digging Deeper The practice game had been underway for about half an hour when the assailant, identified as former Bernie Sanders-campaigner James Thomas Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois,…

A Brief History On June 14, 1986, The Mindbender, the world’s largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster, derailed and killed three riders at Galaxyland inside West Edmonton Mall, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Digging Deeper The accident occurred just a few months after the ride’s opening on March 16, 1986.  On a Saturday evening in June of that same year, the roller coaster’s yellow train (train No. 1) completed the ride’s second inverted loop before encountering one of three areas of uplift before the third and final loop.  Unfortunately, missing bolts on the left inside wheel assembly of the last car of the…

A Brief History On June 14, 1789, the Rev. Elijah Craig first distilled whiskey from maize (corn).  Since he was living in Bourbon County, Kentucky, he called his creation Bourbon.  Many foods and drinks derive their name from where they were invented or made popular, or for whatever reason were named after a city, region, or country.  Here we list 10 of the most popular of these “place named” foods and drinks.  Which ones would you add to the list?  (Daquiri? Manhattan? Chicago-Style Pizza?) 10. 1000 Island Dressing. Going back to around 1900 or so, legend has it that this salad…

A Brief History On June 14, 1954, Flag Day that year, President Eisenhower signed a joint resolution of Congress amending the 1942 Flag Code, adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.  The president had only recently been baptized a Presbyterian and was apparently in a religious feeling when he declared “the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.” Digging Deeper Not surprisingly, not everyone agreed.  The backdrop to this issue was the Cold War, the struggle of atheistic communism against “Christian” democracy and capitalism.  Eisenhower and Congress clearly wanted to differentiate us from them. Many people already were against the Pledge of Allegiance on…

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