Browsing: June 30

A Brief History On June 30, 2016, the World Health Organization listed Cannabidiolum in a list of International Nonproprietary Names for Pharmaceutical Substances (INN).  CBD oil was first discovered back in 1940, but the first product containing this cannabis extract was only sold openly in the UK within the last year. Having existed solely on the odd dusty shelf of hippie shops, recent media coverage of the potential health benefits of CBD oil have sent the nation into a buying frenzy, and normalised something which had been seen as slightly risqué, or even grubby, for many years. Digging Deeper What is…

A Brief History On June 30, 2018, it is once again our sad duty to report the Jerks and our glad duty to report the Heroes of the Month. These jerks may not be lifelong career jerks, they might just have had a moment’s weakness or failure of their moral compass. Or of course, they might be jerks all the time. You decide! The heroes may be someone that is not normally heroic, but deserves mention for a specific deed. The jerks and heroes we list have done something in June of 2018 or previously that became news in June of…

A Brief History On June 20, 1559, King Henry II of France engaged in a jousting tournament when his opponent’s lance pierced the face guard of Henry’s helmet, sending splinters into his face, eye, and brain.  Henry died of his injuries on July 10, 1559, becoming another casualty of the dangerous sport of jousting.  Practiced in Medieval times for armored knights to hone their war skills, these knights on large, powerful armored horses would charge each other head on with lances in an effort to unseat their opponent, at a closing speed of perhaps 50 mph (estimated by the author).…

A Brief History On June 30, 1966, the Women’s movement took a giant leap forward when the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded by 28 women’s rights activists.  Soon, terms like feminist and Women’s Liberation became common, and a new force in the civil rights movement flexed its muscles. Digging Deeper Activists for women’s rights were frustrated by new laws and rules that supposedly protected the rights of women that were blatantly being ignored in the real world.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were supposed to equalize pay and hiring of men and women, but the…

A Brief History On June 30, 1953, Flint Michigan gave birth to an American legend, the first Chevrolet Corvette.  In production ever since, the car has remained a 2 seater throughout its history and has become an American Icon, a car that symbolizes the United States and the American car industry.  Here we list 10 such motor vehicles (leaving room for pick-ups and SUV’s) that are unmistakably American.  Not necessarily the best, but the ones most people around the world would think of being associated with the USA.  Which ones would you add? Digging Deeper 10. Dodge Viper. Built off and on…

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