Browsing: March 14

A Brief History On March 14, 1982, an 11 kilogram bomb went off at the office of the African National Congress in London, England.  The explosion that occurred at 9 am local time, did not kill anyone, but the considerable blast smashed windows as far as 400 meters away.  Obviously, the human damage could have been much worse.  ANC voluntary worker, Vernet Mbatha, a caretaker, was the only person injured.  He had been sleeping in an apartment above the offices. Digging Deeper The ANC is currently the governing political party of the Republic of South Africa, a country that was…

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A Brief History On March 14, 2019, we celebrate another National Learn About Butterflies Day, but unfortunately, we cannot tell you the origin of this most colorful holiday.  What we can do, is give you a bunch of facts about butterflies, perhaps the daintiest of all insects.  Hopefully we will learn something about butterflies by doing the research, and you will learn something about butterflies by reading this article.  If you are truly worthy of this holiday, you will then pass on your new knowledge or at least share this article to spread the word about our colorful little friends. …

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A Brief History On March 14, 1988, the earliest known reference to Pi Day was declared by physicist Larry Shaw at the San Francisco Exploratorium (a science museum along the lines of the Ontario Science Center in Toronto or the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland). Unlike many of the so called “National” or “International” days of the year listed as dedicated to a particular thing or activity, we at least have some of the origin story for this one. Digging Deeper Celebrating the numerical ratio of “Pi,” a mathematical constant, the relationship between the diameter/radius of a circle and…

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A Brief History On March 14, 1945, a British Lancaster heavy bomber dropped a bomb known as the “Grand Slam,” a 22,000 lb behemoth that was the largest and most powerful bomb ever used up to that time. For years, only a nuclear bomb would be more powerful. Digging Deeper British weapons designer extraordinaire, Barnes Wallis, designed numerous ingenious weapons, including the “Tall Boy” bomb, a 12,000 pound monster “earthquake” bomb that was used to attack hardened targets such a submarine pens and the German battleship Tirpitz (which was finally sunk with Tall Boys). Wallis also designed the “bouncing bomb”…

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A Brief History On March 14, 2016, news wires buzzed with the story of a Burien, Washington shooting of an ax wielding maniac by an armed citizen lawfully carrying a concealed pistol for which he has a permit to carry.  The 60 year old customer of a 7-11 store shot and killed the 40 something year old ax man as the maniac attacked the 58 year old  clerk of the store, wounding the hapless storekeeper. Digging Deeper The wounded store clerk says the armed customer saved his life and perhaps others, an opinion also expressed by King County Sheriff’s personnel.  Police…

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