Browsing: March 20

A Brief History On March 20, 2018, we are still recovering from screening the new horror/drama/thriller, Unsane, which premiers on Friday, March 23, 2018 across the United States. This movie is something special, filmed entirely on smart phones, but with the excellent picture quality you would expect from normal Hollywood camera equipment. The unique filming contributes to the creepy pall the movie casts over the audience’s grasp of reality. Without monsters, demons, or excessive gore, the film nonetheless created more suspense, anxiety and terror in us than any movie in recent years. The audience clapped at the end, if that…

A Brief History On March 20, 1922, the USS Langley CV-1 was commissioned as the first American aircraft carrier in the US Navy. The ship had previously been a coal hauling ship (collier) named USS Jupiter AC-3 and had been converted for use with airplanes. The US Navy had seen the value of airplanes as anti-ship weapons when Army Air Corp Maj. Gen. Billy Mitchell demonstrated his ability to sink or heavily damage battleships by aerial attack. Of course, the scouting ability of an air fleet greatly expanded the ability of a sea going commander to reconnoiter the seas around…

A Brief History On March 20, 1985, 29 year old Libby Riddles from Madison, Wisconsin became the first woman ever to win the premier sled dog mushing race, the famed Iditarod. Digging Deeper Having moved to Alaska as a 17 year old, Libby became wild about mushing after watching her first race.  Proving her abilities as a dog sled racing phenomenon, Libby won the 1978 Clines Mini Mart Sprint, the first race she competed in. Moving up to the big leagues of mushing, Libby first placed in the Iditarod in 1980 and 1981 when she finished 18th and 20th respectively. …

A Brief History On March 20, 2000, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin was arrested for shooting 2 police officers, killing one of them. Digging Deeper Digging deeper we find Al-Amin the new name for the former Black Panther “Minister of Justice” known as H. Rap Brown.  The erstwhile Hubert Gerold Brown was wanted for gunning down 2 Georgia deputy sheriffs that were attempting to arrest him on warrants for receiving stolen property, a traffic offense, and impersonating a police officer. Al-Amin, or Brown, had led a difficult life, in trouble with the law through much of it. Jailed for a variety of…

A Brief History On March 20, 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s story about an African-American family enslaved in the Antebellum South was published.  It went on to become the best-selling book in the U.S. during the entire 19th century, second only to the Bible.  Its anti-slavery message rallied abolitionists and infuriated and scared slave owners, perhaps fomenting the American Civil War.  Many books have influenced Americans over the years, and here we list 10 of the most influential.  Please tell us which books you would have included in the list.  Digging Deeper 10. The Turner Diaries, William Pierce, 1978.  This novel, written by…

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