Browsing: March 30

A Brief History Renowned American film actor and philanthropist Paul Newman had an unusual relationship with the Academy Awards. Before he won his first Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in March 30, 1987, he was nominated for the same award six times prior. The first nomination was in 1959 for The Cat in the Hot Tin Roof. Newman had to wait almost 30 years for his first Oscar. Digging Deeper The result of this long wait was that when he was nominated for the seventh time, he snubbed the ceremony – even though it was obvious that…

A Brief History On March 30, 1939, the Heinkel 100 single engine piston powered fighter prototype set a new World Speed Record at 463 mph (745 kph). Incredibly, although then the fastest plane in the world, the He 100 was not put into production! Reasons given for not producing this potential super-fighter plane vary with the source, but the bottom line is that the fortunate Allies did not have to face a German fighter 4 years ahead of other fighter types. Digging Deeper German planners knew that war would be starting soon, and in an effort to streamline wartime weapons…

A Brief History On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long, an American surgeon, made the first known use of ether as a general anesthetic.  Previous attempts at general anesthesia were not effective, and now for the first time major surgery could be accomplished without pain. Digging Deeper Before ether, people had used a variety of natural plant based poisons and drugs to dull pain, including Opium derived from the Opium Poppy.  Alcohol was another popular attempt at easing the pain caused by surgery, but alcohol resulted in excessive bleeding and had minimal pain killing properties.  Opium may have been used…

A Brief History On March 30, 1939, the Heinkel 100 prototype fighter airplane flew at 463 mph in level flight, at the time the fastest airplane ever.  People have always been fascinated by fast things, whether they be people, animals or machines.  Here is a list of 10 famous fast things that at one time were the fastest of their type or currently reign as the modern speed champ.  Question: Who would win a race, Superman or The Flash?  If you know your history of comic books, perhaps you know the answer! 10. The Swift. Monty Python posed the question…

A Brief History On March 30, 1981, only a bit past two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan was shot by a mentally ill assassin! Digging Deeper Reagan, riding the crest of popularity from being newly inaugurated and the Iranian hostage crisis having been ended on inauguration day, was in Washington, D.C. and had just delivered a speech to an AFL-CIO audience.  Outside the Hilton Hotel, Hinckley was waiting with a cheap .22 caliber revolver loaded with 6 rounds. Before Reagan could enter his limousine Hinckley fired all 6 shots at him, hitting the president with a bullet that ricocheted…