Browsing: March 6

A Brief History On March 6, 1975, entranced Americans were glued to their television sets to watch the first mass public showing of the infamous “Zapruder Film” that depicted the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.  According to US Government reports, a single gunman acting alone, Lee Harvey Oswald, used a World War II surplus Italian bolt action rifle that he bought mail order.  The 6.5×52mm caliber Carcano Model 91/38 cost Oswald only $19.95 (plus shipping) and it even included an attached riflescope!  Today we take a look at 10 guns that will live in infamy. …

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A Brief History On March 6, 1964, the leader of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, dubbed convert to the religion boxing champion Cassius “The Louisville Lip” Marcellus Clay, Jr. as Muhammad Ali.  (Note: Elijah Muhammad was born Robert Poole.)  Many White Americans did not take kindly to the name change, and many continued to call Ali “Clay” throughout the life of the controversial and highly vocal boxing legend.  Sometimes sports name changes occur before the person is famous, but when they occur after the athlete has achieved fame it seems awkward for some fans to remember who they are…

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A Brief History On March 6, 632, founder of the Islamic religion and Prophet, Muhammad, made his Farewell Sermon from Mount Arafat in what is now Saudi Arabia during his final Hajj. About 3 months later Muhammad was dead, risen to Heaven, giving this particular sermon and place of delivery special meaning to Muslims. Today we list 10 occasions when a person delivered their farewell speech, or what was supposed to be their farewell speech, or because of unexpected death, their last speech. (Note: These speeches are famous, not necessarily “great.” You are welcome to argue the merits or sincerity…

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A Brief History On March 6, 1899, the German chemical and pharmaceutical firm, Bayer AG, (the people that brought us “Heroin”) trademarked perhaps their greatest product, and perhaps the greatest medicine ever invented, Aspirin. Digging Deeper Founded by Friedrich Bayer and Johann Weskott in 1863, the big breakthrough for the company was the production of acetylsalicylic acid, the refinement of an age old remedy made from the bark of willow trees.  Salicylic acid and various salicylate compounds from willow and other plants had been used for millennia to treat fever and other illnesses.  Frenchman Charles Gerhardt had invented aspirin in…

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A Brief History On March 6, 1836, the most celebrated defeat in American history ended in a massacre! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we remember the Alamo as an epic battle fought by American heroes like John Wayne (as Davy Crocket) depicted in the 1960 movie The Alamo. (Another major motion picture by the same name was made in 2004.) Texans especially revere the men martyred at the San Antonio landmark, Davy Crocket, Jim Bowie, William Travis and others.  The cracked part of the history is why the battle was fought. Texas at that time was part of Mexico, and Mexican…

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