Browsing: May

A Brief History On May 30, 1883, panicked public people pushed, prodded, poked, and pummeled each other in a mad dash to get away from the Brooklyn Bridge when an unfounded rumor circulated that collapse was imminent.  This ridiculous rumor was not true, and the incident provided the impetus for our previous article about Stupid Rumors.  Today we take a look at more of these persistent beliefs that people have that get passed around to the point that vast numbers of people actually believe them to be fact, which of course they are not. Digging Deeper Covid vaccine has some…

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A Brief History On May 23, 1945, notorious head of the dreaded German SS (Schutzstaffel), Heinrich Himmler, committed suicide by taking poison rather than face execution by hanging.  Himmler is just one of many famous or infamous people that have killed themselves while in custody to avoid whatever retribution awaited them at the hands of their captors.  Today we list some of those notorious incidents. Digging Deeper Heinrich Himmler, SS Chief and mass murderer (1945) A high-ranking Nazi official before and during World War II, this German weasel led the fanatic SS and was the leading head Nazi behind the…

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A Brief History On May 16, 1957, Eliot Ness, former head of the “Untouchables” and former Safety Director of Cleveland, Ohio, died in relative obscurity, unlike the famous character of television and movies. Today we take a quick look at 5 famous lawmen, with the emphasis on “fame” rather than on any particular virtue or value. Digging Deeper Wyatt Earp, Frontier Lawman Wyatt, along with his brothers Virgil and Morgan, gained everlasting fame as the winners of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881.  Despite his far greater fame, Wyatt was not the main lawman on the scene, as…

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A Brief History Historical drama fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Downton Abbey: A New Era on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD in Valley View, Ohio!  For your chance to get a pass, please log on to http://focusfeaturesscreenings.com/DOWNTONHHERA16.  Passes are first-come, first-serve.  The theater is overbooked slightly to ensure a full audience.  Therefore, seating is not guaranteed.  So, please arrive early!  Saving seats for other parties is prohibited. Digging Deeper From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the motion picture event Downton Abbey:…

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A Brief History On May 9, 1960, the Searle manufactured drug, Enovid, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States as a birth control measure, making Enovid the first oral contraceptive pill approved for use by any nation.  While most American women rejoiced at the sexual freedom afforded by this “miracle” drug, not everyone was happy about the approval and to this day, such birth control drugs remain controversial. Digging Deeper A major boon to the Women’s Liberation Movement, American women largely celebrated the advent of this empowering drug that permitted women to avoid the “tyranny”…

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