Browsing: May 10

A Brief History On May 10, 1946, at the White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico the US Army made the first successful launch of a German designed V-2 rocket, the same sort of weapon the Germans had used to terrorize England and Holland during World War II.  V-2 technology was not the only German inspired technology to be eagerly scooped and later used by the Allies after World War II, and today we take a look at some of those items (keeping the list short and therefore not all encompassing).  As always, feel free to nominate such items as…

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A Brief History On May 10, 1967, an experimental “lifting body” aircraft created by Northrup for NASA, the M2-F2, made its 16th and final flight, crashing into the dry lake bed on the desert floor, ruining the aircraft and severely injuring the pilot, Bruce Peterson.  The unfortunate, though spectacular crash, was used as the inspiration for the novel Cyborg, by Martin Caidin, and the television program, The Six Million Dollar Man.  Film footage of the crash of the M2-F2 was used in the opening sequence of the television series! Digging Deeper The horrific crash scene of the M2-F2 rolling over…

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A Brief History On May 10, 1849, Astor Opera House in Manhattan was the unlikely scene of another of those goofy named riots we keep telling you about.  Though the Astor Opera House is no more (nor are the 22 to 31 people killed during the riot!), the Astor Place Riot lives on in the Pantheon of Stupid Riots.  (Type in “Riot” in the question box of our website to get our many articles about the seemingly endless supply of riots.)  Along with the many people killed, another 260 (including militiamen) were seriously injured, making the Astor Place Riot one…

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A Brief History On May 10, 1940, the United Kingdom invaded Iceland without the permission of the government of Iceland. With World War II in a dire phase for the British, German occupation of Iceland would have been catastrophic to cross Atlantic shipping, the lifeblood of Britain so despite Iceland’s neutrality, the British occupied the small country as a preventative measure. Today we will discuss some of the places England or the UK invaded that may not have been known to the casual person. Digging Deeper Iceland is strategically positioned to intercept shipping from North America to Northern Europe, especially…

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A Brief History Superhero film fans of John Carroll University, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Deadpool 2 on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD in Valley View, Ohio!  Please visit this link for the chance to download a pass.   Passes are limited and seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed.  Please arrive early to increase your chance of entry. Digging Deeper   In Deadpool 2, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) forms a team of mutants called the X-Force to protect young mutant Russell (Julian Dennison) from the time-traveling soldier Cable (Josh Brolin). The film is…

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