Browsing: May 17

A Brief History On May 17, 2018, a Tiny House Village in the Granton area of Edinburgh was opened by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP.  There is nothing quite like the feeling of finally getting home after a long, tiring day. Your home is your place of comfort, and it is also the place where you get the opportunity to show off your taste and your creativity. This is why you should always take the time to change things up every now and then. This does not mean you have to go…

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A Brief History On May 17, 1875, in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, a field of 15 three-year-old horses contested the first Kentucky Derby.  The Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. It looks like the latest edition of the Triple Crown Series is underway and about to begin in less than 60 days. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the grandest Triple Crown Series event succeed by Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The said racing is a showdown of three-year-old thoroughbred…

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A Brief History On May 17, 1943, the British RAF conducted their famous “Dambusters” raid on dams on Germany’s rivers, a story we told in our article “May 17, 1943: 10 Most Daring, Dashing, Devastating Bombing Raids (WWII)”. Today we will discuss 10 Bombing raids of significance (historic or famous) that did not occur during World War II. Digging Deeper 1. Balloon Bombs, Venice, 1849. The first known use of aerial bombing, Austrians used unmanned balloons to carry bombs over Venice on July 15, 1849, which had revolted against Austrian rule and declared the Republic of San Marcos. The Austrians…

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A Brief History On May 17, 1974, the Los Angeles Police Department engaged the radical Symbionese Liberation Army in one of the most famous gun fights in the history of the LAPD, a fight in which an incredible 9000 rounds of ammunition were expended! Digging Deeper The SLA was the radical group that had kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst and turned her into one of their minions. Led by an escaped African-American criminal, Donald DeFreeze, known to his members as “General Field Marshal Cinque” (and apparently the duped group members did not find this hilarious?), DeFreeze was in fact the only…

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A Brief History Named by President Obama as his nominee for Secretary of the Army in November 2015, Eric Fanning, a 47 year old graduate of Dartmouth and a Defense Department employee, was confirmed for the job by the US Senate on May 17, 2016, making him the first openly gay Secretary of a US Military branch. Digging Deeper A sexual identity activist, Fanning supports a policy of allowing transgender persons to serve in the Armed Forces and to prohibit any sort of discrimination based on a person’s sexuality or sexual identity. The US Military had only dropped its controversial…

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