Browsing: May 2

A Brief History On May 2, 1918, General Motors Corporation acquired the Delaware based Chevrolet Motor Company, it last major car company acquisition for decades. GM would grow to be the largest car manufacturer in the world from 1931 to 2007, a 77 year reign as king of the automakers no other company has matched. In recent years GM vies with Toyota and Volkswagen for the championship auto manufacturer title, with strong competition from Ford Motor Company, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, and Fiat-Chrysler (which also makes Jeep and Dodge among its nameplates). GM sells about 8 to 10 million cars per year world-wide,…

A Brief History On May 2, 1964, before even the Gulf of Tonkin Incident that heralded major US involvement in the Vietnam War, a Viet Cong or North Vietnamese frogman placed an explosive charge against the hull of the USS Card (USNS Card at the time of sinking), blowing a hole in the ship and sinking 48 feet as she lay berthed at the dock at Saigon. Digging Deeper The USS Card started life in 1942 as ACV-11 (Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier) after being laid down as a cargo ship.  Just under 10,000 tons and just under 500 feet long, the…

A Brief History On May 2, 1863, the Confederate States of America lost their best or second best general, because they shot him! Digging Deeper The not so United States engaged in a titanic Civil War between the Federal Government (Union) and the secessionist Confederate (Southern) states. At the battle of Chancellorsville General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was reentering his own lines when pickets (sentries) mistook him for a “yankee” and shot him in the arm. Jackson’s arm had to be amputated, and as so often in those days, pneumonia set in and Jackson died 8 days later, robbing Robert E.…

A Brief History The end of April 2016 saw the campaign of Rafael Eduardo “Ted” Cruz sink to new lows, some of the wounds self inflicted and some from his own fellow Republicans. Digging Deeper Considered the “Most Hated Man in The Senate,” In February 2016 Cruz was said by Senator Lindsey Graham to be so hated that if “you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.” As much as politicians publicly “hate” each other, this remark was a rare step into a dark place even for…

A Brief History On May 2, 2012, one of the 4 versions of Evard Munch’s painting, The Scream (Skrik in Norwegian) sold at auction in New York for an American record $120 million.  Munch painted 4 versions of his famous painting between 1893 and 1910, with this version (1895) referred to as pastel on cardboard being the most colorful one.  Some of the truly great works of art are non-traditional, with no attempt to copy every natural detail like a photograph or replicate styles that came before.  Here are 10 examples of great works of art that the artist obviously…

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