Browsing: May 25

A Brief History On May 25, 1521, the Diet of Worms ended, resulting in the Edict of Worms which declared Martin Luther an outlaw. Not only was this “Diet” not related to what people eat or do not eat, the “Worms” portion of the title has nothing to do with the slimy critters we use as fish bait. Today we discuss 5 titles, names, or things that are just not what they seem to be at first glance. What would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 1. Diet of Worms, 1521. In this case the word “Diet” refers to…

A Brief History On May 25, 1953, the United States Army conducted a live nuclear artillery test shot, the only time the US ever conducted such a test. Digging Deeper Conducted in the Nevada desert (Nevada Test Site, later renamed the Nevada National Security Site) the test firing and detonation of a live nuclear (fission type) bomb fired from a cannon was called by the code-word Upshot-Knothole Grable.  One of only 4 “gun” type atom bombs ever detonated by the US, the warhead was constructed similar to the “Little Boy” bomb that obliterated Hiroshima in 1945.  It used 2 chunks…

A Brief History On May 25, 1935, Jesse Owens of Ohio State won 4 events at the Big Ten Conference Track Meet, setting 3 world records and tying a fourth.  What a performance!  Over the years some great athletes have attended Ohio State, and here we list the 10 greatest.  Do you disagree?  Tell us who you would put on the list.  Paul Warfield? Orlando Pace?  Troy Smith?  Eddie George?  Chic Harley?  So many to choose from! Digging Deeper 10.  Tom Cousineau, Football. Tom was such a good linebacker that he became the first pick overall in the 1979 NFL…

A Brief History On May 25, 1977 the blockbuster movie, Star Wars, premiered.  Spawning 2 sequels and 3 prequels, Star Wars has had tremendous cultural impact, with Geek Pride Day celebrated on every May 25th (since 2006) as part of its legacy.  There is even a religious movement called Jedism. In the 100 plus years of motion pictures, some films have transcended mere entertainment and have influenced society as well as spawning successful sequels.  Here we list 10 of the movies we think are most influential, on American culture, not just on the film industry.  What films would you nominate?…

A Brief History On May 25, 1738, a treaty was finally signed, ending the war between Maryland and Pennsylvania known as The Conojocular War, or Cresap’s War. Digging Deeper The war had started in 1730 over boundary disputes, and escalated over the next few years to the point where military forces became involved in 1736 and 1737. The treaty, ordered by King George II, had ended the shooting war, but the boundary dispute lasted all the way until 1767 when the Mason-Dixon Line became recognized as the boundary. The colonial governments of Pennsylvania and Maryland became embroiled in the dispute…

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