Browsing: May 26

A Brief History On May 26, 1908, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East was made when the Masjed Soleyman strike was made in Southwest Persia, the country now known as Iran. The fact that the Middle East is so rich in petroleum oil resources has been an overwhelming factor in the history of the 20th and 21st Centuries and will continue to be of monumental importance until such time as human civilization drastically reduces its dependence on fossil fuels. Today we look at 10 of the dates in the 20th Century when events of great importance…

A Brief History On May 26, 1868, US President Andrew Johnson was acquitted at his impeachment trial by the narrowest of margins, one single vote. Johnson had been charged with 11 counts of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by the US House of Representatives and tried by the US Senate, the first time any US President had been impeached. Digging Deeper The next time a US President was impeached was when President Bill Clinton made the blunder of lying to Congress about his sexual relationship with intern, Monica Lewinsky. President Clinton was charged by the House of Representatives with 2 counts…

A Brief History On May 26, 1923, the first 24 Hours of Le Mans automobile race was held. It remains today as one of the greatest auto races and is the oldest endurance race for cars.  Here we list 10 of the all time Greatest Races, with no limit as to the category.  What races would you include in this list? (Apologies to Daytona 500, Soap Box Derby, and others, but the list is only 10 races.  Is a sequel needed?) Digging Deeper 10. F1 Powerboat World Championship, 1981. A 155 mph boat that weighs only 860 pounds powered by…

A Brief History On May 26, 1977, daredevil George Willig, a toymaker from Queens, climbed the South (#2) tower of the World Trade Center.  Willig climbed the 110 story skyscraper  (3rd tallest building in the world at the time) using specialized clamps designed to use built in brackets in the windows. Digging Deeper Not only did Willig face the possibility of a traumatic landing if he fell from as high as 1300 feet, he was slammed with a $1.10 fine when he was arrested afterwards.  (Not a typo, just a dollar ten.)  As stupid as this stunt seems to “normal”…

A Brief History On May 26, 1896, Bram Stoker’s horror novel, Dracula, was published.  Before and since, horror stories have terrified us, whether at the movies, around a campfire, or under our bedroom covers reading a spooky book with a flashlight.  Here we list 10 of the greatest horror stories of all time.  (It was not easy to omit classics like the Saw movies and the Hannibal Lecter  stories, but that is what sequels are for.)  As we all have our own special fears, perhaps your ideas are different than ours.  Feel free to share your favorite nominees for greatest…

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