Browsing: November 15

A Brief History On November 15, 2018, we bring to you good news and bad news about screening the latest Harry Potter universe major film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  The good news is the $200 million spent on producing the film was money well invested as the movie is first class in every way.  Plus, fans of the Harry Potter magic universe will find a logical progression and development of characters and story line, undoubtedly enjoying every minute of this latest installment of the franchise.  The bad news, if you could call it that, is people not familiar…

A Brief History On November 15, 2010, Manchester University Press published a hardcover edition of Andrew Smith’s The ghost story, 1840-1920.  In this book, Smith shares his wealth of knowledge with his readers as he attempted to critique the history of the ghost story over a substantial period of time. This effort did not please critic Matt Foley, who considered the course of eighty years, starting from 1840 to be “wide in its scope,”[1] which it certainly is. Smith, however, seems to be quite knowledgeable on the topic of gothic literature, having produced numerous works in that department and gained…

A Brief History On November 15, 1969, the Cold War in the icy waters of the Barents Sea became very real when the US submarine USS Gato collided with the Soviet submarine K-19.  Lucky for both crews, neither sub sank and no lives were lost.  Throughout history, ships have found ways to run into each other or other objects, sometimes on purpose, but usually by accident.  Today we list 5 of these unfortunate occurrences.  Question for students: What ship collisions would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 1. USS Gato vs. USSR K-19, 1969. While both ships were patrolling the…

A Brief History On November 15, 1971, a History changing event took place when Intel Corporation released their 4004 microchip processor for sale, allowing the manufacture of small computers. (Happy 45th Birthday, Intel 4004!) A Santa Clara, California (“Silicon Valley”) company, Intel is the world’s largest manufacturer and seller of semi-conductor chips for use in computers. Digging Deeper Back in 1971 great strides were being made in the development of electronic processors and the miniaturization of them, allowing the first hand held calculators and increasingly smaller computers, including a mini-computer in the (then) high technology F-14 Tomcat fighter plane. Other…

A Brief History On November 15, 1914, the pre-National Football League professional football world was saddened by the death of a seasoned pro, Center Harry Turner of the Canton Professionals (now there is a catchy name) of the Ohio League.  Turner was playing in a game against Akron Indians when he suffered a broken back, completely severing his spinal cord. Digging Deeper When Turner died soon afterwards in the hospital, he became the first fatality caused by injury playing in a professional football game.  Appropriately, Turner was from Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of pro football.  A real home town guy,…

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