Browsing: October 2

A Brief History On October 2, 2006, a mentally disturbed 32 year old man went to an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (often described as the “Capital” of Amish Country) and proceeded to shoot 11 people, of which 6 died, including himself.  His apparent reason for the massacre?  The man was upset about having sexually molested a couple of young children (3 and 5 years old) 20 years prior to the shooting and was having thoughts that he might again start molesting children.  How exactly murdering innocent people that had nothing to do with the man’s past is unclear.…

A Brief History On October 2, 1959, the television anthology series, The Twilight Zone, made its debut on CBS television.  Hosted by Rod Serling, the classic episodes of this show transcended the cheap sets and primitive special effects to become an iconic part of Americana, with those old episodes often replaying on cable television today, featuring many future big stars in their early years. Today we list 10 of the Greatest Sci-Fi and Horror Television Shows of all time, all-time only going back to the late 1950’s!  What shows would you include?  (Hint: The Prisoner, Lost Girl, Night Gallery, Lost…

A Brief History On October 2, 1789, President George Washington sent to the States for ratification a list of Amendments to the Constitution, a list we now refer to as “The Bill of Rights.” Digging Deeper These first 10 Amendments to the US Constitution would eventually be followed by 27 more Amendments that have been ratified by the States, giving us a total of 37 such Amendments. There are an additional 6 proposed Amendments that have not been ratified by the States, of which 4 are still “open.” Amendments to the Constitution are authorized by Article 5 of the Constitution,…

A Brief History On October 2, 1942, the Royal Navy teamed up with the Cunard White Star Line to pull off yet another of Naval History’s great “Oops” moments.  In this incident, the giant luxury liner, RMS Queen Mary, collided with her own escort, the HMS Curacoa, an anti-aircraft cruiser, sinking the hapless cruiser. Digging Deeper Back on July 3, 2014, History and Headlines featured a list of 10 “Oops” Moments in Naval History.  Today, we have another tale to add to this pantheon of blunders at sea. The RMS Queen Mary had been converted to use as a troop…

A Brief History On October 2, 1980, Michael Myers was expelled from Congress; the first person to suffer that indignity since the Civil War.  Not to be confused with the murderous wacko from the Halloween movie series who is also named Michael Myers, Congressman Myers was a representative from Pennsylvania who had been caught taking a $50,000 bribe in what became known as the Abscam scandal in which the corruption of multiple U.S. politicians was exposed by the FBI.  Come to think of it, the movie character is probably embarrassed to be named Michael Myers! Digging Deeper Here at History and Headlines we…

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