Browsing: October 3

This Day in History – October 3

A Brief History On October 30, 1942, the heroic efforts of 3 British sailors resulted in the capture of codebooks and key setting sheets for the top secret Enigma code machine used by the German military during World War II.  The sailors had boarded a sinking German submarine, U-559 in the Mediterranean Sea, costing 2 of the men their lives but reaping incredibly valuable coding material.  The 2000 French-American World War II movie, U-571, shows a fictionalized account of American Navy forces capturing an intact German U-boat, a coup reminiscent of the U-559 incident and certain other U-boat related incidents…

A Brief History On October 3, 1919, Adolfo Luque, born in Cuba in 1890, became the first Latin American major league baseball player to play in a World Series.  Dolf, as he was called, pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, had a long major league career, playing from 1914 to 1935.  Although “non-white” players were excluded from the major leagues at the time (until 1947), Dolf and other Hispanic players with particularly light skin and especially blue eyes passed the criteria for being “white” and were allowed to play.  Luque posted a good major league pitching record of 194 wins against…

A Brief History Superhero film fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Venom on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark in Valley View, Ohio!  For your chance to get a pass, log on to SonyScreenings.com/Redeem and enter the code VenomHH83752.  This pass is valid for up to 2 seats.  Seating is first-come, first-served and is not guaranteed.  You must be with your guest to enter.  Saving seats for other parties is prohibited. Digging Deeper   In Venom, a journalist named Eddie Brock has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the…

A Brief History On October 3, 1936, the Director of the Downtown Athletic Club, John Heisman, died at the age of 66, spurring his fellow board members to rename their annual award to the best college football player East of the Mississippi the “Heisman Trophy.”  Did you ever wonder why the premier college football award is named after Heisman?  Rest assured, it is with good reason! Digging Deeper Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1869 of Bavarian (German) immigrants, John was raised in Titusville, Pennsylvania where he became the high school Salutatorian and played on the football team, much to his…

A Brief History On October 3 and 4 of 1993 US Army Special Forces known as Task Force Ranger fought Somali militia men in a frantic battle memorialized in the book 1999) and movie (2001) titled Black Hawk Down. Also known as the First Battle of Mogadishu (obviously more battles were fought there), this action resulted in 18 American soldiers killed and 73 wounded, as well as the death of a Malaysian and a Pakistani soldier allied with the US forces, and 9 of those allied soldiers wounded. This clash was the bloodiest battle US troops participated in since the…

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