Browsing: October 31

A Brief History On October 31, 1941, the United States Navy destroyer, USS Reuben James was sunk by a German U-boat with torpedoes, the first US Navy ship sunk in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, and over a month before the US was even in the war.  Today we will tell you a little about the namesake of the fateful ship, and about 10 ships well known for having songs about them.  What other ships would you put on this list?  (Apologies to “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island” and the SS Minnow!) Digging Deeper 1. USS Reuben…

A Brief History On October 31, 2016, millions of kids across the United States will go out in costumes trick or treating for Halloween, while millions more adults will attend costume parties for the spooky holiday. One thing it is highly advisable not to wear? Clown costumes! Digging Deeper In the months preceding Halloween 2016 a craze had spread across the United States of people dressing up in ultra-creepy clown outfits and then terrifying people by stalking them, staking out their houses, accosting them on dark sidewalks and the like. This latest fad degenerated into kids donning their clown outfits…

A Brief History On October 31, 1864, the people of the United States got a big  treat in their Halloween basket, the newly minted State of Nevada, the 36th state of the Union, appropriately known as “The Silver State.”  Right in the middle of the bloodiest war in US history, for good measure. Digging Deeper At the time of admission as a state, Nevada only had about 14,000 people.  Only 4 years earlier the number was a paltry 6857 souls.  For such a large area (the 7th largest state by area) Nevada has for most of its existence been quite…

A Brief History On October 31st, we celebrate Halloween around the world!  On honor of the holiday most popularly associated with almost all things creepy, we list some of the creepiest videos found on YouTube!  Yesterday, we listed videos concerning various urban legends.  Today, we feature various short films made by talented directors without any commentary by us so as not to spoil anything!  You can, however, read up on some of these in a related list over on TopTenz.  They are listed in the order they appeared on YouTube. Digging Deeper 1.  “agamemnon counterpart” by fividtelefuzzerator (uploaded on June…

A Brief History On October 31, 1968, in a political move intended to help Hubert Humphrey win the Presidential election, President Lyndon Johnson made an announcement that became known as “The October Surprise,” in which he stated that all bombardment of North Viet Nam would be halted.  The reason publicly given for this halt was that North Viet Nam had supposedly shown good faith in negotiations toward ending the Viet Nam War. Since then, the term “October Surprise” has been used to describe news events that have been deliberately created to influence the outcome of elections, in particular the U.S. presidency. Digging…

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