Browsing: September 30

A Brief History On September 30, 1915, the aviation world achieved a milestone of sorts when the first incident of a combat airplane being shot down by ground fire took place over Serbia.  A flight of 3 German Farman 2 man airplanes attacked the Military Technical Institute in the Serbian town of Kragujevac, dropping 45 small bombs on the Serbians.  Serbia had their own surprise waiting, with one of the world’s first anti-aircraft artillery units based on the ground defending that location.  A lucky shot from a Serbian cannon achieved a direct hit on one of the Farmans and shot…

A Brief History On September 30, 1927, the greatest slugger of all time in Baseball History on the greatest team of all time in Baseball History hit his record breaking 60th home run of the season, a record that would stand until broken by Roger Maris of the same New York Yankees in 1961. Digging Deeper George Herman Ruth is arguably the best baseball player of all time, exceptional as a pitcher but probably the greatest hitter ever.  His frequency of home runs (a homer every 11.76 at bats) for a career was the all-time best until Mark McGwire (a…

A Brief History On September 30, 1982, 6 unsuspecting people took Tylenol brand acetaminophen capsules that had been filled with potassium cyanide, killing those unfortunates nearly instantly. A seventh person later died by the same unknown perpetrator and copy-cat crimes killed a few more. Digging Deeper The Chicago area was rocked when a 12 year old girl from Elk Grove Village, Illinois died after taking a tampered with capsule, and later a man from Arlington Heights, Illinois died the same way, this time at the local hospital. Tragically, the man’s brother and sister in law also died after consuming capsules…

A Brief History On September 30, 1935, the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River was dedicated, completing one of America’s greatest engineering and construction feats.  Despite the immense fame of the dam and the thousands of people that visit it each year, there seems to be some misinformation about the great structure.  Here we list 10 Things You Might Not Know About Hoover Dam, no significance to the order of the list.  What facts would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 10.  Due to anti-terrorism concerns, tours no longer include most of the interior of the structure.  The public…

A Brief History On September 30, 1955, up-and-coming actor James Dean perished in an auto accident aged only 24.  In 3 movies he had already established himself as a “giant” of the silver screen, but his death at such a young age meant he would stay forever young in the eye of movie fans.  History is full of people who left their mark in a surprisingly short amount of time.  Here 9 such people are listed, in no particular order.  Who else would you include on this list?  Any of your ideas might flow into a sequel.  (Remember, the criteria is not just…

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