Browsing: July 13

A Brief History On July 13, 2017, we are on the eve of the release of the major motion picture, Wish Upon, a medium budget ($12 million) supernatural horror film that plays upon the idea that you better be careful what you wish for!  We had the privilege of seeing a pre-screening on July 10, 2017, and our reaction and that of the audience was quite positive. Digging Deeper Directed by John Leonetti and released by Broad Green Pictures and Orion Pictures, the film is well cast, well directed, and has convincing special effects.  In brief, it is a well…

A Brief History On July 13, 100 BC, the world welcomed baby Gaius Julius Caesar into the world, the man the month of July is named after that would become dictator of Rome (but not Emperor, that came after him).  Contrary to popular belief, Julius was not delivered by Caesarian Section.  Legend has it that it was one of Julius’s ancestors that has that distinction, with the family name “Caesar” stemming from the Latin meaning for C-Section.  Here we list 10 instances of medical conditions or procedures named after someone.  What conditions or procedures would you add to the list?…

A Brief History On July 13, 1863, New Yorkers angry about military conscription (draft) started 3 days of rioting that would go down in history as the worst US riot ever. Digging Deeper White New Yorkers, largely poor Irish immigrants, could not afford to buy their way out of the draft like rich people could.  Nor could they afford to pay someone else to take their place, and they cared little one way or another about the issue of African slavery.  African Americans were not subject to the draft, further inflaming rage against them. With the Emancipation Proclamation of January…

A Brief History On July 13, 1923, the world famous “Hollywood” sign first loomed above Hollywood on the hills outside Los Angeles.  The sign originally read “Hollywoodland” but it was shortened in 1949 to a simple “Hollywood.”  Since then, the sign has become they symbol of Hollywood, unmistakable and iconic.  Back on March 31, 2014 we listed 10 Iconic Structures that Identify a City, and today we will do it again, with a sequel that will catch some of those iconic structures neglected last time.  Which ones do we still need to add? Digging Deeper 10. Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janiero. Towering…

A Brief History On July 13, 2013 self-appointed community watchman George Zimmerman, an Hispanic-American, was found not guilty of having murdered 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012.  The case was closely watched across America and prompted strong racial tensions. Digging Deeper Because of Zimmerman’s outward appearance, the public assumed, with help from the media, that he was white.  He is white but also Hispanic and has some African background.  The media also falsely portrayed the video and audio recordings of the incident where Zimmerman observed and then shot to death the unarmed black teen.  The 911 call was altered to…

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