Browsing: July 16

A Brief History On July 16, 1941, Major League Baseball had a new and enduring record, when The Yankee Clipper, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, hit in his 56th consecutive game, the longest batting streak in major league baseball history.  All 13 of DiMaggio’s major league seasons were played for the New York Yankees. Digging Deeper Joe DiMaggio was the heir apparent to fill the shoes of the mighty Babe Ruth on the field and in the hearts of Yankees fans.  The graceful center fielder made his debut with the Yankees in May of 1936, only one year after Ruth had retired…

A Brief History On July 16, 1862 and July 16, 1882 we commemorate the birthdays of 2 significant African-American women, Ida Wells (who first developed statistics on lynching in the US) and VA Johnson (the first African-American woman to argue before the Supreme Court).  In honor of these historic Black American Women, today we choose to highlight the accomplishments of Eight Great Black American Men, people that young Americans can look up to, especially African-American youths.  Please note that Barack Obama is not included on this list only because his term as President is not over yet, and History has…

A Brief History On July 16, 1945, Manhattan Project scientists held their breath as the clock ticked down to the first man-made nuclear blast in history. Over a period of almost 6 years from its feeble first steps (3 years as a project in earnest), through 130,000 people working on the project and $2 billion taxpayer dollars the finest scientists in the world had developed methods of enriching uranium to a state where its nucleus could be split and creating plutonium, the 2 materials needed for the 2 different types of atomic weapons being considered. Digging Deeper The uranium device would be…

A Brief History On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  This spacecraft would take 3 American astronauts to the Moon, landing 2 on its surface and return all 3 safely to Earth, less than a decade after the first manned space flight.  The US and Americans have achieved many great things, and here we list 10 of them.  Not all significant inventions or achievements are necessarily for humanitarian purposes, some of them are for war.  Some, like DDT and the polio vaccines saved millions of lives.  We list 10 that we think you…

A Brief History On July 16, 1862, David Farragut was appointed a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, the first officer to hold that rank.  Being a 2 ocean nation, the US has needed a great 2 ocean Navy to protect the country and look after our interests.  Along the way, many great sailors and others have furthered the capabilities of the US Navy and added to its rich history.  Here we list 10 of those examples, of the hundreds or even thousands that could be listed (no significance to the order listed).  Who would you add to the…

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