A Brief History On May 16, 1943, modified British Lancaster bombers undertook Operation Chastise, a bombing raid against dams in the industrial heartland of Germany.  Remarkable for the use of “bouncing” bombs that skipped across the water to roll down the inner faces of the dams before detonation, the daring raid breached two of the targeted dams and damaged a third dam, killing about 1,600 people.  The RAF lost eight of the 19 bombers used in the raid. Digging Deeper Famous for its ingenuity, the “dambusters” raid ranks high among famous bombing raids, which also include: The Doolittle Raid of…

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A Brief History On May 15, 2010, Australian 16 year old Jessica Watson completed a non-stop and solo unassisted sail voyage around the world, the youngest person to achieve this feat. Digging Deeper Watson piloted a 33.6 foot sailboat on her trip of seven months that covered nearly 20,000 nautical miles.  She is just one of many people that achieved great feats before turning 18 years old, some of whom include: American Marjorie Gestring became the youngest Olympic Gold Medalist in 1936 when she won the 3-meter diving event at the age of 13.  Eight Olympic champions have been age…

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A Brief History On February 24, 2022, days after recognizing Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states, Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered a full scale invasion of Ukraine. Digging Deeper Russia’s invasion has had five major phases thus far.  The first phase covers the period from February 24th, 2022, when Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine, to April 7th, 2022 when fighting focused away from the northeast and Kyiv and towards the south and east of Ukraine.  The second phase covers the period from April 8th, 2022, when the area of heavy fighting shifted to the south and east of…

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A Brief History On May 14, 2008, one more sports related riot took place in Manchester, England, when fans of the Zenit Football Club of St. Petersburg, Russia, went hand and foot with fans of the Rangers Football Club of Glasgow, Scotland. Digging Deeper During the 2008 UEFA Cup final held near Piccadilly Gardens of Manchester, a failure of a big screen TV that had been set up to allow football fans not in the stadium to watch the match triggered the riot.  A crowd of 200,000 Rangers fans had made the trip to Manchester to watch their beloved team,…

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A Brief History On May 13, 1950, the first Formula One World Championship race was held in England.  That race was won by Italian driver Giuseppe Farina driving an Alfa Romeo with an average speed of 146.3 KPH.  Formula One, or F1, is perhaps the premier auto racing form, using single person cars with open wheels that use wings fore and aft to provide downforce. Digging Deeper Depending on the source, F1 cars can achieve speeds up to 256 MPH, but about 35 MPH less in a race.  By comparison, an Indy car racer posted a four-lap average of 234.2…

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