A Brief History On October 4, 2010, the Ajka alumina plant in Hungary lost control of 35 million cubic feet of alumina sludge that ended up killing 9 people and polluting the Danube and Marcal Rivers.  Yes, it was inevitable that someone alone the line would die in alumina sludge.  As Murphy’s Law states, if it can happen, it will happen.  But it is unlikely that anyone actually wakes up thinking “today this will happen to me.”  People are inventive and creative, and throughout history they have come up with new products, machines and techniques that also accidentally killed them.  Here 9 off-the-wall ways people were sent off to their maker are…

A Brief History On October 3, 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures releases Annabelle, a film about a haunted doll, to theaters.  The movie is a prequel to 2013’s award-winning The Conjuring.  Both films concern alleged, real-life hauntings associated with the famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.  Yet, to what extent are they actually based on real events?  Please read this spoiler-filled article to find out! Digging Deeper A new article on the website History vs Hollywood provides quite a bit of information on the film’s purported inspiration from a historical event.  Key points for those interested in a briefer read will be summarized here. …

A Brief History On October 3, 1964, the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York first served Buffalo Wings.  Most people, like many of us here at History and Headlines, celebrate this day as one of the greatest days in Food History, and some of us even made a pilgrimage to the Anchor Bar to eat the original hot wings.  Of course, there are also people who refuse to believe that others eat Buffalo Wings, especially the extra extra hot ones.  Just as with art, one person’s likes and preferences are not necessarily shared by the next person. Back on July 5, 2014,…

A Brief History On October 2, 1980, Michael Myers was expelled from Congress; the first person to suffer that indignity since the Civil War.  Not to be confused with the murderous wacko from the Halloween movie series who is also named Michael Myers, Congressman Myers was a representative from Pennsylvania who had been caught taking a $50,000 bribe in what became known as the Abscam scandal in which the corruption of multiple U.S. politicians was exposed by the FBI.  Come to think of it, the movie character is probably embarrassed to be named Michael Myers! Digging Deeper Here at History and Headlines we…

A Brief History Today, on October 1, begins National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities. A partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, producer of several anti-breast cancer drugs) founded NBCAM in 1985 to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.  This move follows the even earlier activities of October 1983 when the Race for the Cure, now the world’s largest fundraising event for breast cancer, was held for the first time in Dallas, Texas.  This article is dedicated to the many women and readers’ mothers, sisters,…

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