A Brief History On January 10, 1810, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, divorced Josephine, Empress of France, the only woman Napoleon ever really loved. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find Napoleon and Josephine married on March 9, 1796, beginning a love and lust-filled marriage marred by indiscretions on both sides! Napoleon, arguably the most important mortal man in history (the subject of more books than any other man, except for Jesus) married Josephine and later crowned her Empress, a title he refused to strip her of even when they divorced. Josephine, actually born Marie Josephe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie (no wonder…

A Brief History On January 9, 1839, the first practical photographic process (Daguerreotype) was revealed by the French Academy of Sciences. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find many people had been working on the development of practical photography, but Daguerre, a French chemist, was the first to produce a process that was portable, not the size of an entire room, and that resulted in images of reasonable quality. One of the great discoveries by Daguerre was the ability to use paper coated with concoctions containing silver and other chemicals instead of the image being produced on a metal plate.  That…

A Brief History On January 8, 1981, a close encounter with a UFO left actual physical evidence! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find what Popular Mechanic’s magazine (May 2001) called “…the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time.” A French farmer working outside on his farm near Trans-en-Provence, France was alerted by a loud whistling noise and watched in amazement as a UFO landed on his field about 150 feet away.  He later described the UFO as looking like two saucers on top of each other and being a bit over 2 meters in diameter. The farmer reported the…

A Brief History On January 7, 1948, a Kentucky Air National Guard pilot met his death trying to intercept a UFO! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find another well documented close encounter, this time of the deadly kind. Captain Tom Mantell flying his P-51 Mustang was a World War II veteran, not a civilian or some rookie.  Mantell and 3 other Mustang pilots were directed to intercept a huge round white object, perhaps a football field across!  Multiple witnesses from spots in Ohio and Kentucky, including a sergeant at the Fort Knox control tower and members of the Kentucky Highway…

A Brief History It is January 6th, Merry Christmas!  Or wait, is it just Christmas Eve? Digging Deeper Digging deeper, in the United States Christmas is mostly celebrated on December 25th, but it was not always so! Armenians and some other Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas day on January 6th, while most Eastern Orthodox (including Russians, Ukrainians, Serbs and Greeks) celebrate it on January 7th, and of course Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations are almost universal in naming December 25th as the big day. Why the confusion and different days to celebrate?  Because they made it up! There is nothing…

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