A Brief History On December 13, 1294, Pope Celestine V, also known as Saint Celestine, resigned from the office of Pope of the Roman Catholic Church after only 5 months as pope.  An ineffective and incompetent pope, Celestine pulled stunts such as appointing several people to the same high position and acting as a puppet for King Charles II of Naples.  The successor to Celestine as Pope, Boniface VIII, imprisoned Celestine and overturned the various decrees Celestine managed to publish.  One of these decrees was the right of a Pope to abdicate, the right under which Celestine quit.  Obviously, both…

A Brief History On December 12, 1985, the US Army experienced one of its worst non-combat tragedies in its history when 236 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division were killed in the crash of Arrow Flight 1285. Digging Deeper The DC-8 carrying the soldiers plus 20 civilians (8 of which were crew members)  was returning the soldiers to the US from duty in Egypt.  The plane had made an interim stop at Gander, Newfoundland and was attempting to take off when it lost speed and stalled, crashing about a half mile past the runway and killing all aboard. The soldiers…

A Brief History When one thinks of the ultimate flashy “pimp mobile,” certain cars come to mind.  The flashiest, gaudiest, most impressive pinpin’ rides , the cars we would expect the Number 1 pimp on the block to be riding in.  Cars that came from the factory  fancy and impressive, and with a little customizing would serve notice to all around of the prestige and importance of the occupant. Digging Deeper 5.  1960 Cadillac Hearse. This car is already a passable Batmobile without the need for customizing.  Big, black, layered with chrome and retaining large fins, the self respecting pimp…

A Brief History On December 10, 1906, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt became the first American to earn a Nobel Prize when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation of the Russo-Japanese War.  (Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama have also won Nobel Prizes since Roosevelt.) Digging Deeper Roosevelt was no stranger to accomplishing things and is immortalized on Mount Rushmore along with Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson.  By no means a namby pamby wimpy pencil pushing politician, Roosevelt, though born into the moneyed class, was a man of the American West and rushed to serve our country…

A Brief History On December 9, 1965, citizens of Detroit and Eastern Michigan, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania (a total of 6 states plus Ontario) were treated to a fireball in the night sky, as mysterious then as it is now. Digging Deeper The fireball coursed from West to East dropping hot metallic fragments on the way, until in the Pittsburgh area people heard a sonic boom type noise and residents of Kecksburg, PA reported seeing an object crash in the woods about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh. Described as an acorn shaped object about the size of a VW Bug,…

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