A Brief History On June 11, 1939, a picnic at which hot dogs were served helped re-establish the political closeness between the United States and Great Britain and introduced the traditionally American food to an international public. Digging Deeper With the threat of war and invasion looming, the British monarch, George VI of “The King’s Speech” fame and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, later known as the Queen Mother, or affectionately as Queen Mum, embarked on a tour to visit their dominion of Canada, the first time a reigning British monarch had visited the North American continent. Upon hearing of the intended trip, American President, Franklin…

A Brief History On June 4, 2010, attorney Brittney Horstman was prevented from meeting with a client while he was incarcerated at the Miami Federal Detention Center because her underwire bra had set off a metal detector. It was feared that the metal in the bras could be used as a tool to help prisoners hurt themselves or escape or even as a weapon against guards. Ms. Horstman removed her bra in a bathroom but was still barred from entering the Florida prison because she was now braless, a violation of the prison’s dress code. During an investigation of the…

A Brief History On June 4, 1974, baseball history (not the good kind!) was made in Cleveland.  We have run many articles about great baseball performances; the event described in this article is not one of them. Digging Deeper On a beautiful June night in Cleveland, over 25,000 fans came out to the ballpark to watch the Indians play the Texas Rangers.  While there, they enjoyed 10 cent beer.  Stadium management wisely (that is a joke… we are kidding) limited fans to only 6 beers per trip to the vendor.  How could that go wrong?  (note the sarcasm…)  It seems management…

A Brief History On May 30, 1914, the British ocean liner RMS Aquitania made her maiden voyage.  Larger than the Titanic, this giant was known as “Ship Beautiful” for self-descriptive reasons.  Serving in both World Wars, she was the last of the great 4-funnel (smokestack) liners and was the longest serving liner in history until surpassed by the Queen Elizabeth II.  Obviously famous in her day, the Aquitania is not well remembered, unlike the other 10 ships we list here whose fame has stood the test of time.  What other ships do you think belong here?  (Real ships only please, fictional…

A Brief History On May 28, 1934, outside the village of Corbeil, Ontario, the first human quintuplets known to have survived past infancy were born.  The Dionne Quints, as they were called, became an international sensation. Digging Deeper In today’s world of fertility drugs, doctors and clinics specifically created to enhance fertility, we are no longer impressed with multiple births.  (Okay, we were impressed by “Octomom,” but in more of a horrified way.)  Triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets induced by fertility treatments and by the artificial implanting of fertilized human egg cells has made the multiple birth phenomena a commonplace thing.…

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