A Brief History On June 22, 1990, Checkpoint Charlie, the best known crossing point between Soviet-occupied East Germany to Western-occupied West Germany was torn down, a sign that the Cold War that had threatened the world with nuclear annihilation since 1947 was drawing to an end.  Here we list 10 prominent symbols or icons that are closely associated with this time period.  (Honorable mention to the AK-47 and the M-16 assault rifles.) Digging Deeper 10. MiG-15 and F-86.  These are the best of the early jets from both sides that faced off during the Korean War; the fierce debate over which was the…

A Brief History Legendary fighters Ken Shamrock (age 51) and Kimbo Slice (age 41) will battle inside the Bellator Cage on Friday, June 19, 2015 in a historic match-up! Digging Deeper In one corner, we have Ken Shamrock, who, despite his age,  looks like an action figure.  A member of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame, Shamrock was the first ever UFC Superfight Champion.  He also had the longest fight in UFC history at 36 minutes.  In professional wrestling, he became the World Wrestling Federation’s Intercontinental Champion.  Of course most of his accomplishments are from the 1990s and…

A Brief History On June 18, 1900, the Dowager Empress Cixi of China proclaimed war against the colonizing powers in China, including diplomats and their families. Digging Deeper This order was made during the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), a popular uprising of Chinese against foreign Imperialists who had been imposing their will upon China. For 55 days, foreigners and Christian Chinese were held under siege at a legation/embassy in Peking, now modern-day Beijing. 55 Days at Peking (1963), starring Charlton Heston, David Niven and Ava Gardner is loosely based on this event; it flopped at the box office, however, earning only $10…

A Brief History On June 15, 1991, Mt. Pinatubo on the Philippine island of Luzon erupted with a massive blow.  This eruption would be the second biggest land-based eruption of the 20th century after a 1912 eruption in Alaska. Digging Deeper The massive eruption cost at least 847 people their lives and would reduce the size of the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere and affect global temperature for the next 2 years as evidenced by a 1 degree Fahrenheit drop. Although unassuming and covered in trees, Pinatubo was a sleeping monster, its last eruption having been in 1500 A.D. …

A Brief History On June 14, 2002, an asteroid named 2002 MN passed within 25,000 miles of the Earth.  If that does not sound close to you, it is only a third as far away as the Moon.  (M-O-O-N, moon.)  Good old 2002 MN is what is called a “near earth asteroid,” a heavenly body that comes at least within 1.3 Astronomical Units (AU) of the Earth.  An AU is defined as the distance from the Earth to the Sun. Digging Deeper Asteroids are basically mini-planets, chunks of rock that orbit the Sun in our solar system.  Some are large…

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