A Brief History On May 25, 1935, Jesse Owens of Ohio State won four events at the Big Ten Conference Track Meet, setting three world records and tying a fourth.  What a performance!  Over the years some great athletes have attended Ohio State, and here we list the 10 greatest. Digging Deeper 10.  Tom Cousineau, Football. Tom was such a good linebacker that he became the first pick overall in the 1979 NFL Draft.  He had set the OSU season tackles record and the OSU record for tackles in a game, and is still ranked 2nd on the all time…

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A Brief History On May 25, 1977, the blockbuster movie, Star Wars, premiered.  Spawning 2 sequels and 3 prequels, Star Wars has had tremendous cultural impact, with Geek Pride Day celebrated on every May 25th (since 2006) as part of its legacy.  There is even a religious movement called Jedism. In the 100 plus years of motion pictures, some films have transcended mere entertainment and have influenced society as well as spawning successful sequels.  Here we list 10 of the movies we think are most influential, on American culture, not just on the film industry. Digging Deeper 10. Roots, 1977.…

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A Brief History On May 25, 1738, a treaty was finally signed, ending the war between Maryland and Pennsylvania known as The Conojocular War, or Cresap’s War. Digging Deeper The war had started in 1730 over boundary disputes, and escalated over the next few years to the point where military forces became involved in 1736 and 1737. The treaty, ordered by King George II, had ended the shooting war, but the boundary dispute lasted all the way until 1767 when the Mason-Dixon Line became recognized as the boundary. The colonial governments of Pennsylvania and Maryland became embroiled in the dispute…

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A Brief History On May 24, 1940, Igor Sikorsky, a Russian immigrant to the United States, performed the first successful single rotor helicopter flight without a tether.  His invention, the Vought Sikorsky VS-300 was quickly developed into the R-4 “Hoverfly” 2 seat helicopter, the first commercially produced successful such aircraft and the first helicopter used by the United States military. Digging Deeper Sikorsky designed several successful aircraft while an American, including the famous S-42 “Clipper” flying boat, the original Pan Am Clipper.  The aircraft company he founded in 1925, Sikorsky Aircraft Company, is still in business today, owned by Lockheed…

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A Brief History On May 24, 1940, Ukrainian born Igor Sikorsky flew the first successful single rotor helicopter in history, the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 (untethered flight).  Within 2 years, his Sikorsky R-4 became the first mass produced helicopter in the world. Digging Deeper Sikorsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1889 back in the days of the Russian Empire.  He was of Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian origin, and became a noted aviation pioneer while a Russian subject.  Some of his early Russian accomplishments included design and flying of the first multi-engine fixed wing aircraft, the Russky Vitas (1913) and the Ilya…

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