Browsing: September 12

A Brief History On September 12, 1907, Georgian Poet and politician Prince Ilia Chavchavadze died, the victim of murder by 6 thugs, believed to be Bolsheviks from the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.  Georgia at that time was part of Russia, and Prince Ilia was a pro-Georgian nationalist that was critical of the Social Democrats.  To this day, Prince Ilia remains perhaps the most revered man in Georgia. Digging Deeper Prince Ilia had been a member of the Russian Duma, their form of legislature under the Czar.  Prior to membership in the Duma, Prince Ilia was born in 1838 and…

A Brief History On September 12, 1952 stunned citizens of Flatwoods, West Virginia in Braxton County met up with a monster that may have been a close encounter with an alien life form.  The incident started with a bright object in the night sky seen by boys to crash or land in a neighboring farm.  The boys ran home to collect adults, and accompanied by one of their mothers and a National Guardsman, along with more local kids, investigated the site. Digging Deeper A tall creature, about 7 feet tall, described as black or dark with a glowing face appeared…

A Brief History On September 12, 1857, the SS Central America sank in a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina, taking with her most of her passengers and crew and 30,000 pounds of gold from California.  For over 130 years, the Atlantic Ocean protected this treasure, that was until 1988, and a massive jackpot of about $150 million in gold has been recovered so far.  Are you hoping to discover treasure that will put you in the top tax bracket?  Every so often throughout history, a lucky few were blessed with that Midas touch.  Here 10 such spectacular finds are listed.  Which of them do you…

A Brief History On September 12, 1942, one of the saddest and most regrettable incidents of World War II took place following the sinking of the British ocean liner the RMS Laconia by torpedoes from a German U-boat. Digging Deeper The Laconia was the second British liner to bear that name, the first, in an ominous preview of history repeating itself, was sunk by a U-boat during World War I.  Fitted with 8 x 6 inch guns and 2 x 3 inch guns, the passenger liner was as heavily armed as a light cruiser and thus a legitimate target for U-boats.  On September 12, 1942, the…

A Brief History On September 12, 2014, Farsight Studios continued their goal of digitizing historic pinball machines by launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the digitization of one of the most popular machines of all time: The Addams Family. Digging Deeper Just over a year ago, I wrote a well-received article for TopTenz that provides some background information on the history of pinball. At that time, Farsight Studios had launched an ultimately successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the digitization of the Terminator 2: Judgment Day pinball game. That success has helped inspire them to go forward with their next major effort to…