Monthly Archives: May 2011

What Happened – May 24

“WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT” It was on this day in 1844 that Samuel Morse sent that message from Washington DC to Balitamore MD via telegraph. Prior to this, the fastest way to get a message delivered across long distances was horseback … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 23

It was on this day in 2005 that Tom Cruise got a little crazy on Oprah’s couch. The video speaks for itself. The first event that Wiki says happened on this day is “1430 – Siege of Compiègne: Joan of Arc is captured by … Continue reading

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Shatner and a penguin

A very young Capt. Kirk and an over-sized penguin team up to sell us frozen foods…      

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What Happened – May 22

It was on this day in 1992 that Johnny Carson hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show. He had first started in 1962 and had done over 4,500 of them by the time he stepped down. The guests that sat down … Continue reading

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Cisco Conversation

Better drink some whiskey and/or wine, eat some salted peanuts, and get ready to party…’cause it is Saturday nite! Just watch out for those outlaws…and for the enjoyment of everyone else, please don’t dance outside of your personal box. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMlrI6IkQv0 … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 21

It was on this day in 1881 that Clara Barton established the American Red Cross. While visiting Europe she had heard about the International Red Cross, and once back in the US she began work on establishing a chapter in the States. … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 20

It was on this day in 1916 that a Norman Rockwell painting first appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. As a teenager he had transferred from a regular high school to specialized art school and was the art … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 19

It was on this day in 1898 that the US Post Office authorized private companies to print and sell postcards. (Prior to this, companies could only make “souvenir cards.”) At first, postcards were not allowed to have a “divided back”…the … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 18

It was on this day in 1980 that Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington, erupted. The resulting damage was unprecedented for volcanic activity in the US. 250 homes were destroyed and over 55 people killed. Many miles of railways and highways were also wiped … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 17

It was on this day in 1902 that an ancient mechanical calculator/computer called the Antikythera mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck off of Greece. Estimated to have been built around 150 BC, the device was first thought to be a clock. But upon … Continue reading

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