Monthly Archives: October 2011

What Happened – October 23

It was on this day in 1902 that a 5-month strike by over 100,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania came to an end. The workers were asking for better working conditions and pay, but the owners refused to even recognize their union. With winter … Continue reading

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Well, well, steal

These two songs are great examples of how versatile and talented Ben Harper truly is…  

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What Happened – October 22

It was on this day in 1939 that NBC broadcast the first NFL game on TV. The Brooklyn Dodgers hosted the Philadelphia Eagles, with a crowd of  13,000 in attendance at Ebbet’s Field. The game was aired to approximately 500 television sets … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 21

It was on this day in 1797 that the USS Constitution was finally launched by the US Navy into Boston Harbor. (An earlier attempt, the month before, resulted in the ship being stuck before hitting water.) The 44-gun frigate was first used to … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 20

It was on this day in 1947 that the House Un-American Activities Committee started holding hearings in regards to Communist infiltration of the film industry. Ayn Rand, Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan were among the first witnesses, speaking about how the “Red Menace” … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 19

It was on this day in 1765 that representives from some of the American colonies drew up a Declaration of Rights and Grievances. They had been meeting for the past 12 days in order to discuss the Stamp Act that England … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7inbFKJOy_E It was on this day in 1967 that The Jungle Book was released in theaters. Inspired by Richard Kipling’s classic tale, it was the 19th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. It would be the last film personally supervised … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 17

It was on this day in 1931 that Al Capone was found guilty on five charges of income tax evasion. The Chicago gangster was involved in many different illegal enterprises, mostly bootlegging and gambling, but the government wasn’t able to get enough evidence to tie him … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 16

It was on this day in 1859 that John Brown led a group of 21 men into Harper’s Ferry, VA. The abolitionist was attempting to capture a federal arsenal in order to lead a slave uprising. His group (which included at least one fugitive slave) cut the telegraph … Continue reading

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Can you picture California

It is getting cold. It is getting chilly. And when the leaves change, I always think of this song… ..and hearing the lyrics about “stopping in a church” in that song make me think of this ditty… ….and that tune … Continue reading

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