Tag Archives: 1956

What Happened – January 9

The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “475 – Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gains control of the empire” and the most recent is “2005 – Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation … Continue reading

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What Happened – December 4

It was on this day in 1971 that “some stupid with a flare gun burnt the place to the ground.” Frank Zappa and his band The Mothers of Invention were performing at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland when an audience … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 26

It was on this day in 1864 that Charles Dodgson gave a handwritten manuscript to Alice Liddell. Entitled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, it was based on a tale he had told the 10 year-old girl and her sisters during a fishing … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 13

It was on this day in 1982 that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated. Thousands of veterans marched to attend the dedication ceremony,  Located in Washington DC, the memorial (which was chosen out of over 1,400 submissions) is a simple design: two black stone … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 30

It was on this day in 1945 that Gen. MacArthur arrived in Toyko and started organizing his occupational headquarters.  One of his first acts as Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers was coordinating efforts to get food and water to starving civilians. He … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 22

It was on this day in 1864 that the First Geneva Convention, entitled Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field, was signed by Baden*, Belgium, Denmark, France, Hesse*, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Prussia*, Switzerland, Spain, and Württemberg*. (*modern-day Germany) Focusing … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 11

  “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”       It was on this day in 1984 that President Ronald Reagan … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 30

It was on this day in 1971 that Dave Scott and Jim Irwin landed on the moon. While this was the fourth time that the US had put a team on the moon, it was the first time that the Lunar … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 16

It was on this day in 1969 that a Saturn V rocket took off from Cape Canaveral. On board were three astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins. The mission was called Apollo 11 and the destination was the moon.  Five days later … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 29

It was on this day in 1956 that President Eisenhower signed a bill into law that created the United States Interstate Highway System. He had first envisioned a better highway system across America when, as an officer in the Army, he took … Continue reading

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