Tag Archives: WWII

What Happened – December 8

It was shortly after noon on this day in 1941 when Pres Franklin D Roosevelt went before Congress and asked for a declaration of war.  The President’s 10-minute speech, which started out by stating “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which … Continue reading

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What Happened – December 7

It was on this day in 1963 that first authorized* use of instant replay was used during a live sports television broadcast. The Army-Navy football game was being televised on CBS, and the director had built a machine (which weighed over … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 29

It was on this day in 1972 that Atari officially released Pong. A prototype of the game had been in a California tavern for the past two months, and the machine was so popular that it kept breaking due to an overflow of quarters. … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 1

It was on this day in 1859 that our Sun let loose with a massive solar flare. The eruption of energy took less than 18 hours to reach Earth, a journey that usually takes about 4 days. The effect was felt all … 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 25

  It was on this day in 1970 that Jimi Hendrix had a opening party at his new recording studio. Originally the guitarist and his manager had bought the place in Greenwich Village with the intentions of having a nightclub, but when his accountant … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 15

It was on this day in 1977 that Jerry Ehman noticed a radio signal that came from deep space. He was working as part of a project that was searching for extraterrestrial intelligence and was going over data from a radio telescope at … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 26

We-the President of the United States, the President of the National Government of the Republic of China, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, representing the hundreds of millions of our countrymen, have conferred and agree that Japan shall be … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 22

“Absolutely 100% Not Guilty” It was on this day in 1994 that O. J. Simpson entered that plea to the charge of murder during a preliminary hearing. A jury was seated in November and the trial started in January of ’95. Over … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 17

It was on this day in 1955 that Disneyland had a “soft open” to the press and invited guests, one day before their official opening. About 20 of the rides and attractions were ready, but a lot of other stuff…including the water … Continue reading

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