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Daily Video for June 26 – Berlin Airlift Begins

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Breaking the Berlin Blockade

On June 26, 1948 planes began flying over Soviet-controlled East Germany and dropping supplies into the city of West Berlin in what became known as the Berlin Airlift.

After the partition of Germany and its capital city after World War II, the allied controlled portion of Berlin was completely enveloped within Soviet controlled (and communist) East Germany.  The Soviets had blocked all access into the city by land and rail two days before in an effort to choke the Allied forces out, becoming one of the first conflicts in what would become the Cold War.  The blockade was lifted on May 12, 1949, but British and American planes continued to fly supplies into West Berlin until September 30 of that year.

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Infographic

The History of Space X – Infographic

Space X History

It’s been almost a month since Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the first Americans into space from US soil since the end of the shuttle program — the first private rocket to do so.  How did Space X get to this point?  Today’s infographic takes a look at the history of the company and it’s various missions before the historic May 30 launch. [VIA]

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (6/25/20) – Nature’s Chateau

Photo — “Abandoned Chateau, France”

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Nature reclaiming an abandoned chateau in the French countryside.

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Artwork

Daily Art (6/25/20) – The Moon-Woman Cuts the Circle, Jackson Pollock

Daily Artwork — “The Moon Woman Cuts the Circle, Jackson Pollock”

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1943 — The Moon-Woman Cuts the Circle.  Oil paint on canvas. Abstract Expressionism style. Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

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Daily Video for June 25 – Grand Reunion of 1913

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CIvil War Veterans 50th Anniversary Reunion

On June 25, 1913, Union and Confederate veterans begin arriving in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for what will become known as the Grand Reunion, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Held from June 29-July 4th, over 53,000 veterans of the Civil War were in attendance, most camping in “field conditions” as they had during the war 50 years earlier.

Marked by several events, including a visit from President Woodrow Wilson, and a re-enactment of Pickett’s Charge by original participants, this was the largest Civil War encampment since the end of hostilities, and the largest reunion of veterans ever.  25 years later, another reunion would be held on the same field, the last of its kind.

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Daily Photo (6/24/20) – Looking for Answers

Photo — “Looking for Answers”

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We’re always looking up trying to find answers, but here in one photo, is an interesting juxtaposition of two different ways we seek them from the heavens.

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Daily Video for June 24 – Mary Pickford Makes Millions

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The First Female Million DOllar Film Star

On June 24, 1916, Mary Pickford, arguably the first female film mega-star, signs a million dollar contract with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players (later Paramount Pictures), giving her full control over what films she can star in and earning her a salary of $10,000 a week (over $235,000 today).

Already one of the biggest stars of silent film, her fame will only grow as a result.  She will go on to become one of the first female film directors and producers, and in 1920 will invest in 1/4 of her own film studio, United Artists, along with stars Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and director D.W. Griffith.

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