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Daily Video for June 26 – Berlin Airlift Begins

TODAY IN HISTORY…

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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Daily Video for June 1 – Eichmann Executed

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The Execution of Adolf Eichmann

On June 1, 1962, the so called “Architect of the Final Solution (Holocaust)”, Adolf Eichmann was executed in Israel for his crimes against humanity and genocide for his role in the Holocaust — the only person to ever receive that sentence in Israel.

With World War II ending in 1945, why did it take until 1962 to bring him to justice?  It’s a story of escape and changed identities and a group of secret agents who tracked him down, kidnapped him, and took him to trial.

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (5/18/20) – The Aftermath of Normandy, 1947

Photo — “Aftermath of Normandy 1947”

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1947. A woman on Omaha Beach looks out at ruined ships used in the D-Day storming of Normandy, France. Photograph by David Seymour.

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On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 13, 2020!

MAY 13, 2020

Today is:

Cough Drop Day

International Hummus Day

National Fruit Cocktail Day

 National Apple Pie Day

  National Receptionists’ Day

  National Third Shift Worker Day

  Tulip Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JOE LOUIS (1914-1981) — American heavyweight boxing world champion (1937-1949).  Most famous for his matches against German boxer Max Schmeling.
BEA ARTHUR (1922-2009) — American actress, comedian, and activist (Maude, Golden Girls)
STEVIE WONDER  (1950) — American singer-songwriter and record producer.
STEPHEN COLBERT (1961) — American comedian, actor, late night talk show host, and political pundit.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1880 – Thomas Edison performs his first tests on an electric railway, the precursor of modern subways and trolleys, in Menlo Park, NJ.
1940 – German forces cross the Meuse River, beginning the Nazi conquest of France.
1989 – Groups of students occupy Tienanmen Square in Beijing, China and begin hunger strikes to protest against the oppressive government.  There will eventually be more than 1 million protesters gathered there.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 11, 2020!

MAY 11, 2020

Today is:

Eat What You Want Day

Hostess Cupcake Day

National Twilight Zone Day

National Women’s Check-Up Day

World Ego Awareness Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HARRIET QUIMBY (1875-1912) — American pilot and screenwriter.  First woman to be awarded a pilot’s license in the US and first woman to fly over the English Channel.
SALVADOR DALI (1904-1989) — Spanish artist known for his surrealist style paintings.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1846 – President James K. Polk asks Congress for a declaration of war, starting the Mexican-American War.
1858 Minnesota is admitted to the Union as the 32nd state in the United States.
1960 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, is captured by Mossad (the Israeli secret police) in Argentina after 15 years on the run.
1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing super computer, defeats Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, becoming the first computer to best a human.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 8, 2020!

MAY 8, 2020

Today is:

Fintastic Friday

National Public Gardens Day

Give Someone a Cupcake Day

 National Coconut Cream Pie Day

  National Have a Coke Day

  No Socks Day

  World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HARRY S TRUMAN (1884-1972) — 33rd President of the United States
DON RICKLES (1926-2017) — American stand up comedian & actor, famous for his “insult comedy”.  Most recently known as the voice of Mr. Potatohead in Toy Story.
PETER BENCHLEY  (1940-2006) — American author, screenwriter, and ocean activist.  Best known for writing Jaws.
BILL de BLASIO (1961) — American politician.  Current mayor of New York City.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

 

1877 – The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens at Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City.
1886 – A new carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” is first sold as a patent medicine by pharmacist John Pemberton in Atlanta, Ga.
1945 V-E Day: “Victory in Europe” Day as German forces formally agree to the unconditional surrender the day before, ending WWII in Europe.
1980 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the eradication of smallpox.
Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – “Packed In”, 1943

Photo — “Packed In, 1943”

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April 1943. “Baltimore, Maryland. Students and workers returning home on a trolley at 5 p.m.” Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.

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Photo Prompt – Tube Inspector, 1942

Photo — “Tube Inspector”

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July 1942. “Ford bomber plant at Willow Run, Michigan. Inspection of more than a thousand separate tubing pieces composing the fuel, hydraulic, de-icing and other systems in a bomber is a highly important job. This young employee at the giant Willow Run plant uses her tiny flashlight to discover any internal defects in the tubing.” Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information.

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