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The Anniversaries: 2012-2018
« on: January 01, 2012, 06:06:19 AM »
20 years ago - 1992
The US and UN intervene in Somalia with OPERATION RESTORE HOPE to end famine and civil war
The North American Free Trade Agreement between U.S.A. , Canada and Mexico is signed
Windows 3.1 released by Microsoft
The first Nicotine patch is introduced to help stop smoking

25 years ago - 1987
The Fox TV network is launched. The Simpsons first appear as shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show.
Clive Sinclair introduces the Cambridge Z88 Portable Computer.
Prozac is approved for use.
Iran-Contra hearings make a dubious "hero" out of Oliver North.

30 years ago - 1982
Argentina and Great Britain fight over the Falklands Islands.
USA Today is launched.
EPCOT opens
The Weather Channel first airs.

35 years ago - 1977
A midsummer storm causes a massive blackout in New York City.
Apple II computer goes on sale.
The Trans Alaska oil pipeline is completed, along with the World Trade Center.
The first MRI Scanner is tested in Brooklyn
"Star Wars" hits the movie theaters. No one pays much attention to the "Episode IV" bit.
The TV Mini Series "Roots" is aired on ABC winning top audience figures, 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe.

40 years ago - 1972
11 Israel Athletes are murdered by terrorists at the Munich Olympics
Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee.
16 survivors from a plane crash in the Andes survive after having to resort to cannibalism
Bobby Fischer beats Boris Spassky to become the World Chess Champion in Reykjavik, Iceland

50 years ago - 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The First Wal-Mart discount store is opened; so is the first K-Mart.
Albert Sabin creates an oral polio vaccine.

60 years ago - 1952
An intense London smog kills 4,000
The "Today" show debuts on NBC
Kentucky Fried Chicken opens for business.
MAD Magazine debuts
The first "Walk / Donít Walk" sign is installed in New York City
The first roll-on deodorant (Ban) appears on store shelves.
The first Holiday Inn opens
Mr. Potato Head is "born"

70 years ago - 1942
Voice of America begins broadcasting.
Johnson & Johnson's Permacel division develops a heavy-duty tape for the military. Initially called "duck tape" by the troops because water rolled off it, it soon became known as "duct tape" for its use in sealing duct work.

75 years ago - 1937
Kiichiro Toyoda founds the Toyota Motor Company in Japan
Disney releases Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Death on the Nile, The Hobbit, and Of Mice and Men are published.

100 years ago - 1912
New Mexico is admitted as the 47th U.S. state
The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts in the US) are founded in the US.
Fenway Park opens.
Carl Laemmle incorporated Universal Pictures
The first Mack Sennett "Keystone Comedy" is released
Columbia University Graduate School of JournalismPiltdown Man is "discovered"
BoNoMo Turkish Taffy is introduced at Coney Island.

125 years ago - 1887
"Punxsutawney Phil" sees his shadow; the press soon invades the town for every Groundhog Day.
Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator.
L. L. Zamenhof publishes "Dr. Esperanto's International Language".

150 years ago - 1862
The Bacardi family chases the bats out of their warehouse in Santiago de Cuba and begins distilling rum.
Mathematician and pervert Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.

200 years ago - 1812
Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry scribbles on a map to make voting districts more to his liking.
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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2012, 07:50:59 AM »
Interesting. I would have put in 1862 the Battle of Antietam in Maryland as the single bloodiest day in American history.

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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012, 10:03:29 AM »
An interesting if odd selection.  If I'm not mistaken, 1912 saw the admission not only of New Mexico but Arizona as well, meaning that America became at last a solidly contiguous block from sea to shining sea.  The 48-star flag saw us through the Roaring Twenties, Hollywood's greatest year 1939, World War II, and most of the Fifties.

It's at moments like these that I think I can begin to appreciate the arch-conservative attitude, which seems to be "The world is a time machine and I want to get off!" :P

V to Dee below: eh, James Cameron will be reminding us enough himself with his 3D reissue. :P

V to MD below: good one!  Bicentennial recollections will really become spectacular come 2014.
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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2012, 06:16:34 PM »
200 years ago - 1812
Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry scribbles on a map to make voting districts more to his liking.

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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2012, 10:47:02 PM »
you forgot the sinking Titanic which happened 100 years ago in April ;).
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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2012, 09:28:08 AM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_1812

Americans don't talk about that, MDF, 'cuz we got our butts kicked. The only battle we won was fought two weeks after we surrendered.
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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2012, 06:21:06 PM »
Americans don't talk about that, MDF, 'cuz we got our butts kicked. The only battle we won was fought two weeks after we surrendered.

Obviously you forgot our victory in Baltimore ( which inspired " The Star spangled banner " ) and it's true we did not do well but we kept our independence which was an incredible outcome considering the disparity in size and economy between the USA and Imperial Britain of the time. The treaty of Ghuent was not a surrender but simply a instrument to return to what it was before. A surrender would have involved the loss of land at minimum if practise of the time would have been followed. The war is hardly discussed or remembered in Britain because they were contending with their perennial enemy France, in the guise of Napoleon, so we were at most a silly distraction to them. The war was probably most important to present day Canada because they repulsed the constant invasions from the USA which were attempted and began planting the seed of eventual Canadian independence. So an event of absolutely little or no significance to the european empires is actually quite momentous to north american history.

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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012, 12:22:17 AM »
I left out the Civil War and the War of 1812 as being too obvious to note; and the Titanic as being overrated and overdone.
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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2012, 01:02:53 AM »
1912 - the first Calgary Stampede is held

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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2012, 02:52:37 AM »
1912 - the first Calgary Stampede is held

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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2012, 05:03:39 AM »
1965: the NY Jets sign up Joe Namath
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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2012, 06:26:38 AM »
1965: the NY Jets sign up Joe Namath


I remember my dad saying how could any football player get so much money ( $ 400,000 a year !  :o ). It  was unconsionable. Outrageous ! And unlike Unitas or Starr, he hasn't even won a freaking championship ! What are they thinking ! Of course, punters get at least that much now.  ::) Zook, don't wish to be a party pooper, but the way I see this thread developing, the year must fall on the even years as related to 2012. In other words, 10, 20 30, and so on and so forth years. Since 1965 is 47 years from 2012, it doesn't count. Of course, rtpoe may decide it doesn't really matter anyways. Now, in 1962, the Green Bay Packers win the first of 5 NFL championships during the 1960s.

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Re: 2012: Anniversaries and Milestones
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2012, 04:58:10 AM »
Speaking of football, 2012 is the 30th anniversary of The Play....
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2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2013, 01:27:58 AM »
Thirty Years Ago (1983):

Korean War ends. An estimated 125 million watch as Capt. B.F. Pierce is the last American officer to leave.

US invades Grenada to make that Caribbean island safe for American students who can't get in to medical schools in their home country.

Forty Years Ago (1973):

In the landmark Riggs vs King decision, the court rules that women shoud be granted equal access to sporting facilities.

George Steinbrenner buys the New York Yankees, and immediately signs Steve Austin to a six million dollar contract.

Mariner 10, Pioneer 11, and Skylab do not go looking for Pink Floyd on the Dark Side of the Moon

Fifty Years Ago (1963):

State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, MA,  introcudes the Smiley Face. Mutual of Omaha, NE, introduces Marlon Perkins.

"The Outer Limits" premieres. Many American viewers smack their TVs trying to adjust the picture.

Sixty Years Ago (1953):

Tenzig Norgay marks the trail so Edmund Hilary can be the first person to reach the top of Mt. Everest.

James Bond appears in the pages of "Casino Royale", Marilyn Monroe appears in the pages of "Playboy"

Seventy-Five Years Ago (1938):

Superman appears in Action Comics #1.

Chester F. Carlson produces the first xerographic print.

Teflon is developed by Roy J. Plunkett at Du Pont.

George and Ladislav Biro invent the ballpoint pen.

Ugo Cerletti and Lucino Bini introduce electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the treatment of mental illness.

One Hundred Years Ago (1913):

First prize is found in a "Cracker" Jack box

Income tax amendment (16th) ratified

Gideon Sundback of Sweden patents the zipper

Peace in our time! The Treaty of Bucharest ends the Second Balkan War, bringing a lasting peace to that troubled area.

One Hundred Twenty Five Years Ago (1888):

Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents the revolving door

William Seward Burroughs invents the first workable adding machine

National Geographic Society founded, dedicated to cluttering people's attics and basements with a magazine.
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"In harvest time, harvest folk, servants and all
Should make, all together, good cheer in the hall
Once ended the harvest, let none be beguiled
Please such as did help thee, man, woman and **09**."

Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry