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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2013, 09:59:58 PM »
2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the start of the British Television series 'Doctor Who' that began on the 23rd of November 1963, incidentally it is also the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which happened the day before Doctor Who was first shown.

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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2013, 03:33:04 AM »
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JFK regenerated into the First Doctor...

Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2013, 05:18:16 AM »
JFK regenerated into the First Doctor...

Nonsense, JFK shot himself from the grassy knoll!  ;)
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #33 on: February 05, 2013, 01:20:15 AM »
Which was actually in a "Red Dwarf" episode, as I recall....
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #34 on: February 05, 2013, 06:52:21 AM »
Which was actually in a "Red Dwarf" episode, as I recall....

That would be what I was referring to, yes.  But of course, the Doctor also exists in the Red Dwarf universe...   ;)
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2013, 09:06:44 PM »
It is also the 150th anniversary this year of both the London Underground and the Football Association of England. They had a match against Brazil at Wembley as part of the celebrations, I went to it and had a great time. (England won 2-1)

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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2013, 04:20:31 AM »
Today in history:

1990: Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island, after 27 years behind bars. He eventually went on to be a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (with his former captor F. W. DeKlerk) and become the first black president of the Republic of South Africa.
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #37 on: March 13, 2013, 03:01:48 AM »
Today in history:

1993: Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female Attorney General of the United States. Leaving office in 2001, she had the second-longest tenure as AG, after William Wirt (who was the 9th Attorney General, from 1817 to 1829).
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #38 on: April 10, 2013, 08:41:21 AM »
Today in history:

1970: Paul McCartney formally resigns from The Beatles. The last "official" single released as a band was "Let It Be".
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« Reply #39 on: April 10, 2013, 06:08:36 PM »
I did not see much of the show to be honest. I did not like it's anti-military slant mocking military service. It's one thing to be anti-war but to mock those who have sworn to protect the Constitution and the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, is something else. My $0.02.

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"M*A*S*H" (both the movie and the subsequent television series) did not really mock those sworn to protect the Constitution and the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  It actually celebrated them.  It was a comedy/drama about the futility of war and of the stupidity of governments.  The show gave real life to those who fought both on the front line and those who patched them up.  It made fun of many things, but I don't recall it ever making fun of those who served, just perhaps, those who were a little too full of themselves.  The second commander of the unit, Colonel Potter, was a real staunch military man.  The show definitely celebrated him as a human being and his values.  What it poked fun of was bureaucracy, red-tape, those who were full of themselves, and government policy that overlooked people, among many other things.  It tried to show the horrors of war, not to put military people in a bad light.  My double coppers from watching the show for years.
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #40 on: April 11, 2013, 12:09:30 AM »
A few more.

Fifty years ago - 1963:
The Mississippi State men's basketball team had won its fourth invite to the NCAA Tournament. The previous three times, they had declined. Even though it twice meant that their spot went to their hated rivals, Kentucky. The thing was, there was this unwritten rule that Mississippi athletic teams would not participate in competitions involving black players. But this year, the pressure to accept the invite was on the rise.

Then it looked like they might wind up facing Loyola in an early round. The Loyola Ramblers were the highest scoring team in the country, averaging almost 93 points per game. And this before shot clocks and three-pointers.

Loyola also happened to have four blacks on its starting five...

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/51437052/ns/sports-college_basketball/

Seventy-five years ago: 1938
They'd refined it over the years in vaudeville, but on Kate Smith's radio show this year, Abbott and Costello first performed "Who's on First?" for a national audience.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9148377/abbott-costello-first-routine-celebrates-75-years-baseball-comedy
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Bless our connection with future generations."

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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2013, 09:14:08 AM »
2003 (May 1):

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Mission Accomplished Day, or as it might better be known, Mission (Not) Accomplished Day. Sadly, it comes amid another upheaval in sectarian violence in Iraq—two days ago The New York Times warned of a new “civil war” there—and a week after the attempts at Bush revisionism upon the opening of his library. We’re also seeing aspects of the run-up to the Iraq invasion playing out in the fresh, perhaps overheated, claims of chemical weapons in Syria.

In my favorite antiwar song of this war, “Shock and Awe,” Neil Young moaned: “Back in the days of Mission Accomplished/ our chief was landing on the deck/ The sun was setting/ behind a golden photo op.” But as Neil added elsewhere in the tune: “History is a cruel judge of overconfidence.”

Nowhere can we see this more clearly than in the media coverage of the event.

On May 1, 2003, Richard Perle advised, in a USA Today op-ed, “Relax, Celebrate Victory.” The same day, President Bush, dressed in a flight suit, landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared an end to major military operations in Iraq—with the now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” banner arrayed behind him.

Chris Matthews on MSNBC called Bush a “hero” and boomed, “He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics.” He added: “Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.”

PBS’ Gwen Ifill said Bush was “part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan.” On NBC, Brian Williams gushed, “The pictures were beautiful. It was quite something to see the first-ever American president on a—on a carrier landing.”

Bob Schieffer on CBS said: “As far as I’m concerned, that was one of the great pictures of all time.” His guest, Joe Klein, responded: “Well, that was probably the coolest presidential image since Bill Pullman played the jet fighter pilot in the movie Independence Day. That was the first thing that came to mind for me.”

Everyone agreed the Democrats and antiwar critics were now on the run. The New York Times observed, “The Bush administration is planning to withdraw most United States combat forces from Iraq over the next several months and wants to shrink the American military presence to less than two divisions by the fall, senior allied officials said today.”

Maureen Dowd in her column did offer a bit of over-the-top mockery, declaring: “Out bounded the cocky, rule-breaking, daredevil flyboy, a man navigating the Highway to the Danger Zone, out along the edges where he was born to be, the further on the edge, the hotter the intensity.

“He flashed that famous all-American grin as he swaggered around the deck of the aircraft carrier in his olive flight suit, ejection harness between his legs, helmet tucked under his arm, awestruck crew crowding around. Maverick was back, cooler and hotter than ever, throttling to the max with joystick politics. Compared to Karl Rove’s ”revvin’ up your engine” myth-making cinematic style, Jerry Bruckheimer’s movies look like Lizzie McGuire.

“This time Maverick didn’t just nail a few bogeys and do a 4G inverted dive with a MiG-28 at a range of two meters. This time the Top Gun wasted a couple of nasty regimes, and promised this was just the beginning.”

When Bush’s jet landed on the aircraft carrier, American casualties stood at 139 killed and 542 wounded. That was over 4,300 American, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi, fatalities ago.

Greg Mitchell’s So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits and the President Failed on Iraq has just published in a new e-book edition.
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #42 on: May 02, 2013, 10:14:14 AM »
May 2, 1903: Benjamin Spock is born.
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #43 on: May 05, 2013, 12:53:44 AM »
May 4 is an interesting dual anniversary:

May 4, 1919: The beginning of what came to be known as the May 4 Movement in China; initially the result of Western governments reneging on promises made to the Chinese Labor Auxilliary of the British Army in France during World War One, these were peaceful demonstrations for both external and internal cultural changes, including simplification of the written Chinese language.

May 4, 1970: Protests against Richard Nixon's order for American troops to invade Cambodia without any legal basis, resulting in police and military killings: Two dead in Mississippi; four dead in Ohio.
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Re: 2013: The Anniversaries
« Reply #44 on: May 06, 2013, 08:01:44 AM »
1981: On May 5, Irish revolutionary Bobby Sands died after 66 days on hunger strike. Sands led a hunger strike by Irish Republican prisoners to demand their recognition as prisoners of war and political prisoners with rights to education, free association, their own clothes, visits and mail, etc. In Ireland and around the world in 1982, large mass protests showed millions supporting the Irish struggle. In all ten hunger striking Irish Republicans, members of the IRA and INLA, died struggling to free Ireland of British rule and to establish a united 32-county Irish socialist republic. Palestinian hunger strikers honor his memory today and in Iran, the British Embassy sits on Bobby Sands Avenue.

To honor and commemorate the life and struggle of Bobby Sands today, take action to support hunger striking prisoners. Palestinian political prisoners are currently on hunger strikes against indefinite detention without charge or trial by Israel. Prisoners at Guantanamo, many of whom have been cleared for release, are hunger striking against their indefinite imprisonment. U.S. military medics are force feeding Guantanamo hunger strikers, a practice that is denounced by the American Medical Association and consider to be a form of torture by world health authorities.
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