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post Oct 11 2011, 10:26 AM
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1759 - Parson Mason Weems was born. He is remembered for his fictitious stories that he presented as fact. He was responsible for the story about George Washington cutting down his father's cherry tree.

1881 - David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras.

1958 - Pioneer 1, a lunar probe, was launched by the U.S. The probe did not reach its destination and fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.

1958 - The Elvis Presley album "King Creole" hit #2 in the U.S.

1968 - Apollo 7 was launched by the U.S. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard.

1984 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) made his debut in the National Hockey League (NHL) against the Boston Bruins. He scored a goal on his first shot on his first NHL shift.

1994 - The book "Good Rockin' Toight: Twenty years on the road and on the town with Elvis" by Joe Esposito was released.

1994 - Iraqi troops began moving away from the Kuwaiti border.

1994 - The Colorado Supreme Court declared that the anti-gay rights measure in the state was unconstitutional.


...oh, and Elvis got divorced


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post Oct 12 2011, 10:23 AM
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1492 - Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, sighted Watling Island in the Bahamas. He believed that he had found Asia while attempting to find a Western ocean route to India. The same day he claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain.

1810 - Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The royalty invited the public to attend the event which became an annual celebration that later became known as Oktoberfest. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

1915 - British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium during World War I.

1960 - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded a shoe on his desk during a dispute at a U.N. General Assembly (why is this history you ask?)

1984 - An attempt on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's life was unsuccessful, but did take the lives of five people. The bomb had been planted by the I.R.A.

1997 - The St. Francis Basilica and 15th-century bell tower above Foligno city hall in Italy were damaged by 3 earthquakes.

1999 - Rob Reiner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 - The book "Elvis Day by Day" by Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen was released.

2002 - In Bali, Indonesia, over 180 people were killed and over 300 were injured when a bomb was detonated in a nightclub district.


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post Oct 13 2011, 10:21 AM
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54 A.D. - The Roman emperor Claudius I died after being poisoned by his wife, Agrippina. (ouch, that had to hurt)

1812 - American forces were defeated at the Battle of Queenstown Heights. The British victory effectively ended an further U.S. invasion of Canada.

1951 - In Atlanta, GA, a football with a rubber covering was used for the first time. Georgia Tech beat Louisiana State 25-7.

1956 - The Elvis Presley single "Blue Moon" hit #55 in the U.S.

1963 - Elvis Presley and a film crew traveled to the Big Bear resort in San Bernadino Mountains for location shooting for "Kissin' Cousins." Shooting began the next day.

1981 - Egyptian voters elected Vice President Hosni Mubarak as the new president one week after Anwar Sadat was assassinated.

1992 - A commercial flight record was set by an Air France supersonic jetliner for circling the Earth in 33 hours and one minute.

1998 - The Elvis Presley album "Memories - The '68 Comeback Special" was released.

2010 - Near Copiapó, Chile, 33 miners were trapped underground in San José Mine. The miners were rescued after 69 days underground.


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post Oct 24 2011, 10:47 AM
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1537 - Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward. Prince Edward became King Edward VI.

1795 - The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

1901 - Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.

1960 - Arkansas State University inducted Elvis Presley into the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity as an honorary member.

1969 - Richard Burton bought his wife Elizabeth Taylor a 69-carat Cartier diamond ring for $1.5 million. Burton presented the ring to Taylor several days later.

1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

2003 - In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.


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post Oct 25 2011, 10:52 AM
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2137 B.C. - Chinese Royal astronomers, Ho and Hsi, were executed after not predicting a solar eclipse caused panic in the streets of China.

1415 - In Northern France, England won the Battle of Agincourt over France during the Hundred Years' War. Almost 6000 Frenchmen were killed while fewer than 400 were lost by the English.

1918 - The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia hit the reef off the coast of Alaska. Nearly 400 people died. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/oops.gif)

1920 - King Alexander of Greece died from blood poisoning that resulted from a bite from his pet monkey. (bad monkey, very bad)

1960 - The Accutron watch by the Bulova Watch Company was introduced.

1960 - Elvis Presley began his only visit to Scotland.

1977 - The album "Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Vol. 2" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1990 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Known Only to Him: Elvis Gospel 1957-1971" was released.

1990 - The Elvis Presley album "How Great Thou Art" was released on CD.

1994 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Amazing Grace - His Greatest Sacred Performances" was released.

2001 - It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.


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post Oct 28 2011, 10:50 AM
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1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World."

1922 - Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government and introduced fascism to Italy.

1940 - During World War II, Italy invaded Greece.

1956 - Elvis Presley's song "Love Me Tender" became the #1 Billboard Pop Hit. He became the first artist to follow himself into the #1 position. The song "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" had been the #1 song for 11 weeks.

1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the second time. He performed "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog" and "Love Me." Sullivan presented Presley with a gold disc for "Love Me Tender."

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "It's Now Or Never" was released in Britain.

1968 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It)."

1972 - Elvis Presley's single "Burning Love" hit #2 in the U.S.

1984 - The New York City Marathon was marred by its first fatality when a French runner who collapsed and died.

1988 - Roussel Uclaf, a French manufacturer that produces the abortion pill RU486, announced it would resume distribution of the drug after the government of France demanded it do so.

1998 - An Air China jet was hijacked and flown to Taiwan by pilot Yuan Bin. He was upset with his pay and working conditions. The plane arrived safely and Yuan Bin was taken into custody.

2005 - A new Tennessee license plate featuring Elvis was unveiled.



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post Oct 31 2011, 10:45 AM
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1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.

1926 - Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. His appendix had been damaged twelve days earlier when he had been punched in the stomach by a student unexpectedly. During a lecture Houdini had commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows.

1940 - The British air victory in the Battle of Britain prevented Germany from invading Britain.

1941 - The U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine near Iceland. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II. More than 100 men were killed.

1960 - Elvis Presley ended his first lengthy gospel music session. He had began the session the day before. Much of the work appeared on the 1961 album "His Hand In Mine."

1962 - The Elvis Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" had its world premiere in Honolulu, HI.

1993 - The play "Wonderful Tennessee" closed after only 9 performances.

1998 - Iraq announced that it was halting all dealings with U.N. arms inspectors. The inspectors were investigating the country's weapons of mass destruction stemming from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

1999 - EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the coast of Nantucket, MA, killing all 217 people aboard.


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post Nov 8 2011, 11:16 AM
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1887 - Doc Holliday died at the age of 35. The gun fighting dentist died from tuberculosis in a sanitarium in Glenwood Springs, CO.

1895 - Wilhelm Roentgen while experimenting with electricity discovered the scientific principle involved and took the first X-ray pictures.

1910 - William H. Frost patented the insect exterminator.

1948 - Elvis Presley was enrolled in the eighth grade at Humes High School in Memphis, TN.

1957 - The Elvis Presley film "Jailhouse Rock" was released in the U.S.

1958 - The Elvis Presley albums "King Creole" and "Elvis' Golden Records" hit #3 and #4 in the U.K.

1962 - Elvis Presley's father and Memphis Mayor Loeb visted Elvis on the set of "It Happened at the World's Fair". At the meeting the mayor accepted Elvis's annual donation of $50,000 to Memphis charities

1980 - Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California announced that they had discovered a 15th moon orbiting the planet Saturn.

1986 - Vyacheslav M. Molotov died at age 96. During World War II, Molotov ordered the mass production of bottles filled with flammable liquid later called the "Molotov cocktail."

1987 - A bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army exploded in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, at a ceremony honoring Britain's war dead. Eleven people were killed.

1993 - Five Picasso paintings and other artwork were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden. The works were valued at $52 million.



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post Nov 28 2011, 11:22 AM
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1934 - The U.S. bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson was killed by FBI agents near Barrington, IL.

1956 - In Memphis, TN, Elvis Presley went to a matinee showing of "Love Me Tender."

1957 - Elvis Presley went to see Pat Boone's new movie "April Love."

1964 - Elvis Presley's song "Ask Me" hit #12 in the U.S.

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" hit #11 in the U.S.

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "I've Lost You" hit #9 in the U.K.

1978 - The Iranian government banned religious marches.

1979 - An Air New Zealand DC-10 flying to the South Pole crashed in Antarctica killing all 257 people aboard.

1987 - A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean. All 159 people aboard were killed.

1990 - Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain.

1994 - Norwegian voters rejected European Union membership.


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on this day I chose to believe that the rest of the world did nothing more important than buying a bus (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

1958 - Elvis Presley's single "I Got Stung" hit #8 in the U.S.

1965 - Elivs Presley bought a Greyhound bus that he planned to refurbish and use to drive to and from California.


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post Dec 1 2011, 12:02 PM
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1835 - Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

1919 - Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.

1952 - In Denmark, it was announced that the first successful sex-change operation had been performed.

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Any Way You Want Me" hit #27 in the U.S.

1977 - The album "Elvis Country" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1990 - British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel finally met under the English Channel.

1991 - Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.

1997 - Michael Carneal, 14 years old, fired upon a morning prayer group at Heath High School in West Paducah, KY. Three students were killed and five were wounded. Carneal pled guilty but insane and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years.


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