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    1957 : Toy company Wham-O produces first Frisbees


    On this day in 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs--now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.
    The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling "Frisbie!" as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the "Flying Saucer" that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the "Pluto Platter"--an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).
    In 1958, a year after the toy's first release, Wham-O--the company behind such top-sellers as the Hula-Hoop, the Super Ball and the Water Wiggle--changed its name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic pie company. A company designer, Ed Headrick, patented the design for the modern Frisbee in December 1967, adding a band of raised ridges on the disc's surface--called the Rings--to stabilize flight. By aggressively marketing Frisbee-playing as a new sport, Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.
    High school students in Maplewood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee, a cross between football, soccer and basketball, in 1967. In the 1970s, Headrick himself invented Frisbee Golf, in which discs are tossed into metal baskets; there are now hundreds of courses in the U.S., with millions of devotees. There is also Freestyle Frisbee, with choreographed routines set to music and multiple discs in play, and various Frisbee competitions for both humans and dogs--the best natural Frisbee players.
    Today, at least 60 manufacturers produce the flying discs--generally made out of plastic and measuring roughly 20-25 centimeters (8-10 inches) in diameter with a curved lip. The official Frisbee is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, who bought the toy from Wham-O in 1994.
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    1935 : First canned beer goes on sale


    Canned beer makes its debut on this day in 1935. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger's Finest Beer and Krueger's Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved of the canned beer, driving Krueger to give the green light to further production.
    By the late 19th century, cans were instrumental in the mass distribution of foodstuffs, but it wasn't until 1909 that the American Can Company made its first attempt to can beer. This was unsuccessful, and the American Can Company would have to wait for the end of Prohibition in the United States before it tried again. Finally in 1933, after two years of research, American Can developed a can that was pressurized and had a special coating to prevent the fizzy beer from chemically reacting with the tin.
    The concept of canned beer proved to be a hard sell, but Krueger's overcame its initial reservations and became the first brewer to sell canned beer in the United States. The response was overwhelming. Within three months, over 80 percent of distributors were handling Krueger's canned beer, and Krueger's was eating into the market share of the "big three" national brewers--Anheuser-Busch, Pabst and Schlitz. Competitors soon followed suit, and by the end of 1935, over 200 million cans had been produced and sold.
    The purchase of cans, unlike bottles, did not require the consumer to pay a deposit. Cans were also easier to stack, more durable and took less time to chill. As a result, their popularity continued to grow throughout the 1930s, and then exploded during World War II, when U.S. brewers shipped millions of cans of beer to soldiers overseas. After the war, national brewing companies began to take advantage of the mass distribution that cans made possible, and were able to consolidate their power over the once-dominant local breweries, which could not control costs and operations as efficiently as their national counterparts.
    Today, canned beer accounts for approximately half of the $20 billion U.S. beer industry. Not all of this comes from the big national brewers: Recently, there has been renewed interest in canning from microbrewers and high-end beer-sellers, who are realizing that cans guarantee purity and taste by preventing light damage and oxidation.
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    1847: About 5000 American troops commanded by General Zachary Taylor defeat some 15,000 Mexicans under General Antonio López de Santa Anna near Buena Vista, Mexico.

    1870: Mississippi is formally readmitted to the Union.
    Learn more about the history of Mississippi.

    1934: Casey Stengel, who had previously been the team's coach, becomes the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
    Learn more about Casey Stengel.

    1940: The Walt Disney animated motion picture Pinocchio, about a wooden puppet who longs to become human, is released.

    1945: U.S. Marines capture the highest point on the island of Iwo Jima and raise the American flag for the second time that day.
    Learn more about the Battle of Iwo Jima.

    1997: Scottish scientists announce what they have kept secret for seven months: that they have cloned adult sheep DNA and produced a healthy sheep who they have named Dolly.
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    hmm those are a few nice words Gina.
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    TODAY 27 th of February

    1594: Henry IV is crowned king of France in Chartres.
    Learn more about Henry IV.

    1922: The United States Supreme Court declares the Nineteenth Amendment constitutional, thereby guaranteeing women's voting rights.
    Learn more about woman suffrage.

    1933: The Reichstag, seat of the German parliament, is set on fire.

    1973: Sioux Native Americans seize and hold Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, demanding a United States Senate investigation of Native American problems.
    Learn more about Wounded Knee.

    1974: The first issue of People magazine, a weekly publication featuring entertainment and social-interest news, hits the newsstands.
    Learn more about periodicals.

    1990: The Exxon Corporation is indicted on five criminal charges relating to the 1989 Alaskan oil spill.
    Learn more about the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

    2003: A design by architect Daniel Libeskind is selected to be built on the former site of the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center.
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    July 27th

    On July 27, 1946, American avant-garde writer and art connoisseur Gertrude Stein died in France. Her longtime companion, Alice B. Toklas, was at her side. In their last conversation, Stein reportedly questioned Toklas about the meaning of life: "Alice, what is the answer?" When Toklas was unable to reply, Stein queried, "In that case, what was the question?"

    Very Interesting. Must have been a slow day for history making.
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    1896 - The community of Miami, was incorporated. The city had a population of 260. Today, the Miami area boasts a population of around 2,000,000.

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    Re: Today in History

    July 28
    1945
    The More I See You - Dick Haymes
    Dream - The Pied Pipers
    Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
    Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie
    1953Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
    April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
    I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
    It’s Been So Long - Webb Pierce
    1961Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
    The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton
    Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group
    Heartbreak U.S.A. - Kitty Wells
    1969In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
    Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells
    My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
    Johnny B. Goode - Buck Owens
    1977Looks like We Made It - Barry Manilow
    I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
    I’m in You - Peter Frampton
    It was Almost like a Song - Ronnie Milsap 1985Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
    Shout - Tears For Fears
    You Give Good Love - Whitney Houston
    Love Don’t Care (Whose Heart It Breaks) - Earl Thomas Conley


    Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...

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    Today marks the passing of another unsung hero from World War II. He answered his country's call, served with Patton's 3rd Army from Normandy to Bastogne to Germany.

    He came home, started a successful business, raised a beautiful family, contributed in positive ways to his community and to his church.

    He was a model citizen, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

    His passing won't make national headlines today. If you knew him, your life was the richer for it.

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    Thanks for that post LTF. There were a lot of those unsung heroes, my grandfather (drove a higgins boat over the first wave to Omaha Beach) and my great uncle (who was Pattons right hand man from mid-way thru the war till the end).

    They both amaze me with their bravery and courage....my uncle died several years ago and took with him the memory of hundreds of friends and brothers lost while under his command. So many of our WWII heroes are dying and taking history with them, try to get their stories before its too late.

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    On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Only 316 out of 1,196 men survived the sinking and shark-infested waters.

    The 315 survivors were picked up 100 hours and more later after an unparalleled battle with the sea in which the only armor for most of the men were kapok lifejackets and courage. At least 200 lost the battle and drowned, some insane from exhaustion and the effects of sea water, sun and thirst. The remainder went down with the ship.

    The ship's commander, Captain McVay, son of a retired admiral, was saved by one of the rescue vessels summoned to the scene when a Navy plane on routine anti-submarine patrol happened to sight some of the men in the water three and a half days after the ship had gone down. Captain McVay was one of the fortunate few in a life raft; the vessel sank so rapidly that only six rafts were released in time.
    The Indianapolis was traveling without escort. This had been her frequent practice, and the men aboard were in the habit of saying to each other, three-fourths in jest, that "some day she was going to get it."

    And "Get it she did," a haggard survivor, his skin blotched with the great running scabs of "immersion ulcers," remarked grimly today.

    This tragic event in American history was made even worse when our government blamed the bombing and sinking of the USS Indy on their Capt, Captain McVay. The Navy tried him and found him guilty. Captain McVay committed suicide some years later and unfortunately was dead long before the Navy cleared Captain McVay of any wrong-doing surrounding the sinking of the USS Indy. Captain McVay's men had fought for years to get him cleared and finally were able to do so in October of 2000.

    For more on Captain McVay go here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_B._McVay_III

    For more on the sinking of the USS Indy and info on it's surviving crew members go here http://www.ussindianapolis.org/mcvay.htm

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    Ok I just had to add something to my previous post regarding another aspect of the Navy's charges against Capt McVay.

    The US government in all its infinite wisdom decided that in order to prove their case against Capt McVay they'd bring in a star witness....who was the star witness?? None other than the commander of the Japanese submarine I-58, Mochitsura Hashimoto who was the man who gave the order to fire those 2 torpedos at the USS Indy.

    Mochitsura Hashimoto's testimony clearly stated that Capt McVay was not at fault and no matter what pattern Capt McVay had his vessel sail in, the I-58 would still have been able to strike the USS Indy. But regardless of this testimony the US Government still found McVay guilty.



    In 1999, when a Japanese journalist was interviewing the elderly Shinto priest about his life and about the sinking of the Indianapolis, she informed him that an effort was being made in the United States Congress to exonerate Captain McVay. Hashimoto told her he would like to help, an offer which was relayed by e-mail to young Hunter Scott in Pensacola, Florida, who suggested that Hashimoto write a letter to Senator John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and passed on Warner's address
    The text of that letter follows:


    "November 24, 1999


    Attn: The Honorable John W. Warner

    Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee
    Russell Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510



    "I hear that your legislature is considering resolutions which would clear the name of the late Charles Butler McVay III, captain of the USS Indianapolis which was sunk on July 30, 1945, by torpedoes fired from the submarine which was under my command.


    I do not understand why Captain McVay was court-martialed. I do not understand why he was convicted on the charge of hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag because I would have been able to launch a successful torpedo attack against his ship whether it had been zigzagging or not.

    "I have met may of your brave men who survived the sinking of the Indianapolis. I would like to join them in urging that your national legislature clear their captain's name.

    "Our peoples have forgiven each other for that terrible war and its consequences. Perhaps it is time your peoples forgave Captain McVay for the humiliation of his unjust conviction.


    Mochitsura Hashimoto




    former captain of I-58
    Japanese Navy at WWII
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    Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 615-0921, Japan"




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    July 31st, 1996: The Tigers trade first baseman Cecil Fielder to the Yankees for outfielder Ruben Sierra. It is the first swap in major league history in which two players with more than 220 home runs are traded for one another.

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    1813 - British invade Plattsburgh NY
    1912 - US govt prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship)+
    1922 - 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world's 1st water skis (Minn)
    1930 - Lou Gehrig grand slams as Yanks beat Red Sox 14-13
    1938 - NY Yanks suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio he'd "hit every colored person in Chicago over head with a club"
    1941 - U boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton
    1942 - U boats sank 96 allied ships this month: 476,000 ton
    1942 - German SS gases 1,000 Jews in Minsk, Belorussia
    1964 - US Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon
    1964 - Rolling Stone concert in Ireland halts after 12 minutes due to riot
    1973 - Delta Airlines DC-9 crashes in fog at Logan Airport, Boston, killing all but one of 89 aboard. Lone survivor dies 6 months later
    1978 - Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44
    1984 - US men's gymnastics team won team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics
    1991 - Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft

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