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Clogs


Clogs

Clogs are shoes or sandals that are made entirely of wood or have wooden soles and leather uppers. They are associated with the Netherlands and Sweden, where they are considered part of the national dress. In England, clogs were traditionally made of alder and were commonly worn by all classes throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The Lancashire cotton mill workers habitually wore clogs to avoid slipping on the wet floors in the cotton mills. How are clogs used in some styles of dance? More… Discuss

The Winchester Mystery House


The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House is a famous California mansion that is reputed to be haunted. Sarah Winchester, the widow of a gun magnate, began building the Winchester Mystery House in 1884 after a medium advised her to construct a house to appease the ghosts of all those killed by Winchester rifles. Construction continued for 38 years, since Sarah Winchester believed that if she stopped working on the house, she would die. What significance does the number 13 have in the mansion? More… Discuss


 

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

Today in History
May 28

585 BC   A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside of Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
1805   Napoleon is crowned in Milan, Italy.
1830   Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
1863   The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
1859   The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
1871   The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
1900   Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
1940   Belgium surrenders to Germany.
1953   Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
1961   Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.
Born on May 28
1759   William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of England (1783-1801).
1738   Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotine, French inventor of the execution device which bears his name.
1779   Thomas Moore, Irish poet.
1807   Jean Agassiz, naturalist and educator.
1818   P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate general during the American Civil War.
1888   Jim Thorpe, American athlete.
1908   Ian Fleming, British novelist, created the character James Bond.
1910   T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist and singer.
1912   Patrick White, Australian writer (The Tree of Man, The Eye of the Storm).
1916   Walker Percy, writer (The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins).
1918   Herb Shriner, radio humorist.
1919   May Swenson, poet.
1932   Stephen Birmingham, novelist and biographer.
1936   Fred Chappell, poet and novelist.
1940   Maeve Binchy, Irish writer (Circle of Friends, The Copper Beach).

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.c1m9F6e2.dpuf

this day in the yesteryear: The First Academy Awards (1929)


The First Academy Awards (1929)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed in 1927 by Louis B. Mayer and others to raise the standards of film production, and its first Academy Awards were presented not long after. Hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. DeMille, the first Academy Awards ceremony recognized individuals who had made outstanding film achievements in 1927 and 1928. The gold-plated statuettes given to awardees are popularly known as “Oscars.” How did they get this nickname? More… Discuss

Today In History: What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

Today in History
January 7

1327   King Edward II of England is deposed.
1558   The French, under the Duke of Guise, finally take the port of Calais from the English.
1785   Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.
1807   Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte’s attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British blockade Continental Europe.
1865   Cheyenne and Sioux warriors attack Julesburg, Colo., in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre.
1901   New York stock exchange trading exceeds two million shares for the first time in history.
1902   Imperial Court of China returns to Peking. The Empress Dowager resumes her reign.
1918   The Germans move 75,000 troops from the Eastern Front to the Western Front.
1934   Six thousand pastors in Berlin defy the Nazis insisting that they will not be silenced.
1944   The U.S. Air Force announces the production of the first jet-fighter, Bell P-59 Airacomet.
1945   U.S. air ace Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. is killed in the Pacific.
1952   French forces in Indochina launch Operation Violette in an effort to push Viet Minh forces away from the town of Ba Vi.
1955   Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.
1975   Vietnamese troops take Phuoc Binh in new full-scale offensive.
1979   Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
1980   US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation providing $1.5 billion in loans to salvage Chrysler Corporation.
1985   Vietnam seizes the Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.
1985   Japan launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by any nation other than the US or the USSR.
1989   Prince Akihito sworn in as Emperor of Japan, following the death of his father, Hirohito.
1990   Safety concerns over structural problems force the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be closed to the public.
1993   The Bosnian Army carries out a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
1999   The impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton opens in the US Senate.
Born on January 7
1718   Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War hero.
1745   Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor who, with his brother, launched the first successful hot-air balloon.
1800   Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States.
1845   Louis III, last King of Bavaria.
1911   Butterfly McQueen (Thelma McQueen), actress best known for her role as Scarlett O’Hara’s maid Prissy in Gone with the Wind (1939); won Daytime Emmy portraying Aunt Thelma, a fairy godmother in “The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody,” an ABC Afterschool Special.
1912   Charles Addams, cartoonist, creator of the Addams Family.
1922   Jean-Pierre Rampal, flautist.
1930   Jack Greene, country singer, musician; won Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “There Goes My Everything” (1967).
1939   Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.
1948   Kenny Loggins, singer, songwriter; half of Loggins and Messina duo.
1957   Katie Couric, journalist, author; has hosted news and talk shows on all three major TV networks.

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.bInOmWCg.dpuf

today’s holiday: Ladouvane (2014)


Ladouvane (2014)

Ladouvane, or the Singing to Rings, is a Bulgarian fertility ritual. Traditionally, young girls drop their rings, together with oats and barley (symbols of fertility), into a cauldron of spring water. The rings are tied with a red thread to a bunch of ivy, crane’s bill, basil, or some other perennial plant. Ritual dances are performed around the cauldron, and the girls’ fortunes are told. In western Bulgaria, the Central Balkan Range, and along the Danube River, Ladouvane is observed on New Year‘s Eve. In the rest of the country, it is observed on Midsummer Day. More… Discuss

I’m watching the latest FRANCE 24 weather forecasthttp://f24.my/app


I’m watching the latest FRANCE 24 weather forecast
http://f24.my/app

Want to know why? Well, because like BBC, they are not so concerned with me  subscribing to their news agency, as they are to providing the news for my knowledge! unlike the LA times, the New York Times, the NBC, ABC, etc, which have taken over the public airwaves and deny access t the news, unless one subscribes (or they allow 5-10 stories /month!) I got an app, weather and newsstand from Google: the shame of any app: it takes for ever to download, but only because of being bloated with commercials, cookies etc.! Same stories, can be accessed and shared directly and very fast, from their news app!

Great Movie Themes 5: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Flying Theme) by John Williams: great compositions/performances


Great Movie Themes 5: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Flying Theme) by John Williams

Valentina Lisitsa. Chopin Nocturne Op 27 # 2 D Flat Major: great compositions/performances


Valentina Lisitsa. Chopin Nocturne Op 27 # 2 D Flat Major

just a thought: “the reality of a conspiracy is that it stays a theory!”


just a thought:  “the reality of a conspiracy is that it stays a theory!” –George-B

Evangelical <b>Conspiracy</b> <b>Theories</b> by Gary Ellis

most retweets / favores — Best Quotes (@QuoteAficionado) November 11, 2014


FABULOUS COMPOSITIONS: Aaron Copland – Letter from Home [with dedication to all relatives of the euzicasa family]



‘Letter from Home’ was commissioned by Paul Whiteman and the American Broadcasting Company. The premiere was conducted by Whiteman on the Philco Radio Hour on October 17, 1944. It was revised in 1962 and this version represents a reduction of the original scoring. I have drawn extensively from the photos in our family albums to illustrate the piece, giving it a World War I setting.