Titanic Found, ATM invented – both today

early ATM, courtesy of Time.com

early ATM, courtesy of Time.com

Today in 1969 the first ATM debuted in Rockville NY. Invented by Dallas resident Don Wetzel, an executive at Docutel, the original design could only dispense money.  The ability to deposit and provide balances came much later, as did ATM thieves.

exploring wreck of the Titanic

exploring wreck of the Titanic

On September 2, 1985, the wreck of the Titanic was discovered in the middle of the North Atlantic  by a group of U.S. and French explorers led by geologist Robert Ballard, after a 12-year preparation and search.  Included in the group were scientists from Woods Hole Deep Submergence Lab in Massachusetts and Francais de Recherche pour Lexploitation de Mer.

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Woodstock 40th Anniversary

woodstock-photos-2 woodstock-photos-3 Are we really that old????? Woodstock turns 40 this weekend. Did you know it wasn’t held in Woodstock? I was listening to some CNN conversation about it while I was driving and they were conjecturing that that was the preferred location but they never got permission from the town itself. So, 500,000 people showed up instead in Bethel, on the land of a farmer named Max Yasgur. If you were a rock band or rock singer of that era, it seemed, you performed at “Woodstock.”

Performers included Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Santana, Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Any one of these could have commanded a pretty penny from attendees on their own. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.

photos courtesy of Life Magazine via WoodstockStory.com .

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First Black Supermodel, Naomi Sims Died this Weekend

naomi sims Naomi Sims, entrenepreneur, and the first African-American woman to rise to supermodel status, passed away this past weekend from cancer. She was 61.  Read her amazing  success story.

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Jackie O would be 80 today

Most often thought of as the U.S.  First Lady, wife of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a strong force in her own right. An avid photographer and accomplished journalist, she later became senior editor at Doubleday after the death of her second husband Aristotle Onassis. She died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1994.

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Olympic Bomb Today in 1996

On July 27th, 1996, thousands of people who wanted to watch the Olympics were  in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, the central point of the Summer Olympics, and the location for a late-night rock concert .

Shortly after midnight, Richard Jewell, a security guard who later became a bombing suspect, discovered a suspicious knapsack near the concert sound tower. He told authorities but before anyone could get the park evacuated the pipe bombs in the knapsack went off.  The nails that surrounded the three bombs were as deadly as the bomb. Alice Hawthorne from Georgia was struck in the head with one nail, and was killed instantly. 111 other people injured. One man died from a heart attack.

Eric Robert Rudolph, the real bomber, was implicated after he bombed other areas of Atlanta as well as Birmingham, Alabama.  The survivalist clearly targeted women, as his bombings were of women’s clinics and a lesbian night club. Then he disappeared in the Applachian mountains for five year. He was finally arrested May 31, 2003 in the small mountain town of Murphy North Carolina.  He’s now serving four consecutive life terms at ADX Florence in Colorado. Fellow prison mates include Terry Nichols, the 1995 Oklahoma City bomber, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski,  and al-Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.

Walter Cronkite Remembered

Journalism giant Walter Cronkite passed away Friday, July 17, 2009, at the age of 92. His career began with the Houston (TX) Post, after which he became a radio sportscaster in Oklahoma City. His next move was to TV, working for Edward R. Murrow at CBS.  He covered the Nuremberg trials, the first walk on the moon, the assassination of President Kennedy, the 1968 riots at the Democratic National Convention, VietNam and many other momentous times in our history. Katie Couric tells the story of Cronkite’s life and career in this video.

Published in: on July 19, 2009 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Nashville, July 1964

If you’re from Nashville, live in Nashville, or love Nashville and its musical memories, you’ll really enjoy the array of photos published by The Tennessean.  The sample below speaks for itself.

nashville july 1964

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Boeing born today in 1916

Boeing facilityThe world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing turns 93 today.  You can tour its Future of Flight museum, in the world’s largest building in Mulkiteo WA near Seattle.

The Boeing Everett factory tours are conducted to showcase The Boeing Company and the  product line –  the 747, 767, 777 and soon 787. As part of the tour, visitors walk through part of the largest building in the world by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet). On the Boeing flight line, visitors see airplanes in various stages of assembly, manufacture and flight test for airline customers around the world.

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NYC Speakeasy Serves “The Bronx”

Barney Gallant, 1933, courtesy of City of NY Museum

Barney Gallant, 1933, courtesy of City of NY Museum

The Museum of the City of New York is opening up a rooftop speakeasy, reviving drinks that have passed their heyday, such as a Pink Lady. And while we all know about a Manhattan, did you realize there was a drink called the Bronx? The New York Times has the whole story.

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Surprise AZ Historical Society Kicks Off

city of surprise logo I attended the first public meeting of the Surprise (AZ) Historical Society.  The meeting was productive, setting pricing for membership at a low $15, with patron status offered to those who donate more to this worthy non-profit. Attendance was poor, but that is partly attributable to its daytime schedule. Hopefully they’ll move meetings to evenings as things get rolling.

A Surprise 50th anniversary book is in the offing, as is a Surprise museum. Surprise, as well as nearby Sun City, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010.

If you live in Surprise and are able to break away during the day, why not join us for the next meeting, Monday August 10 1-3pm. It’s in the beautiful new City Hall building on Civic Center Drive, right down the street from the library and tennis courts.

And the city is soliciting photos and memories of early Surprise. Contact City Clerk Sherry Aguilar if you have something to share.

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