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Yithian

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Black Tot Day: 31 July 1970.

The last day on which the Royal Navy issued sailors with a daily rum ration (the daily tot).

Details:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tot_Day

Give me old-fashioned inefficiency and alcohol any day.
 

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Today, August 6, marks 75 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

 

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“I had escaped the blast and I came to check on my friends,” he says. “I walked across this bridge and even five days after the bomb, it was covered with charred bodies. I had to step over them, but there were so many I walked on someone. The river underneath was full of people too, floating like dead fish. There are no words to describe what I felt.”


Shigemoto Yasuhiko.
 

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“I had escaped the blast and I came to check on my friends,” he says. “I walked across this bridge and even five days after the bomb, it was covered with charred bodies. I had to step over them, but there were so many I walked on someone. The river underneath was full of people too, floating like dead fish. There are no words to describe what I felt.”


Shigemoto Yasuhiko.
:eek::(
 

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August 9, 1969. Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski & Steven Parent were all brutally murdered on instruction of Charles Manson by Tex Watson, Susan Atkins & Patricia Krenwinkle.

August 10, 1968. Leno & Rosemary LaBianca were mudered by Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkle & Leslie Van Houten after being bound by Charles Manson.
 

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15th August has two notable anniversaries (amongst many)
1543 - The Jesuit Order Founded
1771 - Birth of Sir Walter Scott
 

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Today is the anniversary of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 that destroyed Pompeii.
 

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Today is the anniversary of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 that destroyed Pompeii.
Wait, wait ... Put away the Pompeii pompoms and the fudge Vesuvius cones ...

It's now believed Pompeii's end occurred in the autumn (October or even November).

It had long been thought that the eruption was an August event based on one version of [Pliny's] ... letter but another version gives a date of the eruption as late as 23 November. A later date is consistent with a charcoal inscription at the site, discovered in 2018, which includes the date of 17 October and which must have been recently written.

Clear support for an October/November eruption is found in the fact that people buried in the ash appear to have been wearing heavier clothing than the light summer clothes typical of August. The fresh fruit and vegetables in the shops are typical of October – and conversely the summer fruit typical of August was already being sold in dried, or conserved form. Nuts from chestnut trees were found at Oplontis which would not have been mature before mid-September. Wine fermenting jars had been sealed, which would have happened around the end of October. Coins found in the purse of a woman buried in the ash include one with a 15th imperatorial acclamation among the emperor's titles. These coins could not have been minted before the second week of September.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompeii#Eruption_of_Vesuvius
 

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August 31 - 23 years ago (1997) we lost Diana, Princess of Wales.
I'd never met her and didn't mourn her but was tempted to visit Chatsworth House to see the tributes, as that would have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As it happened I had just given up smoking a short time before Diana's death and was still miffed that Sojourner (Mars Pathfinder) had beaten me to a life long ambition ie crawling over the Martian landscape sniffing rocks.

Chatsworth. Diana.jpg
 

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1st September 1939 : Germany invaded Poland, sending in 1.5 million troops as the Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields. The attack came without any warning or declaration of war by Germany.
Great Britain and France sent Hitler an ultimatum to withdraw or face the two nations in war. Two days later Britain and France declared war on Germany.
The rest, as they say, is History.
 

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So Rynner's anniversary has passed, no real mention but that's probably for the best. I'll leave the roses but drink the cognac.
Like the man sang:
The fog's liftin'
And the sand's shiftin'
And I'm driftin' on out
And Ol' Captain Ahab
Ain't got nothin' on me
So come on and swallow me, don't follow me
I travel alone
Blue water's my daughter
And I'm gonna skip like a stone

Missed it for real, this year :( Three years plus change. Take care, skipper.
 

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Happy 100th birthday to the Theremin, played here by Leon Theremin ..

 

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Happy 100th birthday to the Theremin, played here by Leon Theremin ..

Every time anything spooky is mentioned Techy pretends to play this! :chuckle:
 

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Oops, missed this ...

Last Sunday was the 100th anniversary of the 'sawing a person in half' stage magic trick.
Magicians mark 100 years of sawing people in half

He came, he sawed, he conquered. One hundred years ago on Sunday, illusionist P.T. Selbit put a woman in a box on the stage of London’s Finsbury Park Empire and sawed right through the wood, creating a magical classic. ...

“This took off and became the most influential and the most famous illusion, in my opinion, that there’s ever been,” said magician and historian Mike Caveney who is writing a book on the illusion.

“The magician wasn’t doing this trick to an inanimate object. He was doing it to a human being, which raised it up to a whole new level.”

In the original version, the saw went through, the box was opened and the person emerged unharmed. ...

Down the years magicians developed refinements, with the two halves pulled apart. Celebrity magician David Copperfield came up with his own version “The Death Saw” where he was the one tied down to a platform as a giant rotary blade sliced him in two. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-years-of-sawing-people-in-half-idUSKBN29K061
 
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