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The Decades - 1940s

Bess Myerson - Years Ahead Of Her Time

Bess Myerson - Years Ahead Of Her Time

Pictured above: Bess Myerson, 1957

VAV!/January 5, 2015

Politician, actress, entertainer and Miss America 1945, Bess Myerson, died on December 14, 2014 at her home in Santa Monica, California. She was 90.

Myerson was the first Jewish American Miss America crowned on September 8, 1944, in Atlantic City. She was the first Miss New York to be crowned Miss America, and she was the Miss America Organization's first scholarship recipient to further her degree. After graduation from Hunter College she used the scholarship to complete her graduate studies in music at The Juilliard School and Columbia University.

She parlayed her Miss America title to fight anti-Semitism and racial bigotry as she traveled around the country.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 January 2015 06:58 )

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The Decades - 1940s

First Peacetime Military Draft Signed Into Law - Selective Training and Service Act Of 1940

First Peacetime Military Draft Signed Into Law  - Selective Training and Service Act Of 1940

Pictured above: President Roosevelt, left, looks on as Secretary of War Stimson draws the first capsules in the National Lottery for selective service registrants in Octo...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 December 2014 05:51 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Hurricanes Throughout History

Hurricanes Throughout History

Pictured above: Mississippi Gulf Coast in august 1969 following Hurricane Camille. This scene of destruction was typical of the damage left by Hurricane Camille when it r...

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 05:42 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Trinity Test - First Atomic-Bomb Explosion

Trinity Test - First Atomic-Bomb Explosion

Pictured above: Nuclear explosion, Trinity Test Site/New Mexico, July 16, 1945/LOC

VAV!/August 16, 2014

On July 16, 1945, at 5:30 am,  the U.S. government detonated a ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 November 2014 07:32 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Miriam Haskell

Miriam Haskell

Pictured above:  Miriam Haskell Jewelry Advertisement

VAV!/August 13, 2014

On July 30, 1926,  Miriam Haskell (1899-1981), newly arrived to the Big Apple from...

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2014 04:11 )

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Asteroid And Comets Passing Near Earth Are Mapped

VAV!/January 26, 2014 NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has been collecting data about asteroids and comets passing near Earth since December 2013.   NEOWISE has discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December 2013.*  Eight of the discoveries have been classified as potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), based on their size and how close their orbits could come to Earth's orbit. The mission has further observed and characterized 245 previously known near-Earth objects. From December 2013 to December 2014, NEOWISE discovered three new comets and observed 32 others. One of the others has turned into the brightest comet in Earth's night sky in early 2015, comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). Now, NASA has compiled the data to create the below video, that shows the progression of NASA's NEOWISE survey in the year after its Dec. 2013 restart. Each dot represents an asteroid or comet that the mission observed.

 

Presidential Inauguration

  Pictured: Taft/Roosevelt 1909/LOC VAV!/November 8, 2012/WASHINGTON, DC During the  Presidential Inauguration, the newly elected President of the United States will take the oath of office. Since the clear, cool day of April 30, 1789 at the first Swearing-In Ceremony for President George Washington in Federal Hall, New York, NY - U.S. Presidents have been sworn into office, usually in public, though some ocassions in private following the death or resignation of a President, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday.

 

Presidential Inauguration

  Pictured: Taft/Roosevelt 1909/LOC VAV!/November 8, 2012/WASHINGTON, DC During the  Presidential Inauguration, the newly elected President of the United States will take the oath of office. Since the clear, cool day of April 30, 1789 at the first Swearing-In Ceremony for President George Washington in Federal Hall, New York, NY - U.S. Presidents have been sworn into office, usually in public, though some ocassions in private following the death or resignation of a President, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday.

 

Playboy Magazine

Pictured above: The cover of the first issue of Playboy, December 1953. VAV!/December 26, 2010  How did "Playboy" , a men's lifestyle magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction, begin?  After failed efforts of becoming a cartoonist, Hugh Hefner founded and launched Playboy in 1953 from the kitchen table of his South Side apartment in Chicago, IL.  Hefner, a 1949 University of Illinois psychology graduate who had worked in Chicago for Esquire magazine writing promotional copy; Publisher's Development Corporation in sales and marketing; and Children's Activities magazine as circulation promotions manager could likely never have dreamed about the social phenomena that Playboy eventually generated. In fact, the first issue of Playboy had no cover date because Hefner was unsure when or if he would ever publish another. Playboy became an almost instant success after the first issue sold more than 53,000 copies.   In addition to the center-fold pinups that made the magazine infamous, famous and an inspiration to men and women worldwide, Mr. Hefner filled its pages with words from the most prolific  fiction writers of all time.  Names such as James Baldwin,  John Steinbeck and Vladimir Nabokov poured into the readers' view, as well as advice from columnists, submission of readers letters, a variety of comic strips and more. A closer look at Hugh Hefner's philosophy through a series of videos below...

 

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

VAV!/January 7, 2011/Contributed by By Rocket Girl and Karena Orbitor {play}images/audio/Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 39-04-05 001 The Origin Show.mp3{/play} (Audio/Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 4/5/39) It was January 7, 1929 when a new comic strip appeared bearing the prologue "I was 20 years old when they stopped the World War and mustered me out of the air service.... " Thus began Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and with it, Buck's continuing influence on modern day society. Below is the Buck Rogers film short made for the 1934 Chicago World's Fair...

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