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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 October 1940. (DA photograph)

VAV!/November 13, 2014

On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 which created the country's first peacetime draft in history and formally established the Selective Service System as an independent Federal agency.  Throughout the following six weeks after the signing, men across the nation were obligated to register to receive draft numbers.

 On October 29, 1940, before a crowed of over 1,000 onlookers, gathered in the Interdepartment Auditorium located on Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC. , President Roosevelt, along with Cabinet officers, and Members of Congress drew the first draft number.

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 ...

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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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The Decades - 1940s

Bar Aid

Bar Aid

 

VAV!/July 27, 2014/Contributed by  Quite The Stir Bungalow , Gettysburg PA

From the Prohibition era of the 1920s  to the glamour of the  1930s   there ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 December 2014 09:38 )

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Winter Solstice

VAV!/December 21, 2014/By Fin Fab Finella The first day of  the winter season, also known as the Winter Solstice, arrives today at 23:03 UTC (5:03 p.m. CST) . In the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year, while in the Southern Hemisphere, December solstice has its longest day and shortest night.  The solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth's tilt on its axis, and its motion in orbit around the sun.

 

Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Pictured above:  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). One of the 25 films added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and worthy of preservation./Contributed by Screen Grab from LOC Facebook. VAV!/December 17, 2014 Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry "Saving Private Ryan," "Luxo Jr." and "Rosemary's Baby" Among Film Additions The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."

 

Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Pictured above:  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). One of the 25 films added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and worthy of preservation./Contributed by Screen Grab from LOC Facebook. VAV!/December 17, 2014 Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry "Saving Private Ryan," "Luxo Jr." and "Rosemary's Baby" Among Film Additions The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."

 

Charting a New Course on Cuba

  Pictured above: President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Cuba and the release of American Alan Gross, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) VAV!/December 17, 2014/The White House/Office of the Press Secretary President Obama today, announced historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba, and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

 

Food Day Celebrations

VAV!/December 14, 2014 There's always something to celebrate because there's a food holiday every day of the year. In other words..."We are standing at the precipice of glorious food or drink celebrations daily!"  Not all food holidays have political, cultural or religious beginnings either. Nor, do local, state or federal offices close in honor of them... although, that is a nice thought.  The below food holidays include days, listed among the meaningful, that have been drummed up by people who are passionate about their favorite foods or who just plain want to sell their food products. Get ready for your ears to ring and your stomach to quivver in anticipation...   January January 2 -National Buffet week/National Creampuff DayJanuary 3 -National Chocolate Covered Cherry DayJanuary 19 -National Popcorn DayJanuary 20 -Cheese DayJanuary 23 -National Pie DayJanuary 24 -National Peanut Butter DayJanuary 27 -National Chocolate Cake Day

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