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The Decades - 1980s

Rolling Thunder

 Rolling Thunder

VAV/May 25, 2014

Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday, celebrated on the last Monday in May.  This celebration recognizes the rights and costs of freedom, liberty and justice for all, throughout America's long history, won by the sacrifices of its' soldiers, 'the sons of liberty'.  To pay tribute to those soldiers who fought with valor and died for liberty, there will be solemn parades honoring American soldiers in country towns, a gathering together of communities holding sales benefiting veterans' charities, or flag ceremonies and musical tributes in any number of hallowed halls across American purple mountains of majesty.

One magnificent tribute of patriotism and honor for our heroes, on Memorial Day weekend, is a gathering of patriotic Americans, united together in a 'rally' to pay their respects.  These Americans are part of  'Rolling Thunder'.

The Decades - 1980s

Al Neuharth

Al Neuharth

Pictured above:  Bob Neutharth/ FB Screen Grab

VAV!/April 20, 2013

"USA TODAY hopes to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly on...

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 08:32 )

The Decades - 1980s

C. Everett Koop

C. Everett Koop

Pictured above:  C. Everett Koop/HRSA

VAV!/February 25, 2013

C. Everett Koop, who served as the thirteenth Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald ...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:29 )

The Decades - 1980s

New Report on Natalie Wood Death

New Report on Natalie Wood Death

VAV!/January 14, 2013/LOS ANGELES, CA

A newly released report reveals coroner's officials have amended Natalie Wood's death certificate based on lingering questions of bru...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2013 05:23 )

The Decades - 1980s

Jean Harris

Jean Harris

VAV!/December 29, 2012

Jean S. Harris, former head mistress of an exclusive girls school, died at age 89 in New Haven, CT on Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Harris was convicted...

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Comic-Con International

Pictured above: Comic-Con, the Comic-Con logo, and the WonderCon logo are registered trademarks of San Diego Comic Convention VAV!/July 23, 2014/San Diego Comic-Con International: San Diego returns to the San Diego Convention Center beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with the four days of the event running Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27.  2014 marks the 45th year for the show, making it the country's longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.


Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Pictured above: First paper strip containing the telegraphic characters or Morse code/May 24, 1844/LOC VAV!/July 19, 2014 On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the first telegraphic message over an experimental line from the chamber of the Supreme Court, then in the US Capitol, Washington, D.C., to his assistant Albert Vail at the Mount Clair depot in Baltimore. Morse allowed Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a friend, to choose the words of the message, and she selected a verse from Numbers XXIII, 23: "What hath God wrought?"


The Empire State Building Through The Years

Pictured above: The World's Most Famous Office Building, the Empire State Building VAV!/July 18, 2014 Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building has long been one of the most recognizable and beloved attractions in the world. The building has achieved many milestones in its existence, and today stands stalwart as a 21st Century icon of innovation and ingenuity. The Empire State Building: Through the Years May 1981: The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the Empire State Building a landmark. February 1978: The first Empire State Building Run-Up took place. At this annual event, hundreds of athletes from around the world race a total of 1,576 steps to the 86th Floor Observatory.


July 18 On This Day In History

Pictured above:  Hugh Jennings/Ty Cobb/Left: Hugh Jennings/Center: Ty Cobb Steals Third/Right: Ty Cobb, 1912./Baseball Cards, 1887-1914/LOC VAV!/July 18, 2014 1743 - The New York Weekly Journal published the first half-page newspaper ad. 1775 - Continental Congress resolved that each colony provide armed vessels. 1779 - Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron capturef 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War. 1792 - John Paul Jones died in Paris, France. 1813 - The U.S. Frigate President captured British Daphne, Eliza Swan, Alert and Lion. 1863 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Fort Wagner – one of the first formal African American military units, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, supported by several white regiments, attempted an unsuccessful assault on Confederate-held Battery Wagner. 1877 - A variety of historical resources, Thomas Edison recorded the human voice for the first time by shouting "Haloo" into a recording mouthpiece. 1914 – The U.S. Congress formed the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving official status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time. The first flying unit consisted of twelve officers, 54 enlisted men, and six airplanes assigned to it at North Island (San Diego, CA). 1920 - A Naval aircraft sank ex-German cruiser Frankfurt in target practice. 1925 – Adolf Hitler published his personal manifesto Mein Kampf. 1927 - Ty Cobb set a major-league baseball record with his 4,000th career hit.


Paper Fashion Craze

Pictured above:  BOAC Flight Attendant wearing a paper dress/From You-Tube/British Pathé/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/July 16, 2014 "Created to make you the conversation piece at parties. Smashingly different at dances or perfectly packaged at picnics. Wear it anytime...anywhere. Won't last forever...who cares? Wear it for kicks—then give it the air." - Scott Paper Co. advertisement, 1966 During the tumultuous decades of the 1960s, while social and political upheaval dominated the national headlines, Americans found hope in the midst of their despair...they submerged themselves in the mod fashion industry for escape and the promise of renewal!  "Hallelujah and here's how!..."  Disposable paper dresses were introduced to the fashion scene in March 1966 by a Wisonsin manufacturer of paper-based consumer products, Scott Paper Company.   It all began with packages of Scott paper towels, napkins and toilet paper featuring a coupon stating that customers who mailed in a $1.25 would receive a "Paper Caper"...a  sleevless, collarless, A-line shift dress with big pockets and fashioned with red bandanna print or a black and white op art pattern.  Along with their purchase, customers received added extra coupons for paper products, too.  While the paper dresses Scott's offered were featured in two prints, there were just four sizes available, and only one style. To be exact though, the dresses weren't made of paper, but rather a composition the Scott company referred to as Dura Weve ( 93 percent paper-napkin stock reinforced with rayon webbing). Together, these elements made the material more durable than standard paper and embued it with a fabric-like appearance. The "Paper Caper" was an ingennious market stragety and certainly raised public interest.  Within six months of the advertisement's appearance, Scott Paper Co.  sold well over 500,000 dresses!  Consequently, the race was on as the fashion world began to create their own disposable paper fashion products from hats to dresses.

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