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The Twin Peaks Tunnel, San Francisco, California

The Twin Peaks Tunnel, San Francisco, California

Pictured above: Opening Day February 3, 1918, Twin Peaks Tunnel Screen Shot/ Contributed by Screen Grab©

VAV!/February 3, 2015

The Twin Peaks Tunnel is a 2.27-mile long light rail transit/streetcar tunnel located in San Francisco, California, running under Twin Peaks. Bringing streetcar service to the southeast corner of San Francisco, in its heyday, it was one of the longest railway tunnels in the world.

The eastern entrance to the tunnel is located near the intersection of Market and Castro streets in the Castro neighborhood, and the western entrance is located at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street of the West Portal neighborhood.   

While there were unanticipated delays, accidents including workers deaths in an explosion, and excesses in costs associated with the project, the Tunnel's official opening ceremonies took place on February 3, 1918, before thousands of onlookers.  

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 February 2015 07:39 )

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The Decades - Art Deco

Sherman's March To The Sea

 Sherman's March To The Sea

VAV!/December 12, 2014

This I construe as the end of my military career. In looking back upon the past I can only say, with millions of others, that I have done many thing...

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 December 2014 05:56 )

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Fanny Brice Of The The Ziegfeld Follies

Fanny Brice Of The The Ziegfeld Follies

Pictured above:  Fanny Brice

VAV!/February 29, 2012

"I breathed and ate and drank and lived theater -- in my neighborhood were all the nationalities of all of Europe. ...

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Inez Milholland Boissevain - American Joan Of Arc

Inez Milholland Boissevain - American Joan Of Arc

Pictured above: Inez Milholland Boissevain, wearing white cape, seated on white horse at the National American Woman Suffrage Association parade, March 3, 1913, Wash...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 March 2014 06:39 )

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The 1913 National American Woman's Suffrage Association March

The 1913 National American Woman's Suffrage Association March

Pictured above:  Inez Milholland Boissevain, wearing white cape, seated on white horse at the National American Woman Suffrage Association parade, March 3, 1913, Was...

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RMS Titanic Passenger List

Pictured above: TITANIC, to be launched/Date Created/Published: 1911 May 31/LOC.VAV!/April 15, 2015 VAV!/April 14, 2015 This below os a listing of all passengers, some 2,200 people, known to be aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic the night of April 14, 1912.  In the early morning, only two hours and forty minutes after the incident, near 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the ship's forward deck slipped underwater. Her stern rose out of the water, exposing the propellers. She began to break in two between the third and fourth funnels. With air trapped in the stern, she remained afloat and buoyant for seval more minutes until finally rising to an almsot vertical position. Those remaining on board clung to the mighty vessel as she made her way to rest upon the bottom of the sea's dark and icy depths.  The account of survivors was published in the Los Angeles Times.  This list is by no means authoritative.  (The names of survivors appear in Bold type.)

 

Merriam-Webster

Pictured above:  Noah Webster VAV!/May 14, 2014 For more than 150 years, in print and now online, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information. Merriam Websters beginnings: In 1806 Noah Webster published the first truly American Dictionary. 'A Compendous Dictionary of the English Language.' During 1828, at age 70, Webster published his magnum opus. This 2 volume dictionary 'An American Dictionary of the English Language' had 70,000 entries. and it sold 2,500 copies. In 1831 during the same time Webster was at work on the dictionary two young entrepreneurs, George and Charles Merriam, opened an ambitious printing and book selling company in Springfield, Massachusetts. They named their company G. & C. Merriam Co.

 

Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant

Pictured above: McLean House, Appomattox Court House, Virginia/Timothy H. O'Sullivan, photographer, April 1865/LOC.  VAV!/April 9, 2015 "It would be useless and therefore cruel to provoke the further effusion of blood, and I have arranged to meet with General Grant with a view to surrender." - Robert E. Lee on the morning of April 9, 1865 General Robert E. Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870) of the Confederate Army and Major General Ulysses S. Grant (April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885), officer of the Federal Army, met just after one o'clock on April 9, 1865, at the home of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia.  There, a chapter in history was written as Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces,  thus hastening the conclusion of the bloody Civil War.

 

Deadliest Commercial Airline Crashes In America's History

Pictured above: A portion of the tail from the TWA plane at the Grand Canyon crash site in 1956/ Courtesy of the NPS VAV!/March 24, 2015 Some of the worst commercial airline crashes in America involved terrorist activity. Of those crashes involved, four occurred on September 11, 2001 in rapid fire succession... a crash into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a rural Pennsylvania field, near the town of Shanksville; the 1988 downing of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland.  There are many other crashes that involved problems associated with mid air collisions, mechanical/faulty issues, weather, pilot error, improper storage practices and a variety of other reasons that are blamed for loss of life. Listed are America's commercial airline crashes where at least 100 people met their deaths in each incident. June 30, 1956 – The  mid-air collision between United Airlines Flight 718, a DC-7 and TWA Flight 2, a Lockheed Constellation, over the Grand Canyon, killed all 128 aboard both aircraft; operating under Visual Flight Rules, the planes fail to see each other and collided; the Federal Aviation Administration was created in the aftermath.

 

Deadliest Commercial Airline Crashes In America's History

Pictured above: A portion of the tail from the TWA plane at the Grand Canyon crash site in 1956/ Courtesy of the NPS VAV!/March 24, 2015 Some of the worst commercial airline crashes in America involved terrorist activity. Of those crashes involved, four occurred on September 11, 2001 in rapid fire succession... a crash into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a rural Pennsylvania field, near the town of Shanksville; the 1988 downing of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland.  There are many other crashes that involved problems associated with mid air collisions, mechanical/faulty issues, weather, pilot error, improper storage practices and a variety of other reasons that are blamed for loss of life. Listed are America's commercial airline crashes where at least 100 people met their deaths in each incident. June 30, 1956 – The  mid-air collision between United Airlines Flight 718, a DC-7 and TWA Flight 2, a Lockheed Constellation, over the Grand Canyon, killed all 128 aboard both aircraft; operating under Visual Flight Rules, the planes fail to see each other and collided; the Federal Aviation Administration was created in the aftermath.

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