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North Korea Warns Of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack On U.S.

North Korea Warns Of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack On U.S.

Pictured above:  Korean War/National Archives

VAV!/March 7, 2013

A preemptive nuclear attack on the United States and allies is being threatened by North Korea as the United Nations Security Council moves forward to approve new sanctions in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

The threat from the North Korean Foreign Ministry came just hours before the United Nations Security Council was scheduled to meet on the sanctions, Thursday.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 April 2013 05:24 )

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Life’s a Journey - Teenage Crushes

Life’s a Journey - Teenage Crushes

VAV!/February 10, 2012 By Helen Spencer of Life's A Journey

Look, if I'm going to be totally honest with you about this, then there were more than three.

But in case anyone ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 May 2014 04:47 )

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The Madness of King George III – London Theatre Review

The Madness of King George III – London Theatre Review

VAV!/February 10, 2012  By Rebecca McWattie

This tremendous Theatre Royal Bath production of Alan Bennett’s play is directed by the great Christopher Luscombe. King G...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 February 2012 09:15 )

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Diana Mitford, Part II – Rebel with a Cause

Diana Mitford, Part II – Rebel with a Cause

VAV!/January 28, 2012 By Rebecca McWattie

(Diana Mitford - Bright Young Thing Part I )

In 1932 Diana was still at the height of her beauty and her life with Bryan Guinness and...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:55 )

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Diana Mitford, Part I - Bright Young Thing

Diana Mitford, Part I - Bright Young Thing

VAV!/January 12, 2012 By Rebecca McWattie

My old penguin copy of Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate is without doubt the most well thumbed book in...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:27 )

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Jayne Meadows

Pictured above:  Jayne Meadows VAV!/April 28, 2015 Award winning and versatile stage, screen and television actress, Jayne Meadows, wife of legendary comedian, songwriter and talk-show host Steve Allen, died on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at her home in Encino, Calif. She was 95. Meadow's Broadway debut came at the age of 21 in the 1941 comedy "Spring Again." She also appeared in other roles to include 1943's "Another Love Story," 1944's "The Odds On Mrs. Oakley," 1945's "Many Happy Returns" and "Kiss Them for Me." However, it was the Broadway hit, 1957's "The Gazebo," that launched Jayne into the realms of top comedienne.  Jayne also starred in many television roles including, "Medical Center," "Meeting of the Minds," "It's Not Easy," and "High Society."  She was also a regular panel member on "I've Got a Secret" that ran from 1952 to 1959.


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.)



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.

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