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Halloween

Halloween

Pictured above: The Haunted Lane/ c1889/LOC

VAV!/October 22, 2014

The black as night holiday, Halloween, is celebrated on October 31.  Otherwise known as Hallowe'en, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, Halloween is the time of year when children and adults dress as ghosts, scarecrows, vampires, princesses, or their favorite cartoon character and forage into the night, ringing doorbells and knocking on doors.  While visions of ghastly ghouls, witches, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and hobgoblins dance mysteriously before the celebrant's eyes, they sing out 'trick or treat' in anticipation of the candy that will most certainly fill the bags they carry. While trick or treaters comb the streets today, a succession of Halloween parades unfold elsewhere in cities and towns and Halloween parties take the night with the bobbing of apples and carving out of pumpkins by roaring bon fires!

While today, Halloween is an evening of gaiety, that was not always so.  During the 19th century and a greater part of the 20th century, Halloween earned a bad rap as rogues of ne'er do wells and trouble makers roamed the countryside and city raising a not so welcome raucous. Merrymakers began dressing in imitation of evil spirits and ghastly creatures all while performing mischief making activities in exchange for food and drink...a practice called mumming. From this, trick or treating evolved.  For the greater part, the tricks were harmless, but others engaged in a more serious endeavor of vandalizing homes and businesses. As a result, it was not unusual to find a special police force put in place for the sole purpose of patrolling throughout the evening

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 03:46 )

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1960s

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured above:  Martin Luther King

VAV!/March 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)  was a charismatic civil rights leader who f...

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Victorian

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

Pictured above:   Carnegie Hall

VAV!/October 12, 2014

The majestic history of the world class Carnegie Hall was launched in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It was the s...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2014 07:34 )

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Arts and Crafts

Macy's

Macy's

Pictured above: Macy's Department Store's flagship location in Manhattan, New York/Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer/between 1980 and 2006/LOC

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1920s

Sardi's Restaurant - Toast Of Broadway

Sardi's Restaurant - Toast Of Broadway

Pictured above: Window into Sardi's BarReflections of Shubert Theater/Photographer: Tom Dussault/February 24, 2011/ CC / Flickr

VAV!/September 20, 2014

The Broadway theatre wo...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 September 2014 07:40 )

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Arts and Crafts

The Beverly Hills Hotel And Bungalows

The Beverly Hills Hotel And Bungalows

Pictured above: Pictured above: The Beverly Hills Hotel/By tobiwei/used under CC / Flickr

VAV!/September 7, 2014

The history of The Beverly Hills Hotel, whose name is syn...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 September 2014 04:26 )

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1920s

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 ( Friday, 05 September 2014 05:50 )

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1930s

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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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...

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1950s

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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1960s

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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Giants Win 2014 World Series

VAV!/October 30, 2014 The Giants are World Series champs for the third time in the last five years.The battling Kansas City Royals yielded the World Series championship to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, on Wednesday night, October 29, 2014, before a crowd of 40,535 at Kauffman Stadium. "Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who shut out the Royals on Sunday, came back on just two days' rest in the fifth inning and pitched five more scoreless innings in Game 7. He gave up a single, then retired the next 14 batters he faced. - Dick Kaegel / MLB.com http://m.royals.mlb.com/news/article/99997362/royals-world-series-dream-denied-by-giants-in-thrilling-game-7

 

ARIANA GRANDE, MAROON 5, TIM MCGRAW, AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS SET TO PERFORM ON "A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS" DEC. 5 ON CBS

VAV!/October 29, 2014/Santa Monica, CA New One-Hour Special Will Feature Performances of Holiday Songs and Current Pop Hits, as well as Artists Sharing Favorite Holiday Memories and GRAMMY Moments Nominations for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Will Be Announced the Morning of Dec. 5, with Album Of The Year Nominees Revealed on the Broadcast "A Very GRAMMY® Christmas," a new one-hour entertainment special, will feature singer/songwriter Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams. The special will include performances of holiday songs and current pop hits, as well as artists sharing their favorite holiday memories and what a GRAMMY nomination means to them. "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" will air on Friday, Dec. 5, 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. Additional performers will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

 

NASA-contracted Rocket Explodes

Pictured above: The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky VAV!/October 28, 2014/NASA/Wallops Flight Facility, VA On Tuesday October 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station, a catastrophic mishap ocurred.  The spacecraft had been carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.  Emergency responders were on the scene and preliminary reports indicate no reports of injury and damage was contained to the South end of Wallops.  An Orbital led team will take on an investigation of the scene.  

 

Famous Last Words Throughout History

Pictured above: Washington, D.C. Tombstones and monuments in the Congressional cemetery/Horne, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)/1944 Spring. "The art of living well and the art of dying well are one." - Epicurus VAV!/October 24, 2014 Within this weighty tome, listed in alphabetical order by last name, are recorded the famous last spoken words, significant transmissions, communications, or writings of notable individuals, to include some of the world's most prolific people throughout history. All of the final words below are subject to historical debate. A No comment. - Edward Abbey    Other final words noted from Abbey - I did what I could Van Halen! - Darrell Abbott

 

Famous Last Words Throughout History

Pictured above: Washington, D.C. Tombstones and monuments in the Congressional cemetery/Horne, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)/1944 Spring. "The art of living well and the art of dying well are one." - Epicurus VAV!/October 24, 2014 Within this weighty tome, listed in alphabetical order by last name, are recorded the famous last spoken words, significant transmissions, communications, or writings of notable individuals, to include some of the world's most prolific people throughout history. All of the final words below are subject to historical debate. A No comment. - Edward Abbey    Other final words noted from Abbey - I did what I could Van Halen! - Darrell Abbott

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