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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 ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August 1969. The eye of the storm passed directly over the Bay of St.Louis and killed or injured hundreds of Gulf Coast residents. (SSC-97-032)/NASA.

VAV!/August 29, 2014

"By Chrismus! Wasn't that hurricane a lulu? I was settin here readin when I noticed it was gettin so damn dark. I couldn't see... I looked out the winder and saw our big tree going over as easy as you please -not all at once, but little by little. I watched it down and said that I bet the one in front wouldn't go for that was stronger. Then I saw one of our garage doors spinning by the winder and right across the street on to Doctor Brown's lawn. Somehow it got going on its edge like one of them straw hats we used to wear, and it was certainly making time." - One witness's description September 21, 1938, regarding a Category 3 hurricane nicknamed "the Long Island Express"

Hurricanes have been and always will be an integral part of life in the United States...the Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.    What exactly is a Hurricane?

Hurricanes, also known as cyclones in the western Pacific or typhoons in the Indian Ocean, are large and violent storm systems that begin in tropical seas during the summer or fall.  They are capable of producing torrential rains, large hail, dangerous waves, epic flooding, violent winds with a well-defined circulation and minimum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or higher, and tornadoes,  all of which may result in catastrophic property damage and staggering loss of life.   

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...

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 05:42 )

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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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1970s

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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1980s

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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1920s

Kotex - The First Successful Feminine Hygiene Product

Kotex - The First Successful Feminine Hygiene Product

Pictured above: Ad from Ladies' Home Journal 1940 via Duke Library/http://library.duke.edu/

VAV!/August 27, 2013

Hallelujah and HELLO!

The first Kotex feminine hygiene p...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 August 2014 04:28 )

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1950s

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pictured above:   Pebble Beach Concours dElegance /Contributed by Screen GrabĀ©

VAV!/August 19, 2014

The   Pebble Beach Concours dElegance , recognized as the world's ...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2014 05:35 )

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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 ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 November 2014 07:32 )

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Arts and Crafts

Hull Pottery

Hull Pottery

VAV!/August 7, 2014

During 1905, in Crooksville, OH, a legendary company was launched! The Hull Pottery, with Addis Emmet (A.E.) Hull at the helm, produced utilitarian sto...

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 06:12 )

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1920s

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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Asteroid And Comets Passing Near Earth Are Mapped

VAV!/January 26, 2014 NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has been collecting data about asteroids and comets passing near Earth since December 2013.   NEOWISE has discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December 2013.*  Eight of the discoveries have been classified as potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), based on their size and how close their orbits could come to Earth's orbit. The mission has further observed and characterized 245 previously known near-Earth objects. From December 2013 to December 2014, NEOWISE discovered three new comets and observed 32 others. One of the others has turned into the brightest comet in Earth's night sky in early 2015, comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). Now, NASA has compiled the data to create the below video, that shows the progression of NASA's NEOWISE survey in the year after its Dec. 2013 restart. Each dot represents an asteroid or comet that the mission observed.

 

Presidential Inauguration

  Pictured: Taft/Roosevelt 1909/LOC VAV!/November 8, 2012/WASHINGTON, DC During the  Presidential Inauguration, the newly elected President of the United States will take the oath of office. Since the clear, cool day of April 30, 1789 at the first Swearing-In Ceremony for President George Washington in Federal Hall, New York, NY - U.S. Presidents have been sworn into office, usually in public, though some ocassions in private following the death or resignation of a President, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday.

 

Presidential Inauguration

  Pictured: Taft/Roosevelt 1909/LOC VAV!/November 8, 2012/WASHINGTON, DC During the  Presidential Inauguration, the newly elected President of the United States will take the oath of office. Since the clear, cool day of April 30, 1789 at the first Swearing-In Ceremony for President George Washington in Federal Hall, New York, NY - U.S. Presidents have been sworn into office, usually in public, though some ocassions in private following the death or resignation of a President, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday.

 

Playboy Magazine

Pictured above: The cover of the first issue of Playboy, December 1953. VAV!/December 26, 2010  How did "Playboy" , a men's lifestyle magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction, begin?  After failed efforts of becoming a cartoonist, Hugh Hefner founded and launched Playboy in 1953 from the kitchen table of his South Side apartment in Chicago, IL.  Hefner, a 1949 University of Illinois psychology graduate who had worked in Chicago for Esquire magazine writing promotional copy; Publisher's Development Corporation in sales and marketing; and Children's Activities magazine as circulation promotions manager could likely never have dreamed about the social phenomena that Playboy eventually generated. In fact, the first issue of Playboy had no cover date because Hefner was unsure when or if he would ever publish another. Playboy became an almost instant success after the first issue sold more than 53,000 copies.   In addition to the center-fold pinups that made the magazine infamous, famous and an inspiration to men and women worldwide, Mr. Hefner filled its pages with words from the most prolific  fiction writers of all time.  Names such as James Baldwin,  John Steinbeck and Vladimir Nabokov poured into the readers' view, as well as advice from columnists, submission of readers letters, a variety of comic strips and more. A closer look at Hugh Hefner's philosophy through a series of videos below...

 

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

VAV!/January 7, 2011/Contributed by By Rocket Girl and Karena Orbitor {play}images/audio/Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 39-04-05 001 The Origin Show.mp3{/play} (Audio/Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 4/5/39) It was January 7, 1929 when a new comic strip appeared bearing the prologue "I was 20 years old when they stopped the World War and mustered me out of the air service.... " Thus began Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and with it, Buck's continuing influence on modern day society. Below is the Buck Rogers film short made for the 1934 Chicago World's Fair...

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