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1 minute ago, StassneyHorn said:

Bin Laden was killed 9 years ago today

Boy... that sure ended up mattering. 

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Q: "What was the last thing to go through Osama Bin Laden's mind right before he died?"
A: "An American bullet."

But yeah. Not much changed after he died.

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May 3rd, 2015, aboard the International Space Station, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti fired up the first espresso machine in orbit, then posted a photo of herself on Twitter sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

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50 years ago today:



All kindsa messed up that was. National Guardsmen with rudimentary riot training had live ammo. The protestors managed not to get themselves killed. All four students who died were just walking to class.

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May 6th, 1994 -  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterrand formally opened the Channel Tunnel between their countries.

Chunnelingus.

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On 5/4/2020 at 12:46 PM, Parliament said:

50 years ago today:
 

 


All kindsa messed up that was. National Guardsmen with rudimentary riot training had live ammo. The protestors managed not to get themselves killed. All four students who died were just walking to class.

 

That was the day after a mob of protesters supposedly burned down the ROTC building on campus.

NG with live ammo was dumb beyond belief.

RIP

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May 7th, 1998, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz agreed to buy Chrysler Corp. for more than $37 billion.

LeBaron wept.

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1902 Mount Pelée on the French overseas island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors

1945 V-E Day: World War II ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender

1963 "Dr No" premieres in US

1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

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8 hours ago, HouTex said:

1902 Mount Pelée on the French overseas island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors

1945 V-E Day: World War II ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender

1963 "Dr No" premieres in US

1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

The 75th anniversary of the German surrender deserves more than mutual reference in the above.  The devastation and loss in Europe was so massive in scale.  And tyranny was vanquished.  An historic day above many others.

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The 75th anniversary of the German surrender deserves more than mutual reference in the above.  The devastation and loss in Europe was so massive in scale.  And tyranny was vanquished.  An historic day above many others.

Agreed.

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 May 9, 1930—90 years ago today—a mob stormed the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman and lynched a black farmhand accused of raping a white woman. The Texas State Historical Association described the riot that ensued as one of the worst examples of racial violence during the Great Depression. A small detachment of Texas Rangers that included the legendary Frank Hamer was unable to stop the mob, which burned the courthouse and much of the community’s black business section. Gov. Dan Moody imposed martial law. Ultimately just 14 men were indicted on charges stemming from the mayhem, none of them for the lynching. Just two of the 14 were convicted, one of arson and one of rioting.

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1940 Nazi blitzkrieg and conquest of France begins with the crossing of the Muese River

1942 Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River

1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrender

1951 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll

 

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1940 Nazi blitzkrieg and conquest of France begins with the crossing of the Muese River
1942 Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrender
1951 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
 

Gulf was a Nazi turkey shoot in 1942.

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Yep, there is at least one U-Boat wreck in the Gulf that has been located and explored.

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1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies

1940 Winston Churchill says "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons

1955 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'

1973 Bobby Riggs beats Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in California

1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City

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May 14th, 2001, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana for medical purposes.

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May 18, 1927—93 years ago today--America's deadliest school attack occurred as part of a schoolhouse in Bath Township, Mich., was blown up with explosives planted by local farmer Andrew Kehoe, who then set off a bomb in his truck; the attacks killed 38 children and six adults, including Kehoe, who'd earlier killed his wife. She was found tied to a handcart with her skull crushed. He also set his property and buildings on fire before heading to the school. Authorities said Kehoe, who suffered financial difficulties, was seeking revenge for losing a township clerk election.

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325 1st Christian ecumenical council opens at Nicaea, Asia Minor

1774 The British pass the second of the Intolerable Acts: the Massachusetts Government Act, giving British-appointed governor wide-ranging powers

1927 At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis (1st non-stop flight)

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May 21st, 1972, Michelangelo's Pieta, on display at the Vatican, was damaged by a hammer-wielding man who shouted he was Jesus Christ.

narrator: He wasn't

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May 24th, 1976, Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service to Washington.

That was one noisy, sweet bird.

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Posted (edited)

May 26th, 1971, Don McLean recorded his song "American Pie" at The Record Plant in New York City (it was released the following November by United Artists Records).

Edited by El Diablo

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 May 29, 1973—47 years ago today—Tom Bradley, the son of Central Texas sharecroppers and the grandson of former slaves, was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, defeating incumbent Sam Yorty. He went on to serve five terms, the longest tenure of any mayor in the city’s history. Bradley was born on Dec. 29, 1917 in Calvert, but seven years later, his family moved to Los Angeles where he attended school and won a track scholarship to UCLA. He dropped out to attend LA’s police academy, and joined LAPD in 1940, rising to the rank of lieutenant, and attending night school to earn a law degree. In 1963, he was elected to the LA City Council. He died at the age of 80 in September 1998.

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1765 Patrick Henry's historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of "Treason!" with, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"

1953 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

1977 Indianapolis 500: Houstonian A. J. Foyt wins for a record 4th time

1980 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

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May 30th, 1937, ten people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago. 

Timely reminder that some shit just seems new.

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May 31st, 1977, the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the making despite objections from environmentalists and Alaska Natives, was completed. (The first oil began flowing through the pipeline 20 days later.)

Take THAT, OPEC! 

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1 hour ago, Parliament said:

Still June 5 here, but already June 6 in Normandy.a12054ef87cc20ee90ffbd5446246e6f.jpg

My dad was onboard one of the many ships headed to Normandy.

He was preparing his mind and gear for the first landing wave at around 6:00AM on Omaha beach.

I have spoke before about this event as it did not go well for the 29th division. They received more casualties than any other group, by far.

Edited by Alex Karev
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17 minutes ago, Biff Tannen said:

76 years ago, if I can math correctly. 

That is correct. We wanted to go to the 75th celebration last year but couldn't make it because of wife's health. A friend brought me vials of beach sand from Omaha in memory of my Dad.

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2 minutes ago, Alex Karev said:

That is correct. We wanted to go to the 75th celebration last year but couldn't make it because of wife's health. A friend brought me vials of beach sand from Omaha in memory of my Dad.

A very emotionally, special place. I brought home Omaha beach pebbles, and placed them next to my grandpas pic of him on the Lexington c.43

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The gentleman who hosted our engagement BBQ at his ranch near Granger in 1967 was shot up so bad on Omaha Beach the first day that he spent the next year convalescing back stateside. He later became a highly successful rancher, farmer, & educator, besides being a fine man. He died on a trail ride in SE Texas at the age of 80, doing what he loved. RIP

 

 

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