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Historical Happening – Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted in adventure, art, books, Cool Stuff, ebook, fiction, Film, history, kindle, kobo, life, literature, movies, mythology, News, non-fiction, people, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , on 05/22/2017 by Edward Brock

Sherlock Holmes creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, was born on this day–in 1859.

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Historical Happening – Army-McCarthy Hearings Televised

Posted in history, life, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 04/22/2017 by Edward Brock

The Army-McCarthy Hearings began their live televised coverage on this day, in 1954. It would last until June 17. 

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Historical Happening – Great San Francisco Earthquake

Posted in history, life, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 04/18/2017 by Edward Brock

The “Great San Francisco Earthquake”, which killed nearly 3000 people and devastated 80% of the city, occurred on this day in 1906. It is still one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

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Historical Happening – Terracotta Army

Posted in art, Cool Stuff, history, life, mythology, non-fiction, people, Smithsonian, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 03/29/2017 by Edward Brock

The incredible Terracotta Army sculptures (of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang) was discovered on this day, in 1974.

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Historical Happening – Virginia Woolf’s 1st Novel

Posted in amazon, art, books, ebook, fiction, history, life, literature, News, people, Uncategorized, Words, writing with tags , , , , , on 03/09/2017 by Edward Brock

Author, Virginia Woolf, delivers her first book–The Voyage Out–to publisher.

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Historical Happening – M*A*S*H

Posted in comedy, Cool Stuff, Film, funny, history, humor, laughter, life, Netflix, TV, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , on 02/28/2017 by Edward Brock

On this day, in 1983, one of the greatest TV series of all-time ended its 11 year run.

The M*A*S*H finale was seen by 125 million viewers–the most of any U.S. TV show.

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WhaHuh? – The Great Balloon Hoax

Posted in books, Cool Stuff, fiction, folklore, funny, history, humor, laughter, life, literature, News, poe, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom, Words, writing with tags , , , , , , on 02/16/2017 by Edward Brock

On April 13, 1844, New York’s The Sun added an extra page to their paper. The page claimed that a popular balloonist, named Monck Mason, had flown across the Atlantic Ocean in just 74 hours–a historical first.

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Named Victoria, the balloon had departed from England and was headed for Paris, when one of the propellers malfunctioned. The balloon drifted off course–and ended up in South Carolina. Word quickly spread and readers were excited to get a copy of the paper for themselves. They even showed up to the newspaper’s office to get copies. 

But, unknown to the enthusiastic crowd, the story was actually a hoax–perpetrated by Edgar Allan Poe. The hoax was revealed two days later but, by then, The Sun had already made quite a bit of money.

Poe later wrote that, “I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper.” He seemed surprised that people were so easily manipulated by false news. He even stood on The Sun’s steps to inform the crowd that the story was a hoax. But, most of the readers ignored him while they were snatching up copies of the paper.

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