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The Beetles Rock!

No, that’s not a misprint in the title…

On this day in history, more specifically, February 17, 1972, Volkswagen W Beetle number 15,007,034 rolled off the assembly line, making the iconic vehicle displace the famous Ford Model T as the most highly produced car in history.

Thus far, at least …

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Today’s the day the music died!

A Beech Bonanza of the sort flown by Buddy Holly on February 3, 1959

Well, not today exactly… the infamous date hailed as ‘the day the music died’ is this day in history… February 3, 1959.

On that date, sometime in the wee hours of the morning, a small, six-seater Beech Bonanza, en-route to Fargo, North Dakota, crashed in a lonely cornfield near Clearwater, Iowa, leaving a twisted wreck and no survivors. In addition to the pilot, the victims of the ill-fated flight were Richie Valens, ‘The Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson, and … of greater significance in the minds of most… Buddy Holly.

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January 27, 1880: Edison Doesn’t Invent the Light-bulb

The Edison Patent

On January 27, 1880, or 140 years ago today, the US Patent Office issued patent number 223,898, granting to Thomas Alva Edison the patent rights to the incandescent electric-lamp, more commonly referred to in this day and age as the ‘lightbulb’. The patent, thus secured, effectively allowed the inventor of this world changing device to reap the huge financial benefits of his work… right?

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Rocket Flight declared Impossible!

Cartoon about space flight

Yep… on this day in history, specifically, January 13, 1920, the venerable New York Times published an editorial flatly declaring that space flight using rockets was physically impossible.

Of course, they couldn’t print this if it wasn’t true… right?

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Shame on One Million Moms

Did you catch the mini-uproar over the whole ‘lesbian-video’ thing recently?

In a nutshell, The Hallmark Channel, known especially for its heart-warming, if somewhat bland holiday movies and mini-series, ran an ad featuring two lesbians sharing a loving kiss at the altar on their wedding day.

This horror of horrors so enraged the ultra-conservative One Million Moms that they instituted a campaign beseeching their membership to sign a petition ‘asking Hallmark to do what is right and reject airing movies and commercials with LGBT content!’ Unfortunately, Hallmark, rather short-sightedly, caved in to the pressure of and pulled the ads, resulting in a public reaction it probably did not expect…

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