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Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:16 pm

It was a flippant remark but I meant more on a political level than militarily. Mongols within and without, business interests rather than tanks.

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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:13 pm

Good news from Austria, for a change: 1774, Empress Maria Theresia institutes compulsory schooling (6 years).
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:55 am

Thirty years ago today, the first episode of The Simpsons aired in the US.

Connaisseurs tell me seasons three through eight were the best, but they mostly still like it in the way you still feel comfortable being close to a school buddy you had a good time with. I have to believe them, because I never watched a single full episode. Maybe it's the dubbing, but the whole shrieky-hysterical voices thing turns me off. And that includes Homer.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:44 pm

I'm always slightly surprised it is still going, I haven't watched one in about 15 years.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby g-one » Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:49 pm

Interesting watching the bits from before it was an actual show, segments on the Tracey Ullman show.
It was a bit different, the drawings were more raw & stark I guess.
But it ran there for 3 seasons, so Arneb, I wonder if those statements about 'seasons 3 through 8' are considering the Ullman shorts as the first 3 seasons?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qppYb0zwrm8

Also of note, Groening's 'Life in Hell' which was the cartoon strip that Simpsons was originally going to be based on, before Groening decided to go with new characters.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:18 pm

I didn't even know there was this pre-Simpsons story. As I said, I am not particularly into it.

The Wikipedia artiucle says that the first bits appeared in the Tracey Ullman show in 1987, so I guess 1989 was the first airing of season 1, episode 1.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:07 pm

47 years ago today: The end of the end of the beginning - Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first wave of crewed human Lunar exploration.

I wonder, and I doubt, if any Moonwalker will yet live to congratulate their successors. They're all pushing 90 by now, the four who are left.
Aldrin, b. Jan 1930
Scott, June 1932
Schmitt, June 1935
Duke, October 1935

These are the last, a third of the entire contingent. There are also 8 surviving crew members of moonbound missions Apollo 8 and 10 through 17 who did not land: Bormann, Lovell, Stafford, Collins, Worden, Anders, Haise and Mattingly, born between 1928 and 1936.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:49 am

Unlikely indeed since China is talking about the 2030s at the earliest and I don't thin India has any concrete plans.
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Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:26 pm

On this day in 1981, the Penlee lifeboat was lost with all hands in mountainous seas trying to rescue the crew of a bulk tanker. As a result of this the RNLI changed their launch procedures taking the decision out of the hands of the coxwains since they would always go regardless of the danger and sometimes they had to be protected from themselves.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lance » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:03 pm

I missed Gene Cernan's death, almost 3 years ago now. I don't know why but I always liked him.

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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:45 pm

January 1st, 45 BC - The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time.
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Postby Heid the Ba » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:45 pm

January 6th, 1066 – Following the death of Edward the Confessor on the previous day, the Witan meets to confirm Harold Godwinson as the new King of England; Harold is crowned the same day, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:47 pm

A hundred years ago on Jan 10, the Treaty of Versailles took effect. It wasn't a good day.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:30 pm

40 years ago today in Karlsruhe, West Germany the German Green Party was founded by, well, a number of groups. They ranged from blood-and-soil post-Nazi nationalists via Conserve Creation conservatives to groups who wanted to make sexual acts between children and adults legal (yes, really). But the main groups were staunch Socialists and Communists together with somewhat leftist anti-nuclear power and anti-arms race tree hugger Euroweasels.

The party saw its first Bundestag representation in 1983, the first State Government participation in 1985 (Minister for the Environment Joseph "Joschka" Fischer), its near annihilation in the post-reunification election of 1990, its first Federal Government participation in 1998 (Foreign Affairs Minister and Vice Chancellopr Joseph "Joschka" Fischer), in a coalition with the Social Democrats, and its first State Prime Minister in 2011. The Greens are the only party founded after the formative phase of the Federal Republic to have that kind of success, and, arguably, the only one that turned into a truly democratic party after a colourful first few years. They are now considering to declare their aspirations to the Chancellorship for the upcoming 2021 general election.
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