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    Harry Houdini escaped life.
    Tickling censorship with a feather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helena View Post
    Harry Houdini escaped life.
    Thats some really deep stuff...but you are correct, he did.

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    1512- Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public.

    1604 - "Othello," the tragedy by William Shakespeare, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London.

    1611 - "The Tempest," Shakespeare's romantic comedy, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London.

    1755 - At least 60,000 people were killed in Lisbon, Portugal by an earthquake, its aftershocks and the ensuing tsunami.

    1765 - The British Parliament enacted The Stamp Act in the American colonies. The act was repealed in March of 1766 on the same day that the Parliament passed the Declaratory Acts which asserted that the British government had free and total legislative power of the colonies.




    1800 - U.S. President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House when he moved in.

    1848 - The first medical school for women, founded by Samuel Gregory, opened in Boston, MA. The Boston Female Medical School later merged with Boston University School of Medicine.

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    November 9, 1989 East Berlin opens its borders....the Berlin Wall comes down. You know the wall that kept West Germans from entering because they hated Capitalism and freedom and wanted to defect to East Germany for Communism and misery.....Mr. Gorbachev...Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
    November 9, 1989 East Berlin opens its borders....the Berlin Wall comes down. You know the wall that kept West Germans from entering because they hated Capitalism and freedom and wanted to defect to East Germany for Communism and misery.....Mr. Gorbachev...Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

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    Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, dies at the age of 60 in his home at Sagamore Hill, New York.
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    January 6, 1838 - Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph

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    Jan 9, 1493: Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaids

    An amusing bit of history.

    On January 9, 1493, explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three “mermaids”—in reality manatees—and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” Six months earlier, Columbus (1451-1506) set off from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, hoping to find a western trade route to Asia. Instead, his voyage, the first of four he would make, led him to the Americas, or “New World.”

    Mermaids, mythical half-female, half-fish creatures, have existed in seafaring cultures at least since the time of the ancient Greeks. Typically depicted as having a woman’s head and torso, a fishtail instead of legs and holding a mirror and comb, mermaids live in the ocean and, according to some legends, can take on a human shape and marry mortal men. Mermaids are closely linked to sirens, another folkloric figure, part-woman, part-bird, who live on islands and sing seductive songs to lure sailors to their deaths.

    Mermaid sightings by sailors, when they weren’t made up, were most likely manatees, dugongs or Steller’s sea cows (which became extinct by the 1760s due to over-hunting). Manatees are slow-moving aquatic mammals with human-like eyes, bulbous faces and paddle-like tails. It is likely that manatees evolved from an ancestor they share with the elephant. The three species of manatee (West Indian, West African and Amazonian) and one species of dugong belong to the Sirenia order. As adults, they’re typically 10 to 12 feet long and weigh 800 to 1,200 pounds. They’re plant-eaters, have a slow metabolism and can only survive in warm water.
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