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History of D-Day: 74 Years Ago

HISTORY OF D-DAY Seventy-four years ago, on June 6, 1944, the Allies launched an offensive on the Normandy coast of France to liberate continental Europe from the Nazi German occupation. D-Day was the largest invasion by sea in all of history, literally turning the tide. It was the beginning of the end of the War. General…

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History of The Beatles

HISTORY OF THE BEATLES On February 7, 1964, The Beatles landed at JFK Airport in New York. The airport had recently been renamed by a mourning country in honor of the President who had been assassinated just 77 days earlier. The airport was now full of 4,000 greeters. Not realizing who they were for, Paul…

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History of Peter Pan: the Disney Classic at 65

HISTORY OF PETER PAN All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. So begins my favorite Walt Disney animated movie, Peter Pan, which debuted 65 years ago today on February 5, 1953. The original movie poster said “It will live in your heart forever” and indeed it has. Why was this…

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History of the Super Bowl: Just another Religious Holiday?

HISTORY OF THE SUPER BOWL The Super Bowl™ is a territory acquisition athletic contest played on a fixed agrarian grid using as a token an inflated porcine prolate spheroid. It is the most important holiday of the year in America some will say. While it is ostensibly a secular holiday, others argue that it is…

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History of Australia Day

HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA DAY Did you know that the history of European Australia is tied to the American Revolutionary War? Back when America was part of the British Commonwealth, it was convenient for England to transport its convicts to the Colonies. Indeed, it was considered more humane to “transport” prisoners than to execute them, and…

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5 Christmas Myths, Not Found in the Nativity Story

5 CHRISTMAS MYTHS: NOT FOUND IN THE NATIVITY STORY I’m often asked to explain the history behind a holiday or the origin of a popular tradition. Is it based on history, tradition, or legend? The best historical sources we have on the birth of Jesus are found in two of the Gospel accounts in the…

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History of A Charlie Brown Christmas

HISTORY OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on CBS TV as a 30-minute animated Christmas special written by Charles M. Schultz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. The comic was hugely popular at the time when the TV special debuted on December 9, 1965. Though this was not Shultz’ first TV…

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History of Star Trek: Over Half a Century

HISTORY OF STAR TREK On this day last year, we marked the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek on NBC TV in 1966, so this year is the 51st. It is my favorite show, I was glued to the TV for the first episode and every one thereafter. It had a major influence…

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History of the Summer of Love — 1967: Part 4, Rock & Roll

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: PART 4, ROCK & ROLL It was fifty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile It was indeed 50 years ago today that The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts…

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