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History of Blue Moon

HISTORY OF BLUE MOON “Do you see that full moon in the sky tonight? That happens once in a blue moon.” Scientifically, this happens 7 time in 19 years or about once in 3 years. You won’t see it again until January 2018, the last time was in August 2012. Technically, the full moon occurred…

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History of V-E Day: End of WWII in Europe 70 Years Ago

HISTORY OF V-E DAY Seventy years ago today World War II ended in Europe with the acceptance by the Allies of unconditional surrender from Germany. Or did it?   May 7, 1945 At 2:41 AM the Allied General Dwight Eisenhower received the unconditional surrender of German General Alfred Jodi at Reims, France at the Supreme…

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History of the Liberation of Dachau: Present Day. Part 3

HISTORY OF THE LIBERATION OF DACHAU: Present Day. Part 3 In Part 1 I discussed the Nazi Concentration Camps and Dachau. In Part 2 I talk about my father’s involvement in the liberation as part of the 42nd “Rainbow” Division and his subsequent capture of the Nazi general in charge of Munich’s anti-aircraft artillery. Epilogue:…

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History of the Liberation of Dachau: April 30, 1945. Part 2

HISTORY OF THE LIBERATION OF DACHAU: APRIL 30, 1945. Part 2 In Part 1 I discussed the Nazi Concentration Camps and the initial movement of US Army divisions into Dachau. The Camp As my father and the 42nd “Rainbow” Division moved into the Dachau Concentration Camp, of the 32,000 survivors still alive in the main…

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History of the Liberation of Dachau: April 29, 1945. Part 1

HISTORY OF THE LIBERATION OF DACHAU: APRIL 29, 1945. Part 1 I remember what my father had told me of his involvement in the liberation of Dachau shortly before he died 40 years ago. Some of his war buddies discovered the tribute site I’d created for him and called or emailed me to recount stories…

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Apple Watch: First Impressions and Pictures

APPLE WATCH: FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND PICTURES With Apple Watch going on sale Friday, I wrote a  post over on my Tech Trends blog describes the ordering experience and my visit to the Apple Store later that morning to try one on. I’ve written about Apple Watch previously here, but this is first touch. Read about…

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Apple Watch: First Impressions and Pictures

Apple Watch: First Impressions and Pictures Apple Watch went on sale Friday morning at midnight Pacific Time. I’ve written previously about Apple Watch at length previously here. To say its launch was popular would be an understatement: it sold out in 6 hours. I’m hearing ship dates now of June and August. The gold Apple…

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History of 2014: Best of billpetro.com

“I still remember 2014 like it was yesterday.” Gentle Readers, Happy New Year and thanks for visiting my blog at billpetro.com. In 2014 the blog was visited 76,000 times as people viewed the 109 articles I posted during the year. The busiest day was Oct 2 with 3,822 views. Most visitors were referred from reddit, Facebook, StumbleUpon, ClassJump,…

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