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Christmas Truce

History of the Christmas Truce of 1914: Peace in the WWI Trenches

By billpetro / December 25, 2020 /

History of the Christmas Truce of 1914: The Surprising Peace in the WWI Trenches

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History of the Santa Tracker: How a Typo began Christmas tracking at NORAD

By billpetro / December 22, 2020 /

History of the NORAD Santa Tracker: How a typo began Christmas tracking at NORAD

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Is Die Hard Really A Christmas Movie?

By billpetro / December 17, 2020 /

IS DIE HARD REALLY A CHRISTMAS MOVIE? Scholars and historians have debated the question “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?” for centuries. Or at least during the last three decades since the movie was released. This is why readers have turned to me, your friendly neighborhood historian, to wrestle with this age-old question and help…

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History of Guy Fawkes Night: How gunpowder mixed with Parliament

By billpetro / November 5, 2020 /

HISTORY OF GUY FAWKES NIGHT For our friends across the Pond November 5th is known as “Bonfire Night” or “Guy Fawkes Night,” and all over Britain people fire off fireworks, light bonfires, and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes. Guido Fawkes was an Englishman who, in popular legend, tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament…

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History of Mach 1: 73 Years Ago – Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

By billpetro / October 14, 2020 /

THE HISTORY OF MACH 1 On June 10, 1948, The U.S. Air Force confirmed that Capt. Chuck Yeager had repeatedly attained supersonic speeds in the Bell X-1. Background But it was on October 14, 1947, that Chuck Yeager, now 97 and a Brigadier General (retired), actually broke the sound barrier for the first time. I met…

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History of Star Trek

By billpetro / September 8, 2020 /

HISTORY OF STAR TREK Star Trek premiered on NBC TV on September 8, 1966… 54 years ago. It is my favorite show; I was glued to the TV for the first episode and every one after that. It had a significant influence on my life in my choice of a career in technology. It represented…

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History of Woodstock: Over 50 Years Ago

By billpetro / August 15, 2020 /

HISTORY OF WOODSTOCK August 15 marks the anniversary of the “3 Days of Peace & Music” held in 1969 at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, southwest of the village of Woodstock. I’d like to share with you what it was like to be there — the music,…

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History of William Wilberforce: Champion of British Slavery Abolition

By billpetro / July 26, 2020 /

HISTORY OF WILLIAM WILBERFORCE 187 years ago today, on July 26, 1833, the Slavery Abolition Act passed its third reading in the House of Commons, ensuring the end of slavery in the British Empire. It was authored by William Wilberforce. August 24 marks the birthday of British statesman and England’s greatest abolitionist William Wilberforce. He…

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History of D-Day: 76 Years Ago

By billpetro / June 6, 2020 /

HISTORY OF D-DAY Why has D-Day captured the imagination of American consciousness for three-quarters of a century? On Twitter, the hashtag is #DDay76 Seventy-six 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…

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