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History of D-Day: 80 Years Ago

By billpetro / June 4, 2024 /

HISTORY OF D-DAY Why has D-Day captured the imagination of American consciousness for over three-quarters of a century?   Eighty 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. On Twitter/X, the hashtag is #DDay80 D-Day was the…

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

By billpetro / June 2, 2024 /

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE – 1967: PART 4, ROCK & ROLL   It was twenty 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   Rock & Roll in the late ’60s was exemplified when The Beatles…

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History of the Golden Gate Bridge: 87 Years Old

By billpetro / May 27, 2024 /

HISTORY OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE This week, we celebrate the 87th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. On May 27, 1937, the bridge opened to traffic after taking over five years to build. I remember asking my father when I was young: “Why isn’t the Golden Gate Bridge golden?” He didn’t…

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History of Towel Day: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

By billpetro / May 25, 2024 /

HISTORY OF TOWEL DAY May 25 celebrates Towel Day to honor Douglas Adams, the author of the five (or six) book trilogy Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Created in May 2001 to mark the passing of English science fiction humor author Douglas Adams, the day is set aside for fans of his writings to carry a…

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History of Star Wars: Premiered 47 Years Ago

By billpetro / May 24, 2024 /

HISTORY OF STAR WARS The original Star Wars movie premiered on May 25, 1977. Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away… …in Berkeley, in November 1976, I picked up a new science fiction novel called “Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker” by George Lucas. I did not know then that it was…

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History of The Who’s Tommy: 55 Years Ago

By billpetro / May 23, 2024 /

HISTORY OF THE WHO’s TOMMY Fifty-five years ago today, on May 23, 1969, the British rock group The Who released the double-album rock opera Tommy in the U.K. Commercially, the record went Gold in the U.K. and Double Platinum in the U.S. It was released in the U.S. on May 17 or 19; reports vary.…

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History of May the Fourth (Be With You): Star Wars Day

By billpetro / May 3, 2024 /

HISTORY OF MAY THE FOURTH May 4th or May the Fourth is a geek holiday that has gained popularity in recent years due to a popular film franchise. But where did it begin?   History of May the Fourth “May the Fourth” is taken from the benediction “May the Force be with you,” made famous…

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History of the King James Bible: Over 400 Years of the Authorized Version?

By billpetro / May 2, 2024 /

HISTORY OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE Four hundred thirteen years ago, on May 2, 1611, marked the publishing, at the request of the Anglican clergy, of what would become the Authorized Version of the Bible to wide acclaim. But there are at least three problems with that statement. While it is true that the King…

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History of World Tai Chi Day

By billpetro / April 26, 2024 /

While World Tai Chi Day started back in 1999, the history of Tai Chi goes back centuries. Learn the origins and history of this Chinese Martial Art.

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History of the Marathon: Ancient and Modern

By billpetro / April 15, 2024 /

HISTORY OF THE MARATHON Today in Boston, Massachusetts, the Boston Marathon will be run. It begins at the start line in Hopkinton, MA, at 10:00 AM and follows the race route into Boston. This is the oldest and longest-running (no pun intended) annual marathon event, at least in the Western World. It began in 1897, the…

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History of Gmail: 20 Years Ago

By billpetro / April 1, 2024 /

HISTORY OF GMAIL Twenty years ago, on April 1, 2004, Google released Gmail to limited beta testing for only 1,000 users outside Google. Here’s the original press release. A few months later, I got an invitation to the beta, which was not opened to the general public until 2007. What follows is the story of…

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Movie Review: Dune, Part Two (no spoilers)

By billpetro / March 1, 2024 /

Movie Review: Dune, Part Two (no spoilers) Today, March 1, marks the opening of the long-awaited sequel to the film Dune, Part One. It is expected to be one of the largest debuts of 2024. (See my previous review article on the saga’s history, my chat with the author Frank Herbert 45 years ago, the…

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