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Post by Ponee Sun May 20, 2012 8:49 am

Jeans were patented. (1873) Levi Strauss patented jeans with copper rivets on this day at the request of Jacob Davis, a tailor from Reno, Nevada. The pants were an immediate hit with miners and ranchers, and since then Levi Strauss has sold over 200 million pairs of jeans.

Charles Lindbergh took off on the first solo, non-stop transatlantic flight. (1927) Lindbergh was the first to make a non-stop flight between New York and Paris; on the same day five years later, Amelia Earhart began her flight as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

The street in front of the White House was closed to traffic. (1995) Before this day, anybody could cruise down the two blocks or so in front of the While House in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president. President Clinton closed the street permanently as a security measure.

The Homestead Act was passed. (1862) The act allowed any adult over the age of 21 to claim up to 160 acres (0.647 square km) of public land for their own, as long as they improved it in some way and lived on it for at least five years.

The First Council of Nicea took place. (325) It was the first large ecumenical meeting of the Christian church, and set up the basis for many modern Christian doctrines. Among other things, the council decided when Easter would be celebrated, defined the relationship of Jesus to God the Father, and settled some issues about baptism.

Vasco de Gama reached India. (1498) Portuguese de Gama was the first European to reach India, and his reaching it set up a very profitable trade route for Portugal, which helped it become the foremost exploring power in the early 1500s.

The Battle of Hamburger Hill ended. (1969) The battle was one of the bloodiest — and generally considered most pointless — battles of the Vietnam War. The battle for the tactically insignificant hill took ten days, with hundreds of casualties, but US and South Vietnamese forces abandoned it soon after they took it.

Martial law was declared in Taiwan. (1949) Chiang Kai-Shek's party, the Kuomintang (KMT), declared martial law when they moved the Republic of China's government to Taiwan. Tensions had been building between native Taiwanese and the KMT for several years, and an estimated 30,000 dissidents were taken care of by KMT forces.

The Saturday Evening Post published its first issue with a Norman Rockwell cover. (1916) The magazine became famous for its Americana-themed Rockwell covers; throughout his career, Rockwell did more than 300 covers for the Post.

The Supreme Court defended homosexuals' rights. (1996) The Supreme Court struck down legislation that would have made it illegal for Colorado authorities to take any steps to prevent discrimination against homosexuals. It was considered a landmark constitutional ruling for homosexuals' rights.

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Post by Terbo56 Sun May 20, 2012 8:58 am

Good morning,Ponee-Good to hear from you again-What are your plans this beautiful weekend?:?:
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Post by rick152 Sun May 20, 2012 11:24 am

On this day in 1937 my dad was born. Today is his big 75 :yes:

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Post by Catherine Sun May 20, 2012 1:43 pm

Terbo~I am going to stay cool~it is 93 outside. :shock:

My Sunday Smoothie:

> 1 peach with skin
> 1/2 banana
> A few fresh strawberries
> Some frozen raspberries
> Sugar/alternatives to taste
> 5 or so big ice cubes
> Spring water-just enough
so the mixer doesn't jam.

YUM!!!


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Post by Horizon Sun May 20, 2012 2:13 pm

Thanks Ponee!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Catherine....you are going to turn into a smoothie!!! At least it is good for you!

Rick...tell your Dad Happy Birthday!

Hope you all are having a Great Day!

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Post by SEBtopdog Sun May 20, 2012 2:50 pm

Isn't it amazing how something as simple as the invention/patenting of blue jeans changed how the world dresses? That adds up to a major world-changing event. Also interesting is that the original blue jeans were not fastened as they are now. Although the zipper had been invented in 1851 by Elias Howe, who also invented the sewing machine, it was not incorporated in men's clothing until the 1930's. But the Levi Strauss company did not introduce the zippered fly into its blue jeans until 1954.


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Post by Kevind53 Sun May 20, 2012 3:05 pm

Thank goodness for buttons! affraid

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Post by SEBtopdog Sun May 20, 2012 3:08 pm

@Kevind53 wrote:Thank goodness for buttons! affraid

Yes, the research indicated that the French incorporated zippers into men's dress trousers in the 1930's to avoid "unfortunate disarray". Embarassed

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Post by Kevind53 Sun May 20, 2012 3:27 pm

Well the French would have the need for .... never mind! affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid

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Post by SEBtopdog Sun May 20, 2012 3:29 pm

lol! What Happened May 20th 2359006407 lol!

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Post by Ponee Sun May 20, 2012 7:22 pm

@terbo56 wrote:Good morning,Ponee-Good to hear from you again-What are your plans this beautiful weekend?:?:



Sir Terbo,It is good to see you also. I am sorry, I did not see your message until just now. I jumped on real quick this morning, but then had to get about my Sunday things. It has been a busy busy weekend. I LOVE this wonderful weather. So much to do outside.

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Post by Terbo56 Sun May 20, 2012 7:28 pm

It's been in the 80's @ 90's this past weekend- It's about time- We do need alot of rain, and I hope it does soon- Going to try to get away this Memorial Day Weekend- Been awhile since we've been anywhere- We need to get out of here for awhile!! Oh, and , by the way, you have NOTHING to be sorry for, ever!! :cheers:
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Post by READROVER Mon May 21, 2012 6:43 am

Just a little bit of worthless historical trivia.

Vasco DeGama was a portaguese and this nation conquered what is now known as Brazil. The Spanish had a much superior navy and captured or sunk most of the Portaguese ships. So good old Vasco set out to find a way from Brazil to europe without crossing the atlantic.

On long voyages in those days scruvy was a major problem which the British solved by making the sailors dring lime juice (thus limeys). The portaguese discovered that the pineapple, a Brazil native plant, worked as good as limes so they used them instead.

DeGama using maps from Prince Henry The Navigator which were fairly accurate in depicting the west coast of South America and the pacific ocean sailed aound Teara Del Fuego, keeping the pineapple tops as they were eaten. when he reached the general area of northern Chile they stopped to reprovision and planted the pineapple tops.

From there theysailed to Hawai and repeated the pineapple planting. Leaving there the sailed to somewhere in Indonesia aand thenseto the regon of India Known as Goa. there they planted the last of the pineapple tops and loaded up with limes for the remainder of the voyage.

Thus may 20 is not only the day of discovery for europeans in india it is the day the first pineapples were planted in India. And that myfriends is probably the most worthless bit of knowlege ou will ever learn.

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Post by Catherine Mon May 21, 2012 4:31 pm

@READROVER wrote:Just a little bit of worthless historical trivia.

Vasco DeGama was a portaguese and this nation conquered what is now known as Brazil. The Spanish had a much superior navy and captured or sunk most of the Portaguese ships. So good old Vasco set out to find a way from Brazil to europe without crossing the atlantic.

On long voyages in those days scruvy was a major problem which the British solved by making the sailors dring lime juice (thus limeys). The portaguese discovered that the pineapple, a Brazil native plant, worked as good as limes so they used them instead.

DeGama using maps from Prince Henry The Navigator which were fairly accurate in depicting the west coast of South America and the pacific ocean sailed aound Teara Del Fuego, keeping the pineapple tops as they were eaten. when he reached the general area of northern Chile they stopped to reprovision and planted the pineapple tops.

From there theysailed to Hawai and repeated the pineapple planting. Leaving there the sailed to somewhere in Indonesia aand thenseto the regon of India Known as Goa. there they planted the last of the pineapple tops and loaded up with limes for the remainder of the voyage.

Thus may 20 is not only the day of discovery for europeans in india it is the day the first pineapples were planted in India. And that myfriends is probably the most worthless bit of knowlege ou will ever learn.

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