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Archive for June, 2008

17 June
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France Gives US Statue of Liberty

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On this day in 1885 France gave us the Statue of Liberty.

It was originally called “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the statue was to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. In February 1877, Congress approved the use of a site on New York Bedloe’s Island. In May 1884, the statue was completed in France, and three months later the Americans laid the cornerstone for its pedestal in New York. On June 19, 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty arrived in the New World, enclosed in more than 200 packing cases. Its copper sheets were reassembled, and the last rivet of the monument was fitted on October 28, 1886, during a dedication presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland.

Read the whole article at History’s Mysteries blog.

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16 June
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Should have listened to the kid

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On June 15 at 9AM 1,360 packed a riverboat on New York’s East River.

As the boat passed 83rd Street, accounts indicate that a child spotted a fire in a storeroom and reported it to Captain Van Schaik. Reportedly the captain responded, “Shut up and mind your own business.” But as the smoke became more obvious, crew members were sent to investigate. By this time, the storeroom, filled with a combination of oil and excelsior (wood shavings used for packing), was blazing out of control. The onboard fire hose, which had never been used, tested or inspected, did not work.

Read the rest of this story at Obsure History blog.

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12 June
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World’s Oldest Church?

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Archaeologists in Jordan have discovered a cave underneath one of the world’s oldest churches and say it may have been an even more ancient site of Christian worship.

Read the rest of this article at Discovery News.

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11 June
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OC Podcasters Meet Tonight

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Today is the second Wednesday of the month, so if you find yourself in Orange County, California tonight stop by and meet everyone at the OC Podcasters meetup.  To find out exactly where and other details of the meetup visit: OC Podcasters and our MeetUp page.  See you there!

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10 June
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Jane Austen’s Long Lost Boyfriend

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Now a miniature of the young man she is believed to have cared for has been placed on the art market. This morning, an article was posted in The Guardian about Jane Austen and penniless law student, Tom LeFroy…

Read the rest at You’re History blog

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09 June
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Pharoah’s ‘Missing’ Pyramid Found

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Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered the “missing pyramid” of a pharaoh and a ceremonial procession road where high priests carried mummified remains of sacred bulls, Egypt’s antiquities chief said Thursday.

Read the whole article at Discovery News.

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06 June
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Elizabeth the 1st as a Teenager

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they’ve recently discovered an early protratit of Elizabeth the 1st

Fiona a listener and frequent guest podcaster sent these two links to news articles on a painting recently discovered. The painting shows Elizabeth I as a teenager.

Times Online article

BBC article

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05 June
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Upcoming Pele TV Documentary

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I have always wanted to learn more about this facinating soccer player.  Seems like my chance is coming with this recently announced TV documentary.  It was announced in the New York Times today.  To read more about Pele check out his Wikipeidia article.

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04 June
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OC Podcasters in One Week

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I mistakenly wrote last week that the meet up would be today.  I guess I was too excited about the meetup to remember that it is always on the second Wednesday of the month.  That means that Wednesday, June 11 the OC Podcasters will be meeting in Orange County.  To find out exactly where and other details of the meetup visit: OC Podcasters and our MeetUp page.

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03 June
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Obscure History

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That is my favorite kind.  What a great blog this is!  The most recent post is about a small theft that stopped a serial killer duo.

On June 2nd, 1985, Leonard Lake is arrested near San Francisco, California, ending one of the rare cases of serial killers working together. Lake and Charles Ng were responsible for a series of particularly brutal crimes against young women in California and the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1980s.

Read the whole article at Obscure History blog.

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