John’s Believe It Or Not… August 16th

In 1812 – Isaac Brock captures Fort Detroit with the help of Tecumseh’s 600 native warriors. In 1896 Gold discovered in the Yukon. In 1984 Los Angeles jury clears John Z. DeLorean of drug charges. In 1958 Madonna born. In  1977 Elvis Presley dies.

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* 1812 – Isaac Brock captures Fort Detroit with the help of Tecumseh’s 600 native warriors.

On 13 August Isaac BROCK arrived at FORT AMHERSTBURG (Malden) with 300 men. Against the advice of Henry PROCTER and all his officers except John MACDONELL and Robert Nichol, he decided to attack Fort Detroit. When Tecumseh heard this plan, he reportedly declared of Brock “This is a man!” Whether the story is true or not, the two men had great regard for one another and Tecumseh admired Brock’s resolve.
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John’s Believe It Or Not… August 15th

In 1988 – Vicki Keith the first person to swim across Lake Superior. In 1947 India and Pakistan win independence. In 1969 The Woodstock festival opens in Bethel, New York. In 1057 Malcolm slays Macbeth. In 1998 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland. 

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* 1988 – Vicki Keith the first person to swim across Lake Superior.

Vicki Keith, marathon swimmer, fund raiser, inspirational speaker, born February 26, 1961, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Keith currently holds 16 world records and has crossed many of the world’s most challenging bodies of water, mostly using the butterfly stroke. She has raised over $1 million to help children with physical disabilities. Her 1988 Great Lakes Marathon raised over $200,000 for Variety Village. She retired from marathon swimming in 1991. In 2001 Vicki moved to the Kingston area, where she started a swim team for young people with physical disabilities at the Kingston Family YMCA. The Kingston Family Y adopted the team, known as the Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club.
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John’s Believe It Or Not… August 14th

In 1943 – Mackenzie King opens Québec Conference attended by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. In 2003 Blackout hits Northeast United States. In 1980 17000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement. In 1935 FDR signs Social Security Act. In 1985 Michael Jackson takes control of the Beatles’ publishing rights.

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* 1943 – Mackenzie King opens Québec Conference attended by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt.

The First Quebec Conference (codenamed “QUADRANT”) was a highly secret military conference held during World War II between the British, Canadian and United States governments. The conference was held in Quebec City, August 17, 1943 – August 24, 1943. It took place at the Citadelle and at the Château Frontenac. The chief representatives were Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, hosted by the Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 14th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… August 13th

In 1941 – National Defence establishes the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC). In 1521 Aztec capital falls to Cortés. In 1952 “Hound Dog” is recorded for the first time by Big Mama Thornton. In 1931 Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman is born. In 1860 Annie Oakley is born.

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* 1941 – National Defence establishes the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC).

The formation of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during the Second World War is a milestone in the history of women’s participation in the Canadian military. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 13th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… August 12th

In 1981 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0). In 1990 Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered. In 1961 East Germany begins construction of the Berlin Wall. In 1898 Armistice ends the Spanish-American War. In 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie musical premieres in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

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* 1981 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0).

The IBM Personal Computer, commonly known as the IBM PC, is the original version and progenitor of the IBM PC compatible hardware platform. It is IBM model number 5150 and was introduced on August 12, 1981. It was created by a team of engineers and designers under the direction of Don Estridge of the IBM Entry Systems Division in Boca Raton, Florida. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 12th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… August 11th

In 1934 US Federal prisoners land on Alcatraz. In 1988 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting in Pakistan. In 1973 American Graffiti opens. In 1973 Hip Hop is born at a birthday party in the Bronx. In 1919 Weimar Constitution adopted in Germany.

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* 1934 US Federal prisoners land on Alcatraz.

A group of federal prisoners classified as “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay. The convicts–the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary–joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison.

Alcatraz was an uninhabited seabird haven when it was explored by Spanish Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775. He named it Isla de los Alcatraces, or “Island of the Pelicans.” Fortified by the Spanish, Alcatraz was sold to the United States in 1849. In 1854, it had the distinction of housing the first lighthouse on the coast of California. Beginning in 1859, a U.S. Army detachment was garrisoned there, and from 1868 Alcatraz was used to house military criminals. In addition to recalcitrant U.S. soldiers, prisoners included rebellious Indian scouts, American soldiers fighting in the Philippines who had deserted to the Filipino cause, and Chinese civilians who resisted the U.S. Army during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1907, Alcatraz was designated the Pacific Branch of the United States Military Prison. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 11th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… August 10th

In 1978 Fatal Ford Pinto crash in Indiana. In 1981 Child found decapitated. In 1793 Louvre Museum opens. In 1937 First-ever electric guitar patent awarded to the Electro String Corporation. In 1945 Japan accepts Potsdam terms, agrees to unconditional surrender.

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* 1978 Fatal Ford Pinto crash in Indiana.

On this day in 1978, three teenage girls die after their 1973 Ford Pinto is rammed from behind by a van and bursts into flames on an Indiana highway. The fatal crash was one of a series of Pinto accidents that caused a national scandal during the 1970s. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 10th”