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”
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”
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”