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John F. Kennedy's Birthday

Friday, May 29 2015 by kjfitz
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963) was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.



  


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Today in History - May 29

Friday, May 29 2015 by kjfitz
1998 - The Blackstone Hotel was designated as a Chicago Landmark.



2004 - Trinity Church in Antarctica opened.



  


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Covered Wagons

Friday, May 29 2015 by kjfitz
The Covered wagon was long the dominant form of transport in pre-industrial America. With roots in the heavy Conestoga wagon developed for the rough, undeveloped roads and paths of the colonial East, the covered wagon spread west with American migration. Heavily relied upon along such travel routes as the Great Wagon Road and the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, it carried settlers seeking land, gold, and new futures ever further west.



  


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Today in History - May 28

Friday, May 29 2015 by kjfitz
1789 - French Captain Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse landed on Maui.



1994 - Disney's Wilderness Lodge, a resort hotel located at the Walt Disney World Resort, opened.



  


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Bombs

Friday, May 29 2015 by kjfitz


  


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Today in History - May 27

Friday, May 29 2015 by kjfitz
1957 - A Mark 17 atomic bomb was unintentionally jettisoned from a B-36 just south of Albuquerque, NM's Kirtland AFB.



1967 - USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) was launched.



  


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Lustron Houses

Friday, May 29 2015 by kjfitz
Lustron houses are prefabricated enameled steel houses developed in the post-World War II era United States in response to the shortage of houses for returning GIs.

(Thanks to pmoore66 for tracking down this great collection!)



  


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Today in History - May 26

Friday, May 29 2015 by kjfitz
1969 - Apollo 10 splashed down back on earth.



2002 - The I-40 Bridge in Webbers Falls collapsed killing 14 people.



  


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This Week's Birthdays - Week of May 25

Thursday, May 28 2015 by kjfitz
May 25, 1887 - Saint Pio (Pius) of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin Catholic priest from Italy who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.



May 26, 1907 - Marion Mitchell Morrison, a.k.a. John Wayne, an American film actor, director and producer.



May 27, 1837 - James Butler Hickok, better known as Wild Bill Hickok, a folk hero of the American Old West.



May 28, 1660 - George I, a King of Great Britain and Ireland.



May 29, 1917 - John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK, the 35th President of the United States



May 30, 1955 - Nicholas Bowen "Topper" Headon, a British rock and roll drummer, best known for his membership in the punk rock band The Clash.



May 31, 1943 - Joseph William "Joe" Namath, a former American football quarterback.



  


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Today in History - May 25

Thursday, May 28 2015 by kjfitz
1947 - The inaugural match was played at Estádio Novelli Júnior.



2003 - Cruise Ship Norway was damaged by boiler explosion.



  


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