Archive for October 24th, 2011

OVER IN A BARREL ON THIS DAY IN 1901

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Niagara Falls

Annie_Taylor 

A 63 year old Daredevil named Anna Edson Taylor (above) became the first
person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a airtight wooden barrel. She
dropped 175 feet while wearing a leather harness. Soft cushions were placed
inside the barrel to help protect her during the stunt. Taylor was shaken up
but not badly hurt, just one small cut on her forehead. She was desperate for
money to help pay off her debts. The widowed unemployed schoolteacher
died a pauper in 1921. 

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Anna being helped to dry ground after her ride down the falls

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U.N. CORNERSTONE LAID ON THIS DAY IN 1949

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U.N. Secretary-General Trygve Lie and Wallace K. Harrison, Chief Architect are 
shown sealing
the cornerstone with mortar.

The cornerstone of the permanent headquarters of the United Nations in New York City 
was laid on October 24, 1949 during a special open-air General Assembly meeting.The ceremony, marking the fourth anniversary of the United Nations and was attended by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who was the principal speaker. Copies of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were deposited in the cornerstone by Secretary-General Trygve Lie (shown above).     

 

 

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The United Nations building in New York City

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RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1939

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The opening song from the 1935 NBC radio series Let’s Dance

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The Benny Goodman Orchestra playing on Let’s Dance. The show was
canceled after just one season.

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DAVID NELSON

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David Oswald Nelson
  (October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011)

David Nelson was a actor, director, and producer. He was the older son of bandleader-
TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and older brother of singer Ricky
Nelson. David was the last surviving member of the Nelsons, radio and TV’s Ozzie
and Harriet Nelson family.

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The Nelsons

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THE BIG BOPPER WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1930

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                        Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr.


                     (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959)

Richardson was a disc jockey, singer, and songwriter known best for his 1958
recording of “Chantilly Lace”. On Feb. 3, 1959, known as “the day the music died”, Richardson died at age 28 in the crash of a small plane in a field near Clear Lake,
Iowa, that also killed 1950s rock stars Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

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          Buddy Holly                 The Big Bopper                  Ritchie Valens

 

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