Archive for January 23rd, 2011

JOHN HANCOCK ~ BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1737

JOHN HANCOCK SIG ON DECLARATION OF INDEPENDCNE
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John Hancock  was a merchant, statesman, and prominent patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts. As president of the Congress, Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Hancock died on October 8, 1793, at 56 years of age.

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JACK LALANNE IS DEAD AT 96

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MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) — Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron for decades before exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.

LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California’s central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.

Lalanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.

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ERNIE KOVACS ~ JANUARY 23, 1919 – JANUARY 13, 1962

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Ernie Kovacs was more than just another comedian,he was television’s first significant video artist. He was also its first surrealist and its most daring and imaginative writer.

            ERNIE K. GRAVS MARKER
                            Ernie’s grave marker at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles

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BARNEY MILLER PREMIERED ON THIS DATE IN 1975

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Barney Miller was a situation comedy TV series set in a New York City police station in Greenwich Village. The series originally was broadcast on ABC-TV until May 20, 1982.
Decades after its cancellation, Barney Miller retains a devoted following among real-life police officers, who appreciate the show’s emphasis on dialogue and believably quirky characters, and its low-key portrayal of cops going about their jobs.

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scene from barnney miller

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THE PUEBLO INCIDENT ON THIS DATE IN 1968

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USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is an American Navy intelligence ship which was boarded and captured by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in what is known as the Pueblo incident or alternatively as the Pueblo crisis or the Pueblo affair. Occurring less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson’s State of the Union Address and only weeks before the Tet Offensive, it was a major incident in the Cold War.

North Korea stated that it strayed into their territorial waters, but the United States maintains that the vessel was in international waters at the time of the incident.

The Pueblo, still held by the DPRK today, officially remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. It is currently moored along the Taedong River in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where it is used as a propaganda museum ship. It is the only ship of the U.S. Navy currently being held captive.

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                 CDR. Llyod M. Bucher, Commanding Officer  of the USS Pueblo

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                          The captured USS Pueblo on display in North Korea

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           Memorial plaque at the Confederate Prison Museum, Andersonville, Ga.

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