Archive for February 21st, 2011

MAGAZINE’S FIRST ISSUE ON THIS DATE IN 1925

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The New Yorker is a magazine of commentary, criticism, essays, fiction,
satire, cartoons and poetry. It was founded by Harold Ross and his wife,
Jane Grant, a New York Times reporter. The New Yorker started as a
weekly and is now published 47 times per year, with five of these issues
covering two-week spans. The magazine has a wide audience outside of
New York. 
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WILLIAM PETERSEN IS 58 TODAY

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William Louis Petersen  is  best known for playing Dr. Gilbert “Gil”
Grissom on the CBS-TV series CSI:Crime Scene Investigation. He
also starred in the first Hannibal lecter film, Manhunter in 1986.

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William Petersen in Manhunter

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Petersen played a secret service agent (above) in William Friedkin’s
1985 action film To Live and Die in L.A.

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POLAROID CAMERA DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1947

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Edwin Land,above, demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical
Society of America in New York City. It was the first camera to take, develop
and print a picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds.The photos were
in black and  white. The new camera went on sale the following year.

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Pictured is the Polaroid model 95

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WASHINGTON MONUMENT DEDICATED ON THIS DATE IN 1885

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The Washington Monument (above) is a pillar located near the west end of the
National mall in Washington, D.C. It was built to commemorate the first U.S.
president, George Washington. It is made of marble, granite, and sandstone
and is the world’s tallest stone structure, standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches.There
are taller monumental columns, but they are not all stone.

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The Washington Monument under construction around 1860

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The Washington Monument was dedicated on a wintry day before George
Washington’s birthday.The celebration, shown above, lasted into the night,
and ended with the first fireworks display to be held on the grounds. The
monument would not open to the public for another three years,however,
to allow for the completion of the interior stairwell and elevator.

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Arial view of the Washington Monument

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HOLIDAY ~

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