Archive for May 29th, 2011

ON THIS DATE IN 1961 … THIS WAS #1

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PORTLAND’S ROSE FESTIVAL ~ LOOKING BACK

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FOUNDING FATHER BORN ON THIS DATE 1736

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Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an orator and
politician who led the movement for independence in Virginia in
the 1770s. He served as the first and sixth colonial Governor
of Virginia from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786. He is best
remembered for “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” speech.

 

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This sterling silver medal (front & back shown) is part of
the 60 piece Longines
Symphonette Great American
Events Medal set.

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THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 IS 100 TODAY

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It’s called The greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, also
known as the Indianapolis 500, the Indy 500 or The 500. The auto race is held
annually, typically on the last weekend in May (specifically over the Memorial Day weekend) at the Indianapolis motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The first “500”
was held at the Speedway on Memorial Day, May 30, 1911. It had a field of 40
starters, with Ray Harroun (below) driving a Marmon Model 32-based Wasp across
the finish line. He was the only driver in the race without a riding mechanic, who
checked the oil pressure and would let the driver know when traffic was coming. The
car driven by Harroun was outfitted with his invention, the rearview mirror. A total of 80,000 spectators were reportedly in attendance that day.

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RACE WINNER RAY HARROUN (average speed of 75 mph)

The marmon on display
Harroun’s  # 32 car as it looks today

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JOHN F. KENNEDY (MAY 29, 1917-NOV. 22, 1963)

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