Archive for July 21st, 2012

INFLUENTIAL AUTHOR BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1899

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     Ernest Miller Hemingway
(July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961)

Hemingway was an American author and journalist whose writing style
had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction. He produced most of his
work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel
Prize in Literature
in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story
collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of
short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously
and many of these are considered classics of American literature.

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SECOND MERCURY FLIGHT ON THIS DAY IN 1961

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Astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom just before he climbed into his spacecraft

Grissom was the second American to go into space, following Alan Shepard’s 
suborbital flight. His flight on the "Liberty Bell 7" spacecraft, which lasted 15 
minutes and 37 seconds, was successful with the exception of the hatch
which blew prematurely after landing, causing the spacecraft to sink in the
Atlantic Ocean. Liberty Bell 7 was recovered from 3 miles deep in 1999, 38
years to the day after his lift-off.

 

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A Marine helicopter lifts astronaut Grissom to safety after 
the splashdown of  Liberty Bell 7

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THE VA IS 82 TODAY

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President Herbert Hoover in the oval office

The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when
Congress authorized President Hoover to "consolidate and coordinate
Government activities affecting war veterans." The three component
agencies became bureaus within the Veterans Administration. Brigadier
General Frank T. Hines, who directed the Veterans Bureau for seven
years, was named as the first Administrator of Veterans Affairs, a job
he held until 1945.

The VA health care system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to
include 152 hospitals; 800 community based outpatient clinics, and 126
nursing home care units.

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