Archive for August 29th, 2017

FILIBUSTER RECORD ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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Senator Strom Thurmond of
South Carolina set a filibuster record
when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes in an attempt to kill
the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Thurmond died in his sleep on June
26, 2003, at 9:45 p.m. of
heart failure at a hospital in Edgefield,
South Carolina. He was 100 years old. Thurmond was the longest-
serving senator in history.

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James Strom Thurmond
(December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003)

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ANCHOR RECOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1983

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The anchor of the USS Monitor, from the American
Civil War, was retrieved by divers on this day in 1983.

The USS Monitor was the first ironclad warship commissioned by
the Union Navy
in February of 1862. It was lost at sea, December
31, 1862. The wreck was located August 27, 1973.

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Model of USS Monitor.

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SPLASH DOWN ON THIS DAY IN 1965

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Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles
("Pete") Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after
eight days in space at 7:56 a.m., EST.

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WASHINGTON ARTIFACT GOES ON DISPLAY

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Charles Wilson Peale’s portrait of Washington commemorating the victory at Princeton.

(FoxNews) – The storied blue sash worn by George Washington (above) during
the Revolutionary War has gone on display at Philadelphia’s Museum of the
American Revolution. The sash, on loan from Harvard’s Peabody Museum of
Ethnography and Archaeology, was rediscovered several years ago by Dr.
Philip Mead, chief historian and director of curatorial affairs at the Museum of
the American Revolution. Mead found the artifact at the Peabody Museum,
where it had essentially been hidden in plain sight for decades. He spent years
studying the sash before concluding that it was indeed the one worn by
Washington.

The sash (below) which is on display until Oct. 9, is featured with a 1776 portrait
of Washington by Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale, which depicts him
wearing the sash. The portrait is on loan from the Brooklyn Museum.

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Washington’s uniform sash.

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George Washington depicted in the Battle of Princeton.

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GASOLINE MADE FOR THE SUMMER HEAT

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Gulf Oil was a major global oil company from the 1900s to 1980s.The eighth-largest American manufacturing company in 1941 and the ninth-largest in 1979, Gulf Oil
was one of the so-called Seven Sisters oil companies.The company was founded
in 1901 by William Larimer Mellon, SR. with headquarters in Framingham, PA. It 
ceased to exist as an independent company in 1985, when it merged with Standard
Oil of California.

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William Larimer Mellon, Sr.
(June 1, 1868 – October 9, 1949) 

That Good Gulf Gasoline

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