The Northern Edge

It's Still Damp on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:05 PM GMT on May 31, 2010

Today will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon LONG WITH the risk of a thunderstorm late this morning and early this afternoon. The wind will be from the southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) early this afternoon then becoming northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph). A high of18C(64F) is forecast.
Tonight will see clearing with the wind northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) becoming light late this evening. An overnight low of 5C(41F) is expected.

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Today's Events in History from
2005 Watergate figure Deep Throat is revealed to be W. Mark Felt a former F.B.I agent
1997 "Once Upon a Matress," closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 187 perf
1997 Donovan Bailey beats Michael Johnson in 150m race
1996 Mark Van Thillo and Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures
1994 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates
1993 President Dobrica Cosic of little Yugoslavia flees
1992 46th Tony Awards: Dancing at Lughnasa and Crazy For You win
1992 5th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $1,060,000
1992 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic
1991 Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia
1991 Sides in Angola sign a treaty ending 16 year civil war
1990 63rd National Spelling Bee: Amy Marie Dimak wins spelling fibranne
1990 BPAA U.S. Women's Bowling Open won by Dana Miller-Mackie
1990 Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles
1989 "Rambling with Gambling" 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (New York City)
1989 1st International Rock Awards
1989 1st presentation of rock n roll Elvis awards
1989 Speaker of House Jim Wright resigns
1987 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1987 Saul Ballesteros drives 3 golf balls off Mount McKinley, Alaska
1987 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
1985 41 tornadoes hit Northeast U.S., killing 88
1985 Guatemala adopts constitution
1985 New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000
1985 Tornados in Penn, Ohio, New York and Canada kill 88 and injured more than 1,000
1984 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
1984 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) vs. England, ODI cricket record
1983 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep Los Angeles Lakers in 4 games
1982 "Best Little Whorehouse in Tx" opens at Eugene O'Neill New York City for 63 perf
1981 Cathy Reynolds wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
1980 "Love Stinks" by J Geils Band peaks at #38
1980 Police and youthful rebels battle in Zurich
1979 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 108 performances
1979 Radio City Music Hall (New York City) reopens
1979 Zimbabwe proclaims independence
1977 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 920 performances
1977 Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani becomes heir apparent to throne of Qatar
1977 Trans Alaska oil pipeline completed
1976 Loudest Pennsylvania (76 KW) for Who's Quadrophenia in London
1975 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 104 performances
1975 Fred Newman makes 12,874 baskets in a one-day exhibition
1974 Israel and Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights
1974 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1973 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th cricket run of English season
1972 Ajax wins Europe Cup 1 in Rotterdam
1971 WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 At 03:23 PM, Yungay Peru levelled by 7.75 earthquake (50-70,000 die)
1970 KDUB TV channel 40 in Dubuque, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1970 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies' Golf Open
1969 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 132 performances
1969 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"
1969 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amore"
1967 Bayern Munchen wins 7th Europe Cup II at Neurenberg
1965 Jim Clark becomes 1st foreigner in 49 years to win Indy
1964 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1964 San Francisco Giants beat New York Mets, 8-6, in 23 innings (2nd game) (7 hours 32 minutes)
1962 "Tell It To Groucho" last airs on CBS-TV
1961 Benfica wins 6th Europe Cup 1 at Bern
1961 Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St. Louis, opens
1961 John F. Kennedy visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris
1961 Judge Irving Kaufman orders Board of Ed of New Rochelle, to integrate
1961 Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaves Commonwealth
1959 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open
1958 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
1957 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
1956 Mickey Mantle home run just misses clearing Yankee Stadium's roof
1955 Construction begins on Soviet cosmodrome launch facilities
1955 Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to railroad strike
1955 Supreme Court orders school integration "with all deliberate speed"
1953 Lebanese president Camille Shamun disbands government
1953 WSUN TV channel 38 in St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
1951 Netherlands and South Africa sign cultural accord
1950 Due to rain, Indy 500 shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins
1950 Laker takes 14-12-2-8 in Test Cricket trial
1949 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA
1949 Charley Lupica begins stay on 4' platform atop a 60' pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don't, and stays 117 days)
1948 Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings)
1947 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6
1947 Communists grab power in Hungary
1947 Eastern DC-4 crashes between Ft. Deposit and Perryville Md, kills 53
1947 Italian government of Gasperi forms
1944 Allied breakthrough in Italy
1943 "Archie" comic strip 1st broadcast on radio
1943 Cards Mort Cooper pitches 1st of back-to-back one-hitters
1942 25th PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Seaview CC Atlantic City NJ
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Canterbury
1941 1st issue of "Parade" goes on sale
1941 41 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
1941 British troops vacate Kreta
1941 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach and swimming pools
1940 General-major Bernard Montgomery leaves Duinkerken
1940 Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
1938 Bill Edrich scores his 1,000th run of cricket season, all at Lord's
1937 1st quadruplets to finish college (Baylor University)
1937 Brooklyn Dodgers snap New York Giant Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak
1937 German battleships bomb Almeria, Spain
1935 Babe Ruth grounds out in his final at bat
1935 Quake kills 50,000 in Quetta Pakistan
1930 Bradman gets his 1,000th run of the English Cricket season
1930 Building begins on Albert Canal in Belgium
1930 Comet 73P/1930 (Schwassmann-Wachmann 3) approaches 0.0617 AUs of Earth
1929 Atlantic City Convention Center opens
1928 1st aerial cross of Pacific takes off from Oakland
1928 Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season
1927 Ford Motor Company produces last "Tin Lizzie" (begins Model A)
1927 Tiger 1st baseman Johnny Neun makes an unassisted triple play
1926 Portuguese president Bernardino Machedo resigns after coup
1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
1923 China and U.S.S.R. exchange diplomats
1921 Suffy McInnis (1st base) begins an errorless string of 1,700
1919 1st wedding held in an aircraft (over Houston, Texas)
1919 NC-4 aircraft commanded by AC Read completes 1st crossing of Atlantic
1917 1st jazz record released (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
1916 Battle of Skagerrak: Brit-German sea battle at Jutland (10,000 dead)
1916 British battle cruiser Invincible explodes, killing all but 6
1915 An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London
1914 Chicago White Sox Joe Benz no-hits Cleveland Indians, 6-1
1913 17th amendment (direct election of senators) declared ratified
1913 Alexis Ahlgren runs world record maraton (2:36:06.6)
1912 U.S. Marines land on Cuba
1910 Cape of Good Hope becomes part of Union of South Africa
1910 Glenn Curtiss flies from Albany to New York City
1910 Union of South Africa declares independence from U.K.
1909 1st NAACP conference (United Charities Building, New York City)
1908 Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium)
1907 Taxis 1st began running in New York City
1906 Attack on King Alfonso XIII and Victoria von Battenberg in Madrid
1905 Emperor Wilhelm II lands in Tanger
1902 Australia Cricket all out 36 vs. England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever
1902 Boer War Ends; Treaty of Unity signed, Britain annexes Transvaal
1900 British troops under Lord Roberts occupy Johannesburg
1900 Piet de Law captures Lt-colonel Spragges Irish Yeomanry
1900 Tom Hayward scores 1,000th cricket run of season (sets record 1074)
1900 U.S. troops arrive in Beijing, help put down Boxer Rebellion
1899 Bronx acquires Keltch Memorial Park
1894 John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"
1891 Work on trans-Siberian railway begins
1889 Johnstown Flood; 2,209 die in Pennsylvania
1883 French fleet under Pierre begins siege of Tamatave, Madagascar
1880 League of American Wheelmen (1st U.S. bicycle association), forms in Newport, Rhode Island
1879 1st electric railway opens at Berlin Trades Exposition
1879 Madison Square Garden opens
1878 German battleship Grosser Kurfurst sinks, 284 killed
1878 U.S. Congress accept decrease in dollar circulation
1870 Congress passes 1st Enforcement Act (rights of blacks)
1870 E. J. DeSemdt patents asphalt pavement
1868 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio
1868 Dr. James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St. Cloud, Paris
1864 Raid at Morgan's Kentucky
1862 Battle of Seven Pines Virginia (Fair Oaks)
1861 General Beauregard is given command of Confederate Alexandria Line
1861 Mint at New Orleans closes
1859 Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later
1853 Elisha Kane's Arctic expedition leaves New York aboard Advance
1849 Last edition of Orange sheet "Journal de La Haye"
1847 Rotterdam-Hague Railway opens
1837 Astor Hotel opens in New York City, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria
1836 HMS Beagle anchors in Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope
1821 Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, 1st U.S. Catholic cathedral, is dedicated in Baltimore
1790 U.S. copyright law enacted
1744 French troops conquer Kortrijk
1727 France, England and Netherlands sign accord of Paris
1696 John Salomonsz elected chief of Saint-Eustatius
1678 Lady Godiva rode naked through Coventry in a protest of taxes
1665 Jerusalem's rabbi Sjabtai Tswi proclaims himself Messiah
1659 Netherlands, England and France sign Treaty of The Hague
1634 U.S. colony Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony
1621 Sir Francis Bacon thrown into Tower of London for 1 night
1564 Battle on Gotland: Lubeck and Denmark beat Sweden
1531 "Women's Revolt" in Amsterdam: wool house in churchyard aborted
1495 Emperor Maximilian, Pope Alexander VI, Milan, King Ferdinand, Isabella and Venice sign anti-French Saint League
1417 Jacoba van Bavarian becomes countess of Holland/Zealand/Henegouwen
70 Rome captures 1st wall of the city of Jerusalem

Updated: 1:36 PM GMT on June 01, 2010


Heavy Rain and Flooded Basements on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:16 PM GMT on May 30, 2010

Today will be cloudy with showers beginning early this morning and ending early this afternoon. There will be clearing late this afternoon. The wind becoming northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) this morning. A high of 18C(64F) is expected.
Tonight will start with a few clouds then bring increasing cloudiness near midnight with a 60% chance of showers. The wind will be northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) becoming light early this evening.An overnight low of 8C(46F) is forecast.

We received 87.8 mm(3.4 inches) of rain yesterday. I was going to clean my eave troughs on Friday but put it off. Big Mistake. The Queen and me spent Saturday evening using a wet vac to keep the basement from flooding. It would have taken much less time to clean the troughs. I wasn't alone in my nmisery though. The neighbor was doing the same thing at his home.
The Red River in Winnipeg was rising and is expexcted to crest on June 6. The city of Winnipeg has issued a warning that some baserments could flood.
IIf given a choice 'd rather have clean rain water than muddy river water in my basement.
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Updated: 1:00 PM GMT on May 31, 2010


More ThunderStorms on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on May 29, 2010

From My Basement Window

Today will bring showers with a few thunderstorms ending late this morning then cloudy.There is the risk of a severe thunderstorm this morning. The wind becoming northeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning then increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) late this afternoon. A high of 21C(70F) is expected.
Tonight will remain cloudy with showers and afew thunderstorms beginning this evening. The wind will be northeast at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) then becoming light late this evening. The low tonight is expected to be near 11C(52F).
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Thunderstorms and Ticks on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:31 PM GMT on May 28, 2010

Today will bring a few showers or thunderstorms ending this afternoon then clearing with 10 to 15 mm(0.4 to 0.6 in) of rain expected. The wind becoming east at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. The high id forecast to be 23C(73F)..
Tonight will see a few clouds then increasing cloudiness before morning. The wind continuing from the east at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this evening. The overnight low will be 15C(59F).
A noisy TStorm passed through this morning waking me at 5:30. When it had passed I went back to sleep and got up late.
More trouble from the Queen. I stand accused of bringing a tick home from my walk with Abbey. The Queen found one crawling on her. I have orders to stay out of the grass :-). I discussed that with Abbey and she doesn't like that idea.

Updated: 1:32 PM GMT on May 29, 2010


A Wet Weekend for the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:55 PM GMT on May 27, 2010

Today will bring increasing cloudiness and showers beginning this morning and ending late this afternoon. There is a risk of thunderstorms late this morning and this afternoon with 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in)of rain expected. The high will be 15C(59F).
Tonight will sww increasing cloudiness late this evening and an overnight low of 9C(48F).
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I got into trouble with the Queen yesterday. I cut both the granddaughter's and my lawns. The Queen says I ashould have waited till today to mine. With rain in the forecast I think I did it right.
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Some Sunshine on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:46 PM GMT on May 26, 2010

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods with the wind becoming west at30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning. The high will be near 17C(63F).
Tonight will be start clear then see increasing cloudiness before morning. The west wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light early this evening. The low tonight will be 6C(43F).

Today's Events in History from
1958 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
1930 Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution
1924 President Coolidge signs Immigration law: restricting immigration
1864 Territory of Montana formed
1805 Lewis and Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains

Updated: 12:54 PM GMT on May 27, 2010


Windy on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:17 PM GMT on May 25, 2010

Today will start sunny then see increasing cloudiness this afternoon. The wind will be easterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming south 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this morning. The high is expected to be 18C(64F).
Tonight will see clearing late this evening with a south wind at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph)then becoming southwest 20 km/h (12 mph) early this evening. The overnight low will be 7C(45F).
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I worked on my bicycle repair hobby yesterday. It's a lot harder doing it this year but I managed to get wheels, a rear derailer and brake s onto a frame I had. Today I'll do some adjustments and maybe take it for a ride. When I get it safe to ride I'll donate it to the local MCC Mennonite Central Committee .They have a store here where the proceeds go to help disater relief throughout the world.

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May 25 Events in History From BrainyHistory.Com

2009 North Korea announces a successful nuclear test in North Hamgyong, the U.N. Security Council condems the test
2008 NASA's Phoenix spacecraft lands in the polar region on Mars
2002 China Airlines flight 611 crashes near Taiwan, killing 225, crash probably due to structural failure
1997 Bell Atlantic Senior Golf Classic
1997 David Frost wins Golf's Colonial Final in Ft. Worth Texas
1997 Indianapolis 500 race
1997 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform number
1997 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Classic
1997 Todd and Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father and son to win 100 games
1996 Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American
1994 Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci not nominated
1992 Jay Leno becomes permanent host of "Tonight Show"
1992 New York Yankees score 9 runs before 1st out in 8th inn, beat Brewers 13-7
1992 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro elected president of Italy
1991 "People Are Still Having Sex," by LaTour hits #35
1991 Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews
1991 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Star, 4 games to 2
1989 Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots
1989 Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montreal for Randy Johnson
1989 Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union
1989 Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
1989 Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"
1988 PSV wins Europe Cup
1986 30,000,000 watch "Live Aid," a massive benefit concert
1986 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
1986 Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
1986 Hands Across America - 6 million people hold hands from California to New York
1986 Kansas City Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit
1986 Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1986 Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia
1985 Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)
1985 Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
1984 Detroit Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
1984 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner
1983 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars 3) released
1983 1st National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed
1983 Fire in Nassermeer Egypt kills 357
1983 France performs nuclear test
1983 Kirk Gibson (Tigers) and Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park home runs
1982 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
1982 Iranian troops reconquer Khorramshar
1982 STS-4 vehicle moves to launch pad
1981 Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial and Aaron)
1981 Daniel Goodwin, climbs Chicago's Sears Tower in 7 hours
1981 Rangers' Bill Stein sets AL record with 7 consecutive pinch hits
1980 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater New York City after 15 performances
1980 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1980 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
1979 American Airlines DC-10 crashes in Chicago killing 275
1979 Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt
1979 Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4
1978 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
1977 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released
1977 "Brady Bunch Hour," last airs on ABC-TV
1977 Dutch social democratic party wins parliamentary election
1977 Liverpool wins 22nd Europe Cup 1 in Rome
1977 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali KOs Richard Dunn in Munich
1975 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Washington Bullets in 4 games
1975 Cleveland's Dennis Eckersley, debuts shuting out the A's 6-0
1975 Joanne Carner wins LPGA American DefenderGolf Classic
1973 Argentine Peronist Hector Campora installed as president
1973 Borussia Monchengladbach wins 2nd UEFA Cup at Monchengladbach
1973 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in the United Kingdom
1973 U.S. launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1970 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2
1969 "Midnight Cowboy" released with an X rating
1969 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1969 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
1968 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich
1968 BPAA U.S. Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill
1968 Gateway Arch in St. Louis dedicated
1968 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
1968 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
1967 Celtic wins 12th Europe Cup 1 in Lisbon
1967 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce
1966 Peru and Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
1965 Dave Davies of Kinks stumbles and is knocked unconscious on stage
1965 India and Pakistan border fights
1965 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1965 Roel van Duyn, Martijn Ananar and Rob Faado align in Provo
1964 16th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore
1964 Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses," premieres in New York City
1964 Ground is broken for a new stadium in St. Louis
1964 Supreme Court rules closing schools to avoid desegregation unconstitut
1963 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 43 performances
1963 Early Wynn wins his 300th baseball game
1963 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
1963 Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania and Zambia
1962 Isley Brothers release "Twist and Shout"
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
1962 U.S. unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week
1961 John F. Kennedy sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade
1961 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m
1960 George Crowe's record 11th pinch-hit home run
1959 Khrushchev visits Angola
1959 Supreme court rules La prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
1957 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 49 performances
1956 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas
1955 Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas and most of Blackwell Okla
1953 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
1953 1st non-commercial educational television station, Houston, Texas
1953 Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row
1951 New York Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)
1950 Bkln-Battery Tunnel opens in New York City
1949 Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai
1948 30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St. Louis
1948 San Francisco receives its 1st telecast
1947 Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co's Mine #5 killing 111
1946 Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
1946 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1945 Arthur C. Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit
1944 Partisan leader Tito escapes Germans surrounding Bosnia
1943 Riot at Mobile Alabama shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers
1943 Trident conference in Washington D.C. (operation plan '43 against Japan)
1941 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India
1941 Ted Williams raises his batting avg over .400 for 1st time in 1941
1940 German troops conquer Boulogne
1940 Golden Gate International Expo reopens
1939 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
1937 1st airmail letter to circle globe returns to New York
1935 Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs, Boston Braves vs. Pirates
1935 Jesse Owens equals or breaks 6 world records in one hour
1934 Bela Bartok's "Enchanted Deer," premieres
1927 Henry Ford stops producing Model T car (begins Model A)
1923 Britain recognizes Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader
1922 Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump
1919 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap
1915 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties
1915 Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pitts (Federal League), 10-0
1914 British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule
1911 Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Jose Porfirio Diaz
1906 After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
1904 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
1900 Eyre M. Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics
1899 33rd Belmont: R. Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23
1898 1st U.S. troop transport to Manila leaves San Francisco
1895 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50
1895 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite
1887 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera "HMS Pinafore," premieres in London
1876 1st tie in NL history (Athletics and Louisville, 2-2 in 14)
1876 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
1870 Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Quebec
1868 Australia Aboriginal Cricket tour of England begins vs. Surrey Gentlemen
1864 Battle of New Hope Church, Georgia
1862 Battle of Winchester, Virginia
1861 John Merryman is arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus it later sparks a supreme court decision protecting writ
1844 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot
1825 American Unitarian Association founded
1812 Earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela
1810 Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain (National Day)
1793 Father Stephen Theodore Badin is 1st U.S. Roman Catholic priest ordained
1787 Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding
1784 Jews are expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek
1721 John Copson becomes America's 1st insurance agent
1720 "Le Grand St. Antoine" reaches Marseille, plague kills 80,000
1661 King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina the Braganca
1660 English King Charles II lands in Dover
1659 Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector
1632 Albrecht von Wallenstein recaptures Prague on Saksen
1522 Emperor Karel I returns to Spain
1241 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfort-on-the-Main Germany
1085 King Alfonso VI of Castily/Leon occupy Toledo on Moren

Updated: 12:21 PM GMT on May 25, 2010


A Wet Victoria Day

By: plapman, 12:37 PM GMT on May 24, 2010

Today will bring increasing cloudiness with showers late this morning. The wind becoming east at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. A high of 15C(59F) is forecast.
Tonight will be cloudy with rain at times heavy beginning early this evening and ending overnight. There wil be the risk of thundershowers late this evening and overnight with 20 to 30 mm(0.8 to 1.2 in) expected. The wind will be from the northeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. An overnight low of 11C(52F) is forecast.

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May 24 Events in History from
1997 STS-84 (Atlantis 19), lands
1997 Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
1996 "Spy Hard," starring Leslie Nielsen is released
1994 Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash
1993 Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
1993 Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement
1993 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers and 5 citizens in Turkey
1992 Al Unser, Jr. wins Indy 500
1992 Colleen Walker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1992 Pat Bradley wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Game Golf Tournament
1992 Despite trailing 7-1, New York Yankees tie Milwaukee Brewers and then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game
1990 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game
1990 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1989 "Indiana Jones and Last Crusade" premieres
1989 A. C. Milan wins 34th Europe Cup 1 at Barcelona
1989 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
1989 NHL's New York Rangers fire General Manager and coach Phil Esposito
1989 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack
1989 New York Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30-2/3 innings before giving up his 1st run of season
1988 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
1988 Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe
1988 Power outage in Boston Garden in NHL's Stanley Cup finals
1987 33rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes
1987 Al Unser, Sr., 47, wins his 4th Indy 500
1986 Country Singer Garth Brooks marries Sandy
1986 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British Prime Minister to visit Israel
1986 Reginald Huffstetler trode water for 985 hours
1986 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4 games to 1
1985 "View to a Kill" premieres in US
1984 "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City for 13 performances
1984 Detroit Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
1983 Fred Sinowatz succeeds Bruno Kreisky as chancellor of Austria
1983 Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students
1981 Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona Spain
1981 Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1980 "Rock Lobster" by B-52's hits #56
1980 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release U.S. hostages
1980 Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
1979 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
1977 U.S.S.R. President Podgorny resigns
1976 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington D.C.)
1976 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1975 Dutch Government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
1974 Dean Martin Show, last airs on NBC-TV
1972 Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
1970 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1970 Peter Queen quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
1969 Beatles' "Get Back," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 5 weeks
1968 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days
1968 Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession
1968 President De Gaulle proposes referendum and students set fire to Paris bourse
1967 AFL grants a franchise to Cincinnati Bengals
1966 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 1508 performances
1965 Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional
1964 18th Tony Awards: Luther and Hello Dolly win
1964 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan
1964 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open Invitational
1964 Longest home run (471') in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota)
1964 Panic in Lima Peru soccer stadium, kills 300
1963 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
1962 M. Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
1961 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
1961 Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit
1960 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
1959 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania
1959 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England
1958 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 432 performances
1958 President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion
1958 UP and International News Service merge into United Press International
1957 Anti American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
1957 Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia
1954 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, NM
1954 Dr. Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
1954 German airline Lufthansa forms
1954 IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
1953 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
1951 Racial segregation in Washington D.C. restaurants ruled illegal
1951 U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1951 Willie Mays begins playing for New York Giants
1948 Benjamin Brittens "Beggar's Opera," premieres in Cambridge
1946 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
1944 Enver Hoxha becomes head of Albania anti fascists
1944 Icelandic voters severe all ties with Denmark
1943 Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean
1943 U-441 shoots Sunderland seaplane down over Gulf of Biskaje
1941 Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood, 1,416 die 3 survive
1940 1st night game at New York's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
1940 1st night game at St. Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
1940 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
1940 Dutch army demobilizes
1940 German tanks reach Atrecht France
1940 Hitler affirms General von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"
1940 New York Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
1936 Dutch bishops forbid membership of Nazi party
1936 Tony Lazerri 2 grand slams (11 RBIs); Ben Chapman sets record by reaching 1st 7 times safely, Yankees beat A's 25-2
1935 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phil 1)
1935 Swedish princess Ingrid marries Danish crown prince Frederik (IX)
1934 Colombia and Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia
1933 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes, premieres in Moscow
1931 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad
1930 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)
1930 Bradman scores 252* Australia vs. Surrey, 290 minutes, 29 fours
1930 Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week
1929 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings
1928 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yankees beat A's 9-7
1928 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)
1922 Record temperature in Netherlands for May (35.6 degrees C)
1922 Russian-Italian trade agreement signed
1921 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
1921 British Legion forms
1918 Cleveland beats Yankees 3-2 in 19 inning
1916 Conscription begins in Britain
1916 French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured
1916 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
1916 U.S. pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
1915 Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary
1915 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
1909 Bristol University granted Royal Charter
1908 Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
1908 John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan," premieres in London
1905 39th Belmont: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08
1902 Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain
1902 Cleveland's Bill Bradley is 1st ALer to hit a home run run in 4 consecutive games, not duplicated until Babe Ruth does it June 25, 1918
1900 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21
1900 Britain annexes Orange Free State
1899 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston)
1895 Henry Irving becomes 1st theatrical knight
1890 Caprivi succeeds Bismarck on as chancellor of Germany
1890 Geo Train and Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
1887 Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E Afr Association at East African harbors
1884 Anti-Monopoly party and Greenback Party forms People's Party in US
1883 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur and Governor Cleveland
1881 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
1879 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40
1878 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston
1877 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45
1873 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit," premieres in Paris
1870 Memoria of Jackson Kemper, 1st Missionary Bishop in US
1866 Berkeley, California named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
1862 Beardslee field telegraph used for 1st time
1862 Westminster Bridge across Thames opens
1861 Alexandria, Virginia occupied by Federal troops
1861 Major General Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war"
1856 Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas
1854 Anthony Burns, slave, arrested by U.S. Deputy marshals in Boston
1854 Lincoln University, Penn, 1st Black college in U.S. forms by Prebyts
1846 General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War
1844 Samuel FB Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph msg)
1830 "Mary Had A Little Lamb," is written
1830 1st passenger rail service in U.S. (Baltimore and Elliots Mill, Maryland)
1829 Pope Pius VIII issues his program for pontificate
1824 Pope Leo XII proclaims a universal jubilee
1822 Battle of Pichincha, Bolivar secures independence of Quito from Spain
1818 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida
1815 George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia
1809 Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war
1738 Methodist Church forms
1726 People's revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax
1697 English king Willem III travels through northern Europe
1689 English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
1667 French troops attack into Southern Netherlands
1660 English king Charles II visits Netherlands
1658 Battle of Dunes (Spanish-French War) fought
1653 German Parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria
1626 Peter Minuet buys Manhattan from Indians for trinkets, valued at $24
1487 Imposter Lambert Simnel ceremony crowned as King Edward VI of Dublin
1370 Hanzesteden signs peace treaty with Danish king Waldemar IV
1300 King Philip IV occupies Flanders, Earl Gwijde captured
1153 Malcolm IV becomes king of Scotland
1086 Abbott Dauferio/Desiderius becomes Pope Victor III


Clouds and Showers for Today

By: plapman, 1:10 PM GMT on May 23, 2010

Today will see the showers ending early this morning then cloudy with 30% chance of showers.There will be clearing late this morning.The wind becoming southwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. A high of 21C(70F) is forecast.
Tonight will start with a few clouds then bring increasing cloudiness before morning. The southwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light late this evening. The overnight low will be 7C(45F).
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Today's History from

1970 Grateful Dead's in England, 1st performance outside of U.S.
1960 Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
1945 Winston Churchill resigns as British Prime Minister
1922 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram

Updated: 12:37 PM GMT on May 24, 2010


Clouds and Showers on the Prrairie

By: plapman, 1:34 PM GMT on May 22, 2010

Today will be cloudy with afew showers beginning this morning and ending early this afternoon then a 40% chance of showers late this afternoon along with a risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. The wind becoming southeast 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) early this afternoon. The high will be near 22C(72F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 40% chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. The wind will start from the southeast at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) becoming south 20 km/h (12 mph) early this evening then light after midnight. An overnight low of 11C(52F) is forecast.
strong>From My Basement Window

I babysat the Granddaughters last night while the Queen was at work. They managed to survive the ordeal without bruises. They sure are a busy pair.

Updated: 1:38 PM GMT on May 22, 2010


Showers to Start the May Long Weekend

By: plapman, 1:30 PM GMT on May 21, 2010

Todaywill bring a mix of sun and cloud along with a 30% chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 25C(77F)..
Tonight will be cloudy as the 30% chance of showers continues this evening .Ab overnight low of 12C(54F) is expected.

Today's Events in History from BrainyHistory.Com
1982 British troops lands on Falkland Islands
1945 Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart wed
1927 Lindburgh lands in Paris, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic
1918 House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote

Updated: 1:31 PM GMT on May 22, 2010


Another Warm Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:10 PM GMT on May 20, 2010

Today will be sunny with a south wind at 20 km/h and a high of 28.
Tonight will remain clear as the southerly flow at 20 km/h becomes light early this evening. The overnight low will be near 12.

From My Basement Window

May 20 Events in History From

1997 Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
1997 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful
1997 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time
1995 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Timber Coutry wins in 1:54.4
1995 CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung
1995 Twins Marty Cordova ties rookie record of home runs in 5 consecutive games
1994 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on Tonight Show
1994 Miss India (Sushmita Sen) selected Miss Universe
1994 Sony Theaters and Cineplex (New York City) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
1993 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
1993 274th and final "Cheers" on NBC
1993 Ukraine Premier Leonid Koetsjma resigns
1992 FC Barcelona wins 373 Europe Cup 1 at London
1992 India launches its 1st satellite independently
1992 Rap singer raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds
1991 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP
1991 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
1991 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
1990 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 33 performances
1990 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Planters Pat Bradley Golf International
1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends 1st photograph's from space
1989 115th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8
1989 China declares martial law in Beijing
1989 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on Saturday Night Live
1989 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mount Everest top
1988 Howard Stern fans disrupt WMMR's and John DeBella's "Louie Louie" parade
1988 Mike Schmidt hits his 535th home run, moving into 8th place
1987 Gotenborg wins 16th UEFA Cup at Dundee
1987 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF and Harley Race for trademark name "king"
1986 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
1986 Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
1985 1150 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners exchanged for 3 Israelis
1985 Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
1985 FBI arrests John A Walker, Jr., convicted of spying for U.S.S.R.
1985 Indians-Brewers game at Cleveland Stadium is 1st rain-out of 1985, ends record string of 458 ML games since Opening Day without a rain-out
1985 Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 U.S. began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
1984 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater New York City after 505 performances
1984 Barb Bunkowsky wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic
1984 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory
1983 Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1983 Michael Dokes and Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for hw boxing title
1983 Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs
1981 Ipswich Town wins 10th UEFA Cup at Amsterdam
1980 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls New York) are evacuated
1980 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss
1980 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
1980 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism
1979 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 864 performances
1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1978 104th Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4
1978 3 PFLP members kill a cop near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
1978 U.S. launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
1976 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1974 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth
1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 613 performances
1973 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family and Mary Tyler Moore
1973 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1972 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 24 performances
1972 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 6 performances
1972 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat New York Nets, 4 games to 2
1972 98th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
1972 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
1971 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of U.S. soldiers in SE Asia
1970 100,000 march in New York supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam
1970 2 die in a New York City subway accident
1970 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
1969 U.S. troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam
1967 10,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam
1967 93rd Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 1:55.2
1967 BBC bans Beatle's "A Day in the Life" (drug references)
1965 Pakistani Boeing 720-B crashes at Cairo Egypt, killing 121
1965 Yorkshire all out for 23 vs. Hampshire at Middlesbrough
1964 Buster Mathis defeats Joe Fraizer to qualify for U.S. Olympic team
1963 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia
1962 Patty Berg wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
1961 87th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
1961 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
1961 Mauritania adopts constitution
1961 White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama
1960 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
1959 Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon"
1959 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
1959 Shah of Persia visits Netherlands
1959 Yankees sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1956 Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll
1956 Jordan government of Samir resigns
1955 Argentine parliament accepts separation of church and state
1954 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China
1950 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2
1948 1st use of Israeli Air Force and 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army
1948 Cleveland Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)
1946 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
1945 Keith Miller scores 105 in the 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
1944 U.S. Communist Party dissolves
1943 French, British and U.S. victory parade in Tunis Tunisia
1942 U.S. Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve
1941 Archer's "Christian Calendar and Gregorian Reform" published
1941 Former Dutch Prime Minister Colijn says Netherlands Indies not ready for independence
1941 Germany invades Crete
1941 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
1940 General Guderians tanks reach The Channel (British expeditionary army)
1940 Igor Sikorsky unveils his helicopter invention
1940 Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
1940 Trailing 7-1 in 9th to Pitts, Phils win 8-7
1939 "3 Little Fishies," by Kay Kyser hits #1
1939 Pan Am begins transatlantic passenger and air mail service
1939 1st regular transatlantic airmail (New York to Marsseille France)
1932 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic
1932 Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria
1930 1st airplane catapulted from a dirigible, Charles Nicholson, pilot
1930 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention and cure of athlete's foot
1927 At 7:40 AM, Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross Atlantic for Paris
1927 Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jedda)
1926 Belgian government of Jaspar takes power
1926 Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots and planes
1926 Railway Labor Act became law
1926 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
1923 Stanley Baldwin, becomes Prime Minister of UK
1922 "Egypt" sinks off Ushant after colliding with "Seine," killing 90
1922 Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel, suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, return to the New York lineup and go hitless
1920 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers and arrest 24 fans for gambling
1919 Volcano Keluit on Java, erupts killing 550
1918 1st electrically propelled warship (New Mexico)
1917 Turkish government authorizes Jews to return to Tel Aviv and Jaffa
1916 Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 and 1918)
1916 Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
1915 Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo
1913 38th Preakness: James Butwell aboard Buskin wins in 1:53.4
1911 Edwin Boaler Alletson hits 189 in 90 minutes Notts vs. Sussex
1910 Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII
1902 Cuba gains independence from Spain
1902 U.S. military occupation of Cuba (since Jan 1, 1899) ends
1900 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)
1895 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, New York City)
1892 George Sampson patents clothes dryer
1892 Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy and Austria forms
1882 Germany/Austria-Hungary/France sign Triple Alliance
1882 Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago
1882 St. Gotthard-railroad tunnel between Switzerland and Italy opens
1879 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37
1875 International Bureau of Weights and Measures forms by treaty
1874 Levi Strauss markets blue jeans with copper rivets, price $13.50 doz
1870 Second Chamber abolishes capital punishment
1868 Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant
1867 British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills law on women suffrage
1867 Royal Albert Hall foundation laid by Queen Victoria
1864 Battle at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia, 1,400 killed or injured
1864 Spotsylvania-campaign ends after 10,920 killed/injured person
1861 Cornerstone of University of Washington laid in Seattle
1861 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality in Civil War
1861 U.S. marshals appropriate previous year's telegraph dispatches, to reveal prosecessionist evidence
1845 1st legislative assembly convenes in Hawaii
1830 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)
1830 D. Hyde patents fountain pen
1825 Charles X becomes King of France
1784 England and Netherlands signs peace treaty (Peace of Paris)
1775 Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence of Britain
1774 Britain gives Quebec, Labrador and territory north of Ohio
1734 1st Jockey Club forms in South Carolina
1704 Elias Neau forms school for slaves in New York
1690 England passes Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II
1639 Dorchester Massachusetts, forms 1st school funded by local taxes
1631 German army under earl Johann Tilly conquerors Maagdenburg
1591 Spanish troops in Zutphen surrenders to Willem Louis/Mauritius
1571 Venice, Spain and Pope Pius form anti-Turkish Saint League
1570 Egidius Coppens publishes Abraham Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum"
1524 Duke of Albany leaves Scotland
1521 Ignatius Loyola seriously wounded by a cannon ball
1501 Joao da Nova Castell discovers Ascension Islands
1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India
1495 French King Charles VIII leaves Naples
1347 Rienzo calls Rome for people's tribunal
1310 Shoes were made for both right and left feet
1303 Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to British in Hundred Years War
1293 Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed
526 Earthquake kills 250,000 in Antioch, Syria
325 1st Christian ecumenical council opens at Nicaea, Asia Minor


Another Warm Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:15 PM GMT on May 19, 2010

Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. High 29C(84F). UV index 7 or high.
Clear. Wind south 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this evening. Low 12C(54F).

Updated: 1:05 PM GMT on May 20, 2010


The Warmest Day This Year on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:08 PM GMT on May 18, 2010

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. The wWind becoming south 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 29C (84F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear with the southerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this evening.An overnight low of 13C(55F) is predicted.
We got the granddaughter moved yesterday. It sure is quiet here this morning without the 2 great granddaughters getting up at 6 am.
=============================================================Todays events in History from

1980 Mount St. Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die
1953 Jacqueline Cochran is 1st woman to break the sound barrier
1951 U.N. moves headquarters to New York City
1927 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood California
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France
From My Basement Window

Updated: 1:11 PM GMT on May 19, 2010


Warm and Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:17 PM GMT on May 17, 2010

Today will be sunny with a south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. The high is expected to be near 27C(81F).
Tonight will remain clear with the south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this evening. The overnight low will be 13C(55F).
Today's History From
1997 123rd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54
1997 Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London
1997 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
1996 Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe
1996 Habib and Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics vs. Worcs
1994 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
1993 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled
1992 38th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Betsy King
1992 Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone and Fisk)
1991 Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe
1990 Cheers' star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI
1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71
1990 European court rules pension rights for both men and women
1990 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann
1989 Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000!
1989 Napoli wins 18th UEFA Cup in Stuttgart
1989 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa
1989 Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" auctioned for $825M
1987 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 102 performances
1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1987 USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die
1986 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hit #1 on the U.K. pop chart
1986 112th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
1985 Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
1984 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
1984 Mai Shanley, 21, (NM), crowned 33rd Miss USA
1983 Israel and Lebanon sign a peace treaty
1983 Stanley Cup: New York Islanders sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games
1981 "Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 14 performances
1981 Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff
1981 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1980 106th Preakness: Angel Cordero, Jr. aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2
1980 Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours
1980 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
1980 Paul and Linda McCartney appear on Saturday Night Live
1979 12 degrees F, on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record)
1979 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
1979 Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 home runs
1978 Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
1977 Menahem Begins Likoed-party wins election in Israel
1976 28th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson and M Learned
1976 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: 1000's killed
1975 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79
1975 101st Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
1975 10cc releases "I'm Not in Love"
1975 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches
1975 NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time
1974 Bayern Munchen wins 20th Europe Cup 1 at Brussels
1974 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet
1973 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City for 21 performances
1973 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
1973 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
1973 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"
1973 U.S. performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle, Colorado
1973 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
1972 Netherlands and China exchange ambassadors
1972 Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London
1971 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell," premieres off-Broadway
1971 Washington State bans sex discrimination
1970 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits
1970 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Golf Tournament
1970 Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atlantic on reed raft
1969 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat," by Maskman and The Agents hits #92
1969 95th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
1969 Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
1969 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
1968 European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite
1968 Frank Howard belts record 8th home run in 5th straight game
1968 U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1967 Dylan's 1965 U.K. Tour is released as film "Don't Look Back"
1966 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational
1963 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in New York, to become WWF champ
1963 U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1962 Marin County withdraws from BART district
1961 Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
1960 1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park, California
1959 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122
1958 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
1958 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
1957 Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC)
1955 Dutch Government of Drees resigns
1954 Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
1954 School desegregation law, Brown vs. Board of education
1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
1953 Yankees and Browns use record 41 players in a game
1952 78th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
1949 British government recognizes Republic of Ireland
1948 Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha and Telel-Kadi
1948 Soviet Union recognized Israel
1947 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 148 performances
1946 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
1946 President Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
1945 2 U.S. P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu
1944 Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
1944 Chinese/U.S. armed forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma
1944 General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th
1944 Operation Straightline: Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea
1942 Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler
1941 Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
1940 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
1940 Nazi's bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance
1939 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
1938 Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
1938 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
1937 Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
1932 Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
1930 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6
1928 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
1927 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
1926 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme war lord in Canton
1926 German government of Marx takes power
1925 Cleveland Indian Tris Speaker gets his 3,000th hit
1924 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2
1923 Fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School (SC)
1921 Belgian-Luxembourg sign customs union
1921 President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
1920 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
1920 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
1916 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings), 1st introduced
1915 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
1915 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st and winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
1915 Last liberal British government of Asquith falls
1915 National Baptist Convention chartered
1911 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51
1910 Canada sets the designs for the 1 cent -50 cent coins
1909 White firemen on Georgia RR strike to protest hiring blacks
1906 Switzerland's Simpion Tunnel open to rail traffic
1905 Waseda University of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
1904 Maurice Ravel's "Sheherazade," premieres in Paris
1903 Cleveland Indians beat New York Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
1900 British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)
1899 Victoria and Albert Museum foundation laid England
1898 Camp Merritt forms in Presidio
1895 W G Grace completes his 100th 100 vs. Somerset at Bristol
1894 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49
1890 Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel," premieres in New York City
1890 Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
1890 Pietro Costanzi's opera "Rustic Chivalry," premieres in Rome
1884 Alaska becomes a U.S. territory
1883 Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha
1881 7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40
1881 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington D.C.
1881 Revised version of New Testament
1877 Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm
1876 7th U.S. Cavalry under Custer leaves Ft. Lincoln
1875 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
1872 Bohemian Club incorporated
1871 Indians fighter General Sherman escapes in ambulance vs Comanches
1864 Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
1863 Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1862 Battle of Princeton, West Virginia, ends, about 128 casualities
1853 Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election
1849 Fire destroy Centrum in St. Louis Missouri
1848 Premier earl Schimmelpenninck resigns
1846 Saxophone is patents by Antoine Joseph Sax
1845 Rubber band patents
1814 Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day)
1814 Norwegian constitution passed by constitutent assembly at Eidsvoll
1809 Papal States annexed by France
1804 Lewis and Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase
1803 John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
1794 Hard frost in southern New England
1792 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
1787 English slave ship Sisters, from Africa to Cuba, capsizes
1756 Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French and Indian War)
1750 Tax revolt in Gorinchem
1744 French army takes Austrian Netherlands
1742 Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians
1733 England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions
1712 Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria honored as "sovereign of Netherlands"
1678 King Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty
1673 Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
1672 Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada)
1648 Emperor Ferdinand III defeats Maximilian I of Bavaria
1631 Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg
1630 Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface
1620 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)
1579 Artois/Henegouwen/French-Flanders sign Treaty/Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish duke van Parma as land guardian
1544 Scottish earl Matthew van Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII
1536 Anne Boleyns 4 "lovers" executed
1527 Panfilo de Narvaez departs to explore Florida
1525 Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels
884 St. Adrian III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
352 Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I
218 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

Updated: 1:07 PM GMT on May 18, 2010


Another Great Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on May 16, 2010

Today will start sunny then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon as the wind becomes south at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 26C(79F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring clearing this evening as the southerly flow at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light late this evening. An overnight low of 11C(52F) is expected.

The granddaughter has found a place of her own. Her and the 2 Ggranddaughters will be moving as of June 1. It sure will be quiet here without the 2 little girls.


It's the new Grandson Benjamin Anthony

By: plapman, 2:32 AM GMT on May 15, 2010

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods and a high of 26C79F).
Tonight will remain clear with a low of 13C(55F).

Updated: 1:26 PM GMT on May 15, 2010


A Warm Weekend In the Forecast for the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:11 PM GMT on May 14, 2010

Today will start sunny but becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. The wind will be southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. A high of 25C(77F) is expected.
Tonight will startwith cloudy periods then becoming cloudy late this evening.There will be clearing before morning. the southwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. An overnight low of 12C(54F) is forecast.
From My Basement Window

I have plans of getting the lawn mower going this morning. The grass is getting long and sure needs a clipping. With the temps forecast for the high 20's this weekend I better get it done in the cool of the day this morning


Baby's going Home today

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on May 13, 2010

Today will bring increasing cloudiness and a high of 16C(61F).
Tonight will see clearing and a low of 7C(45F).

The new mom and baby are coming home today.They sure don't keep them in long now.

Updated: 1:08 PM GMT on May 14, 2010


Birthday's on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:50 PM GMT on May 12, 2010

Today will start with a mix of sun and cloud then becoming cloudy this afternoon. The hgh will be near 14C(57F).
Tonight will be overcast with a low of 3C(37F).

Today is the Queen of the rairie's birthday. She won't let me publish her age but 1950 was a Looong time ago.
She received a special birthday present from the youngest married daughter. A whooping 10 lb. grandson.
Today is also manitoba day here. It marks the birthday of the province which joined Canada in 1870.

Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on May 13, 2010


More Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:27 PM GMT on May 11, 2010

Today will bring showers with a southeast wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of 11C(52F)is forecast.
Tonight will see clearing late this evening and the wind becoming light early this evening. Low 1C(34F).

The Queen handed in her resignation yesterday effecrive July 31. We've both decided that it's time for her to retire too.

Updated: 1:48 PM GMT on May 12, 2010


A Wet Start to the Week

By: plapman, 1:17 PM GMT on May 10, 2010

Today will see rain ending late this afternoon then cloudy as the wind becomes southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning then light late this afternoon. A high of 12C(54F) is forecast.
Tonight will be overcast with a low of 6C(43F).
From My Basement Window


Abbey and me met 2 people on our walk yesterday. The first a man who had lost a storage building in a fire last week. he had 2 motorcycles in the building. One a 1965 Honda. It was an X Shriners bike and will be a;most immposible to replace.
We also met a lady I used to work with. her and her family were out on a Sunday drive.
Todays Event in history fro
Today's History
Today's Birthdays

1994 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
1993 Paul Cezannes still life sells for $28,600,000 in New York City
1969 Apollo 10 transmit 1st color pictures of Earth from space
1924 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI
1910 Comet Halley's closest approach to Earth in 1910 pass

Updated: 1:31 PM GMT on May 11, 2010


Clouds Over the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:20 PM GMT on May 09, 2010

Today will start sunny then see increasing cloudiness late this morning. A high of 15C(59F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring more clouds and an overnight low of 4C(39F).
From My Basement Window

It looks like the ticks are out for the season. I found 1 on Abbey last week and dosed her with a tick repellant I got from the vet. I was the target yesterday finding one on my leg. I wonder if Abbey's repellant would work on me. ;)
Today's Events in history from

1962 Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Pstlophone
1962 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
1941 English Army breaks German spy codes
1927 Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia
1914 President Wilson proclaims Mother's Day


Sunny But Cool on thr Prairie

By: plapman, 1:17 PM GMT on May 08, 2010

Today will start sunny then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. A high of 12C(54F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring clearing this evening and an overnight low of 0C(32F).

A trip to the optomirist dashed my hopes of getting a drivers license. He said I only have 60% of the peripheral vision that is needed even to qualify for the visually impaired driver's rehab program that is offered. it looks like I'm going to be nice to the Queen or walk.
Today's Events in History from

1997 Tea Leoni and David Duchovny wed in Greenwich Village
1996 New York Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
1996 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
1994 "Rise and Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon New York City after 9 performances
1994 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
1994 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
1994 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
1994 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica
1994 Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1994 President Clinton announces U.S. will no longer repatriate boat people
1993 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware
1993 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1993 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman and takes New York City subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1991 CIA director William H. Webster resigns
1990 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
1989 Paul McCartney releases "My Brave Face" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
1989 U.S. space shuttle STS-30 lands
1988 "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 46 performances
1988 Francois Mitterrand elected president of France
1988 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
1988 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St. in New York City
1988 Amateur referees work New Jersey Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils
1987 Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race due to Donna Rice affair
1985 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama and Judds win
1985 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 Chicago White Sox beat Milw Brewers, 7-6, in 25 inn (completed 5/9)
1984 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles
1984 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
1984 U.S.S.R. announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics
1983 Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1982 Canucks 5-Isles 6 (OT)-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 1-0 lead
1981 Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record
1980 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
1980 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1979 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
1978 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
1978 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1977 David Berkowitz pleads guilty in "Son of Sam" 44-caliber shootings
1977 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger New York City after 7 performances
1974 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted
1974 Canada government of Trudeau falls
1974 FC Magdenburg wins 14th Europe Cup II
1973 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, thus technically becoming baseball's 1st black manager
1973 Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
1972 Sabena aircraft at Lod International, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
1971 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater New York City after 5 performances
1971 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden
1970 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
1970 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in New York City's Wall Street
1970 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
1969 Cambodia recognizes East Germany
1969 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
1968 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
1968 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army
1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
1966 Last game at old Busch stadium, St. Louis Card lose 10-5 to SF
1966 Only home run ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)
1965 1st shut put over 70' (Randy Matson 70' 7")
1963 "Dr. No" premieres in U.S.
1963 John F. Kennedy offers Israel assistance against aggression
1962 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 965 performances
1962 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
1962 London trolley buses go out of service
1961 1st practical sea water conversion plant - Freeport, Texas
1961 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
1960 U.S.S.R. and Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1960 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open
1959 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore
1958 President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock
1958 Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru
1956 John Osbornes "Look Back in Anger," premieres in London
1954 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
1953 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1952 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 72 performances
1952 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 4 performances
1952 Mad Magazine debuts
1951 Dacron men's suits introduced
1951 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1950 Chiang Kai-shek asks U.S. for weapons
1949 West German constitution approved
1948 Bradman scores 146 Australia vs. Surrey, 174 minutes, 15 fours
1947 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
1946 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
1945 Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
1945 Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet
1945 General Von Keitel surrenders to Marshal Zhukov
1945 V-E Day; Germany signs unconditional surrender, WW II ends in Europe
1944 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death
1944 U-575 sinks Asphodel
1943 69th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
1943 Adm Cunningham of British fleet: "Sink, burn and destroy; let nothing pass"
1942 Aircraft carrier Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack at Coral Sea
1942 German summer offensive opens in Crimea
1942 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
1941 German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
1938 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks," premieres in Washington, D.C.
1937 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
1936 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
1935 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th beat Phils 15-4
1931 Operette "Land of Smiles," premieres in London
1929 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
1929 New York Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pirates, 11-0
1926 1st flight over North Pole by Bennett and Byrd
1926 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
1926 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park
1925 51st Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59
1925 French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
1924 Arthur Honegger's "Pacifica 231," premieres
1924 Memel territories given to Lithuania
1924 Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut
1923 Hobbs scores his 100th 100, 116* vs. Somerset at Bath
1921 Sweden abolished capital punishment
1920 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09
1919 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a Navy seaplane
1919 Appingedam soccer team forms
1916 German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
1915 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
1909 Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
1909 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
1907 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0
1907 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
1906 Philadelphia A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield and hits 2 home runs
1902 Mount Pelee erupts, wipes out St. Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
1901 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
1900 250 grave robbers shot to death
1900 John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals
1897 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51
1896 Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1886 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
1885 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, Engl
1882 David Belasco's "La Belle Russe," premieres in New York City
1881 Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
1879 George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1878 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
1877 1st Westminster Dog Show held
1871 English - U.S. treaty ends Alabama dispute
1866 Australian Rules Football is created
1864 Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway bridge Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
1864 Atlanta Campaign: Sever fighting near Dalton
1864 Battle of Antietam, Virginia (Spotslyvania Court House, Laurel Hill)
1863 Confederacion Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
1862 Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell Va
1861 Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1858 John Brown holds antislavery convention
1847 Robert Thompson patents rubber tire
1846 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto Texas
1842 Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
1840 Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle
1834 Prussia, Austria and Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
1823 "Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London)
1794 U.S. Post Office established
1792 British Captain George Vancouver sights, names Mount Rainier, Washington
1792 U.S. establishes military draft
1784 Only known deaths by hailstones in U.S. in Winnsborough, South Carolina
1741 France and Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
1721 Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII
1660 English parliament asks King Charles II to resigns
1639 William Coddington founds Newport, Rhode Island
1624 Hungarian king Bethlen Gabor and emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
1541 Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
1450 Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI
1429 French troops under Joan of Arc rescues Orleans
1360 Treaty of Bretigny signed by English and French
685 St. Benedict II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
615 St. Boniface IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
535 John II ends his reign as Catholic Pope

Updated: 12:19 PM GMT on May 09, 2010


More Frost on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:39 PM GMT on May 07, 2010

Today will be overcast with a north wind at20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. The high will be 6C(43F).
Tonight will bring clearing this evening as the wind from the north at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light early this evening. An overnight low of -2C(28F) is forecast.

Today's Events in History fro
1995 Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election
1947 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution
1942 Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion
1940 Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain
1914 Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor marries in White House

Updated: 1:14 PM GMT on May 08, 2010


Cloudy Forecast But The Sun is Shining

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on May 06, 2010

Today will be cloudy with a high of 5C(41F)..
Tonight wil ewmain cloudy with an overnight low of 0C(32F).
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Today in History from

1997 Michael Jackson and Bee Gees inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1994 Chunnel linking England and France officially opens
1960 President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
1889 Universal Exposition opens in Paris, Eiffel Tower completed
1833 John Deere makes 1st steel plow


Frost on the Prairie Tonight

By: plapman, 1:44 PM GMT on May 05, 2010

Today will see an end of the rain early this afternoon then cloudy.The wind will be northerly at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph)but becoming light late this afternoon. A high of 6C(43F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring clearing this evening and an overnight low of -3C(26F).
The Queen is sore today after her first night back at work. I managed to stay up till 12:30 and wait for her, but lept till 8:00 this morning. I think thats better than the 10 to 6 routine I've been in.
Today's Events in History from

2000 Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Moon
1998 Federal court rules President Clinton does not have executive privilege in the Lewinsky case so he must testify
1997 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV
1997 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
1996 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances
1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship
1996 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
1995 Last basketball game at Boston Gardens (Magic beats Celtics)
1994 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes New York City for 50 performances
1994 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
1994 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
1992 Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection
1991 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1990 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
1990 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren
1990 Paul Hogan and Linda Koslowski wed in Byron Bay, Eastern Australia
1989 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
1988 Eugene Marino installed as 1st black U.S. archbishop
1987 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
1987 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
1987 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1986 Hall of Fame and Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
1985 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Moss Creek Women's Golf Invitational
1984 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay, Jr. aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
1983 Bruins 5-Isles 1-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-2 lead
1983 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 16th and final Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 4-1, hold 8-7-1 edge
1980 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos and police stormed the building
1979 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
1979 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
1979 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
1978 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits
1976 Anderlecht wins 16th soccer Europe Cup II
1976 Train collision at Schiedam Netherlands, kills 24
1975 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara (Killer Angels)
1975 A's release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, and scored 33 runs)
1974 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1973 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4
1972 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
1971 "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 5 performances
1971 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (New York City)
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1969 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3
1969 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)
1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
1966 Borussia Dortmund wins 6th Europe Cup II
1966 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
1965 1st large-scale U.S. Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
1964 Separatists riot in Quebec
1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1962 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
1962 Los Angeles Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Baltimore Orioles, 2-0
1962 West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
1961 Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
1958 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
1958 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1957 Adolf Scharf elected president of Austria
1957 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1956 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
1956 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
1956 Jim Bailey (U.S.) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in Los Angeles California
1956 World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
1955 "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 1022 performances
1955 Indies parliament accept hindu-divorce
1955 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1955 West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers
1954 Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
1952 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
1952 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
1951 "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater New York City after 157 performances
1951 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
1950 Phumiphon Abundet crowned as king Rama IX of Thailand
1949 Council of Europe forms
1949 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 Statue of Council of Europe drawn
1949 Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
1948 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
1948 Belgian government of Spaak resigns
1947 Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 and causes $850M in damage
1947 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
1945 Mauthausen Concentration camp liberated
1945 Netherlands and Denmark liberated from Nazi control
1945 Uprising against SS-occupying troops in Prague
1945 Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
1944 Gandhi freed from prison
1944 Russian offensive against Sebastopol Krim
1943 Postmaster General Frank C Walker invents Postal Zone System
1942 British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
1942 U.S. begins rationing sugar during WW II
1941 2 Fokker's employees flee nazi occupied Netherlands to England
1941 Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
1941 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
1940 Norwegian government in exile forms in London
1939 Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
1938 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
1936 Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
1936 Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
1935 Jessie Owens of U.S., sets then long jump record at 26' 8"
1934 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
1932 Japan and China sign a peace treaty
1930 1st woman to fly solo from England to Australia takes-off (Amy Johnson)
1930 Bradman scores 185* Australia vs. Leicestershire, 317 minutes, 16 fours
1927 Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 1st Symphony, premieres in Berlin
1926 Geldrop soccer team forms
1926 Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
1925 John T. Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
1925 Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6, (16 total bases)
1925 Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak
1924 Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
1922 Construction begins on Yankee Stadium
1921 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
1921 Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
1920 German-Latvian peace treaty signed
1920 Polish troops occupy Kiev
1920 U.S. President Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
1917 St. Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
1916 U.S. Marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
1915 German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
1912 5th Olympic games open at Stockholm, Sweden
1912 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
1908 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
1908 Great White Fleet arrives in San Francisco
1905 Robert S. Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
1904 Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Philadelphia A's (3-0)
1900 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
1893 Panic of 1893: Great crash on New York Stock Exchange
1891 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
1881 Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev Ukraine
1874 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
1865 1st U.S. train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1864 Atlanta Campaign-5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
1864 Battle between Confederate and Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
1864 Battle of Wilderness, Virginia (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga Georgia to Atlanta GA
1863 Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi
1863 Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for U.S. boxing title in 63rd round
1862 French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
1862 Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia
1855 New York City regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
1854 English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast
1847 American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
1842 City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
1835 King Leopold opens Brussels-Mechelen railway
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz
1816 American Bible Society organized in New York
1814 British attack Ft. Ontario, Oswego, New York
1809 Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland
1809 Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a U.S. patent (weaving straw)
1797 Napoleon I's sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi
1789 French States-General for It first since 1614 together
1780 2nd oldest learned society in U.S. (American Academy of Arts and Sciences) forms (Boston)
1764 Smolny-institution forms in St. Petersburg for noble girls
1762 Russia and Prussia sign peace treaty
1726 Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opera of Paris
1665 Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow
1646 King Charles I surrenders at Scotland
1640 English Short Parliament unites
1494 On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
1430 Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany
1382 Battle of Beverhoutsveld - population beats drunken army
553 2nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens

Updated: 1:32 PM GMT on May 06, 2010


More Rain on the Northenedge on the Pprairie

By: plapman, 12:39 PM GMT on May 04, 2010

Today will bring increasing cloudiness and rain beginning this morning with 10 to 15 mm(0.4 to 0.6 in)expected. The wind becoming easterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this morning. The high is expected to be near 8C(46F).
Tonight will see more rain with another 10 mm(0.4 in) expected. The wind starting easterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming north at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this evening.A overnight low of 1C(34F) is forecast.

The Queen goes back to her regular work shedule tonight. It's going to be a long evening for me without her company.
I saw an ambulance pull a dangerous manuver yesterday on my walk with Abbey. He must have had a very ill person on board. A train was approaching a level crossing and the gates had just started to go down. The ambulance swerved thorough the opening and continued on with siren blaring. The one overpass on our 2 rail mainlines was closed for repairs and it could have been a 10 minute wait even for a train moving quickly.
A short version of today's history from
1961 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South
1932 Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
1927 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences forms
1878 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
1626 Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons

Updated: 1:42 PM GMT on May 05, 2010


Cool and Wet on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:21 PM GMT on May 03, 2010

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of wet snow changing to 30% chance of rain showers this morning. The wind will be from the northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) but becoming light this morning. A high of 6C(43F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring clearing and an overnight low of 1C(34F).

The Queen took me shopping yesterday and convinced me I needed a new monitor. She bought me a 22" LCD model.
What an improvement over my old 20" crt.

Updated: 12:28 PM GMT on May 04, 2010


More Moisture on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:50 PM GMT on May 02, 2010

Today will bring periods of rain with a north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) . The high is expected to be 8C(46F)but with the temperature falling to 3C(37F) this afternoon.
Tonight will bring an end to the rain but it will remain ccloudy with 60% chance of flurries. The north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light after midnight. An overnight low of -1C(30F) is forecast.
From My Basement Window

A short note on the Queen for Shore.
The Queen is preparing to go back to work on Tuesday. She feels that there is no reason to stay home to look after me. I've become self sufficient again and can look after myself. I'll sure miss her company in the evenings. Her regular shift is 3 pm till midnight.
Today in History from
1997 Donald Trump and Marla Maples announce they are separating
1983 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California
1919 1st U.S. air passenger service starts
1902 1st science fiction film released, A Trip To The Moon
1890 Territory of Oklahoma created


Rain Today and Maybe Snow Tomorrow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:24 PM GMT on May 01, 2010

Today will bring periods of rain as the temperature remains steady near 8C(46F).
Tonight the rain will continue and we'll experience a low of 1C(34F)
From My Basement Window

Today's Events in History From
2003 President George W. Bush declares that 'major combat operations' in Iraq are over
1999 125th Kentucky Derby
1997 Toni Blair elected Prime Minister of U.K.
1996 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 308 performances
1996 Gerald Williams is 1st New York Yankee since 1934 to get 6 hits in a game
1995 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater New York City for 8 performances
1995 Steve Waugh scores 200 for Australia vs. WI at Sabina Park
1994 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater New York City after 165 performances
1994 "Rise and Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon New York City for 9 performances
1994 Tornado and hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
1994 Charles Kuralt, retires as CBS newsman
1994 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament
1994 Sherri Steinhauer wins LPGA Sprint Golf Championship
1993 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Sea Hero wins in 2:02.4
1993 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
1992 Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 years prior
1992 Los Angeles Dodgers postpone 3 games due to racial riots due to Rodney King
1992 New York Rangers wins their 1st ever 7th game of a playoff (vs New Jersey Devils)
1992 Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th base
1991 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 983 performances
1991 A's Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs Yankees
1991 Actor Robert Duvall weds Sharon Brophy
1991 Angola's civil war ends
1991 Last day of Test cricket for Gordon Greenidge
1991 Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago Cubs, 10-9, in 19 innings
1991 Nolan Ryan pitches his 7th no-hitter, beating Toronto
1991 Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brocks record with his 939th steal
1991 Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)
1990 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City
1989 Disney's MGM Studio theme park officially opens to public
1989 Jockey Chris Antley ends record of 64 consecutive winning days
1989 U.S. Supreme Court rules employees have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
1988 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City for 297 performances
1988 IRA attack in Roermond, kills 3
1988 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1987 46 home runs hit in 13 baseball games
1987 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun
1986 Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph
1986 Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
1986 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
1985 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels
1985 U.S. president Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua
1985 William Hoffman's "As Is," premieres in New York City
1984 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy
1983 "My One and Only" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 767 performances
1983 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC International Golf Tournament
1983 Nolan Ryan surpasses Walter Johnson for most strikeouts (3,508)
1982 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Gato Del Sol wins in 2:02.4
1982 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee opens
1982 Nordiques 4-Isles 5 (OT)-semifinals-Isles hold 3-0 lead
1981 Billie Jean King admits to a lesbian affair with Marilyn Barnett
1981 Harrison A. Williams, Senator-D-New Jersey, convicted on FBI Abscam charges
1981 Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3
1981 Harrison A. Williams, Senator-D-New Jersey, convicted on FBI Abscam charges
1980 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden New York City for 588 perf
1980 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell wins
1980 Sabres and Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff
1980 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)
1979 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel
1979 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
1979 Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
1978 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
1978 MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
1978 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
1977 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:35:15.4)
1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1977 Empress Lilly dedicated
1976 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero, Jr. on Bold Forbes wins in 2:01.6
1976 Jos Hermens, runs Dutch record for 20K (57:24.2)
1975 Islander Parise and Potvin score within 14 seconds in playoffs Flyers 5-Isles 4-semifinals-Flyers hold 2-0 lead
1973 San Francisco Giants score 7 runs with 2 outs in 9th to beat Pirates, 8-7
1972 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 24 performances
1972 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
1972 Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
1972 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
1971 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2
1971 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
1971 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
1969 43 Unification church couples wed in New York City
1969 Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
1969 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000
1968 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne New York City after 215 performances
1968 Phillies J Boozer is ejected for throwing spitballs during his warmup
1967 Anastasio Somoza Debayle becomes president of Nicaragua
1967 Elvis Presley and Pricilla Beaulieu wed
1967 Jelle Zijlstra becomes president of Netherlands Bank
1967 Pulitzer prize awarded to Bernard Malamud (Fixer)
1966 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
1966 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
1966 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
1966 U.S. troops shooting targets in Cambodia
1965 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker on Lucky Debonair wins in 2:01.2
1965 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
1965 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon
1964 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
1963 1st American, James Whittaker, conquers Mount Everest
1963 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Netherlands
1962 1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara at Ecker Algeria
1962 Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter, in his 4th start
1962 John F. Kennedy authorizes Area Redevelopment Act
1961 1st U.S. airplane hijacked to Cuba
1961 Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba
1961 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for To Kill a Mockingbird
1961 Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain
1960 India's Bombay state split into Gujarat and Maharashtra states
1960 Pancho Gonzalez retires from tennis
1960 Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers in a U-2 spy plane
1959 Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1959 West Germany introduces 5 day work week
1959 White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own home run
1958 Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon/conquer Morotai
1958 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as president of Argentina
1957 Flevo Boys soccer team forms in Emmeloord
1957 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast
1957 U.S. gives Poland credit of $95 million
1957 Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km
1955 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
1955 Bob Feller's 15th 1 or less hitter (12 1-hitters, 3 no-hitters)
1954 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York aboard Determine wins in 2:03
1954 Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
1954 HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)
1954 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting
1952 Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
1952 Mr. Potato Head, introduced
1952 TWA introduces tourist class
1951 600,000 march for peace and freedom in Germany
1951 Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir
1951 Mickey Mantle's 1st home run
1951 Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox
1950 Gwendolyn Brooks, is 1st Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry
1950 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
1950 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic China
1950 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers and Hammerstein (South Pacific)
1950 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
1949 A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game
1949 Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)
1948 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4
1948 North Korean proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea
1948 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam
1947 Cleveland Indians abandon League Park to play all games at Municipal Stad
1947 Lt General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA
1947 Radar for commercial and private planes 1st demonstrated
1947 Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of CIA
1946 Field Marshal Montgomery appointed British supreme commander
1946 Mrs. Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
1945 900 occupiers of Demmin Vorpommeren, commit suicide
1945 Admiral Karl Doenitz forms German government
1945 Australian and Dutch troops lands on Tarakan
1945 General Belgian Labor Union (ABVV) party forms
1945 Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WW II
1945 Seys-Inquart flees to Flensburg
1945 Soviet army reach Rostock
1944 Messerschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel, 1st jet bomber, makes 1st flight
1944 Pulitzer prize awarded to Martin Flavin (Journey in the dark)
1944 Surprise attack on Weteringschans Amsterdam, fails
1943 1st edition of illegal "The Free Artist" appears in Amsterdam
1943 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:04
1943 Food rationing begins in U.S.
1943 German Wehrmacht deployed in order to break Dutch strikes
1943 German plane sinks boat loaded with Palestinian Jews bound for Malta
1943 Rauter signs unofficial death sentence
1942 Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star"
1941 "Citizen Kane," directed and starring Orson Welles, premieres in New York
1941 General Mills introduces Cheerios
1941 German assault on Tobruk
1940 The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
1939 Batman comics hit street
1939 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)
1937 Franklin D. Roosevelt signs act of neutrality
1936 Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italian invades
1936 FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests Alvin Karpis
1935 Boulder Dam completed
1935 Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated
1934 Austria signs pact with Vatican
1934 Philippine legislature accepts U.S. proposal for independence
1934 Water state kingdom dismisses NSB-leader Anton Mussert
1932 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo
1931 Empire State Building opens in New York City
1931 Norway claims Peter I Island
1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
1930 Bradman scores 236 Australia vs. Worcs, his 1st f-class innings in Eng
1929 Brooklyn's Johnny Finn sets 100 yard sack race in 14.4 seconds
1929 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
1929 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
1928 6 children die and 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
1928 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
1928 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
1928 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
1928 Rotterdam soccer team Black White '28 forms
1927 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
1927 Netherlands beats Belgium 3-2 in soccer match in Amsterdam
1927 Panningen soccer team forms in Panningen
1926 British coal-miners go on strike
1926 Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves deadlock at 1-1 in 26 innings
1925 A's Jimmie Foxx, 17, 1st game; he pinch-hits a single
1925 Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
1924 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes president of Greece
1922 Charlie Robertson of Chicago pitches a perfect no-hit, no-run game
1921 Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
1920 Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee home run and 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds
1920 Belgian-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
1920 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
1919 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages
1915 British Lusitania leaves NY, for Liverpool
1915 German submarine sinks U.S. ship Gulflight
1914 China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
1913 Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St. New York City
1912 Amsterdam-North soccer team DWV forms
1912 Beverly Hills Hotel opens
1909 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
1908 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
1907 Belgium government of De Trooz forms
1907 Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Netherlands-Indies)
1906 Phillie's John Lush no-hits Brooklyn Dodgers, 6-0
1901 Detroit Tigers commit 12 errors against Chicago White Sox
1901 Herb McFarland hit 1st grand slam in American League
1901 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
1900 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah
1900 Roermond soccer team forms in Roermond
1893 World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago
1892 U.S. Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
1891 Cy Young pitches 1st game played in Cleveland's League Park Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3
1889 1st International Workers Day, according to 2nd International
1889 Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany)
1886 U.S. general strike for 8 hour day, begins
1885 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
1884 Construction begins on Chicago 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
1884 Moses Walker became 1st black player in major league
1883 "Buffalo Bill" Cody put on his 1st Wild West Show
1883 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
1883 Baseball returns to Philadelphia, 1st NL game since 1876
1883 New York Athletic Club hires Bob Rogers as 1st American pro sports trainer
1875 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-U.S. activities
1873 1st U.S. postal card issued
1873 Emperor Franz Jozef opens 5th World's Fair in Vienna
1873 International Exhibition opens in Vienna
1869 Folies Bergere opens in Paris
1867 Howard University chartered
1867 Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
1866 American Equal Rights Association forms
1864 Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia (29,000 injured or died)
1863 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
1863 Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars and Bars"
1863 Confederate congress passed resolution to kill black soldiers
1862 Union captain David Farragut conquers New Orleans
1861 Lee orders Confederate troops under T J Jackson to Harper's Ferry
1857 William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to U.S. Navy
1854 Amsterdam begins transferring drinking water out of the dunes
1853 Argentina adopts it's constitution
1851 Great Exhibition opens in Chrystal Palace London
1850 John Geary becomes 1st San Francisco mayor
1846 Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
1844 Samuel Morse sends 1st telegraphic message
1844 Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate
1841 1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri for California
1840 1st adhesive postage stamps ("Penny Blacks" from England) issued
1834 Belgian parliament accept railway laws
1822 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
1786 Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien (Vienna)
1781 Emperor Jozef II decrees protection of population
1777 RB Sheridans "School for Scandal," premieres in London
1776 Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
1759 British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West-Indies, on France
1757 Austria and France divide Prussia
1756 France and Austria sign alliance
1751 1st American cricket match is played
1725 Spain and Austria sign trade treaty
1715 Prussia declares war on Sweden
1711 Arch duke Karel of Austria/Hungarian rebellion sign Peace of Szatmar
1707 England, Wales and Scotland form U.K. of Great Britain
1704 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper ad
1703 Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
1682 Louis XIV and his court inaugurates Paris Observatory
1625 Portuguese and Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia)
1625 Prince Frederik Henry appointed viceroy of Holland
1598 Jacob van Necks merchant fleet departs for Java
1551 Council of Trente resumes
1544 Turkish troops occupy Hungary
1528 Panfilo the Narvaez begins exploration to with 350 men to Florida
1523 Danish king Christian III arrives in Veere
1394 Ekiho, exorcised the Zen temple and it's surroundings from an old badger
1048 Bishop Bernold flees St. Pieterskerk for Utrecht, Netherlands
1006 Supernova observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus


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