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Igor Sikorsky, Of Helicopter, Was Born This Day 128-Years Ago; May 25, 1889.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Sikorsky




Though his name is more or less synonymous, at least in the U.S., with helicopters, he also did a lot of pioneering work on fixed-wing planes and he was NOT the inventor of helicopters per se. There were many prior to him.

His claim on the helicopter front was that of industrializing helicopters and doing so in the U.S.

I love that his name ends in ‘sky’. How neat.

Quite the guy.


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Queen Victoria, Of The ‘Victorian Age’ Was Born This Day 198 Years Ago; May 24, 1819.

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Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Victoria



Princess Victoria at 4. She was always SHORT and very conscious of that.


She was quite the lady and Queen. Definitely changed the course and complexion of British history and culture.

I learned a LOT about her watching the PBS Classic “Young Victoria“. There is also a movie of that same title I would like to see.

198 years ago. That seems like a long time ago.


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Tibet Was Annexed By China (Most Recently) On This Day 66 Years Ago; May 23, 1951.

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Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Point_Agreement_for_the_Peaceful_Liberation_of_Tibet




Interesting. Two years before I was born.

I was talking about this, with two incredibly nice Chinese academics, just last Thursday. They do not see any incongruity let alone any injustice. They see Tibet as always having been, philosophically at least, a part of China.

Is the Tibet cause now realistically lost, or is there an outside chance that it could still come to pass.


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President Abraham Lincoln Signed The U.S. ‘Homestead Act’ This Day 155 Years Ago; May 20, 1862.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_Acts#The_act_in_practice


I had always thought that this was a real neat and ‘romantic’ notion. I like to think that if I was of that time I might have considered this. Sure was quite the deal. Wow. All those open spaces. I do NOT think I know of anyone who has told me that their family owned ‘Homestead’ land. Of course there must be millions.

I guess it was inevitable that it would come to an end, and it did, in two parts — the first in 1976 bar Alaska and ten-years later in Alaska.


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The Patent For Levi’s Jeans With Copper Rivets Was Granted This Day 144 Years Ago; May 20, 1873.

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U.S Patent 139,121 to Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. Click here for the Wikipedia entry.

Davis was the tailor, Strauss the merchant who sold cloth — including denim. It was Davis who came up with the idea of using rivets as reinforcement.

Pretty amazing. Spare a thought. 144 years ago.


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The Original ‘Ringling Brothers’ Did Their First Circus This Day 133 Years Ago; May 19, 1884.

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Last appearance in New Hampshire and WE were there.


Poignant.

The last performance will be May 21, 2017.

So, 2 days AFTER this 133-year anniversary — albeit that this is JUST for the ‘Ringling Brothers‘ side.

IF I was in charge, I would have closed TODAY — just for the symmetry. BUT, ‘they’ did not want to miss out on a Sunday performance, hence May 21.

Spare a THOUGHT. I, however, think that they will be back in a couple of years!


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