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Secretariat Wins The Triple Crown - 1973

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Trained by Lucien Laurin and ridden by Ron Turcotte, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1973.

Then, on 9th June 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by an amazing 25 lengths to become only the ninth horse in history, and first in 25 years, to capture the Triple Crown.

He set record times for the Kentucky Derby (1 min 59·4 s for 1¼ mi, 1973) and Belmont Stakes (2 min 24 s for 1½ mi, 1973) producing runs thoroughbred racing lovers will continue to remember as classics for generations to come.

The Kentucky Derby 1973

The Preakness 1973

The Belmont Stakes 1973

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First Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway in New York - 1907

Friday, June 8, 2007

On 8th June, 1907 Florenz Ziegfeld produced the first Ziegfeld Follies revue on Broadway in New York City and the combination of seminudity, pageantry, and comedy proved successful until the 1930s when the Great Depression ended the show. Ziegfeld required that every woman in the Follies have a 36-inch bust, a 26-inch waist, and 38-inch hips. Some famous Ziegfeld girls include Eve Arden, Nora Bayes, Fanny Brice, Billie Burke, Paulette Goddard, Anna Held, Marilyn Miller, Ann Pennington, and Barbara Stanwyck.

Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920

Ziegfeld Beauties - Photos by Alfred Cheney Johnston

The Ziegfeld Showgirls - Photos by Alfred Cheney Johnston

Alfred Cheney Johnston's Ballerinas - Ziegfeld

Jazz Age Beauties - Alfred Cheney Johnston's Ziegfeld Photos

The Search For Beauty with Florenz Ziegfeld on Brunettes

"Hey Feller!" - Showboat (1929)

Very rare footage of the original Broadway production of Showboat at the Ziegfeld Theatre, which played from 27 December, 1927 to 4 May, 1929. This segment (along with the "Queenie's Ballyhoo" clip) was filmed for a special prologue to the 1929 Universal film version of the musical - one of three film adaptations of the show.

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Queen Elizebeth II Celebrates Silver Jubilee - 1977

Thursday, June 7, 2007

On June 7th 1977 more than one million people lined the streets of London to watch the Royal Family on their way to St Paul's at the start of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Despite the rain thousands camped out over night to try to get a better view of the procession as it made its way down the Mall and through Trafalgar Square, Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill.

At St Paul's 2,700 specially selected guests, including politicians and other heads of state joined in the ceremony which began with Ralph Vaughan Williams' arrangement of the hymn "All people that on earth do dwell" which was played at the Queen's coronation in 1953.

Across Britain millions of people tuned in to watch events on the television and many more celebrated with their own street parties. Roads were quiet and many took the day off work.

The following video was shot during the Queen's street walk tour of Hull by a 16yo girl, originally on 8mm film. Watch out for the great shot of her white gloved royal wave.

In contrast to the celebrations punk band the Sex Pistols sailed down the Thames on Jubilee Day playing their controversial version of "God save the Queen".

Radio stations were banned from playing the single but it still managed to reach number two in the charts. The group were arrested as they left the boat but had achieved their aim of distracting people from the main celebrations.

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John Chow Knows How To Make Money Online

John Chow dot Com is blog that helps you make money online. If you do a review of his blog, he’ll link to you so his readers can check you out. (as I am doing here)

In what seems like a very short period of time John's site has shot up the ranks to be one of the most visited sites on the web. Covering a similar range of subjects as Digg, he mainly focusses on Technology, Cars, Fine Dining, Investing and of course, Making Money Online.

It's not all serious though... as can be seen in his article about The Five Types of Computex Booth Babes... and he appears to be a dab hand with the home video camera judging by this clip he shot of the AMD Dancing Booth Babes. :)

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D-Day Marks Start of Allied Invasion of Europe - 1944

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

6th June 1944: D-Day, marks start of Europe invasion

Thousands of Allied troops have begun landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans.

Thousands of paratroops and glider-borne troops have also been dropped behind enemy lines and the Allies are already said to have penetrated several miles inland.

The landings were preceded by air attacks along the French coast.

Operation Overlord, the Allied landings at Normandy, is a series of 4 short movies created from original news footage of the time. It accurately details the events prior to June the 6th and the insuing days that culminated in the break out.

Operation Overlord - Part 1

Operation Overlord - Part 2

Operation Overlord - Part 3

Operation Overlord - Part 4

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President Ronald Reagan Dies Aged 93 - 2004

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

In 2004, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

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Robert F. Kennedy assassinated in Los Angeles - 1968

Shortly after midnight on 5 June 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-New York) was assassinated by Sirhan B. Sirhan in the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

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Battle of Midway, 4th-7th June - 1942

Monday, June 4, 2007

The Battle of Midway, fought Form the 4th to the 7th June 1942, over and near the tiny U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway atoll, represents the strategic high water mark of Japan's Pacific Ocean war. Prior to this action, Japan possessed general naval superiority over the United States and could usually choose where and when to attack. After Midway, the two opposing fleets were essentially equals, and the United States soon took the offensive.

Japanese Combined Fleet commander Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto moved on Midway in an effort to draw out and destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet's aircraft carrier striking forces, which had embarassed the Japanese Navy in the mid-April Doolittle Raid on Japan's home islands and at the Battle of Coral Sea in early May. He planned to quickly knock down Midway's defenses, follow up with an invasion of the atoll's two small islands and establish a Japanese air base there. He expected the U.S. carriers to come out and fight, but to arrive too late to save Midway and in insufficient strength to avoid defeat by his own well-tested carrier air power.

Yamamoto's intended surprise was thwarted by superior American communications intelligence, which deduced his scheme well before battle was joined. This allowed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, to establish an ambush by having his carriers ready and waiting for the Japanese. On 4 June 1942, in the second of the Pacific War's great carrier battles, the trap was sprung. The perserverance, sacrifice and skill of U.S. Navy aviators, plus a great deal of good luck on the American side, cost Japan four irreplaceable fleet carriers, while only one of the three U.S. carriers present was lost. The base at Midway, though damaged by Japanese air attack, remained operational and later became a vital component in the American trans-Pacific offensive.

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First Man Walks In Space - 1965

Sunday, June 3, 2007

On June 3, 1965, American astronaut Edward White became the first man to "walk" in space, during the flight of Gemini 4.

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