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Today in History with a Twist: August 8, 2013

Nixon Quits!

     President Richard Nixon made a nationwide television address this evening (1974) and shocked the world by announcing his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon tomorrow.  The uproar about the Watergate scandal has brought down the 37th President.  Maybe this time we really won't have Nixon to kick around any more.

     Possibly he would have been a better President if he had a cat.  Today is World Cat Day, also known as International Cat Day.  Cat Day is celebrated throughout the world.  It was founded in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other animal rights groups.  The cat is a small, furry, domesticated, carnivorous mammal that is valued by humans for its companionship and for its ability to hunt vermin and household pests.  Although cat ownership has commonly been associated with women, a US poll reported that men and women were equally likely to own a cat.  Cats have been associated with humans for at least 9,500 years, and are currently the most popular pet in the world. (http://www.cute-calendar.com/event/world-cat-day/6589-world.html)

     The Spanish could probably uses some cats today to help them forget the defeat inflicted on their Armada at the Battle of Gravelines (1588).  The English naval victory has ended the Spanish Armada's attempt to invade England.  Drake was obviously smarter than the Spanish and definitely had better gunners.

     Tensions ratcheted up in the Middle East today (1990) when Iraqi forces crossed the border into Kuwait and annexed the country to Iraq.  An unlikely coalition of countries is mobilizing to try and reverse this move.  Members of the American led coalition contain some diverse countries as England, France, Poland, Syria and Egypt.  Had to work hard to keep Israel away.

     A relic from the Civil War saw the light of day for the first time in 136 years when the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was raised to the surface (2000) after sitting the ocean floor since 1864.  The wreck was located 30 years ago by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence and filmed 5 years ago by a dive team funded by novelist Clive Cussler.  Think he was just running out of ideas for his books and this may re-inspire him.

      Office work will be much easier now (1876) with Thomas Edison receiving a patent for his mimeograph.  He experienced the first paper jam the same day.

      With a spectacular launch this morning (1989) Space Shuttle Columbia took off on Mission STS-28, a secret five-day military mission.  Probably placing a satellite for the NSA to collect phone numbers.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1935 - Donald P. Bellisario - American screenwriter and producer. - You may not know him but I'm sure you know his work.

     1948 - Svetlana Savitskaya - Russian astronaut - Guess you don't have to dead to get on a Russian stamp.

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The Watergate Scandal by David K. Fremon
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Amazon Says: There are happy cats, and there are happy cats. Which kind of cat is yours? You may be surprised... Here it is, straight and simple. Even the most well-intentioned, doting ca more...
Amazon Says: There are happy cats, and there are happy cats. Which kind of cat is yours? You may be surprised... Here it is, straight and simple. Even the most well-intentioned, doting cat owner can (and often does) create an environment in which the beloved feline feels less than comfortable. Think about it: we humans create homes that feel, smell, sound, and look good to us -- not our cat. But fear not. Here in 250 Things You Can Do To Make Your Cat Adore You, a top animal expert, cat lover, and listener gives you insight from the cat's point of view, as well as practical and simple things you can do, to accommodate the cat's wishes so that nothing feels, smells, sounds, looks, or tastes at best unappealing, at worst harmful. With tips on how to: read your pet's body language use holistic remedies for common cat maladies discover human traits that cats love -- and loathe and much, much more. With this book you can end kitty boredom forever and improve most behavior or health problems if they exist. And if they don't, here's an opportunity to make your happy cat happier! less...
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Amazon Says: In May of 1588, on the order of Spain's King Philip, 30,000 soldiers and sailors armed with arquebus and musket set out to sea. A larger fleet had never before been assembled. more...
Amazon Says: In May of 1588, on the order of Spain's King Philip, 30,000 soldiers and sailors armed with arquebus and musket set out to sea. A larger fleet had never before been assembled. In the Voyage of the Armada, David Howarth brilliantly conveys the drama of the Spanish Armada's progress and brings to life the personalities of the men who influenced its course, from the dogmatic and irrational Philip II to Don Juan Martinez de Recalde to Don Pedro and Don Diego de Valdes, who were cousins but also bitter enemies, to the Spanish soldiers and sailors who unquestioningly ventured into unknown seas to confront their fates. Basing his narrative on previously unexplored Spanish sources, David Howarth shows that there is always another side to every conflict. The Voyage of the Armada recounts the adventures of these brave men as they go from battles to storms to wrecks and then finally - for the lucky ones - return home. less...
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Amazon Says: In the most comprehensive study of the media and foreign policy, twenty distinguished scholars and analysts explain the role played by the mass media and public opinion in the more...
Amazon Says: In the most comprehensive study of the media and foreign policy, twenty distinguished scholars and analysts explain the role played by the mass media and public opinion in the development of United States foreign policy in the Gulf War. Tracing the flow of news, public opinion, and policy decisions from Sadam Hussein's rise to power in 1979, to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, through the outbreak and conclusion of the war, the contributors look at how the media have become key players in the foreign policy process. They examine the pre-war media debate, news coverage during and after the war, how the news-gathering process shaped the content of the coverage, and the media's effect on public opinion and decision makers. We see what goes on behind the scenes in the high tech world of political communication, and are confronted by troubling questions about the ways the government managed coverage of the war and captured journalists at their own news game. Taken by Storm also examines more general patterns in post-Cold war journalism and foreign policy, particularly how contemporary journalistic practices determine whose voices and what views are heard in foreign policy coverage. At stake are the reactions of a vast media audience and the decision of government officials who see both the press and the public and key elements of the policy game. The first book to fully integrate our understanding of the news business, public opinion, and government action, Taken by Storm transcends the limits of the Gulf War to illuminate the complex relationship between the media, the public, and U.S. foreign policy in the late twentieth century. less...
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Amazon Says: Against the background of the Confederacy's lack of even one ship with which to form a navy at the onset of the Civil War, James Kloeppel details the race by Southern engineer more...
Amazon Says: Against the background of the Confederacy's lack of even one ship with which to form a navy at the onset of the Civil War, James Kloeppel details the race by Southern engineers to develop submarines and torpedoes to face the formidable U.S. navy. here are the men who designed, built, and tested the Hunley and its ill-fated predecessors--many losing their lives do do so. less...
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Amazon Says: A delightful reminiscence of the author's relationships with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh. 40 black-and-white photographs. more...
Amazon Says: A delightful reminiscence of the author's relationships with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh. 40 black-and-white photographs. less...
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Amazon Says: Details the first flight of the space shuttle Columbia, as well as its tragic final flight. more...
Amazon Says: Details the first flight of the space shuttle Columbia, as well as its tragic final flight. less...
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Amazon Says: The recent 50th anniversaries of the first human spaceflights by the Soviet Union and the United States, and the 30th anniversary of the launching of the first U.S. Space Shut more...
Amazon Says: The recent 50th anniversaries of the first human spaceflights by the Soviet Union and the United States, and the 30th anniversary of the launching of the first U.S. Space Shuttle mission, have again brought to mind the pioneering accomplishments of the first quarter century of humans in space. Historians, political scientists and others have extensively examined the technical, programmatic and political history of human spaceflight from the 1960s to the 1980s, but work is only beginning on the social and cultural history of the pioneering era. One rapidly developing area of recent scholarship is the examination of the images of spacefarers in the media, government propaganda and popular culture. How was space travel imagined in the visual media on the cusp of human spaceflights? How were astronauts and cosmonauts represented in official and quasi-official media portraits? And how were those images reproduced and transformed by in the imagination of film-makers, movie producers, popular writers, and novelists? Spacefarers addresses these questions with nine contributions from scholars in the field of aerospace history, Russian and American history, and English literature. These essays are preceded by an introduction by the editor, who discusses their place in the historiography of spaceflight and social and cultural history. The book will have potential appeal to a wide variety of scholars in history, literature and the social sciences and will include a number of striking visual images. less...
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