Trinity Bomb Test

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Today Is Trinity Bomb Test Day

The Trinity test was the code name for the bomb tested for the first time in New Mexico as part of The Manhattan Project. It was the Atomic Bomb. These bombs were later used to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Some say that these bombings helped to bring the Second World War to an early close.

The name “Manhattan Project” came abourt simply because that was where the idea of creating such a devastating device first started to evolve.

The bomb was set upon a tower for the test. Scientists and a few top brass observed the test from a distance of 10,000 yards (over 6 miles/9 kms) where the mushroom cloud could be seen to soar 40,000 feet into the air accompanied by a flash of blinding light.

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Apollo 11

Today in 1969 saw Apollo 11 depart Earth for the Moon. It was the first mission to successfully see man walk on the moon.

In fact it is still the only mission to have had man walk on the surface of another celestial body.

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Crunch

It was on this day In 1994, scientists observed the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crash into Jupiter. This was the first time anyone had observed two celestial bodies collide.

Rembrandt and His Works

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Rembrandt and His Works

Rembrandt Van Rijn originally spelled his name Rembrant. He lived from 15th July 1606 being born in Leiden, Netherlands and passed on 14th October 1669 in Amsterdam.

A great artist, who was able to capture his subjects showing various moods interpreteed through his brushwork. He favoured the depiction of his subjects in a realistic style, showing women as voluptuous. Rather than improving on their beauty, he would paint them as they truly were.

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A master of painting groups too, the painting above depict a rather macabre scene where a surgeon is dissecting a corpse for the edification of his peers.

Note the detail in the musculature of the “skinned” arm and hand. You do not get much more realistic than that.

Rembrandt surely deserves his place amongst the Old Masters.

Moving forward to a modern medium, film.

Today in 1988 saw the premiere of Die Hard which catapulted Bruce Willis into Hollywood star status. The only other thing he had been popular in prior to this was, I believe, a TV series named Moonlighting which he co-starred with Sybill Shepherd.

It was also the day in 1903 when the Ford Motor Company took it’s first order.

Mariner Fly’s Past

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Mariner 4

This is the day when, in 1965, the Mariner 4 spacecraft flew past Mars sending back to Earth the first ever photographs of another planet.

Oddly enough, today is also Grand Marnier day. Was Mariner 4 a miss-spelling? Anyway, Grand Marnier was the invention of Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle who came up with the brilliant idea of blending Haitian oranges with the best French Cognac way back in 1880.

Not a drink the be skulled, rather one should savour the nuances of the scent while warming it in your hand before sipping it and having a warm glow spread through your belly.

Glayva is a similar Scottish drink that give the same feeling of warmth and is slightly syrupy in texture.

The Storming Of The Bastille

In 1789, the 14th of July saw the Bastille prison being stormed by masses of Frenchmen calling for it’s closure. There were 7 prisoners in there at the time. Bastille Day is a celebrated in France every year.

Sadly, today also marks the day in 2016 when on Bastille Day, a terrorist attack was carried out in Nice by using a truck to drive through the crowds killing 85 people and injuring more that 300 others.

The terrorist was shot by police.

5 Things That Happened On July 13th

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A Snapshot Of History

This is the day when Live Aid hit the stage. It was, in 1985, the first major event to raise funds for famine stricken people.

The brainchild of Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, the concert was officially opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

It was broadcast world wide simultaneously from stages in London, Philadelphia, and other countries including Australia, where the young INXS were one of the headline acts.

It was also on this day that the Ethiopian and Somalian war broke out. It lasted nine months with Somalia eventually retreating.

Harrison Ford was born on this day in 1942, think Indian Jones and Patriot Games.

Patrick Stewart was born in 1940 today, famous for Star Trek and X-Men.

And lastly, John F Kennedy was nominated for the Presidency of the USA on July 13th 1960

Festival of Cerridwin

The Festival of Cerridwin is a Celtic festival honouring Cerridwin.

Cerridwin was a goddess fevered in Celtic culture as a bringer of good harvests.

 

It is also said that she had a potion that gave the powers of creativity and knowledge. Her symbol is that of a pig, a symbol that often represents good fortune.

Sadly, today also marks the loss of the last pair of Great Auks. The were killed off the coast of Iceland by the request of a collector. This made them extinct.

 

That was in 1884. Hopefully we know better now.

Today was a Pivotal Day in Rock History

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A Pivotal day In Rock History

This is the day when, in 1962, The Rolling Stones performed at the Marquee Club in London. This was their first appearance as group.

Soon referred to as “The Stones” they quickly developed a a hard core group of followers world-wide.

The group line up was, Brian Jones playing guitar and harmonica, Keith Richards, guitar and backing vocals, Bill Wyman, bass, Charlie Watts drums, Ian Stewart piano, and the inimitable Mick Jagger on lead vocals with Jones being the original lead member of the group.

Were you aware that the band were originally played a lot of blues covers with their musical roots being in rythym and blues. The soon started to write their own material with hit albums in “Their Satanic Majesties Requests”  in the mid 1960’s.

The band staged a free concert on a beach in Rio De Janeiro to an estimated audience of 1.5 million!

Over the years The Rolling Stones have played at over 1,200 venues. And we are not talking about clubs, rather stadiums and the like. In 2012, the band celebrated their 50th anniversary.

They continue to tour to this day with their “no Filter Tour” announced for the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Definitely a band that deserves to be recorded in the annals of rock history as one in a million.