Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The National World War II Museum blog posted this item regarding the origin of the microwave oven. From it we learn that while American scientist Percy Spencer was experimenting with magnetrons one day in 1940, he discovered that the candy bar in his pocket melted. The next day, he placed a container of popcorn over the magnetron, and became the first person to make microwave popcorn.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
I have not posted a item about this day in history for a while, and I hope to get back in the habit. According to The People History, some interesting events took place on today's date (October 24) during the Swing Era.
U.S. 1931 U.S.A. George Washington Bridge Opens: The upper level of the George Washington Bridge, able to carry six lanes of traffic, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic. Work on the bridge on behalf of the Port of New York Authority had begun in October 1927.
UK 1934 UK The MacRobertson Trophy Air Race: The MacRobertson Trophy Air Race with a prize of over $75,000 starts from RAF Mildenhall in East Anglia to Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, aircraft entered from all over the world including America, Holland, Argentina. New Zealand, Australia and more. The race was over 11,000 miles with stops at at Baghdad, Allahabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville, Queensland. A British built de Havilland DH.88 Comet piloted by C.W.A. Scott, T. Campbell Black won the race with an elapsed time of 71hr 0.
U.S. 1940 U.S.A. 40hr Working Week: Due to the passing of the Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S. Code Chapter 8) in 1938 (part of the New Deal) the 40-hour working week goes into effect.
U.S. 1945 U.S.A. United Nations Oct. 24th, 1945 : The United Nations is formally established as a new international body to maintain peace in the postwar world when its charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and a majority of other signatories.
Friday, October 21, 2016
This 2012 encore is a classic Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoon, in which Bugs uses psychological warfare to convince Elmer Fudd not to break up their act. There is some great Raymond Scott music in this short. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1946 animated short, The Big Snooze.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Movie posters are cool in general, but posters for animated films, especially classic, full-length Disney features, are really cool. Vintage Ads posted a half dozen such posters, including both full-length animated films and shorts.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The National World War II Museum posted this interesting article on the role of music during WW2. In addition to a discussion of how the themes of popular music changed after Pearl Harbor, there is a playlist of favorite wartime songs.