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RussianThunder January 29th, 2019 2:46pm

On this day in history (29 January) in history.....see comments for events that took place. HIGHLIGHTS: Coca-Cola is incorporated in 1892 and the ice cream cone rolling machine is patented in 1924.

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 8:31 am

Ice Cream Cone

Ok, let’s face it. While Coca-Cola unites the world, ice cream itself does not. Interested in green tea ice cream? Try Japan. Mint and Cucumber? Pop over to Great Britain. Viagra ice cream? Fly to Rome. Squid Ink ice cream? Go to China. Charcoal ice cream? Head over to India. Brown Bread ice cream? Travel to Ireland. Black licorice? Try Norway. Hungry for corn ice cream? Go straight to Taiwan. Ube? Catch a flight to Maui. Donut in ice cream form? Then you want New Zealand. Tomato? Try Russia (no, I never had it). Our tastes are as varied as our lives, climates etc but what unites them all? The cone. Whether an Irish kid is licking his brown bread ice cream, a Japanese teenager enjoying his green tea ice cream or an American President enjoying vanilla ice cream, they are all using a cone. It is universal. It is a treat and in the US, the cones can now be flavored but when we finish our ice cream, we crunch and enjoy the cone.
Another near universal joy of life!

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 5:18 pm

Well...you know the Italians but yes. I think it’s blue.

tdaddy diversity
02/04/19 6:36 pm

Licorice was almost always black in the USA when I was a kid. Today, in the USA, one of the last vestiges of black licorice is black jellybeans. The black ones are always licorice flavored.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 8:12 am

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is truly a product that unites the world. It is available from US to Iceland, Russia (even when it was the USSR) to Mexico. It is found in military facilities at both poles. Found in small shops on small islands in the Caribbean to small shops on small islands belonging to Finland. It seems to be a drink that most human have a taste for. Now, it comes in different flavors but the classic Coke was a unifier. I swear, if we could sent kids from around the world to a peace summit and serve then Coca-Cola and M&M’s, we would have peace. I don’t know if North Koreans have it (I assume no) but the Chinese do. Coke operates in both cooperative and hostile regions in the world. It unifies us and there is a bit of a comfort in that. We see that we are not so different from each other.
I prefer Cherry-Vanilla-Coke but classic Coke just reminds me of the things humans have in common.

Coca-Cola, uniting the world 😋🥤

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 7:47 am

29 January

Ali, cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad dies in 661 CE. An Lushan, leader of a revolt against the Tang dynasty and emperor of Yan, is murdered by his own son, An Qingxu in 757 CE. In 1587, mathematician John Napier dedicates his "Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John" to King James VI, predicts end of the world in 1688 or 1700 (well.....he was bit off, in more ways than one). Romeo and Juliet is first preformed in 1595. The disabled Feodor III succeeds his father in 1676, at the age of 17 and becomes Tsar of Russia.Thomas Paine is born in 1737. In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts in 1785, allegedly due to his failing health. In 1790, the first boat specializing as a lifeboat is tested on the River Tyne. George III of England, passes away in 1820. US President Andrew Jackson, in 1834, orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.


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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 7:48 am

William McKinley is born in 1843. "The Raven" is published in The Evening Mirror in New York in 1845, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe. Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress. In 1856, Queen Victoria issues a Warrant under the Royal sign-manual that establishes the Victoria Cross to recognize acts of valor by British military personnel during the Crimean War. Anton Chekhov is born in 1860. Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state in 1861. The Bear River Massacre occurs in 1863, when a detachment of California Volunteers led by Colonel Patrick Edward Connor engage the Shoshone at Bear River, Washington Territory, killing hundreds of Shoshone men,women and children. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is born in 1874. Custer Battlefield National Monument established in Montana in 1879 (not really sure he deserves a monument but whatever).


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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 7:49 am

In 1886, Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile. In 1891, Liliuokalani is proclaimed the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia in 1892. Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, unsettled by the rising violence and protest, enacts reforms to improve the conditions of workers in 1905 (yeah....that didn’t help but thanks for trying, I guess). Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator in 1907. An armed uprising organized by the Bolsheviks in anticipation of the encroaching Red Army begins in 1918 at the Kiev Arsenal, which will be put down six days later. The ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924. The British Liberal Party, in 1925, chooses David Lloyd George as its leader. Edward Abbey is born in 1927. The Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms in USA in 1929.


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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 7:51 am

Three trains on the Nishinari Line; present Sakurajima Line, in Osaka, Japan, collide in 1940 and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi Station. One hundred and eighty-one people are killed (how does this happen? Honestly?!). In 1941, Alexandros Koryzis becomes Prime Minister of Greece upon the sudden death of his predecessor, dictator Ioannis Metaxas. German and Italian troops occupy Benghazi, Libya in 1942. The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island, USS Chicago (CA-29) is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers in 1943. Approximately 38 people are killed and about a dozen injured when the Polish village of Koniuchy (present-day Kaniūkai, Lithuania) is attacked in 1944 by Soviet partisan units. Also in 1944, 285 German bombers attack London. Mass murderer, Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend Carole Ann Fugate are captured in Wyoming in 1958, after a nationwide manhunt. “The Great Smog” hits London in 1959 and many die lung-related illnesses.


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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 7:52 am

The "ultimate high" of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in in 1967 in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg. Allen Dulles dies in 1969 (man, that guy was evil). Paul Ryan is born in 1970. Freddie Prinz Sr., commits suicide in front of his manager in 1979 (OMG! That’s awful). Also in San Diego in 1979, 16 year old Brenda Spencer opens fire on the Grover Cleveland Elementary School, across from her house, killing the principal and custodian and wounding 8 children and a police officer, because, as she said ‘I don’t like Mondays” (she remains in prison to this day). US President Jimmy Carter, In 1979, commutes Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years (I guess money talks). In 1980, the Rubik's Cube makes its international debut at the Ideal Toy Corp. in Earl's Court, London. The largest NBA crowd ever gathered (61,968) watch the Detroit Pistons beat the Boston Celtics 125-108 at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1988.


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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 7:54 am

Also in 1989, Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so. Episcopal Church of the United States, In 1989, appoints Barbara Harris as its first female bishop. The Battle of Khafji, of 1991, the first major ground engagement of the Gulf War, as well as its deadliest, begins. In 1996, President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing. In 2001, thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals. In 2002, in his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 7:56 am

Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office in 2009, following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama (oddly, one of the people caught in the FBI wiretaps was the current IL governor, JB Pritzker, which I was shocked to learn). In 2013, a hostage crisis, lasting almost seven days, begins in the Wiregrass Region near U.S. Highway 231 in Midland City, Alabama. Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old Vietnam War-era veteran, boarded a Dale County school bus, killed the driver, and took a five-year-old boy hostage. On the afternoon of February 4, law enforcement agents entered the bunker, killed Dykes, and rescued the child. Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono in 2014.


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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/29/19 7:57 am

Bohuslav Sobotka becomes Prime Minister of the Czech Republic in 2014. Also in 2014, Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid, making his 500th appearance for the club. Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident (they actually no idea what happened it it). Alexandre Bissonnette opens fire at mosque in Sainte-Foy, Quebec in 2016, killing six and wounding 19 others in a shooting spree (again, let me say that I understand dead is dead, no matter where it happens but there is something so incredibly heinous about killing people in their house of worship, be it, a synagogue, church, temple or mosque). In 2018, F.B.I deputy director Andrew G. McCabe announced he was stepping down until his retirement in 6 weeks. He was then fired 2 days before he could collect his full pension benefits.


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