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Old 07-23-2017, 10:18 PM
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7 No Trump is considered the hardest contract to make in Bridge: the bidder is contract to take all thirteen tricks, without the benefit of trump cards.
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Old 07-23-2017, 11:26 PM
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The Kosciuszko Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, is named for Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish volunteer who was a General in the American Revolutionary War. The old truss bridge, built in the late 1930s, was meant to serve only 10,000 vehicles per day, but ended up serving 18 times that amount of traffic when it became part of the Interstate Highway System. It is in the process of being replaced by a new cable-stayed bridge.

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The world's widest cable-stayed bridge is the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston, built as part of the "Big Dig" project.
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The eastern span replacement of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, with a width of 258 feet, is currently considered the world's widest bridge. It opened in 2013 as a replacement for part of the bridge that was deemed structurally unsound.
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The bridge or command center is on Deck 1 of both Capt. James T. Kirk's Constitution-class USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, and Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's Galaxy-class USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, in Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, respectively.
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Some of the bloodiest fighting in World War I occurred in Picardy, whose inhabitants are known in French as Picards. From September 1914 to August 1918, four major battles, including the Battle of the Somme, were fought by British, French, and German forces in the fields of Northern Picardy. The melancholy English ballad “Roses of Picardy” (1916) was popular among World War I soldiers. Picardy was also the scene of bitter fighting in World War II—in May 1940 and August and September 1944.
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The first use of tanks in warfare was in the Battle of the Somme, fought in the summer and fall of 1916. The British Mark I was developed under the name "tank", as a security measure to conceal its purpose.
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After the June 2017 general election resulted in a hung Parliament, British Prime Minister Theresa May was able to win the support of the Democratic Unionist Party ("DUP") of Northern Ireland to help her Conservative minority government stay in power.
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Former Prime Minister of Belgium Elio Di Rupo is the son of Italian immigrants. He is the only one of his parents' children to have been born in Belgium, all of the others were born in Italy.
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Four of Canada's Prime Ministers have been born outside Canada: two in Scotland (Macdonald and Mackenzie) and two in England (Bowell and Turner).
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Canada's wartime Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, communed with spirits, using seances with paid mediums. Thereby he communicated with Leonardo da Vinci, Wilfrid Laurier, his dead mother, his grandfather, and several of his dead dogs, as well as the spirit of the late President Roosevelt.
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When Philip Wallach Blondheim III recorded the song San Francisco, he took the last name Mackenzie after the song's co-writer John Phillip's daughter Laura Mackenzie Phillips, and the first name Scott "for no reason."
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American actor Eli Wallach had a stage and screen career spanning six decades and appeared in more than 90 movies. He was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of Polish Jewish immigrants. He received BAFTA, Tony and Emmy awards for his work, and received an Honorary Oscar in 2010, dying four years later.
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Three Dog Nights 1969 hit "Eli's Comin' " was written and recorded in 1967 by American singer-songwriter and pianist Laura Nyro. The song was first released in 1968 as the sixth song of Nyro's album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.
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Lyndon Johnson's last full year as President of the United States was 1968. Beset by civil unrest at home and serious setbacks in the Vietnam War, he surprised the nation early that year when he announced he would not seek reelection.
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On December 24, 1968, in what was the most watched television broadcast at the time, the crew of Apollo 8 read in turn from the Book of Genesis as they orbited the moon. Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman recited Genesis chapter one, verses 1 through 10, using the King James Version text. Borman finished with "And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth." An anonymous telegram to NASA read "Thank you Apollo 8. You saved 1968."
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On April 4, 1968, the night that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Senator Robert F. Kennedy addressed a crowd in an inner-city neighborhood of Indianapolis. His speech, a plea for peace, marked the first time he spoke in public of the assassination of his brother. It is credited for possibly averting in Indianapolis the rioting that broke out in more than 100 other cities that night and has been noted as one of the greatest in American history, ranked 17th by communications scholars in a survey of 20th century American speeches.
Two months later, on June 5, 1968, Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles.
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Authors George Plimpton and Pete Hamill, football Hall of Famer Rosey Grier, and 1960 Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson were among several men who subdued and disarmed RFK's assassin Sirhan Sirhan after a lengthy struggle.
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