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Old 02-07-2019, 02:50 AM
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Hamlet, North Carolina is a city in Richmond County and is some 2,842 miles east of Hamlet, California. gMap https://goo.gl/y9jWzF
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Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 was a Lockheed Constellation L-049 four-engine airliner. On November 8, 1961, at 21:24 Eastern Time Zone (EST), the aircraft crashed as it attempted to land at Byrd Field, near Richmond, Virginia, killing 77 of the 79 people on board. The accident was investigated by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), which attributed the cause to numerous errors committed by the flight crew, as well as poor management and improper maintenance by the airline.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:29 AM
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An episode of the Bernie Mac show had Bernie looking at a phone number and saying "Area code 201? What's she doing in Atlantic City?"

However, the area code for Atlantic City at the time the show aired (and today) is 609.
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The Original Kings of Comedy is a 2000 American stand-up comedy film directed by Spike Lee and featuring the comedy routines of Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac.

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Old 02-07-2019, 10:31 AM
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New Zealand director Peter Jackson's 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King showed the royal hall of the city of Minas Tirith, including statues of past kings of Gondor lining the chamber. Gandalf the White, a wizard, and Peregrin "Pippin" Took, a hobbit, met with Denethor, Steward of Gondor, for the first time in this scene.

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Old 02-07-2019, 11:24 AM
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In Middle-Earth lore, the wizards, or Istari, were five immortal beings sent to Middle-Earth by the Valar to assist men and elves in the struggle against Sauron.

Three of the five wizards appear in The Lord of the Rings: Saruman (the White), Gandalf (the Grey, later the White), and Radagast (the Brown). In Peter Jackson's film versions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Saruman was played by Christopher Lee, and Gandalf was played by Ian McKellen. Radagast appeared in the Hobbit films, played by Sylvester McCoy.

The other two wizards aren't named in those books (nor do they appear in the films), but other writings by Tolkien suggest that they were named Alatar and Pallando.

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Old 02-07-2019, 12:11 PM
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Sylvester Stewart's musical group Sly and the Family Stone was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. Its core line-up was led by singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and included Stone's brother and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone, sister and singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Greg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham. It was the first major American rock group to have a racially integrated, male and female lineup.
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"I'm Stone in Love with You" is a 1972 single by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. The song is noted for lead singer Russell Thompkins Jr.'s distinctive falsetto singing, which he employs through most of the record. The song was written by Thom Bell, Linda Creed, and Anthony Bell.
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Sly and the Family Stone appeared at Woodstock in 1969. Their act followed Janis Joplin and preceded The Who.
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The Woodstock Festival closed with Jimi Hendrix' electric guitar rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner", followed by "Purple Haze" and an encore of "Hey Joe", in the morning of Monday, August 18, 1969. Fewer than 200,000 audience members remained. He had been immediately preceded by Fifties cover band Sha Na Na.
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Elmer Edward Solly was convicted of manslaughter in 1970 for the death of two-year-old Christopher Welsh. Solly escaped from custody in 1974 and spent the next 27 years living under numerous pseudonyms. At the time of his arrest in May 2001, he was living in Florida as Daniel "Danny C" Catalano, a supposed former member of Sha Na Na; in fact, he never had any ties to Sha Na Na, though he did perform as him, though not with Sha Na Na, which eventually led to his discovery and capture.

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James Earl Ray was a small-time crook and prison escapee, as well as George-Wallace-inspired segregationist, who lived in several places under the name of Eric Starvo Galt before killing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. He was eventually captured in London at Heathrow Airport, where he was trying to make his way to Ian Smith's white-supremacist-paradise of Rhodesia, using a counterfeit Canadian passport with another pseudonym.

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The cuisine of Lorraine includes quiche, andouille sausage, Pâté lorrain (chopped pork and veal flavored with white wine and baked in puff pastry), mirabelle plum tarts, Madeleines, Macarons, and baba au rhum.
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Quiche Lorraine was a minor character during the early years of Berke Breathed's comic strip Bloom County. The much shallower sister of schoolteacher Bobbi Harlow (another early character in the strip), Quiche dated Steve Dallas for a time.
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Bloom Country made it's newspaper debut on December 8, 1980 — the same day that John Lennon was murdered.
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The very first instrument that John Lennon ever learned to play was the harmonica.
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In 1975, McCartney was visiting Lennon at the Dakota. They were watching a new show, Saturday Night Live, and Lorne Michaels was running a gag that the show was prepared to pay $3,000 if the Beatles would reunite and play three songs on the show.

Lennon and McCartney talked about just picking up and going to the show, which was in a studio only a mile and a half away, but ultimately decided they were tired and just wanted to vege.
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John Lennon stole the harmonica he used in "Love Me Do" from a shop in Germany, or at least I've not read anything to debunk that.
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Sir Paul McCartney is the most-decorated member of the Beatles by Her Majesty the Queen, having been given the Order of the British Empire in 1965 with John Lennon and their other two bandmates, knighted in 1997 for services to music, and named a Companion of Honour in 2017.

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In 1946, a songwriter named Jack Lawrence published a song entitled 'Linda'. Later that year, musicians Ray Noble and Buddy Clark released a recording of the song. It reached the Billboard musical charts in early 1947 and stayed there for 13 weeks, peaking at number one.

'Linda' was named for the daughter of the songwriter's attorney, Lee Eastman. In 1969, Linda Eastman became the first wife of Paul McCartney.
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Paul McCartney's nickname in the British tabloids is "Macca"; they labeled his second wife, Heather Mills, with the derisively punning nickname "Mucca". His third wife, Nancy Shevell, has kept a low profile and has not been given a nickname.

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Paul McCartney's signature parting song for concerts is "Hey Jude". The song was originally called "Hey Jules", written to comfort Julian Lennon after his parents' divorce.
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Julian Lennon was also the direct inspiration for the Beatles' songs: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Good Night." While his mother Cynthia Powell has been portrayed as getting John to marry her by getting pregnant, as she points out in her memoir JOHN, they were together for ten years, from the time John was 20 until he was thirty--half his adult life.

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The Julian calendar, named for Julius Caesar, who instituted it for Rome in 45 BC, looks and operates very similarly to the modern, Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar operates on a four-year cycle, with three years of 365 days, then a fourth year of 366 days.

However, as this yields a year length of 365.25 days, which is still slightly too long, the Julian calendar began to drift away from the tropical year. The modern Gregorian calendar addresses this issue with its management of leap years.

The Julian calendar is still used by many Orthodox churches for their liturgical calendars.
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The Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII, was instituted in 1582 by papal bull. Catholic countries, such as Spain, Portugal, and Italy, quickly adopted the new calendar. But in Europe's Protestant countries, it was feared that the new calendar was an attempt by the Catholic Church to silence the Protestant movement. It was almost 200 years later before England and the colonies switched over when an act of Parliament introduced the new calendar. When the switch occurred, the current date advanced from September 2 to September 14, 1752.
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One of the main proponents of the Calendar Act which implemented the Gregorian calendar in Britain was Lord Chesterfield.

He was also notable for his "Letters to his Son", which Samuel Johnson criticized as teaching "the morals of a whore, and manners of a dancing-master."
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The Chesterfield sofa is said to be inspired by Lord Chesterfield, more fully known as Lord Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773).

It’s said that the Earl wanted somewhere for a gentleman to sit without putting creases in his suit, so he employed a local craftsman to come up with a solution. The result of this commission was the forerunner of the Chesterfield sofa, featuring leather, buttoned upholstery and nailhead trim. The Victorian era adapted the design for greater comfort, with a suspension spring system and deeper buttons.
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"Chesterfield" used to be a Canadianism, referring to what Americans call a sofa. The usage has gradually died out.
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The word "sofa" dates to the 1620s, from French sofa, ultimately from Arabic صُفَّة‎ (ṣuffa, “a long seat made of stone or brick”), from Aramaic צפא‎ (ṣipā’, “mat”). The word may have entered European languages via Turkish or through the Moorish occupation of Iberia.
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While the term Iberia is usually associated with the Spanish/Portuguese area of Europe, in Greco-Roman geography, Iberia was a name for the Georgian kingdom of Kartli, known after its core province (also called Iberia), which during Classical Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages was a significant monarchy in the Caucasus, either as an independent state or as a dependent of larger empires.
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The Caucasus is generally considered to be the geographic area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Currently, this area is occupied by Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. The Caucasus is home to the Caucasus mountains, which are historically considered to be the natural barrier between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Europe's highest peak, Mount Elbrus, is located in the west part of the Greater Caucasus mountain range.
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The highest peak in the Republic of Armenia today, and a part of the view of the horizon of the capital, Yerevan, is Mount Aragats. Also within sight of Yerevan, but across the border in Turkey, is Mount Ararat, considered a national symbol for the Armenian people.
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The Ararat rebellion was an uprising among the Kurdish inhabitants of the province of Ağrı in eastern Turkey against the Turkish government that took place in 1930. The insurrection was defeated in 1931, and Turkey resumed control over the territory.

Because the border between Turkey and Persia ran up the side of Lesser Ararat to its peak, Turkey was unable to stop Kurdish fighters from crossing the border at that location during the rebellion. To solve this problem Turkey demanded that it be ceded the entire mountain. On January 23, 1932, Persia and Turkey signed an Agreement in which Turkey received total control over the Lesser Ararat and Ağrı Mountains.
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Saint Augustine of Canterbury, also known as St Augustine the Lesser, led a major missionary effort to England on the instruction of Pope Gregory the Great. Augustine was successful in converting the king of Kent to Christianity and established the mother church of what became the Church of England in Canterbury.

Pope Gregory was said to have been inspired by seeing some Anglo-Saxon youths for sale in the slave markets of Rome and asked who they were. On being told that they were Anglians, he punned "Non Angli, sed angeli." "They are not Anglians, but angels."

On telling this story to Augustine, he is said to have added "Go and convert the rest."
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St. Augustine, located on the Atlantic coast of northeastern Florida, was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers. It is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the continental United States. The city served as the capital of Spanish Florida, then was the capital of British East Florida, and then was designated the capital of the Florida Territory when the United States took control in 1821. However, the territorial capital moved to Tallahassee a few years later, and that's where the state capital was established when Florida became a state in 1845.
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The names Austen (as in Jane Austen) and Austin (as in the Texas capital) are shortened forms of the name Augustine.
The first name Austin was in the top 10 most popular from 1995-98.
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When Jane Austen was twenty, she had a brief flirtation with Tom Lefroy, a young Irishman who had come to England to study law. Though the two were apparently quite attracted to one another, marriage was impractical, and Lefroy's family intervened to end the relationship.

Lefroy returned to Ireland, and had a successful career in both politics and law, serving as a member of Parliament, member of the Privy Council of Ireland, and eventually becoming Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.

In the 2007 film Becoming Jane, Lefroy was portrayed by James McAvoy.

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Irish became an official language of the European Union on 1 January 2007, meaning that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) with Irish fluency can now speak the language in the European Parliament and at committees, although in the case of the latter they have to give prior notice to a simultaneous interpreter in order to ensure that what they say can be interpreted into other languages.
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On January 1, 2007, Boise State defeated Oklahoma in one of the most exciting Fiesta Bowl games ever. The two teams combined for 22 points in the final 86 seconds of regulation play, and the game went to overtime tied at 35. Oklahoma scored first to take a 42-35 lead; Boise State answered with a touchdown to pull within one point. They went for a two-point conversion and scored on a 'Statue of Liberty' play to win the game 43-42.
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The Red Sox World Series win and the Patriots Super Bowl win are the first time two professional sports teams have won the major championships since the Pittsburg Steelers and Penguins did it in 2009. Prior to that, in 2004 the major sports team championships were won in 2004 by..........the Red Sox and Patriots.
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The Red Sox, who did not yet have that name officially but went by Americans or Pilgrims, won the first World Series in 1903 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were aided by the Royal Rooters fan club, based at "Nuf Ced" McGreevey's Third Base Saloon (the last stop before home). They were noted for their game-long vocal performances of the popular song "Tessie" to urge their team on. The Royal Rooters got tickets together in Pittsburgh and used their singing to distract Honus Wagner into ineffectiveness. A remake of "Tessie" by the Dropkick Murphys came out in time to encourage the Sox in the 2004 playoff drive.
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Honus Wagner, a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was one of the initial five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his career, he was considered to perhaps be the best player of his era.

Wagner was also the subject of one of the rarest and most valuable baseball cards ever made. In 1909-1911, the American Tobacco Company made the "T206" series of baseball cards, depicting various stars of the game. Wagner, who was a non-smoker, refused to grant the company permission to use his likeness, though not before a small number of the Wagner cards were distributed. Only 57 copies of the card are known to currently exist -- the most recent auction of a Wagner card was in 2016, in which the final price was $3.12 million.

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The National Labor Relations Act of 1935, also known as the Wagner Act after New York Senator Robert F. Wagner, guarantees basic rights of private sector employees to organize into trade unions, engage in collective bargaining for better terms and conditions at work, and take collective action including strike if necessary.
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In Canada, the right to strike is constitutionally protected.
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The composer Richard Wagner and his wife Cosima shared a belief in German cultural and racial superiority. After his death in 1883, and under the influence of Cosima, the Bayreuth Festival, the showcase for Wagner's works, became increasingly identified with antisemitism. This was a defining feature of Bayreuth for decades, into the Nazi era which closely followed Cosima's death in 1930.

A recent performances of Wagner in Canada was Das Rheingold at L’Opera de Montreal, in November 2018.

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In "The Ring of the Nibelungs: An Analysis", Anna Russell at the piano narrates, plays and sings a 20 minute analysis of the Ring Cycle which is far more understandable (and funny) than any programme notes.
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The piano, a name shortened from pianoforte or fortepiano, which means soft (piano) and loud (forte), was invented in Italy around 1709 by harpsichord maker Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori. One of Cristofori’s original pianos is still in existence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

One of the most expensive pianos in the world is worth about $2.37M and isn’t much to look at — it is a homely, upright brown Steinway with cigarette burns once owned by John Lennon. British superstar singer George Michael paid that price and now owns it.
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