Today in History

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Aug 9 1930 Percy Williams the winner of the 1928 Olympic 100m sets a new world record of 10.3 (current record holder is Usain Bolt 9.58)

Aug 9 2016 Usain Bolt wins the Olympic 200m in 19.32 ( Percy Williams won the same event in 1928 @ 21.8)
 

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and after delivering a formal declaration of war 11pm Aug 8 (exactly 3 months after the German defeat as promised) the Soviet Union formally enters the war with Japan.

Aug 9 at 12:01 am a Soviet army of over 1 million attacks, then quickly routs the 700,000 strong Japanese army in Manchuria, effectively ending any hope of either prolonged resistance or negotiated terms.
 

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1521 Cortez and the boys take what becomes Mexico City from the Aztecs.

How would history be different if they would have failed?
 

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Talking about 'how would history be different' - it is 151 years since German unification.

Is anyone watching the Franco-Prussian war series (available directly on Curiosity/Nebula and time delayed on YouTube)?
 

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16 August
1977 we lost the King of Rock and Roll
2018 we lost the Queen of Soul
A sad day in the music world.
 

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We are the latest in a very long list of countries to leave Afghanistan in a rather inglorious way.
A very interesting read if you can find it "Caravans" by James A. Mitchener. It is typical Mitchener, a good story written around a lot of history. Should be required reading for any State Department/Military types headed for that part of the world.
 

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16 August 1969
Woodstock Music and Art Fair Bethel NY and if you don't know the rest you should.
 

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only saw the movie in 70 ,
Vividly recall was from painful front row seats on a wide screen theatre in Vancouver with the sound set at kill. Wife still says Jimi's set was a bit too loud, but we were so stoned she may be over reacting
 
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On August 22, 1989, Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson to collect his 5,000th career strikeout.
 

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Three years ago today, metal dog came home to a tepid reception. Not pictured is the wife’s somewhat more tepid reception.
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10 years ago today hurricane Irene went right up to VT and dumped 10inches of rain. Most damage from a storm ever in VT.

 
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