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Sharon Does Geneology…Do You?

The show 'Who Do You Think You Are?' has returned to television and last night Kelly Clarkson, the first American Idol, was helped to trace her roots back to her 3 times great grandfather only to find him a respected Senator who was an escaped prisoner from the Andersonville prisoner of war camp during the Civil War.

WHAT?

How do they find this stuff out?

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Getty Images, photo by John Kuczala
Getty Images, photo by John Kuczala

Time to Celebrate Bacon, It’s Flitch Day!

Today is Flitch Day, I know what you’re thinking, ‘it seems like we just celebrated Flitch Day’. Actually, you’re probably thinking, ‘what the heck is a Flitch Day’?  Basically, it’s a day of celebration for bacon. A ‘Flitch’ is a measurement of bacon; it’s what we now call a ‘slab’.

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Getty Images, photo by Keystone
Getty Images, photo by Keystone

Joe DiMaggio’s 56-Game Hit Streak Comes to an End

It was July 17, 1941, in Cleveland before the largest baseball crowd that year when Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak came to an end. The most unfortunate thing about that game is it was not televised, so there is no recording of the event that saw DiMaggio go 0 for 3 that night.

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Getty Images Photo

Cassini Space Probe to Photograph Earth From Saturn

The Cassini space probe was launched in 1997 with its mission to enter the orbit of Saturn and study the planet's rings. Cassini arrived at its destination in 2004 and has been studying the planet since. This Friday, July 19, at 5:27 p.m. EDT, the space probe will take a picture of Earth from its vantage point 898 million miles away.

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Getty Images, photo by NASA
Getty Images, photo by NASA

Two House Democrats Want to Make a National Park on the Moon

Two State Representatives, Eddie Bernice Johnson, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Space, Science and Technology, and Donna Edwards the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Space, filed a bill this week to make a National Park on the moon.

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Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive
Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive

1946 Baseball and Some ‘Firsts’ to Happen That Year

In this day and age of high-priced baseball players, it’s hard to believe that at one time baseball players made next to nothing. In 1946, for instance, player’s salaries were raised, ‘raised’ mind you, to $5,000 per season and not all players received such an outrageous salary.

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Getty Images, photo by Michael Bocchieri
Getty Images, photo by Michael Bocchieri

Some 4th of July Facts You May Not Have Known

With the 4th of July on Thursday here are a few things you may not have known about our national holiday:

1.       America didn’t declare our independence on the 4th of July. This is kind of a tit for tat situation because the Continental Congress declared our independence from the British on July 2 ,1776, which was the day of the actual vote, but the Declaration was published in the newspapers on July 4th, giving the people of the country their first look at it.

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Getty Images, photo by William Thomas Cain
Getty Images, photo by William Thomas Cain

Air Conditioning Not Only Cools Us, But It Helped An Entire Industry Too!

We have had a few muggy days so far this year here in Maine but nothing that compares to the temperatures of over 100 degrees in parts of the West and Southwest. I’ll bet, like us, most people are saying, ‘thank goodness for air conditioning’.

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Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive
Getty Images, photo by Hulton Archive

Betsy Ross, Her Life and the American Flag

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate our independence and the American flag. It is said that the first flag was sewn by Betsy Ross, but what do we really know about her? She was raised in a Quaker family and was the eighth child of seventeen; her given name was Elizabeth Griscom, but was called Betsy by her family.

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Getty Images, photo by NASA
Getty Images, photo by NASA

First Communications Satellite in Operation June, 1965

There are many upon many satellites circling the globe these days but it was June 28, 1965 that the first commercial communications satellite went into operation. It was called Early Bird and was built for the Communications Satellite Corporation or COMSAT and was launched on April 6, 2965.

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