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Why Does the Word ‘Dixie’ Refer to the South?

Funny how the mind works…I was whistling the song ‘Dixie’ the other day and my son started whistling along. It made me wonder how ‘Dixie’ became known as the Southern states.

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After 84 Years, Popeye is Still a Popular Cartoon

‘I’m Popeye the sailor man..toot toot.' In 1929 the Popeye comics, first appeared and our ‘sailor’ man has been a favorite since.  The original Popeye had characters like Olive Oyl, her first boyfriend Ham Gravy and her parents Cole and Nana Oyl.

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Photo by Andy Capwell
Photo by Andy Capwell

Andy Capwell Class Of ’83: ‘Then And Now’

I saw an event on facebook for a meeting to organize my high school's 30th reunion! Turning 30 didn't bother me. 40 wasn't that painful, but this 30th year reunion is making me feel old.

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January 15 is the Anniversary of the ‘Great Molasses Flood’ of 1919 in Boston

It was the 'Great Molasses Flood' of 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts. It was January 15th in the early afternoon and the temperature was warm for that time of year, 45 degrees, up from the single digits just a couple of day before. The United States Industrial Alcohol Company had two and a half million gallons of molasses brewing fifty feet above the street that was slated to make rum. No one expected what happened next.

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The Clarinet Has A Birthday January 14, 1690

The first true reed instrument was invented on January 14, 1690 by Johann Christoph Denner in Nuremburg, Germany. It was a new instrument in its time called the clarinet. It evolved from an earlier instrument called the chalumeau, but by adding two keys it increased the instruments range. Mozart was the first composer to use a clarinet in a symphony. 

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Mural at Maine State Museum

The Maine Labor Mural is Back on Display

A mural depicting labor history that Gov. Paul LePage ordered removed from the lobby of the Maine Department of Labor is going back on display in Augusta. It will not be at the labor department. It was announced that the mural will set up in the in the atrium of the Cultural Building. That is the entry area for the Maine State Museum, Library and Archives.

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Sharon Buck Celebrates 8 Years With B98.5!

Today is the day!  I've been waiting for this day since December. I know, I know...most people don't remember the EXACT date they started their new job.

But who could forget the first day of the best job EVER??  Not me!!

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Elvis Presley
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Elvis Presley’s 78th Birthday Marked With New Exhibit and Cake Cutting

Memphis dignitaries and music fans will gather at Graceland to celebrate the birthday of Elvis Presley, who would have turned 78 today (Jan. 8). The ceremony will feature a cake cutting, while a new Elvis exhibit also opens today.

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The Harlem Globetrotters Celebtrate Their 85th Anniversary

The Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating an anniversary today of 85 years of playing basketball and entertaining people all over the world. The Globetrotters got their start in 1926 as the Savoy Five playing their first game on January 7th, 1927 as the Globetrotters. The ‘Harlem’ in the Globetrotter name came from the neighborhood in New York City but the Globetrotters played in Chicago.

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This Day in History for January 5 — Golden Gate Bridge Construction Begins, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1643: The first legal divorce in the American colonies takes place (more info)

1925: Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States (more info)

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Category: History

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